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More tightening, but Obama still ahead:

Strategic Vision, LLC, an Atlanta-headquartered public relations and public affairs agency, announced the results of a three-day poll of 1200 likely voters in Pennsylvania on various political issues.  The poll has a margin of error of ±3 percentage points. For the poll, 588 (49%) identified themselves as Democrats; 468 (39%) identified themselves as Republicans; and 144 (12%) identified themselves as Independent or other party affiliation. 

The poll showed that the Obama/Biden ticket leads McCain/Palin ticket 49% to 44% with 2% for other candidates; and 5% undecided. 

“The race in Pennsylvania has tightened some since our poll last week,” said David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision, LLC.  “McCain has made some gains in Bucks and Chester counties which are essential if he is to carry the state.  He is also winning back some Independents and Obama now has a narrow single digit lead among him in that category.  This is the closest the race has been in our polling in Pennsylvania since the beginning of September.”

The poll showed that 49% viewed Barack Obama favorably with 41% viewing him unfavorably; and 10% undecided.  Joseph Biden was viewed favorably by 47% of respondents with 39% viewing him unfavorably; and 14% undecided.  John McCain was viewed favorably by 49% of respondents with 40% viewing him unfavorably; and 11% undecided.  Sarah Palin was viewed favorably by 48% of respondents with 40% viewing her unfavorably; and 12% undecided.

“The negatives of all of these candidates are on the rise,” said Johnson. “For Obama a concern must be that McCain’s favorables are now marginally higher than his and a large number of Hillary Clinton supporters have an unfavorable opinion of him.”

When asked who would be best able to handle the economy, 48% said Barack Obama; 44% said John McCain; and 8% were undecided.

“The economy is the number one issue in Pennsylvania and Obama’s support on the issue is continuing to diminish with McCain making up ground,” said Johnson.  “We are seeing movement to McCain on the economy among suburban women.”…



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