Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is more widely perceived to be running a positive campaign than GOP rival John McCain, a CBS News/New York Times poll out today finds.
A majority of registered voters surveyed – 56 percent – say Obama is spending more time explaining what he would do as president than he is attacking McCain. Thirty-five percent say Obama is spending more time attacking his rival.
By contrast, a majority of registered voters, 53 percent, say McCain is spending more time attacking the other candidate than explaining how he would govern, up from 49 percent earlier this month. Thirty-eight percent say McCain is spending more time explaining what he would do as president, down six points from earlier this month.
The figures among uncommitted voters are less dramatic, but they still favor Obama. Half of uncommitted voters say the Democratic nominee is spending more time explaining what he would do as president. Thirty-seven percent say he is spending more time attacking his opponent.
Uncommitted voters are evenly split on McCain: 43 percent say he is spending more time explaining his plans, while the same percentage say he is spending more time attacking Obama.
The full CBS News/New York Times survey on the election, the economy and foreign policy will be released at 6:30 pm today.