October 9th, 2008
05:18 PM ET
10 years ago

New polls show Obama in control


New polls show Obama with leads nationally and in several key battleground states. (AP Photo)

(CNN) - Barack Obama continues to hold significant leads over John McCain, a fresh round of state and national polls out Thursday suggest, in what is unwelcome news for the Republican presidential nominee as Election Day inches closer and closer.

The Illinois senator now holds a 6 point lead over McCain nationwide, a new CNN poll of polls consisting of five recently released surveys show, while 8 percent remain undecided.

A string of new state polls also show Obama holding significant leads in several key battleground states, including Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. McCain is holding onto leads in Montana and Missouri.

In Minnesota, CNN's latest poll of polls shows Obama up 11 points, 52-41 percent, while he holds a 9 point lead in CNN's latest New Hampshire poll of polls, 51-42 percent. Obama is also holding onto a 4 point lead in Ohio, 50-46 percent in CNN's latest poll of polls there.

In West Virginia, Obama holds an 8 point lead in a new American Research Group poll, though CNN's Sept. 21-23 poll of West Virginia showed McCain leading there by 4 points. In Wisconsin, a new Research 2000 poll shows Obama with a 10 point lead, 51-41 percent. CNN's Wisconsin poll earlier this month showed Obama with a 5 point lead.

In Missouri, a new CNN poll of polls shows McCain hanging onto a 1 point lead, while the Arizona senator has a 5 point lead in Montana according to a new American Research Group poll.

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soundoff (630 Responses)
  1. I am too Hussein!

    OMG! This is such beautiful music to my ears!!!

    I am so weary of the aggressive incompetence, and glaring hypocrisy that is cheered by the GOP faithful. So righteous, so moral, and yet so un-Christian…

    BTW, Barracudas are aggressive, but have very small brains.

    October 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. TM in Chicago

    Outstanding! Obama/Biden will continue to stick to the business at hand and "Make it Do What it Do!"

    GObama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. repub 4 obama

    get'em OB 1

    Chris Rock said it simple:

    You can vote for the man who has 1 million dollars and 1 house, (1 wife and 1 Ford Hybrid SUV)

    or you can vote for the man who has 7 homes, multi-millionaire, 13 cars

    I'm voting for the guy with 1 home. If it forecloses, he's homeless. McCain will have 6 others to choose from

    October 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. John

    McCain has a choice. He could either be remembered as defeated after running a dignified campaign or he can be remembered as lost after a bitter and divisive campaign. He is leaning towards the latter by sticking to the kitchen sink strategy.

    October 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. PUMBU


    October 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Max, Austin TX

    I really can't believe McCain has a lead in any polls, espeically in light of the awful state of the economy, which was a direct result of the policies of the past 8 years that he supported. What on earth are people who support him thinking? They must not be thinking clearly, because if they were they would understand that he was a big reason we are in this mess, and that electing him would result in more of the same. Just his health care policy alone should be enough to scare the heck out of anyone. Taxing your employer provided health care benefits? That is utterly ridiculous. Is that man crazy? Not to mention his and Palin's recent decision to focus on spiteful, hateful attacks against Sen. Obama, which are extremely distasteful and makes me very concerned about the future of this country if there are actually people who support him in that. What's going on now with their campaign has crossed the line of decency and they should put a stop to it before someone gets hurt. Disgusting.

    October 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    And, McCain is hiding behind his two female attack dogs Palin and Cindy raging an imaginary war against a terrorist who threatens his dream to the white house! Both McCains and Palin intentionally stir up hatry in their supporters and they will be liable for their despicable actions!

    John McCain is a coward and a chauvinist!

    October 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. True Blue Ohio

    Palin and McCain=Pinky and the Brain. This ticket is one show that needs to be canceled.

    October 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Danny from Phoenix

    Compare the crowds that come support Obama to the crowd that supports McCain (and what they say), and then look at me and with a straight face say that racism doesn't still exist. You can't. Face it. Most people against Obama, especially those who used to support Sen. Clinton, are racist.

    October 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Baleful

    I mailed my New Hampshire absentee ballot from Canada today as there is no way we are missing this election.

    New Hampshire will go to Obama

    October 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Adriana

    McCain, keep up the negative campaigning.the more negative u are the more it helps the next president of the United States..BARACK OBAMA

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. David

    I hope that these polls truly reflect the intentions of the people who provided the information.

    Obama should continue to gain ground considering that McCain is doing something that he himself basically condemned back in 2000 and that is running negative ads. When I read his words from 2000 he is essentially telling the voters that he has no vision of the future because the only thing he is doing is running a negative campaign against his opponent and not offering solutions to the American people.

    Obama is a great choice for us in these troubled times. America needs to regain her lost footing from the past eight years and unfortunately, McCain is woven from the same cloth as George Bush. His "bomb, bomb Iran" may have been a joke but it reflects who he is what his ideas are. Obama will not attack Pakistan, he will go after Bin Laden.

    Besides, it is very un-American and undemocratic to lie and mislead the pollsters and anyone who does it should be ashamed of themselves. If that is how you behave perhaps you would like to move to and live in countries that have no elections, where protests are not allowed, where freedom of speech does not exist, where if you oppose the government you could go to prison or even lose your life.

