USA Today/Gallup: Obama, 53%; McCain, 42%

Monday, November 3, 2008

Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain by 11 percentage points in the last USA TODAY/Gallup national poll of likely voters before Election Day.

With less than two days to go before polls open, the contenders’ support is estimated to be:

• Obama, 53%
• McCain, 42%

Those numbers, released this hour, are based on national surveys of 2,472 likely voters. The interviews were conducted by telephone on Friday, Saturday and today.

Gallup says the group it surveyed is mostly made up of voters who fit its “traditional” model of those likely to show up at the polls. Also among the 2,472 are some who have already voted — including first-timers.

Obama’s favorable rating is 62% — the highest that any presidential candidate has registered in Gallup’s final pre-election polls going back to 1992.

While all of these numbers are very encouraging, they mean nothing if you don’t vote. The only thing that could possibly derail Obama’s victory in the General Election is if we become complacent and don’t vote.

Folks, if you haven’t voted already via absentee or early ballot, please vote tomorrow.

The future of our nation rests on your shoulders.

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23 Responses to USA Today/Gallup: Obama, 53%; McCain, 42%

  1. I voted two weeks ago. Spent my day on Saturday Canvassing for the campaign. Not this time…we are not gonna let this election get stolen. On Saturday the lines for early voting averaged about 5 hours. The people just stayed in line and did not leave. It brought tears to my eyes.

    My guess is that down here in NC it is going to be within 60K votes. We have already had nearly 40 percent turnout it truly is a tossup at this point. North Freaking Carolina…never in my wildest dreams would I have believed this. I am going to see him today at the University of NC here in Charlotte. One last time before he wins…

  2. Rick,

    I so hope Obama takes North Carolina!

    I also hope that monster Liddy Dole gets her ass handed to her. Fingers crossed!

  3. libhomo says:

    Christopher: Liddy Dole is an anti-atheist bigot and a heterosexist. I hope she loses too.

    General: People should keep in mind that Gallop polls generally are slanted a few points in favor of Republicans. Such a big Obama lead there strongly suggests that he will win big.

  4. Lib,

    Dole is a vehement homophobe. I detest her and want to see her banished from the US Senate.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    I am very proud of my home state of Colorado for the first time in my life. It looks like we will give our electoral votes to Barack Obama and help him go on to win the presidency. I am feeling pretty good this morning but not over confident. I suppose anything can happen between now and tomorrow night but Obama is so far ahead at this point that he’s become a freight train hurdling down the tracks toward the White House.

  6. feminazi says:

    It all leads up to this moment. Like Joe said, I feel good but until Obama is declared the winner, I know I won’t be able to relax and rest. The election is so important to so many. Not just in America but, around the globe.

  7. woyoyo says:

    Obama’s got thing thing in the bag.

    Relax folk. Go vote tomorrow and chill. Let the pundits jaw about the margins and all diss bullshit.

    All it takes is 270 and the “O”- Man is in!

    Peace. 🙂

  8. Idaho Librul says:

    Obama’s in fine shape and I predict victory.

    He ran a smart, well organized campaign and using the internet, amassed record money and build a team numbering 1.5 million volunteers. Stunning!

    On a personal note, I really hope Idaho might turn blue this time around but it looks like the Old Coot will win here.

    Also, a huge shout out to Christopher for his excellent work this past 18 months. He kept us informed and amused and made us think.

  9. b4uno says:

    I know when I voted, I didn’t fully understand, but after I voted, I realized that I had made a decision that didn’t support a strong America. When I voted, I realized I voted for someone who would “do it for me” where I don’t have to be responsible for myself. After I made that decision, I now know that I didn’t make a decision based on creating a strong America.

    I want a candidate in office that will support me being an entrepreneur, which is what this country was founded on. This country is not about having the government being responsible for you, its about being an entrepreneur and having that self reliant spirit. And that was what this country was founded on. I don’t agree with everything McCain does, and how he campaigned, but he does know a little bit more about being an American and what it means to be an entrepreneur. And that is what this country needs right now, just a little bit more of that. So if you haven’t voted yet, vote for the candidate who will support us in being responsible for ourselves. This country does depend on it.

  10. TOM339 says:

    I don’t agree with everything McCain does, and how he campaigned, but he does know a little bit more about being an American and what it means to be an entrepreneur.

    An entrepreneur? McCain? Are you kidding?

    The only “job” he’s had was finding a wealthy beer heiress to ditch his first wife for and marry her.

    I suppose as a measurement of success, you could argue McCain achieved this much.

