Obama 6 points ahead of McCain in race for whitehouse 2008

Reuters are this morning reporting that Obama now has a 6 point lead over McCain:

Barack Obama has opened a 6-point lead over Republican candidate John McCain one day before the White House rivals meet in their final TV debate, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released this morning.

Obama leads McCain 49 percent to 43 percent among likely U.S. voters in the latest four-day tracking poll, up slightly from Obama’s 4-point advantage on Monday. The poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

“Clearly it was another bad day for John McCain,” pollster John Zogby said. “With three weeks to go, it’s safe to say he doesn’t have much time to turn this around.”

Obama opened up a formidable 17-point advantage among independents and maintained a solid 11-point lead among women, two key swing voting blocs in the November 4 presidential election.

Obama also holds a narrow lead among men, expanded his lead with Catholics and Hispanics and leads McCain among voters in every age group, including voters above the age of 65 who had been among his strongest supporters.

McCain, 72, has a shrinking 11-point lead among whites and a small lead among high-income workers. “McCain is losing ground with the groups that are supposed to be in his pocket and with the ones he should be competitive with,” Zogby said.

Obama surged into a lead in the race after weeks of economic turmoil that led to a sharp plunge in the stock market last week and a $700 billion government bailout of U.S. financial institutions.

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