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New Poll, Plus McCain's True Obsession: Obama

So much for that 'respectful campaign' From Ol' McNasty.
One thing I, in all my travels here -- Americans want a respectful campaign. They do, they want it. Now, people say, well, negative ads move numbers. They may. But do we have to go to the lowest common denominator? I don't think so.
John McCain, July 2008

So the latest WSJ/NBC poll (the same one showing Barack Obama's lead slipping away) also shows that Americans think John McCain is running a negative campaign:
By a nearly six-to-one margin, voters say Republican presidential candidate John McCain is running a negative campaign against his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Nearly three in 10 voters, 29%, pointed to McCain as the candidate running a negative campaign, compared to just 5% who said Obama is running a negative campaign. McCain’s 29% rating is the highest of any one candidate in the previous two presidential elections according to the WSJ/NBC News survey.
Know what? They're right. It's not just their opinion. It's a quantifiable fact.

(A great graphic showing McCain's true obsession can be found on the flip side.)
David Neiwert is a freelance journalist based in Seattle, and the assistant editor of Crosscut.