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. John Des Plaines IL

    Yeah, change the rules agreed to by Hillary Clinton before the Florida and Michigan primaries when she thought she was going to win all 50 states so the one way behind (with the great big behind) has "fair" chance to cheat the voters from the 48 states who played by the rules. If you want to lobby to change the stupid way we conduct these primaries I'm all for it. However we will have to wait until this vote is complete BEFORE we fix this mess. No matter which side you are on you cannot change the rules after the game begins. You are acting like a 5 year old but you were taught this simple rule before then. Quit crying you big baby! You are changing from someone who lost to a loser. BYE BYE!

    March 31, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Rosemary Storaska

    Polls only reflect the minds of those polled? Like stats they can say what you desire them to say? Pennsylvania (where I was born and raised) will speak for us. They want the When? and How? spelled out in detail are are not big on listening to a lecture. Their support for Hillary bears no surprise especially in the face of Obama's largest base–young university students who are at the wonderful age of "knowing everything" without "knowing anything". It's a wee bit too early to turn over our government to them. PA is not being fooled with radio ads claiming "I don't take money from oil companies". The Internet exists even in the coal regions and our farm fields for heavens sake? I think Obama needs to apologize to all PA residents for that ad. I am insulted with what lying implies. We know who will take the presidency and it will be realized April 22nd.

    March 31, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. BL

    Pretty impressive for someone with no experience at all...

    What we have to look forward to most if Senator Obama actually makes it past the Republicans is four glorious years of speeches diverting us from all of the major screw ups...

    But hey, he needs those four years to learn the ropes right?

    Wow... The perfect person to follow in the Bush administrations footsteps.

    March 31, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. brenda

    Why are Clinton suupporters such sore losers?Follow Bill Clinton's advice . Just relax!!!
    OBAMA '08!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Princeton Guy

    The only thing to do at this point is just split the FL. and MI. delegates in half. Even if that is going to happen, Obama would still come out on top!!

    YES WE CAN!!

    March 31, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Mony G

    It would also be fair if Obama's name was on both ballots in Fl and MI. Remember when Hillary said that party rules are party rules. Now she wants to do a reversal of that. I don't blame her though. All's fair and she is losing but her campaign has not done the best for her. Obama had no chance in this race last year if you remember. Somehow he may be the next president. Blame Obama for cheating? Clinton has been out performed so far and that's the bottom line. Besides it's not Obama but the DEM Nat'l commitee that didn't foresee FL/MI as a problem because everyone thought HC would be a shoo-in for the nomination last year including her and Bill. This falls squarely on the shoulders of Hillary's mediocre at best campaign strategies.

    March 31, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. from out great america

    I am supporter of Clinton before , but because of her campaign they did a lot of thing to cheat and to attack Obama , I convert my support to Obama .

    March 31, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. allen

    Hillary should drop out and get behind the nominee.
    The time is now–her support would really help Obama
    make the transition to president.

    March 31, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Bizzaa Anyanwu

    The world is eagerly waiting for the Democrats to compromise the rules that were put in place unanimously which Florida and Michigan went against. Justice demands that they "cannot eat there cake and have it". The Clintons and their supporters have run enough negative campaign. They are now bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. It's time for Hillary to pocket her pride and read the hand-writing on the wall.
    Obama is the Answer!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Ya think

    Clinton needs to pay those people in Ohio that she owes money! About $25k right? I guess she thought that Ohio bought her lies (hook, line, and sinker) and that they loved her so much that they would just overlook the debt.

    Well Ohio, get used to it. She'll also forget about you the minute she gets the nomination. When will you learn.

    March 31, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. dan

    Good ML and FL shouldn't count. I'm sure the Republican party will reap the rewards come November!

    March 31, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. ps

    Your pro-Clinton governor in Michigan and pro-Republican governor in Florida played politics with your primaries and its a shame. Sen. Clinton even acknowledged late last year that there was some possibility that the results would be nullified as candidates were respectfully asked not to campaign in the states. Brand recognition favored Clinton heavily at the outset of many primaries, if Obama had had the chance to campaign in either of these states -let alone appear on one of the ballots, the results would have been far different. Seating the delegates would be just, basing their totals doesn't take into account the amount of people who didn't show because they were told that the results wouldn't count. To tally and award delegates now based on that would be a mockery of travesty of a sham ... Michigan and Florida should take issue with their governors not Sen. Obama.

    March 31, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Chris from San Antonio

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

    You're right. There is nothing impressive about teaching Constitutional Law at a major University. There is nothing impressive about editor of the Harvard Law Review.
    Let's have a real president. One we could have a beer with, or maybe one that is capable of dodging bullets.

    March 31, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. brenda

    Why can't everybody just RELAX?
    OBAMA '08!!

