October 13th, 2008
03:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll Update: McCain faces wide gap

McCain is down 8 points in CNN's latest poll of polls.
McCain is down 8 points in CNN's latest poll of polls.

(CNN) - As John McCain and Sarah Palin scramble to defend states President Bush easily carried four years ago, a new CNN poll of polls Monday shows Barack Obama with an 8-point lead over the Arizona senator nationwide.

The new poll of polls, comprised of six recently released surveys, ties the largest lead Obama has held over McCain this election cycle, and suggests the Republican presidential hopeful faces an increasingly difficult task to turn around voter sentiment by Election Day.

According to the new poll of polls, Obama leads McCain 50-42 percent with 8 percent still undecided. That number incorporates new polls from ABC/Washington Post, Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, Newsweek, Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby, Gallup, and Diageo/Hotline.

Campaigning in Virginia earlier Monday, McCain acknowledged his deficit in the polls, and said the national media has all but declared the race over.

"We have 22 days to go. We're 6 points down," he said. "The national media has written us off…. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we've got them just where we want them."

Meanwhile, a new CNN poll of polls out of the state of Nevada shows Obama holding on to his advantage in a state that narrowly voted for Bush in 2004. The latest poll of polls shows Obama with a 4 point lead there, 49 to 45 percent. That compares to a 3 point lead Obama held in Nevada last week. CNN considers Nevada a tossup state in its electoral map.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Ian

    Pretty sad considering both candidates aren't that great.

    October 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Karen, Thornville, OH

    I really used to respect John McCain... I thought he was honest, had the best interests of the USA at heart, and had courageously served his country... first in the miliatary and then in the Senate... but what a difference a few years make. Now, he's out of touch with both reality and the majority of people in this country, his negative campaigning makes me instantly turn the page or the channel, and looking at him reminds me of the past... We need a new direction in this country. No politician is without faults and Obama is not perfect; however, I hope and pray that Obama can truly lead this country and return us to a place of honor, truth, intregrity, responsibility, and possibility. God bless America!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. DE

    It does look like we are headed for a change with media bias and ACORN helping to elect Obama. THE CHANGE- USSA-UNITED SOCIALIST STATES OF AMERICA>

    October 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Enough is Enough from Dallas, TX

    FACT:

    Say it loud and say it clear!

    "The next President and Vice President of the United States BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA and JOSEPH ROBINETTE BIDEN!"

    Be proud of our candidate's full names.

    October 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. pawstiv1

    I am gratified to see/hear that the slander and smears used in previous elections is not being "bought" by the electorate this time around.....wow, have we learned our lesson? How nice would that be.

    October 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. No Mc-cain-Palin, Bush's image

    If you really care for our future and love this country, get up and vote. Vote for them, I mean Obama-Biden.

    Tired of this repub party. McCain, I am very disappointed.

    October 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. death of the republican party?

    AMERICA FOR OBAMA!

    October 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. eastvillagenyc73

    Yay!

    October 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Bet McCain wishes he never heard the name Sarah Palin!

    Thank you CNN for the great coverage of this election season.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Alice Brinkley

    No Obama. No not never!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. GA Independent

    Go Virginia, Indiana, Nevada!

    Come on GA!
    All you smart, sensible people, get out there and say "YES WE CAN!"

    Obama!

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Jamie

    To date we have had:

    “Palling around with terrorists” – the Hate Talk Express
    “I’m getting angry” – the Irate Talk Express
    “I’m suspending my campaign” – the Wait Talk Express
    “My friends” – the Mate Talk Express
    “Hair transplants” – the Pate Talk Express
    Every word Sarah Palin says – the Grate Talk Express

    Just about everything but the Straight Talk we were promised

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. KJL

    That "wide gap" is called a CREDIBILITY GAP.

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. joe

    Obama peaked too soon........I'm confident McCain will get the momentum moving into the final weeks.

    McCain/Palin '08

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Michael

    Latino for McCain
    October 13th, 2008 3:18 pm ET

    McCain will still win in November. Obama's lead is superficial. With the way things are going, he should have been miles ahead. The fact that he can't – says a lot!

    ________________________________________________________

    You're right, it does say a lot. Says a lot about how Bush and Rove have driven a wedge between people with [R] and [D] after their names. Senator McCain attacks Senator Obama, while Senator Obama gives Senator McCain credit, where it is due, and calls on all Americans, both [R] and [D] to work together to help get through these tough times.

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. True Blue Ohio

    The McCain-Palin campaign has done a wonderful job insulting Americans' intelligence. It's not about race, or terrorism. It's about having a President who can effectively lead us. Obama brings people together. McCain drives us apart. Republicans, Democrats, conservatives and liberals alike are all aware of this fact.

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Republican No More

    Let's just keep taking it one day at a time. People think about a question Mr. Regan asked: Are you better off today – No!!! This is a great country and even the stupid (Republicans) get a vote, but thank God the electoral college was designed to help the nonintelligent choose a President!!!

    Ex-Republican

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Bob Indianapolis IN

    When you hate, instead of trying to communicate, what you get is what you've got....

    October 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. GP

    It ain't over till the fat lady sings.

    Polls don't mean anything. Roll up the sleeves and work even harder.

    Repubs have already laid the groundwork for disenfranchising voters with the Help America Vote Act. We'll see the results of their handy work soon.

    October 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Robin in SC

    In SC...one of the reddest of the red...there are usually yard signs in every yard, mostly backing the republican ticket with a few dems scattered. This election, n-o-t-h-i-n-g! No McCain-Palin yard signs, no Obama signs...I truly think Obama will do better here than anyone has since Carter. I predict landslide that the polls can't measure.

    October 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. mcCain supporter

    lol at this article.. too bad obama is gonna lose this election.. because ive heard that he was born in kenya... that disqualifies him...so hahahahaha

    mccain/palin 08

    October 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Nat

    "My friends, we've got them just where we want them": On the way to the whitehouse!

    October 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. John

    Here's the deal:
    I'm sure (and hope) John McCain is a good man. I do think that he does not have control over his campaign and is overwhelmed by what is happening to him. From time to time he wakes up and realizes that the Bush-Rove operatives have gone too far and brings back the John McCain America once knew. Unfortunately even if I don't blame him, this is a horrible lack of leadership and shows that if he can't control his campaign, how will he control this country?

    October 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Muckinello

    So many fires (to put out), so little time...

    October 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Darryl

    My prayers goes out to all of those republican who put there hopes and faith as well as money in Senator John McCain and Gov Sarah Palin campaign..

    You can come and join us there is room at the victory party.. Reserve You seats now....

    October 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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