One national poll released Wednesday showed Dukakis closing in on Bush, while a second one gave the Republican a slightly better lead.
The newer poll, an ABC News-Washington Post survey conducted from Sept. 28 through Tuesday, put the race at 51% to 44% in favor of the Republicans. The poll of 1,196 likely voters had an error margin of about four points.
In the other survey, a Harris poll of 1,235 likely voters conducted last week, the Republicans led 49% to 46%--a statistical dead heat, given the three-point margin of error. The previous Harris poll, taken earlier in September, had showed Bush leading 50% to 44%.