    March 31, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Kamillia

    What everyone doesn't seem to realize that the votes previously casted in Michigan and in Florida should not count. Both Hillary and Barack agreed not to campaign in the states because the state choose to up the primary dates knowing that if they did their delgates would be stripped and not seated in the national convention. So knowing this why did they move up their primaries? "Don't stick your hand in the fire, especially when you know you will get burned." Obama is in the lead and he should be. He came into this competition the underdog and he has been fighting since day one. Clinton came into the competition thinking she was going to take ALL the states. Come to find out that Obama has giving her a run for her money, literally. Obama is winning, fairly. Clinton wants to fight dirty and Obama is just not having it!! STAY STRONG, OBAMA CAMPAIGN, STAY STRONG.

    March 31, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Jim in Texas

    Polls are not REAL, I read another Poll where Clinton is ahead depends on who is reporting it. Some media outlets favor one over another. The Polls can be dishonest, by reporting dates and demographics, like a all Black area or all White area. The media outlets control this to a large degree.........POLITICS! It is too bad the media would remain neutral in this but MONEY talks.

    March 31, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. 2008 Hillary! Go

    Haha! Who believes poll in this world now?

    Let's see what will happen in PA and wish Hillary beat Obama heavily!

    2008 Hillary

    March 31, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Give up Hilary

    The problems in FL and MI were not caused by Obama. Those states decided to move their primaries up and were told they would lose their delegates. Depsite this they STILL decided to keep their early primary dates but NOW its Obamas fault the delegates are not being counted. PLEASE!!!! Even Hillary said back in October that these delegates would not count.

    1st rule of Clinton politics: If you cant win playing by the rules then change the rules.

    March 31, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Bilbo983

    That's certainly hood news for Senator Obama. The longer Senator Clinton stays in the race, using her kitchen tactics against him, the more he comes off as a Shining Knight in Armor. And when the old candidates try to shape themselves with lies to deceive the voters, the better it is for Senator Obama. It will send a very vital message that America does desperately need an 'outsider' to clean up the dirt of the old Washington politics.

    Senator Clinton's Camp has also fallen, shamefully, very much behind in paying up the bills she and her Camp have incurred during their campaigning in Ny, Ohio, New Hampshire, etc. As one the employees of Forty Two, a creditor in Ohio, has reported, “"Sen. Clinton talks about helping working families, people in unions and small businesses. But when it comes down to actually doing something that shows that she can back up her words with action, she fails.”

    Reports, like these, on Senator Clinton's irresponsibilities go a long way for Senator Obama. It highlights Senator Obama and his Camp's integrity as well as great organizational skills... qualities vital for good leadership.

    As far as as Rev. Wright is concerned, why hasn't the media reported all the good things he has done, over the year, for so many Americans of diverse roots, and for the Illinois communities and as a marine, serving this nation? A post by Ben Smith at the Huffington Post has touched me considerably.

    March 31, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. TJ

    I'm so proud of Obama. If you look back at polls conducted in 2007, it appeared that he had no chance. He's EARNED tons of support since then. Now, even with all of the Wright controversy, he's still on top. Makes me proud to be an American!
    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. leon

    So let me get this right. Obama is a cheater because he did not campaign in Florida and have his name on the ballot in michigan. He did these things because he followed the rules on the DNC. The rules that both he and Clinton agreed on beforehand. He is a cheater because now that Clinton is way behind in pledged delegates she once again has the unbelievable gall to want us to stand by the results of these illegitemate results. It is extremely hard to believe that I was an ardent supporter of this woman. She will stop at nothing, stoop as low as possible to try to steal this nomination. In the back of my mind, I feel her ultimate goal is to stick around long enough to sabotage obama in the general election and "to rise like the pheonix"in 2012. What an incovenient woman

    March 31, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. J

    It is regrettable that Fl and Mi decided to break the DP's rules by holding their primaries early. But there's nothing unfair about the current situation and no one has "cheated". The DNC decided to exclude delegates from those states, in accordance with the DP's own rules. Neither candidate was advantaged by that decision at that time. It only became an issue later, after a certain candidate started to fall behind in the primaries. Changing the rules back again now to suit that candidate, now that really would be unfair.

    March 31, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Stuck in Texas

    Cheat? Obama is following the RULES set forth by the DNC. FL and MI "cheated" by moving up their primaries. Clinton didn't want those delegates until it became her last ditch effort to derail our entire Democratic party. Cheating is when you try to strip pledged delegates away from the thousands of people that they represent by telling them they don't have to stay with their original vote. Cheating is when you challenge and threaten to sue Texas because you don't like caucuses. Cheating is when you "misspeak" and the truth comes out after people have voted.

    Besides, now you can move TEXAS over to OBAMA's column. With 90% of precincts in from Saturday's district conventions, Obama will have a +3 to +5 lead in over all delegates from Texas. Which means Clinton didn't win Texas like she told everyone. One million people came out to caucus. Those went for Obama. When is she going to admit that? That she lost Texas? It was not a big win for her.

    March 31, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |





    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Kamillia of Michigan

    Barack Obama 2008 .....ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!

    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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