Obama Up by 8 Points in Polls

But new Reuters poll finds lead shrinking as McCain hammers on economy
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 26, 2008 6:07 AM CDT
Barack Obama speaks at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque yesterday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – As John McCain's campaign appears to be foundering, Barack Obama's lead continues to grow, reports Bloomberg. The Democratic candidate was up 8 points over McCain in an average of 16 polls released during the last week. The previous week, Obama was up about 6 points. A single new poll released today, however, found the Democrat's lead shrinking to 5 points.

He holds a resounding lead among voters with incomes less than $35,000 but is losing his edge among higher income groups, according to a daily tracking poll of likely voters by Reuters/C-Span/Zogby. "There seems to be a direct correlation between this and McCain talking about the economy," said pollster John Zogby. "You've got to think that it is tax-and-spend that concerns voters. Is McCain starting to connect with the middle class?"