Poll Shows Slight McCain Advantage
August 4, 2008 - 3:22 PMTwo polls show the presidential race in a dead heat, but one of those show Republican John McCain with an advantage over Barack Obama for the first time since June.
A Rasmussen poll released Monday showed the race for the White House is tied at 44 percent for Obama and McCain. However, among “leaners,” McCain leads 47-46 percent.
A Gallup poll released Sunday showed Obama with a one point lead, 45 percent to 44 percent.
Both polls surveyed about 1,000 voters and have a two percent margin of error.
Obama still has a two-point advantage in the Real Clear Politics polling average. The Rasmussen electoral calculator has Obama ahead of McCain by 273 electoral votes to McCain’s 227.
Meanwhile, Obama leads McCain between one to four points in the swing states of Colorado, Virginia, Michigan and Ohio, according to the Real Clear Politics (RCP) average. McCain leads Obama only in the swing states of Florida and Michigan, according to RCP.
However, the consistent three-to-five-point lead Obama has held over his Republican opponent for several weeks in national polls is apparently narrowing.
In the Rasmussen poll, McCain also leads Obama among unaffiliated voters by 52 percent to 37 percent. Last week, the two were tied in that category.
Meanwhile, 46 percent of voters trust McCain more than Obama on energy, while 42 percent trust Obama more. Further, 46 percent think Obama views American society as unfair and discriminatory, up from 43 percent in July and 39 percent in June.