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. truth be told

    Can someone explain to me How Sen Clinton can defend that we count the Florida and Michigan vote in order to not disenfranchise those two States when at the same time she is calling for the superdelegates to disenfranchise the whole country by not selecting the candidate who has won the most states, the most pledged delegates and the most popular vote (even if you count Florida)....

    Please Clinton supporters explain this to me !

    March 31, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Alice

    TJ said above:

    "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"

    I'm with TJ!

    March 31, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Another Typical White Woman

    Obama has no chance to win the general election. Believe that.

    These polls mean nothing.

    March 31, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. osmond

    Barack didnt cheat. he said he wanted to seat the delegates. The DNC stated that it wasnt going to happen. And why is it baracks fault that michigan and florida arent being counted? He wasnt on the ballot in fla and in michigan he had alot of support. Dont call him a cheater what did he do to gain his advantage without earning it?

    March 31, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Vic

    Why count the Mi & FL votes? They broke the rules and should NOT be allowed to vote again. My state didn't change and you should not get the same privleges, the people running that state were greedy. If they are allowed to revote then they are only encouraging others to break the rules the next time.
    Do we allow our kids to break our house rules and not be punished?
    Hillary Clinton signed a paper agreeing that those votes would NOT be counted, she only wants them now because its convenient for her.
    Sorry no revote unless we all revote.

    March 31, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. BILL

    hillary lost–time for her to get out. as far as florida and michigan–after hillary concedes then go ahead and let the votes count andf let the delegates be seated at the convention

    March 31, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. AnnaMarie

    YESSS...sssss.. thank goodness... I am not a huge fan of polls but this one shows it took a lot of hard work and understanding to get to the top.........


    VOTE BARACK IN 2008.... me in Montana... your out..!

    March 31, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. c

    florida and michigan have lost there rights to be heard enough said

    March 31, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Anthony

    Hillary still doesn't win popular vote and delegates and number of states even if she wins FL and MI. Don't be blind to this fact, because even if she wins it will be close and therefore Obama still gets a good chunk of delegates. And the original votes in Michigan did not include Obama on the ballot, so anybody who thinks that's fair has a double standard.

    And Clinton's defiance to stay in the race until August is a huge turn off for Dems. This is a turn off for superdelefates as well, her only hope.

    Sorry Hillary supporters it will be Obama. She will win Pennsylvania, but Obama is on a roll in most states afterwards.

    March 31, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. pb Voter

    Fl. andMich. is media support information to provide fuel to a fire. which is helping McCain. Dum democracts play right into that media crap!

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Harvey in Va.

    Obama will not get my vote under any circumstance...

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Murry - Arizona

    Why is everybody blaming Obama for FL & MI not having their votes count? You'd think it was his fault. Both Hillary and Obama were playing by the rules. It was those states that chose to not play by the rules. Even early in the primaries, Hillary was OK with not having those states count, but when she fell behind in the polls – then she cared. If you can't play with the Big Dogs, stay on the porch! Nobody is cheating Ms Tiffany! Get a Life!

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Annamica, OH

    Wow it's amazing what lengths this nation will go to break the image that it is no racist -–to support a candidate who supports a man who preaches reverse racism. Way to go America! But then again, you elected Bush!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Paula

    TO CHEATER get real will you? For once a politician follows the rules does the right thing and is called a cheater?? WHAT?? They knew votes wouldn't count in MI and FL but blindy went and voted anyway .? Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot in Mi so that is fair..??? get over yourself..
    Hillary Clinton has dirtied this campaign and will rip it apart in her power grab for the white house.. you actually want someone to run your country who doesn't abide by the rules????
    Get real..

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. kenny cole

    Anonymous I believe what you said CLINTON supporters still don't get it,'cos they don't know what time is it

    March 31, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. HH

    Hillary DOES NOT HAVE THE LEAD with Florida or Michiagan she is behind in both the popular vote and delagate count. SO there is no way to spin it.

    I hear the sound of taps playing in the background. This campaign is the like the Titanic.
    1-Run by a bunch of clowns.
    2-Take the short cut route.
    3-Just about ready to bust in half and sink.

    March 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Goutten

    Let's be real people, Hillary in her own words said MI and Fl votes will not count back in Jan. Now that she is behide she wants to count these two states. Give me a break, Hillary don't care about the voters of these great two states, she only cares about herself.

    The Go City

    March 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. vic nashville,Tn

    Who believe these polls
    These polls never scared Hillary
    She will stay in the race
    Even Bill Clinton can’t stop her
    Hillary 08

    March 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. The Tax Man Commeth...

    It amazes me how Clinton Supporters want to blame Obama for the votes in MI and FL not being counted. Blame the Dem leaders in those states for not wanting to follow the rules. Think about this...if you count FL and MI...what's to stop the other 48 states from holding their primaries or caucuses whenever they want?

    Counting FL and MI is not fair for those states who played by the rules.

    OH...Hillary...can we get the taxes now please?

    March 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. GoHillary

    I don't understand why Obama supporters are so in favor of Hillary dropping out. Maybe it is because the longer she stays in, the more "episodes" will come out about Obama?

    Seems like some Americans are blinded to see that Obama is directly related to Wright"s comments of not liking America or whites. What is wrong with some of you people?

    Isn't America and Americans the most important thing! Hello?

    March 31, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Brutal Honesty

    I believe that Americans are so much smarter than the right wing pundits give us credit for. We can distinguish fact from fiction and truth from propaganda. Reverend Wright's personal ideologies and comments are not shared by all who belonged to his church. We are all equipped with a "nonsense filter", and are not the mindless cattle portrayed by mainstream media.
    By the way, Michigan and Florida broke the party rules and should not be allowed to decide who gets the nomination as a result. Florida in particular has a sordid history of fowling up elections. Why on Earth would we give them yet another opportunity to derail the democratic process?

    March 31, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Michelle

    I get so sick and tired of people talking about MI and Fl. It would be nice if a revote could be done....BUT ....We all have to remember that FL and MI were the ones who did not follow the rules of the party. Everyone knew that their votes would not be counted so sorry for them! Also, Obama doesn't decide if the states get a revote or not, its up to the DNC and the two states who went against the rules to come up with a plan.

    March 31, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Not so fast!

    What a bunch of followers with no thought of your own......duh!

    In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s Obama 46% Clinton 43% – today from this poll says what?

    And MBC/WSJ poll has it as a TIED RACE..........!

    Calling all all are playing just as good a game of 'follow the leader' as your candidate, Senator Obama.

    Sandi – South Carolina.........where did you hear that story. Oh my are you naive!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Voter

    Some of you folks need to have your right to vote revoked. WHY ON EARTH would you vote for MCCAIN? Some of you so-called democrats crack me up. You want to see the country move in a different direction and while you agree that voting for McCain means a revote for Bush, you'd STILL, in good conscious and with silly reasoning, opt out of voting for a VIABLE candidate in Obama if your Goddess Hillary doesn't win? Just because she's not YOUR PERSONAL choice? It's incredible the way some of you think, seriously. You dont deserve to vote. I want to vote for the candidate that will be better for the country – McCain's not that person. I'm a staunch Obama supporter and I dont make any apologies for that. But if he were not to win the nomination my vote would go to Clinton w/ no question. I disagree 100% w/ her tactics and I think she's a flat out liar BUT, while casting my vote I'm not looking at my own PERSONAL gain, I'm thinking of the BIGGER picture and how my vote will affect the country as a whole.

    You people need a SERIOUS REALITY CHECK

    March 31, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Abe

    Why is everybody AFRAID on HILARY??

    March 31, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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