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Today's Polls: Democrats Are Driving Obama's Berlin Bounce


Mixed news on the day, as Barack Obama gets two relatively weak results
in state polling while continuing to gain ground in the national
trackers.In California, Obama leads John McCain by 10 points according to Rasmussen.
This is quite a step down from Rasmussen's result in June, when Obama
had led McCain by 28 points. Their other California polling, however,
had been closer, showing Obama in the lead by margins ranging from 7
points to 15. Regardless, California polling is mostly an academic
endeavor in this year's election. The state is not competitive, and so
far as I can tell, the Obama campaign does not even have a field office
open there.In South Carolina, it's McCain by 13 in a new Research 2000 poll for
This is Research 2000's first poll in South Carolina, and so there are
no trendlines for comparison. Nevertheless, this is the first South
Carolina poll to show McCain with a lead in the double digits.Obama is just about at his high water marks in the national tracking polls, however. Gallup shows him ahead by 7 points, tying his best-ever margin in that poll, while Rasmussen
has him ahead by 6. What Obama's foreign policy trip may have done, and
particularly his speech in Berlin, is to refresh enthusiasm among his
core supporters. Fully 60 percent of Democrats now have a very
favorable opinion of Obama, according to Rasmussen's latest numbers.
That number is improved from 53 percent a week ago. During that time
frame, Obama has gained 6 points of support among Democrats, capturing
82 percent of their votes rather than 76. Half of that gain comes from
undecided voters, while the other half comes from McCain.

--Nate Silver


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