Gallup: Obama Losing Support Among Conservative Democrats

By Staff | August 27, 2008 | 3:35 PM EDT

The Gallup daily tracking poll indicates that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has been losing support among conservative Democrats as his presidential race with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has tightened into a dead heat.

In June, according to Gallup, Obama enjoyed the support of 71 percent of conservative Democrats.  As of August 24, according to the same poll, Obama’s support among conservative Democrats had dropped 8 points to 63 percent.

At the same time, Obama has also been losing support among moderate and liberal Republicans.  In June, Obama had the support of 10 percent of Republicans. In mid-July, that support was up to 11 percent.  As of August 24, according to the Gallup tracking poll, however, only 7 percent of Republicans said they supported Obama.

“Within the Democratic Party, Obama's losses are primarily evident among the relatively small group that describes its political views as conservative,” said Gallup’s poll analysis by Lydia Saad.  “The 63% of conservative Democrats supporting Obama over McCain in Aug. 18-24 polling is the lowest Obama has earned since he clinched the Democratic nomination in June.”

“The 78% of Democrats backing Obama from Aug. 18-24 ties for the lowest seen since early June,” said the poll analysis.  “The 7% of Republicans for Obama is the lowest to date (since the start of Gallup Poll Daily tracking of the Obama-McCain race in March).”

In the overall race, according to the Gallup daily tracking poll through August 26, Obama leads McCain 45 percent to 44 percent. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 points.