The new Rasmussen poll from New Hampshire can hardly be encouraging to Obama’s boosters. Two months ago, Obama had a comfortable lead of thirteen over McCain in this heavily Democratic-trending state, but now trails by ten and his unfavs have shot up to 48%. McCain wins every age group and all but one income group, and Obama draws just 68% of Democrats. Young voters, who once went for Obama in large numbers, now give McCain a 52-46 edge in that group.
54% say it is likely Obama shares some of Wright’s views, and 56% see his denunciation of the pastor simply as an act of political convenience. The damage has been well and truly done. Thus, in a state where 73% disapprove of Mr. Bush, McCain currently wins a majority of support.