POLITICAL observations & opinions

* McCain gains in national poll; Obama leads by 5%

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 1, 2008

  • New ABC News/Washington Post national poll conducted after the debate (Sept 27-29) shows that John McCain has picked up 5 points on Barack Obama during the last week, moving from a nine-point deficit to trailing by four: Obama 50 (-2 vs. last poll Sept 19-22) McCain 46 (+3)
  • Obama leads by 4.8% in the RCP National Average.
  • According to the poll, McCain has regained the lead among key swing groups:
    • Independents favor McCain by 3 (48-45),
    • white women by 11 (54-43), and
    • white Catholics by one (47-46).
    • McCain is still holding on to 20% of Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries, while 70% are supporting Obama.

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