The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll

Obama/Biden 48%
McCain/Palin 42%
Undec 6%

- Obama continues to hold a double-digit advantage in battleground states. The IL Sen. leads 51-38% among LVs in CO, MI, NH, NM, NV, FL, OH, PA, VA and WI.

- The number of LVs who feel the U.S. is headed in the right direction has hit a new record low. Just 7% say things are going in the right direction, while 86% say things are seriously off on the wrong track.

- Obama has expanded his margin on the economy. The Dem nominee leads 50-36% on who LVs feel would do the best job handling the U.S. economy. This 14% lead is his largest advantage on the economy since he led 48-34% in the survey completed 9/25. His 50% share is also the first time either candidate has hit the halfway mark in a month.

Today's Diageo/Hotline tracking poll, conducted 10/10-12 by FD, surveyed 823 LVs and has a margin of error of +/- 3.4%. Party ID Breakdown for the sample is 40%D, 37%R, 18%I.

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