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While

Portrait of America’s
new presidential tracking poll released today shows no change in the two White House front-runners’ support numbers, Voter.com’s Battleground poll reflects an increase of 1 percent toward Republican George W. Bush.

Bush still leads Democrat Al Gore by 7 percent — 46 percent to Gore’s 39, according to POA. But in Voter.com’s poll, the Republican is ahead 44-41. Yesterday’s numbers showed Bush support at 43 percent of the 1,000 likely voters polled.

According to

Voter.com,
“The numbers suggest Bush is the beneficiary of favorable opinion following his performance last week in the presidential debate and his running mate’s showing in the vice presidential debate.” In the group’s poll taken before the Oct. 3 debate, both candidates were tied at 41 percent.

Also remaining constant are third-party candidate numbers, with Green Party nominee Ralph Nader earning 3 percent of the support of those surveyed and Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan with 1 percent, according to the Battleground Poll.

POA’s numbers on the third-party hopefuls reflect similar support: Nader is up by one-tenth from last week at 3.7, and Buchanan down two-tenths at 1.3. Libertarian Harry Browne holds steady at 0.4 percent. The telephone survey of 2,250 likely voters was conducted by Rasmussen Research on Saturday, Sunday and yesterday, Oct. 7, 8, and 9.

Voter.com’s survey is conducted by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake of Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates and Republican pollster Ed Goeas of the Tarrance Group. The poll’s margin of error is 3.1 percent.

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