March 31st, 2008
12:55 PM ET
10 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. Jenny, TX

    Obama will not win the White House in Nov. Either Hillary or John McCain is the right person for the job. Will see the outcome when hundred millions voters turn out nationwide in the general election.

    March 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. CA

    you Clinton supporters are ridicoulous.

    this sickens me. clinton-bush then clinton again? get a life

    OBAMA 08

    March 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Annamica, OH

    Wow it's amazing what lengths this nation will go to break the image that it is no racist —–to support a candidate who supports a man who preaches reverse racism. Way to go America! But then again, you elected Bush!!!

    P.S. You won't get change, you will get McCain in November if you continue with this outrageous Hillary hating. As much as I dislike Obama, I will not spew hatred on these threads...and you all claim you want to bring the part together. What a joke!

    March 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Willy

    So. The Clinton war machine will take it in due time.

    March 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Yvonne

    Florida and Michigan were disqualified. A ball hit out of the playing field is called a FOUL. Michigan and Florida were out of the playing field. Those points don't count. They can have a seat in the mean time, but they'll have to wait for the next game in order to count.

    March 31, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Mr. M

    YEY! Let's hand it to the Republicans!

    March 31, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. CB in FL

    Yeah Obama and the Obama Team! The race still has further to go and Team Obama is still fired up! Let's bring down Hillary's confidence that she'll win big in Pensylvania! That should put a end to her quest for ruining the party.

    March 31, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. norb

    If Clinton wants to run to the very end then let her. When Mike Hukabee ran for the Rebuplican's everybody question his reasoning and it didn't seem to be that big of an issue. Isn't going to make a difference come November anyway. Any Democrat is going to win. Maybe everyone should be telling John McCain to stop campaigning as he going to loose anyway! Sombody tell Joe Lieberman will you?

    March 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. JohnS

    Now American is speaking.
    Hope those who are still in denial will wake and join the movement of reconciliation that is sweeping through the United States of America.

    All in LOVE

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    March 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. illinois

    hey cheater who are you talking about not our illinois obama he's a good man

    March 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Dominic Iacopino

    I am so tired of hearing that Michigan and Florida broke the rules. The politicians of those states broke the rules, not the people who vote in those 2 states. Why should their votes be disenfranchised because a bunch of political hacks broke the rules. Have a re-vote in those states, let the PEOPLE of those states have their votes count, or sure as God made little green apples, the voters in those states will be pissed off and either sit home on election day or vote for John McCain, costing the Democrats the chance to win back the White House. And yes Obama is partially to blame, because I haven't seen him demanding a re-vote because of this fiasco. He remains eerily silent. Sometimes I think the best thing the Republicans have going for them is Howard Dean as the Chairman of the DNC. If he blows this election, if he manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, his political career will be over, he won't be able to get a job as Dog Catcher in his home state of Vermont. Which begs a bigger question, how stupid is the Democratic Party to pick a congenital idiot like Howard Dean as the Chairman of the DNC. If they lose this election, maybe they are getting exactly what they deserve.

    March 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Say no to the monarchy

    The Clintons are liars (see Hilary's sniper story) and cheaters (see Florida and Michigan manipulation). If you support Hilary you are asking for the Democratic version of George W. Bush. We do not need someone that is soooooo DIVISIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. John

    If you Obama fans keep saying we need to follow the rules, and Fl, and MI shouldnt count, (when the Florida Rep. Gov changed election dates), then I hope you say the same thing when the Superdels fall behind Clinton. Remember your words, follow the rules!

    March 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Fitz

    Don't waste your breath because some people just don't get it. These are the same people that would give their children rules to follow but then reward the kids anyway for breaking the rules. They just don't get it.

    March 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. ALBO

    WHY ????


    As for FLORIDA, even counting the JANUARY's flawed votes, which gave HILLARY an advantage of 38 delegates, OBAMA would still
    have an advantage of 171-38 = 133 !!!

    And if, a total abusurf, the January's Michigan delegates of Hillary would be seated, OBAMA still leads by 60 !!!


    But I would suggest, even if would mean a violation of the rules
    of the Primaries, but to make happy the Democrats in these states,
    that HILLARY and OBAMA agree that the let's say 6 most presigeous
    pollsters, selected by the DNC, PERFORM AMPLE BASIS POLLS


    March 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Lendell East Chicago, Indiana

    All I hear freom Clinton supporter is about what's not fair and follow the rules. Well, you all need to take your own advise. Fl and MI knew what would happen if they moved up their primaries. Both Clinton and Obama agreed not to campaign in those two states. Now all of a sudden it's not fair because she's losing. If it wasn't fair, why did Clinton agree to it before. I'll tell you why. The Clinton's and her supporters didn't think Obama had a chance. But what he's showing is the America is tired of the same old politics. You can not change the rules of a game in the middle of the game. THAT'S NOT FAIR. Get over it Clinton, we're tired of your dirty politics. Run for governor of NY, they seem to need a good person to run your state.

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Alvin NC

    Ha! Ha! Hillary can’t even manage her own campaign. How could she possible manage this country? She needs to concentrate on paying her bills. Another thing that gets me is on one hand she talks about not disenfranchising voters in Fl and MI. Then on the other hand she says that Super Delegates should vote against the will of the people. So don’t disenfranchise 2 states that broke the rules but disenfranchising the entire country is okay. GET OUT HILLARY WHILE YOU STILL EXIT WITH A SHRED OF RESPECT!

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. sally

    Hillary called Mi an Fl beauty contests when she was ahead. What happened? MI. and Fl. can only be counted if the states were to have a revote. One name on a ballot is not exactly fair. And Obama being a virtual unknown at the time of the FL. voting isn't either. Many Obama supporters in both states said that they did not vote because they knew that their votes were not going to count. Enough of the Clintons and Bushes.

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Adam

    Obama is a Liar and Cheat!! He will never get my vote!

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. B in NC

    "Kim March 31st, 2008 10:35 am ET
    There is nothing in his resume that would impress."

    Kim, I challenge you to compare Senator Obama's legislative experience in ONE year to Senator Clinton's ENTIRE first term (6 years). Then come back and let us know whose resume is impressive. I'll give you a hint: 820 bills in one year vs. 20 bills in six years.

    Voters who have done their research, gotten the full context of each issue and situation and where the candidates stand, and have not just sponged up the sound bytes they get from the media are getting behind the best candidate for the job.

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Kevin

    RE: I remember when Clinton was up 11 just after Super Tuesday. Obama supporters said it did not matter. Wonder what they will say now?

    Hi Trev – I'm an Obama supporter, and these polls don't matter much. Not then, not now. As a politics junkie, I like to follow them and then, of course, see all the bees buzzing on these blogs and elsewhere.

    What matters is what happens on April 22 and May 6th. And then after that, if we're still having a race.

    March 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Peter Man

    Thank God!!! Now I can have hope.

    Viva Obama !!!

    Buffalo New York

    March 31, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. bye bye Billary

    Obama wasn't on the ballot in Michigan, people. How is it fair to count those votes? Know your facts.

    March 31, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Kathy in Michigan

    It will continue to grow because he has growing support in Pennsylvania. I would not be at all surprised if he won Pennsylvania. I see a trend in what voters are saying and doing, and what superdelegates are saying and doing. Sen Clinton should be allowed to continue to run if she wants to. She will however be held responsible for any collateral damage the party suffers.

    March 31, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Ann Marie

    Even with the current Florida and Michigan results , Hillary can't win. Do the math.

    March 31, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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