October 13th, 2008
03:02 PM ET
10 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. Ellie, MD

    TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK..... the clock is ticking quickly for the McCain-Palin ticket.

    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Travis

    Goodnight McSame and Barbie.....the fat lady is singing

    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. California Gold

    He better start telling people he's a magician and forget being a maverick.

    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. lisa M

    "My friends, we've got them just where we want them."

    Ok does that mean that McCain wants Obama to win?

    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Tony



    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Latina for Obama (nj)


    October 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    I can see clearly now McCain is gone! LMAO


    October 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Mr. Hot

    I think VA or CO should be leaning blue. Come on CNN!

    October 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Republican Voting OBAMA

    Now here goes the next state that the McCain/Palin team need to visit and lie to with there bitter words.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Ron L

    The BIG problem with Governor Palin is ..she's just not that smart.
    No, offense it's just the truth.
    The American people can tell this and that is the reason their poll numbers are dropping.
    Her lack of knowledge is the only reason the McCain campaign is not ALLOWING her to do ANY more interviews without Senator McCain at her side??
    Because she is not qualified and you can REALLY tell when you ask her questions that require spontaneous answers other than remembered talking points.
    I ask you members of the Republican party and ALL other Americans..
    Do you REALLY want this ( average) person in the White House??
    EVERY other major candidate has been interviewed on all of the MAJOR news programs (especially the Sunday morning ones). Why should Governor Palin not have to do the same???
    The complaint about the GOTCHA question issues is bogus. If a candidate for one of the highest offices in the land can't handle that, how in the world would they handle a REAL CRISIS??
    The last person we elected that was of average intelligence was….
    George W Bush and look at the mess the world is in from that election!!

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |

    The RCP electoral map shows them at 277 electoral votes, RCP is showing PA as safe and VA as leaning for Obama.

    Again do not get cocky, but just savor these facts while we "elitist" have our morning latte's and scones in our ivory towers!


    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. adrian

    cnn why is it everytime i try to make a comment you never post it? its not right! what happened to free speech? i deserve to be heard like all other americans!

    people please wake up! lets take back our beloved country! the time for ignorance and bigotry is over! just listen to the 2 candidates speeches today and the choice is very clear. mccain offers no solutions for the problems with our economy, and is continueing to tell lie after lie. did you hear the lie he told that obama wants to take away our right to have secret ballots when we vote?? where does he get this stuff? obama offers clear and thoughtful plans to help the average american. listen to what this man has to say! open your minds! it baffels me that anyone could consider voting for mccain/palin. how can anyone want a person like sarah palin a heart beat away from the presidency!? despite what she has been saying she was found to abuse her powers as govenor. the media refuses to also talk about her and todds connections to the alaskan independence party. these people want to rip a star off of our beloved flag people! read some of the statements by the founder of AIP! hes more of a modern day terrorist that bill ayers! the crap he pulled was 20 years ago when obama was 8! why cant the media talk about the palins connections to AIP? check the facts people and you will see that that the ayers/obama smear is flamingly undeniably false! palins connections to AIP is true. theres a video of her adressing AIPs convention! im begging you my fellow americans, wake up!! demand the truth! put aside your bigotry and do whats right for this country! vote for obama/biden! lets make this country great again!! YES WE CAN!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    This campaign is over for me 10/16 when I vote early and turn off all but Obama/Biden appearances.

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    I watched John McCain speaking in North Carolina. Lots of rude people in the audience. And he said, as usual, the phrase "My friends" way too many times. He also repeatedly used the word "fight." Aren't we tired of fighting? Let's hear John utter the word "peace" for once.

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |

    I don’t think anybody questions McCain’s willingness to fight. That’s the problem! He sees everything in military terms, defining too many things as a battle in which he is willing to do anything in order to win. The McCain/Palin ticket’s claim that Obama’s Iraq policy would be tantamount to waving a white flag is a case in point. How does McCain define victory in Iraq? When all the "bad guys" are dead? And will someone please ask Palin the big question: Who are the bad guys? Al Qaeda, or the Iraqi nationals who hate the American occupation? Again, McCain distorts reality and Obama’s plans, then he criticizes his own distortions. We've had ENOUGH dishonest blustering to last a lifetime. OBAMA 08 ! !

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Alison B

    With all the negativity that has been spewed by McCain what is to be expected – negativity never gains anything. People don't care about negative thoughts they want to know what is going to be done to help them survive each and every day.

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. McHoover Will Destroy What is Left of America

    "My friends, we've got them just where we want them."

    Just what American needs right know, delusional leadership . . .

    How is McCain supposed to find solutions to any of our problems when he can't even deal with reality?

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Chris

    Amazing photo! That woman is crying because her husband was deployed... AGAIN!

    What's the "win" criteria McCain?

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. petena

    Senator McCain and Governor Palin: PLEASE CONTINUE THE NEGATIVE PERSONAL ATTACKS. Its helping "that one".

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Tiff of lithia springs



    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. stacy

    I hope you are wrong.

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. LIP

    Read CNN's Tara Wall, contributing editor to CNN...she says that Obama and Bush aren't that far apart...more of the same then, eh

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Darrel from Denver

    "The national media forgot to let you (the electorate) decide..."?

    That's what the polls are....they are simply reflecting what the electorates decision is currently. The bogeymen National Media are simply reporting them, they are not deciding anything.

    Pathetic and desperate, this campaign is...

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. President McCain

    If I didn't know better, I'd be worried.


    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Karen

    Will someone PLEASE tell that man to stop using the "My Friends" comment???? He is clearly NOT our friends. I don't know if the loss of ethics in his campaign should be attributed to Palin who is the worst, most caustic possible running mate, or the addition of the Karl Rove camp to his campaign group.

    McCain- I used to respect you and still had an open mind about the election till this schitzo change in your ethics, choices, and personality reared their ugly heads.

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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