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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (630 Responses)
  1. Tony

    Maybe this has something to do with the fact that Obama is talking about the economy, which normal, sane people understandably care about right now. And McCain and Palin are busy spreading lies and fear among their scary, racist, theocratic, Nazi-like base, and that's turning everyone off just a bit.

    October 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. MAC


    October 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Patrick

    It's over.

    October 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Cindy from NC

    I hope these polls are right, then that will mean, America is waking up and finally looking toward the future.

    October 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Georgia Blue

    I can't wait to see what Barack brings to the airwaves on October 29th! Watch McCain attempt to buy time now as well. What a follower McCain is...

    October 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Bob in Tenn

    Good, very good, McCain just a warmed over Bush, while Palin is...... well she needs to go back to running a fishing camp!

    October 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. karen-phoenix

    Thank You God!!!! Obama/Biden are the ONLY hope America has of surviving this mess!!!! I've been a republican for over 40 years!!! NO MORE!!!! Not after this mess and McCain is loosing his mind!!! AND Palin can not even speak proper english let alone have any education!!!
    God Bless America with Obama/Biden

    October 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Amazed

    What a solid campaign Obamas has run and is running!!!
    That says alot on how he is going to govern the country. This game has ended a long time ago, they just need to make it interesting for TV ratings.

    October 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Kurt

    Go, Buckeyes.....

    Go, Obama..........

    October 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. DeeDee

    During the last debate, Mr Mcain said he knows where Osama Ben Laden is and knows how to find him . Why isn't he telling the US army where to go find him? Why does he have to wait for him to get into office to do that? Wouldn't he be putting America first in that case.

    Why has the media not taken him up on that..
    His exact words... my friends, I know where Benladen is and I know
    how to find him. If you are so patriotic as you so often claim, tell the
    President what you know regardless of who gets the credit.

    October 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. michael b

    god is with you

    October 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Independent..found what I was looking for

    I pray to God these polls are correct. I would have to move out of the country if Palin got in the White House. McCain was once an very honorable man who I actually thought when this all began I would vote for.....greed got to him and he changed!

    October 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. mccain's affirmative action pick

    it's hard not to be excited as the poll number favor obama, but we must not let polls lull us into a false sense of security. we must remain vigilant as the republicans turn up the juice on their distortion and hate machine.

    October 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Biff

    IN CONTROLL!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Kay

    With the way the polls are going it looks like Obama has a great chance to be the next president. This is great news,however, no one should sit on their laurels about the lead as one never knows what can happen. Hopefully, he will continue this lead and become our next president.
    The only problem I see is the hate mongers being baited by the likes of Mrs. McCain and Mrs. Palin. It is amazing how Senator McCain can stand there and let their remarks be made. BUT, from the smirk on his face he is enjoying it since he apparently is thinking the same thing but does not want the people to be able to blame him for saying the outrageous remarks. He does say very subtle remarks with a silly grin and then claims he is only joking. Well, hate mongering statements are NOT jokes. What kind of a man is he to stand behind the skirts of these two women and have them do his dirty work. Then again, THAT is the kind of a man he is as far as I am concerned.

    October 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. bill


    October 9, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Joe Reed

    This is certainly good news. I hope and pray it stays that way.

    October 9, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Lynn: 60 yr old white Obama supporter

    Thank you America....no more falling for smear, deceitful politics from the McCain ticket which divides this great country.

    October 9, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Longtime Democrat voting for McCain

    All these polls are giving me a headache. It like every 5 minutes theirs a new poll. What a joke.

    It all ccomes down to who shows up to vote in November. If you want a president that has ties with radicals and terrorist as Obama does vote for him.

    If you want a man who has always put his Country First and has the best interest of ALL Americans then McCain is your man.

    Go McCain

    October 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. jimmy from salt lake city, UT


    October 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Elsa van Kampen

    The way I see the Election 2008 campaign at the moment:

    McCain's Palin'
    Obama's Bidin' .

    Quite the difference.

    A poetic Canadian.

    October 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. cesar

    thank god almighty. obama all the wayyyyyy

    October 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. J Williamson

    The more McCain slips back the more desperate – and silly – he becomes. He wants to chance the race to being between him and Billy Ayers. Sorry McCain, that song and dance isn't playing very well. It's STILL the economy and will remain so. P.S. The Republicans need to stop nominating their presidential candidates based on "senority." They nominated one of the weakest individuals possible, and now they are reaping their just desserts (they did the same thing in 1996 – Bob Dole). Mitt Romney would have been stronger and not tied so much to the economic situation

    October 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Dhillon

    I don't understand why Republicans are angry, They are voting for MCCAIN i am not angry about it, I respect their opinion, If more people are voting for OBAMA why they are angry. Everybody has a right to decide whom they gonna vote for,
    I saw other one voter begging MCCAIN to do something I don't like begger's, If you want to succeed stop begging and start competing

    October 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. michael b


    October 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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