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. RealityKing

    And according to CNN's polling..., Gore and Kerry were all elected with 50+% of the vote too.

    October 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. GM

    I feel it is unfair to say that Obama is leading only because of the economic collapse. There are several factors:
    1) His enormous ground operation – more of a political movement rather than an election campaign
    2) Enormous voter enthusiasm
    3) Activism on part of several organisations, on the ground and on the Internet
    4) His solid performances in the debates, which have made voters more confident about his abilities
    5) A high anti-Bush, anti-McCain, anti-Palin sentiment, primarily among independent voters and women.

    I feel this point should be made more forcefully – its not just the economy.

    October 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. mel

    joe plumber and joe 6 pack endorse obama

    October 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Andrea E- Atlanta

    CNN please tell me why Roland's show was taken off the air? I would really like to know. I mean I watch all of you guys faithfully. Now here we have another view of things and it gets snatched away. I would hope that the Powers that Be did not make this move because of political or even racial reasons. I know I probably won't get a response, but I still you like to know. I have other friends that are also concerned as to why Roland's show was cut short.

    October 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. ATL

    All I have to say is OHHHHHH YEAH!!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Debby

    Thats fine but how many did they poll CNN. If it were a thousand in each poll then thats 6thousand that favor Obama. Its a far cry from millions across the US that haven't been polled.

    October 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. samuel

    I Barack Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and I will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.

    October 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. max (NY)

    Let the river flow!

    October 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. A ROSE FROM IOWA

    Vote early for OBAMA.

    October 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Doug

    Intelligent comment, Rob. Keep it up.

    October 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    So Johnny Boy, you still think you "have 'em where you want them"??? Lol

    Okay, well, if you, like Bush be the master of voting fraud, you just might be right, but otherwise the race is over! Think of early voting. You don't have a chance, believe me!

    Obama/Biden in a landslide!

    October 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Obama/Biden 08!

    Cindy Mccain had better stop yakking to reporters and cut Johnny a check so he can get more air time to piss and moan!

    Awesome news Obama! I hope your grandma will be well enough to see what you accomplished on Nov 4th!!! Keep it up!!

    October 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Andrea E- Atlanta

    Rob,
    Why are you hating on Senator Obama? I mean really. Comments like these are just so childish.

    October 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. NEWT GINGRICH

    VOTE OBAMA 4 CHANGE

    October 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Stephanie

    Thats right I would like to Congratulate the President and Vice President of the Untied States President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

    ***********Voted Early for Obama and Biden 2008*************

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

    YES!!! This is the highest number yet!! Negativity fails once again, Thank GOD!!

    Listen, Team Obama, Don’t Gloat, VOTE!!!! This means nothing if we don’t vote.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Wally©

    Good news...

    But polls don't mean squat !!!!

    Obama supporters need to take this all the way through the finish line....

    Europe...and practically the whole world is hoping for an Obama win on november 4th !!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Sal

    let's wrap this up, oooooh, can't wait

    October 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. cann

    The truth shall prevail !! We have 13 days to work as hard as we can to see that 5 of our Obama-supporting friends either votes early, if possible, or gets to the polls on 11/4. If we each take 5 with us, we will prevail.

    We must not get complacent !!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Machelle

    Yay President Obama!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Nick, Portland, OR

    Just remember to vote, don't stay home thinking Obama has it in the bag!

    October 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Dark Wraith

    Polls will not matter.

    Then again, if 2000 and 2004 offer any lesson at all, neither will the will of the People.

    In any event, CNN will be right there with the rest of the mainstream media to hail the outcome. If need be, the United States Supreme Court will be there to legitimize it, as well.

    Let us then hope the economy is in such dire condition by election day that the GOP would prefer without much fuss to let the junior Senator from Illinois ascend to the throne of failed empire.

    October 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Good news, but remember to vote on Nov. 4. That's the only poll that matters.

    October 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. DICK WOLFSIE

    Awesome. Just awesome.

    October 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Nancy in Atlanta

    CNN, please make up your mind. The race is tightening? The race is close? Or Obama has a substantial lead in the polls. The last point seems to be te one that has been clear for quite some time. Clearly some in the media are trying to keep the "horse race" metaphor alive to boost ratings.

    October 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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