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 Galesburgâ€™s registered voters projects a 23-point win in Tuesdayâ€™s election for Barack Obama over Republican presidential rival John McCain.
This cityâ€™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. McCainâ€™s 26 percent.
â€œThis is Barack Obamaâ€™s home state. He is the native son,â€ said Robert Seibert, Knox Collegeâ€™s Robert W. Murphy professor of political science. â€œBut this (poll result) is a reflection of national trends. The survey was conducted at a time when Obama was gaining traction.â€
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.