Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.
By a nearly six-to-one margin, voters say Republican presidential candidate John McCain is running a negative campaign against his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Nearly three in 10 voters, 29%, pointed to McCain as the candidate running a negative campaign, compared to just 5% who said Obama is running a negative campaign. McCain’s 29% rating is the highest of any one candidate in the previous two presidential elections according to the WSJ/NBC News survey.
In October 2004, 15% of voters identified both President George W. Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry as negative campaigners. In July 2000, 8% identified Bush as a negative campaigner, while 13% said Vice President Al Gore was a negative campaigner.
However, 41% of respondents said neither McCain nor Obama is running a negative campaign, while 19% said both men are guilty of using negative tactics.
In recent weeks, a number of McCain’s television and radio ads have gone after Obama as a “celebrity” candidate.
For more on the poll, watch NBC Nightly News tonight at 6:30 EDT, and also check back here later for more results. The full-take will be in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, and posted on WSJ.com tonight after 11 p.m. EDT.