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Republicans like McCain most, but Obama not too far behind
The Washington Times ^ | March 4, 2008 | Stephen Dinan

Posted on 03/04/2008 5:33:19 AM PST by Shortwave

Republicans like Sen. Barack Obama nearly as much as they like their own likely presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, according to a new Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll.

The survey determined that a quarter of self-identified Republicans rated Mr. McCain most likable, but nearly as many — 23 percent — chose Mr. Obama as most likable. And among all adults surveyed, Mr. Obama was rated likable by more people than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mr. McCain combined, underscoring the Illinois senator's appeal to voters across the political spectrum.

"There is something about Barack Obama that is hard to capture in polling and it's an enthusiasm, it's a freshness, it's an excitement he can generate that will certainly be a factor in the campaign," said pollster Scott Rasmussen.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: mccain; obama; puke
When is the press' fascination with Republicans and Obama going to end? Republicans seem to no longer be conservatives and the party seems to no longer share the values of the Reagan movement. At least that's how I see it.

And the freshness is a complete "BARF"!

1 posted on 03/04/2008 5:33:21 AM PST by Shortwave
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To: Shortwave

BS.


2 posted on 03/04/2008 5:33:44 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: Shortwave

I call BS!


3 posted on 03/04/2008 5:35:02 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks (Who would you rather appoint lifetime judges, Barack Hussein Obama or McQueeg?)
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To: Shortwave
When people hear Obama giving one of his “scripted” speeches, he does sound good. As soon as people find out what the heck he really means by the fluffy rhetoric, the bloom goes off the rose.
4 posted on 03/04/2008 5:35:58 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: Shortwave

What a load. . .


5 posted on 03/04/2008 5:36:34 AM PST by stentorian conservative (Ignore Napolean's Dogs. . . Vote your conscience.)
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To: Shortwave

Well this is one Republican playing “Democrat for a Day” today; and I’m not voting for Obama ;) if you know what I mean.


6 posted on 03/04/2008 5:37:59 AM PST by hockeyfan
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To: Shortwave
If the poll is simply likability then I believe it.

Obama can be very likable, but that doesn't mean Republicans agree with his political positions.

7 posted on 03/04/2008 5:39:05 AM PST by Jorge
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To: Shortwave
23% LIKABILITY is now somehow a plus?

"There is something about Barack Obama that is hard to capture in polling and it's an enthusiasm, it's a freshness, it's an excitement he can generate that will certainly be a factor in the campaign," said pollster Scott Rasmussen.

Again, how does 23% equal an overwhelming, statewide, enormous, warm, squishy feeling? If you looked at the news for the past few years of W's presidency, 23% demonstrates an overwhelming disapproval of a person.
8 posted on 03/04/2008 5:39:17 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Ownership, Individuality, Freedom, Responsibility - The Backbone of Conservatism)
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To: Shortwave
"The survey determined that a quarter of self-identified Republicans rated Mr. McCain most likable, but nearly as many — 23 percent — chose Mr. Obama as most likable."

I agree Obama seems very likeable. McCain comes across as a grumpy old fart.

"Likeble" does not qualify someone to be president.

There is a difference between people you like to have a beer with and the person you want running the country.
9 posted on 03/04/2008 5:39:56 AM PST by j_k_l
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To: Shortwave
"... Mr. Obama was rated likable by more people than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mr. McCain combined..."

So was Mr. Yuck.

10 posted on 03/04/2008 5:40:17 AM PST by Enosh ()
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To: Shortwave

>> “There is something about Barack Obama that is hard to capture in polling and it’s an enthusiasm, it’s a freshness, it’s an excitement he can generate that will certainly be a factor in the campaign,” said pollster Scott Rasmussen.

pollster? Or poofter?


11 posted on 03/04/2008 5:41:47 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Retire Ron Paul! Support Chris Peden (www.chrispeden.org))
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To: j_k_l
Here's to grumpy old farts! They make the world turn. Fresh likable idiots are the drunk drivers of politics, right off the road and into the tree.
12 posted on 03/04/2008 5:42:47 AM PST by JasonC
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To: hockeyfan

I applaud you! LOL!


13 posted on 03/04/2008 5:42:50 AM PST by Shortwave (Islamofascism is NOT America's greatest enemy, our apathy is.)
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To: Shortwave

I can promise that if Obama gets the nomination, the media is going to herald the “Historic First Black President”. There will be no real investigation or vetting of the candidate.

