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NYT: Poll Demands McCain Stop ‘Attacks’

We suppose we should be grateful that the New York Times has taken time away from publishing our country’s most vital national secrets to instruct us how to vote in the Presidential election.

Of course they pursue this noble endeavor not just through their slanted news reports, but also through massaged polls such as this latest one:

Poll Says McCain Hurts His Bid by Using Attacks

By MICHAEL COOPER and MEGAN THEE

October 14, 2008

The McCain campaign’s recent angry tone and sharply personal attacks on Senator Barack Obama appear to have backfired and tarnished Senator John McCain more than their intended target, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found.

After several weeks in which the McCain campaign unleashed a series of strong political attacks on Mr. Obama, trying to tie him to a former 1960s radical, among other things, the poll found that more voters see Mr. McCain as waging a negative campaign than Mr. Obama. Six in 10 voters surveyed said that Mr. McCain had spent more time attacking Mr. Obama than explaining what he would do as president; by about the same number, voters said Mr. Obama was spending more of his time explaining than attacking.

Over all, the poll found that if the election were held today, 53 percent of those determined to be probable voters said they would vote for Mr. Obama and 39 percent said they would vote for Mr. McCain.

The findings come as the race enters its final three weeks, with the two candidates scheduled to hold their third and last debate on Wednesday night, and as separate polls in critical swing states that could decide the election give Mr. Obama a growing edge. But wide gaps in polls have historically tended to narrow in the closing weeks of the race.

Voters who said their opinions of Mr. Obama had changed recently were twice as likely to say they had grown more favorable as to say they had worsened. And voters who said that their views of Mr. McCain had changed were three times more likely to say that they had worsened than to say they had improved.

The top reasons cited by those who said they thought less of Mr. McCain were his recent attacks and his choice of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate. (The vast majority said their opinions of Mr. Obama of Illinois, the Democratic nominee, and Mr. McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee, had remained unchanged in recent weeks.) But in recent days, Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin have scaled back their attacks on Mr. Obama, although Mr. McCain suggested he might aggressively take on Mr. Obama in Wednesday’s debate…

The nationwide telephone poll was conducted Friday through Monday with 1,070 adults, of whom 972 were registered voters, and it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for both groups.

After several weeks in which the McCain campaign sought to tie Mr. Obama to William Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground terrorism group, 64 percent of voters said that they had either read or heard something about the subject. But a majority said they were not bothered by Mr. Obama’s background or past associations. Several people said in follow-up interviews that they felt that Mr. McCain’s attacks on Mr. Obama were too rooted in the past, or too unconnected to the nation’s major problems.

“What bothers me is that McCain initially talked about running a campaign on issues and I want to hear him talk about the issues,” said Flavio Lorenzoni, a 59-year-old independent from Manalapan, N.J. “But we’re being constantly bombarded with attacks that aren’t relevant to making a decision about what direction McCain would take the country. McCain hasn’t addressed the real issues. He’s only touched on them very narrowly. This is a time when we need to address issues much more clearly than they ever have been in the past.”

The poll found that Mr. Obama is now supported by majorities of men and independents, two groups that he has been fighting to win over. And the poll found, for the first time, that white voters are just about evenly divided between Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama, who, if elected, would be the first black president. The poll found that Mr. Obama is supported by 45 percent of white voters — a greater percentage than has voted for Democrats in recent presidential elections, according to exit polls.

Mr. McCain was viewed unfavorably by 41 percent of voters, and favorably by 36 percent. Ms. Palin’s favorability rating is now 32 percent, down 8 points from last month, and her unfavorable rating climbed nine percentage points to 41 percent. Mr. Obama’s favorability rating, by contrast, is now at 50 percent, the highest recorded for him thus far by The Times and CBS News…

But roughly 7 in 10 voters said Mr. Obama had the right kind of temperament and personality to be president; just over half said the same of Mr. McCain.

