Senator Barack Obama has almost caught up with former first lady Senator Hillary Clinton for next year's presidential race, a new opinion poll has claimed.
A just released Harris poll showed that 41 per cent of all adults would now consider voting for Obama (same number as would consider voting for Clinton).
This was a major improvement in Obama score since February when Clinton led Obama 45 per cent to 37 per cent.
Among Democrats, 59 per cent of respondents said they would consider voting for Obama up from 53 per cent in February.
But Clinton still had an edge over him as 68 per cent Democrats said they would consider voting for her but that was down from 74 per cent support she enjoyed in February.
Among independents, the poll shows, voters were slightly more likely to consider voting for Obama at 42 per cent than for Clinton (36 per cent). In February, Clinton led Obama 40 to 35 per cent.
When it comes to first choice for President, Clinton still led Obama by 15 to 12 per cent among all voters.
However, this also reduced for Clinton from 20 to 10 per cent lead she enjoyed in February.
Among Democrats, she is still the first choice with a clear lead of 27 to 21 per cent but her lead was down from February when 36 per cent favoured her against 18 per cent who preferred Obama.
Among independents, however, there was a virtual tie with 10 per cent preferring Clinton and 9 per cent Obama.
In the poll, respondents were first asked who, on a long list of 26 political leaders, they would "consider voting for." Then they are asked who, of all the listed leaders, "they would most likely vote for."