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. Sensible Woman for "That One"

    We have got to help out the home owners!

    I don't want someone that spreads hatred and who takes six years to graduate college. This great country must not be dragged down with words of fear and violence. We are better than that.

    While I respect McCain's veteran status he is too risky to run this country. His violent personality and non directions is not what we need. In another year his nonsense may fly but I care too much about my family, my kids, and my country.

    "That One"/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Sandra, Oregon

    Polls are one thing and in a fair and just world the election would be controversy free, but after the 2004 stolen election of "W" who got us into the mess we're in now, we're still uneasy knowing the republican party and their cohorts will stoop to any level and break any law to keep the their party in power no matter how old or incompetent they are (i.e. dumb and dumber). Watching Sarah's lack of knowledge about anything except being a maverick is frightening and I believe McCain was truly irresponsible to not only his party but all of the american people when he chose her simply because she could wear a dress and lipstick. Beauty nly get you so far but she has to read and be informed as well ... wink, wink.

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. JuTon

    Go Obama/Biden!!!!! Keep up the good work Obama and McCain keep on attacking negatively...it just makes Obama look really appealing to the Independents and the Republicans!

    Obama/Biden 2008 and 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Dennis

    November 4th cannot come soon enough. We need to get beyond "silly season", end the destructive and divisive debate between parties, candidates and the media and get on with solving this country's very real challenges.

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Jeff


    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. mike

    west virginia? now that would be VERY surprising.

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. William

    Look at that picture.. Its a snap shoot of the real america.. A very diversified group of people.. Get use to it republicans.. I know you are use to your 99% white rallies but that is not america anymore.. And if keep up with your negative ways, you can give up any chance of winning in 2012..

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. KP from Canada

    Obama in control? More everyday; McCain out of control? (how disappointing). More every day. Canada (ok, the WORLD) has a huge stake in the outcome of this election and quite quickly it's becoming apparent that Senator McCain and his side-kick are two of a kind – full of venomous words without merit and even less substance when it comes to the real issues facing ALL of us globally – Good luck, our neighbours!

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Ex Republ

    Obama up in West Virgina?!?!!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Meg Madison

    Let's hope that it stays that way! The McCain/Palin ticket and their band of hate mongers continue to inflame crowds with inuendo and fear, appealing to the darkest places in the human psyche. I'm scared to death that one of their lunatic fringe supporters will try and get rid of Barack Obama permanently...the threats began at the very beginning of his candidacy and this insane furor is igniting the hatred again. THEY NEED TO BE STOPPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Bob

    This is really good news!!

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Patriot

    Take THAT, John McCain! The American people are tired of the same failed polices of the past 8 years, and they are tired of the Repug "fear and smear" tactics you are now using.

    My question is this: If you are such a courageous leader, such a "maverick," and believe so strongly in the lies you are spreading about Obama, then WHY DIDN'T YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO MAKE THESE ACCUSATIONS TO HIS FACE AT THE DEBATE?

    Senator McCain, I have no reservations whatsoever in calling you a coward and a dishonorable, desperate man. And to think I used to like you!

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Jeff


    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. C from STL

    welcome president obama....

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. George

    Keep going Obama, we're 1000% behind you!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. American for obama------

    Weat Virginia? now that is something

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. JD in NC

    Stilll, the Republican party will sue, sue, sue to try an wrest some electoral votes away.

    Protect your votes folks, vote early.

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. LLM from MD

    THE COUNTRY IS WAKING UP!! THIS HATE, FEAR-MONGERING will not work this TIME AROUND!! The American people are all grown-up now this not 2000 or 2004!!!!!!!!


    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. s.positive

    the RNC must be made history for putting America in this position. That is the only punishment they deserve

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. mississippi librarian

    Thats because most people with at least half a wit can see through the lies, scare tactics and negative campaigning that mccain is doing. He even has the dummy sarah palin trying to throw mud, she does not have the sense to answer a simple question correctly, yet she has the audacity to try and insult other people! Go figure how cindy mccain can stay sober long enough to accuse Obama of the nastiest campaign, she must have been drunk, that would be the only reason she can't see what her husband is doing.

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Sandy


    now post this CNN

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. John Foster

    John McCain and Sarah Palin can read these poll numbers too. Which is maybe why they're resorting to scare tactics and looking more and more desperate on the campaign trail.

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Susan

    It's the ECONOMY Stupid!!! stay focused Senator Obama, you're needed more than ever!!

    God Bless.

    October 9, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Just Decided

    When you have integrity, it shows in the polls.

    But the fight isn't over, we need to win it. Show up or we will lose.

    Vote Obama

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. C!


    OBAMA / BIDEN `08

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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