March 31st, 2008
12:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Obama has double digit lead nationally

 Obama has double digit lead nationally over Clinton, according to Gallup.
Obama has double digit lead nationally over Clinton, according to Gallup.

(CNN)—Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama extended his lead nationally over Sen. Hillary Clinton Monday according to the latest national polls.

The Gallup Poll conducted March 27-29 with a margin of error of 3 percentage points shows the Illinois Senator has a 10 point lead over the New York Senator among Democrats, marking the first time since early February Gallup polls have shown either candidate with a double digit lead. In February, Gallup showed Clinton held an 11 percent advantage over Obama.

Last week’s Pew Poll also confirmed Obama had weathered the media storm surrounding the Reverend Wright controversy and maintained his lead.

Despite pressure from some powerful Obama supporters and being behind nationally in the polls, Clinton said the race should not end before all votes had been cast. "I didn't think we believed that in America. I thought we of all people knew how important it was to give everyone a chance to have their voices heard and their votes counted," she said.

Looking to the critical state of Pennsylvania, Clinton holds a 12 percent lead ahead of the state’s April 22 primary, according to the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released earlier this month.Both candidates continue to campaign heavily in the state of Pennsylvania Monday, where there are 158 pledged delegates up for grabs.

Update: CNN poll of polls released Monday, which includes the results of several recent major surveys, shows Hillary Clinton with a 14 percent lead in Pennsylvania over Barack Obama.

Update II: The latest Gallup tracking poll out Monday afternoon has Obama up by 8 points.

–CNN’s Emily Sherman

soundoff (390 Responses)
  1. Mark

    All those Clinton supporters wanting FL and Mi votes to be counted,I thought Hillary once said it does not matter cuz she was ahead and now that she is behind,it matters.SHAME.How should Mi votes be counted when she was the only one on the ballot?I hope American democracy has not become some Sadam style.
    She was so sure to be the nominee and now she is just acting out of fustration and same with her supporters.Hillary is real.Obama will be the Nominee
    OBAMA 2008

    March 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Jim

    It was said by a wise person centuries ago. "You shall know the Truth and the truth shall set you free!" It is a message at the center of the Obama Campaign and the failure and flaw in the Clinton-Bosnia machine to understand.
    If only she could state , or better yet know the truth!!!
    Obama knows it, proclaims, and most of all lives it!!
    The gap will grow as more and more people hear the truth as Obama states it with love and care for even those who don't get it.
    Jim

    March 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Duane Dunn

    Who cares about polls....it a bragging rights for about 2 days

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    March 31, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Jazz

    The same thing was said by the polls in NH. Polls can be easily manipulated. The NBC/Wall St J poll had an oversampling of black
    voters to conclude that the pastor disaster had no effect.
    Let's see how his 48 state plan minus 28% of Hillary supporters works on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. That's the only poll that matters. Keep the faith Hill !!

    March 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Marjon

    I recall that Clinton started out with a 20% lead in PA...now she is already down to 14%..
    Who will finally tell her to get out?

    March 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Jake, California

    Are people nuts or what? The poll that Obama is leading in is about whom the democrats think will be a better candidate against McCain and therefore a better president.

    The polls have nothing to do with who's leading in delegates or popular votes! Why do Clinton supporters keep saying when she gets MI and FL she'll be in the lead.

    1. Even if the results from MI(156 delegates) and FL(210 delegates) stand as they are, Hillary will NOT be in the delegate or popular votes lead.

    2. Even if the resulst from MI and FL put her in the delegate or popular vote lead it doesn't automatically mean she's going to start leading in the national pools.

    Get your ideas straight, Hillbillies...we are tired of twists and turns.

    March 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. SOHAN

    john mccain all the way if it's not hillary

    March 31, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Jason

    Hillary is only in the news with her negativities, but now she has ran out ammunition – Muslim, Rev. Wright, and Resko stuff. What else???
    Moreover, the super delegates have warned her to stop all the BS, else they'll switch to Barack.

    You know, whomever trample on others to climb up will find out that someday they were only stepping on a sand dune and ...

