Always Got to Brush Your Shoulders Off


Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll found that a clear majority of Democratic voters now say Sen. Barack Obama has the better chance of defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in November.

Obama, love him or hate him

Obama elicits strong opinions, good and bad, once people get to know him. In November, 11 percent rated him as “very favorable,” 15 percent said “very unfavorable,” and 22 percent didn’t know enough to form an opinion. By April, the “don’t know” crowd had shrunk to 8 percent. Twenty percent rated Obama “very favorable,” and 25 percent “very unfavorable.”

People just don’t think she’s honest

The proportion of people who see the candidates as “not at all honest” and “not at all ethical” jumped much more significantly for Obama than for Clinton over the past five months. The bad news for Clinton? Her numbers were much higher to begin with, so she still fares poorly in comparison. Thirty-six percent saw Clinton as “not at all honest” in November, and it grew to 40 percent in April. The comparable ratings for Obama were 18 percent in November and 27 percent in April. The trend was similar for “not at all ethical”.

Experience counts?

People see Clinton as much more experienced than Obama. But that doesn’t keep Democrats from seeing him as the stronger nominee in the fall. Only 6 percent of those polled said Obama is “very experienced,” compared to 26 percent for Clinton. Forty percent rated Obama as “not at all experienced,” compared to 19 percent for Clinton.


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