(CNSNews.com) – The gap has widened between voter preferences for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, according to the latest Gallup poll released Monday.
The poll shows Obama with 51 percentage points compared to 41 percentage points for McCain.
The poll was conducted Oct. 10-12 from interviews with 2,783 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
Meanwhile, a Real Clear Politics average shows Obama six points ahead of McCain.
Obama is two points ahead of McCain in the battleground state of Ohio, which has been consistently Republican for 50 years, except for when Jimmy Carter carried the state by 11,000. President George W. Bush carried Ohio in the 2004 and 2000 presidential elections.
In Virginia, Real Clear Politics shows Obama up by six points. Bush carried Virginia in 2000 and 2004.
In Nevada, Obama is two points ahead of McCain. The state went to Bush in the 2004 election. In Iowa – a state that voted for Bush in 2004 - Obama is ahead by 11 points.
Obama is also up by three points in Florida. President Bush would not have won the 2004 presidential race without Florida. In the swing state of Pennsylvania, Obama is 13 points ahead of McCain. In 2004, Sen. John Kerry won Pennsylvania – 51 to 48 percent – over Bush.
In Michigan, a state that has voted three percent more Democratic than the nation as a whole, Obama is seven points ahead. In New Mexico, which went to Bush in the 2004 election, Obama is seven points ahead of McCain.