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. Ben in LA

    Barack Obama is the best Presidential candidate of my voting lifetime.

    (For those who are curious, that puts him above Bush I, Bush II, Gore, Clinton, Kerry, Dole, Perot and Dukakis).

    October 9, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Speider

    How can anyone look at McCain/Palin and continue to support that ticket? Even republicans who always vote along party lines, cannot stomach these candidates.

    For those who are awaiting your next shot..."maverick!"

    October 9, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. California Voter

    polls are polls, but let's hear something from Obama on how he will help solve the economic crisis we are currently in hopefully it's not just the spending proposals he is expouding. I'm also getting more concerned about the widespread voter fraud and ACORN involvement. Something is very fishy here.

    October 9, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Looks like a doctored photo.

    October 9, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. American

    Finally, we can see McCain's campaign plan of inciting racial hatred beginning to pay off.

    October 9, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. former gop


    October 9, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. A-Man

    FELLOW REPUBLICANS lets unite this country under Obama, our party is a disgrace. Between Palin and the behind the scenes Bush people running McCains campaign. We needs to send a loud and clear message, first for our country and second to rebuild our party. People like Palin and anyone connected to Bush needs to move on. We need new blood, a strong country and be back with a party that can again lead us into the future in the next election.

    October 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. President William Jefferson Nixon

    Keep talking Pailin I hope they send you to all the battleground states, so that they will all swing Obama's way.

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

    I bet anyone that CNN will report Obama winning in states on Nov. 4th, but FOX News will put John Mccain's face on those same states, despite the blatant contradiction of information. This is an election of maximizing misinformation.

    October 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. clean up washington

    If that poll showing Obama is up in West Virginia is true, this election is over! Go Mountaineers!

    October 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. ket

    CNN where is the reports of the vidieo in Ohioyou know...The lynch mob vidieo?????????? Go ahead show america the ugly side of McCain /Palin crowds.

    October 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. Anne

    It's not over , til it is over. I remember in the 2000 Presidential Election, where CNN called Florida a win for Al Gore

    October 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Howard

    GOOD!!! McCain's campaign is shameful, disgusting and an insult to any intelligent American. If he loves his country so much then his choice for Vice President would have been would have been different and not one to provide sensationalism and entertainment fo the anti-intellectual Republicans who have loved Bush and his administration so much for the last 8 years. Republicans have removed hundreds/thousands of qualified voters because they had the same name as a convicted felon; even though these people had never been convicted of a felony they were denied the right to vote.

    October 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. SC

    I'm so glad that Obama is leading and you are about to lose. What time is it now? Isn't it about time for you two(McFalin & Moose Shooter) to go your own way and campaign like Barack and Biden? Didn't you see both Barack and Biden have been doing their own things in different times at different places. If your VP(Lipstick on a pig) is that dump, you don't deserve to win. Period! Bye Palin and McFalin.

    October 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Bewildered

    It is amazing that McCain is even still in the race. Wake up!!! The Republican policies have taken this country to a new low.

    October 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Russ Beaumont

    John McCain is not only out of touch but he is also running out of time. All he has left is smears. I just hope America is smart enough not to repeat 2000/2004.

    October 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Barbara

    this is the third time I have tried to post a comment... "in moderation"... why?

    October 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Lucy

    can we say "LANDSLIDE"!!!!!
    We are going to TROUNCE those McMavericks!

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

    Okay, CNN, what happened to my submitted comment. It was "awaiting moderation" and now is no where to be found. I guess I spoke the truth once again and you don't like that. You can moderate all you want but I am still going to exercise my right to send in a comment. I have never said anything but the truth of how I feel. If that doesn't meet with your censorship then so be it.

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


    Palin KEEPS asking " Who is Obama?" . America needs not ask
    "Who is Sarah Palin?" . After 6-WEEKS i really dont know her. And most of America never heard of her before then. She is the real UNKNOWN! WHO IS SARAH PALIN? Elected by one man and now she goes on inciting hate and mob slurs against Obama who was elected by Millions of Americans. WHO IS SARAH PALIN? All of a sudden, 6 weeks is enough for us to know her but 4 years is not enough for us to know and appreciate Obama? All of a sudden she has more rights than Obama and the rest of us all? She is more special?
    Where are the REAL EVANGELICALS? Have they been watching their so called Christian candidiates as they disgrace christiandom with their uterances? All of a sudden Obama cant be president because he is black even though he is more qualified? Are we no longer the same in the eyes of God? Where are the real Evangelicals? Black people have always voted mostly 70-90% for Democratic party but all of a sudden when the democratic nominee is black voted in by mostly white people, the black man is accused by republicans of voting for him because he is black. May God Help Us.

    Obama-Biden 08'

    October 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Bill in Oklahoma

    CNN seems to have already projected Obama the winner, several weeks before the election. This just adds to the steamroller-jump on the bandwagon effect. Before we put Obama in the White House, we all need to THINK first, and not just follow the herd. I have supported Obama throughout the primaries and only recently have begun to have doubts. Obama's decision to use Bill Ayers and his wife (domestic terrorists who have no regrets to this day) to help start his public career reveals a dangerously Nixonian ambition devoid of moral values. In case people out there don't know, Ayers' father was CEO of the electric utilities company in the Chicago area. The Ayers family backed the Daley political machine; so thery are "family" despite despicable acts. Never mind Obama's decision to belong to a very radical church which was popular in his district. Obama's purposes and motives appear to be grounded in only one thing – political expediency.

    October 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. karla in CA


    THAT ONE '08

    October 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Jayson

    Good! We will finally be able to show that that we in American aren't so stupid.

    October 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Bill Bixby

    Ahh, not letting that one slide. How about this then. Please do not direct your supporters to injure the candidate I support. This can only lead t riots of which no one in my generation has ever seen. Is that better CNN

    October 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Mr Republican

    I wish we could get Ron Paul elected president

    October 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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