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Obama leads McCain by just one percentage point in that survey (45-44), which shows McCain gaining ground on the question of who would do the best job of handling the economy as president.

On that question, McCain has overcome a five percentage point deficit in the last four days and now stands tied with Obama at 42 percent.

Those numbers provide a stark contrast with a Gallup survey, released today, that showed Americans preferring Obama by 13 percentage points on the economy.

Gallup and Rasmussen have Obama leading by 11 and six percentage points respectively. An average of major polls shows Obama leading by five percentage points nationwide.