McCain and Obama tied for general election
PRINCETON, NJ -- Barack Obama remains the leader in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences, 51% to 44%, over Hillary Clinton, but his lead has fallen below double digits for the first time in six days in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.
Obama has held a statistically significant lead over Clinton for most of the last two weeks, with that lead stretching to as much as 16 percentage points in May 16-18 polling. Obama did not poll as strongly in Gallup's Thursday night polling (May 22); the coming days will reveal whether that is the start of a new trend or a temporary blip. (To view the complete trend since Jan. 3, 2008, click here.)
In recent days, Obama has held a slight advantage over John McCain in registered voters' preferences for the general election. The latest update, based on May 18-22 polling, finds the two tied at 46%.
In contrast, Clinton has a five-point lead over McCain, 49% to 44%.
Recently, Clinton has tended to fare slightly better in trial heats against McCain than Obama has, with the Democratic candidates doing equally well on a few occasions. Obama has not exceeded Clinton's performance versus McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking since the April 17-21 tracking period. -- Jeff Jones
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The Democratic nomination results are based on combined data from May 20-22, 2008. For results based on this sample of 1,230 Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.
The general election results are based on combined data from May 18-22, 2008. For results based on this sample of 4,471 registered voters, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points.
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