The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll

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

- Obama leads 50-42% for the third straight day. He also leads Indies 48-36% for the second consecutive day.

- McCain and Obama remain deadlocked 45-45% on who LVs think is more prepared to lead the U.S.

- Obama continues to lead McCain 52-38% on who LVs think "better understands the needs and priorities of people like yourself." With the exception of the survey completed 9/10, the Dem nominee has had a double-digit lead on the question in every Diageo/Hotline tracking poll release.

Today's Diageo/Hotline tracking poll, conducted 10/25-27 by FD, surveyed 878 LVs and has a margin of error of +/- 3.3%. Party ID Breakdown for the sample is 41%D, 37%R, 18%I.