April 4, 2008 – In the heated battle of Superdelegate vote chasing, all stops are pulled for opportunities to talk to folks one on one. According to the latest CBS/New York Times poll support for Obama has lessened among men and upper-income voters. Voters have taken a slightly less positive view of him than they did after his burst of victories in February.
Mr. Obama’s lead among men has disappeared during that period.
Calls for Senator Clinton to leave the race and unify the Democratic party are falling on deaf ears, according to anonymous staffers.
Mr. Obama’s favorability rating among Democratic primary voters has dropped seven percentage points, to 62 percent, since the last Times/CBS News survey, in late February. The decline came in a month during which he endured withering attacks from Mrs. Clinton and responded to reports that his former pastor had made politically inflammatory statements from his church’s pulpit in Chicago.
In February, 67 percent of men wanted the party to nominate him compared with 28 percent for Mrs. Clinton. Now 47 percent back him, compared with 42 percent for her, a difference within the poll’s margin of error. Similarly, his lead has shrunk among whites, voters making more than $50,000 annually and voters under age 45.
Susan Nefzger – Staff Writer