The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll

Obama/Biden 50%
McCain/Palin 42%
Undec 6%

- Let's Agree To Agree. In addition to leading 50-42% overall, Obama also leads men 50-42% and women 50-42%.

- Preparation O. Obama has nearly closed the gap on who LVs think is most prepared to lead the nation. 46% of LVs now say McCain vs. 44% for Obama. McCain's 2% margin is his smallest advantage ever on the question and a noticeable decline from his 11% lead one month ago, in the survey completed 9/25.

- My Fav Flavor, Not Cherry Red. In general, LVs hold far more favorable views of the Dem candidates than they do the GOPers. Obama has a net fav rating of +19%, while McCain has a +9% mark. Biden meanwhile gets a +23% rating, while Palin is at +3%.

Today's Diageo/Hotline tracking poll, conducted 10/23-25 by FD, surveyed 878 LVs and has a margin of error of +/- 3.3%. Party ID Breakdown for the sample is 42%D, 37%R, 18%I.