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Honestly, I don’t have much faith in the pools anymore, but seeing how the media loves to remind us when Obama is leading in the pools, I thought you would like this AP Poll.

The poll, which found Obama at 44 percent and McCain at 43 percent, supports what some Republicans and Democrats privately have said in recent days: that the race narrowed after the third debate as GOP-leaning voters drifted home to their party and McCain’s “Joe the plumber” analogy struck a chord.

“I trust McCain more, and I do feel that he has more experience in government than Obama. I don’t think Obama has been around long enough,” said Angela Decker, 44, of La Porte, Ind.

McCain’s strong showing is partly attributable to his strong debate performance; Thursday was his best night of the survey.

During their final debate, a feisty McCain repeatedly forced Obama to defend his record, comments and associations. He also used the story of a voter whom the Democrat had met in Ohio, “Joe the plumber,” to argue that Obama’s tax plan would be bad for working class voters.

“I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,” Obama told the man with the last name of Wurzelbacher, who had asked Obama whether his plan to increase taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year would impede his ability to buy the plumbing company where he works.

On Wednesday, McCain’s campaign unveiled a new TV ad that features that Obama quote, and shows different people saying: “I’m Joe the plumber.” A man asks: “Obama wants my sweat to pay for his trillion dollars in new spending?”

Since McCain has seized on that line of argument, he has picked up support among white married people and non-college educated whites, the poll shows, while widening his advantage among white men. Black voters still overwhelmingly support Obama.

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  1. Alan K Says:

    Polls are only tools and voters shouldn’t put much faith in them. The sample size in most polls is far to small in my opinion. And the news coverage of all these polls just confuses the issue. Do your research and make your choice, ignore the polls.

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    Posted on October 24th, 2008 at 10:48 am

  2. Joanne Says:

    Yes, I agree Alan, which is why i said I don’t have much faith in the polls. But sometimes it’s nice to see one that says McCain is leading, which is why I shared it.

    Posted on October 24th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

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