October 8th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
10 years ago

CNN Polls of Polls: Obama ahead in NV, OH, PA, FL and nationally

Sen. Obama is ahead in four states and nationally in Wednesday's CNN polls of polls.

Sen. Obama is ahead in four states and nationally in Wednesday's CNN polls of polls.

(CNN) – CNN’s latest polls of polls show Barack Obama leading John McCain in Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida - but slipping slightly nationally and in Florida, losing one point in each.

In CNN’s first Nevada poll of polls, Obama leads McCain by 3 percentage points. The Illinois senator has the support of 49 percent of likely voters in Nevada, while 46 percent support the Arizona senator. Five percent of likely voters in Nevada are unsure about their choice for president.

In CNN’s latest Ohio poll of polls, Obama has increased his advantage over McCain. In Ohio, Obama is now ahead of McCain by five percentage points with support from 50 percent of likely voters in the state compared to support from 45 percent for McCain. Five percent of likely voters in the state are unsure about who they prefer. In CNN’s September 21 Ohio poll of polls, Obama was ahead of McCain by a single point – 47 percent versus 46 percent.

In Pennsylvania, Obama has also increased his advantage. CNN’s October 3 Pennsylvania poll of polls showed Obama ahead by 10 percentage points – 51 percent versus 41 percent. In the new Pennsylvania poll of polls released Tuesday, Obama is ahead by 12 points. The Democratic nominee has the support of 52 percent of likely voters in Pennsylvania, while the Republican nominee has the support of 40 percent of likely voters. In Pennsylvania. Eight percent of likely voters are unsure about their choice for president.

Nationally, Obama leads McCain by four points in CNN’s latest national poll of polls. Forty-eight percent of voters support Obama while 44 percent support McCain; 8 percent of voters aren’t sure about who they support. In CNN’s October 7 national poll of polls, Obama was ahead by 5 percentage points – 49 percent for Obama and 44 percent for McCain.

Obama has also lost a point in CNN's latest Florida poll of polls. Forty-nine percent of likely voters in Florida support Obama, 45 percent support McCain, and 6 percent are unsure about who they support for president. In CNN's October 2 Florida poll of polls Obama was ahead of McCain by five points - 49 percent to Obama's 44 percent.

CNN’s national poll of polls is composed of the following five surveys: American Research Group (September 4-6), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (September 4-6), NBC/Wall Street Journal (October 4-5), Gallup (October 5-7), and Diageo/Hotline (October 5-7).

CNN’s Nevada poll of polls is composed of three surveys: Research 2000 (October 3-6), CNN/Time/ORC (September 28-30) and ARG (September 27-29); CNN’s Ohio poll of polls is composed of three surveys: CNN/Time/ORC (October 3-6), ABC/Washington Post (October 3-5) and Quinnipiac (September 27-29); CNN’s Pennsylvania poll of polls is composed of three surveys: Morning Call/Muhlenberg College (October 3-7), WHYY/West Chester University (October 3-6) and Quinnipiac (September 27-29); and CNN's Florida poll of polls is composed of four surveys: Mason-Dixon (October 4-6), CNN/Time/ORC (September 28-30), Suffolk (September 27-30) and Quinnipiac (September 27-29).

CNN’s polls of polls do not have sampling errors.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • CNN Poll of polls • Florida • John McCain • Nevada • Ohio • Pennsylvania
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. election watcher

    The economy is in the toilet, we're stuck with an unpopular war, and the President has record unpopularity/disapproval. In years past any one of these would've made a landslide for the part opposing the incumbant party. All this, PLUS Obama is spending record amounts on his campaign. So why is Obama only a few percentage points ahead?

    October 8, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Carl

    It's not looking good for McCain. I am honestly scared for the future of our Country with Obama in charge.

    October 8, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Brandon

    As someone from FL I can say for sure I hope the people of this great state choos Obama to represent us in the White House this year !!!

    October 8, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Jeff

    It's not hard to see why. McCain has NO FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES from Bush when it come to Healthcare, the economy, foreign affairs, or the war. McCain's healthcare plan would only give more power to the drug and insurance companies, which would raise everyones medical expenses. His economic plan that give tax breaks to the wealthy and large corparations would only add more to our 10 trillion deficit. He would worsen are already strained relations and would keep us in Iraq for way too long. He says we can win the war, but will we really win anything?

    October 8, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Elizabeth in Seattle


    We will beable to breathe again once Obama and Biden are elected!!!!

    October 8, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Peter (CA)

    Don't get too excited right wingers...one pt is statistics.

    However, I still do not want to look at the polls until after the last debate. By that point, opinions and preferences should be set. But, I have to admit, the electoral map is looking good.

