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. Brandon

    If the numbers hold by Halloween, Obama wins...

    McCain can't stand on the issues...

    McCain can't beat Obama on the issues...

    that's the truth

    October 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. rick

    DIVERSITY!!!!!!.........is what AMERICA is all about and it is good to see a political rally with faces representing different cultures, ages and faiths.

    Go OBAMA!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Palin 2012

    We welcome Palin to get out more, seems like every day we get more and more people on our side... Poor McCain, a really bad jugment

    October 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Wal

    McCain want to balance the budget by 2013.
    The problem is he doesn't know yet how the deficit may looks like in 3 months.
    Bush made the same promise to cut in half in 2004 election and where are we now?

    He said he know how to fix the social security. And the solution is commission. Or he pledge to not raise tax how can he be open to a commission and not open to raise tax in order to fix the social security?

    We saw this movie before ... that will not work again. This year2008 is different.

    October 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Foxhole Atheist

    The McCain camp is running a truly vile campaign. Just disgusting. If I said how I really felt about McCain/Palin and their supporters, I'm sure I'd be breaking some kind of law....

    October 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Ice

    Way to go...:)


    October 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. HelloKitty08

    That's how Barack does it!! Get 'em!!

    October 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Canadian

    Pain and Panic needs to suspend their campaign until Obama fixes the Economy.

    Obama 08 & 12

    October 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. April Garlow

    Has anyone else noticed that as Obama rises in the polls , the stock market drops? I guess he just doesn't inspire confidence for those with experience in the markets.

    October 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. ET from OMAHA

    All the radical stupid red necks are going down.
    People are getting smart now. It's very sad that it has to take the DOW JONES to open people eyes.
    God is with this country. I hope thinks gets better after OBAMA become POTUS

    October 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Rodger

    By election day Obama will lead and win in Montana, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Missouri and of course Virginia, including West Virginia. This will be the biggest Demoratic victory since LBJ and there will be 10 or 11 new Democratic Senator too!!!!
    John McCain and Sarah Palin will put the Republican Party in the worst days of all time!!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Tiff of Lithia Springs

    John can thank his pick of palin, his erratic behavior and negativity.

    October 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Republican Voting OBAMA

    All 50 states for OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    October 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Minnesotan

    I believe "the economy stupid" has something to do with this. But, I can't help at think about how Obama's cool and calm handling of recent crisis vs McCain's freakish and desperate flip flopping all over the place may have resonated with voters enough that.... it no longer was a matter of "who is the real Barack Obama?". Everyone knew who John was and not who Barack was. Getting a look at them both in action has shown a spot light on the fact that McCain is a loose cannon who lacks judgement and Obama is, simply put, way more presidential than his opponent.

    October 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Jack from California

    Well we might get a democrat for president but, we'll have a bankrupt country as the republican legacy.

    I don't know about you all but, i have lost over 60% of my 401K and I'm 64 years old with ailing parents and out-of work kids. Great retirement and all John McCain offers is more of the same – NO THANKS JOHN!

    October 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. sue

    This is pleasant news to hear. After watching and reading how the mccain camp has decided to lower themselves (even further) into the mud. The anger & hate was becoming overwhelming. Mccain is clearly insighting hate-you will have to answer for the Mr Mccain at some point. This cannot be explained away by using your POW static. Or that you are a Maverick..Or after you lose, just turn around a apologize. It is obvious that he has sold his soul & that others have taken over his campaign-if he can't lead his own campaign, wh makes you think he can run the country?
    At his age & medical history he can drop dead any minute-which then he left the country in the hands of an ignorant, stupid (I am through being P.C.)...he has lost his marbles & she is just plain stupid–enough of settling for the least qualified to lead!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. nancy

    What's the problem with Missouri? Seriously.

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Andre

    I guess the hate mongering is not working.

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Canadian Visitor

    Why honestly wouldn't he be ahead when the media keeps repeating the mantra over and over? When those in the media, including CNN keep saying McCain is negative without putting the same criteria to Obama, when the media discuss fact checking with statements where Obama is always true and McCain is always lying, then when oratory skills always make you the better debater by default, then when it is hammered over and over that not voting for Obama means you are a racist, etc. etc. etc. I am surprised the likes of CNN and the rest of the media don't suggest just suspending your elections and crowning him now. It seems in watching this for over a year now it was obvious they decided he would be your next President right from the start.

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. mona

    Is West Virginia a swing state? Or is this a mistake?

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Muckinello

    Seems as MCain strategy of turning the page from the economy to focus solely on personal attacks is not paying off. Did the American voters finally "graduate" from the usual attack politics?

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Nick, Rochester, NY

    The best thing that can happen to Conservatism is to let Obama make a bad situation infinitely worse during the next four years. Predictions: First, Obama will not be able to raise any taxes and will be forced to continue the Bush tax cuts and still end up with unemployment over 8% by 2010 (mid-term election). He will have to reneg on health care. Second, within six months following the election Obama will face a geopolitical catastrophe in the Middle East.
    I cannot wait to wipe out the Democrats in 2010 and make Barack a toy of the Republican congressional majority.

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. prince

    GOOD NEWS!!!


    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Shirley-Ohio

    That because Obama is listening to the American people and not Sean Hannity and Fox news who is running McCain's campagine.

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Preco, NY

    America, hope of the free world is awake at last!!!

    McCain has continously shown how erratic and out of touch he really is. How on earth did he stumble on Sarah Palin?

    The challenges of the 21st century requires the leader of the free world to be one who can form alliances with other world leaders, be able to free America from the dependece on foreign oil, strengthen the US Economy , build and sustain a modern and well equipped military, use the military only when America is threatened ( not fight personal agenda)

    McCain has shown he is not ready for the 21st century – he is living in denial, McCain has proven that he is erratic, McCain has proven ( with a most outrageous VP pick) to think of his ambitions first.

    McCain, my friend (or is it fellow prisoner?) I got news for you , you are not only out of touch you are completely clueless!!!

    God bless America.

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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