Tighter

01Oct08

McCain has cut Barack’s lead in half this week according to Gallup.

The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update of registered voters finds Barack Obama at 48%, and John McCain at 44%, marking a slight narrowing of the race from the eight percentage point margin Obama held earlier this week.

Rasmussen has the race unchanged from Tuesday.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday is
unchanged from the day before with Barack Obama attracting 51% of the vote while
John McCain earns 45%. This is the sixth straight day that Obama has been at 50%
or 51%, the sixth straight day that McCain has been at 44% or 45%, and the sixth
straight day the Obama has enjoyed a five or six point lead.

The challenge for McCain has been the shift of focus onto the economy, a place where voters feel better about Barack.

Obama is now trusted more on economic issues by 51% of voters, McCain by
42%. That’s the biggest advantage either candidate has enjoyed on this issue
during Election 2008 and the first time either candidate has been trusted more
by a majority of voters (see crosstabs, trends). This comes at a time when 48% of voters say that the economy is the top issue while just 20% say that national security is the highest priority. Obama has nearly eliminated McCain’s advantage on national
security issues and the Democrat is now trusted more than McCain on ten other key issues tracked by Rasmussen Reports.

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