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. Thall999

    Jim, Indiana: Remember the 8-Track, BetaMax, Casette Walkman, Hoola Hoop, Slinkie?

    Yep, more things as relevant as your comment. lol

    I certainly will remember those pant suits and the Snipper Fire!

    March 31, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Ratgurl

    Polls, schmolls.

    Whatever the numbers are claimed to be now, they will most certainly change. Thankfully, they seem to be constantly changing in Obama's favor. Let's get this guy in office, fellow Americans, so we can retrieve the controls over government that we've lost over the past couple of decades.

    Transparency in government. Obama '08

    March 31, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Sylvester

    Clinton supporters, you can't be that naive. Do you really believe that MI and FL should be counted "as is"? Do you really trust a 100% mail in primary?

    I have to wonder what person with any education on elections would suggest doing either. This just makes the Clinton campaign look that more desperate. Not to mention these unwarranted allegations that Senator Obama is stopping a re-vote in either state. Do you folks read? My goodness...he's not stopping the re-vote he's requesting a re-vote that operates exactly how the primary would've functioned if the states hadn't violated the rules. In other words, everyone votes – all precincts are open and the votes are tallied. No exclusion for registered Republicans or independents that voted in the previous Republican primary.

    What's so difficult to understand?

    March 31, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Joy in Missouri

    Both Clinton and Obama attorneys stepped in with objections which stalled/stopped progression of a re-vote of some kind in Michigan. Not just Obama... they both had some problems with the progression of a re-vote and presented those, thus progress was stopped. Clinton fabricates that the stalemate in MI/FL is all Obama's doing, whereas she agreed and was bound to the original limits set out when those states moved their primaries. It's only because she's so far behind and desparate that suddenly she's so concerned about their "rights" to vote and democracy. She also was insisting that counting the votes as they stood (without Edwards/Obamas names on those ballots) was "fair." Her motives aren't pure. She's whining every day about Michigan and Florida votes needing to count, yet insists that the votes in many states, like Missouri, aren't even important - according to her, only the "big states count." I'm a Missourian... she doesn't convince me. Her cries change with the breezes... whenever it's not blowing her way (due to their own poor campaigning), that's suddenly unfair, unconstitional, undemocratic, unAmerican.

    March 31, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Brian

    I am tired of people saying that comments are one sided. I have lost many jobs because of what another race has done to me. I guess it makes people feel good to make others feel like crap. And the problem is you have to explain these losses to a potential employer. Everyone talks about the law and equal rights, but it just seems as though racism has gone underground. My wife tells me to grin and bear it as well as keep my mouth shut!!! Bottom line it is time for a change in this country, everyone needs to unite for the common good and change the country to ensure the economy is running on all cylinders for everyone.

    March 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Jack Andrews

    PLEASE DON"T VOTE! Neither Obama or Hillary will end the Iraq invasion. Please do not give these hawks the power to kill maim and orphan more children. These two candidates still believe that "war" is a viable option in the year 2008! Neither of these candidates, including McCain have any vision but the perpetuation of war for profit. PLEASE PLEASE don't vote! Don't give any of them power to kill, burn, orphan, maim and torture. The world is beyond war and they need to learn this.

    March 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. The Truth

    It seems people support cheating. Obama is not wanting to cheat, cheater. She agreed to the rules with the DNC, and Obama said he agrees with whatever the DNC agrees to. So get with the program people. Florida and Michigan screwed up, and they paid the price. People need to stop there complaining about redoes, get over it.

    March 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Charles

    Obama beats Clinton hands down on everything....Intelligence, Integrity, Communication, Leadership, The ability to inspire, Likeability etc. Their plans are the same essentially, but Obama is more believable. Clinton has character issues, she can't win. Her campaign is negative as well, so that doesn't help. They need to remove James Carvelle, he embodies the entire Clinton philosophy and has negative energy even when he is saying something correct, which is not working with the voters. She desperately needs to be start projecting a more positive image, so removing James will be a step in the right direction. Otherwise the next polls will show her 15 points under...seriously!

    March 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. JF

    That is pretty exciting news! maybe Hillary will get the message to:

    Obama '08

    March 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. tim

    only 10%?
    If you're Hillary you have to view that as a huge win.

    Actually give it a little time, she probably will declare this a victory, lol. Simple Clinton tactics, say it enough and people will believe it. That logic has worked for these gems...
    1) I can still win.
    2) I won Texas.
    3) I won Michigan.
    4) I ducked and ran.
    lol, wouldn't it be amasing if all American's woke up one morning and actually payed attention? Good thing for Clinton they haven't and she can still claim to be in this thing.

    March 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Adalberto Herrera

    Clinton and Obama are apples from the same basket, they both will govern for the rich. Both speeches are empty like Bush brain. Democratic or Republican, the international policy will remain the same: imperialism trying to crash on the natural resources in South-america. Evil bless you all.

