Poll: Voters Souring on McCain, Obama Stays Steady

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest Associated Press-Yahoo News poll shows the public's image of John McCain has deteriorated over the past month, while Obama's image has held study or improved.

The poll of likely voters shows the number of respondents who view McCain favorably is just 5 percent higher than those who view him unfavorably. In mid-September, the difference was 21 percent.

Obama's number went the other way. In September, he had a 5 point net favorable rating. That's improved to 15 points.

Overall, Obama is seen favorably by 57 percent of respondents and McCain by 52 percent.

Since the September poll, McCain has lost ground on nearly every quality tested in the poll, including lower scores for being likable, decisive, honest, competent, intelligent and inspiring. He's also lost ground for understanding ordinary people's problems, caring about "people like you" and improving America's international standing.

Obama's ratings have stayed level on most qualities, but picked up ground on whether those polled find him experienced and decisive.


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