    October 8, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Linda

    I am so happy that our Country has finally seen the light. After the Debate, last night, there should be no more doubt about who is the winner.

    October 8, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. St Paul,MN

    yes my friends, my friends, that is right my friends

    can i call you joe?
    wink wink
    "that one,"

    .............the whole world is changing, adn we can not be left behind, this is 2008, then we have 2012 yet another HUGE change...........

    no way no how CHANGE will be stopped by the same old same old who in the last 8 year and overall in the last century have but demolish our humanity...........

    no more ROVES, BUSHES, LIMBAUGHS, PALIN, MCCAIN, AND MCINSANE, HENNETY,AND THE REST.....such people make our race literally worse by the second................

    October 8, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Cami

    Somebody needs to make all of the senior citizens in Florida aware that McCain plans on cutting their Medicare and Social Security benefits to help pay for his health plan.

    October 8, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. Susie in Bandon, Oregon


    Keep cool, be professional, do your planning, and present the plan

    And you will be our next president!

    October 8, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Fu Chang

    Had the election held today, it will be a landslide victory for Obama.
    With Toss Ups: Obama 264, McCain 163, Toss Ups 111
    No Toss Ups: Obama 364, McCain 174

    No hope McSame/Pain

    October 8, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. first time voter

    Yay... keep it up O
    The republican ticket is creepy and a joke!


    October 8, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. andrew s

    land slide obama 08/ 12 and clinton16/24

    October 8, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Dee

    Go Obama, Go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm sorry That one!!!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. dj

    mccain's a dinoasaur and he and everyone in his campaign just complains. it's all they do. by the way cnn, that was one scary picture you had of cindy. GO OBI

    October 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. distraction king

    Every single false charge and baseless accusation from McCain is an attempt to get people stop paying attention to what’s going on in this country.

    Beyond the attacks, what is John McCain really offering?

    October 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. Jack

    Obama is ahead because he sounds like the candidate that can bring about change in America not the other candidate wandering around the stage looking for a gotcha moment.

    John McCain looks as confused about whats happening in America today as his running mate looked when Curic asked her a question.

    October 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. turks

    McCain is suffering from the devastating effect of L.L.S. (long life syndrome) No wonder his perfromance was so blaaa.

    Obama wipe the floor with him.

    October 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. FactCheck

    Obama is running the most sophisticated campaign I have seen in my forty years. Even if you don't like the candidate, you can not argue that he hasn't surrounded himself with some of the brightest and insightful people on this planet. Compare this to the "old man screaming at the clouds" campaign currently under play at the McCain camp.

    October 8, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. Rose

    I think we should all be very afraid if Obama get elected and the majority of Dems in the House and Senate continues. The Dems will run this country right into the ground. The House and The Senate will do whatever Obama wants, right or wrong None of them have a spine especially Reid and Pelosi, they are scary.

    October 8, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. eugene

    Mccain is going to win because ,their camp is going very negative,making Obama out to be a terriost,in the sad thing about it,its going to work

    October 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. Xavier

    Cindy, the chill that went tnru you rbody is not from Obama voting to end the war. It's from the illegal drugs that you are addicted to.

    October 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Brenda R. Harris

    What happens when adults behave badly? they scream and tell lies so that the world will not see the ugly side of them. McCain and his crew are a angry lot so that is all that they have to hold them together now is their super glue lies.But everyone knows that to undo super glue you just put finger nail polish remover on the sticky stuff and it will come unglued. "GO UNGLUE THEM OBAMA .

    October 8, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Jaybee

    As usual, McCain takes a very small portion of a larger comment/speech and implies that it is the whole content or opinion. And when the whole speech or comment is read, it's very obvious that it was a very intelligent and thoughtful comment. Oh, McCain, your and Palin's tactics are so demeaning and so transparent! Ugly. And, as usual, so distorted. Shame on you.

    October 8, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Rob

    The sleazy Liar attack AD's are failing. What will the old angry selfish man do next? Good thing McBush did not try his lies in the debate. That would have opened the door for Obama to discuss McCain's very close twenty year relationship with the Corporate Crook Keating. And the fact that McCains campaign manager is a Lobby crook for Fannie Mae and has been paid twenty two million dollars by Fannie. Or bring up McBush membership in the Radical Racist, Anti Semitic group 'Council for World Freedom'. Or discuss Palins close ties to the Anti american Alaska Secessionist Movement or Palins wack church that says Palin is destined to lead and that Jews are the cause of World Terrorism. Dogon good thing the debate did'nt get nasty Ya Betcha (wink wink).

    October 8, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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