- Obama's favorable rating of 45% is a shade higher than McCain's of 44%. And in this poll Obama's fave numbers are up six points since August.
- Sixty percent think Obama "understands the needs and problems of people like yourself" -- compared to only 48% who say the same about McCain.
- Sixty-six percent think Obama "shares the values most Americans live by" -- more than the 61% who say the same about McCain.
- Fifty-seven percent think Obama is "someone you can relate to."
Wow, what a difference actually fighting back and throwing an elbow or two makes!
Now, there are some (many!) who think that the Bradley effect will kick in and that lots of racist Whites won't vote for a Black man. I don't think that's true, and I especially don't in the wake of numbers like these. Obama isn't a typical Black politician, and the Bradley effect has run its course, which is why (if you read the Wikipedia article) it hasn't been an effect on statewide elections in years.