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. Bring America Back!

    By the way, it truly is his choice of "the pretty lady" Palin that has brought him to his knees. Such an outragious choice he will forever regret!!! Watch out Todd and Cindy, she just may be his next wife!

    October 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Shari, NY

    Au contraire CNN – The poll is going in the RIGHT DIRECTION for him. Where is the Nightingale? I hope she is down at the recording studio composing a swan song. Oops, my swami – Obama told me not to get cocky now. Sorry!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Zagazaw

    Barack Obama will be to the presidency what Tiger Wood is to gulf. Just like Woods change the dynomics of gulf, Obama will also change washington.

    If vote was needed for Tiger Woods to get a shot at the game most likely he would not be playing gulf today. yet he came out of no where and make the gome more appealing for everyone.

    Obama. 08

    October 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. mitch

    well! john should start telling the dam truth!!! he keeps repeating the same un truths!

    October 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Lewis

    We must keep the faith and not let these polls keep us from the polls. We have 19 days to go to victory this is not over yet.


    October 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. A World that's watching and waiting...

    Where McCain lost:

    SCHIEFFER: All right. We're going to move to another question and the topic is leadership in this campaign. Both of you pledged to take the high road in this campaign yet it has turned very nasty...

    October 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Peggy

    He is getting what he deserves. God does not like ugly and the people of America are not ignorant and gullible.

    October 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. gallimimus

    I'm from Colorado. Finally, the folks of Co. are starting to "see the light". Go Colorado, Go Obama.

    October 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Khalid

    Good luck turning those numbers around in 19 days Senator McCain.

    October 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. al

    I think if McCain stopped using gimmicks to attract voters he might be doing better but he's all flash with no substance. I have a lot of respect for him as a former member of our armed forces but he's listened to the wrong people working his campaign.

    October 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Chi4Obama

    Many thanks to Hillary Clinton, by helping to battle test Barack throughout the long Democratic primary.

    This includes the "early" mention of Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, and release of the Jeremiah Wright tapes. Thus negating any potential "October surprise" from the GOP.

    It seems as if "THAT ONE", is ready to lead America.

    Obama – Biden'08

    October 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. malclave

    What time span does this poll cover? Margin of error?

    Yes, Obama is leading in the polls (frankly, I've been surprised for quite a while that he hasn't had a bigger lead)... but the information you're giving is worse than useless without more information.

    October 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Coop182

    Looks like America is starting to wake up from a long nightmare, though Senator McCain is trying to keep us all asleep....

    I'm looking forward to what Obama will do as President; I'm starting to dare to become optimistic about his chances.

    I'm really looking forward to saying 'thanks, but no thanks' to Sarah Palin. I can't believe that airhead came so close to being Vice President.

    Most of all, I'm looking forward to bidding McCain's chances of ever leading this country adieu. Talk about risky.

    Almost forgot – I can't wait to see Tucker Bounds crying in his coffee on November 5th. Of course, he'll still be trying to figure out how to spin this as a theft of the election by the Democrats.

    October 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Ben

    People are starting to understand that the McCain/Palin ticket represents the wrong ideals for this country. They understand that fear mongering isn't the way to get things done. They understand that cooperation is needed, not unilateral statements. They understand that while McCain/Palin talk about tax reform that they in fact have helped create one of the most bloated governments in history. Sarah Palin's Alaskan's get more federal money on a per capita basis then any other state. What are they spending it on, protecting us from the Russians?

    October 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    don't rest now! bring it home strong! the bar has been set so low for Mccain at this point from his constantly stumbling campaign, that any small amount of coherency on their part could draw the polls in closer.

    October 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. carol

    I was a Hillary girl in the Primary, but I've switched to Senator Obama
    and I am so proud of how he handled his self over the 3 debates., but he has reminded us not to become complacent there is still work to be done – lets vote!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    Jon Stewart said it best when describing McCain's strategy of letting Obama win the election, take the White House and then, after 4 years or so, wham!

    October 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Logic

    Okay, only one thing about the debate …

    Apart from which side one is on a topic in a debate, one should have good knowledge and articulate ones opinion coherently, succinctly and decently. This also means that, you also hear and consider the other person's point or perspective in the discussion. This is not only good culture but hallmarks of good leadership.

    The reason is, a leader has to face opposition on any of various issues from any foreign/domestic leader and he has to consider all the issues and be able to articulate well what he is doing or plans to do. We find this almost entirely with Barack who listens and considers everything McCain says before he put his point forward. This is hardly the case with McCain who interrupts, smirks, cuts in with jokes, bullies and does not want to acknowledge or even consider Barack’s point. This behavior and attitude to a differing point of view by McCain will not make a good leader for our nation if he were our president. I am concerned that he will brush off any suggestions or opinions of anyone like he did in this debate and make judgments like selecting Palin for running mate or rush to war. It won’t be different from Bush/Cheney who cannot acknowledge their mistakes. An example is of Palin “Palling around with terrorists" comment of Barack. McCain failed to acknowledge that it was a mistake and instead countered with an offending comment from a Democrat as if this makes this right in some way.

    It is very important to actually go out and vote this year. Good luck America !

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Eric

    wait until they poll post-debate, and see the gap WIDEN between the sound, composed, resolute, presidential Obama and the snide, sarcastic, attacking, frenzied old man

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Jeff

    The national poll sreally do not matter it is all about the states as Al Gore learned. Obama is looking very strong on the electorial map and I don't see how McCain catches him. McCain would have to win every single swing state to pull this off. It aint happening!

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Chi4Obama

    I hope this mean that we don't have to hear from that whinney Pitbull with lipstick after Nov. 4th. She can go back to her corrupt dealings, as the Alaska governor.

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Kimberly in Azizona

    For the first time in my adult life I am really proud of my country. Thank GOD our country has opened its eyes and seen the light, and its NOT the dark side with mcgrumpy pants and Sarah I can see russia Palin.
    I cant WAIT until election night, with my kids and popcorn, and finally a sense we are taking our country back!

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. leapfrog

    The more McCain and his half-baked Alaskan running mate spout off, the lower they sink....so talk it up...

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. sensible sue

    These polls are completely worthless. Anyone not influenced by the liberal left wing media knows how these things are conducted. Show me a poll that survey's the same amount of people from each party, including idependent, and polls that are not just performed on each coast and maybe I'd believe them.

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. CJ

    John McCain is running on empty. He has no support internally for his campaign and by his supporters. Obama, in contrast, has inspired many by campiagn and has a strong base. It is an uphill battle for the GOP.

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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