Saturday, October 25, 2008

Obama well ahead nationally, tied in Ohio

Democrat Barack Obama widened his lead over Republican John McCain in most national polls and surveys of key states as the U.S. election contest heads into its final full week.

The Illinois senator was up 8 points over presidential rival McCain in an average of 16 polls taken during the last week, according to Last week, Obama was up about 6 points.

By The Associated Press


THE POLL: Newsweek poll, national presidential race among registered voters nationwide.

THE NUMBERS: Barack Obama 53 percent, John McCain 40 percent.

OF INTEREST: Obama's lead is as strong among likely voters, 53-41. Obama appears to be consolidating his support across demographic groups, leading in every age group and among men as well as women. In a reversal from April, when McCain led Obama among working-class whites 53-35, the poll found Obama with 46 percent to McCain's 44 percent. The survey also found that 62 percent now say they have a favorable view of Obama, versus 32 percent who have an unfavorable view.

DETAILS: Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from Oct. 22-23 by telephone with 1,204 adults and 1,092 registered voters. Sampling error margin plus or minus 3.4 percentage points for all adults and 3.6 percentage points for registered voters.




THE POLL: Ohio Newspaper Poll, presidential race in Ohio (20 electoral votes) among likely voters.

THE NUMBERS: Barack Obama 49 percent, John McCain 46 percent.

OF INTEREST: Obama has taken the lead in a poll that in September showed the Republican with a 6-point lead. The latest results essentially show a deadlocked race once the margin of error is considered. Most other polls have also shown the race extremely close. The poll also found that 11 percent of voters might still change their minds, while 3 percent are undecided. Obama has a big advantage among women voters and is about even with Republican McCain among men.

DETAILS: The poll was conducted from Oct. 18-22 for the state's eight largest daily newspapers. It involved telephone interviews with 886 likely voters in Ohio, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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