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Obama Leads in Delaware, 54% Say Picking Biden the Right Choice

In Delaware—home state to the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee—Barack Obama leads John McCain by a dozen points. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found Obama attracting 55% of the vote while McCain earns 43% (see crosstabs).

Not surprisingly, most Delaware voters—54%-- say Obama made the right decision when selecting Senator Joe Biden to be his running mate. Just 40% say that John McCain made the right choice when he selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be on the GOP ticket.

Nationally, the race between Obama and McCain remains close in both the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and the Electoral College projections.

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Obama is viewed favorably by 64% of Delaware voters, McCain by 53%.

Biden comes out on top in his home state by earning positive reviews from 68% of voters. Palin receives favorable ratings from 50%.

Fifty percent (50%) say that Biden is politically liberal while 30% view him as moderate. Seventy-eight percent (78%) see Palin as politically conservative.

Rasmussen Markets data currently gives Obama a % chance of winning Delaware this November. John Kerry won the state by eight percentage points in Election 2004 and the state has cast its three Electoral College votes for the Democrats in four straight Presidential elections. With release of this poll, Delaware moves from “Likely Democratic” to “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.

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Delaware Safe Democratic

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

"538" Avg.

RR Mkts.

In Trade

McCain (R)

41%

42%

39%

Obama (D)

56%

55%

56%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 13, 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%

09/13/2008

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%


About Rasmussen Reports

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