scarier than a ghost
Our department released a poll yesterday on how Texans are viewing the presidential election, as well as other down-ballot races. Among the key findings:
- McCain is up on Obama, but not by as much as we'd expect. The poll, taken October 15-22 with a 4% margin of error (which is higher than the ideal 3%), shows McCain pulling 51% to Obama's 40%, with 8% undecided. This in a state that re-elected George W. Bush with about 61% of the total vote.
- In the Senate race, it's Cornyn 45%, Noriega 36%, and Libertarian Adams-Schick 5%. Considering how poorly the Noriega campaign was run, it's not surprising that he's basically only getting the hard-core Democratic vote.
- 89% say the economy is worse off than it was a year ago.
- Bush's approval rating is 34%. How far the mighty have fallen.
- And (you knew this was coming) 23% of my fellow Texans believe Barack Obama is Muslim. That's compared to 5-10% nationally. Had they sampled my cousins, I bet the percentage would've been closer to 100.