Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New National Polls Show Deadlock between Obama and McCain

Recent polls suggest a deadlock between Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. A new Rasmussen survey has Obama leading by two percent, but within the margin of error while Newsweek shows the same momentum moving in McCain's direction.

"The Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll shows Obama ahead 44 to 42 percent after both candidates had been tied at 43 percent each for the two previous days.

When "leaners" are included, it’s Obama 47% and McCain 46%, a gain for McCain after the Rasmussen survey had Obama leading by about five percentage points for most of the last month-and-a-half."

The gains by John McCain in recent days shows that he is continuing to assert his political positions and make known to many where he will stand in 2008. His campaign has been running what has been called the most open campaign in recent US election history.

In the latest Newsweek poll, the Illinois senator leads his Arizona counterpart John McCain by just 3 percentage points, 44 percent to 41 percent.

That dead head is a marked change from last month's poll, where Obama led McCain by 15 points, 51 percent to 36 percent.

Newsweek's poll indicates voters are upset with the new perception of Obama as a flip-flopper, given his change of position on FISA legislation, his decision to opt out of the campaign public-financing system, and his recent attempt to moderate his strong pro-abortion positions.

This latter point is upsetting Americans and will certainly upset Catholic voters in the upcoming election. Barack Obama has come under strong scrutiny over his endorsement from the largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood. Coupled with this is his determination to win over strongly pro-choice voters. At the same time Obama is distancing himself from pro-lifers and forcing them to move to John McCain.

The Catholic vote will probably make all the difference in 2008 lead by Senator Sam Brownback, Congressman Chris Smith, and pro-life leaders such as Fr. Frank Pavone, Norma McCorvey, and other well known activists.