Polls, polls and more polls from the presidential race. Press releases, spin doctors, side kicks, back kicks, back flips. I’m getting whiplash from the avalanche of emails coming my way from the Chris Shays-Jim Himes camps. But, of course, you know I’m loving it all.
And just in case you thought little Connecticut isn’t on the radar screen of the nation’s top pollsters, here’s the latest from www.rasmussenreports.com, one of the best in the business. I’m starting to sense that the Snow Queen’s bubble is bursting, and it’s not just because we don’t like her in Connecticut as the Rasmussen poll points out. Do you have your pins poised?
In the last several days the polling tide has switched back to Barack Obama as the country, watching Wall Street slip into la-la land, realizes that John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin was one of the neediest pandering-for-chick-votes in electoral history. Hey, Sarah, hike up your skirt a little more! (What do you mean by that, Leonard?) Before I get too excited and my friend Wondering puts me in my place, the presidential race nationally is pretty much a dead heat with the first debate one week away. From Rasmussen:
BarackObama still has a solid hold on Connecticut where he leads John McCain 53% to 41% in the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state.
In August Obama led McCain 51% to 36%. A month earlier, it was a similar 52% to 35% race. (Crosstabs with demographics are available for Premium Members.)
McCain’s support among GOP voters has increased to 85%, similar to Obama’s support among Democrats. Last month, the two were virtually tied among unaffiliated voters, but Obama now has the edge.
The Democrat is viewed favorably by 61% and unfavorably by 37%, largely unchanged from last month. McCain’s numbers improved slightly, with 54% favorables and 44% unfavorables.
The first poll in Connecticut since the two men announced their running mates shows the race tightening very slightly, but voters in the state have mixed feelings about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. They’re evenly divided over whether McCain made a good choice, but while 46% have a favorable view of her, 51% regard her unfavorably.
By comparison, 36% say Obama made a good choice in picking Joseph Biden as his running mate, while slightly more (39%) disagree. Fifty-eight percent (58%) have a favorable opinion of Biden versus 37% who view him unfavorably.
Eighty-two percent (82%) describe Palin as a conservative, while 48% see Biden as a liberal. Thirty-six percent (36%) view the Democrat as a moderate.
McCain and Obama remain very close in both the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and Electoral College projections.
Democrats have won Connecticut in the last four presidential elections, the last three by double digits. John Kerry defeated President Bush by 10 points in 2004.
Do You Wanna Debate? Well, Do You?
The gamesmanship between the camps of Shays and Himes keeps getting better. After Team Himes announced Shays doesn’t want to debate, Team Shays announced we’ll debate, we just won’t negotiate with you directly. Thursday night I received the following debate schedule fom Shays. I’m waiting for word from Team Himes whether he’ll show.
Shays campaign announces 9 debates slated for October
Norwalk, CT – Congressman Christopher Shays’ Campaign Manager Michael Sohn confirmed that Shays has agreed to nine (9) debates on the following days. The debates will span from October 14 – 20. The schedule and sponsor organizations are listed below.
Tuesday, October 14 Bridgeport Regional Business Council Bridgeport
Tuesday, October 14 Norwalk Chamber/News 12 Connecticut Norwalk
Wednesday, October 15 League of Women Voters Norwalk
Thursday, October 16 Fairfield University Fairfield
Sunday, October 19 Temple Israel Westport
Sunday, October 19 League of Women Voters Wilton
Sunday, October 19 American Civil Liberties Union Norwalk