Despite what the Germans might lead us to believe, last month the number of Democrats fell for the first time since January, hitting a number below 41 percent. Judging from the numbers of Democrats reaching back to 2004, is the Dems big peak behind them? The number of Republicans remained constant for the fourth straight month.
Meanwhile, despite the mixed response from the ads the McCain campaign released last week, they seem to have done the trick: Obama lost a nine percentage-point advantage, leaving the candidates in a dead heat over the weekend, with the game tied at 44-all. Obama derided the ads on Saturday but stopped short of saying they were racist. He said, "In no way do I think John McCain's campaign was racist. I think they are cynical. Their team is good at creating distractions and engaging in negative attacks."
Despite the seemingly negative reaction to the ads, are they responsible for the drop for Obama? Do these kinds of ads work whether people say they like them or not?