Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis held a slim lead over Republican George Bush in New York in a new poll published Thursday.

The Buffalo News statewide poll showed Dukakis with a 48-44 percent advantage in New York, which ranks second in the country with 36 Electoral College votes.

The newspaper's poll had Dukakis leading by 49 percent to 40 percent three weeks ago.

The latest survey of 806 registered voters was conducted last Friday and Saturday and had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

"New York could go either way on Election Day," the Washington-based Political Media Research Inc. said in a statement accompanying the poll.