Mr. Obama’s supporters continued to be more enthusiastic about him than Mr. McCain’s supporters, the poll found, and more of those surveyed said they had confidence in Mr. Obama than in Mr. McCain to make the right decisions about the economy and health care. And while more than 6 in 10 said Mr. Obama understood the needs and problems of people like them, more than half said Mr. McCain did not.

So, according to The Times, it is going to be a landslide of near historic proportions:

Over all, the poll found that if the election were held today, 53 percent of those determined to be probable voters said they would vote for Mr. Obama and 39 percent said they would vote for Mr. McCain.

Never mind that after this election, these projections will be entirely forgotten — and probably even expunged from the NYT’s records.

And, as usual, one wonders about just who participated in this poll.

The poll results total 34 pages. It consists of more than 100 questions. (Not all of which were numbered for some reason.)

Who has the time or inclination to answer such a poll? Would anyone with a job take the time out of their day to play along?

But of course the real purpose of this “poll” was to try to stop Mr. McCain or Mrs. Plain or indeed anyone from criticizing their candidate.

And the article’s focus is on just one out of the 100 or so questions:

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You see, 45 percent of those polled think McCain should stop “attacking” Obama and that Sarah Palin was a disastrous pick for his running mate.

Why should we doubt the New York Times? Obviously they have the best interests of the Republican Party at heart.

Clearly the Times wants to persuade McCain to stop any ads that criticize Obama or mention his past record or associations.

And they specifically warn him not to bring up anything untoward about Mr. Obama during tonight’s debate:

The top reasons cited by those who said they thought less of Mr. McCain were his recent attacks and his choice of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate. (The vast majority said their opinions of Mr. Obama of Illinois, the Democratic nominee, and Mr. McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee, had remained unchanged in recent weeks.) But in recent days, Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin have scaled back their attacks on Mr. Obama, although Mr. McCain suggested he might aggressively take on Mr. Obama in Wednesday’s debate…

And by “attacks,” they mean talking about Obama in any other way than laudatory.

You see, the public simply will not stand for it. The McCain campaign has been put on notice.

The Solons at the New York Times people have spoken.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NYT: Poll Demands McCain Stop ‘Attacks’”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “The McCain campaign’s recent angry tone” Maybe I missed something, but it seems to me that the voters are the ones with the angry tone. McCain keeps saying nice things about Obama, you shouldn’t be afraid of an Obama presidency, Obama is a decent guy, etc. But this kind of blatant, call it, misrepresentation of the truth is what we should expect from a socialist system. Where freedom of the press means, the press freely supports socialism and will do or say anything to make sure it happens. I think we should be afraid. Obama is already working on a billion dollar, get people more dependant on welfare and food stamp socialist program. The media tell us is going to win in a landslide, and even McCain is telling us all will be OK. We’re f*&#*!

  2. gipper says:

    McCain needs to go on the offensive. Load both guns. He hasn’t really done that. He’s let his pit bull Palin go after Obama. He himself needs to attack, and attack with a vengeance.

    One thing I’m sick of hearing from Obama and his ilk is Obama was only 8 years old when Ayers made his attacks. Ayers was still the same unrepentant commie terrorist when he met Obama. Ayers would still be placing bombs if he wasn’t so watched.

  3. 1sttofight says:

    He needs to let Sarahcuda take his place tonight.

    She would b*tch slap the little posieur off the stage, nurse Trig, and smile the whole time.

    BTW, just heard on Rush that a second phoney CC charge to Obama for $2300 has been discovered.
    Best check your CC statements folks.

  4. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    If the NY Slimes are in the tank for OBAMA, which they are, wouldn’t they be encouraging Sen John McCain to turn off the pols?!? If attacking Obama was such a “losing” strategy then wouldn’t the Slimes all be high fiving and break dancing in the news room over this?!? I think the opposite is what’s really true and the only votes McCain has lost has been the Lame stream media!. LMAO

  5. Exeter says:

    For everybody fretting over the polls, give Ann Coulter’s page a read. It might cheer you up.

    http://www.anncoulter.com/


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