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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Obama Slightly Ahead in Head-to-Head, with Advantage on Economy

Current Poll | September 16, 2008

New York, NY - The Diageo/Hotline Daily Tracker Poll finds a slight upturn for the Obama-Biden ticket in the contest for the Presidency. In today's Poll, Obama-Biden is at 46% and McCain-Palin is at 42%, with 10% of voters undecided.

General Election Ballot: McCain-Palin vs. Obama-Biden*

Chart: General Election Ballot: McCain vs. Obama

Spotlight on the Economy

In the wake of Monday's crisis on Wall Street, voters continue to say that the economy is the top issue facing the country, with a vast plurality (39%) saying this. Obama continues to have an advantage over McCain on his perceived performance on the economy by an 11-point margin, with McCain dropping slightly on his perceived performance since the September 15 Poll.

Who would do best job handling the economy?*

Chart: Who would do best job handling the economy?

In the head-to-head, Obama-Biden enjoys a solid 9-point lead over McCain-Palin among those who say that the economy is the top issue facing the country (48% - 39%). Obama also enjoys an 8-point lead over McCain in favorability among those who say the economy is the top issue (58% - 50%).

And, among this group of voters, 57% say that Obama "better understands the needs and priorities of people like yourself," compared to 33% saying the same for McCain.

That said, in terms of "preparedness to lead," among those that say the economy is the top issue, McCain maintains a 9-point advantage over Obama (48% - 39%). The GOP vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, fares less well than McCain among voters that say the economy is the top issue, with 44% saying Palin is "prepared" to lead should McCain become unable to, and 54% saying she is "unprepared" to lead.

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