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McCain gains in polls

McCain gains in polls
Republican John McCain is making a slow upward turn at week’s end, but still trails Democrat Barack Obama by 9.5 points with a week and a half left before Election Day, the latest Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby national daily tracking poll shows. “McCain’s improvement in the poll, and the fact that there is still a notable slice of the electorate that is either yet undecided or soft in their support of one candidate or the other, indicates that anything could still happen in this race,” said Pollster John Zogby. The poll, a three-day rolling average survey of likely voters nationwide, shows that McCain made up significant ground among independent voters, though Obama continues to lead by a 50 percent to 34 percent margin, the telephone tracking survey shows. Obama leads among women, 56 percent to 40 percent, and he holds a four-point lead among men. Obama continues to lead among voters of all ages, though the race among some age groups have tightened. Obama widened his lead among Catholic voters, and now carries a 25-point advantage, up from a 22-point lead in yesterday’s report. While Obama continues to lead among Protestants who are not evangelical and McCain leads among evangelical voters, McCain holds a slim edge among Jewish voters. In what may be an indication that McCain’s reliance on “Joe The Plumber” ideals on the campaign trail may be paying off, he has moved ahead of Obama among likely voters in households making between $35,000 and $50,000 per year, and the race is now essentially a dead heat among voters in households with income between $50,000 and $100,000 per year. Among moderates, which comprise about 30 percent of the sample, Obama leads, 64 percent to 29 percent. Since the beginning of the Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby daily tracking two-and-a-half weeks ago, Obama has gained 3.4 points, while McCain has lost 3.7 points.The three-day rolling average telephone poll includes 1,203 likely voters nationwide, surveyed at the rate of about 400 interviews per 24-hour polling period (each polling period begins and ends at 5 p.m. daily) and was conducted Oct. 21-24, 2008. It carries a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. WCP 10.28.08

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