How blue is Vermont when it comes to presidential politics?
This blue: Barack Obama is winning this state by a bigger margin in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll than he is in his home state of Illinois.
The RR poll out late Thursday had Obama-Biden with 60 percent support, compared to 36 percent for McCain-Palin. An RR poll out today had Obama ahead of McCain in the Land of Lincoln, 56%-40%.
The Vt. prez. numbers were similar to the results of the WCAX-TV done earlier this month, which had Obama up over McCain 55% to 36%.
We don't seem much impressed with McCain's choice of Palin to be his veep. The Rasmussen survey said 50 percent of the Vermonters polled thought Palin, the Alaska governor, was not a good choice and 63 percent found her to be "very conservative. Biden was viewed as a good pick by 48 percent, and 39 percent of those polled think of him as a moderate.
BTW, the current president unwillingness to visit Vermont, the only state he hasn't passed through since becoming Commander in Chief, continues to be well advised. Just 22 percent of Vermonters in the RR poll think George W. Bush is doing a good or excellent job; 65 percent say his performance in office has been poor.
No numbers from RR on the Douglas-Symington-Pollina race for governor. The folks over at Green Mountain Daily say Rasmussen is redoing that portion of the poll because it failed to include Pollina as a choice in the first go-round. Interesting. I checked this morning and all the Rasmussen guy would say is they're doing a governor poll and the results will be out later this week.
-- Sam Hemingway