New Poll Shows McCain Gaining on Bush

By Jerry Miller | July 7, 2008 | 8:24 PM EDT

Concord, NH ( - For the second time in less than a week, another New Hampshire public opinion poll shows Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gaining on Texas Governor George W Bush in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

The survey, taken for the Concord Monitor by Research 2000 and released on Saturday, showed Bush leading McCain 32 to 27 percent, with all other Republican aspirants in single digits. Seventeen percent of the 602 registered Republicans surveyed told pollsters they were undecided.

A similar poll conducted by the same firm in August had Bush at 45 percent and McCain at 10 percent. The most recent survey was conducted on the heels of Elizabeth Dole's departure from the race.

Among Democrats, the survey found former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley leading Vice President Al Gore 40 percent to 37 percent, with nearly a quarter of the registered Democrats surveyed - 23 percent - saying they were undecided.

The poll also included questions on hypothetical general election match-ups, with Bush beating Gore 50 percent to 40 percent. Running against Bradley, the Texan received 45 percent, to Bradley's 44 percent.

In another theoretical situation, which included Patrick J. Buchanan running on a third party ticket, Bush received 45 percent of the tally to Gore's 40 percent. Buchanan registered six percent of those surveyed.

But in a general election scenario pitting Bush, Bradley and Buchanan against one another, Bradley came out on top with 45 percent, followed by Bush at 41 percent and Buchanan at five percent.

The survey was conducted last week and had a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.