Tracking poll: Gore opens modest lead over Bush
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vice President Al Gore has established a modest lead over presidential rival Texas Gov. George W. Bush, according to the daily CNN/USA Today/Gallup tracking poll. Minor party challengers Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan continue to post support in the single-digits.
Immediately following the Democratic convention, Gore pulled even with Bush, and the race remained neck-and-neck through the first few days of the tracking poll, which began on Labor Day. Since then, Gore has opened up a narrow lead, and beginning last weekend his support has stayed in the high 40's, while Bush's has remained in the low 40's.
Interviews with 685 likely voters, conducted September 10-12, confirm that Democrat presidential nominee Gore -- for the first time -- has taken an 8 point lead over Republican rival Bush. Gore claimed 49 percent of the survey's likely voters, while Bush had the support of 41 percent. The poll has a sampling error of +/-4% percent.
CNN will be releasing the results on its tracking polls every day until the November 7 elections. The polls monitor public opinion of the presidential race over intervals of two to three days.
CNN/USA TODAY/GALLUP POLL
Choice for President
Sampling error: +/-4% pts
COMPLETE TRACKING TREND ON HORSE RACE:
Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept.
4-6 5-7 6-8 7-9 8-10 9-11 10-12
Gore 47% 46% 45% 47% 49% 48% 49%
Bush 44% 43% 46% 44% 42% 42% 41%
Nader 3 3 2 2 3 4 4
Buchanan * 1 1 1 1 1 1