Sunday, November 2, 2008

USA Today/Gallup Poll on the 2008 Election

What the following poll indicates is that barring some sudden and extremely dramatic event tonight or tomorrow, a McCain "victory" on Tuesday will be outside the realm of mathematical possibility and would constitute a stolen election.

I say this also as the author of "No Paper Trail Left Behind: the Theft of the 2004 Presidential Election" which was first published in August 2005 by Project Censored. Following Steven Freeman's signal analysis, "The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy," of December 2004, "No Paper Trail Left Behind" was the next important analysis proving that the 2004 election was stolen.

Obama is but a new face on a government that has been responsible for heinous acts and policies for the last eight years. When you strip away all of Obama's rhetoric about change and look at the substantive elements of his approach and look at what he has done as a US senator, what stands out unmistakably is that he will carry forward the Bush Doctrine in foreign policy (see especially his stand on Pakistan and Afghanistan) and has voted with the Bush White House on critical matters such as the Telecom Amnesty Bill and funding the unjust and immoral Iraq War. So I bring up these points not as an Obama cheerleader.

I bring up the polls here to warn that those who have stolen before are still on the scene and are dead set on ramming their agenda of a police state down our collective throats. Elections don't and never have decided public policy, but elections have been and are used as fabricated "mandates" to carry out policies that the rulers want to implement anyway.

Final USA TODAY/Gallup estimate: Obama, 53%; McCain, 42%

By: Mark Memmott and Jill Lawrence

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain by 11 percentage points in the last USA TODAY/Gallup national poll of likely voters before Election Day.

With less than two days to go before polls open, the contenders' support is estimated to be:

• Obama, 53%.
• McCain, 42%.

Those numbers, released this hour, are based on national surveys of 2,472 likely voters. The interviews were conducted by telephone on Friday, Saturday and today. The margin of error on each figure is +/- 2 percentage points.

Gallup says the group it surveyed is mostly made up of voters who fit its "traditional" model of those likely to show up at the polls. Also among the 2,472 are some who have already voted -- including first-timers.

The results are identical to Gallup's "expanded" pool of likely voters, which adds more first-time voters than the survey firm used in the past.

One other set of numbers to consider: Gallup says that when it allocates the 4% of likely voters who either had no opinion or would not choose between Obama and McCain, it estimates the candidates' current support levels would most likely be 55% for Obama, 44% for McCain.

Watch for more about the poll later this evening, and read more about it in tomorrow's USA TODAY.

And, as always, remember that polls are snapshots of current public opinion and that things can change -- even in the space of less than two days.

Update at 8:50 p.m. ET. USA TODAY's Washington bureau chief, Susan Page, adds that:

McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate doesn't appear to be wearing well with most Americans. In the poll, 45% of registered voters rated the choice as "poor" and another 18% said it was "only fair," while 19% called it "pretty good" and 16% excellent.

Those are much more negative ratings than in a USA TODAY survey taken just after the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Then, 60% called the pick of Palin excellent or good; 38% said it was "only fair" or poor.

In contrast, assessments of Barack Obama's choice of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden remain positive. Now, 60% call Obama's choice excellent or "pretty good," while 38% say it was "only fair" or poor. In early September, the divide was 63%-33%.

Biden has a favorable-unfavorable rating of 53%-32%. Palin has a favorable-unfavorable rating of 42%-49%.

One more historic tidbit from the survey: Obama's favorable rating is 62% -- the highest that any presidential candidate has registered in Gallup's final pre-election polls going back to 1992.

Posted by Mark Memmott at 07:57 PM/ET, November 02, 2008 in Democrats, Polls, Presidential race, 2008, Republicans | Permalink

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