Less than three weeks before Election Day, Democrat Barack Obama has broadened his lead over Republican John McCain in a series of polls released Tuesday.
Obama leads McCain by his widest margin yet in this poll: 51 percent to 42 percent. The lead was outside the poll's 3-percentage-point margin of error, and was 2 points greater than the lead he had last week.
The poll also found that voters' thoughts are starting to firm up. Among Obama supporters, 85 percent said they'd definitely vote for him, up 6 points from the week before. Among McCain supporters, 82 percent said they'd definitely vote for him, also up 6 points.
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The survey was conducted Thursday through Monday.
This poll showed Obama leading McCain, 50 percent to 41percent, among likely voters. In September, Obama had a 49percent to 45 percent lead.
Only 10 percent now say they feel the country is heading in the right direction – the lowest figure since the poll began asking the question in 1991. Eighty-four percent said the country is on the wrong track.
For McCain, there were slight upticks among older voters and white working-class voters, and he has maintained an edge over Obama on Iraq and foreign affairs.
The poll was conducted Friday through Monday, and it had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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In this poll of likely voters, Obama leads with 53 percent compared with 39 percent for McCain. Before last week's debate, he had 48 percent to McCain's 45 percent. The poll was conducted Friday through Monday. The sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Polls released Tuesday found Obama passing the key 50 percent mark in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. And for the first time, Obama leads McCain among white voters in all four states.