Gallup: Obama Wins on the Economy, McCain on Terrorism

by Lydia Saad
Gallup

PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama enjoys a solid advantage over John McCain — 53% to 39% — in U.S. public perceptions of which of the two candidates would better handle the economy as president.

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Obama’s current 14-point lead on the economy is better than the 3-point edge he held right after the Republican National Convention in early September (48% to 45%), but is not quite as great as his 19-point margin after the Democratic convention in late August. At that time, 55% preferred him on the issue, compared to 36% choosing McCain.

According to the new USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted Oct. 10-12, most Republicans and Democrats consider their own party’s candidate to be more capable of handling the economy than his opponent. The main problem, electorally, for McCain is that a majority of political independents favor Obama on the issue, while only 32% name McCain.

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http://www.gallup.com/poll/111130/Obama-Wins-Economy-McCain-Terrorism.aspx

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