A new poll out this afternoon solidifies the generally accepted narrative on the presidential race: Barack Obama has the edge on domestic issues, while John McCain has a leg up on international matters.
In the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, 50 percent of registered voters say Obama would "better handle" the economy, while 44 percent say McCain would.
On foreign policy, 54 percent say McCain would be the better steward, while 43 percent say Obama would.
Polls, however, show that the sputtering economy has surpassed the Iraq war and terrorism as the important issue for voters in their presidential choice.
On other questions, the CNN survey found that 66 percent agree that McCain has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have, while 63 percent believe that of McCain. But Obama has a slight edge on the issues: 56 percent said that they agree with him on the issues that matter the most to them, while 50 percent said that of McCain.
The survey, conducted on June 4 and 5, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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