Bush Leads Gore in Latest Presidential Preference Poll

July 7, 2008 - 8:25 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Texas Governor George W Bush holds a 49 percent to 43 percent edge over Vice President Gore in the latest presidential preference poll conducted by USA Today/CNN/Gallup.

Other recent polls have shown similarly close results, with Bush slightly ahead of Gore and Gore slightly ahead of Bush in two polls released over the weekend.

Bush and Gore effectively have wrapped up the Republican and Democratic nominations for president even though neither technically has clinched party nominations heading into today's primaries in six states.

With a margin of error of 5 percentage points, the findings published on Tuesday amount to a slight lead nationally for Bush.

Wire services report that the new poll found Bush picking up more McCain supporters. McCain Republicans went 80 percent to 14 percent for Bush over Gore while McCain independents broke 46 percent to 37 percent toward Bush.

Meanwhile, McCain Democrats favored Gore 76 percent to 13 percent.

The national poll of 502 likely voters was conducted March 10th through the 12th.