Democrat Barack Obama has opened a 9-point lead over Republican John McCain in the U.S. presidential race amid turmoil in the financial system and growing pessimism about the economy, according to a Washington Post-ABC News national opinion poll released on Wednesday. Among likely voters, the poll found Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent. Two weeks ago the race was essentially even, with McCain at 49 percent and Obama at 47 percent, the Post reported
McCain is floundering with the voters on the economy. I also think the Bush’s big push (sending Cheney disastrously to the Hill today) to ram through the bailout is really meeting resistance. This cannot help the Republicans. There are permanently branded as the party of incompetence in both War and Finance.