Energy and McCain's Summer Surge

The energy issue has helped turned the tide for now in the presidential contest.

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OK, the new L.A .Times-Bloomberg poll has Obama +2 vs. Obama +12 in June. The Battleground poll has McCain +1 vs. Obama+2 in May. And Zogby-Reuters has McCain +5 vs. Obama +7 in July. I think the internal numbers in the Battleground poll are quite revealing:

1) McCain went from +5 to +15 vs. Obama on the "strong leader" question.

2) McCain went from -24 to -15 on "represents middle-class values."

3) McCain went from -20 to -9 on "fights for people like me."

4) McCain went from -19 to +3 on "can reduce gas and energy prices."

5) McCain went from -21 to -9 on "will create jobs and improve the economy."

6) In the poll, 40 percent of respondents rated the economy as the first or second most important issue, while 29 percent rated gas prices as the first or second most important issue.

Me: It looks as if "Drill Here, Drill Now" has helped McCain hit a gusher.

TAGS:
energy
McCain, John
2008 presidential election

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