March 31st, 2008
12:55 PM ET
7 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. jh

    Who will pay for the FL and Michigan revote??? They broke the rules. What do you do when your children break the rules? Give them a free ride? In order for their votes to count, the states have to pay the consequence for knowingly breaking the rules and pay for a redo.

    March 31, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Gail

    I don't believe there is such a poll. No one asked me.

    March 31, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. DEE, PLANO TX

    MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA BROKE THE RULES..GET OVER IT.

    March 31, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Matt from Albany, NY

    Well, so much for Hillary's claim that superdelegates should pick who would be more electable.

    Please, Hillary, we support your efforts but please stop trying to win-at-all-costs! We dem's do not want a brokered convention. We do not want buyers remore or supporters not turning out in November.

    PLEASE HILLARY, STOP! Just STOP!

    (This from a NY Dem who has supported Hillary in the past)

    March 31, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Richard, FL

    Hillary never said ONE WORD about the situation in FL and MI when it was announced. She was willing to go along with the DNC then. Now that she is behind in pledged votes, states won, and the popular vote, she has decided to flip-flop. Her supporters should quit blaming Obama for not changing the rules Hillary agreed to and tell it like it WAS.

    March 31, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Molly

    GO HILLARY !!!!!!! Keep Up the Good Fight – PA will help you to save our country!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Trev

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

    March 31, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Anonymous

    cheater:

    HOW IS THIS CHEATING!!! WHO IS THE ONE THAT CHEATED WHEN SHE BROKE THE RULES!!!! AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT LIE ABOUT BOSNIA!! WHO IS CHEATING HERE?!?!?!

    The low that Clinton and her supporters will go to spin, spin and spin to belittle all of Obama's accomplishments are ridiculous!!

    First when he was winning, its because the caucus states don't count, when he won the primaries, its because they were not "democratic" states, now he is ahead in the polls, and its because he's cheating?!!? GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Bella from Florida

    The media thinks that the american people are stupid or that we are not paying attention to what is happenening. They have chosen the nominee for the people. We are sick of the media and I will mention some names such as Chris Mattehws, Keith Obberman and all the anchors on MSNBC except Joe who has said we need to wait and see what happnes in the upcoming elections. I don't know who they are polingl , but I wish they would poll people in Florida that didn't get their votes counted. Shame on the Media for influencing this election process. Obama supporters are trying to push her out before Pennsylvania because they all know she will win by a landslide. We the people of the United States of America deserve better than this . We are not living in a Thirld World country where elections are stolen from the real winners.

    March 31, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Edith Stafford

    Barack Obama just needs to take the lead in Pennsylvania and all the other states left to vote. I hope the people take a good look at Obama's poise he is completly relaxed as at home and the brillance he project. He looks Presidential. Clinton have this fake look about her in my opinion.

    March 31, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. rules

    didn't FL and MI violate the rules. do rules can't anymore. why make them if they don't mean anything.

    March 31, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. PA

    Hillary – people don't like to be LIED to!

    Also the hard working people who staged the events for you in Ohio deserve to be PAID!! If you want to help working families, start by paying the working families in Ohio the money YOU OWE THEM!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. RA

    Yea sure, go ahead and seat the delegates for Michigan when Obama was not even on the ballots!!! Even with that 50% in Michigan DID NOT VOTE for Hillary and preferred to cast an empty ballot. It is Over, OBAMA is the winner!

    March 31, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Djools from the Netherlands

    Time for Hillary to come up with a real nasty blow.

    March 31, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. steve

    Great news!
    Obama'08

    March 31, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Kim in Houston

    Fl and MI broke party the rules and they are paying the price. It's funny that Hillary agreed to this just two months ago! Or maybe she mispoke.

    "It's clear, this election they're having is not going to count for anything," Clinton said Thursday during an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio's call-in program, "The Exchange."

    March 31, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Tex

    Does this poll surprise anyone with any intelligence at all? Hillary's negativity, divisiveness, dirty politics, the mouths of both Bill and James Carville, her constant "misspeak" are turning more and more Americans off including her own supporters. I think her trying to reignite the Reverend Wright flap, Carville's "Judas" comments and people realizing that the (1) the Clintons fell Hilary is entitled to the Presidency for after all she is a Hillary Rodham Clinton and (2) the Clintons are out to win in any way and in any fashion they can. People now see that they only care about Hillary and screw the Democrats, the Democratic Party and the American people. Just today CNN reports that "Hillary’s cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles." "Misspeaks" and now "deadbeats" are the buzz words of the American public.

    Hillary get out of the race and give us a break.

    March 31, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. IveyLeague

    Florida and Michigan are not the result of anything that Obama did or did not do.

    Obama stated that MI could re-vote if it would use its "same" voting rules. Hilliary sought a "NEW" rule in which any Democrat who voted in the Republican side could note vote in the re-vote.

    Who is dis-enfranchising who?

    For Florida, the Democratic leaders in FL said NO to a revote, not Obama.

    Research it for yourself.

    March 31, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Dale

    To "Cheater" and "good"

    Why should FL and MI be now rewarded with an even bigger impact in the primary elections than any other state for breaking the rules?

    You people commenting about give FL and MI a re-vote now make no sense at all. You want your government to break the rules when it helps your point of view and call them out when it doesn't help you. Hypocrites.

    March 31, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Kevin, Louisville, Ky

    hillary cant decieve her way to the WH ..poor Her!!*-

    March 31, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. PKS

    Good! The smart people are waking up again!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. NIckNas

    Not very surprising though. Also You HillaryBots need to talk more with your Wallets and less with your mouths. Hillary is almost 9 MILLION DOLLARS behind in her Bills and is not paying her vendors and caterers.

    It shows she can't get her very VOCAL supporters to back her with their hard earned Money. That is sad. I am Broke as hell trying to make it in the Bush Economy and WE manage to donate to our candidate.

    She can't pay her bills on time but she wants to drag this out for MONTHS???

    Oh By the way.. Obama is sitting with about 31 million in the bank right now.

    March 31, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Tex

    Does this poll surprise anyone with any intelligence at all?

    Hillary's negativity, divisiveness, dirty politics, the mouths of both Bill and James Carville, her constant "misspeak" are turning more and more Americans off including her own supporters. I think her trying to reignite the Reverend Wright flap, Carville's "Judas" comments and people realizing that the (1) the Clintons fell Hilary is entitled to the Presidency for after all she is a Hillary Rodham Clinton and (2) the Clintons are out to win in any way and in any fashion they can. People now see that they only care about Hillary and screw the Democrats, the Democratic Party and the American people.

    Just today CNN reports that "Hillary’s cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles." "Misspeaks" and now "deadbeats" are the buzz words of the American public.

    Hillary get out of the race and give us a break.

    March 31, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Gerardo in Los Angeles

    No matter what the Clinton camp tries they just can’t seem to get traction, they failed to take advantage of the Wright polemic and instead fell prey to their own mini scandal about Hillary’s lies and her heroics in Bosnia. These polls cannot be trusted to stay as they are, but they do reflect the increasing gap between what most Americans have begun to see as a finished race and what the Clinton’s believe is just the world being "unfair against them." I am so sad for them, they will not longer be able to manipulate the party for their personal gain.

    March 31, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Ryan

    Man I can't stand all the disengenuous Florida and Michigan activists! Where were you when the decision was made? Where was your outrage then? Besides, this poll is not a delegate count, its a random sample of the entire country, florida and michigan included. So it shows that if there was a national primary today, with fl and mi, Obama would win by double digits. So quit whining.

    March 31, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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