WSJ/NBC Poll: Obama Ahead By Ten

The Wall St Journal/NBC Poll released today has Sen. Barack Obama with a ten point lead over John McCain, his biggest yet. The poll results are here (pdf.

Sen. Barack Obama has opened up a double-digit lead in the presidential race, with a growing number of voters saying they're now comfortable with the Democratic nominee's values, background and ability to serve as commander in chief,

...Though most voters polled said that Sen. McCain is better prepared for the White House than the first-term senator from Illinois, there are increasing concerns about the readiness of Sen. McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Obama is leading among groups that earlier were expected to go for McCain. Obama now leads among Independents by 12 points. Same for suburban voters. Also, [More...]

He leads among older voters, those over 65 years old, by nine points, erasing a one-point McCain advantage from the last poll. And in the Midwest, home to a swath of battleground states, he is now favored by 25 points, up from a one-point advantage.

The results continue a steady climb by Obama since September.

Sen. Obama appears to be clearing some important thresholds with the electorate. Forty-eight percent of voters now say they would have a great deal or quite a bit of confidence in Sen. Obama as commander in chief. That's up from 39%, in August, and just two points shy of Sen. McCain's standing. Similarly, in July, 47% of all voters said that Sen. Obama had a background and set of values that they could identify with. That figure is now 55% -- just two points shy of Sen. McCain.On taxes:

On taxes:

Sen. McCain was favored 41% to 37% when voters were asked which candidate would be "better on taxes." This week's poll found Sen. Obama leading on the issue by 48% to 34%.

A majority of those polled disbelieve McCain's claim that Obama would raise taxes.

I saved the best part for last:

The one candidate whose popularity has fallen is Gov. Palin: 38% see her positively, down from 44% two weeks ago; 47% see her negatively, up 10 points from the last poll. That's the highest negative rating of the four candidates. Fifty-five percent of voters say Gov. Palin is not qualified to be president if the need arises, up from 50% two weeks ago.

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    Notable: 100 percent of survey = registered voters (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by wurman on Tue Oct 21, 2008 at 08:36:49 PM EST
    & 96 percent are very likely to vote.

    Ed Rendell (none / 0) (#2)
    by zvs888 on Tue Oct 21, 2008 at 08:38:50 PM EST
    Seems to be getting very nervous about McCain gambling everything on Pennsylvania.  He's calling Obama/Hillary/Bill to go there for at least a big rally in Philly and some in western PA.

    I don't really see why though, McCain would have to bring the national vote within 2 points to carry Pennsylvania as a requisite.  It's not like you can detach Pennsylvania from the rest of the nation and carry it while losing the country by 5 points...

    well (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by connecticut yankee on Tue Oct 21, 2008 at 08:44:02 PM EST
    I think they should let McCain schedule heavy in PA ant then once his eggs are in the basket, fly in the clintons and step on the basket.

    Well, I would be too (none / 0) (#4)
    by andgarden on Tue Oct 21, 2008 at 09:04:02 PM EST
    Do you have a link?

    Link (none / 0) (#5)
    by zvs888 on Tue Oct 21, 2008 at 09:07:41 PM EST
    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/21/rendell-still-a-little-nervous-about-penn-asks-obama -to-return/?eref=politicalflipper

    Yeah, it just confirms all the speculation on McCain basically preparing for some red state losses other than Iowa/New Mexico.


    Dunno what to think about this (none / 0) (#6)
    by andgarden on Tue Oct 21, 2008 at 09:18:31 PM EST
    I mean, Obama employs competent pollsters. And anyway, unless something changed overnight, there's been extensive and positive public polling of PA.

    Enthusiasm is an issue, and the lack of a final Philly rally on the agenda was a glaring omission to me, but I understand why Obama see other states as higher priorities.

    Still, I understand where EGR is coming from.


    We'll need that lead (none / 0) (#7)
    by blogtopus on Tue Oct 21, 2008 at 09:51:52 PM EST
    with a**hattery like this.