Obama losing the battle for independent voters

Today’s Rasmussen poll has some seriously bad news for the Obama campaign. Only 35% of independent voters believe that Barack Obama has enough experience to be president, while over 70% believe that McCain does.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters say John McCain is prepared right now to be president, and 50% say the same thing about Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden. Forty-four percent (44%) say the man at the top of Biden’s ticket, Barack Obama, is ready, but 45% say he isn’t.

Just 26% say McCain is not ready, and 34% feel that way about Biden, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Over half of voters (52%) say McCain’s running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, is not prepared to be president, but 33% disagree (crosstabs available for Premium Members).

Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 71% say McCain is prepared for the Presidency while just 35% say the same about Obama.

Independent voters are going to decide this election. And right now, they don’t seem to be buying into the “Hope and Change” schtick. That may work for the liberal base, but that’s about it.

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