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. Ron

    In 2000 McCain, while talking about Bush and Rove, said:
    "Sooner or later people are going to figure out that if all you run is negative attack ads you don't have much of a vision for the future, or you're not ready to articulate it."
    He spoke his future…google the quote yourself

    October 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Nando, Florida

    Barak is going to destroy the GOP !!!! NOV 4th no Republican seat will be safe .

    October 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. hometowndemocrat

    The only way McCain is going to win this is if the Republicans figure out how to steal the win again!

    October 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. ChicagoJosh

    West Virginia!!! According to every map, this is a Republican stronghold. During the primary's these were the people who openly admitted they wouldn't vote for a black man. It is literally too dangerous to have an Obama ground game there like in other states. Yet...God love them, even people in West Virginia are choosing Obama over McCain.

    October 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Shari, NY

    In the streets of NYC there are Obama supporters (young, college type white ladies) soliciting with pep and vigor. NY is already blue but nobody is letting his guard down.

    October 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. KMAN

    McCain is such a coward ... he wasn't man enough to accuse Obama of the lies his campaign has been spreading around directly to Baracks face. He's use to delivering his pay load from a plane ... after all, he wasn't actually on the ground in Vietnam facing his enemy face to face was he!

    October 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Susan

    Let the sensible man go to White House this time.

    I am sorry for voting for a wrong president last time.

    October 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. richmerritt

    What about North Carolina, Colorado and Florida?

    Rich Merritt

    October 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Balaji

    I just looked at the same time period 4 years back and Kerry was cruising along. But we all know what happened 4 years back.

    So all Obama supporters (including self) we still have a long way to go. Let us look at the last election and make sure we are not complacent enough to snatch defeat from a victory

    October 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Shane

    Let's go for a landslide, Obama supporters.

    We can take Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada, and Florida.

    Maybe we can add Missouri, West Virginia, and Montana.

    Don't worry, old Johhny boy, you'll still win Utah, Oklahoma, and Alabama!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Randy of Cleveland

    This is good news. But everyone needs to go out and vote! Don't relax and think it's over Obama supporters. Get out to your local voter location and vote! That is the only way we can secure a CHANGE!

    October 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. MajorTom

    I'm still trying to understand the "typical white person" comment.

    October 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Get real!

    Don't believe the Polls!

    October 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Linda

    Go Bo Go!

    Let's not let the GOP cheat us out of this win! Circa..2000..

    Buckeye's know how to get behind a winner!

    October 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Sally in Oregon

    Yes!!! That One & Biden – Let me say it again!!

    October 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Frank Canada

    The fact Obama's lead in the polls is great news for people concerned about America's image throughout the world. With the McCain campaign spewing hateful and bigotted rhetoric and the spiteful and dangerous reactions from the people in their crowds has sure tarnished the U.S. citizens image.

    The more Obama pulls away from McCain the better Americans look as it shows the average person simply isn't prepared to tolerate this terrible type of propaganda.

    October 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Eboni in Houston

    I hope that he continues to beat McCain. McCain and his "prisoners" are nothing but a bunch of haters. Literally. They have stirred up racial tensions in these bigots and hear them screaming these racial slurs at rallies and say nothing. I think Obama is truely a man with integrity and he is the candidate that puts country first! This man has been called a terrorist, muslim, everything in the book but a child of God and has yet to retaliate. Continue to stand strong Obama, no weapon formed against you shall prosper!! This is the man that I want as my President, not some angry man and his lynching mob.

    October 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    I'm voting for THAT ONE!


    October 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Wake Up Zombies!!!

    West Virginia...really?!?!

    October 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Rolanda from Memphis, TN

    We are working hard to turn TN blue!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Ken

    Poor, poor Dumbf-kistan. Getting smaller by the moment. I feel immense relief that true Americans are starting to wake up from the horrible [R] nightmare.

    October 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. tulsa

    I am a Democrat, but that is not the reason I will be voting for Senators Obama and Biden on Nov. 4th. It’s because I believe we need to break from the divisive politics of the last 8 years. We have bullied our friends around the world to the point that we have few friends left. We have let our own freedoms be diminished by lack of oversight of the executive branch by the legislative and judicial. We have seen the Justice department become a political tool instead of a safeguard of our liberties. The Federal Courts are weighted for business and against the people. We need change that will undo the gridlock the Congress now suffers from. Beyond that we need a change in the attitude of partisanship that is eating away at the decent and civil atmosphere in our nation’s Capital. We demand respectful and honest discourse from our leaders.
    Here's looking forward to a better day in America with Senators Obama and Biden as our President and Vice President and with a Democratic Senate and House of Representatives.
    Be vigilant, because WE WILL BE. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If you become enamored with your power, you will be voted out at the first opportunity.
    Give the people a balanced budget, a strong defense, fair taxes and equal justice.
    These things are more than pie-in-the-sky ideals. They are the foundation of our American experiment.
    We will be watching. The American people have been awakened and have discovered our power. We reject corruption. We embrace hope. We long to live in peace and prosperity. There are many in the world who would see us fail. Some even in this country. As Barack Obama has said, we stand in a stronger position to deal with threats if we stand together with our brothers here and throughout the world. We must lead by example, not by force. We must talk with our friends and enemies alike. Create jobs through innovation, create a green economy based on clean renewable energy and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. Rebuild our health care system and schools. Make us once again the envy of every country and share our prosperity, freedom and peace with the world.
    We must reject hate. We must truly put "Country first". It's not a slogan, it's a way of life. We can be that shining city on the hill that our forefathers intended us to be.
    We are Americans above all else. We are a family. We set for ourselves high goals and high expectations. We expect our leaders to be the BEST of our people. Don't let us down.

    October 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    This is no time to sit back and relax.

    It's time to work twice as hard now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Obama/Biden in 2008 and beyond!

    October 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Shoot for the Moon, if you miss hang with the Stars !

    "To clarify, the Adler Planetarium requested federal support - which was not funded - to replace the projector in its historic Sky Theater, the first planetarium theater in the Western Hemisphere.... To remain competitive and ensure national security, it is vital that we educate and inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math."

    Linking a planetarium to national security may be a bit of a stretch, but the point is clear: McCain probably shouldn't count on the "science vote" this year.

    October 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. American for obama------

    I'm still not convinced. I'll continue praying.

    October 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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