Poll: Economic discontent boosts Obama over McCain

September 24, 2008 12:16:04 PM PDT
Barack Obama has seized the reins of economic discontent, vaulting over John McCain's convention gains by persuading voters he both better understands their economic troubles and can better address them. Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are locked in a tight political battle for the White House and, as Congress consider a historic trillion dollar Wall Street bailout, it's the economy that has emerged as a critical issue in the presidential election.

Fifty-three percent of registered voters in this new ABC News/Washington Post poll call the economy the single most important issue in the election, up 12 points in two weeks to an extraordinary level of agreement.

The public is cool to the bailout itself, underscoring economic uncertainty.

Eight in 10 are worried about the economy's future, half of them very worried. Personal concern runs high as well; six in 10 are worried about their family's finances. And 83 percent say the country's seriously off on the wrong track, back within a point of its record high -- set just this June -- in polls dating to early 1970s.

All these work for Obama.

For a PDF with charts and full questionnaire, go to, http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/feature?section=news&id=6411630

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