October 16th, 2008
04:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Polls going in wrong direction for McCain


New state polls show McCain continues to slide in key battleground states. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - John McCain continues to lose ground in three battleground states, new CNN polls of polls out Thursday suggest.

According to the new surveys, McCain is still slipping in Pennsylvania, Florida, and even Colorado - a state that hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992.

In the new Pennsylvania poll of polls, McCain now trails Barack Obama by a 13 point margin, 53-40 percent. That deficit is up from 12 points in a poll of polls released earlier this week.

In Florida, the state that handily voted for President Bush in 2004, McCain trails Obama by 4 points in the latest CNN poll of polls, 49-45 percent. That's up from a 3 point gap there over the weekend.

And in Colorado, a longtime Republican stronghold where McCain has held the advantage for months, the new CNN poll of polls shows Obama on top by 6 percentage points, 50-44 percent. Earlier this week, Obama held a 5-point lead over McCain.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Deb in Colo


    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |

    The "Peace Train" is heading in the right direction. Pile on.

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. ez

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. tulsa

    “He wanted to spread his wealth around. What does that mean? He wants the government to take Joe’s money and give it to somebody else, “McCain said as the crowd booed.

    And did McCain tell them to stop booing?

    Remember that 700BILLION you voted for? Who's money is that John, Where's that going?
    And your buyout for bad mortgages,,,,, Who's money is that? Who is that going to?

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Clinton Supporter for Obama

    Didn't Joe Liberman just say McCain is on the road to victory? I think Joe Liberman needs to look up the definition of victory.

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Yeah!. Stay focussed everyone, and ignore Palin and McCain.

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Darrel from Denver

    Wrong direction for McCain. Right direction for the country.

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Proud to be American

    Yes polls look good but the real polls counts on the 4th ... now we know who you state you are voting for but do the darn thing!!!! Don't forget to vote on the 4th!!!!!

    Obama and Biden 2008!!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. John in Ohio

    Even the Fox News polls have Obama 7 points over McCain, and they also have McCain at about 39%. No other polls are friendly, but you know that a Fox News poll, if it could be slanted for the Republican, would be. When Fox polls of the popular vote and Fox polls of the battleground states show Obama winning, it isn't reflecting a liberal media bias, it's reflecting the fact that Obama is gonna win.

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Jeanette

    The early voting polls are staggering! Long lines at every poll... with people patiently waiting the 3 hours to vote.
    This election is going to be huge – and I'm proud to say I cast my first ever vote for democrats today... Barack Obama and Joe Biden!
    God Bless them both, and God Bless the USA.

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Accountant Guy

    America is finally starting to see the truth. Barack and Joe are the only ones that can lead us through this mess that Bush has got us into!! Keep going strong, we are almost there!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. John Is A Moron

    Great news, now let's hurry up and vote.

    I can't wait forever to get rid of George W. Bush and his cronnies John McBush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice and all the other henchmen.

    It will be a happy day. I plan to buy every newspaper that has John's face on it. The face that will say "What happened, my friends?".

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. David, Silver Spring, MD

    McCain has been selling Bush brand. Now he's trying to put a new label on it, saying "I'm not Bush." But you know what they say about lipstick and pigs....

    McCain said to Obama last night, "If you want to run against Bush, why didn't you run in 2004?" In response, I would say to McCain: "If you think Bush's policies are so bad, why didn't you run against them in 2004?"

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Chi4Obama

    If the McCain campaign were a stock, I would advise to SELL...now!

    October 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Overseas Obama supporter

    Didn't he have Obama "right where he wanted him"? So why if the polls are still going in the same direction, would it be 'wrong'?

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. wycliffe, NJ

    Joe the plumber was a McCain Camp Plant and ABCNEWS.COM reported that he did not pay his taxes from last year.
    Joe the Plumber is also a relative to Charles Keating

    CNN find this facts and report as they are. McCain Campaign is planning to exploit last night debate moments about Joe and they need to know facts.

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Kate

    Like I said in the other article below where McCain was in the suburbs of Philly today...I live in PA, I don't know anyone who is voting for McCain. He is wasting his money and time here.

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Shane

    Don't worry, McCain, you'll still win Oklahoma, Utah, and Alabama.

    When will you pull out of Pennsylvania to focus on the few red states that are left?

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    No...No...that is the right direction

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Tam in CO

    As a Coloradan, you can count me in the 50% range. A McCain/Palin White House would be disasterous for our country

    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Baze

    McCain is a gimmicky poser who simply wants to trick us into voting for him. And he says he's not Bush. Enough is enough!


    October 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. AM in VA

    The only ads I've seen for McCain in Va have been negative.

    October 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Chi4Obama

    So I guess this mean that Obama has been winning the Debates (wink:-).

    October 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Florida or Bust

    To All Americans:

    If you can go to Florida within the next two weeks, go. We need all the help we can get to vote for Barack Obama. I'm going next week, and I hope you will go as well.

    Don't forget to vote. Let's take our country back from George Bush and John McBush. We can do it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Doug D

    Somehow I am not surprised that CNN "poll of polls" which cherry picks which polls to use shows Obama leading so readily.

    After all CNN has already declared Obama the winner. They proudly host his ads. They provide unpaid advertisement in the form of story after story that have pro-Dem or anti-Rep features.

    They declare him the winner of a debate when a panel of undecided say they would lean toward voting for McCain rather than lean toward voting for Obama by 3 to 1, with 2 still unconvinced by either canidate.

    But if you want him so badly, I'm sure you just might get what you wish for. And may the gods help us all when you do.

    October 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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