October 21st, 2008
04:07 PM ET
5 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. obama 08-12

    landslide baby!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Harald

    Scary enough that Mc Cain even has 42% ! Do the right thing and vote against extremism!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    October 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Rick

    I still have faith that the American public will not elect a liberal, racist, corrupt socialist like Barack Hussein Mohammed Obama.

    October 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Lisa

    This is great news.... keep up the good work...

    October 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. TAINOPOWER

    The only reason I will vote for McCain is. Hillary Clinton. yes Hillary Clinton if obama wins Hilary wont be able to run for president in 2012 and 2016 she be to old to run . I will ask all democrats to vote for McCain and if McCain wins Hillary will have a chance to run again for president in 2012 and she will win.

    October 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Latina for Obama (nj)

    Rob, learn to leave with the fact that Barack WILL BE your president honey..you better show some respect!

    BARACK THE VOTE EARLY AND ON 11/4!!!.

    October 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Gene

    Obama has been on point and running a brilliant campaign. McCain has been erratic, and Palin keeps digging herself deeper and deeper by voicing her opinions which differ from McCain's views.. then coming back days later stating that she's against the very thing she supported days earlier.

    At this point.. anybody who truly thinks McCain can run this country better than Obama.. I have a bridge to sell you.. and this bridge doesn't go to nowhere.. it goes straight to Fantasy Land.

    At this point.. the only vote McCain's getting is the die hard republican and the racist vote.. the rest of America can see that Obama is by far the better candidate.

    October 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. MARIA MORREO

    JUST RECEIVED AN E-MAIL REGARDING OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE. APPARENTLY HE WILLNOT SHOW IT. WHY?THEY INTERVIEWED HIS PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER IN KENYA WHO STATES THAT HE WAS BORN THERE WITH HIS HALF SISTER AND BROTHER PRESENT AT HIS BIRTH. NOW WHEN THEY ASKED HIS SISTER WHERE HE WAS BORN ,SHE SAID HAWAII AND NAMED THE HOSPITAL. WHEN BARACK WAS ASKED HE NAMED A DIFFERENT HOSPITAL IN HAWAII WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?WHY WILLHE NOT PROVIDE HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE? FOR THOSE INTERESTED ,PLEASE PULL UP U-TUBE ON THE INTERNET. WHY HASN'T THE NEWS MEDIA EXPOSED THIS STORY. THERE IS A PHILADELPHIA LAWYER BRINGING SUIT AGAINST OBAMA REGARDING HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE.I THINK WE NEED TO KNOW THE TRUTH .

    October 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Laverne

    You can try to fight history, but you will lose every time! Obama will make history on Tue. Nov. 4th and America will be a better place for it!

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Palin is an Idiot

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    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Suzy

    We need to try Democrate, we tried Republican the past eight years. Look around the world it didn't work . Do you really want to own up to a vote for McCain ,his campaign is all over the place. It is sad to see such a man of honor promote such hatred among the American people. He need to do the honorable thing and vote for Obama. Other countries hate us we can't take four more the future of our children deserve better.

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Tony

    I read a lot of name for Palin which is very generous.

    For Obama let us call him BarackO for short.

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. BAKERSFIELD

    unions and corporate tax rates pushed jobs overseas. look what welfare did for our society look what subprime lending did
    i have a novel idea get a job and out work everybody there and then somewhere down the road you will have earned a great position.

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Palin shot my dog from a whirly bird

    Uh oh, I guess operation "Joe the pretend plumber" isn't going as well as expected. Look for the Scrooge McDuck camp to dig up the Rev Wright stuff now.

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Mike

    Poor rich republicans. Self-interest won the last couple times for you. People are starting to care about each other more now. The time of everyone for themselves is over, right-wingers.

    Obama will be the next president. This will be a great thing for the USA and the world.

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Kam (from Michigan)

    To Rob:

    Dork of dorks? Last I checked, Obama has never EVER brought up making a saving throw, raiding a dungeon, or how he can speak fluent elvish. So he's HARDLY the dork of dorks. However, if he could speak elvish, it would totally seal the deal with the D&D voting block.

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. USA '08

    Obama supporters, of which there are many, don't give up. Keep the pressure on and maybe the GOP will let us love America too.

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. I see Russia from my HOUSE

    YES WE CAN!! People please go out an vote and don't get cocky !! more than ever we need to elect Obama as our next president// Go out spread the word of change!

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. TAINOPOWER

    According to Biden a vote for obama means a crisis?

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    obama 08

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. E

    Hopefully McCain will keep calling half the country un-American and insinuating that community organizers and charitable groups are "socialist" and somehow evil. The more he does that, the more he drives voters to Obama. Keep it up McCain!

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Red

    Next we'll see if the Republicans go for a lawsuit-victory. It'll take a big landslide to prevent that. So VOTE!

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Sarah

    Go Obama

    October 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Accountant Guy

    Good job America, we are so close to taking back our country. Get out there and vote, it is the only way we can ensure our future. Barack the Vote!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. obama 08-12

    Rob get lost.

    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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