(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has gained ground over Republican presidential candidate John McCain, leading him 50 percent to 42 percent – one point under his strongest showing this year – in the latest Gallup poll released Sunday.
The poll, taken Sept. 25-27, was conducted on the heels of McCain’s announcement that he was temporarily suspending his campaign to work on a bipartisan solution to the financial crisis and since congressional leaders made progress towards coming up with a bailout bill.
It also includes one full day after the first presidential debate on Friday night.
The full impact of the debate won’t be known until Tuesday’s report, according to Gallup.
McCain was tied with Obama earlier last week, but Obama made steady gains over McCain in the last three days of polling results.
Obama held an eight-point lead or higher twice before, Gallup said, one after his foreign tour to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Europe in July, and once after the Democratic National Convention.
Looking ahead, the final resolution of the financial bailout bill and the two upcoming presidential debates and vice presidential debate could impact polling.
The poll includes telephone interviews of 2,719 registered voters from Sept. 25-27 and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.