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09-16-2008, 11:50 PM
McCain takes lead in 'Battleground Poll' (McCain 46%, Obama 40%)

Riding momentum from the Republican convention and buzz from running mate Sarah Palin, McCain has taken the lead in another national poll, but it's still 50 days to the election and there are three presidential debates to come.

The George Washington University "Battleground Poll" released today gives McCain a 46 percent to 40 percent lead over Democrat Barack Obama among likely voters. They were statistically tied in the same survey last month.

Like other surveys, the poll shows that the economy is clearly the most important issue for voters. It also shows McCain leading Obama on being a strong leader (51 percent to 37 percent) and keeping the country safe (57 percent to 33 percent), but Obama with a clear edge on bringing change to Washington (52 percent to 34 percent).

Obama remains ahead on "fighting for people like me" (48 percent to 42 percent) and "uniting the country" (47 percent to 39 percent). But McCain is making up ground on those latter two perceptions.