Friday, September 5, 2008

Afternoon NewsUP: Jobless Rate, Obama, Clinton Palin,

Jobless Rate Surges to 6.1 in August--Tell me! Read it here.

Polling on the Palin Effect:
This is actually pretty darned interesting. Look where we were before her speech:

CBS News Poll. Sept. 1-2, 2008. N=540 registered voters nationwide. MoE � 4.


"Does John McCain naming Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate make a difference in whether or not you will vote for John McCain in November?" If yes: "Does having Sarah Palin on the ticket make you more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain in November?"

More Likely Less Likely No Difference Unsure











The next polls will probably tell a different tale.

AP Discussing Clinton Supporters and Palin
Read it here.

Palin's Speech didn't change independent voters (focus groups) (US News and World Report) or weak McCain/Obama supporters
This is an interesting piece and underlines exactly what I predicted--those that were GOP committed, got more committed, and those that were committed to Obama remain committed. Palin would drive a few one way or another, but not many and probably in equal number. But this is just during her speech time. Read it here.