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. ron

    Hillary has proven herself to be a liar and a cheater, now we know why shes leave her husband - they are one of the same. ISn't he her campaign manager, and if ever elected he'd be lording over everything even the 3 o'clock phone calls, god know who would be calling given all billy boy's women. She won't even release her tax returns - WHY? Why haven't we heard about his drunken brother?

    March 31, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Jim, Indiana

    Remember New Hampshire?

    March 31, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Thall999

    I like how some like to reinvent things after the FACT.

    All the DNP candidates agreed to the rules and understand thet MI and FL wouldn't count from the start.

    Hillary and many of us didn't fight against this from the start. But now, we are to believe that SHE is a fighter for us.

    How many options or scenariois have we gotten from the Clinton camp on what constitutes a WIN. I used to do this when I was a kid and I wanted to win so badly that I tried making up the rules as I went along to suit my purpose.

    Now Obama is supposed to be scared to have Mi and Fl count right? Hey, that's my line that I used as a kid. I want my ROYALTIES NOW! lol

    There can be no redo in MI and Fl due to Heavy Sniper Fire and Obama not having any Kevlar pant suits in wardrobe like Hillary.

    March 31, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Dem. in CA

    Americans please open your eyes: Obama is not the person you think. Yeah he gives good speeches, dresses nice, is young.
    BUt he has bad elections in friends. Remember this saying:

    " Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are"

    I will support McCain if Obama is the candidate. I will jump to the next side, anyways McCain is a democrats as Republicans can get.

    March 31, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Trish

    I'm not sure if people understand the process or what?? Why do you Hillary supporters keep crying about Florida. It is not up to Obama to determine if those FL and MI votes count. It's up to the DNC and they have said no. FL and MI opted to violate the rules. I agree you should be upset but, not at Obama or the DNC but, the democrats that decided to change their primary dates and broke the rules. I know it's tough to see your candidate lose but, fair is fair and Obama is playing by the rules.


    March 31, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Michigan Born & Educated

    He's not leading in the polls I'm reading. Clinton and Obama are neck to neck, and McCain is leading over both. Get it right, CNN! And reading all these hateful comments from Obama supporters tells me why Clinton supporters will vote McCain should Obama receive the nomination.

    March 31, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Cori

    Why isn't CNN reporting that the same poll has McCain ahead of Obama, as he has been since the wright story broke. Obama recovered against Clinton, but has been consistently behind McCain.

    I just love the one sided media coverage. You people will be so shocked when Obama loses the general election, because all you have been fed is positive spin.

    March 31, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. gerald strother

    Clinton has two problems, polls and money she should pay the bills

    March 31, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. UthinkUnoMe

    Cheater – you gotta be kidding me. They cheated. They broke the rules. They knew when they moved them forward the risk.

    March 31, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Sham

    To Jill,
    All you Clinton supporters have on Obama is Rezko and Wright! LOL! Let look at the encyclopedia of scandals, lies, and conspiracies that surround Hillary and then let me see you try to argue 🙂

    Obama/Edwards '08

    March 31, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. chuck r

    Writing on wall for Hillary! Hillary is of course making the most specious, disengenuious arguments ever heard this side of Karl Rove! She wants Mich/Fla to count since she believes that helps her, despite numerous comments back in Dec/Jan that these two shouldnt count! Then she floats the idea that the "pledged" delegates arent really pledged at all! She only wants votes to count if they count for her, the ends justify the means, kinda sounds like our current tyrant! GOBAMA08!!

    March 31, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Bill

    Looks like we are headed for a fiasco. Bush didnt know what he was doing and look where we are. Obama will continue to lead us down the same path. I appreciate Hillary's knowledge and experience, and hate to see so many Democrats making the same bad decision the Republicans made 4 years ago. For the first time in my life, I may have to vote for a Republican candidate.

    March 31, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Carl

    Clinton but her name on the ballot to give people an option. She believes in democracy and people having the right to vote. Howard Dean has a lot to answer for, he is not doing his job properly, his favourites always get what they want.

