March 31st, 2008
12:55 PM ET
6 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. Gerard, Tampa

    Just a reminder to everyone, Michigan and Florida did this to themselves, no one did anything to them. (I live in Florida and we are going after our politicans that caused this problem)

    AND EVEN IF SHE WAS ABLE TO CLAIM THOSE, SHE WOULD STILL BE BEHIND.

    DO THE MATH!

    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Rochelle McAllister

    Barak is clearly the best choice to continue to build upon our founding fathers dream for this country: "To build a more perfect union." I am confident that he will be our next president! Hey, don't forget to contribute today!

    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Candi South Carolina

    If Hillary doen't pay her bills she will not be able to campaign long. I don't understand why Hillary has stiffed her rent bills and caters in New York. At least someone has a heart to take her money they have received and give it to Obama campaign. Read the ticker on how Clinton can't pay her bills. Very impressive. So now bills will be paid on credit. So that should tell her us a lot about how she will run this country on credit..

    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Terry

    I believe the polls about as I believe Obama saying that he didn't know that the rev was preaching hate...what was he sleeping in church..then the Selma Alabama deal that he he was 5 years late and how him and the kennedys got to gether in 1959.. a year late on that overstatement as the washington post says.... i tell i lie and get my allowance taken away..a spanking and sent to bed without dinner...Obama tells a big lie and its an overstatement and runs for president...whats wrong with this picture...

    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Paul from Kissimmee

    Obama's ahead? That's dangerous. I guess if they're looking for change, they'll sure get it. I'll miss the nights taking my wife out to eat while I'm funding programs for people who don't work and bought houses they shouldn't have.

    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Joe

    Unfortunately, everybody except Senator Clinton and the former President here's the clock that is ticking. They don't hear it because they feel that the Democratic nomination for Hillary is something that is owed to the both of them. That's the problem with people who are career politicians. She wanted a coronation and was surprised when it became an election. Electing Barack Obama will change that sense of political entitlement.

    March 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Sharon

    How about the double digit lead McCain had over obama on Rasmussen that you NEVER reported on....again only good coverage for your chosen one....

    March 31, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Drop out please

    This race is over.
    By prolonging this race, Hillary is only helping McCain . May be she wants to run again in 2012.
    This race is destroying the remaining legacy of Bill Clinton

    PA, can you end this race on April 22 by voting Obama?

    March 31, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Kat

    People need to learn how to read! This is a Gallup Poll conducted nationally, having nothing to do with MI and FL. I know its rough making states and people play by the rules- but in this case it has nothing to do with it, people simply don't like the woman!!!
     

    March 31, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Lou

    I can't believe people are still griping about Mich and Flor. I've been watching c-span which has been running the original work dates with all the dem representatives working to set the nomination calender. Those two states absolutely knew what they were doing but thought they were more important than other states. There is no way they can change the rules for them after watching that process. You can't blame this on either candidate.

    March 31, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Watat

    Democratic 08 Nomination:
    President: Barack Obama
    Vice President:Hilary Clinton

    No contest

    March 31, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Joe

    For all her faults. Hillary is intelligent. She has done the math and knows she will not be the Democrat candidate. Her devious plan now is to destroy a good man so that McBush will win in November. Then Hillary storms back in 2012.

    March 31, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Amit, NY, NY

    C'mon Pennsylvania, Please Vote for Obama and help put an end to this madness that the Clintons are not willing to end gracefully.

    March 31, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. DavidPS

    The DNC made the rule to block delegate votes from Florida and Michigan, and the DNC is going to have to be the source of the remedy. Both states knew the rules when they chose to disobey them, their noncompliance in no way degrades a Clinton or Obama lead or shortfall.

    March 31, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. nina

    I saw Obama running with the sheep in New Zeeland.

    March 31, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. dan

    Obama- Couldn't win NY , NJ, CA,,TX,. or OH primaries.
    Obama- Most likely won't win PA primary.
    Obama- can't win general election without the states
    Obama- won SC, GA, MS. AL willl 90+ of the African American Vote
    Obama- would be the first Democrat to win these states in quite sometime. Sounds like a feat considered these are reliable red states with a much larger Republican base than Democrat one and oh lets not forget he race issue..
    Obama- has not been able to win a majority of the Latino vote in a single state.
    Should Obama people be reminded that Latino are a larger voting bloc than the African American one.
    So tell me how does Obama win in November?

