PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama has a 3-percentage-point lead over Republican John McCain, a poll indicates
The Gallup Poll Daily tracking found that Obama leads McCain 47 percent to 44 percent.
"Obama had moved to as much as a 6 percentage point lead over McCain last week in the midst of the intensive news coverage of the Wall Street financial crisis, but the race has, in the last several days, settled back to the same type of slight edge for Obama that typified the race for most of the summer prior to the political conventions," Gallup's analysis by Frank Newport said.
A separate Gallup tracking poll indicates that Americans continue to have a negative outlook on the U.S. economy. Fifty-three percent of respondents say the economy is in "poor" condition.
The general election results are based on combined data from Sunday through Thursday, based on interviews with 2,712 registered voters. The maximum margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.