Obama widens lead over McCain after national convention: Polls

September 2nd, 2008 - 2:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Sep 2 (Xinhua) US Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has widened his lead over Republican hopeful John McCain in the recent two national polls.After the Democratic National Convention held in Denver, Colorado, in late August, the Illinois senator led McCain by seven percentage points among registered voters, at 50 percent to 43 percent, according to the poll released Monday by daily USA Today.

A previous poll taken by the newspaper Aug 21 to 23 showed that Obama only had four-point lead.

Another poll released by the CBS Monday gave Obama nine-point lead over the Arizona senator, who is to officially receive his nomination at the ongoing Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota from Sep 1 to 4.

The CBS poll conducted between Aug 29 and 31 also found that 71 percent of those surveyed said they were watching Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night in the INVESCO stadium where about 84,000 people were present.

The poll also showed that 37 percent of independent voters favoured Obama, while 43 percent supported McCain, who used to have 12-point lead among the group.

Women voters also gave Obama 14-point lead over McCain, it added.

However, a CNN poll released Sunday showed the tied race between two presidential hopefuls with Obama at 49 percent and McCain at 48 percent.

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