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. CB

    Polls don't mean anything...

    ...and I'm voting for Obama...

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

    The end is near....everyone be sure to spread the word to everyone to not forget to actual put the final nail in the coffin at the polls on 11/4.

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. alvino

    John McCain continues to show us why he should not be president. His lack of understanding of the issues facing us, his continual lies about his opponents, his choice of a vp candidate, and his downright nastiness make him not ready for the job. How would you train an 72 year old who definitely needs 'on the job training'?

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Bulldog

    McCain and Palin are just bad for this country, plain and simple. If people buy into the smears and fears just like they did with Bush for the last 2 elections then those people deserve what they get.

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Liz

    Of course he is losing ground, look at him! He is unravelling and looks like he is about to explode! In a serious debate all he did was roll his eyes and smirk. He thinks Down's syndrome and autism are the same thing. He thinks transplants are a luxury and women's health is just some excuse used by leftist radicals to kill babies.

    The man is a fool, and with that temper he is a dangerous fool.

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    The problem with this for McCain is he doesn't know where to go to stop the momentum. Which in turn shows the absolute briliance (and luck) of Team Obama.
    Unlike four years ago, the Repblicans can't focus all their resources on a couple of states.
    If McCain goes all out for North Carolina, Obama could go play in Missouri. If McCain goes to Missouri, then Obama can go to Ohio. If not Ohio, then Florida, or Virginia, or West Virginia? Montana or North Dakota? The strategy to go everywhere and not just give in on any state gives Obama "a new electoral map."

    I'm just praying Team Obama can lock up New Mexico and Colorado in the next few days (as electoral-vote shows New Mexico now firmly blue) so Obama can focus on Florida, NC, Ohio and Nevada. With those in tow, we'll know very early on that Obama has likely won, and probably in a landslide.

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. R a Z o R

    It seems so far fetched that we are about to elect an aggressive
    progressive liberal such as Obama .

    R a Z o R

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. All for McCain

    McCain is the best! He is a total success. He crashed 5 planes, and succesfully lived each time he crashed them. He successfully left his disfigured wife and children, heck, he did even better and cheated on her with an adultress before leaving her. He succesfully voted against all of my veterans benefits and he succesfully avoided being imprisoned for his succesfull involvement in the Keatign Five fraud. He successfully voted with the best president ever, George W. Bush. He is great like GWB!!

    Palin is wonderful. She has lots of foreign experience, she watches planes fly over alaska, always guarding us (she would have been a good co-pilot for John back then, he would not have crashed all those planes). She has lots of wisdom from all of those colleges and beauty pageants. She is good mother with children who listen to her and what she stands for. If she had to be president we get to have Todd PLUS her running our country. She is great!

    I'm voting for McCain, because it is fabulous time in USA. We have been so successful at home and in Iraq with Bush, and McCain will help keep our nation booming like it is. If we want to keep being as great as we are, we need to elect the man that will maintain Bushes great legacy!! Vote McCain..because he is 95% as good as Bush!

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Thomas

    On the contrary, I think the polls are going the correct direction for McCain. 🙂

    October 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. SG in SD

    Did anyone else notice the comment McCain made about the military being able to get teaching positions without testing first? He's insane!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Tired of the Nonsense

    At last.....people are finally seeing the light.


    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Nimi from NY

    I hope the whole country turns blue by Nov 4.

    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. irony

    Mccain's internal numbers must be even worse than the national poll numbers as evidenced by his AM radio induced angerfest at last nights debate. Two and a half weeks from the election and all mcsame has is a bunch of false, irrelevant personal attacks that don't help the public in any way.

    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. KJL

    No wonder he was sticking his tongue out in that repulsive gesture after the debate. He knew he stunk.

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. tom

    mccain and palin are done--most polls have obama up by 8 or 10 points and alomost all polls get there info by calling people on there home phones,well the working poor are at work so cant get the call and the young and mobile dont use landlines they use cell phones and that is the group taht will vote obama hardcore. i bet obama is really up by 20 points or more

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Alaska Blue

    I am very heartened by the fact that McCain's campaign has cratered as his campaign's tactics are so smear- focused. I hope that future presidential campaigns make note of this...and will be forever changed by the "precedence setting" Obama campaign.

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Mississippi Man

    Mississippi is finally starting to look pink

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. tulsa

    You are a failed, worn out old fool John. You have gone to the well of "patriotism" one too many times.
    You have lied and perpetrated a great wrong on the people of this Country with your pick of Sarah Palin as running mate.
    For God's sake man, have a shred of self respect left when you go home on Nov 5.

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Ian

    I'd say they're still pretty close in the polls, and that it makes no difference who you vote for. They both voted for the bailout, they both want to continue with wars, they both have no plans to balance the budget.

    Votepact '08!

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Abe

    He got Obama right where he wants him. On the way to the White House.

    For the first time I believe he talked straight.

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Lisaa

    What in the heck is everyone watching? Obama is the BIGGEST mistake this country will ever make. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Chi4Obama

    It figures. We have been watching Granpa McSane and his campaign unravel before our eyes. The GOP has failed to deliver a consistent message to the American people.

    I recall when the General Election first started, Obama was "Too inexperienced" to lead. Then when that failed, he was supposedly an "Elitist". Now, they are trying to create fear in the minds of many Americans, by labeling Obama as someone who "Pals around with Terrorist".

    Meanwhile, the Obama campaign stays above the frey. And continues to focus on real issues, that will help the American people; like healthcare, lower taxes, and college tuition credit.

    The Choice is clear:

    October 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. MG

    These polls only count if people get out and vote.

    Dem and Independent votes only count if the republicans don't take their rights away by using the supreme court as a voter fraud tool.

    October 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Stephanie

    I'm glad my donations to Obama's campaign are being used wisely by the folks on the ground in these states. It is truly amazing what the American people can do when they are motivated by a great leader!

    October 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. S.M

    People are tired of hearing the negative ads from McCain and his childish behavior. Maybe he can get a job with Joe the Plumber carrying his tool belt.

    October 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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