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. Doug R.

    McCain will lose the election by 100 electoral votes!! There will be more Blue on the map than ever before. Tens of thousands of new people are registering to vote...and the large majority of them will not be voting for McCain/ Palin.
    I will vote after work on 11/04/08, go home and make some popcorn and surf the channels and watch the results come it!!

    October 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Papasan in Arizona

    It's a lot bigger then a GAP! He is losing Arizona Big Time.
    People here are pulling those McCain/Palin bumper stickers off. Dear Johnny and Sarah, you lost the Election!

    BTW:
    The last resort of all Failing Republican Campaigns is to energize the base, Right Wing Looneys! Sure they are mad, they are waking up from a long peaceful Bush slumber, to find two morons [McCain/Palin], with a disturbing megalomaniac love affair with themselves, out of touch with our Nations true issues, and engaging in a revolting Smear and Fear campaign! That's a tough wake up call, "MY FRIENDS"!
    The McCain inept solution is an Ignorant Slang Talking Power Hungry Junk Yard Dog [Palin] scampering around the Nation drumming up Racist Bigotry. The obvious erratic incompetence of the McCain/Palin campaign should provide evidence enough that they are unfit for any public office. Americans face the hardest financial disaster in the History of the USA, this is your idea of Change/Solutions/Ansewrs! John McCain / Sarah Palin have no idea what Americans trying to survive face. 401K plans gutted, Unemployment, Foreclosures, and the Global Economy in disarray...
    McCain/Palin are a disgusting self serving disgrace. Clearly proving they are not up to the complex task of keeping the Nation together in hard times.

    P.S. McCain, please do not come back here to Arizona.

    October 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. ednadavid

    It's not over till it's over people!!

    October 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. George

    Why would you want a President who can't control his temper.

    October 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Michael

    As others have stressed, and as I will stress as well. For us Obama supporters this is not over until each and every one of us cast our ballots and had them counted. I was accused of being a sheep for supporting Senator Obama, but see, I have looked at all the candidates, including 3rd party, and Senator Obama is the one that not only shares a lot of my ideals, but who I think shows reasonable judgment and good ideas. I must also say that at least he has ideas. Senator McCain's speech today included saying three times, that he had a plan for this or that, and yet again, no details, no substance on what those plans were. My point being, maybe Senator Obama's are not the best ideas, but at least he has them, and they have substance. I am a graduate student pursuing an MBA, so for those of you who cry out "Marxist" and "Socialism", I don't think you know what those mean, and don't realize, how wrong you are. Besides that fact, as my history professor told us once, "Socialism, is not a dirty word", its just been perverted by fascists and dictators.

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. BUDGET “REFORM TEAM”: MCKEATING5 BALANCED HIS CAMPAIGN BUDGET BY TAKING $112.000 FROM KEATING WHEN S&L‘S FAILED, MISS MOOSE ANAL SPHINCTER‘S “EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE” LEAVES WASILLA $23 MILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT!

    All the ditto heads like to imply that last week when the DOW was down that somehow, it was Obama's fault and all investor's were moving money offshore.

    Well, today he unveiled his economic plan and the dow is up 600+.

    Looks like the investor's have headed all the yachts back to Wall Street!

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Margo-Missouri

    My friends, I'm not winning and so once again I'll change my strategy and say what the people want to hear. And at the same time I'll charge my opponent Senator Obama with doing and saying anything to get the vote.

    Item number 21 that Obama and McCain have in common.

    Who is really running for the people.

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Gerald from Monroe Co. WV

    It's too late for McCain to come up with a consistent campain message, even if it's new. First it was experience, then it was change, then it was country first, now he is the fighter. This constant erratic lurching from one theme to another is just too tiresome to pay attention to. Sure, Obama is going to win- with or without help from John McCain.

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Change For The People

    We the people have decided that we don't want a mean old man who could well expire before his first term is over, or a woman who thinks she can see Russia from her backyard leading our country. That's why the McCain-Palin ticket continues to plummet in the polls.

