Obamas inexperience ratings similar to those of Bush in 2000 presidential polls

October 17th, 2008 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Oct 17 (ANI): Though GOP strategist Karl Rove highlights a continued weak point for Barack Obama by claiming that 45 percent of registered voters in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll doubt the Illinois senators readiness to be President, it was much the same for George W Bush in the 2000 presidential polls.

According to the Washington Post, Rove may have exaggerated the extent of public doubts about Obamas experience compared with George W. Bushs in 2000.

In a Washington Post-ABC News poll just before Election Day 2000, 52 percent of likely voters said Bush had the necessary experience to be a good president and 44 percent said he did not - numbers very close to the current 54 to 45 percent registered voter split on Obama.

Among those most apt to vote in November, 56 percent said Obama has the experience to be an effective president, 42 percent said he does not.

Eight years ago, Bushs numbers on experience were better three weeks out than Obamas are today, but Bush was on the decline on that question, while Obama appears to be modestly improving.

The 44 percent of voters who said Bush lacked the right experience as voting loomed was the most to say so in Post-ABC polls back to September 1999.

From the beginning of that campaign to the end, Bush trailed Al Gore by wide margins on the experience question.

This year, when the general election campaign got underway in June, registered voters divided 48 to 48 on the adequacy of Obamas experience. Now, a narrow majority gives him positive marks on the question. (ANI)

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