Monday, November 03, 2008

Monday Poll Dancing

While we should all be willing to crawl on our bellies through three feet of snow and ice if necessary to cast a vote for the Obama-Biden ticket tomorrow -- it's not over 'til it's over! -- the latest national polls certainly are looking encouraging.

A CBS News poll released yesterday shows that Barack Obama still holds a lead of 13 points over John McCain, 54 percent to 41 percent, when likely voters are surveyed nationally. The poll also reveals that most voters are now locked in on their choices, with 90 percent of respondents saying they have made up their minds about who to vote for and that they are unlikely to switch sides.

The poll was conducted October 30 to November 1 and indicates an identical margin for Obama that the same poll showed last week.

In other big polls, the election cycle's last USA TODAY/Gallup survey also had Obama up, with 53 percent over 42 percent for McCain. That poll was conducted among likely voters Friday through Sunday.

Showing that running-mate choices do indeed matter, poll respondents roasted McCain for picking Sarah Palin with 45 percent rating the choice as "poor" -- only 16 percent said it was an "excellent" decision.

Conversely, Obama's choice of Joe Biden is seen as overwhelmingly positive -- 60 percent say the Biden choice was an excellent one for Obama.

Lastly, the USA TODAY/Gallup poll gave Obama the highest pre-election approval rating since 1992 at 62 percent of voters having a positive view of the Democratic candidate.

As managers often say with one game left to win the World Series… We need to focus on the game -- but the champagne is on ice.