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Ben

    Crush them, Barack. They deserve a beating!! OBAMA BIDEN 08!!

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. sine

    yeah – this is america the land of Florida supreme courts and ohio voting machines. I'll believe it when Obama is being sworn in on January 20th alive and well.

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Michelle in Pa

    "MY FRIENDS, WE'VE GOT THEM JUST WHERE WE WANT THEM."

    Sounds to me like he is thinking of us as his ENEMY......

    SCAREY

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Will Sarah Palin explain why her husband is sooo involved in her job? If she's a heartbeat away from becoming president, will Todd be the one making the decisions? If so, we should know ALOT more about him! Alaska independence Party – Anyone?

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Jim - Tampa

    Don't forget "He was a POW" too....

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. White Male Veteran from Minnesota

    Nov 4th cannot come soon enough! I am so so tired of being subjected to Sarah Palin I could puke hockey pucks.
    It was really interesting to see how Palin was receieved by the tens of thousands of hockey fans at the opening of the Philly and Ranger game. She was on the ice for 90 seconds and the boo's that smoothered the small applause lasted 90 seconds. That is a very clear sign that unless she is in front of the GOP faithful she does not receive a warm welcome from your everyday JOES SIX PACKS.

    October 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Independent voter

    Obama supporters are smart and educated. They know what is at stake. They are definitely voting for someone who understand the problems of the 21st century.

    October 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. African guy

    They went about shredding Obama's character. They used code names to call him a character. I just hope those two kids and their mum have not been watching TV for the last two weeks.

    I could not believe McCain would condone people, of all people his running mate Sarah Palin, to smear Obama in such a ruthless manner.

    Obama is a man of candor. Throughout the campaign, Obama has not called McCain or Sarah Palin names. He has been a very cool politician. It pays to be cool.

    October 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. President THAT ONE 2008

    Why is CNN not reporting that the Iraqi stock market is booming... Once again, Obama is right about the war and McCain is wrong...

    October 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Nik

    I really wish the media would stop stirring the pot. There is plenty of work to do. As an Obama supporter, I'm not willing to write off McCain until after all the election results are in.

    October 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. John

    After eight years of a moron, we will have an intelligent man in the White House., hope it is not too late to save our Country...

    October 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. White Male Veteran from Minnesota

    Nov 4th cannot come soon enough! I am so so tired of being subjected to Sarah Palin I could puke hockey pucks.
    It was really interesting to see how Palin was receieved by the tens of thousands of hockey fans at the opening of the Philly and Ranger game. She was on the ice for 90 seconds and the boo's that smoothered the small applause lasted 90 seconds. That is a very clear sign that unless she is in front of the GOP faithful she does not receive a warm welcome from your everyday JOE SIX PACKS and HOCKEY FANS.

    October 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Nathanael

    I have already voted early for Obama. McCain needs to retire.

    October 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Rick CT

    More evidence of media bias. Now we're getting the "Will Obama suffer from the 'Bradley effect?'" articles as seen on the CNN web site. Bradley was 1982. Buried under the headline is a point that it hasn't been seen in recent state elections. Is this simply an attempt to gain a reverse Bradley effect by imposing the guilt factor?

    Look, barring a major Obama screwup, e's going to win the election and it won't be that close. But should he screwup, does this stuff just provide an excuse, or perhaps even worse?

    October 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. michael in MO

    This media manipulation is absolutely sickening. Constant McCain/Palin bashing with no credibility, while ignoring and suppressing questionable and concerning aspects of Obama. A new "Poll" CNN claims. Do your research and LOOK at how they gather their statistical data – an absolute farce by any professional standard, and deliberately skewed. It certainly is in the media's best interests to "market" their boy – lots of $ to made in this product, to be sure. What a joke our "democracy" has become.

    October 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Brian

    "My friends, we've got them just where we want them."
    "The fundamentals of our economy are strong"

    McCain is becoming the political equivalent of Baghdad Bob.

    October 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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