Obama Takes 7 Point Lead Over McCain
Barack Obama is now enjoying a 7-point lead over John McCain in the bid to become president, with one month left before the election takes place.
Likely voters now back Obama 48-41 percent over McCain, a dramatic shift from an AP-GfK survey that gave the Republican a slight edge nearly three weeks ago, before Wall Street collapsed and sent ripples across worldwide markets. On top of that, unrelated surveys show Obama beating McCain in several battlegrounds, including Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Iowa - four states critical in the state-by-state fight for the presidency.
Factors that may contribute to McCain's drop in the polls include skepticism over his running made, vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, a weak debate which took place earlier this week, and the manner in which McCain dealt with the unfolding economic crisis.