    His involvement in the Keating Five scandal that cost more than 20,000 retirees their life savings should have resulted in him being expelled from the U.S. Senate. It’s called ethics and McCain is sorely lacking in that area.

  11. Harry says:

    I shutter to think what course a McCain/Palin administration might take this country on. More expansion of the American empire — that much you can be certain.

  12. R.J. says:

    But what about Zogby’s poll?

    Just kidding. All the conservatives are pointing to this outlier saying that’s why McCain will win.

    I hope Obama/Biden get at least 350 tomorrow night.

  13. Rachel says:

    The only number that matters is who reaches 270 by the time the polls close. All of the experts can say what they will but it is much like predicting how bad the winter will be. My grandfather used to say, “Ask next April, then I can tell you if we had a mild winter.”

  14. JollyRoger says:

    I want a candidate in office that will support me being an entrepreneur, which is what this country was founded on. This country is not about having the government being responsible for you, its about being an entrepreneur and having that self reliant spirit. And that was what this country was founded on. I don’t agree with everything McCain does, and how he campaigned, but he does know a little bit more about being an American and what it means to be an entrepreneur.

    WTF?!? McKeating has held exactly ONE JOB outside the Federal Government, and he only got that one because of his father in law. He abandoned it for the Congress after a FEW MONTHS!!!

    I guess since I was in the delivery room when my kids were born, I now know everything I need to know about delivering babies. Right, genius?

  15. A Regular Patriot says:

    As a conservative voter, I was initially hopeful that Sen. McCain would rise to the occasion and become the candidate we need at this moment in history to lead the nation. But my hopes were short-lived when he made the decision to put Gov. Palin on the ticket. She is not intellectually prepared to take over the Chief Executive role if circumstances call upon her to do so. Furthermore, I am troubled by the campaign tactics I see coming from the McCain team. One should never question the patriotism of your rival. To do so is mean and petty.

  16. Winnie H. says:

    You’re right, Christopher — the future of our nation will be determined tomorrow. An Obama victory will be meaningful in so many ways. It will mean the return of respect for the Constitution, a commitment to helping our fellow citizens, and the possibility of renewed respect for our country all over the world.

    And while each person has the right to vote for whomever he or she chooses, I must take exception to the person who claimed above that McCain…. “does know a little bit more about being an American.”

    No, he does not.

    A statement like that has to be called out. We are all Americans, and every single one of us knows about being an American. Every citizen is equal in this country, and I am tired of the Republicans claiming more patriotism, more Americanism, more love for this country. It’s a shameful falsehood, and I, for one, will no longer be silent when someone makes a claim like that because it diminishes every single one of us.

    Barack Obama knows just as much about being an American as John McCain. We are all equal as Americans. We owe it to all of the people who fought for this country and gave their lives to preserve our freedom to defend that fact.

  17. MacDaddy says:

    Like Idaho librual, I predict Obama will be our next president. Over at daddyBstrong, I wrote about Obama being the president of all Americans but how he will be standing on the shoulders of those brave civil rights and black militants who bled, got jailed or died for this history victory.

  18. Aunt Peg says:

    There is no other outcome tomorrow.

    It’s Obama’s time. Just as it was John Kennedy’s time and Bill Clinton’s time. The planets are aligned and Obama WILL be elected president.

    Don’t worry, Christopher. Everything will turn out for the best and that means Obama will win. Trust me.

  19. My biggest worry is people not voting and being too freaked out by the lines. Build a bridge. Bring a book and a nosh. Most important, VOTE. Every vote counts. Anyone who thinks allowing others to just come through on your behalf needs to re-think that. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE.

  20. retahyajyajav says:

    I love the fact Bush is almost out of office. He’s a living example of filth and evil and he belongs in a Federal prison charged and convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    I love the fact every poll suggests Barack Obama will win the election and by a large margin. A genuine repudiation of the GOP and everything they stand for.

    I love the fact a sizable portion of the electorate is rejecting McCain and his idiot running mate. The pair aren’t qualified to sell used Yugos.

  21. Fran says:

    QUESTION: Has anyone here been polled re this Presidential election, or know anyone who has?

    Visualizing PRESIDENT OBAMA

  22. Randy Arroyo says:

    I haven’t been polled. I’ve never been polled. The McCain ads are still running in California which is odd when you stop to think Obama is ahead here anywhere from 15 to 20 points. What a poorly run campaign. The McCain ads are vicious and factually inaccurate. Everyone I know is sick of this election and they want it over and decided. It stopped being fun about 4 months ago. Obama will win. I know it and that’s that.

  23. kellybelle says:

    VOTE!!! VOTE!!! VOTE!!!!!!!!!

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