Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush are running neck and neck in the presidential campaign, according to a new poll.
The Newsweek poll released Saturday showed that 44 per cent of registered voters favor each of the two major party candidates, while 12 per cent were undecided. Among independent voters, Bush had a slight edge with 45 per cent compared with 39 per cent for Gore.
Bush scored 81 per cent of Republican voters, Gore 76 per cent of Democrats. Among minorities, Gore was far ahead, getting 63 per cent compared with 23 per cent for Bush.
If US President Bill Clinton could run for a third term, against Bush, he would get like Gore 44 per cent of registered voters, the poll shows. In that matchup, Bush would get 49 per cent.
For the poll, 588 registered voters were surveyed Thursday and Friday. The margin of error was plus or minus five percentage points.