    This is how Clintons go down!!!

    March 31, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. RETIRED PROFESSIONAL W/WOMAN OF 63

    Hillary is having too much fun spending the millions of donations.
    Wouldn't Hillary have to give back campaign money if she bows out?

    Obamaman 2008

    March 31, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Terry Frakes

    CNN you really make me ill!!!!! Why is it, when Obama does something well, thats all you talk about? I agree, the hypocrate drug his feet on the Michigan and Florida votes and now look what happens. This whole process has made me sick. I hope Obama does get the nomination, just to see the democrates get what they deserve when he gets smeared in the election. How can this man even have a conscious knowing florida and michigan arent even included? You can count my vote out. If he gets the nomination, i will vote for McCain, and if god help us all if he wins the election, i will move to Canada.

    March 31, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Obama Supporter

    I think that, at this point, Obama should not let Clinton distract him from the fight against McCain. She cannot make up the pledged delegate gap, with or without FL and MI; McCain is the one Obama has to beat.

    She's not going away, but that doesn't automatically make her relevant. As angry as I am at CNN's suppression of the NAFTA story, ignoring Clinton is probably the best way to minimize the damage to the party from her campaign.

    The opinions expressed here are solely those of the poster and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sen. Obama, or his campaign.

    March 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Philip Sims

    Hillary needs to bow out, she know's she can't win but wants to destroy the democratic party and Obama's nomination. There is
    no way those two can be on the same ticket, Hillary will never bow done as a VP running mate with Obama. She thinks she is priviledge
    and has an entitlement to the Presidency by being a former first lady.

    Hillary is very cunning and would polarize all Democrats and Republicans and nothing would get done in terms of legislation.
    If Obama is smart, he should stay away from Hillary and select
    Mike Web of Virginia or Bob Casey of Penn. as a running mate,
    fresh new blood, with new ideas towards CHANGE.

    If Obama can come close in Penn. by five to four percentage points,
    then that will be a moral victory and also win Indianna and NC that would seal it for the nomination, The Democratic primaries can't go on after June 7th, because McCain will have too much momentum to build from for Nov 08.

    Phil Sims
    Dallas, TX
    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Steve

    Who will challenge latest fairy tale story about a girl in southern ohio who didn't have $100.00 so she was denied health care at a local hospital. Her baby dies and she is then flown to Columbus Ohio where she is hospitilized for several days before she dies.
    Hey Hilary What was the name of the town, What was the name of the hospital that refused her treatment, What was the name of the pizza parlor where she worked, where was the boyfriend that helped get her pregnant? Looks like you left at all of the imprtant stuff again and guess what no one is questioning you becuase everybody is picking on poor little Hilary and nobody questions Obama. Maybe because he doesn't live in a fantasy world!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. JERRY

    for freedom March 31st, 2008 10:15 am ET

    WHO APPOINTED YOU TO SPEAK FOR ALL THE PEOPLE IN NEW MEXICO??? YOU SAY THAT "NEW MEXICO WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA IN THE FALL" YOU FORGET, OBAMA ALMOST WON NM IN THE PRIMARY.THER WAS ONLY A COUPLE OF POINTS DIFFERENCE. MAYBE YOU NEED TO STAY HOME IN NOV. HATER.

    March 31, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Patricia

    People keep blaming Obama for blocking the Florida/Michigan votes. He did not block them. He said that they had violated the DNC rules, and if votes were going to be redone, they would have to be done with the approval of the DNC. That is all he said. He agreed to a revote if it was done correctly.

    HE DID NOT BLOCK THE RE-VOTE.!!! HILLARY SAID THAT HE DID BECAUSE HE DIDN'T JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON WITH HER AND SPEND A DAY PETITIONING FOR THE VOTES. SHE DIDN'T HAVE A CHOICE IF SHE WAS GOING TO WIN, SO SHE WAS WILLING TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE SHE WAS DOING THIS FOR THE PEOPLE – IT WAS FOR HER VICTORY --SELF-MOTIVATED.

    March 31, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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