A new NEWSWEEK Poll shows that Obama has a substantial double-digit lead, 51 percent to 36 percent, over McCain among registered voters nationwide.
There were a few doubters when I said he’s be up 10 points by the end of June. It may be progressives have had dissapointments for the last eight years.
Obama is running much stronger at this point in the race than his two most recent Democratic predecessors, Sen. John Kerry and Vice President Al Gore, who both failed in their bids to win the White House. In a July 2004 NEWSWEEK Poll, Kerry led Bush by only 6 points (51 percent to 45 percent). In June 2000, Gore was in a dead heat with Bush (45 percent to 45 percent)—which is essentially where he ended up when that razor-thin election was finally decided
I know this poll is an outlier, but it’s the most recent poll and I think the mood of the country s really souring. The new poll finds that only 14 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the direction of the country.