Poll: Galesburg favors Obama for president

From the Register Mail:

Economy most important voter concern, poll shows

By JACQUE HENRIKSON of the Knox News Team

A city-wide telephone survey of Galesburg’s registered voters projects a 23-point win in Tuesday’s election for Barack Obama over Republican presidential rival John McCain.

This city’s double-digit lead for Obama is above the national polls that on Friday had Obama up anywhere from 5 to 10 points. The survey showed Obama with 49 percent of the vote in Galesburg vs. McCain’s 26 percent.

“This is Barack Obama’s home state. He is the native son,” said Robert Seibert, Knox College’s Robert W. Murphy professor of political science. “But this (poll result) is a reflection of national trends. The survey was conducted at a time when Obama was gaining traction.”

The survey was conducted by advanced Knox College journalism students, under the moniker of the Knox News Team, and The Register-Mail over seven days at the end of September and the beginning of October.