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

New polls show Obama in control

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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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  1. Irmiya M Sauka

    In McCain-Palin campaign rally spectators were heard branding Obama a terrorist and one is heard shouting "kill him" if this can be said publically and McCain is mute and not publically condemning such utterances whatever happens to Obama McCain and his campaign must be held resposible. The Christians in the GOP must issue a disclaimer to most of the things coming from the McCain-Palin Campaign.

    October 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. mere

    McCain wasted too much time saying half truths and lies. We can see through those lies.
    McCain said, Obama voted to raise taxes 94 times. Fact Check said that was misleading. Well after I read those fact checks, I knew McCain lied.
    McCain said, Obama received the second highest campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But the Federal Trade commission said McCain received $160,000 dollars from Top CEO's, Executive Officers, and Lobbyists of Fannie Mae.
    Now what was that Reform legislation that McCain is so proud of?
    Plus Obama did not get any money at all from the companies of Fannie and Freddie. The campaign contributions he got was $16,000. from the Working employees of those companies.
    McCain talks about a legislation that Democrats voted against something about Fannie and Freddie in his speeches. Well a Republican was talking about that legislation and mentioned that it was 5 years ago. " What, 5 years ago? " Obama was not in the US Senate 5 years ago.
    Obama is ahead, because McCain used all his time talking half truths and lies.

    October 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Ian, FL

    Cool, Calm, Collected...
    Obama looking more like our next President day by day.

    October 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Sick o da spin

    I frankly don't believe any poll results that CNN cites, especially their own "latest polls".

    CNN and the media conitue to annoint Obama, but I see him fo rwhat he his and will cast my vote for McCain.

    October 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Tom in Delaware

    Awesome. He's right where Al Gore was back in the 2000 Election.

    Bill Ayers is going to bring Barack and his campaign to their knees.

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. justobserve

    Over three more weeks of McCain-Palin's straight-faced lies Express. McCain-Palin are worry about the loss of their entitled Presidency and Vice Presidency, NOT VOTERS' jobs, homes, cars,... All they talked about is Obama!! I couldn't believe someone could say that Obama is friend with a terrorist and that terrorist is a Professor at University of Chicago and FBI just not take him away. How can McCain and Palin so disrespect voters as if they are idiots? Palin even said Obama is a disgrace to the Presidency when in fact Palin is the one! Would you gamble the WH with these two eccentric and reckless racists?

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. repub 4 obama

    I'M VOTING FOR THAT ONE!!!!!

    OBAM/BIDEN 08

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Glenn Doty

    McCain still holds a lead in Montana?

    So now Montana is starting to slip into play? :)

    The Misouri poll surprises me, but there's still time, and 1 point is easily overtaken.

    Remember, not one single Kerry state is in play, and Obama is sure to win both Iowa and New Mexico...

    If McCain loses one more state (or two if it's a state like Montana or South Dakota), he loses. Period.
    Right now, Obama is ahead in 6 other Bush states: Nevada, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.

    Obama is competing for one of Nebraska's electoral votes, Misouri, Indiana, and now is also competing for Montana... and I believe he's got a long-odds shot at Mississippi.

    This is fun!

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Oren

    It is no surprise that McCain is going down. I just listened to his stump speech in Wisconsin and both he and Palin are flat out liars. McCain keeps saying that Obama will impose fines and mandates on small businesses which has been debunked on politifact.com with a full false, so it's an outright lie. McCain also claimed that Obama did nothing to warn about subprime loans, but politifact.com also gave that a false saying it is public record that Obama sent a letter to Secretary Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke and even have a link to the letter. McCain claims their is no public record of it, another flat out lie. Another lie that he keeps claiming is that Obama voted 94 times to raise taxes, just look on politifact.com. Palin is repeating all of these lies. It's disgusting. People, you really need to check out Politifact.com and Factcheck.org.

    October 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. JamesBRO

    check it out cuz with acorn voter fraud going on we can get obama in there no problem OBAMA 2008

    October 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. mere

    McCain wasted too much time saying half truths and lies. We can see through those lies.
    McCain said, Obama voted to raise taxes 94 times. Fact Check said that was misleading. Well after I read those fact checks, I knew McCain lied.
    McCain said, Obama received the second highest campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But the Federal Election commission said McCain received $160,000 dollars from Top CEO's, Executive Officers, and Lobbyists of Fannie Mae.
    Now what was that Reform legislation that McCain is so proud of?
    Plus Obama did not get any money at all from the companies of Fannie and Freddie. The campaign contributions he got was $16,000. from the Working employees of those companies.
    McCain talks about a legislation that Democrats voted against something about Fannie and Freddie in his speeches. Well a Republican was talking about that legislation and mentioned that it was 5 years ago. " What, 5 years ago? " Obama was not in the US Senate 5 years ago.
    Obama is ahead, because McCain used all his time talking half truths and lies
    Sorry it was the Federal Election commission not the Federal Trade commission

    October 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Justin in NC

    Research Harvey Gant vs Jesse Helms. These polls mean very little. Keep fighting it ain't over!

