Timing is Everything
The upcoming presidential debate may be focused on foreign policy issues, but that's not the issue on the minds of many voters this week.
With the bailout bill working its way through Congress and
the stock markets trembling, it's clear that the economy and housing are taking
center stage. Even with Sen. John McCain's running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
meeting world leaders at the U.N. and President Bush making his final address
there yesterday, the events were merely a blip on the radar for most of
Patchwork Nation's Dante Chinni is traveling to key states this week and he reports on how voters are following the turmoil on Wall Street and whether the "Palin effect" is still holding strong for McCain.
"I sent out a query about the economy last week to of all my communities and heard back from nearly all of them close to immediately. The upshot was most of them were waiting to see what the candidates were saying, but there was, even in the early stages, a sign of softening for McCain.
All the Obama supporters said the news on the economy made them more fervent in their support and most of the McCain people said it wouldn't make any difference. But at least one McCain supporter was backing off. And the people I would say are undecided were... well ... undecided, but seemed to be leaning toward Obama."
What has been the reaction to Palin, now that she is becoming more known politician on the trail? Chinni says the "Palin effect" is starting to wear off in some of the communities he has visited.
"The other interesting thing going on out there is the sudden diminishing of the Palin effect. Is it because of the economic crisis, or simply a concurrent development, based on her performance? It's not clear, maybe some of both. But it looks like she may be costing McCain votes, especially among better educated, wealthier women. People I spoken with in Eagle, Los Alamos, and even here in
(where I am today) have said she has pushed them away from McCain. One of the women here, who owns a restaurant, said Palin was the deciding factor in pushing her from McCain." El Mirage, AZ
What are the trends in your community? Do they reflect what Patchwork Nation is seeing in their analysis?