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. John

    I am glad the majority of the American people are not buying into the McCain/Palin dirty politics. John McCain has lost any shred of decency he had left. I would have voted for him in 2000, even though I am a Democrat, but there is no way I could ever vote for a man who hides behind the skirts of his VP nominee and his wife. If you have something to say, say it, and not just on Faux news where you are treated with kid gloves. Go on "Meet the Press" or better yet go on "Countdown" or AC 360 and answer the hard questions like Obama did on the "O'reilly Factor."

    October 9, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    As long as the repugs don't try to cheat in this election too, Obama will win. And if he runs the white house like he has his campaign we will be fine! Actually better than fine. See what the repugs don't realize is that most people are now enlightened and the negativity, lies and vindictiveness that john and sarah are putting out are turning people off. This country is moving beyond all that and this race is helping us to do that. But those two (mccain and palin ) aren't enlightened and they don't understand that. Only the unenlightened person will vote for mccain and palin.

    October 9, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. ajks

    McCain doesn't have a clue!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Indignant Independent

    McCain's Social Security Income: I'm a 53 year old male Independent 'middle of the road' voter. Months ago when John McCain released his tax returns I noted that he is drawing social security along with a military pension. I don't dispute that he is entitled to both, but it really bothers me that a Man with John's and Cindy's wealth is receiving monthly social security payments. He obviously doesn't need the income and considering the problems with funding the entitlement programs it seems to me to be very unpatriotic and selfish for him to draw SS benefits. I have not seen any comments about this during the election season which I follow closely. Doesn't anyone think this reflects on McCain's character?

    October 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Carol

    I do not support an IN-EXPERIENCED candidate for President. This is a SURE way for FOREIGN speculators to BUY UP AMERICA. My VOTE is NOT for SALE. I will not support public politicians that lead this country down the PATH TO RUIN, selling OUT TO FOREIGNERS.

    We don't have to SELL OUT TO TERRORISTS we are ELECTING OUR OWN. YOU get what you ask for. TALK IS CHEAP.

    Remember, those with money ( that includes obama) can stay out of the FRAY but the rest of us will have to suffer in the same huddle.

    October 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Songbird McCain

    Everyday the news just gets better and better! I'm very happy, excited,and hopeful for our great country and these numbers show that we are no longer a nation run by uneducated racist and inbred rednecks!

    October 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Jack

    WV moving blue, which state is next?

    Georgia? Louisiana? Tennessee?

    Keep turning them blue.

    October 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. the other jd

    Just be cause the polls look good, don't give up working. Call up your local Obama office and volunteer. If you are blessed enough to be able to, go to his website and donate money, regardless of the amount. Don't let the polls lull us into a sense of inevitability. Keep working!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. JOANN

    McCain & Palin......IT'S A WRAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    October 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. suzyku

    Thank God! With the sleazy campaign that mccain/palin are running I am disgusted with them. They are lying, they are attacking Obama's character when it becomes more obvious on a daily basis that they both lack any character at all! Palin is a foul mouthed liar who is inciting the lowest of the low, the racists, bigots, skinheads, ignorant and seemingly has no shame or conscience. She has the nerve to say Obama isn't experienced, look at her, she's a moron! mccain sold his soul and his integrity to run a muck raking campaign because he has put himself and his political ambitions first, ahead of this country. His "country first" motto is a joke, he's a nasty, angry old bitter man with a moronic v.p. candidate. They remind me of what I've read of the McCarthy era!

    October 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. King of NJ

    Stay on Message with all that negativity McCain

    Democrats Roll Out!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Mccain is a liar

    N.S I sent cnn a newstip about it, I think the more people that make cnn aware of voters being removed in swing state's the more they are inclined to report on it! C'mon CNN we cannot afford another stolen election, these people should be put in jail!

    October 9, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Peter (CA)

    N.S.–If this is actually happening, I can't say I am surprised. It's a typical Republican strategy. They say they are removing non-eligible individuals and they are to some degree. However, they cut a wide swath and catch a number of people who can. By the time you realize it, the election is over.

    October 9, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    John McCain and Sarah Palin have now abandoned all integrity and decency in the name of winning and find themselves presiding over hate rallies. We're paying attention, and it's taking it's toll. I find it deeply disturbing and fear someone is going to get hurt or worse. God help us all.

    October 9, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Philadelphian trapped in Texas

    By my calculations there are only 14 states, with 119 electoral votes, where Obama doesn't have a chance. In the other 36, which ciollectively have 419 electoral votes, watch out, John! You could get crushed.

    October 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Rob

    If Obama's in control, then America's headin' for the toilet.

    "Yes, here's our leader. He's a failed community organizer who has ties to rascist ministers, unrepentant terrorists, and illegal groups. He managed to steal the election with the help of many, many, illegal votes. He's raised our taxes, closed our businesses, made our country very unsafe and open to attacks. But on the plus side, he looks dreamy, Oprah likes him, and if you look just right you can see his halo. Now don't go saying anything negative about him, because the second you do we will brand you as a rascist! And if you even think about asking him something of substance, boy are you gonna get it!"

    October 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Keep it positive

    Take back America from those who have squandered our wealth and resources.

    October 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. andy

    he is leading in west virgina or virgina? either way it is a good news.
    go get'em barack!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Stewart

    God I hope people get out the vote and fulfill these poll numbers. We are in so much trouble if Mccain gets in. God help us all if he wins.

    Obama 08

    October 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. tulsa

    Let's not forget Florida.

    October 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. Randall from Texas

    Great news! You take it to em Barak!

    October 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. mountain rider

    It sure looks like the Skipper and Maryann are heading the boat back to the island for another fantasy tour. No ideas of their own, no substance to what they will achieve, and no way other than sleazy tricks to accomplish their goal. Even Gilligan won't ride their boat anymore.

    October 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. Randall from Texas

    Great news!

    October 9, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Brenda C

    With ACORNS voter fraud what do you expect? Ghost, dogs, cats, dead people, and felons can vote with them on their side.

    October 9, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Becky CA

    Is this true? Sen.Obama is leading in West Virginia, the reddest of them all? Hope this holds through Nov 4th.

    October 9, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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