Public Policy Polling --
April 16, 2008
For the third week in a row Public Policy Pollingâs survey of likely voters in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary shows a statistical tie between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama has 45% to Clintonâs 42% in this weekâs survey. Clinton led 46-43 a week ago and Obama was up 45-43 two weeks ago.
Obamaâs increase in support since last week comes from small gains across the board. Heâs cut Clintonâs margin with white voters, expanded his advantage with black voters, reduced Clintonâs lead with women, and increased his percentage of the male vote.
âPPP has been in the field now in both Pennsylvania and North Carolina since Obamaâs âbitterâ remarks and has seen no ill effects for Barack Obama,â said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. âIt doesnât appear the Clinton campaign has been able to gain any momentum with this issue.â
That may be mostly correct. The "media" does have an interest in maintaining and creating the appearance that there is a tie between the candidates in order to sustain viewership numbers. If one candidate were to become a foregone winner, people would lose interest in the story.