John McCain continues to hold a sizable advantage over Barack Obama among white registered voters (51% to 39%), but his advantage is no greater than that held by George Bush over Al Gore in 2000 (52% to 41%) and John Kerry in 2004 (50% to 42%) at similar points in those campaigns. Obama is doing considerably better than either Kerry or Gore among young and college graduated whites, but fares worse than either of his predecessors among older and working class whites. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.