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. Jayson

    Party... My place... Nov 4th and Jan 20th!

    October 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Ex-Republican for Obama

    When McCain loses, it will be due to his failed 26 years in the Senate. Doing NOTHING for us except getting cozy with lobbyists and scandals, turning on veterans and their benefits, blue collar workers, tax payers, home owners and stock investors. When you only protect the top 5% of the population, it's hard to pretend 'Country First'.

    October 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Steve

    Roll on Obama roll!!!!! We can get things on track again in America. Stay positive! Stay strong! Ignore the hateful words from palin and whatshisname....we can do it!

    October 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Laszlo in L.A.

    2008 is the new 1976. While the Bush administration is about as popular now as the disgraced Nixon administration was then, the new president will have to deal with unemployment, inflation, an energy crisis and in all likelihood, Iran.

    My opinion is that the GOP today simply lacks the education, temperment and energy to govern with anything but an angry, divisive style. The Republicans largely have themselves to blame, not Bill Ayers.

    October 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. J.L.McLaughlin

    West Virginia Is Not RED! As a middleage white male West Virginian, I can't understand why CNN's Maps show WV as McCain country. It's time that you realize that WV's Have Common Sense! We will vote for the Man, by his ideas, his lifes struggles, his intelligence, he shows that he has the common sense needed to put this country back on track. We'll vote for the man, the Leader, The next President of this great country Senator Obama.

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



    October 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Jake, San Francisco

    Cnn never posts my comments!
    Is it because i'm from the west?
    common now show me so love.

    Barack is going to win this thing but I'm still surprised that there are folks out there willing to vote for John McCain and especially Gov. Barbie Moose!

    Is there any reason why this should not be posted?

    October 9, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Brad

    Good for Obama! I'm glad that McCain's fearmongering tactics are not working. We don't need another xenophobic racist in the White House, especially those like McCain and Palin!

    October 9, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Kristina, Seattle

    Becky: No, Obama is not LEADING in West Virginia. But he is closing the gap (which is amazing enough).

    October 9, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Ann

    I am so confused. I read these polls and Obama is up by 11 points nationally in one or only 3 in another one. In some states, he is up by 8 points and down by 1 in diffent polls in the same state.

    How do you really know how well Obama is doing?

    October 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. La Raza

    You can't stop "the movement."

    October 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Karen

    Don't rest on polls! Make sure and knock on every Obama door to get out the vote. If you move into complacenecy we can still lose!

    October 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Let me ask the fine people on this thread a simple question:

    What scares you more: losing your house, another depression, being constantly in a state of war...

    ...or a black man with an unusual name in the White House?

    Unless you picked the last option, I doubt you care very much about anything the McCain camp has been saying for the last week.

    October 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Bob

    Obama up = Dow down
    Investors, Business people run and hide your money Obama is up in the polls.

    October 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. rauerba

    who says, "let's hear how Obama is going to solve the economic crisis?????

    who says, "i haven't heard anything concrete from either candidate"??????

    are you people listening????

    john mccain: i will do it.... i know how... i can... "whatever"
    THAT ONE has specifically outlined his plan to get us out of this mess...

    Listen to the man and his words and you will hear....

    OBAMA 08

    October 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. BBANN

    Could America finally see the light – according to the Polls. Are the facts staring you in the face?. McCain/Bush in office for eight "years" and what state are we in today?? McCain mentality will not change. You can't put New wine in old skins.

    October 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. S. Boatman

    Dont Let The Good News About The Polls Get You Complacent! Its Not Over Until You Actually Vote! Until Then Donate A Few Dollars! Im Willing To Stand In The Snow All Day To Make Sure I Cast My Vote For Obama!

    October 9, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    California Voter, I just heard that most of these registration problems are against Democratic voters! There is something fishy going on alright. It 's that same fishiness that went on in Florida! These Republicans are desperate! They will do whatever it takes to win this race. The country needs to be on guard at all times! I keep saying that we need to be out in Force to vote for Obama. It needs to be so many of us that there is no way that they can call it close and or cheat us our President again!!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Sumi, CA

    My brother (while laughing) just told me Fox News is showing McCain ahead in all polls (LMAO). I just voted for Obama/Biden an hour ago and have submitted my absentee ballot.

    October 9, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. BRM

    I can't wait until this is all over and be able to witness Barack Obama become elected as the next president of the US. I'm sick of the McCain/Palin campaign and all its desperate surrogates, including their cronies on the radio (Hannity, Limbaugh, et al) and that certain unfair and unbalanced, unethical Fox News.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 9, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. Empire, CO

    There is one "surge" that is working...Obama's lead in the polls! Go Barack!

    October 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. JayT.

    Before all the hate mongers start their ignorant posts on why they are so afraid of Obama and why we should be, and, then they offer their inane reasons why Obama is winning through deception, research how much Obama is outworking McCain in all these states. Your guy McCain has rolled over and that isn't Obama's fault. Place blame where it belongs. McCain hasn't offered a coherent plan since the economy began its sharpest descent because that would take effort and work and for those who have walked into their fortune like McCain has, they don't the meaning of those two words.

    October 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Steve

    So, in other words, people care more about steady leadership and economic change than they care about a Sixties radical.

    Who'da thunk it?

    October 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. Tracey

    I bet this Acorn situation is another investigation put forth by the "republicans!" The RNC last week was suppose to be investigation the Obama campaign for its donors. Are we really surprised? This is what happens when, "your out of touch, out of ideas, and running out of time."

    October 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. David

    The McCain/Palin campaign is bankrupt – all they have left is name-calling. But, never underestimate the Republican's ability to win despite the will of the people.

    October 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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