The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll

Obama/Biden 49%
McCain/Palin 42%
Undec 7%

- Obama's 7-pt lead is his largest since Diageo/Hotline tracking began on 9/2.

- On the economy, Obama has a 48-34% advantage over McCain.

- When asked how the financial news/events will affect their vote in Nov., 48% said it would not. Among those who said it would, 29% said it would make them more likely to support Obama, 16% said they'd be more likely to support McCain. Among those who say the economy is their number one issue, 34% say they're more likely to support Obama, 16% pick McCain.

- Voters are also split on whether they want to see more or less gov't involvement in the financial markets. 46% - including 35% of GOPers - say they'd like more gov't involvement. 31% say they'd like to see less involvement.

Today's poll, conducted 9/23-25 by FD, surveyed 913 RVs and has a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.