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USA/Gallup: McCain Up By 4, 10

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Among registered voters, the numbers look like this…

McCain – 50%
Obama – 46%

However, the bigger news is among the likely voters numbers…

McCain – 54%
Obama – 44%

And as many of know, likely voters are usually a better indicator of who will come out to the polls. That’s why Rasmussen’s daily numbers don’t swing as wildly as Gallup’s, but here we’re showing a more intense swing among likelys, which is bad news for Obama/Biden.

USA Today shares some numbers on voter enthusiasm…

Before the convention, Republicans by 47%-39% were less enthusiastic than usual about voting. Now, they are more enthusiastic by 60%-24%, a sweeping change that narrows a key Democratic advantage. Democrats report being more enthusiastic by 67%-19%.

The Palin effect? Perhaps…

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a national unknown before McCain chose her for the ticket 10 days ago, draws a strong reaction from voters on both sides. Now, 29% say she makes them more likely to vote for McCain, 21% less likely. Obama’s choice of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as running mate made 14% more likely to vote for the Democrat, 7% less likely.

One last note, it appears as if fewer people were impressed by McCain’s acceptance speech than Obama’s…

Thursday received lower ratings than the one Obama gave a week earlier: 15% called McCain’s speech “excellent” compared with 35% for Obama.

The only bright spot here for the Obama camp? The poll was taken Friday through Sunday, and there are usually more problems with weekend polls than those taken during the week. Still, there’s momentum behind the McCain/Palin ticket and we won’t know until the end of this week if that’s short lived or sustaining.

More as it develops…