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. Sharon

    HELLO !
    I did a POLL in my neighborhood over the weekend....over 3500 people...HILLARY is AHEAD in that poll by 29%...the total was Obama 31% and HILLARY 60%....did the reported poll on CNN cover 3500 voters like mine??? :)

    March 31, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. KOR

    to jh,
    The Clinton camp raised the money for a revote in FL but Obama laughed it off, saying she was trying to buy an election. What he forgot to mention is that he has given nearly $700,000 to superdelegates compared to Hillary giving $160,000. These numbers are from Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan organization. Another example of Obama trying to have it both ways.

    March 31, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Kyle

    Maybe NOW Obama will want a revote in Michigan and Florida or have the delegates seated.

    I can't believe how stupid people are. They flock to Obama and believe he's the messiah, all while he hides behind his Harvard lawyers who prevented a vote in Michigan and Florida. Obama doesn't care about anyone but himself. If he truly cared about the American voter, he would want those votes to count.

    March 31, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. marge

    ****HILLARY SUPPORTERS*********
    Obama has nothing to do with Fla and Mi being stripped of their delegates. Why is that so hard for you to understand?
    Also accept the fact that the ONLY reason Hillary wants those delegates seated NOW is beacause she needs them. Where was her concern for their rights when she AGREED with the DNC?
    Why should Obama agree with her on this? He and John Edwards complied along with the DNC rules. We don't know how many people did not vote,because they thought their vote would not count..
    Early voting and The Clinton name recognition was in her favor in Fla. She was the only candidate on the ballot in MI.
    Are her supporters so shady that they think it would be fair to seat them as is?????
    I think they will be seated,but it's not going to go the way Hillary wants it to.

    March 31, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Ellen

    The DNC set the rules for FL and MI. All of the candidates obeyed those rules and didn't campaign there...except for Hillary. Once rules are set, they should be followed. That is fair. Lobbying to break the rules so that you can get more votes is unacceptable.

    March 31, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Gilian

    Michigan + Florida should be excluded, they knew the rules in advance and decided to be arrogant and now they should face the consequences. And Clinton shouldn't try to change the rules.

    Please Hilary get out of the race, you are hurting our party and indirectly our country.

    March 31, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. MK

    I don't put much faith in polls, but I do think Hillary is not only hurting herself. Bill is. And Both are hurting the party as a whole. People are just tired of their negativity..

    March 31, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. DP

    Ppl with the right mind and common sense would not vote for these 2. They are both liers. Obama? what's a racist! Irony he's supposed to be the one uniting the races. Ha what's a joke.

    Hillary? this woman will do anything to get what she wants. It gives me a chill thinking of one of these 2 might be a president of America.

    At least Mc Cain is honest and heroic.

    March 31, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. frank

    Obama Keep sowering like an eagle

    March 31, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. kenny cole

    Madam sniper if you don't think is time to pack out you gonna see the BOSNIA military chace you out,

    March 31, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Talimee

    That's great, so now he shouldnt have a problem letting the democratic process work out and letting voters from Michigan and Florida count. Remember, this is about making this process as legit as possible in order to make sure a Democrat gets elected in November. Any other way, a Democrat will lose.

    March 31, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Latrece

    On nation under God with Liberty and justice for all.

    Obama 08'!!!!!!

    If FLorida and Michigan recount, then John Edwards need to r-enter the election for this purpose. He was a candidate at that time so we must reflect that.

    He picked up another su[erdelegate yesterday!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Not so fast!

    In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s Obama 46% Clinton 43% – today from Rasmussen..........so the poll is slanted CNN's way.

    Of course....and NBC/WSJ has it tied.......so what???

    Get a grip folks....it is the issues and these folks supporting Obama all have a promised place in his presumed administration. Polls are just polls and what CNN and MSNBC feed us is just that!

    March 31, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Ratgurl

    And now we can just sit back & watch that double-digit lead grow!

    Go Barack!

    March 31, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Debbie, NJ

    The Hillary supports are just like her. Willing to lie, cheat, manipulate the numbers, whatever, so it appears that she is winning. Hillary is a loser.

    March 31, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Zoe Owen

    Move along already....the states of Michigan and Florida blew it for themselves....sad perhaps, but true....and more to the pint...its history
    now. This pathetic attempt to steal the election by any means possible
    by BOTh the Clintons, is exactly what people want to change in their government.

    March 31, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Former Obama supporter

    If Obama wins the nomination, then he stole it from Hillary. Obama did NOTHING to get a re-vote done in Michigan and Florida. All he did was say that he will listen to whatever the DNC says. He did not stand up for the people of those two states. He is not someone I can believe in. If he doesn’t want their vote in the primary then don’t even expect it in the general election. If he gets the nomination, then we will lose our chances of getting back the White House.

    March 31, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Clinton supporters are just delusional. The country has rejected the clintons, they want change.

    March 31, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Sue

    There is no positive press for Hillary. Bill is making statements like "Chill" and CNN is reporting that. I just don't understand this argument about Hillary and no good press. She has every national media outlet ringing the Clinton name.

    March 31, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Julius

    In the Netherlands we share the next notion: there is a practical and moral problem with a Hillary Clinton presidency: a third "Clinton" term is – or, at least, should be – considered "not constitional"... there must be some ruling for spouses, and maybe... after "The Bush Era" also for 1st and 2nd degree kinship. Julius

    March 31, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. marge

    BTW.. what's up with the Clinton campagin NOT paying their bills????

    March 31, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Sylvia

    Congratulations .......OBAMA 2008.

    March 31, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. More about Clinton staff

    I am A Veteran. Those of you that are Hillary Supporters that will vote for a McCain. I dare you to walk to a Millitary personel and tell them that your so mad the you person lost that you are willing to send them, their friends, and other children to Iraq for 100 years.

    Your childish vendettas has nothing when compared to being in IRAQ and not knowing if you'll see you childrten again, your fiance or wife, you family. Dieing in a country that doesn't want you and probably alone.......

    Anyone that votes for McCain should have to go to Iraq for a couple of months and see what their decsion caused.

    March 31, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. whoever

    when hillary tells her grandkids about this whole thing in 10 years, she'll "mis-speak" (note: lie) about how she actually won

    March 31, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. KM

    I truly believe Clinton would be a quality president but this FL and MI thing is out of control. Don't believe the hipe. Clinton didn't care about the FL and MI votes until she was behind. She agreed to the same thing as Obama before the election even happened and only now wants to change the rules. If she was so concerned she would have fought the DNC's choice to not count those states in the first place. Obama has clearly stated that he will do what ever the DNC agrees upon. The Clintons are a political machine that will say and do anything for political purposes. Which is exactly the reason why Obama is winning.

    March 31, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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