With commanding leads among women and young voters and near unanimous support from black voters, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama has a 50 - 41 percent lead over Arizona Sen. John McCain, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll of likely voters released today.
Independent voters split 44 - 44 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Sen. McCain has a slight 47 - 44 percent edge among men voters and a larger 49 - 42 percent lead among white voters.
But black voters back Sen. Obama 94 - 1 percent, while women support him 55 - 36 percent. Obama leads 63 - 31 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old and 48 - 44 percent among voters 35 to 54, while voters over 55 split with 45 percent for McCain and 44 percent for Obama.
But in the internals are the truly fascinating numbers:
The economy is the single most important issue in their vote, 53 percent of American voters say, followed by 16 percent who list the war in Iraq and 11 percent who list health care.
Obama leads McCain 53 - 39 percent among those who list the economy, 65 - 27 percent among those who cite the war and 67 - 27 percent among those worried about health care.
And in the most revealing area of the poll, the most flabbergasting we see how the politics of "FEAR" plays out, McCain leads 87 to 7 for those who think "terrorism" is the most important thing.
There is your "He's a Muslim" emails and the biggest suckers in the world right there. Only 7% have that are their primary issue.
The economy is the top choice of 53%.
So, how many "TERROR ALERTS" is the Administration going to throw out there starting the week of the Democratic National Convention anyway?