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Obama, McCain deadlocked at 48%

Latest update : 2008-09-10

A CNN/ Time opinion poll released on Monday showed US Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama deadlocked at 48 percent.

WASHINGTON - Republican John McCain and Democrat
Barack Obama are dead even in two public opinion polls
released on Monday as they head into the final eight weeks of
the race for the White House.

The polls were taken Friday through Sunday after last
week's Republican convention, which ended on Thursday. A
CNN/Time poll showed the race deadlocked at 48 percent, and a
Hotline/Diageo poll put the two candidates even at 44 percent.

The CNN/Time poll was largely unchanged from the previous
week, when Obama led McCain by 49 percent to 48 percent. The
Hotline poll showed a significant convention bounce for McCain,
who trailed Obama by 9 percentage points in a poll taken the
week before.

Another poll released on Sunday, by USA Today/Gallup, gave
McCain a 4-point edge among registered voters and a 10-point
lead among likely voters. That was a big boost for McCain, who
trailed Obama by 3 points among likely voters in the week
before the Democratic convention.

The Democrats met the week before the Republicans.
Conventions typically give a presidential candidate a
short-term bounce in the polls, but this year's back-to-back
conventions appeared to cut short the benefit for Obama.

The neck-and-neck polls put the race essentially back where
it was heading into the conventions, although some polls showed
McCain had boosted the enthusiasm level among his supporters
with the choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as running mate.

The CNN/Time poll of 1,022 Americans was taken by Opinion
Research Corporation and had a margin of error of 3 percentage
points. The Hotline/Diageo poll of 924 voters had a margin of
error of 3.2 percentage points.

Date created : 2008-09-08