When I was in the U.S. in 2008, there was considerable talk about whether the 40-year tendency for Christians to vote Republican in a significant majority was shifting. Barack Obama’s campaign had put particular energy into reaching out to faith communities, and there was a sense that younger Christians were less motivated by the traditional ‘hot-button’ issues of evangelical Christians such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
Evidence is starting to come in that such a shift is taking place. This story
“Late Show” host David Letterman kept up a verbal assault on John McCain Thursday, saying he felt like an “ugly date” because the GOP presidential candidate backed out of a scheduled appearance on his talk show.
The night before, Letterman had said McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign to deal with the economic crisis “didn’t smell right.” Letterman substituted MSNBC’s “Countdown” host — and critic of the Arizona senator — Keith Olbermann when McCain called him to say he
Daily Kos reporting a poll from FOX News (hardly a bastion of Obamanauts):
Bad news for McCain from our friends at Fox
Wed Sep 24, 2008 at 08:38:58 PM PDT
Opinion Dynamics for Fox News. 9/22-23. Registered voters. 3% (9/8-9 results)
McCain (R) 39 (45)Obama (D) 45 (42)
Thirty nine? Really? Thirty-freaking-nine?
And this poll was conducted before McCain cut and run on the debates.
Update: Let’s dig a bit into the internals (PDF).
McCain (R) 31 (46)Obama (D) 36 (31)
That one’s gotta hurt. That’s