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Presidential Race Tightens in Missouri

Missouri’s presidential election is now a one percentage point race in favor of Barack Obama. The latest Fox News/Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the state finds the Democrat ahead of John McCain 48% to 47%.

The latest numbers represent the closest the race has been since early June. Last week, Obama was leading 49% to 44%. While McCain had been holding fairly consistent leads through out the year, Obama pulled ahead in October following the stock market debacle.

The race is essentially tied among unaffiliated voters in Missouri. Last week, Obama held a fourteen-point lead among those voters. However, last week’s survey was conducted the day after Obama held two massive rallies in the state.

Men favor McCain by a 48% to 47% margin, while women choose Obama 49% to 46%.

McCain is viewed favorably by 57% of Missouri voters and unfavorably by 40%. Obama’s ratings are 53% favorable, 47% unfavorable.

Rasmussen Markets data currently gives McCain a % chance of winning Missouri’s 11 Electoral College votes this fall.

A third of voters in Missouri (33%) say the ability to bring about needed change is the most important quality in a candidate, while 28% say a candidate who shares similar personal values is the top quality. One in five voters (20%) in Missouri say the right experience is key. While Republicans favor personal values and experience over everything else, most Democrats say the ability to bring change is the top requirement. Unaffiliated voters in Missouri favor change and personal values the most.

While voters in Missouri trust McCain overall by a 48% to 46% margin, they trust Obama more to fix the economy by an identical margin. McCain still holds the edge on national security, 54% to 43%.

If faced with life’s toughest decision, 50% of Missouri voters say they would turn to McCain for advice, while 43% say they would consult Obama.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters in Missouri say it is likely they will partake in an exit poll on Election Day, while 29% say the opposite. Democrats are more likely than Republicans and unaffiliated voters to say they will answer an exit poll.

Electoral College projections now show Obama leading 260-163. When “leaners” are included, Obama leads 286-174. A total of 270 Electoral Votes are needed to win the White House (Predict how many Electoral College votes Obama will win this year).

 

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This telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on October 26, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Missouri Trends: McCain vs. Obama

Date

McCain

Obama

11/02/2008

49%

49%

47%

48%

44%

49%

46%

52%

47%

50%

47%

50%

51%

46%

48%

41%

47%

42%

42%

43%

47%

41%

53%

38%

42%

40%


Favorable Ratings for Presidential Candidates in Missouri

 

McCain

Obama

Very Favorable

35%

42%

Somewhat Favorable

21%

12%

Somewhat Unfavorable

21%

11%

Very Unfavorable

22%

34%

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.