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Election 2008: Delaware Presidential Election
Obama Still Way Ahead in Delaware

Barack Obama still holds a strong lead over John McCain in Delaware. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Joseph Biden’s home state finds his running mate ahead 56% to 41%.

Last month, Obama led his opponent 55% to 43%.

Although McCain leads among white voters in Delaware 51% to 45%, Obama holds a dominant lead among non-white voters. The candidates are tied among men at 49% each, while Obama leads among women 62% to 34%.

Nationally, Obama has held a steady lead over the past few weeks in the Daily Presidential Tracking poll.

Obama is viewed favorably by 62% of voters and unfavorably by 38%. McCain’s ratings are 51% favorable, 48% unfavorable.

Not surprisingly, Biden earns the highest marks from voters in his home state. The senator is viewed favorably by 65% and unfavorably by 34%. McCain's running mate Sarah Palin earns favorable reviews from 43% and unfavorable reviews from 54%.

The economy is the top issue for most voters in Delaware, and they trust Obama more on the issue by a 54% to 39% margin.

Just three percent (3%) of voters give the economy good or excellent ratings, while 73% rate it as poor. Eighty-three percent (83%) say the economy is getting worse, while only two percent (2%) say it is getting better.

Most say creating economic growth is more important than reducing the gap between rich and poor, and 76% believe McCain shares that idea. The majority (69%) believe Obama is more interested in reducing the income gap.

President Bush receives good or excellent ratings from just 24% of Delaware voters, while 55% give his job performance poor marks.

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This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports October 10, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Delaware Trends: McCain vs. Obama

Date

McCain

Obama

10/10/2008

41%

56%

43%

55%


Favorable Ratings for Gubernatorial Candidates in Delaware

 

McCain

Obama

Very Favorable

23%

43%

Somewhat Favorable

28%

19%

Somewhat Unfavorable

15%

14%

Very Unfavorable

33%

24%

Not Sure

1%

1%


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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.