    March 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. M Hayes, IN

    Hillary reminds me of my little sister when we used to play kickball when we were kids. Every time my sister was out, she wanted to change the rules. At the beginning of the campaign, all the candidates agreed that MI and FL would not count. Now that she is losing, she suddenly is championing everyone's right to vote. Why wasn't she concerned about the voters in MI and FL back in February? She has also suggested that even pledged delegates do not have to follow the will of their constituency. The longer she stays in the campaign, the more she reminds me of my little sister who didn't think she should be out because the sun was in her eyes or her shoe was untied. My sister eventually grew up and started playing fair, I think its time for Hillary to do the same.

    March 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Michael Guinn- Ventura, CA

    This is great news and appropriate. As far as the Hillary Hate Club members saying Hillary has the lead if you count FL and MI- You need to get over it. You also need a course in MATH.YOUR CANDIDATE voted the same as Obama on seating the delegates! Obama wasn't even on the ballot in MI- and you carrying on this thing along with Rev Wright is getting VERY old! You don't change the rules in the middle of a game- and you certainly don't do it with the Primary Season almost (and should BE) OVER!

    March 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Theresa

    To all the Hillary supporters who will vote for McCain...

    I cannot stand her. I think she will do anything to win and not for this country but for her own personal agenda. I dislike her as a human being and a woman. She disgusts me.

    HOWEVER... She is a much better candidate than McCain. I realize that she has the same beliefs about where this country needs to go as Obama. The direction that both candidates want the country to go in is the same.

    The difference is integrity and the ability to unite people. Hillary believes the ends justifies the means. She is not about uniting the parties. The craziness of her supporters show that she is not a uniter but a divider and that she is indeed dividing the party. Her supporters with deep pockets have tried strong arming Pelosi. Enough already!

    I will vote for her if I have to and I BEG her supportors to be supportive of the party and not just HER. She is not entitled to the nomination!

    March 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. California Dreamer

    I don't get these people's "count the votes in Florida and Michigan; play fair" rants. Hello- how fair is it for clowns running things in these two states to ignore the rules, jump ahead of other states who played by the rules, then cry "Foul"? I just don't get it, other than desparate claims of desparate folks for a desparate candidate-Hillary.

    March 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. reality

    Facts: Fl and Mi broke the rules and suffer the consequences.
    -any of you who has not had racially charged thoughts or words, let him cast the first stone. -unity vs division are the choices of today, division is easier.

    March 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Danny

    Tina.........! I think you just came to United States couple days ago huh that's why didn't see the news. Obama name's not in ballot only in Michigan because he removed his name, but Florida his name was in the ballot and he lost to Hillary there.

    Florida and Michigan need to count and every votes need to count if they are Americans citizen.

    March 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Sure, I am for a FAIR Election in FL & MI... no mail in votes – paid for Billary's supporters and managed by the repubs! Fair Elections! You know ? She would lose Michigan and maybe get a couple of delegates from FL! You Clinton's die-hards are silly... take a look at her BIG VICTORY in TX/OH... she actually lost the delegate race in TX and with the extra delegates Obama picked from CA, he actually came ahead after her "BIG Comeback". The facts are the facts... Hillary is a bitter, deceitful Washington politician... she doesn't have the natural charisma of her husband to get her by and ALL she can unite is the Republican party! They would love to run against her!

    March 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. georgie from pa

    does anyone think that maybe it depends on who you poll? if you poll philadelphia for instance, it will lean towards obama. if you poll close to my area, clinton kicks but. i think the news media picks from certain areas to poll so they can get the results they want.

    March 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Strictly Business

    For those that keep on harping about MI and FL, you do realize that this has no effect on the national polls. If not then do a little research.

    March 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Terry

    most obama voters posting on here are pitiful......well...not pitifil..just ignorant

    March 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Larry Chavez

    Hillary is such a liar,
    no thanks

    March 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Jenn Ohara

    There is no way Obama is leading. Something's awry. No one I know will vote for him, and everyone who once supported him has changed their minds.

    March 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. rpm

    Hey...should we should we look the other way when criminals break the law or better yet reward our kids when they break house rules????? this question is for all the Hillary supporters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Emanuel Volakis

    Shrillary supporters need to catch a clue and actually READ news sources other than the ones the Shrillary campaign sends to you. The Michigan votes don't count because Obama was not on the ballot....Florida is flawed for similar reasons. Until someone offers to pony up $20million to pay for the re-vote it is silly to point your fingers at Obama. The Obama campaign does not control the state legislatures in MI or FL. Besides....the Shrillary campaign was well aware of the rules over two years ago...Florida new the rules and so did Michigan...If you can't play be the rules....don't play at all.

    This is a desperate attempt to delay the inevitable. Shrillary is in denial and this will all be wrapped up in the next month...

    OBAMA 08

    March 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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