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. Chris

    Barring a monumental watershed moment (like a terrorist attack) and barring racial prejudices inside the voting booth we don't yet know about, it will be extraordinarily difficult for McCain to win this election.

    October 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Chris K

    The more John McCain and his surrogates go negative the larger the gap is going to be. McCain just doesn't seem to get it that people are tired of this old-style politics. Barack Obama has run an honorable campaign and has acted presidential throughout the process. McCain's erratic behavior makes it clear that he would be a risky choice for president. Add to that the fact that McCain showed incredibly poor judgement in selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate.

    October 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. TangoDancer

    Hang in there Barack! We're giving it everything that we can for you in Ohio. It's been a brutal battle here and for a long time it seemed that this lead in the polls – though small – would never have been possible. You're an inspiration for us, and that is what has kept us going through this long journey. We'll be there for you in full force on November 4th. You can count on that.

    October 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. georgia

    I think McCain"s campaign is hurting itself with unnecessary negativity & extreme devisive rhetoric .

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

    duh...polls!

    October 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    ERRATIC- 1. Having no fixed or regular course; wandering.
    2. Lacking consistency, regularity, or uniformity: an erratic heartbeat.
    3. Deviating from the customary course in conduct or opinion; eccentric: erratic behavior.

    Thats MCCain/Pailn it dosen't seem dirty to say that about him, its just how McCain/Pailn are E R R AT I C yeah that's correct

    CNN I DID A FREE FACT CHECK FOR YOU!

    October 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. American

    McCain is an angry man who makes decisions too easily and quickly. I can't vote for him because I need to know that we will be kept safe and not brough into a WWIII. I don't trust McCain. I think he will start more wars.

    October 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Sandy

    VOTE DEMOCRATS DOWN THE ROLL– NO MORE GOP's

    now post this CNN!!

    October 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. MCCAIN 08

    ACTUALLY IN OTHER POLLS MCCAIN IS ONLY ONE OR TWO POINTS BEHIND.DEMS IN FOR BIG SURPRISE NOV.4 HA HA SO WHATS UP BIAS CNN POLL OF POLLS. URRRR A JOKE.

    October 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. JL

    Obama will win. A lot of people have already cast their ballots for him via absentee and early voting.

    October 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain in Wisconsin today was ask if he is elected president will he hold those responsible for the mortgage problems. McCain answered yes, and I know who they are and he went on to name Congressman Frank and Dodd but he failed to name his own son, Andrew McCain who was CEO over Silver Bank that failed in August '08; his son quit 2 months before it's failure. This is the Honorable Senator McCain who did nothing to warn Silver Bank investors before they lost their money and McCain had to know, he was in Arizona every weekend during this time. FACT.

    October 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    I wish it was November 4! Or better yet, the 5th, so we'd be celebrating President Obama's election to POTUS Can't wait to vote early for this fantastic Dem ticket!
    YES WE CAN!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Jim

    Enjoy your retirement, McCentury!

    Hey, Cariboo Barbie! I can see the failure of your political career from my house!

    Buh-bye!

    October 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. agnes

    This is looking like a landslide. I will go and volunteer at my local Democratic HQ as many days of the week that I can. Si se puede!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Barbara

    Yes I sure hope that it stays there. I just heard on Fox that Palin Husband was the one suppose who wanted wooten fired. Says she didn't know about it, Said he kept her in the dark. Yea Right and I just bought that bridge to nowhere in Alaska. YOu can't make me think she is mrs. Clean the way she talks at some of those rallies. She insites Riots mudsling, name calling. I'm voteing for Obama.

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. C A

    In control is right. This race is over!

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. No McSame

    Time for the McCain hate machine to pull out of MN, WI, OH, WV, VA, NH, MO, PA, NC, IN, MO & FL.

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Logic

    Advise to McCain:

    Put Country 1st : Have Palin resign and select the best Republican candidate for the job. This is the public's main reason for not trusting your judgment.

    Tell the Truth : Stop the lies, fear-mongering and respect your opponent. If you can't respect your adversary, you are no different than Bush.

    Be A Maverick : Get rid of all the lobbyists and bush smear gurus in your campaign and then we may see you as a real maverick of the 2000s.

    Then maybe you could win !!!

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. bakari

    IF YOU LOOK IN MCSAMES EYES THE ONLY THING YOU SEE IS HATE. DESPARATION. HE WANT IT BAD AND HE WILL DO OR SAY ANYTHING TO GET IT. WELL MCSAME WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH NO MCSAME NO PALIN.

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. D&D

    Sprint time and photo finish, Obama wins!

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Lori

    I wanted to go to this rally so bad!

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Griff

    If he win's. America loses.. and the rest of the Word Wins...
    The Cash is just disapearing out of your Market. the more you talk about this Guy...

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. bernice

    That's because he keeps hiding behind Sarah and Cindy!!!

    BTW - after all their comments lately, I think their acronym should be AWW (angry white women)!!!

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    geeeeeeez did you see that?

    WEST VIRGINIA (!!!!!!!!!!!): OBAMA +8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yiha, Obama/Biden in a landslide

    Roll on, guys :D

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Mack

    Ok, West Virginia??? Look at the methodology of these polls..Most are weighted in favor of democrats..Another words they are polling about 10% more dems than repubs and independents...this is giving Obama a fake lead..Its all there to see if you look at their web-sites, why is this not reported.

    October 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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