A new New York Times/CBS poll released late Thursday shows support for Sen. Barack Obama weakening.
"Senator Barack Obama’s support among Democrats nationally has softened over the last month — particularly among men and upper-income voters," the Times reported on its Web site.
The poll also finds that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Obama are in a statistical dead heat for their party's favor, with 46 percent backing Obama and 43 percent Hillary. But these numbers should a serious errosion for Obama, who held a 16-point lead of Hillary in February.
The paper suggested that Obama hit "something of a peak in February" and has seen a slow decline since then.
Though still popular among Democrats — with a 62 percent favorability score — Obama has suffered a 7-point decline in that number over the past 30 days.
Among the polls other findings: Obama would beat Sen. John McCain, 47 percent to 42 percent, in a two-man race. Hillary also defeats McCain, 48 percent to 43 percent. Obama's large lead with Democratic male voters has totally evaporated.
As the Democratic primary battle unfolds, the biggest beneficiary may be McCain, who has been busy shoring up his base. Today, more than 67 percent of Republicans view him favorably, a rise of 10 points since February.
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