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Missouri: McCain Leads By Seven in Classic Swing State – Obama Unable To Climb

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John McCain leads Barack Obama by 7% in the race for Missouri’s Electoral votes. The latest Rasmussen telephone survey shows John McCain attracting 48% of the vote while Barack Obama has 41%. This is the third time in the last 4 months that McCain’s support has been at 47% or 48%.

Obama has been in the 41%-43% range for four straight months, unable to climb higher.

When leaners are included in the current survey, McCain leads Obama 50% to 44%, little changed from a month ago. Leaners are survey participants who initially indicate no preference for either major candidate but indicate that they are leaning towards either McCain or Obama.

Fifty-five percent (55%) believe that most reporters are trying to help Obama win in November while 9% believe they are trying to help McCain. These figures are similar to the national average.

Fifty-three percent (53%) believe that reducing the price of gas and oil is more important than protecting the environment. Nationally, voters see stark differences between Obama and McCain on the energy issue. The two men are essentially even in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

McCain is supported by 93% of Missouri Republicans and enjoys a twenty-three percentage point lead among unaffiliated voters. Obama is supported by 84% of Democrats. McCain is currently viewed favorably by 59% of Missouri voters, Obama by 53%.

Nineteen percent (19%) have a Very Favorable opinion of McCain and 16% hold a Very Unfavorable view of the presumptive Republican nominee. For Obama, the numbers are 27% Very Favorable, 29% Very Unfavorable.

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