    March 31, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Jacqueline Samms

    From reading some of these blogs, I can see why the United States ranks 47 in literacy in developed countries. Cuba ranks #3. What is wrong with us? Are we really that stupid? FL & MI need to take up the voting issue with their state legislators who made the decision to vote early when they knew the consequences. We need to start using the brain that God gave us and read between the lines. Also, try watching BBC and Linktv for real news.

    March 31, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. WA Voter

    Obama has a very good reason not to be willing to jump in and hand Clinton a victory in FL or MI.

    In Michigan anything less than a total re-vote of the Primary would be utterly unfair as Obama wasn't even on the ballot. When MI moved up thier primary Obama removed his name from the ballot. Voters whom support Obama are more likely to be switch voters. If these people voted for a Republican because the Democratic vote wouldn't count the party's contention is "too bad." This attitude is totally unacceptable.

    In Florida, the state party has made no real move towards even considering another option. The rules when the **Republican** Legislature and Gov. changed the date were known. Bowing now suggests that the rules are optional and can be followed if you'd like without consequences.

    The solution is simple. Seat the Superdelegates. The states then get a say in the nomination process.

    March 31, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Typical white guy Mn.

    Just remember Obama supporters , He can't win with only 50% of the Democratic voters in November !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Jon

    Why can't people put MI and FL to rest? It is a legal process, and people keep forgetting that in order for a re vote to be legal, it has to be.....well, LEGAL. How about them apples? Move on!!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Vequor

    Oh yeah, I suppose we should count Hillary's votes in Michigan and Florida even though most Democrats decided they wanted their voices actually heard and voted in the Republican primary instead, or that she signed the Four State Pledge Letter agreeing not to campaign or be on the ballot in those states, or the fact that she just narrowly beat an undecided in both. Or maybe we should have a do-over primary even though the states legislature said that it would be logistically impossible, or that most Democrats wouldn't get to vote this time around. but anything to help the Clintons achieve more personal power.

    Yeah right.


    March 31, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. April in Texas

    Well as I see it Obama wants the delegates seated fairly..... Clinton wants to go against what she signed that they wouldnt count and change the rules in FL and MI. I do feel sorry for those voters but even they knew their votes wouldn't count. If anyone is cheating during this campaign its Hillary as changing the rules in a game is a form of cheating... Clinton is her own worst enemy as she went negative and it has backfired for her...

    Obama 08
    Austin Texas

    March 31, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Bob

    It's amazing that even after 2 terms of George Bush, the Democrats are STILL finding ways to blow the election.

    Hillary needs to drop out of the race for the Democrats to have any chance. She comes off as whiny and does not exude the confidence that Barack does. And sorry Hillary about Michigan and Florida, but we don't have to change the rules of the election in your favor just because you're losing.

    And Michigan and Florida: If you're too stupid to follow your own party's rules, knowing full-well what the consequences were, then you don't get to vote. Other Democrats 1, Michigan and Florida 0.

    March 31, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. politicalpal

    ole hill's name wasn't suppose to be on the ballot either chump. if it would have been legitimate, she would have never won. she's a lost cause.

    March 31, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Dear Hillary

    Dear Senator Hillary Clinton,
    We understand that you are not used to losing, but please try to grasp the dynamics of this election. It's not about any lack of qualifications on your part, it's just that America has an opportunity to appoint the kind of leader that she has never had before. I'm sure if you hadn't decided to run, you and Bill would agree that Obama is a prize leader. Countries around the world would beg to have this man be their leader. If you were to drop out now it would only look good on you.

    March 31, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Kim in GA

    He's going to win. Let's hear about those 65 superdelegates he just got in NC!!!!! Way to go!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Robin

    So we have several Judas-type people!!! For Clinton's supporters the United States and the Democratic party come after the Clintons.

    March 31, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Damion K. Miles

    Why does everyone put the blame on Sen. Obama for the votes not counting in MI and FL? His and Sen. Clinton's camps agreed that the votes would not count, didn't they? Yes? How is he cheating? How can the votes in MI count when his name wasn't even on the ballot. The legislature of MI and FL should be blamed for this travesty, not either one the Senators. They knew what the consequences would be if they moved their primaries up too early. They don't count, period!

    March 31, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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