Obama Gains Two-Point Lead over McCain, Poll Shows
September 17, 2008 - 12:58 PMDemocratic presidential candidate Barack Obama gained a slight edge over GOP presidential candidate John McCain in the latest Gallup poll released Wednesday.
The poll shows Obama with 47 percent to McCain’s 45 percent – within the margin of error.
This marks the first time since the week of the Republican National Convention that McCain has not had at least a one percent point advantage over Obama.
Gallup suggests a correlation between recent reports of the collapse of Wall Street financial institutions like Lehman Brothers and changes in the stock market and McCain’s slip in the polls, but Gallup has not been able to definitively conclude a causal link between the two.
Gallup also notes that Obama has had a slight edge over McCain among voters who were asked who could best handle the economy. McCain saw an immediate bounce in that issue following the GOP convention.
The poll was conducted Sept. 14-16 from interviews with 2,787 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.