John McCain's flurry of attacks against Barack Obama has done the Republican more harm than his opponent, according to the latest New York Times/CBS poll. Obama now commands a 53% to 39% lead, with voters seeing McCain as running the more negative campaign of the two, the poll found. More than 60% felt McCain was spending more time attacking Obama than explaining what he'd do as president—and most thought less of him for it.
Of those polled, 64% said they had heard something about Obama's links with former political extremist Bill Ayers—the focus of McCain main attack—but a majority said they were not bothered by the Democratic candidate's past associations. The economy remains the chief concern of voters, according to a Los Angeles Times poll that puts Obama ahead 50% to 41%.