Thursday, September 18, 2008
Digging into the internal numbers in the new New York Times poll, TPM highlights some important things to keep in mind about how well Obama's attributes have held up under the constant assaults from the Republicans over the last couple of weeks:
* Obama's favorable rating of 45% is a shade higher than McCain's of 44%. And in this poll Obama's fave numbers are up six points since August.
* Sixty percent think Obama "understands the needs and problems of people like yourself" -- compared to only 48% who say the same about McCain.
* Sixty-six percent think Obama "shares the values most Americans live by" -- more than the 61% who say the same about McCain.
* Fifty-seven percent think Obama is "someone you can relate to."