Obama Tops McCain by Five Points, Poll Shows

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | October 2, 2008 | 1:36 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama shakes hands at a rally at Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids, Mich. Oct. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama leads Republican presidential candidate by five points, according to the latest Gallup poll released Thursday.
Obama had 48 percent to McCain’s 43 points, which means McCain lost one point from reporting released Wednesday.
The Sept. 29-Oct. 1 polling marks the sixth day in a row that Obama has held a statistically significant lead over McCain, according to Gallup.
The vice presidential debate set for Thursday night is expected to be closely watched to see how Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will perform,
The poll was conducted Sept. 29 to Oct.1 from telephone interviews with 2,747 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
Meanwhile, a Real Clear Politics average of battleground states shows Obama leading McCain by seven points in Pennsylvania, two points in Ohio, two points in Virginia, three points in Florida, and six points in New Mexico.