Politics

Gallup Daily: Obama, McCain Still Tied at 44%

No change in candidate positioning

Editorial note: Gallup will not be publishing new Gallup Poll Daily tracking results Saturday, June 28. The next report is scheduled for Sunday, June 29.

PRINCETON, NJ -- For the third straight day, Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Barack Obama and John McCain tied in national registered voter preferences for the fall election, each now with 44% of the vote.

Today's report is based on the average of the latest three nights of interviewing, June 24-26, and is unchanged from yesterday. Gallup's June 22-24 average, released on Wednesday, also showed a tie, but with each candidate receiving 45% of the vote.

From a broader perspective, there has been little major change in the race for the entire month, with Obama either tying McCain or leading the race by a slim margin throughout June. This relative stability is not unexpected in the summer months when no actual voting is taking place, and when voters' attention may be diverted elsewhere unless and until a major news event occurs with the potential to disrupt the structure of the race. (To view the complete trend since March 7, click here.) - Frank Newport

Survey Methods

For the Gallup Poll Daily tracking survey, 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 June 24-26, 2008. For results based on this sample of 2,639 registered voters, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points.

Interviews are conducted with respondents on land-line telephones (for respondents with a land-line telephone) and cellular phones (for respondents who are cell-phone only).

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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