Wednesday, March 01, 2000

Poll: McCain gaining, but still trails in Ohio

The Associated Press

        A statewide poll found Arizona Sen. John McCain gaining support but still trailing Texas Gov. George W. Bush among likely Republican primary voters in Ohio.

        An Ohio Poll released Tuesday had Mr. Bush leading Mr. McCain, 53 percent to 36 percent, while Alan Keyes had 4 percent. In a poll conducted three weeks earlier, Mr. Bush's lead was 59 percent to Mr. McCain's 25 percent.

        Results were based on a telephone survey of 386 Ohioans who described themselves as likely to vote Republican in the state's March 7 primary. The latest poll was conducted between Feb. 23-27 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

        There was virtually no change among those 320 describing themselves as likely to vote in the Democratic primary. Vice President Al Gore led Bill Bradley 69 percent to 22 percent, retaining his margin from the earlier poll. The poll also was conducted Feb. 23-27 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.

        The poll was conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati.

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