Democrat Barack Obama has opened an 8-point lead over Republican John McCain two weeks before the U.S. presidential election, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Tuesday.
Obama leads McCain 50 percent to 42 percent among likely U.S. voters in the latest three-day tracking poll, up from a 6-point advantage for Obama on Monday. The telephone poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.
"It was another very big day for Obama," said pollster John Zogby. "Things clearly are moving in Obama's direction."
It was the second consecutive day that Obama gained ground on McCain as the two head into the final sprint to the November 4 election.
Obama, an Illinois senator, expanded his lead among two key swing groups. His advantage with independent voters grew from 11 to 15 points, and his edge with women voters grew from 8 to 13 points.
Obama also took a lead among voters above the age of 70 and expanded his lead among Hispanics and Catholics. His support among Republicans grew from 9 percent to 12 percent a day after he received the endorsement of Republican former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
"Maybe this is the Powell effect," Zogby said. "That wasn't just an endorsement, that was a pretty powerful statement."
The three-day Gallup Daily Tracking Poll also shows Obama's lead widening yesterday, with Monday's result showing Obama with a 52-41 point lead over McCain, up one point from the previous day's results of 52-42.
McCain's 41 point showing puts him at his lowest level in 3 months.
And the Washington Post/ABC Daily Tracking Poll is tracking the final two weeks, and they released the first results of this landline and cell phone tracking poll which checks in on 1,366 likely voters.
Democrat Barack Obama enters the final two weeks of the presidential campaign holding a clear lead over Republican John McCain, aided by voters' focus on the shaky economy and by their perceptions that he is better equipped to handle those problems than his rival.[...]
The new survey shows Obama leading McCain by 53 percent to 44 percent among likely voters, little changed from a separate Post-ABC News poll released last Monday. Among all registered voters, Obama's lead is 10 percentage points, 52 percent to 42 percent.
While those numbers are similar to a Post-ABC national poll released last week, before the third and final presidential debate, McCain has narrowed the gap with Obama on on several attributes, including "economic empathy." And for the first time, the percentage of voters saying that, as president, McCain would continue to lead in President Bush's direction has dipped under 50 percent.
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