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Mississippi Still Favors McCain by Double Digits

John McCain continues to hold a double-digit lead over Barack Obama in Mississippi, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state.

McCain now leads his Democratic opponent by 13 points 54% to 41%. That’s a couple of points more for McCain than he enjoyed in July. Counting “leaners,” McCain leads 56% to 43%, also a bit better than last month for the Republican hopeful.

McCain is now viewed favorably by 63%, Obama by 44%.

The Republican leads 84% to 13% among white voters, while African-Americans favor the Democrat by a 97% to 2% margin.

McCain is viewed favorably by 88% of white voters and 18% of black voters.

For Obama, the numbers are reversed. He gets favorable reviews from 92% of black voters and only 18% of white voters.

Nationally, McCain and Obama remain competitive in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and in the Electoral College.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Mississippi voters say it’s more important to find new sources of energy than to reduce the amount of energy Americans consume. Just 25% disagree and say reducing consumption is more important. Those figures are similar to the national average.

Just over half (51%) believe that media bias is a bigger problem in politics today than big campaign contributions. That, too, is similar to the national average. Thirty-three percent (33%) say lobbyists and contributors have too much influence on McCain’s policies while 45% say that’s true of Obama.

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This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports August 21, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Mississippi Trends: McCain vs. Obama

Date

McCain

Obama

10/27/2008

53%

45%

52%

44%

54%

41%

52%

41%

50%

44%

50%

44%

Favorable Ratings for Presidential Candidates in Mississippi

 

McCain

Obama

Very Favorable

38%

43%

Somewhat Favorable

20%

5%

Somewhat Unfavorable

10%

11%

Very Unfavorable

31%

40%

Not Sure

2%

1%


Rasmussen Reports - Electoral College Balance of Power Summary

Republicans

160

Democrats

173

Toss-Ups & Leaners

205


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