Obama Four Points Ahead of McCain, Poll Shows

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | October 1, 2008 | 4:35 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama had a four-point lead over Republican John McCain, down from his eight-point advantage earlier in the week, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.
Obama had 48 percentage points to McCain’s 44 percent.
The poll was conducted Sept. 28-30, including two days in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost upwards of 700 points on Monday and then gained 400+ points on Tuesday.
Obama has reached an eight-point or higher lead several times since June, and each time, McCain was able to narrow the lead.
The poll was conducted Sept. 28-30 from telephone interviews with 2,746 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
Meanwhile, in poll results released Wednesday, Obama has gained ground over McCain in three battleground states – Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio.
According to Quinnipiac University surveys taken over the weekend, Obama leads McCain 51 percent to 43 percent in Florida, 50 percent to 42 percent in Ohio, and 54 to 39 percent in Pennsylvania.