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Election 2008: Massachusetts Presidential Election
Obama Posts 28-Point Lead in Massachusetts

Barack Obama now leads John McCain by 28 points in Massachusetts, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state.

Obama leads McCain 62% to 34%. A month ago, he was ahead 58% to 38%.

The race in Massachusetts has never been closer than 15 points since Obama knocked Hillary Clinton out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in early June.

No Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984 has carried Massachusetts, the home of Senator John Kerry, who was the Democratic Party’s standard bearer in 2004.

Rasmussen Markets data gives Obama a % of winning Massachusetts’ 12 Electoral College votes this fall. The state is currently rated as “Safely Democratic” in the Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator.

Nationally, Obama has been maintaining a steady lead in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll since the turmoil on Wall Street began leading the news.

Kerry himself is sailing to reelection in the Senate by an even wider margin than Obama’s in the newest Rasmussen Reports polling on the race released earlier today.

In Massachusetts, Obama leads among male voters by 25 points and among women by 29 points. He also has a 57% to 39% lead among unaffiliated voters.

The Democrat is viewed favorably by 67% of Massachusetts voters and unfavorably by 33%. Forty-nine percent (49%) have a favorable opinion of McCain, while 50% regard him unfavorably.

Interestingly, 22% say Obama would scare them the most if he showed up at their door at Halloween, compared to just 13% who say that of McCain. Scariest by far though for 42% is McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, while Joseph Biden, who is running with Obama, would scare just 10% the most.

Sixty percent (60%) also think it is at least somewhat likely that Massachusetts’ African-American governor, Deval Patrick, will join the Cabinet should Obama be elected president.

Forty-nine percent (49%) rate the economy as the number one issue in the election, while 21% see national security as most important.

Massachusetts voters trust Obama more than McCain on both the economy (59% to 35%) and national security (54% to 42%).

New polling on the presidential race was released Monday from Virginia North Carolina, Ohio, and Missouri. See an overview of all five state polls and the latest Electoral College projections. A total of 270 Electoral Votes are needed to win the White House (see 50-State Summary).

Recent statewide presidential polls have been released for Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Demographic crosstabs for all state polling are available for Premium Members . Learn More .

President Bush earns good or excellent marks for his job performance from just 19% of Massachusetts voters. Sixty-four percent (64%) say he is doing a poor job.

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Massachusetts Safe Democratic

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

"538" Avg.

RR Mkts.

In Trade

McCain (R)

34%

36%

36%

Obama (D)

62%

57%

58%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports October 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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Massachusetts Trends: McCain vs. Obama

Date

McCain

Obama

10/13/2008

34%

62%

09/22/2008

38%

58%

08/05/2008

36%

51%

06/30/2008

33%

53%

05/29/2008

38%

51%

04/22/2008

39%

51%

03/18/2008

42%

49%


Favorable Ratings for Presidential Candidates in Massachusetts

 

McCain

Obama

Very Favorable

20%

48%

Somewhat Favorable

29%

19%

Somewhat Unfavorable

30%

13%

Very Unfavorable

20%

20%

Not Sure

1%

1%


Rasmussen Reports - Electoral College Balance of Power Summary

Republicans

160

Democrats

173

Toss-Ups & Leaners

205


About Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.

The Rasmussen Reports ElectionEdge™ Premium Service for Election 2008 offers the most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a Presidential election.

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