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. Jim in Texas

    Polls are not REAL, I read another Poll Clinton is ahead nationally......it depends on who is reporting it. CNN favors Obama so they give him higher numbers, pick dates and polling demographics (Black areas) to inflate the numbers. This IS truely dishonest but it's a free country. Then Media is in control. Too bad the Media does not investigate why we as a consumers pay high prices for gas when the Oil companies don't pay market prices for Oil......... POLITICS!

    March 31, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. MD Voter

    This shows that Obama can weather the storm. Hillary has thrown everything at him, yet he remains on top. The time is near, but will she (or can she) accept not winning the nomination. Let's hope she doesn't convince more voters to switch to voting Republican.

    March 31, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Lawrence Ogoigbe

    This shows that it doesn't pay to go negative,indulge in constant lies & support McCain over a fellow democrat.

    March 31, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. GoHillary

    Clinton or McCain! It's just this simple!

    March 31, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Pepou

    In answer to "Cheater". Who has cheated in this campaign ? The candidate who did not agree to the rules governing the primaries in Michigan and Florida, and put HER name on the ballot. H.R.C.

    March 31, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Brad

    Hillary and Bill... what a waste of American time – the only Clinton legacy will be lies and NAFTA.

    March 31, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Linda

    Count the Fl and Mi votes and Hillary has the lead.

    How can you call Obama a cheater and yet insist that they include results from an election in which Hillary was the only name on the ballot. Do you REALLY think that is fair?

    Obama got another super delegate endorsement today, and SIX more from NC are about to come out for him before their primary. Not to mention we ALL know that Pelosi, Gore, and probably Edwards are going to break for Obama. The sun is setting on Hillary's pathetic campaign.

    March 31, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    You can speculate and slice the pie either way you want.......do the math.........polls only take the pulse of American at a given point in time.....however they can determine whether or not Americans were running or climbing the stairs.........mathematical formulas are forever. Stick a fork in Hillary..........she is done.

    March 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    "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."

    ... a lot has changed in this last week... I'd be curious to see how such a poll would play out now after the sniper incident.

    March 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Julia

    Barack wins Texas! Will net 4 delegates!

    Sorry Hillary, you probably should have looked beyond the first few states. Barack has run his team well, compared to the Clintoon campaign. Tells you something about who will be the better president.

    Helps to tell the TRUTH too Hillary.

    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Kim

    I think the media is trying to get people confused with these polls. Either that, or American's change their minds often and without thinking. It's amazing how Obama got ahead just becasue he can write and deliver a speech. He is a speech wizard since he wa a little boy, nothing else. There is nothing in his resume that would impress.

    March 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Andre

    Fl and Mi CHEATED by holding there races early in hopes of having there voice heard. They should blame there state leaders, not Obama.

    March 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Antoine

    You know Hillary was not worrying about FL and MI until she got behind. She agreed they should be stripped in the beginning. The bad thing about a revote is the double voting, because some people have voted in the rep. primary. You would have to do a revote for REP and DEM to get a honest vote count

    March 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Steve

    I am so sick of the Hillary supporters talking about Florida and Michigan... Both states knew the rules and they both decided they did not care... I don't feel sorry for the party officials and either state... Yes I feel bad for the Floridians whose participation will not be recognized but they need to take it up with the leaders of the party in their state. What's done is done. I am glad to see Barack is withstanding typical clinton politics.

    March 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Mike

    We should be glad that Hillary is here at all. She could have been killed by those five hundred Bosnian Snipers, AND SINBAD!

    March 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Sue

    If CNN and others gave Hillary a small part of the positive press Obama gets these polls may be different. Hillary will win and I think we are in position where race may not play a role but gender does. Thanks for your unfair reporting CNN!!! Hillary '08 or no vote here!!

    March 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Wake Up

    Obama wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan, so how it it be fair to seat those delegates?

    The only reason Billary won Texas and Ohio is because the Republicans came out and voted for her to keep her in the race.

    March 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. demetris fisher

    Where are you people getting you thoughts from?.. How is Senator Obama Cheating lol.. That is the most outrageous statement I've heard. How can he be cheating.. They didn't count the vote from Mi or Fl for Obama either. They've participated in the same amount of primaries. So neither had a disadvantage. And if you want to add Fl and Mi. Hillary still wouldn't have the lead given that the delegates are awarded per proportionately. Talk about cheating. Obama's name wasn't even on the ballet in Mi. And Hillary want those delegates seated anyway.. Now that's is CHEATING.. Dang!!! Are you all grade school kids or what?

    March 31, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Dan , TX

    Take the time to listen to what Obama has to say. If you do, you'll realize why he has such strong support. He's got very strong policy proposals and leadership skills to make them happen.

    Obama '08

    March 31, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. LifeLongDemocrat

    I am still torn in this election and cannot support Obama at this time. May sit this one out for the first time ever. I feel that Obama is an opportunist who does not make me feel confident that he will do the right thing in a crisis. He and most politicians are ONLY out for themselves and whether they are reelected is the most important thing to them. Obama was bored after a year in the Senate. Will the presidency be too boring, also? We have had 8 years of incompetency and I hope we don't have 4 years of someone who is bored with the whole thing looking for his next conquest.

    March 31, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. tina

    Don't blame Barack for the votes from Florida and Michigan for not being counted. Blame your local Democrats by not playing by the rules. How childish to point fingers at the wrong person. Plus Baracks name was not even on both ballots...so how could it be fair if they were counted at this point? If you really want fair, challenge your local politicians to hold another primary, with both both names on the ballot. But then be prepared to pay for another primary with your state taxes. Until then...get a grip!

    March 31, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Jill

    Is it any wonder our country is falling apart. Obama supporters are so blind that can't even see the writting on the wall. Obama is a fraud and a divider, there is no other way to slice it.

    Look at Obama's church, Obama defends the church that pledges loyility to AA, the new pastor is no different then the old pastor Wright who is filled with hate. Obama back poeddles and lies about this entire issue.

    Then you have the Rezko matter which Obama lied about that, then you have Michelle's various remarkds about being American as well as her thesis. Then you have William Ayers the activist who has ties to Obama. Then you have several million dollars coming from these subprime lenders going into Obama's campaign.

    What do you Obama supporters what next to prove he is a fraud. Wake up before it is too late.

    March 31, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Kim

    Please voters of PA. Stop the Clinton/Bush Dynasty that has sold our jobs overseas to China for the last twenty years.

    March 31, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Sonny Vernard

    You people are unbelievable. Amazingly when Senator Clinton is down, she cares about Florida and Michigan. Even with the most modicum of intelligence one knows that counting the two states that broke the rules is wrong. If anything, there should be a revote entirely. To given Clinton the delegates where Obama didn't campaigan is completely absurd. And if you all have forgetten, the Clinton name is well-established and many voters did not know of Barack Obama. Honestly, ask the people around you, two years or even a year ago what did they know about the Illinois Senator. Cheating, yea I'm sure Obama planned to have the states break the rules. And by the way, if they were counted the contest would be over by the next primary because of the way they are divided up. Remember he only needs about 400 delegates to win. PA is 158 and the other two states would be closs to 400. Do the math!

    March 31, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Chris from San Antonio

    I agree with HIllary! We need to let this race go until every vote is counted!!

    Edwards/Kucinich '08

    March 31, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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