John McCain leads Barack Obama among likely voters, 48 percent to 44 percent, in a new AP-Gfk Poll.
Here are some very telling numbers:
Eighty percent say McCain, with nearly three decades in Congress, has the right experience to be president. Just 46 percent say Obama, now in his fourth year in the Senate, is experienced enough.
The McCain Campaign has done a masterful job of driving home this point.
Fully 47 percent say Obama lacks the proper experience — an even worse reading than the 36 percent who had the same criticism about McCain running mate Sarah Palin, serving her second year as Alaska governor after being a small-town mayor.
Wow. Those results have to make the Obama Campaign crazy.
Seven in 10 said Palin made the right decision in becoming McCain's running mate, despite the demands of a family whose five children include a pregnant, unmarried teenage daughter and an infant with Down syndrome. Men were slightly likelier than women to back her choice, and even Obama supporters were split closely over whether she did the proper thing.
The poll finds that despite Democratic attempts to tie McCain to the profoundly unpopular Bush, half say they believe the Arizonan would chart a different course — including a slight majority of independents, a pivotal bloc of voters. In addition, although slightly more call themselves Democrats than Republicans, conservatives have a huge 40 percent to 20 percent edge over liberals.
Unreal. A 2-1 advantage? In the Year Of The Democrat?
This is shaping up to be the most unpredictable presidential election since Harry Truman turned conventional wisdom on its ear in 1948.