October 21st, 2008
04:07 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: Obama leads by nine points

The two presidential rivals shook hands after their last debate as their wives looked on.
The two presidential rivals shook hands after their last debate as their wives looked on.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama has his largest lead so far over rival Sen. John McCain, according to CNN’s latest national poll of polls.

Obama leads McCain by nine points in the poll of polls released Tuesday – 51 percent to 42 percent. Seven percent of those surveyed are unsure about their choice for president.

In Monday’s CNN’s poll of polls, Obama’s lead over McCain was seven points – 51 percent to 44 percent.

“Today’s Poll of Polls average reflects the fact that Obama has moved into a commanding position in the presidential race,” said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Obama is either tied or ahead in all of the battleground states. The Democrats now have what may be a decisive edge in terms of voter enthusiasm and financial resources. The financial meltdown has played to Obama’s advantage. By most measurements, McCain was not able to use the debates to gain ground on Obama. And most of the campaign is now being waged in previously red states. While anything can happen in the remaining two weeks, it’s hard not to conclude that McCain’s back is against the wall.”

Tuesday’s CNN poll of polls is composed of the following six national general election surveys of likely voters: Pew (October 16-19), CNN/ORC (October 17-19), ABC/Washington Post (October 16-19), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 18-20), Gallup (October 18-20) and Diageo/Hotline (October 18-20). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. ND Mom

    You betcha.

    October 21, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Dan

    VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

    OBAMA '08!

    October 21, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Corey, Maryland

    As expected!

    Obama Biden 2008

    October 21, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Commonwealth of Virginia

    Victory is in sight.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 21, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Mo

    Sweet!!!
    Victory is Ours. Please, please, go out & VOTE.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 21, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. LIP

    Do you suppose that anyone will mention the poll taken of military people, all branches and that they were 64% in favor of McCain...I doubt you will see this on CNN

    October 21, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Anne E.

    Here's to a widening lead!
    I so wish that Sen. Obama could take the time he needs to be with his grandmother, not just the two days. But don't worry, Senator - we've got your back and we'll keep up the momentum, and Sen. Biden will keep up the Joe-mentum!

    BARACK ON!

    October 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. A. Rohani

    That's good news.

    October 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Independent from CT

    Wait – I thought McCain was SURGING and the race was TIGHTENING?? Oh, that's right. That only fit your narrative for that day. Must suck when the real numbers say something completely different. lololol

    Ahhhhhh the mainstream press. So 'funny'.

    October 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Rodger

    The closer we get to November 4th, the greater the divide! The final numbers are going to be 15-20% more votes for Obama!!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Praetorian

    As a US Navy leader–I'm sure McCain is suffering from being pulled under by the "boat anchor" around his neck–namely Sarah Palin and George Bush.

    October 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. DMD, New York

    Repeat from yesterday's posting, but all of you should really consider the message in this: ...I know I DON'T want to break my back bringing in hard earned money only to have the wealth spread around and my money goes to some lazy bum down the street who will just abuse the system and never gets off hs/her duff to get a job!!! And do you not think that if taxes are only going to be raised on the rich and corporations, that prices we pay as consumers will also rise, and so yes….the little tax payer guys like us are the ones where the money will come from. I am voting McCain/Palin as I say NO to Obama's socialism/marxism or whatever it is he's spewing.

    October 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Joe from Mahwah, NJ

    It will be an honor to refer to Senator Obama as "Mr. President" post Election Day.

    October 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Obama Supporter

    Good nite its over Mccain!!

    October 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Lisa in Wasilla AK

    Come on Obama-bots. Let's make this victory by double digits–a mandate by the American voter! VOTE NOW, VOTE OBAMA!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. JV

    Way to GO!...........Obama.

    October 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Pat

    Wise up GOP, the people don't like negative campaigns and lies.

    I was terribly offended by the phone messages you left on my phone this weekend, lies, lies, lies. How many ways do you have to be told that being on a charity board together doesn't equate "palling around with"

    October 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Cammi317

    YES WE CAN!

    October 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Sarah Palin "Ready on Day 1-NOT"

    Just as it should be!

    October 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. McCrazy

    People please......

    John McCain has Obama right where he wants him.

    CNN Please post this as i heard it on Larry King last night.

    One Republican actually said if things stay as they are now, Obama takes Iowa and New Mexico, but McCain wins New Hampshire (which he is down 10 points in), McCain will win the presidency?

    I was hoping he would explain exactly what math he used to figure that out, but he never did.

    I loooove Republican Math.

    October 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Rich

    So McCain's nasty and devisive phone calls and stump speeches have done him no good.

    October 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Independent but Leaning

    Wow- the MSM is going to have egg on their faces on 11/4. I can't wait to hear the sputtering excuses for why the polling was so wrong and McCain won.

    October 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. nattie

    people are starting to know Obama is our next pres.its a fact

    October 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. My left foot

    This is GREAT NEWS for Joe the fake plumber. Now he and McCain can tour the 'Pro America' parts of the country to pitch fork... I mean pitch their fake economic message as McCain numbers tank!

    October 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. NGANGA,Austin TX

    Horse race for the media and real clear path for the future of this wonderful rich country. VOTE WISELY!

    October 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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