From a teaser story by the L.A.Times regarding it’s latest poll — which has Obama’s Online Mujahideen howling:
Suffice to say that the results will not alter the perception that — given a seemingly sunny political climate for Democrats — Barack Obama is under-performing nationally.
From the L.A. Times/Bloomberg story on the poll in question:
Overall, Obama holds a narrow edge over the Arizona senator, 45% to 43%, which falls within the poll’s margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. In June, Obama was ahead by 12 points. Other polls at that time showed him with a narrower lead.
More striking than the head-to-head matchup, however, is the drop in Obama’s favorable rating in the run-up to his selection of a running mate and the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver.
Obama’s favorable rating has sunk to 48% from 59% since the last Times/Bloomberg poll in June. At the same time, his negative rating has risen to 35% from 27%.
By comparison, McCain’s ratings have hardly budged during the same period: 46% of voters have a positive feeling about him; 38% give him negative ratings.
“All the negative attacks from the McCain campaign seem to have been paying off,” said Times Poll Director Susan Pinkus, who oversaw the survey.
I seriously doubt it; the attacks from McCain have been pretty lame, and haven’t boosted his own numbers.
Perhaps people are asking themselves if the GOP is really so bad, given that Obama has been behaving like a Republican, campaigning with Republicans, and embracing Republican talking points and ideals (see FISA, abortion, the death penalty, church-state separation, offshore drilling, etc.). Since Obama is so conservative, many voters may be choosing the more experienced and well-known conservative “maverick” who might swing liberal (in their minds) on a few issues over Mr. GOP-Lite with the razor-thin resume who doesn’t seem to like the members of his own party all that much.
I know more than a few people who are mystified that Obama, who claims he wants to put partisan politics aside, can’t seem to put his personal feelings regarding Hillary Clinton aside and instead seems poised to select Tim Kaine or Evan Bayh as his running mate. One politically semi-aware friend said to me today, “He can reach out to Republicans but not to one of the most successful members of his own party? And didn’t she win more votes than him? Wouldn’t she help him, being on the ticket as his VP?”
Looks like Obama may be paving the way for a McCain presidency, if this keeps up.