On the first day of the Democratic National Convention, Republican Sen. John McCain took a narrow within-the-margin-of-error lead in the U.S. presidential race over Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, according to the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll.
This is the first time McCain has taken such a lead in the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll since Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, according to Gallup.
The three day poll—conducted on August 23, 24 and 25—had 46 percent of registered voters nationwide saying they support McCain and 44 percent saying they support Obama.
The poll interviews at least 1,000 American adults each day and combines the results from three successive days. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2 points.
The same tracking poll for the three days through August 24 put McCain and Obama in a dead heat at 45 percent.
“It's official: Barack Obama has received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate,” said a statement from Gallup.
The statement went on to say: “The Gallup Daily Tracking Poll from Aug. 23-25, the first three-day period falling entirely after Obama's Saturday morning vice presidential announcement, shows 46% of national registered voters backing John McCain and 44% supporting Obama, not appreciably different from the previous week's standing for both candidates. This is the first time since Obama clinched the nomination in early June, though, that McCain has held any kind of advantage over Obama in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.”
Two weeks ago, the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll had Obama leading McCain by 6 points, 48 percent to 42 percent.