    Oh Obama lets not forget Florida and Michigan!

    March 31, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Lisa

    Some of you need to keep you eye on the ball. You have completely lost your perspective and forgotten that we have two excellent Democratic candidates and seem also to have forgotten the hell we have gone through in the last eight years. Shame on those Democrats who are acting like spoiled children saying you will vote for McCain if your candidate doesn't win. First and foremost in your mind should be what Republicans have done to our international standing, our economy and our national pride. Grow up!

    March 31, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Juan Bowers

    Hillary Clinton's selfishness is being mistaken for "strength and a fighter". I think she has proven that all she cares about is the party nomination and not the democratic party as a whole. She just can't seem to understand that every time she opens her mouth, her popularity ratings goes down.

    March 31, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Kalelea

    Interesting, can my vote count too? I didn't get to vote in the primary because I had mistakenly left my party undeclared. I missed the cut off. Shouldn't I get to vote as well based on her point of view? No I shouldn't, because I didn't adhere to the rules. The same reason FL and MI shouldn't get a re-vote.

    I'm concerned about Hillary as a candidate more so now based on her campaign's funds management. She's already not paying bills and running out of money. And this is after she gave herself a loan out of her own bank account. That doesn't bode well for the big election, or the presidency for that matter.

    March 31, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Say What?

    On one hand, Clinton says this ...
    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.

    On the other she says the Super Delegates can (should?) turn over the majority votes.

    Which is it? Oh yeah, it's Hillary. It's whatever serves her purposes at that time.

    Yes We Can. Si Se Puede.
    Obama 2008 and 2012

    March 31, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Elliott

    You want to talk about fair? Why don't you ask those small businesses that helped out the Hillary campaign in Iowa, NH and other places that STILL haven't been paid for their services. Ask them about what's fair.

    MI and FL broke the rules. PERIOD. If you want to complain about being disenfranchised, then take you butts to the polls when the next election comes around and vote those who did this to you OUT OF OFFICE. I'm sure Barack Obama won't be on the ballot in MI and FL for those elections. Also, where was Hillary when the DNC stated that this would be the punishment? Oh yeah, she was saying that these votes wouldn't count for anything. Nice to see her being a steady LIAR.

    Hillary Clinton LIED about Bosnia, N. Ireland, Peter Paul and so many other things, it would take two weeks of typing to name them all. Is this what you want as a President? Please.

    If Hillary Clinton can't take care of those small businesses who helped her out, what makes you think she will take care of her supporters once she is in office? Maybe we should ask Chelsey about those small businesses who got the shaft from her mom. Nevermind, she would most-likely say 'That is none of your business'. Typical.

    March 31, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Clinton 08

    First off the the voters of Michigan and Florida shouldn't be punished because of what the states decided to do...it was either vote when the primaries were held or not...

    Obama is the cry baby that removed his name from the ballot in Michigan himself, he's a liar and his story changes everytime the reverend is brought up, he has connections with some pretty bad people who are on federal trial, oh but that was a lapse of judgement...but he's know going to owe any favors, he's afraid to leave the voters voice their opinions in Florida and Michigan and the only reason he's all for caucuses is so that the voters aren't able to vote for whom they really want to...didn't I hear that people were being threatened and bullied at these caucuses.

    If our country puts a cry baby racist in office we're going to be in trouble...I guess I'm "just being a typical white person"...aren't those the words he used.

    Let's pray for Clinton or welcome McCain.

    March 31, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Kenneth M.

    Obama did not make the rules, he followed them. Hillary wants to change them, or did I just misspeak?

    March 31, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. len

    Elect Obama, then lose the House and Senate in two years and the White House in four.

    The insanity of the DNC is palpable. Their socialist policies mixed with their minority infatuations will set an agenda to redress all wrongs real and imagined. Under the debt load, the economy now tanking in a recession will go into a long depression. Embittered by the failures of the neo-leftists, the separatists will be emboldened by the ambiguities of the White House press to use ever more confrontational tactics.

    It will be a redux of 1968.

    In 2012, the Republicans will make a clean sweep of all three branches of government. No wonder they are celebrating.

    March 31, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Nathan

    FL and Mi BROKE THE RULES!!!
    How difficult is that to understand?

    What next Slick Willy advocating 'Clipping' .. Oh yeah he has already?

    March 31, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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