The first hint of the landslide to come, from Rasmussen Reports:
There have been significant changes in perception of John McCain in the two days of polling since he named Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Since then, 49% of Republicans voice a Very Favorable opinion of McCain. That’s up six percentage points from 43% just before the announcement. Also, 64% of unaffiliated voters now give positive reviews to McCain, up ten points since naming his running mate.
Palin herself made a good first impression and is now viewed favorably by 53% of voters nationwide. Her counterpart, Joe Biden, is viewed favorably by 48%. While Palin has made a good first impression, the more significant numbers will come a week from now after the nation has a chance to learn more about her.
Rasmussen utilizes averages to mitigate outliers and other unaccountable blips. Things may appear to be a dead heat for quite some time but McCain clearly leads now, regardless of what polling data will show. Obama rubs people the wrong way and the full extent will not show up until November 4th.
The second hint of the landslide to come, from Zogby:
The latest nationwide survey, begun Friday afternoon after the McCain announcement of Palin as running mate and completed mid-afternoon today, shows McCain/Palin at 47%, compared to 45% support for Obama/Biden.
In other words, the race is a dead heat.
The interactive online Zogby survey shows that both Obama and McCain have solidified the support among their own parties - Obama won 86% support of Democrats and McCain 89% of Republicans in a two-way head-to-head poll question not including the running mates. When Biden and Palin are added to the mix, Obama's Democratic support remains at 86%, while McCain's increases to 92%.
Yeah, baby! That's the effect of Sarah Palin and it is only just beginning. Many people are blissfully ignorant of just how fired up this woman has made the Republican base -- in terms of political chess, she is a checkmate for so much foolishness from the Democrats on so many levels. They are going to desperately try to slime this woman and have already begun the process. It is very unlikely to work; people just aren't going to have it. No way, No how, No Obama!