The polling group SurveyUSA is out with numbers on the McCain gambit.
The first debate between John McCain and Barack Obama is scheduled to take place in two days. Should the debate be held as scheduled? Should the debate be held, but the format changed to focus on the economy? Or, should the debate be postponed?
Held As Scheduled 50
Held With Focus On Economy 36
Is the right response to the turmoil on Wall Street to suspend the campaigns for president? To continue the campaigns as though there is no crisis? Or, to re-focus the campaigns with a unique emphasis on the turmoil on Wall Street?
Suspend Campaigns 14
Continue Campaigns 31
Refocus the Campaign 48
If Friday's presidential debate does not take place, would that be good for America? Bad for America? Or would it make no difference?
Good for America 14
Bad for America 46
No Difference 35
You could ask the questions another way, and the second question doesn't really apply to either candidate (they were talking about the crisis today), but the first read is that about one in ten people agree with McCain. It simply doesn't seem like presidential debates fit into the category of unreasonable political activity during a crisis.
UPDATE: On the other hand, maybe everyone just needs to hear these McCain talking points.