USA Today: "Convention lifts McCain over Obama"
The Republican National Convention has given John McCain and his party a significant boost, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken over the weekend shows, as running mate Sarah Palin helps close an "enthusiasm gap" that has dogged the GOP all year.Nice swing. And there's more, buried near the bottom:
McCain leads Democrat Barack Obama by 50%-46% among registered voters, the Republican's biggest advantage since January and a turnaround from the USA TODAY poll taken just before the convention opened in St. Paul. Then, he lagged by 7 percentage points.
In the new poll, taken Friday through Sunday, McCain leads Obama by 54%-44% among those seen as most likely to vote. The survey of 1,022 adults, including 959 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/- 3 points for both samples.Ten points? Among likely voters? (*rubbing eyes*) I'm not sure how the USA Today/Gallup differs from the "regular" Gallup poll which has the race at a tighter 48%-45% for McCain but I think it's safe to say the Republicans had a good convention.
Extra - Kim at Wizbang has more.
Update (9/8) - The Hedgehog Report has all the latest polls; just keep scrolling down.