McCain's Negative Campaigning is Backfiring Big Time
In recent weeks, the McCain campaign has gone to considerable lengths to change the subject of the campaign away from the economy and towards guilt-by-association attacks. It now appears McCain badly miscalculated, and misjudged the public's expectations.
The McCain campaign's recent angry tone and sharply personal attacks on Senator Barack Obama appear to have backfired and tarnished Senator John McCain more than their intended target, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found.
After several weeks in which the McCain campaign unleashed a series of strong political attacks on Mr. Obama, trying to tie him to a former 1960s radical, among other things, the poll found that more voters see Mr. McCain as waging a negative campaign than Mr. Obama. Six in 10 voters surveyed said that Mr. McCain had spent more time attacking Mr. Obama than explaining what he would do as president; by about the same number, voters said Mr. Obama was spending more of his time explaining than attacking.
Over all, the poll found that if the election were held today, 53 percent of those determined to be probable voters said they would vote for Mr. Obama and 39 percent said they would vote for Mr. McCain.
McCain's favorability rating has dropped to 41%, while, Obama's has risen to 50%, the highest ever in a CBS/NYT poll. What's more, 69% said Obama has the right kind of temperament and personality to be president, which is 16 points higher than McCain's number on the same question.