Public Opinion: Do Polls of the Barack Obama-John McCain Matchup Matter This Far Out?

Is it too early to pay attention to presidential preference polls?

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A half-dozen new presidential polls have been released in the past 24 hours alone. Pundits pore over the polling data and discuss the latest wrinkles in the John McCain-Barack Obama horse race. But does any of it matter? Do presidential polls taken this far from the election merit attention? Or are they just meaningless grist for the beltway, the blogosphere, and the 24-hour cable news channels? Post your thoughts below.

Previously: John McCain's complaints about media bias toward Barack Obama