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. Annie, Atlanta

    This comes as no surprise. After the hate rallies held by McCain and Palin (mostly Palin) last week, they showed us all in glaring boldness that Country First is simply a phrase made up to bs low info voters. What was the real strategy, destroy America? Now they want to take it back, or pretend it didn't happen? I'm disgusted with both of them.

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Jeff

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

    Is John McCain trying to spin the situation, or has he completely lost any grip on reality?

    Note to Senator McCain: The losing position in an election is NOT where you want to be.

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

    HUGE HUGE KUDOS to the Clintons and Biden this week!!! Doing the right thing is the best feeling ever...

    Support Obama 08

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. indy chris

    Can't drill your way out of that one!

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Boris and Natasha

    McCain is searching for the “words” that he thinks the American people want to hear. It has nothing to do with whether or not he can deliver. He is just trying to say what he thinks we want to hear to get our vote. This week its is one thing and next week it will be something else. He will keep throwing his “new plan” out right up until the election.

    I don’t know what happened to John McCain.

    He has made poor decisions throughout this campaign-from putting lobbyists in charge of his campaign, to choosing an unqualified, dishonest and unethical running mate, to changing his message and vision almost daily. His campaign is inciting hate and division.

    He may have been a brave soldier, but a leader he is not.

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Linda Schatzer

    Oh and McCain we dont need a fighter...we need someone with an intelligence level higher than 8th grade. You and certainly not Palin dont possess this. Sad. Everything with you is fight...fight...is that all you know. Anger.....

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. mitch

    we will not stop until barack is elected! no matter what!

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. thomas from Alabama

    I guess if Mccain has got them where he wants them, then he has decided to put country first by hoping Obama wins. Mccain is a joke and I can not understand why Obama does not have a bigger lead. Oh thats right people love to vote BBQ and do not care about intelligent leadership. Lets put USA number one again and elect Obama.

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Mrs-Lady

    McCain ideas don't sound like he can be believed. Obama ideas sound so honest. He makes you want to believe in changed. Dont try and scare me McCain I dont want more of the same.

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Deb n Texas

    McCain deserves to be down low because he has gone low as he can go. His negative attacks and backfired and he and Palin earned it well.

    October 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Schneider (I) - CA

    As someone with an extremist VP and no new ideas should be!

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

    Please, every good, sensible, patriotic American, VOTE. I cannot imagine what our beloved country would be like if John McCain and Sarah Palin were elected. They terrorize me. Please do not allow this election to be stolen from the candidates who truly do care about our country. McCain/Palin are hate mongers and we cannot accept this in our country. It is imperative that you all get out and vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. May God bless America in these dangerous times!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. McCain: I Have A Plan

    McCain is running again on experience but does not talk about the details of this great plan of his. Now, he's a fighter for Americans; even play the Rocky theme song...........hmmm does anybody else see the similarity to another campaign?

    GOD please let November 4th come sooner rather than later.

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Bob Virginia

    Things will get worse for Mr. Mc Cain, he had a better than even chance before selecting Ms. Palin, coming down to the wire, and voters can't envision Ms. Palin as Vice President of the USA. Really befuddled choice for selecting her to begin with. People also look at the VP choice now as the next Republican choice for 2012 as president, Ms Palin, misses the mark for that selection.

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Latino for McCain

    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!

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Miriam

    I'm glad McCain is happy with being so behind. I sure am.

    Also, McCain is NOT my friend.

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Johnny

    Thats what you get for being negative all the time.

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. John Johnson

    Go get 'em Obama/Biden. Don't let McCain/Palin lie their way into the White House.

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Jerry Atrick

    The negative ads boomeranged, his VP choice does not fit into the scheme of things now (perhaps next time). Obama is working on a fiscal plan and McCain plans corporal punishment on him. Next step is to steal Obama's plans and fine tune them. Watch!

    October 13, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Julie

    Obama has an advantage over McCain in so many crucial "swing" states, that it is nearly impossible for McCain/Palin to win this election come November. Unless there is major fraud involved and/or they sweep Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.... Barack Obama will be our next President.

    The American people need real change. Most of us are suffering and struggle to make ends meet. Obama shares many of our values: he owns one car, and one house. I don't trust a 72 year old who can't keep track of how many homes he has leading this nation in a time of economic crisis, not to mention a VP who doesn't know the first thing about foreign policy... wait... I forgot... she does, since she can see Russia from her house.

    October 13, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Tom

    Thats simply because McCain isn't Presidential.

    And his running mate would be a disaster.

    "That one" 2008

    October 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. billy

    McCain faces a bigger problem than polls that show him down.

    McCain's own erratic and irresponsible behavior are the real problems.

    How can anyone but the far right vote for him? His own VP is to far radical right that he's isolated swing voters because of Palin.

    October 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. abel sterling

    you and palin need a lot of help, even if you find help i'm sorry my friend it will be to late, why dont you just give up, save yourself some dime old man.

    October 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. JayInNewHampshire

    How come McCain keeps saying Obama will raise taxes? Everything he said today was tax cut, tax relief, How does John McCain plan on implementing his plans? are they paid for? Oh wait he doesn't have any plans.

    October 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Rhonda

    Do you see what the young lady has written on her sign? MY HUSBAND IS DEPLOYED AGAIN! Run to the polls and Vote Obama-Biden

    October 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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