Obama Grabs 6-Point Lead in Poll

With economy dominant, Democrat takes 49% among likely voters
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 12, 2008 11:45 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a rally at 52nd and Locust Streets in Philadelphia, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has widened his lead to 6 points in a four-day Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby tracking poll, taking 49% to John McCain’s 43% among likely voters, Reuters reports. As economic woes weigh on voters’ minds, Obama is leading by 21 points among independent voters, the poll found. The Illinois senator also tops McCain among women by 12 points, while the candidates are tied at 45% among men.

“Clearly the negative campaigning isn't working,” said pollster John Zogby of McCain’s recent tactics. Obama’s “getting 19% support among conservatives and 35% support among born-again or evangelical voters, which is pretty substantial,” he added.