Independents evenly split over Obama, Mccain

New polling from the Associated Press indicates that independent voters seem to be even split between Obama and McCain. If the polling is correct, it’s good news for Obama since a split of independents might give him a win. McCain will need to peel off some more for a victory in November.

Report from Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON – Jack Marshall says he’s voting for Barack Obama this year. That’s ominous news for John McCain.

“I like Obama, he has fresh ideas on things,” said Marshall, 59, an independent who hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since Bill Clinton. “McCain has George Bush’s ideas on things, and I don’t think that’s such a hot deal right now.”

Independents like Marshall, an unemployed chemist from Drexel Hill, Pa., are a quarter of voters right now. A recent Associated Press-GfK Poll showed them divided about evenly, 44 percent for Obama and 41 percent for McCain.

Some years, that wouldn’t be so bad for the Republican presidential nominee. But because Democrats decisively outnumber Republicans this year, McCain needs an edge among independents to help close that gap.

“He’s got to win a majority of independents in order to win the presidency, obviously,” said Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster not working for McCain. With minority voters heavily favoring Obama, McCain has to win white independents in particular, Ayres said. That group comprised three-quarters of independents and leaned slightly toward the Republican in the AP-GfK Poll.

Earlier this year, independents were a strength for both contenders. Obama, the Illinois senator, and his mantra of change won independents in Democratic primaries while McCain, the Arizona senator, was the choice of independents in the Republican contests.

They will most likely be the deciders since many of them are currently in the undecided column.

  • Babs

    In saying that Democratic voters far outweigh Republicans this year, does that include the 1.3 million ACORN voter registrations?

  • EricF

    Babs, its over for obama. you dont even have to worry about that stuff. obama will soon be exposed for what he is. so will some top democrats.

  • Bill Hedges

    A 18 year old man tesified he registered 73 time because he was askd to by ACORN empoyees. He stated he just wanted to help the ACORN emploees out. This occured in Ohio. The man said he did not know he was breaking the law. Hopefully he and the ACORN emploees will see the inside of a jail soon.

  • I heard the 1.3million ACORN voter registrations were mainly people who are naive, dumb and have no sense of moral code, so I don’t know what you’re all bitching about, they’re in the bag for McCain & Pain….LOL

  • Bill Hedges

    nz- LOL is more than 20 years old. Find something new

  • Dale

    I am also more than 20 years old, but I’m still NIB AND NWT! LMAO! ‘Something’ is more than 1000 years old, find something new yourself.

    McCain is more than 70 years old, find something new.

  • Dale

    My cat just scratched me, she’s over 8 years old, I should find a new cat

  • Bill Hedges

    Dale – amart cat

  • Bill you do realise you can edit posts to correct any spelling mistakes?

  • Bill Hedges

    Rzpudding- yes. I got the new feature. I have not figured it out yet. My button can not be pushed. I must be doing something wrong. I will try it now to see if I caa work it.

  • Bill Hedges

    It does not work for me

  • the_don

    The ACORN registrations were probably done by college kids who got that job to get money for the bar on the weekends. I’m sure they didn’t care about what they were doing. I seriously think that a very high percentage of the people who work in the ACORN offices are good people who are trying to make a difference. I don’t see how people can link the actions of some idiots to that of Obama or any canidate for that matter.

  • By thinest of ‘guilt-by-association’ the_don.

    I’m guessing now we’ve gone past the actions of what a politician actually has done, moved away from what their spouse has said and done, and we’re on with a guilt by 3 degrees of seperation.

  • Stalin


    It’s much more than a few idiots. These are not isolated cases, this is a wide spread systemic problem. Just google ACORN in the news section and you will see.

  • the_don

    All im saying is that in each city or town where ACORN is there are people that all they do is make calls or hit the streets to get people to register. Now, if they are only working there for a paycheck and need to get a certain amount of registrars(sp) then i would imagine that they would do whatever they could to get what they need to get paid. I obviously don’t know this for sure but it just makes sense.

  • Bill Hedges

    The_Don–You gave the perfect reason to stop allowing this kind of registation