October 14, 2008
|Backlash: Independents Deserting McCain/Palin||Politics|
A new CBS poll has Obama up by 14. The swing to Obama is due to a huge swing among independents, who've been turned off by McCain's negative campaigning and his choice of Sarah Palin. CBS:
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is entering the third and final presidential debate Wednesday with a wide lead over Republican rival John McCain nationally, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows.
The Obama-Biden ticket now leads the McCain-Palin ticket 53 percent to 39 percent among likely voters, a 14-point margin. One week ago, prior to the Town Hall debate that uncommitted voters saw as a win for Obama, that margin was just three points.
Among independents who are likely voters - a group that has swung back and forth between McCain and Obama over the course of the campaign - the Democratic ticket now leads by 18 points. McCain led among independents last week.
McCain's campaign strategy may be hurting hurt him: Twenty-one percent of voters say their opinion of the Republican has changed for the worse in the last few weeks. The top two reasons cited for the change of heart are McCain's attacks on Obama and his choice of Sarah Palin as running mate.
The hate message of the McCain/Palin campaign is hurting them enormously, but they continue. It's scorched earth, and it just may wind up getting somebody killed.