People will line up in droves to be a part of history, spineless RINOs as well. What will make things even worse for consertvatives is that with a margin of GOP support his liberal agenda will be heralded as having a mandate that coes from both sides of the aisle!!!!


14 posted on 03/04/2008 5:43:52 AM PST by awake-n-angry
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To: hockeyfan
"Well this is one Republican playing “Democrat for a Day” today; and I’m not voting for Obama ;) if you know what I mean.

I'm with you, friend. In about 2 hours, I going to be going to the polls and vote for The Beast.

Anything I can do to help extend the chaos, confusion and infighting among the DemoRats, just makes my day

It will be the first time in 44 years (since I voted for LBJ) that I will be voting for a Dhummie.

Anyone who claims to be a R and admits they like Barack ("Peace Be Upon His Middle No Name") Obama has got to be a RINO--no doubt in my mind!!!!

15 posted on 03/04/2008 5:49:51 AM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All)
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To: ARE SOLE

I will raise your BS double. Who did they ask? a buncn of brain dead zombies!


16 posted on 03/04/2008 5:51:58 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Shortwave

which is why I don;t refer to myself as a Republican. The majority of the party, inlcuding the finger-in-the-winders like “Republican” talkers Hannity and no pronciple party/power hacks.

You can rationalize all you want. A vot for Mccain is a vote for liberalism and the further decay of our our country’s founding principles and soverignty.

Screw Mccain and the Republican party — My plan. protect my own family/job/finances and hunker down for the next four years. Hopefully then enough of us will wise up and elect a person truly honorable enough to hold the mantle of President of the United States.


17 posted on 03/04/2008 5:58:01 AM PST by wilco200
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To: Shortwave

“This man talked you out of all your money?”

“Well, he seemed so nice...”


18 posted on 03/04/2008 6:09:11 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (The Mainstream Media Controls Our Party. Go, RINOS!)
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To: awake-n-angry
spineless RINOs as well

So you think Juan will vote for Obama also. ????

19 posted on 03/04/2008 6:10:05 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Shortwave
I'll admit it, I find Obama most likable too. And young and fresh and articulate and exciting, etc. I like to listen to his speeches.

But he won't get my vote. I know about his voting record, his past, his church, his alliances, and what he would likely do as President. Also, experience does count, and Obama doesn't have the mettle to protect this country.

So yes, Obama is the most likable candidate. Especially if you like a socialist, ex-Muslim, cut-and-run, apologist, Palestinian-supporting newbie.

20 posted on 03/04/2008 6:13:52 AM PST by Sender (Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.)
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To: rightinthemiddle
“Well, he seemed so nice...”

LOL, that reminds me of the news coverage after a shooting or sudden jihad syndrome event. Everyone is shocked, he seemed so nice.

And what about after Obama assumes the Presidency? What will the union people and "working families" say after Obama raises their taxes to the limit?

What will people wanting "change" say when that change alters the power balance in the world for the worse?

He seemed so nice.

21 posted on 03/04/2008 6:18:28 AM PST by Sender (Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.)
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To: wilco200
You pretty much summed up how I feel as well. Either way, we are screwed and I was thinking this morning that it will be at least four years before the pendulum swings back to some fundamental sanity about what the purpose of government is.

I do fear it will be a long time coming. One only has to look at how willing the sheeple are to accept GOREBAL Warning as truth and allow the government to tax the piss out of us and regulate business to death to reverse something that probably is either irreversible or never existed in the first place.

It will take a long time before that mentality, the nanny-state mind set, is flushed from the population.

22 posted on 03/04/2008 6:19:12 AM PST by Shortwave (Islamofascism is NOT America's greatest enemy, our apathy is.)
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To: Shortwave

Any person IDing themselves as republicans for Obama are NOT conservatives. They are the new McCain Liberal RINO members of the former republican party.


23 posted on 03/04/2008 6:20:08 AM PST by RetiredArmy (Obama: NOT the next JFK. He is the NEXT STALIN!!!! Wake up America!!!)
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To: Sender
I don’t know. I agree he has nice teeth and he’s young, tall and handsome, but I’ve actually listened to his speeches, and I don’t find him all that articulate. Then again, politicians only have to to tell a convincing enough lie to HOPE-NOTISE the masses.
24 posted on 03/04/2008 6:22:41 AM PST by Shortwave (Islamofascism is NOT America's greatest enemy, our apathy is.)
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To: Shortwave
Republicans like Sen. Barack Obama nearly as much as they like their own likely presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain

Idiots.

