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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.

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Mississippi has cast its six Electoral College votes for the Republican candidate in the last seven consecutive presidential elections. In 2004, President Bush easily won the state by a 59% to 40% margin. Rasmussen Markets data shows that McCain is given a % chance of carrying Mississippi in November. The state is classified as “Likely Republican” by 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.

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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Mississippi Likely Republican

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

"538" Avg.

RR Mkts.

In Trade

McCain (R)

53%

53%

52%

Obama (D)

45%

43%

41%

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%

09/30/2008

52%

44%

08/21/2008

54%

41%

07/28/2008

52%

41%

06/24/2008

50%

44%

05/27/2008

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.