McCain More Popular Than Ever
“John McCain’s 67% favorable rating is the highest of any of the three major candidates running for president, and ties for his highest in Gallup polling history,” Frank Newport reports.
The numbers aren’t particularly surprising given that most national polls show McCain running neck-and-neck with Obama and both ahead of Clinton. Given the controversy with Jeremiah Wright and relative good news in Iraq, it’s not surprising that McCain is up a bit and Obama down.
This is somewhat interesting:
McCain gets an extraordinarily high 52% favorable from Democrats and independents who lean Democratic, while Obama gets a 39% favorable rating from Republicans and Republican leaners. Clinton, on the other hand, receives only a 20% favorable rating from Republicans and Republican leaners.
McCain is also helped by the fact that he receives an 87% favorable rating from Republicans, higher than the 80% and 79% that Clinton and Obama, respectively, currently receive from Democrats.
So, not only is McCain’s doing better among the other party and independents than his rivals but he’s done a better job of winning over his own partisans. Given the enmity with which many Republicans held McCain until quite recently, the healing has been quick. One wonders if the same will be true of Democrats once they’ve finally settled on a candidate.