The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll gives Obama a 52-43 lead over McCain, which represents an 11-point swing from a poll taken after the Republican convention, in which McCain lead 49-47. The big difference has been the financial crisis. According to the poll, only 9 percent of Americans said the economy was “good” or “excellent,” — which is the first time since just before the 1992 election that the number has been in the single digits. Also, the Post notes that neither Gore or Kerry broke 50 percent in one of its pre-election polls.
What’s remarkable is that in the wake of the financial crisis, Obama didn’t say or do much of anything to distinguish himself and there’re weren’t any memorable “I feel your pain” moments. He was mainly able to step aside and watch McCain stumble, knowing that reflexively more Americans would blame Republicans for this mess.
McCain is in a very tough spot right now.
UPDATE: McCain’s pollster calls the poll an “outlier.”