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. Matt from Kansas City, MO

    Keep em comin' Obama!!! Take those states away from the republicans!!!! YESS!!! I cannot wait till November to see Obama crush mccain in the polls!!!!! keep fighting the good fight Barack!!!!!! We need change!!! the only change mccain has is a couple of pennies in his pocket!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Dan, IL

    What is an "undecided" voter?

    How can someone be undecided only weeks away from choosing between two starkly-contrasted candidates?

    Just do some research into the political mess that Chicago is in – and the whole state of Illinois – and you'll reach your decision. If you don't already know everything about the candidiates by now then you haven't been listening.

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

    Thank God Obama is ahead. If he does not become our President this country will fail.

    October 13, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Former Republican

    Good news, but the race isn't over yet. We can't afford to become complacent. Remember, McCain has been completely written off before, and he surprised everyone with his resiliency. Of course, that was before he demonstrated a crippling lack of judgement and selected a snarky one-dimensional power-abusing right wing hyper-opportunist for his running mate.

    October 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. McCain-Palin

    The surge is working! Maverick! ACORN is stealing the election! Arrrggggh!

    October 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. DAMAIN DANIELS

    the strategy the the mccain campaign chose to deploy was one of old nuance with nothing to offer as a solution to conterpart barack obama. this is not 2004, and the people are on to it

    October 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Independent_me

    How anyone can trust a Republican who, by his own admission, does not understand the economy, to manage the economy – is totally beyond me!

    Anyone who votes for McCain (except the rich) is voting against their own self-interests!

    Fact is, it took a Democrat in the White House to get us out of the first Bush mess, and it will take a Democrat to get us out of this mess. The country is doomed if McCain gets in there!

    October 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Paul

    Senator Obama has laid out a clear, defensible short, mid and long term plan for the economy. Senator McCain is now blowing rhetoric and actually criticizing the nation's performance over the last 8 years. He voted with the guy "in charge" over 90% of the time and he's now criticizing Washington's performance over the last 8 years!!! He's suggesting lower taxes and private medicare!!! Isn't that what Bush promised? Does the nation really have the stomach to hear more empty rhetoric? Please, let's move on and fix this mess – no more GOP lies.

    October 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Texas

    Everyone get out there and vote and lets send McCain back to Arizona!

    Texas for Obama

    October 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Rodger

    As the poles go up for Obama, McCain and Palin are franticaly trying to save the traditional red States from going blue...sorry, to little to late!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Iraq veteran for Obama

    STEADY AS SHE GOES !!!

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08' and 12'

    October 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Republican Voting OBAMA

    We have to respect that Mr. Obama is running a clean and honorable campain and therefore should be our next President.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    hmmm, never underestimate the republican machine folks.
    However, I will completely loose all faith in this corrupt political system, if obama loses. Unless, the polls start turning around and it actually looks like McCain won fair and square...but I don't really see that happening.... :)

    October 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Jeff

    The more McCain drops, the uglier his smears get.

    October 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Hugh B

    McCain, i am NOT your friend. I'm THAT ONE's friend.

    Obama 08-12

    October 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Michael Dunn

    This is fabulous news, but we cannot rest until November 5th, Obama is not elected until all the votes are counted.

    October 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Steve

    Why are you ignoring the TIm Mahoney mistrsess scandal?!? You hammered Mark Foley over the same indescretion!

    October 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Mr. Eko

    Does McCain remind anyone else of Baghdad Bob right now with his claim that they've "got [Obama] just where we want him"?

    October 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Corey W

    We still need to get out and vote to make it official.........

    October 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. No Way, No How, No McPalin

    McCain is trying to turn his campaign around, while Obama is focused on turning America around....It amazes me...there are three weeks left until Election day and McCain still has no message....while Senator Obama has been consistant with the same message of change.

    If you have not done so, please read Sen. Obama's economic plan...I am excited about the direction in which he wants to take our country...and I can see the vision...

    What happened to the plan Sen. McCain was going to release today...don't be surprised if he is not revising it right now, and when it is finally released it sounds just like the one we heard today from real LEADERSHIP!

    October 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. GeorgiaOldMan

    Why is McCain closing the gap on most other polls - but it's widening on CNN. Hmmmm! Could it be they were just polling thier news team!

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. jt

    He actually said "My friends, we've got them just where we want them."
    !?!

    OH my!

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Tony

    HEY ADRIAN:

    GOT TAHT RIGHT, BUT FOR THOSE DIE-HARD REPUBLICANS AND THE ONES WHO CONTINUE TO DRINK THE KOOL-AID, IT'S A LOST CAUSE.

    PEOPLE WHO CALL THEMSELVES "UNDEDCIDED" AREN'T FOOLING ANYONE. EVERYONE WHO IS GOING TO VOTE ALREADY KNOWS WHOM THEY WILL VOTE FOR.

    I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT "UNDECIDED" VOTERS JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY THEY VOTED FOR THE WINNER AND THAT IS WHY THEY WILL NOT COMMIT TO A CANDIDATE LIKE THE REST OF US.

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Let's send Palin back to Alaska!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Portland, Maine

    CNN....one day McCain is gaining..the next he is down big time.....can't make up your mind? ?

    Why can't you report the truth??....that Obama is over 270 outside the margin of error.

    MSM (CNN)=pathetic

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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