25 posted on 03/04/2008 6:26:05 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody

What does that say about how Republicans feel about McCain. Maybe we’re look at this all wrong. Nearly 75% of Republicans DON’T find McCain most likable.


26 posted on 03/04/2008 6:28:52 AM PST by Shortwave (Islamofascism is NOT America's greatest enemy, our apathy is.)
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To: ARE SOLE

I agree, this does not pass the smell test. This sounds like they polled Bloomberg “Republicans” in New York.


27 posted on 03/04/2008 6:32:06 AM PST by MeSpikeLibs (God help us this election!!!!)
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To: Shortwave
What does that say about how Republicans feel about McCain.

Doesn't matter how they 'feel' - it says they are idiots. They are either extremely liberal and shouldn't be registered as Republicans at all, or they are too stupid to look at the two candidates' records and understand that Obama is WAY more liberal than McCain ever thought of being.

Either way, they are morons.

28 posted on 03/04/2008 6:36:58 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Shortwave

I don’t believe it. Sorry.


29 posted on 03/04/2008 6:40:23 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Shortwave
What it comes down to is we have no choice in the upcoming election if things continue on the present path.
Tweedel Dee or Tweedle Dumb or Madam Tweedel Dumb.
30 posted on 03/04/2008 6:44:04 AM PST by DeaconRed (We must make sure our Brave Military gets the support to Win This WAR. Not another Viet Nam.)
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To: Shortwave

Well, then Republicans are idiots.

McCain is rank, but Obama is much much worse.


31 posted on 03/04/2008 6:48:12 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Shortwave
Republicans like Sen. Barack Obama nearly as much as they like their own likely presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, according to a new Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll.


32 posted on 03/04/2008 7:13:21 AM PST by Condor51 (Vote for McInsane or Death by Ugga-Bugga? Decisions, decisions, decisions.)
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To: Shortwave

Ok, _ell just froze over — I voted for Hillary. I saw a very interesting scenario at my polling place in this HIGHLY Republican county. The polling place was separated into two sides: obviously Democrat and Republican. There was a LONG line at the Democrat table and the poor Republican guys at the Republican table were twiddling their thumbs. This could mean one of two things: 1) Republicans aren’t voting in the primary because they aren’t excited about John McCain and/or 2) There are a LOT of us voting in the Democrat primary. For some reason they had only 2 voting machines on the Democrat side and they had 4 machines set up on the Republican side. The machines on the Repub. side were not being used so I asked if I could use one of those machines. They said I had to use the voting machines on the Democrat side even there were 4 voting machines open on the other side of the room. POLITICS!


33 posted on 03/04/2008 7:15:10 AM PST by hockeyfan (It snowed last night and _ell has frozen over.)
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To: Shortwave

I’m not surprised. There isn’t that much different between the two and the GOP has become Dem-lite. If they were companies, the Dems would just buy the GOP and cut costs.


34 posted on 03/04/2008 7:16:25 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Shortwave

Yes, and Slick Willy was likable. Being likable and someone you could vote for are two different things.


35 posted on 03/04/2008 7:18:02 AM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
Anything I can do to help extend the chaos, confusion and infighting among the DemoRats, just makes my day

I'll be doing the same. I cannot believe it, but I'll be voting for the beast.

36 posted on 03/04/2008 7:18:24 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Shortwave

This poll is BS. The media is full of social engineers who trying to manipulate public opinion. The days when they actually reported the news is long gone.

“The news and truth are not the same thing.”
~~Walter Lippmann, American journalist, 1889-1974

“We tell the people what they need to know,
not what they want to know.” ~~Frank Sesno, CNN News

“Our job is to give people not what they want,
but what we decide they ought to have.”
~Richard Salent, former President of CBS News.

“I feel sorry for the man who,
after reading the daily newspaper,
goes to bed believing he knows
something of what’s going on in the world.”
-— Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)

“We are going to impose our agenda on the coverage by dealing with issues and subjects that we choose to deal with.” — Richard M. Cohen, former Senior Producer of CBS political news


37 posted on 03/04/2008 8:13:09 AM PST by Main Street (Stuck in traffic)
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To: Shortwave

RINO’s, one and all.


38 posted on 03/04/2008 4:55:32 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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