Open Thread

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Obama up by nine?

Turmoil in the financial industry and growing pessimism about the economy have altered the shape of the presidential race, giving Democratic nominee Barack Obama the first clear lead of the general-election campaign over Republican John McCain, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News national poll...More voters trust Obama to deal with the economy, and he currently has a big edge as the candidate who is more in tune with the economic problems Americans now face. He also has a double-digit advantage on handling the current problems on Wall Street, and as a result, there has been a rise in his overall support. The poll found that, among likely voters, Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent.

Do you believe these numbers? After all, as RCP shows, this poll is an outlier. Regardless, does this show that the financial crisis helps Obama, and reduces the likelihood that Democrats will support any solution BEFORE the elections?

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