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.

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  1. Fee, Philadelphia

    October 13th, 2008 3:07 pm ET

    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

    Did you realize that lately Bush has been trying to implement Obama's policies. Don't be fooled by the report. Many suggestions and reflections of an Obama Presidency have been implemented by Bush. I say kudos to Bush for knowing a good idea when he hears it even if it wasn't provided by a Republican.

    Obama/Biden '08...the only choice for me

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Hannah Stevens

    McCain had said last week that he was unveiling yet another soup du jour economic plan today, but doesn't come through. Instead he is on the defensive with another "strategy" to win more votes declaring that he is a fighter. He has been wobbling all over the place trying different stunts, like the bailout campaign suspension (which never happened by the way), he won't debate and then he will... what is the message he is sending to Americans? If you judge him by his campaign, he is unstable. Whereas Barrack is steady on the course, calm, cool, thinking through the next steps, laying out plans and following them. Let me see now, which man would make a better president? Barrack Obama 08

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

    Please, someone tell McCain to stop saying "my friends". It is sickening!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. President Barack Obama

    Come On America Dont Be Foolish Again...
    Dont vote for someone you can drink a Beer knowing that you NEVER WILL. That kind of Tricknology got us in the RUT we are in TODAY!!
    There is WAAAYYY TOOO MUCH AT STAKE to allow your prejudice's decide who will govern this country!!! We NEED INTELLIGENT & CONSIDERATE LEADERSHIP!!!!


    Now that you thought about it ....

    Barack Your Vote 08!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Do Tell

    Palin wants to expand the role of Vice President and now Troopergate. We're listening.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. chryssa

    All our hard work is about to pay off. Woo hoo! Obama/Biden '08!

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Strained Economy

    Every 4 year it's the same old thing, widen the gap between the two candidates (Your candidate in the lead) to sway opinions and as the election process comes to an end, conveniently tighten the "gap" to a more realistic percentage so you don't look like an idiot if your candidate loses.

    CNN and others got burned badly in 2004 after steadily putting Kerry in the lead in their "Poll of Polls" to sway the publics opinion that Kerry was going to win....And we know what happened there...

    I predict CNN will be "tightening" the gap in the next 20+ days to just a couple of percentage points between McCain/Obama, so as to cover their tail a little better this year with their corrupt polling numbers.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Steve

    It's the beginning of the end. There are just too many things going wrong for McCain and Palin. Even those who would normally vote Republican merely because they always do vote Republican are beginning to see that, this time around, the Republican ticket is badly flawed. Thanks to President Bush's complete lack of control over the past 8 years which has cratered our economy, McCain and Palin have to not only fight the Democrats, but the legacy of their president as well. I would expect, like Hillary, they will begin to spend campaign funds like drunken sailors, as they slip into complete denial about their chances, but since they won't actually change anything in their strategy, their campaign will crater in about a week. They'll keep going through the motions, spewing lies and hatred and fear, but this time around only the terminally stupid are listening. It's over.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Leena

    "They forgot to let you decide..."? Ummmm where does McConfused think the poll numbers come from?

    In reverse, I don't trust the polls. So if you're voting for Obama don't get lazy now, there is still work to be done.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Zac Umdenstock

    Vote for less war & more Jobs – Vote Obama '08

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. ProudOBamaSuppoter

    Have anyone noticed that Todd Palin name isn't mentioned anywhere on the John McCain website as opposed to Jill Biden?

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. BK

    Obama has no experience on economy or foreign policy, but he reads a speech real good. Pelosi and Reid will be running this country. Obama doesn't have a clue and you are willing to give him the keys to the White House. You want to ignore all of radical left anti-american friends. The signs are there. Just like the signs were there when people elected George Bush.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown

    Look at the happy Lemmings in the picture, ready to jump off the cliff for no apparent reason!

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. john ippolito

    obama is first down and glory to go!. he will not be denied as he will score on the first play, win the game ,and most importantly,we will take our country back under president obama!

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Michael in Houston

    No McCain the media has not wrtten you off, you and Palin have self emploded. The polls, although can be slanted, are telling you McCain that most of America will not support you. Sure, McCain will have people vot e for him, some because they like him, some because they hate Obama. But the fact remains, when you decided to pick a person for the reasons of because you, McCain, bought into the media hype that there were 18 million people, in particular lot's of women who were PUMA's, you guessed wrong. Then you have wasted so much time doing exactly what Kerry did in 2004, to much talking about the "that one" and nothing about what you are going to do. So now you find yourself scrambling for votes. Too late. I don't believe that there is 8% undecided, I think almost all people have made thier choice. And it is Barack Obama, unfortunately for you McCain. I wish you well Senator and I hope your lapse of judgement, your ill-advised descisions and your foolish gambling does not cost you your Senate seat. You are a good man Senator McCain, there are some good things that you have been part of on the hill, but you are not nor will be a good President. You should have stuck to what got you here in the first place. You may have had a chance on beating Obama. Obama has too much support and too many of us who are willing to vote him in, than more of your supporters who are anti democrat party or even racist. Good luck in 2012 Republican Party, maybe next time you will wise up and choose a Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul or Chuck Hagel to go up against Obama.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    "My friends, we've got them just where we want them." Is it me or is McCain sounding more and more like former Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf otherwise known "Baghdad Bob"?

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. tom in kentucky

    what a joke mccain and palin are. how come cable news is not talking about palin's abuse of power and her husband being involved?????
    I do not want them running our country. Lets not forget that mccain was involved with the keating 5 and one of his campaign people sat on the same board ayyers her name annaberg???? why is no one talking about this palin abuse her powers

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. tired of delusional blind sheep who sold their souls to the devil

    obama will win florida.. heck, obama will win the republican stronghold of florida, jacksonville....

    and i heard mccain is going on about fight fight fight again, doesnt he understand, americans are tired of fighting, others and ourselves...

    mccain just doesnt get it..lol

    obama/biden 08

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. N.S of Huntsville, Al



    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Greed is not good

    Jobs Baby, Jobs NOT Drill Baby, Drill to make people with 13 cars and 7 houses richer

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Ana

    it's shows how many friends McCain has!!! He calls everyone
    "My friends" that tells you how confuse the man is! Than he picks a loser form Alaska that violates the law as Governor, imagine what she would do as VP of the US??????????????? And she wishes the VP should have more power!

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Stokes

    Looks like all the rhetoric and hate that McConfusion and Alaska Barbie are not ringing true to most Americans with a brain. Each day his campaign gets more and more pathetic. I guess McCain thinks that if he keeps repeating baseless claims, unguided optimism, and hate that eventually us Americans will just buy into it. He has offered no fixes for any of our problems and now even his own party is frustatrated with him. See ya later Mr. McCain...Hopefully Palin will disappear as well. Maybe she can go back to Alaska and shoot a moose.

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. NV for Obama/Biden

    Nevada will be BLUE November 4th!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Charlie

    Please get out and vote! Before Senator McCain selected Gov. Palin as his running mate, I would have been very upset if he won. Since that choice was made I would be terrified. We need to vote to make sure that it does not happen.

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Larry, Dallas

    It doesn't suprise me at all.

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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