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  • Stability Was The Hallmark of Election 2008

    The beginning and the end of the 2008 General Election campaign were remarkably stable. Initially, after Barack Obama wrapped up the Democratic nomination, he was ahead of John McCain by four to seven points just about every night for the entire month of June. At the other end of the campaign, Obama was consistently up by about five to seven points for the last 40 days of the campaign.

  • Revisiting the Democratic Primaries: Analysis by Scott Rasmussen

    With the country preparing to inaugurate Barack Obama as the next president of the United States next month, it’s hard to remember how improbable the notion of a President Obama seemed just a year ago. In fact, all indications are that Obama himself wasn’t really expecting to win it all in 2008.

  • Voters Split Over Whether D.C. Politics Will Be More Cooperative

    Nearly nine out of 10 voters (88%) are glad the presidential election is over, but voters are evenly divided over whether politics in Washington will become more cooperative despite Barack Obama’s call for change from business as usual.

  • How Did We Do?

    The final Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Election 2008 showed Barack Obama leading John McCain 52% to 46%. We are pleased to report that those figures precisely matched the actual election returns.

  • McCain’s Fortunes Fell With the Stock Market

    For John McCain, the crash of Lehman Brothers on Wall Street was worse than the Crash of 1929. Looking back over the course of the campaign, it seems clear that the financial meltdown in mid-September was the final, decisive, event that secured Obama’s path to the White House.

  • Most Voters Made Up Their Minds Weeks Ago

    So when did voters really decide how they were going to vote?

  • Majority Say Reporters Tried To Help Obama

    As the presidential campaign comes to a close, a majority of voters (51%) say most reporters have tried to help Barack Obama win the presidency.

  • Palin More Popular With GOP Voters Than McCain

    Republicans are happier with their vice presidential candidate than their presidential nominee, while Democrats feel good about both candidates on their ticket, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

  • 59% Expect Obama to Win

    On the night before America votes, 59% of likely U.S. voters expect Barack Obama to be elected president.

  • One-Third of Obama Voters Plan To Be Out Today

    Looks like there’ll be a lot fewer Democrats in the office on Election Day.