Obama in Panic Mode, Flip Flops on SPR … Polls a Toss up … Rasmussen & Zogby Have McCain Ahead


Change You Can Believe In … Obama flip flopping on oil as he sees poll numbers in trouble.

America is beginning to wake up and notice that there is a Presidential election in Gas_prices2almost 90 days. Has Obama peaked? The more that America gets to know him and his ever changing poll watching policies, the tighter the polls are getting.

Barack Obama has seemingly had everything going for him in the campaign for the White House. He has had positive media coverage, a “rock star” celebrity European and Middle East tour and what is perceived as a Democratic advantage in the current political cycle. What has that gotten Obama in the polls?

In the Zogby poll John McCain now has a slight lead, 42% to 41% over Obama. Across the board, Obama has lost his advantage as America finds out more and more about the candidate that McCain says is too inexperienced to lead. Has Obama peaked too soon? This a hardly a trend that the Obama campaign finds pleasing.

  • McCain gained 20% and Obama lost 16% among voters ages 18-29. Obama still leads that group, 49%-38%.
  • Among women, McCain closed 10 points on Obama, who still leads by a 43%-38% margin.
  • Obama has lost what was an 11% lead among Independents. He and McCain are now tied.
  • Even with African-Americans and Hispanics, Obama shows smaller margins.

In a recent Rasmussen poll, John McCain is also leading Barack Obama when including “leaners” 47% to 46%. What is the disturbing trend in this poll for Obama? He is losing the unaffiliated vote.

A week ago today, Obama had a three-percentage point lead and the candidates were even among unaffiliated voters. Today, McCain leads 52% to 37% among unaffiliateds.

McCain is currently viewed favorably by 55% of the nation’s voters, Obama by 51%. That is the lowest rating for Obama since he wrapped up the nomination. Obama is viewed favorably by 83% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans, and 47% of unaffiliated voters. For McCain, the numbers are 87% favorable among Republicans, 26% among Democrats, and 61% among unaffiliated voters.

While the Gallup daily tracking poll shows Obama ahead 46% to 43% over McCain, it is hardly the 9 point edge that Obama had just a week ago.

With disappointing poll numbers is it any wonder why Obama has once again shifted his position on oil and tapping the into the Strategic Oil Reserve. As the Gateway Pundit reminds us, Obama tells us “silly Americans” that he did not change his position.


Obama flip flops again on energy policy

With the politics of energy shifting as rapidly as gasoline prices, Democrats, led by presidential candidate Barack Obama, are retreating from long-held positions and scrambling to offer distressed voters more immediate relief from spiraling costs.

The change has been most striking on the campaign trail, where Obama said in a speech Monday that he would abandon his past position and support tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to quickly cut prices at the gasoline pump.

Just one week ago Barack Obama was against the very idea of dipping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserves. It is obvious that Obama’s latest flip flop on the SRP is directly related to his down trending poll numbers. To Barack Obama and his campaign, their dropping poll numbers and potential loss of the election now constitute a “genuine national emergency”.

But just weeks ago, Obama said that he did not support opening up the SPR. “I do not believe that we should use the strategic oil reserves at this point,” he told reporters last month in St. Louis. “I have said and in fact supported a congressional resolution that said we should suspend putting more oil into the strategic oil reserve but the strategic oil reserve I think has to be reserved for a genuine emergency,” he continued, saying a terrorist attack was an example of such an emergency.

With 70% of Americans wanting offshore drilling and energy independence Obama’s plan of tapping into the SPR is momentary band-aide on a compound fracture. Desperation is kicking in with the Obama campaign as their clear paved road to the White House finds them on the wrong side of an issue that affects all of “We the People”.

Remember when Obama said he was against drilling? Not any more, well kinda, sorta, maybe. He might be willing to support offshore drilling. Saying just enough to get people to vote for him. There’s change you can believe in.

UPDATE I: Pick a poll: Obama’s losing in one, leading in the other

Barack Obama has lost ground among some of his strongest bases of support, including young people, women, Democrats and independents, according to a new ATV/Zogby poll.

The Illinois Democrat has also lost some support among African-Americans and Hispanics, where his lead over Republican John McCain has shrunk, and among Catholics, where he’s lost his lead.

One thing is for certain, the Obama appeal is starting to wear off and wear thin. Obama is going the wrong way down a one way street.Obama’s downward trend is a bad sign as the more he talks, the more people get to actually know him, the more voters realize his character … the less they like him. The constant use of the race card is wearing extremely thin with Americans.

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Obama in Panic Mode, Flip Flops on SPR … Polls a Toss up … Rasmussen & Zogby Have McCain Ahead”

    1. flippy on August 5th, 2008 7:55 am

      The Republicans have always been better at “turning out at the polls” than democrats. This is why the polls in the last few elections haven’t been worth much.

      This poll only includes “Likely Voters”, so the numbers will be closer (These polls don’t include those who indicate that they are already regular voters). Since so many of Obama’s most feverish supporters are “unlikely voters”, that presents a problem in these polls, and also on election day since, obviously, 1 voter who shows up at the polls is worth 1000+ who don’t.

    2. david r on August 5th, 2008 11:24 am

      Barack Hussein McGovern is starting to go down the tubes. Maybe he can get someone like former Sen. Thomas Eagleton as veep, then dump him when it turns out to be an ill-considered choice.

    3. Aiken Blue on August 5th, 2008 4:28 pm

      Please vote for Obama, he is better than McCain. To have McCain after two Bush terms would be a dire mistake. we would be repeating them. Vote for Obama! Visit WHYOBAMA08.ORG!!

    4. dennisintn on August 5th, 2008 6:10 pm

      if pelosi won her battle with the dept. of defense last year over her wanting a boeing c-57 aircraft to ferry her back and forth to california at $22,000 per hour, there are hundreds of thousands of hard working men and women trying to decide whether it’s more important to put food on the table for their children or gas in their cars to commute back and forth to their jobs. all because pelosi, reid, and obama think they know more than 75% of the voters in this country and 65%, maybe more by now, of their peers in congress. when you get back to washington, you and the other big thinkers in the democratic party can try to talk your way out of the oil crisis by trying to blame bush and the republicans when it was bill clinton who vetoed the offshore drilling bill l0 years ago and got us into this mess that’s giving 700 million dollars a year to the arabs and hugo.

    5. Patti on August 5th, 2008 7:14 pm

      Talk about flip-flops!

      Obviously, some of us have a memory lapse.

      It, certainly, isn’t Obama who got us into this mess!


      Just think of it as a donation,

      everytime you pump your gas…

      A donation to Bush’s Take Care of Daddy ‘Trust’ Fund!


      Face it:

      We’re going to be paying

      for our mistakes

      for a very long time!


    6. Patti on August 5th, 2008 7:35 pm

      We are like an army of ants in a rain storm…

      Running around trying to plug the holes

      to prevent the water from washing us away!


      Ten years ago, we were concerned about our environment.

      We had just completed a MAJOR law suit against one of the oil companies that have, probably since, gone bankrupt. It seems we had a drunk maniac at the stern who destroyed, literally, thousands of acres of seashore and wildlife. The incident put into question the ability of the oil companies to operate their ‘vessels’ with a conscience.

      Trust me… it was a, totally, different debate.


    7. Patti on August 5th, 2008 7:40 pm

      … or was it?


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