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Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Lead Over Clinton, 51% to 43%

Longest stretch as front-runner for either candidate since late February

PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted March 28-30 finds Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton in national Democratic preferences for the nomination, 51% to 43%.

This is the fourth consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report showing Obama with a statistically significant lead. It marks the first time since late February that either Clinton or Obama has sustained a statistically significant lead in the race for more than two consecutive days. (To view the complete trend since Jan. 3, 2008, click here.)

The current outlook for the general election in November, based on Gallup Poll Daily interviewing from March 26-30, shows a virtual tie between both Democratic hopefuls and the presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain.

McCain is ahead in both hypothetical ballots, but by only two percentage points against Clinton 47% to 45%, and by just one point against Obama, 46% to 45%. Neither of these leads for McCain is statistically significant. He held slightly larger leads of up to 4-points earlier in the week. -- Lydia Saad

Survey Methods

Gallup is interviewing no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day during 2008.

The general election results are based on combined data from March 26-30, 2008. For results based on this sample of 4,394 registered voters, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points.

The Democratic nomination results are based on combined data from March 28-30, 2008. For results based on this sample of 1,262 Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.

In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

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