Nine points. That's Obama's current lead among likely voters, according to a Washington Post/ABC poll.
Gosh, that recent bit of brilliance from the Spitting Image puppet rightly described by George Galloway as a "drink-soaked former Trotskyist popinjay" is just looking funnier and funnier, isn't it?
UPDATE (9/25): McCain blinks, Obama leads, and Letterman mocks the Republican nominee. And 86% of America, according to one poll, thinks the debates should go on.