Via the Wall Street Journal, a Quinnipiac University poll puts Barack Obama up just two percentage points over John McCain, 46-44. The relatively large survey — 1,261 likely voters — has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
According to the Journal, one factor in McCain’s surge may be the public’s support for increased offshore drilling; Minnesotans support it 59 percent to 34 percent; 9 percent have switched from opposition to support. McCain supports more offshore drilling; Obama doesn’t.
Minnesotans also support drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but by a smaller margin: 51-44. A majority formerly opposed the move, pollsters report. Both major-party candidates oppose ANWR wells.
Surprisingly, Quinnipiac rates Wisconsin as more of an Obama blowout: the Illinois senator leads 50-39 there.
Quinnipiac’s Minnesota results come a day after a Rasmussen Reports survey put Obama up 12 percentage points here.