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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.

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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.

Rasmussen Markets data currently gives Obama a % chance of winning Delaware next month. John Kerry carried the state by eight percentage points in Election 2004. Delaware has cast its three Electoral College votes for the Democrats in the last four presidential elections. Delaware is classified as “Safely Democratic” in the Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator. NOTE: Factors other than the latest Rasmussen Reports poll impact the Balance of Power ratings. The current status is indicated on the table in the upper right hand corner of this article.

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