(CNSNews.com) – According to the latest Gallup poll, GOP presidential candidate John McCain gained ground among independents, giving him a boost from 40 percent before the Republican National Convention to 52 percent afterwards.
And support among Democrats for McCain rose too – five percentage points over the course of the convention from nine percent to 14 percent. Support for McCain among Republicans stayed relatively the same.
Among independents - those with no political leanings to either party – McCain saw a 19 percent jump to 39 percent among non-leaning independents from Sept. 5 to 7, compared to 20 percent from Aug. 29 to 31.
This marks the first time McCain saw an increase in independents support since Gallup began tracking voter preferences for the general election in March.
The poll was conducted Sept. 5-7 among 2,733 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
Also according to Gallup, a majority of 52 percent consider McCain a strong, decisive leader, compared to 41 percent who say the same about leading Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, the Real Clear Politics poll average taken Sept. 5 to 7 shows McCain with a 2.7 percent advantage over Obama. (McCain has 48.3 percent, while Obama has 45.6)