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. Listen Up...

    heard a woman on the radio today talking about how she was accosted by a McCain supporter in the ugliest way because she had on an Obama T-shirt. This white man attacked a white woman in a way that she feared for her life…over her freedom to express her political preference. The democratic primary was heated, but not to this temperature. McCain is playing to the lowbrow crowd and telling them it is OK to hate and fear this man not because of his policies (that can change), but things that can't change like his skin, name and blood line. McCain is UNWORTHY.

    This is the effect of the McCain/Palin dirty war. Someone is going to get hurt and if they do I hope the victims of this war sue the pants off that campaign for inciting violence. The media needs raise their voices about this before it is too late.

    October 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Independent but Leaning

    Wow, this going to be awesome when Obama loses... I can't wait to see what kind of lawsuits he files before conceding.

    October 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Turnabout is fair play

    California Voter October 9th, 2008 6:17 pm ET

    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.

    For you to say this means you are not LISTENING at all to what Obama has said, especially in the last debate in which he laid out specifics on his plans and spending proposals. You are deliberately tuning it out so that you can say thoughtless baloney like this on the blogs. Grow up.

    October 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Joseph Adewole

    Even United States of America is changing its old Planes to the New sofiscated ones; someone that has to make that right decision should be a very young and intelligent.

    October 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. GW= The Worst President In Modern History

    If the polls were a fight someone would have to stop it.

    Thank you America. We are FINALLY saying in one voice ENOUGH of the George Bush poliices. ENOUGH, ENOUGH, ENOUGH!

    Obama/Biden 08, 12

    October 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    Okay that's great...Now if we can keep Sarah Palin talking un-scripted to the media, we will have it in the bag. 🙂

    October 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. JamesBRO

    now we can get obama cause bad news is good news

    OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA go acorn more votes for OBAMA!

    October 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Loud&Proud

    This momentum of dems must roll into the voting booth on Nov.4th, down the streets, thru the halls, up the rivers, down the mountains and across this entire country. Make this happen.. if we are going to survive and live long enough to collect our Social Security.
    Once elected, let's hold him to his words, and help him with his promises. Join in and help make it a brighter place for the next eight years.

    October 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Rick

    Let the two mavericks ride off into the sunset....

    October 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Boisepoet

    What you said...kudos

    October 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. bernice

    Work Harder Work Stronger Work !Work! to get the Vote Out for the Intelligent Ticket!! Vote Obama/Biden

    October 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. kyra

    I'm voting for "That One" not the Old One...

    Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. American Vet

    When will people see that one Obama gets ahead the Dow tanks?
    People are afraid of his tax policy. Its just silly.
    Its his capital gains tax!

    October 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Carol in Rural Durham Maine

    Obama was right. Americans are too smart to listen to the trash spewing from the McCain camp.
    Issues and leadership are what we need not 6 pack Palin and blatent scum lies.
    America has awoken and it truly is a magnificant giant. So proud!!

    October 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. We Will We Will Barack You

    What's up Montana–come on over where the water is fine.

    True and Blue in America.


    October 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. JamesBRO

    you here about the secret spys try to spy on obamas friend bill ayres and revernd wright cause they to destroy obama

    OBAMA 08

    October 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. JP Los Alamos, NM

    Well said tulsa. Your comments deserve wider circulation than as a comment to this article.

    October 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. MJ

    I would like to see our troops withdrawn from Iraq responsibly and brought home SAFELY!!

    I would like for ALL AMERICANS to be able to afford HEALTH CARE.

    I would like for all OUR CHILDREN to get a GREAT EDUCATION and be able to go COLLEGE and have the AMERICAN DREAM.

    I would like for us to go into Afganistan or Pakistan and TAKE OUT BIN LADEN PERMANENTLY, so that AMERICA and it citizens are SAFE

    I would like for our ECONOMY to grow and prosper AGAIN.

    I would like for us to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and energy. I would like for us not just talk about alternative energy source. NOT JUST TALK ABOUT IT, DO IT.

    I would like for everyone to get out and VOTE on NOVEMBER 4TH

    Obama/ Biden

    October 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. cecil

    Follow The Yellow Brick Road McCain!

    Palin She's Melting, Time For Her To Head Back To The "AIP" Pals!

    October 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. VA will go BLUE!!!!!!!!!

    This is great, but the poll that matters is the one on Nov. 4th. GO VOTE!!!!!!!

    Obama 08

    October 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Scott Welborn

    The sad thing is folks....as Obama's numbers go up, the stock market and our economy go down. The economy becomes more uncertain with Obama at the helm. The Democrats ran their congressional campaigns 2 years ago on a "put us in the majority, and we will end the war and bring our troops home" slogan. What was their first order of business when they got the majority in both houses?....They voted to continue funding the war. Say one thing to get elected....do another thing when you get into power. Obama is promising without a plan that will work. He is a gifted orator, but that is where his leadership and experience end. For the love of America....VOTE FOR JOHN McCAIN, the truest leader our country has.

    October 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Susan

    I'm a ticked off Democrat and I VOTE!!!!

    Barack the Vote 2009

    October 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. JW

    Finally, "The Awakening of America." Hallelujah!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. linda from South Dakota

    obama is a man whose cool and calm,, when things get tuogh,, which mccain is loseing it,, and doin whatever he has to .. to get votes,, people really need to wise up and realize that mccain only tells you part of things,, only the parts he wants you to know,, if you read the rest of the story, you realize that obamas plan is alot better than mccain,, that shows mccain as a liar and who wants that?? surely not me,, my vote still goes to obama/biden

    October 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Tony




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