October 9th, 2008
05:18 PM ET
6 years ago

New polls show Obama in control

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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. Beverlee Wisconsin

    Not only in control of the polls, but in control of himself and THAT is what we need in leadership as a President!

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Peggy Munro

    God does not like ugly and evil.

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Laila

    Ooooh yes we can!!!!
    buh-bye Repubs!

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Matt

    Anybody can read the polls. Why aren't you covering the more important stories like voter fraud?

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

    Senator Barak Obama’s message of change and his courage to take on the challenges of the 21rst Century are not based on the past but the future of this country. This reinforces my confidence in him as a leader. Senator Obama’s message is a new message which does not seek to identify with the past or with past presidents' successes. His vision of change and grasp of the issues that face Americans in the 21rst century are evident. He has not built his resume on the past successes of others. He has looked at the failures and is willing to lead this country in a new direction based on lessons learned. So when I heard Jeff Greenfield on CBS after the Tuesday, 10/7 debate make the statement, "Senator Obama channeling Bill Clinton" I am amazed. Senator Barack channels no one unless perhaps the hopes of many Americans.

    If Senator Obama is elected, I believe he will become one of those presidents that future presidential Candidates will strive to emulate.

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Rick

    Remember four years ago when John Kerrey was way ahead of Bush in the polls and lost? These polls mean nothing and most of them are in the margin of error. And besides these polls are biased.

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Bob L

    It would be a landslide for Obama. McSame, McBush, McInsane offers nothing new. It is an insult to American intelligence to pick Palin as his VP. She will regret ever accepting the nomination.

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. AB

    Obama won't win unless you REMEMBER to VOTE!

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Alisha, MN

    GO OBAMA...Although the only poll that matters is NOV 4th. Please don't get comfortable with the lead. Every single vote counts!

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Jeremy

    I don't understand how Obama can be in the lead after this economy mess he, acorn, Frank, Pelosie and the other left wingers made this mess.

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Michael

    This has the makings of an Electoral College wipeout. The GOP loves to talk about "revolutions" (see, e.g., Gingrich Revolution in 1994; Buchanan's "Pitchfork Brigagde" in 2000).

    Well, let's give them revolution!

    October 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. kayla

    SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE SEN. OBAMA. SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE. STAY FOCUS, STAY FOCUS.

    October 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Hana

    This may be the making of October surprise. Obamanisation is needed in all red states.

    October 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. vh

    it keeps getting better everyday. those repugs. are really starting to become erractic just like their candidate. obama 08

    October 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Ohio for obama

    The more they attack us the more we move up in the polls.

    The more McCain and his supporters get desperate by clinging on to the Ayers story, the more we move up in the polls.

    McCain supporters are now perciving McCain as weak for not mentioning Ayres and Accorn. But the fact is that McCain cant really mention it , because he knows that Obama had nothing to do with this issues and McCaiin just doesnt have any facts to base his arguments on. This is a losing battle.

    Poor and desperate John McCain, Maybe 2012 years oops you would be too old, and Palin is just too unintelligent to run for office.

    The more you attack us the more we move forward.

    God bless America.

    Vote Obama/Biden.

    October 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Heath

    Can we skip the formalities and usher in the era of Obama.

    October 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Lisa, MD

    YEAH !!!!!! GOD ID GOOD :-)

    October 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. steve in florida

    Grumpy Johnny is getting grumpier by the day...shades of Bob Dole? You can put lipstick on a moose...but it's still a moose. Obamarama is in full swing...party on! Obama/Biden 2008

    October 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. mmd

    I can not believe that Obama leads in WV. There is hope for America.
    WV the new bell show me state. macain/palin slime has turned off the people of WV.

    October 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Dan S

    God please let EVERYONE show up to vote on Nov. 4th! If we get a land slide it will be so much easier to begin to unify this country.

    Obama 08

    October 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Obuabuo

    It is time we Americans rise up and reject fear. We ought to be brave enough to stand up and embrace real change. I for one will be voting for "THAT ONE".

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Sashka Yakimova

    May the Lord bless us with the presidency of Barack Obama!

    If McCain-Palin win (God forbid!) this will be the end of the United States of America as we know it.

    October 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Brian Thompson

    Regardless of pole numbers we the people must vote! Do not think for one minute that anything has been decided, because we have seen poles be very wrong.

    I was at a rally in Jacksonville, FL and was surprised by the turnout. My only concern was the large turnout would give false hope and leave some not to vote on election day. Do not be fooled.

    VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

    If you do nothing else make sure you go and vote.

    October 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Xavier

    Go Barack, go!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. just like Hillary said, "No way, No How, No McCain No Palin"

    West Virginia?

    Are you serious?

    There are so many impoverished white bigots in West Virginia it's not even funny-

    If Obama is leading there, McCain has no prayer of winning.

    October 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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