    I am not ageist but do feel McCain is too old to be voted in as president and it is time for those of the older generation to hand over the reigns to the younger generation who are the ones who need to be shaping the future of our country now.

    October 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. OPAL

    Good! Now he can entertain the thoughts of economist about all these mortgages clogging up our credit system. I read in your news yesterday how a couple economist believed to look at the 30 year mortgages and help "everyone" across the board, not just the mortgages clogged in the $700b rescue-out.

    October 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Felly

    Obama and Biden are heavyweight champions while old McShame and Palin are featherweights.

    October 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. randy

    yes we can!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. No McPain

    Don't get over confident supporters – make sure you get out and vote. It can't be a landslide without every, single, vote!

    October 9, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. daddyscott_1999

    Most anti-tax rhetoric is disingenuous, including Senator McCain’s. How else do you pay for new things, like bailouts? You RAISE TAXES. Heck, we are well beyond the point where even if we stopped all new spending entirely, we would still have to raise taxes to try and pay down the ENORMOUS and unmanageable government debt, most having been acquired under Bush’s eight years of executive leadership (six with a legislative majority) caused mostly by his ill-advised war in Iraq and equally ill-advised tax cuts.

    Let’s not talk about “no new taxes” just for the sake of being anti-tax. Instead let’s decide what is worth spending money on (like developing alternative forms of energy and other new, exportable technologies, education, and perhaps healthcare) with the understanding that the most probable way to pay for such things is new taxes. These are INVESTMENTS, folks. The results are prosperity and security. These are investments that are worth the risk, unlike a war in Iraq (which was a Rumsfeld design for a U.S. military “demonstration”, which obviously has gone very wrong: see the FRONTLINE Episode called “Rumsfeld’s War”) and a Trillion Dollar bailout for greed in America.

    Taxes must be increased to try and generate enough revenue to climb out of this hole Republicans dug for us. It is they that got the “spend” part of “tax and spend” just right. That is why we are in deep doodoo. That is why arguments like, “OMG, he’s gonna raise taxes,” and “He’s a tax-and-spend liberal,” are disingenuous. You have to raise money for new spending. Any discussion that does not recognize this cannot be taken seriously.

    October 9, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Rob indetroit

    That one.

    MCcain /Palin "Dangerous for America".

    October 9, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. AlPal

    I'm a Republican, and the prospect of Obama in the White House is great news, not just to me, but to hundreds of my acquaintances who are sick of the nonsense John McCain and his VP choice have been spouting; it's racist and it's offensive to most Americans, who have real problems to worry about. McCain and Palin, it seems, could care less about America; all they care about is some aging hippy who once did things that were wrong but who is not a respected professor admired by Republicans, Independents, and Democrats alike. I'm beginning to wonder if McCain's brain trust isn't hoping to incite some nut case to try to harm the Democratic ticket. That's how awful I feel about my own party. Thank God for Obama in these precarious times.

    October 9, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Joe-From NY...once Republican, VOTING DEMOCRAT

    This is wonderful. And you know Obama does not have to win all the battleground states, just a few but it would be wonderful if he did win all.

    McCain, palin, cindy...republicans....THEY are bunch of Liars, and will do anything to win...

    Well, like millions of Americans, I will vote for "THAT ONE"...

    Oh that definitely shows and showed that McCain is OLD, GRUMPY and RACIST.....he is pathic.

    Republican for Obama/Biden.

    October 9, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. j

    One of the interesting things about the McCain campaign is that McCain is offering a plan to buy failing mortgages while at the same time attacking socialism.

    I'm not going to get upset with the government if they temporarlly buy partial ownership of our troubled banks in an effort to ease the credit crunch and shore up the economy. I think a slight dip into socialism is preferable to a total global economic meltdown, which is what we are facing if we don't let the government take action to stem the current crisis, even if it means a slight trend toward socialism.

    Socialism is not the same thing as communism. There are plenty of countries that have some for of socialism that aren't communist. We already have socialist programs (i.e. social security).

    So this is just another McCain scare tactic and nothing more.

    I'm a liberal. I am not a socialist. Normally I would be against socializing private institutions but I think this crisis is too deep to avoid it. I believe any move toward socialism will be temporary and only to keep the economy from a total meltdown, which appears to be the direction it's currently heading.

    Statistically the economy does better with a Democrat in the presidency. I think Obama will do a better job of resolving this crisis than McCain.

    October 9, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    How much lower can McCain/Palin go?

    And I'm not referring to the polls.

    October 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Los

    Uhhhh liberal media uhhh Rezko Ayers Rev. Wright uhhhh lipstick on pigs uhhh uhmm uhhhh.

    (That was my master impersonation of a Palin/McCain supporter.)

    October 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Independent- Disgusted by the Republican Campaign

    McCain/Palin have stooped to a new low. They have no shame and neither does there campaign. That's not being patriotic. Desperation does strange things to people. Put a stop to it. Obama you have my vote. You are a decent human being. You will lead us out of the darkness we are in. ANd, bring respect back to America.

    October 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    Huh?? West Virginia...I love this... Ain't no stopping us now, we're on the move, onto the white house


    October 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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