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Public Opinion of McCain Falls to New Low as He Formally Announces White House Bid

Public perceptions of Arizona Senator John McCain (R) have declined in recent months. The man once seen as the dominant GOP frontrunner is now viewed favorably by just 49% of Likely Voters, unfavorably by 43%. Those numbers reflect a dramatic decline from earlier polling--last month he was viewed favorably by 55% and unfavorably by 39%. The 49% favorability rating is by far the lowest recorded for McCain in recent years.

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