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. Carol

    I am disgusted by the abondonment of US economic principles by both parties.

    I never thought I would say this because I was so upset after Gore lost, but...


    He is the only candidate that doesn't want to invade anyone either!

    October 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    American thinking is changing for the better. It is time for hate to stop and put real change in Washington.


    October 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Puffin

    As a Republican, I pray, pray for Obama to win. Can't imagine the angry old man McCain with his lunatic Palin governing anything. Sorry.

    October 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. jim martin

    WHEN IS CNN GOING TO COVER THE ACORN SCANDAL? Tax money going to leftists so they can steal the election! And what a joke these fact checkers are. We need a fact checker to check them.

    October 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Clinton

    C'mon Missouri... Get on board! You're the "Show-Me" state. Show me you're better than this. You can do it!

    October 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Billy

    Obama has rallys filled with hope and optimism.

    McCain has hate rallys.

    October 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. opeluboy

    These polls are extremely conservative. The gap is much wider. My fear is that the media is manipulating the voters into thinking it's closer than it really is. And now we're hearing about the mythical "Bradley Effect," giving the Republicans yet another out when they try to steal the election.

    Obama supporters, do not become complacent or over-confident.

    October 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Independent in NC

    In response to the closed NRA thread below...

    The reason people are concerned about gun control and Obama is that he wants to have decisions on gun ownership made at the state level. That is an issue because it would contradict the 2nd Amendment rights, and could possibly allow states to deny people those rights. It's not that Obama has said he wants to take them away, but that by moving it to the state level, it would be theoratically easier to do so.

    For anyone thinking "no way," please remember that Roe v Wade was a states' rights issue, and the SC found that a state could not deny an abortion to a woman because of right to privacy. Now, although the whole basis of reasoning for RvW is shaky (there is no actual right to privacy guaranteed in the Constitution, I believe it is in the due process clause), it's the same principle. If RvW were overturned, the decision would go back into the hands of states. If Obama moves the decisions to the state level, states could theoretically enact bans.

    Any cases could be taken to the SC, but given the appeals process, it could take years to have a decision overturned. So it's not a bunch of "right-wing nutjobs clinging to their guns," there is an actual legal argument behind their concern.

    CNN, please post, it would be nice to have a few thoughtful responses in with the name calling and ranting.

    October 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Oren

    One other point, get the facts on the whole ACORN scandal. It is about VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD, not VOTER FRAUD! ACORN goes out and hires people in need of a job to go out and sign up low income people to vote. Some of those people that are hired find it is easier to make up people instead of going out and actually finding and signed up real people and ACORN always reports any registration forms that appear suspicious, in fact they reported it to the government before they were raided. None of those fraudulent registrations will ever be added to voter rolls since most if not all of the fraudulent forms have made up Social Security Numbers. It is NOT Voter Fraud. Two completely different things.... get informed!

    October 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. tell the truth

    I know people would starting look at facts before Nov. They have no choices because the must look at there bank account. This is not about the color of your skin but about the color in your bank account. People will vote for green

    October 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |

    Now if Obama has a 8 point lead in WV we know times are a changin! I mean that in a good sense, I just pray that McCain's last ditch stunt of interjecting race and fear does not affect them.

    My message to WV and other areas that suffer from racism and other fears of others is that they hold strong and continue to resist the evil desperation of the McCain camp.




    October 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. Kevin from Seattle

    The days can't go fast enough. GO OBAMA!!

    October 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Janet American Abroad

    The Truths will set us free!

    October 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Abby

    I guess the country is saying Thanks, but No Thanks to hate and yes please to HOPE.

    Obama 08!

    October 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Puffin

    CNN- is there something wrong with my e-mail address? What is going on? I cannot post anything not even 'HI"

    I truly would like to know. Thank you, in advance, for your explanation.

    October 9, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. JamesBRO

    Yo cuz why you dont put my comments. you want 4 more year of dumb bush. i got no problem with stealing votes from the republicons. i like that acorn group cause they gona get Obama in there

    October 9, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Obama in Cali

    Let's continue to work.... there are still 3 weeks left and we can't get complacent! We need to ensure an Obama WIN come Nov. 4th. So make sure you get the word out to VOTE!!! We can't allow others to do it for us!

    October 9, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Beverly

    I just heard of the voter fraud involving ACORN. I understand that ACORN has been under investion prior to the influx of voter registration.

    Now, based on the POLL OF POLLS on your station, OBAMA has a signifcant lead over MC CAIN. Why would MR. OBAMA get involve with voter fraud when he is in the lead. Who would have most to gain by fraudulent voter application? REPBULICANS! and accuse this act on ACORN which in term would involve OBAMA. ACORN catered to many poor people, who normally would not come out to vote. Most poor people will vote DEMOCRAT. PLEASE CNN DO WHAT YOU DO BEST – INVESTICATE THIS.

    October 9, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Paula, Los Angeles CA

    Keep going!! There's no time to lose!!

    This one will be voting for "That One!"

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!

    October 9, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. DAVID

    I pray that Obama/Biden win this election because I donot want leaders like Mccain/Palin who inciting their supporters on their campaign stops to scream out "Kill HIm" Terroist and encouraging HATE from their supporters God knows I donot want leaders to encourage hate and people to kill others. Republicans had said they are conserative Chrisitans I can'nt believe that the real Chrisitans will sit back and allow this from Mccain/Palin!!!!! This is not the values that I would have my family to look too.

    October 9, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Ken Kreis in IA

    Debbie – "The 10 point Wisconsin poll is correct. Things started to shift here about 2 weeks ago. In the last week, the support for Obama has been growing very quickly here."

    Good to hear my home state is going to vote using their heads.

    October 9, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. nganenu

    Ohio, ohio, Ohio! You are lacking behind. You have to remember Russert. Were he alive, he would have reminded the old lady about her responsibility. Ohio has to make history. Ohio shoud stop an erratic old angry hawk. ohio should give America the best and that is Obama.

    October 9, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    At least Obama is talking about the issues that matter most to the American people-the economy. McCain and his wife and his V.P. all are talking how to bring Obama down. That is why Obama is leading in the polls. Thank you!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |


    October 9, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. hd

    OBAMA'S CRUSHIN' 'EM...!!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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