    October 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. John

    The more McCain and Palin attack Obama's character the more they hurt themselves. That only works for a while and people get sick and tired of it since everyone knows all politicians have dirty laundry. The problem is that at this point, with the economy going to hell the last thing people want to hear is that Obama did this or that instead of dealing with the issues.

    I don't know you the McCain and Barbie's campaign managers are but they are going in the wrong direction with this. Those of us who were alive in the early 80s remember the S&L scandal and we know McCain was somehow involved, Obama mentioned it in an add that ran a few times and then was pulled; just enough to plant the doubt in voters, while McCain, Palin and Mrs. McCain have been going at the terrorist angle for days now. I'm tired of it and I know many other people are too.

    Between the attacks and the grumpy, angry old man displays at the debates McCain is digging himself a huge hole.

    October 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. jm from sc

    I hope voters are not fooled by the paid black guy that stood up at a McCain event to beg him to attack Obama regarding what others have done or said. If not knowing Obama was such a concern then why isn't people digging in the investigated Sarah Palin's life the same way.

    Blacks like that has always been around to hinder others. They are referred to as "Uncle Toms." The major factor driving such forces is jealously.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. Leimomi Matunding

    Juneau Alaska, We stand with Obama and Biden!

    We are working hard to make Alaska a Blue State once and for all!!!

    The Republican Party is falling a part due to Ted Stevens, Don Young and Ben Stevens...gee the rest of 11 Republican Law Makers who are being investagated or indicted....hmmmmm not to mention the Palins for Troopergate!

    I guess it is up to the Democrats to make Alaska a Blue State!!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Sue

    I live in Wisconsin too. The republicans here are switching sides because they're disgusted with the McCain/Palin mud slinging.

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    As usual the Republican Camp is shouting LIBERAL BIAS! That is what they always do when they are behind. If you want to see bias in broadcasting all you have to do is turn to FOX News and Rush Limbaugh! That is what BIAS looks like! I trust CNN to be fair to both parties, because I have been watching closely. And they seem to be doing so. Now and then I can tell who wants what, but most of the time it is a fair and unbiased reporting! I am so happy to see that CNN is focusing on the voter registration problems across this country! We need to know that we can vote and know that our vote counts no matter who we are voting for!

    American is waking up! At last! That is what explains the fact that Obama is in the lead! I am so proud of the number of people that are putting the issues ahead of anything else. I'm in Texas, a Red State. Everyone I talk to says they are sick of the Republican fear mongering and evil attacks. I think the Republicans will do everything they can short of physically attacking Obama and Biden, but you know..... it worries me with the violence of their supporters.

    And you can hear that McCain's camp does NOTHING to stop that sort of negative response from there followers! I pray for the Obamas and the Bidens. I think People need to get out and do early voting! I have surely become a McCynic after eigth years of Bush and McBush at his side!

    Go Obama/Biden.... 2008!

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Kay

    Will miracles never cease. What do you know, my original comment has showed up again still "awaiting moderation". Wow, how did that happen?

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. tennisguypitt

    This is good news, but the only poll that matters is election day.

    "THAT ONE" FOR PRESIDENT!

    Obama/Biden '08

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

    Do the republicans ALWAYS have to cheat and be dishonest when
    it comes to elections??????? Yet we know how they love their
    country–wink, wink. Party first, country 5th or 6th.

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Tracey

    Obama has always been in control! He demonstrates the kind of leadership that this country has been longing for! I am not surprise by the results because the McCain campaign has beed disgustingly negative. At a town hall meeting today, his supporters are actually devising a plan of negative attack. I was so surprise because they were actually discussing in the town hall meeting with the media rolling its video. These republicans had no discretion or lack thereof.

    Wow!

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. JamesBRO

    we can steal all the votes cause we dont need no republican in there

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Amy

    Good! It restores my faith in people that the person who is calm and not spreading rumors (dare I say lies) is ahead in the polls. The last thing we need to deal with this economic crisis is someone who is all over the map.

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. John

    Unless something major occurs between now and election day, I don't see anything stopping this trend.

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Mike Tisani

    Go OBAMA

    October 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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