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. Frankie - Seattle, Wa

    We did not all watch the same debate., did we?

    As I see and hear what the Republicans are saying it clear that we did not.

    But what is also clear is that the Obama supporters are more articulate and better speakers and spellers. McCain's supporters are reactionary and scared and largely unable to think for themselves – they are believing what they are told to believe without questioning, are often filled with hate and have no comprehension when something is explained to them (as in those who say Obama did not answer the questions – he did, it's just that you just are not bright enough to connect the dots). Look at history, and see where blindly following leads you.

    I cannot believe that any sane person with even an average IQ could possibly believe that what this country needs is McCain/Palin

    October 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. From Atlanta, Georgia

    I was undecided until last night, American people watched last night, and again, Mcshame show anger, temper and no plan for us.

    October 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    And so it goes and so it shall continue until Obama wins by a landslide!

    October 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Michael

    The Only Poll That matters is the one on NOV 4th.

    As Sen. Obama said, DON"T GET COCKY, GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!!!!!


    October 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. TCE

    Things are coalescing for the remaining undecided. Hard to imagine the polls going in the opposite direction. Let's hope people don't get complacent on election day, as every vote counts.

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Sacto Joe

    Read CNN Business article "Checking facts: Will Obama raise small biz taxes?" Oct. 16, 2008

    Joe the plummer is an idiot!

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Colorado for Obama

    Surprise Surprise!! McCain what did you expect? Your smear tactics, smug attitude, lack of clear plan for our country and your stupid VP pick have all worked against you. Now you are hanging on to Joe the Plumber!! Please give it up while you still have some decency and send "that one" back to Alaska to face her ethics problems with her "supporters." I wonder what kind of reception she is going to get!!

    I can't wait until all the votes are counted and Obama is "officially" our president! He is what we all need!

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Debby

    CNN your not mentioning how many polled anymore why is that. Has it gone down to 100 people. LOL

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. HockeyMom for Obama

    Where McCain Lost it:

    Putting up air quotes when sarcastically saying Obama wanted to protect the "health" of the mother in abortion cases.

    How outta touch can you be?

    October 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Bring America Back!

    Well, DUH! After presenting himself as an old grumpy man last night , he probably cinched it for the remaining voters! He was insulting just like a 10 year old. Squirming/grunting & interrupting 08ama and acting like he had to go to the bathroom. He CLEARLY didn't want to be there and alot of people don't want him near the White House either. We need a SMART man and a dignified first lady to get some of the respect back from where ol' George II (Howdy Doodie) has taken us!

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. sabuc for voting early!

    Alright people. Time for the real test! Vote early or show up early to vote on Nov 4. Nobody is ahead or behind until the last ballot is counted on Nov 4th!! Make sure all your friends and family members get out and vote!!

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. No Country For Old Men

    McCain give Joe the Plummer a job at one of your houses!

    Bodies of Lies.

    Obama & Biden 08′

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    GREAT! The McCain Campaign is falling faster than the stock market! Keep it com'in! I'm lovin' it!

    Let's run the score up. GOP, can you stay blow-out? Landslide?

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Vigla

    Awww... Poor McCain and Palin. Do you want to cry? Do you? It's OK, it'll all be over soon...

    Vote Obama/Biden 08! For REAL leadership and change!

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. MIke

    Too funny:

    Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) - "Joe the plumber," the Toledo, Ohio, man whose complaints about Barack Obama's tax plan were highlighted by John McCain in the final presidential debate, owes the state of Ohio almost $1,200 in back income taxes.

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Terry the HR Manager

    Americans-GET OUT AND VOTE! Let the Republicans hear loud and clear that we won't tolerate their shenanigans anymore. OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Michael ATL GA

    Yeah and after the grumpy old man's "performance" in the debate, I'did be surprised if he even won North Dakota, Mossouri or Ohio. They will all turn autumn blue!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Enlightened Voter

    It's for two reasons, the negativity and lies which people are tired of and want a change and PALIN. She is beyond clueless, a pathological liar and extremely vindictive. And one more thing, john mccain is too erratic, too angry and does not fit anyone's mold of being presidential. I think he and palin sold their souls to the devil in their win at all costs strategy except God doesn't like ugly.

    October 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Barbara

    To McCain/Palin,
    as the late great Tyrone Davis used to say: Give it up-Turn it loose!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. thomas

    Thank you John McCain. Your campaign has revealed the hateful incompetent bumbling old fool that you are. Good luck with your senate campaign.

    October 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. GeorgiaPeachforObama

    There is a reason McCain is slipping. He's going to hate himself for the rest of his life for the poor choices he's made during this campaign. It would have been much closer and he might have had a chance if he hadn't picked Palin or gone into the gutter. He has no one to blame for those choices but himself.

    October 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Central Florida

    Go Obama! We're working hard in Florida for you.

    October 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Larry (WV)

    Doesn't surprise me, his campaign hasn't had a clear message, and he has tried to run a smear campaign for the last few weeks. The American people need clear leadership, not someone who runs from here to there, and is angry all the time.

    October 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Let's keep pressing Obama/ Biden '08 supporters so on November 5 we can say Clint Eastwood esque...Senator McCain don't go away mad, just go away.


    October 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. RickytheGriff

    Come on John.... why don't you tell the public that Obama fathered a black baby like the GOP did with you back in 2000?

    October 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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