Washington, Oct.13 : About six in 10 voters see Republican John McCain as mainly on the attack, while nearly seven in 10 say Obama is primarily addressing the issues in the campaign.
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.; 59 percent said McCain is focused on attacking Obama.
A report last week by the University of Wisconsin Advertising Project found that nearly all of McCain's TV spots at the beginning of the month were negative ads, compared with about a third of Obama's.
But both sides have been doing their share of negative ads: Overall, the university researchers show that 73 percent of McCain's ads and 61 percent of Obama's have been negative in tone over the course of the campaign.
In the new Post-ABC poll, one of the biggest changes and widest disparities on the candidate's tone is among independents.
Among those core swing voters, 68 percent see Obama as primarily issue-oriented, more than double the number to say so about McCain.
Since late August, these voters have become more inclined to see Obama as focused on addressing the issues, and less apt to say so of the Republican nominee.