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. Nimi from NY

    As an Obama supporter I am glad for him but we are not taking anything for granted. We will keep campaining and blogging until it's all over. But as for now, it's not yet over. Anything can happen especially now the Republicans seem desperate.

    October 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Tim- Arizona

    Can someone please enlighten me? The people are deparate to hear the candidates proposals on the economy whereas Obama today released those details; however, McCain (McCan't) "refused to answer a reporter's question Sunday about what plans he might be considering".

    Instead, the Arizona senator planned a new speech at a campaign stop in Virginia Monday in which he argues he can win the race despite national and battleground state polls showing him trailing Barack Obama amid the deepening market crisis.

    "The national media has written us off. Senator Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi and Senator (Harry) Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we've got them just where we want them," McCain planned to tell supporters, according to speech excerpts provided by the campaign.

    In fact, Obama has proposed tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 and has called for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq

    He still does not get it! He is most interested in winning the election, dividing our country, and is out of touch with reality...sounds like Bush to me.

    October 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Jim

    John McCain is a tool.

    October 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Weepy

    That's OKAY. When the folks who will elect Obama Nov. 4 realize that his economic plans are bogus, they'll just have to cry in their own beer.
    Anyone who is a small business owner, or even half-way understands business jargon, will understand that Obama is saying a lot of good words that impress the easily led, but they don't make sense! As one poor soul said, "He just makes me feel so good." That person doesn't understand.

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Gene

    The more McCain and Palin keep playing "good cop, bad cop", the lower McCain's numbers are gonna go. You can't start preaching that you want a civil campaign while your running mate continues to not only be uncivil, but on the verge of riot inducing.

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. D hub

    GIVE IT UP MCCAIN!!! YOU HAVE BECOME AN AWFUL PERSON AND YOUR CAMPAIGN IS A JOKE. YOU ARE THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN A POLITICIAN AND YOUR CREEPY DEMEANOR AND YOUR PIG OF A RUNNING MATE DESERVE TO LOSE BECAUSE YOU ARE BOTH TERRIBLE PEOPLE WHO WOULD DRIVE OUR NATION FURTHER FROM WHERE WE SHOULD BE GOING, YOUR CROWDS ARE HATE-FILLED RACISTS AND YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED AT WHERE YOU HAVE ENDED UP SINCE BEGINNING THIS RACE.

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Michelle

    So now McCain says he wants us to fight? Thats gonna go over well in our international affairs with two wars and two/3 others pending. Our enemies already see us as gun totting, bible thumping, crusaders that want to occupy oil rich countires! McCain is asking people to fight because that is all he knows how to do. His fight words cause racial tensions in my city which is considered peacefully diverse! Stop the violence and hatred here in America and abroad! Lets get our boys out of Iraq and finish the business in Afghanistan! We need the money here now not over there!

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Susan

    It's just CNN polls.

    As close as this race, no one will know until election day.

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Craig in Washington

    Please do put the country first. Vote for Obama.

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. rob

    Thanks for the headline story on line with a smiling Obama. The polls are going to tighten in the next weeks as we get closer to election and people will begin to see through the MSM version of Obama. We are learning more and more about Obama from the alternative media and the more they learn the less people will be willing to vote for him.

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    I'd say Obama has McCain right where he wants him. He just needs to stay steady and remain unrattled by the sucker punches by McCain and his allies.

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Praying to God for an Obama Victory

    Too early to celebrate....stay focused Barack!

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

    Catch a Clue! It is the Economy Stupid! UnStable and UnAble just won't do. Too much hate promoting and stupid demonizing talk because the repubs have no message. Hate won't do.

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Tony

    MCCAIN SAYS HE HAS GOT OBAMA, BIDEN AND THE DEMS. RIGHT WHERE HE WANTS THEM.

    HE MUST WANT THEM AHEAD IN THE POLLS PRETTY BAD!

    THE MEDIA HAS NOT DECLARED THE RACE OVER, RATHER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SAID ENOUGH TO YOUR LIES, ACCUSATIONS, DISTORTIONS AND ATTACKS.

    REMIND ANYONE OF A G.W.B.?

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Lawrence in Denver

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

    The Barack Obama/Joe Biden campaign is now where the McFoolish/FAILin campaign and the rest of the world wants them....

    AHEAD!!!!!!

    Go home McCentury and take the Alaskan Husky with you!

    Obama/Biden & The DEMS 08'!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. j

    The difference between McCain & the Republicans vs Obama & the Democrats is that McCain & the Republicans want to give big breaks to the wealthy and big business whereas Obama & the Democrats want to give breaks to the middle. That's why I voted for the Democrats this time around. They will support the middle.

    McCain represents the failed policies of the past. Obama represents the future.

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    I think the young lady in red, holding the sign:
    "My husband Deployed again" says it all...

    We can have victory in Iraq, yet no one on the McCain side has defined what victory is at this point. No one in the executive branch has defined victory. What is victory? Three thousand dead and 10 billion a month, we deserve to know!

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Mark in Phoenix

    Hopefully Obama/Biden's lead will continue to grow and turn into a true electoral landslide beyond any Republican attempts to suppress and disenfranchise voters as in 2000 and 2004.

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Lost in Texas

    sorry but this country put Bush in office for 2 straight terms and we were told both Kerry and Gore were supposed to win. Even as a Obama supporter I am not ready to call this thing over. And I hope many others feel the way I do too. There are too many unknown variables that can come into play once the voter gets to the booth. McCain is right, this race is not over yet.

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Mccain is a Liar

    Mccain is a Liar that is the Reason he is losing all he does is lie and he has not policies to move us into the Future that is the Reason That ONE is winning because he has plans to Move this Country in the Right track and is is Honest. Obama Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. CR in WI

    McCain for shame

    Countless votes against our wartime veterans.

    Please don't use your military experience as evidence of your qualification, it simply is another lie.

    This campaign is actively 'crashing and burning', so you should feel right at home.

    BO08

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Linda Schatzer

    McCain where is your new economic proposal you were supposed to give. Instead you give us the same ole same ole...Im a vet...I will fight fight fight...I will do this (but no explanation of how). Does this man know anything on economic issues.

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Lorna, NY

    This is because the American people are not going to fall for the fear tactics used in past elections. Until the focus on the issues, the slide for McCain will continue.

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Carla

    Yes, we've got them just where we want them... AHEAD!!!!

    The fear/smears campaign is not working.

    Go Obama/Biden'08

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. WhiteWomenforObama'08

    If McCain is going to bring "change" shouldn't he be able to recoginize it when he sees it? This is not a race like ever before.

    He doesn't have anyone where he wants them, and he and his people obviously aren't paying attention if they think Obama is getting fat and lazy on these poll numbers.

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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