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. JJ

    What is all this about counting the votes in Mich & FL. Clinton signed the same piece of paper that Barack Obama did!! You are lucky Obama is even entertaining the idea of a re-vote. The will seat the delegates but I believe that is all you can hope for. You just cant go and try to change the rules after you relize you are about to lose.

    March 31, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. T D Trent

    This is a comment for screen name: Good

    1#: This article has nothing to do with MI and FL voters.

    2#: The rules were stated early in the race that both of these states votes were not going to count. And HRC was happy to agree.

    Now instead of being so upset, put your feet in Obama's shoes. You wouldn't want someone changing the rules of the game in the last second. This race may not be going in the favor you may like but instead of getting mad at the Obama camp, get mad at the HRC camp for excepting this rule!

    March 31, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Antoine

    Media favors the Obama? Wow you are wrong. Did you even see the letter by Mr.Wright to the NYtimes 1 year ago that somehow they never released. Media is trying to find a way to destroy him, hell they even went to trying to find out his views on politics in 1996.

    March 31, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Samina WI

    Along with Hillary its time her supporters dropped out too. It really does not help to just rely on wishful thinking people...guess what?? celestial choirs will be singing..nothings gonna help...SHOO!!

    March 31, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Jeff in Alabama

    Count FL and MI and Clinton is in the lead. Simple idea..let all voters be counted.

    March 31, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Jim

    This poll means nothing. Obama can't win in the key battle ground states like OH, PA, WV, and MO to name a few. Obama is a fraud. His campaign did everything it could to stop re-votes in FL and MI. Is this really the change America wants. I stand in unity with those Democrats in FL and MI that are getting the shaft. I will be voting for John McCain if Obama is the nominee in Nov.

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. kim nyc

    What do the people of OHIO think of Clinton now. I'm sure a few of them would like to change their minds after being LIED to about NAFTA. Hilary has very low integrity. How can she OPENLY LIE about her position on NAFTA and Bosnia?!!! and how can her supporters ignore this still, which is the really amazing part!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Fl & MI

    The delegates would have been spread between multiple candidates, not just Obama and Hillary. Which means that John Edwards would have had a fight to stay in the race. I just don't understand Hillary supporters forgetting about this minor detail. All the other candidates never got a chance to get votes from FL or MI.

    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Please don't keep me waiting in moderation.

    The decision to punish FL and MI was made by the DNC. MI and FL were warned that this would be the consequence and went ahead and moved their primaries. The candidates agreed to abide by the DNC sanction. Now Hillary is crying foul as are Dems in FL and MI.
    How did this become Obama's problem???

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Wendy in CA

    There are still millions of Roman Catholics in the USA, despite all the Roman Catholic priests that molested so many young boys over the years. They're still Catholics. Does that mean they have approved of what those priests did? What's good for the goose, ya know.

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Charlotte

    Since I've never, in my long life, been asked to poll, I question who are the ones being asked? Maybe it's that 30% that favor Bush? People on these blogs seem to want to tells us their age,race and gender as if that somehow gives more meaning to what they say? I say let the process continue until one or the other have the 2024 needed to win. What are people afraid of? We have had the biggest voter registration in history. How can that damage the party? How can allowing all the states a vote, damage the party? The people who resort nothing more then name calling, that divides the party. Clinton supporters are not stupid, old women. Obama supporters are not all Black, not all college grads. not all wealthy. We are all Americans for better or worse.

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Matt

    Go run from this poll like you fled from Bosnia's sniper fire.

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Sharon

    CNN....THE MEDIA, (Anderson Cooper...YOU are part of it...)....You should have reported on Obama's falling numbers after the Wright issues....CHERRY PICKING polls does no one any good.....Obama will fall misserably to McCain....just look at McCain's ads...war hero, experience, loved around the will be a pitiful matchup.....

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Utah Teacher

    To all TRUE Dems: Please please please don't hand this election to the GOP just because YOUR favorite candidate doesn't win the nomination. Honestly, if you add up all of Clinton's and Obama's "faults," they still wouldn't equal to what McCain will do to this country. We all need to pledge to vote for WHICHEVER Democrat is on the ballot in November. A vote for ANYONE else is a vote for McCain, and then all you "protest" voters will be to blame for four more years of war and woe.

    March 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Christina

    Why do polls even count? Why are they a tool to sway a voter's mind? If you are not registered for a poll, your opinion doesn't count.

    What I've noticed is that Hillary supporters are extremely humble and Obama supporters are not. They rant, rave, and rage! Is this who the American people are? Not at all.

    This is the reason why when it comes to voting time in the states that win the election, Hillary wins it. This is the reason why the battle should continue. It is the battle of the people...not the party, the superdelegates and politicians.

    March 31, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Pennsylvania Voter

    . . .Hillary Clinton is also overestimating her popularity here in
    Pennsylvania. She is depending on voter amnesia on Nafta, and a
    designer pantsuit to hoist her into the white house, no questions asked.
    Clinton dodges the truth about as well as she dodged bullets in Bosnia,
    and the people of Penn. are beginning to wake up. If Hillary manages
    to pull off a win here with all of her street fighter tactics, it probably will
    be by narrow margins. Voters want change.

    March 31, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Cruiser66

    Everything I've read says that Clinton cannot win even if the Florida and Michigan delegates are seated and the majority are given to her. Of course, it doesn't matter that Obama abided by the rules and didn't put his name on the Michigan ballot, but I say after PA and then if Obama wins the majority of the other upcoming primaries, give Hillary the 55% of delegates in Florida and Michigan. She still won't be able to win. Then we will see if she continues down the road toward the ruin of Dem party.

    March 31, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Realist

    1) PA is a State who's Governor said racist whites there wouldn't vote for a black candidate, any black candidate. So yes, Hillary will wiin PA. Not because they believe in Hillary, because many of them will vote for anything not black.

    2) PA, FL (coutned as is) won't change the race significantly.

    3) A real lady knows when to leave ... and apparently when to duck sniper fire.

    March 31, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. 1love


    March 31, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Tex

    Hillary led Obama by 16 percentage points only a week ago and today according to CNN she leads Obama by 12 percentage points. A month ago she led Obama by over 20 percentage points. Does anyone see the trend in these polls?

    Maybe instead of us Obama supporters decrying Hillary's negativity, divisiviness and all, maybe we should encourage to keep it up. It's obvious the voters and even her own supporters, who are beginning to defect, are tired of all her gutter politics and so-called "misspeaks".

    March 31, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. obama supporter

    Great news!! people are starting to realize that he is the BEST choice to unite the country and move forward!!!!

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Ryan, Springfield

    Do Clinton supporters realize that she signed a contract saying the FLA and MI votes wouldn't be counted?

    March 31, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. liz

    I am sick of polls. It doesn't matter to me what CNN or Gallup says. I have no reason to change my vote to Obama. If Hillary is not on the Ticket, I will write her in – she still gets my vote, and I don't defect to the Rs.

    Go Hillary!!

    March 31, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. Brian - Trinidad

    The poll results they wouldn't reveal is the one showing that 90% of the people believe the polls are rigged to benefit the pollster's preferences,which are usually paid for in advance.I'll believe these results if its from Lou Dobbs daily poll.

    March 31, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Very Concerned American

    What a disgrace.

    Are these Americans the ones that voted for Bush?

    March 31, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16