A poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports has John McCain up 11 points over Barack Obama in Montana, 53 percent to 42 percent, compared to the one point advantage he held in a similar poll conducted at the end of July.
- McCain is now viewed favorably by 60% of Montana voters, little changed from 59% in July. However, the number with a Very Favorable opinion of the Republican hopeful jumped from 26% in July to 35% today.
- Obama earns positive reviews from 50% of Montana voters, down slightly from 53% in July.
- Sarah Palin is viewed favorably by 59% of Montana voters, a figure that includes 44% with a Very Favorable opinion of her.
- In Montana, Biden is viewed favorably by 44% and unfavorably by 47%.
- 55% of voters in Montana say McCain made the right choice in picking Palin as his running mate. Just 35% say Obama made the right choice.
- Sen. Max Baucus holds a comfortable 30+ point lead over Republican challenger Bob Kelleher.
With only a handful of polls conducted in Montana with fairly large fluctuations — Obama had a five point lead July 1 — it’s tough to gauge how accurate this one is, but it would appear that adding Palin to the ticket boosted McCain, considering that 44% view her very favorably. It could also be a Palin-fueled convention bounce, typically short-lived.
But it doesn’t bode well for Obama in Montana, one in a trio of traditionally red states — North Dakota and Indiana, too — with high ratios of working-class Democrats where the campaign is going “full steam ahead,” as campaign manager David Plouffe said during a briefing with reporters today.