THE POLL: Wall Street Journal-NBC News, national presidential race among registered voters
THE NUMBERS: Barack Obama 46 percent, John McCain 45 percent
OF INTEREST: This poll shows a virtually even race - little changed since Obama's 3-percentage-point lead in August but significantly closer than the Democrat's 6-point edge in July. Following the Republican convention and the addition of Sarah Palin to the GOP ticket, Obama's supporters still express more excitement than McCain's by 21 points - smaller than last month's 34-point difference. Only a third think McCain is likely to bring change compared to half who say Obama will, but here too the gap between them has shrunk. Thirty-four percent say Palin makes them likelier to vote for McCain and 25 percent less likely; her Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden, makes 24 percent likelier to back Obama and 16 percent less so. McCain's support is up strongly with Southerners, Obama's has grown among backers of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
DETAILS: Conducted Sept. 6-8 by landline and cellular telephone with 860 registered voters. Sampling error margin plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.
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THE POLL: FOX News-Opinion Dynamics, national presidential race among registered voters
THE NUMBERS: John McCain 45 percent, Barack Obama 42 percent
OF INTEREST: This survey reverses the 3-percentage-point edge Obama had last month before both parties held their conventions and picked vice presidential candidates. Independents prefer McCain by 15 points after being split about evenly in August. Two-thirds think Obama is qualified to be president, compared to nearly eight in 10 who say McCain is. The Republican ticket is widely seen as having more combined experience, and is narrowly thought to have better judgment. The Democrats are seen as likelier to bring change by 7 points.
DETAILS: Conducted Sept. 8-9 by landline telephone with 900 registered voters nationwide. Sampling error margin plus or minus 3 points.