McCain and Obama - a tale of five (well, four) polls
Hot off the wires, it's the new George Washington Battleground poll . If you don't like the results in that one, you can look at the new Zogby poll just released today. Want a different answer? How about today's Gallup poll? If you want more there's the LA Times/Bloomberg poll released yesterday. Or if you want to know who the greatest "boy band" is, that poll is out too.Skip to next paragraph
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Similarities of the polls
McCain seems to be trending up, while Obama has taken some hits. Here's an excerpt from each poll:
"McCain and Obama have been nearly tied in Gallup Poll Daily tracking for a full week. This sets the stage for a potential shift in the structure of the race resulting from next week's Democratic National Convention. Even an average "convention bounce" for Obama (a 5-point increase in his support) would give him a significant lead over McCain."
From George Washington:
"Despite a negative political environment for the Republicans, the presidential horserace is within the margin of error (+ 3.1%). With a tight turnout model, McCain currently tops Obama by 1 point (47%-46%). However, when voters are asked which candidate they think is going to win the election, 51% say Obama, versus 34% who think McCain will prevail."
McCain leads Obama by a 46% to 41% margin. And McCain not only enjoys a five-point edge in a two-way race against Obama, but also in a four-way contest including liberal independent candidate Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr, the poll reveals. In the four-way contest, McCain wins 44% support, Obama 39%, Barr 3% and Nader 2%
From LA Times/Bloomberg:
"In a head-to-head matchup, Obama holds a narrow edge over McCain, 45% to 43%, which falls within the margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. (In June, Obama was ahead by 12 points in the Times/Bloomberg poll, but other surveys at the time showed him with a narrower lead.)"
From Greatest Boy Band Poll:
"'Take That' have been voted the 'greatest boy band.' The Beatles - considered by many pop commentators as the original boy band - took second place, Jackson Five came third and Irish four-piece Westlife finished fourth. US 60s group The Monkees, who had their own hugely popular TV show, rounded off the top five."
**Updated 4:30pm (ET)**