Poll Results: Presidential Election 08’


Updated (11/18/08)

  1. Do you consider yourself?

    A Republican – 14.3%
    A Democrat – 63.0%
    An Independent – 22.7%

  2. Did your party alignment shift for this election?

    Yes – 9.2%
    No – 90.8%

  3. In this presidential election, who did you support?

    John McCain – 16.8%
    Barack Obama – 83.2%
    Bob Barr – 0%
    Chuck Baldwin – 0%
    Cynthia Mckinney – 0%
    Ralph Nader – 0%

  4. During the election season did you...?

    Volunteer for a campaign – 26.9%
    Contribute financially to a campaign – 34.5%
    Attend a rally – 17.6%
    All of the above – 16.0%
    None of the above – 39.5%

  5. Do you feel there was a generational divide between the older and younger voters in this election?

    Yes – 54.6%
    No – 46.2%

  6. How old are you?

    18-22 - 17.6%
    23-31 - 53.8%
    30-40 - 26.1%

    40 or older - 2.5%

  7. To what extent did the economic crisis affect your vote?

    Significantly – 12.6%
    Moderately – 39.5%
    Not at all – 48.7%
  8. What is the most important domestic challenge facing President-Elect Barack Obama?

    Health Care – 19.3%
    Energy – 18.5%
    Immigration – 4.2%
    The Economy – 80.7%
    Education – 7.6%
    National Security – 13.4%

  9. What is the most important international challenge facing President-Elect Barack Obama? 

    Iran’s nuclear program – 43.8%
    Russia’s assertion of regional dominance – 12.5%
    War in Iraq – 47.3%
    War in Afghanistan – 17.9%
    Terrorism – 18.8%
    Israeli-Palestinian conflict – 14.3%

  10. In your opinion, to what extent will President-Elect Barack Obama serve the interests of the Jewish community? 

    Completely - 31.1%
    Partly - 61.3%

    Not at all - 7.6%

  11. How significant was the Jewish vote in impacting the presidential election?

    Very significant – 20.2%
    Moderately significant – 62.3%
    Not significant at all – 18.4%

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CNN (10/26/08)

DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) – John McCain is back in Ohio today. He's holding rallies in Zanesville and Lancaster, in the central part of the state. Tomorrow McCain campaigns here in Dayton before heading east to Pennsylvania. But McCain is expected to be back in Ohio later in the week.

Why's Senator McCain (R-Arizona) spending so much time here? Because Ohio is a must-win state for McCain. He needs to hold onto the states that George W. Bush carried four years ago in his re-election for president. With McCain trailing Barack Obama in the polls in some of those states, like Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and North Carolina, it's essential for the Republican presidential nominee to hold on to Ohio and its 20 electoral votes.

"Obama can win without Ohio. McCain can't." says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider. He adds that "the Democrats’ strategy is to deny Ohio to McCain. No Republican presidential nominee has won the White House without Ohio."

The latest CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio suggests Obama has a five point lead, 49 percent to 44 percent, with 7 percent of voters undecided. The poll of polls is an average of the latest surveys in the state.

McCain won't have the state to himself. Obama campaigns in Canton, Ohio tomorrow, and expect him to make a return visit before Election Day on November 4th.

CBS (10/23/08)

With just twelve days left until Election Day, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama holds a 13-point lead over Republican rival John McCain, a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows.

Obama now leads McCain 52 percent to 39 percent among likely voters nationwide, roughly the same lead he held last week. Just five percent are undecided, and more than 9 in 10 of each candidate’s supporters say their mind is made up.

Sixty-five percent of voters are either very or somewhat confident in Obama to make the right decisions on the economy. A majority - 52 percent - are not confident in McCain on the economy. While 60 percent say Obama’s policies will favor the middle class or poor, nearly the same percentage say McCain’s policies would favor the rich.

When it comes to handling the war in Iraq, the candidates are now about even. Though voters are more likely to be "very confident" in McCain (32 percent) than Obama (28 percent) to make the right decisions on Iraq, they are also more likely to be at least somewhat confident in Obama (56 percent) than McCain (53 percent).

Obama holds a dramatic lead on confidence in handling health care, with 69 percent expressing confidence in him and 41 percent expressing confidence in McCain.

The Jerusalem Post (9/26/08)

Barack Obama leads John McCain by 27 points among Jewish voters, according to a new survey. Obama leads 57 percent to 30 percent among those polled in the American Jewish Committee's 2008 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, with 13% undecided, but he significantly trails the Jewish vote for recent Democratic presidential candidates.

McCain enjoyed a 78% to 13% lead among Orthodox Jews, but Obama won easily among all other Jewish groups: Conservatives, 59% to 26%; Reform, 62% to 27%; and those calling themselves "just Jewish," 61% to 26%.

McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate was unpopular in the Jewish community, according to the survey. Just 37% approved, with 54% disapproving of the selection. By contrast, Obama's choice of Joe Biden garnered 73% approval and 15% disapproval.

The economy was seen as the most important issue. Fifty-four percent of respondents said that was the one issue they would "most like the candidates to discuss," with 11% answering health care, 6% the war in Iraq and just 3% answering Israel.

Quibblo.com (2008)

  1. Should America focus on inflation or unemployment?

    Inflation - 20%
    Unemployment – 28%
    Inflation, for certain reasons, but unemployment, for certain reasons, also – 52%

  2. What is your view on health care?

    It should be universal and for everyone – 68%
    The richer you are, the better health care you should have – 6%
    Health care should be privatized, but the government should provide a cheaper alternative- 27%
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