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. FactCheck

    Dear Gov. Palin. Article 1, Section 1 of the US Constitution clearly states that the role of the VP is only to break a Senate tie. Please spend a few minutes actually READING the darn thing instead of spewing off your junk about "real" America. Thank you.

    October 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Blue

    hey guys. still get out & vote! Obama 08!

    October 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. arun

    Maybe because the other side is nuts ?

    October 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Pat Pa.

    I cannot believe that there are people out there that are still saying that they are undecided. Nonsense!!! What are they waiting to hear ?
    I think they know who they are voting for but they just don't want to admit it.

    Either way ! Make sure you vote.

    October 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. @ NYC

    You've my vote. Let's just hope its not too late and that the Republican's haven't completely destroyed this country's fabric.

    Obama/Biden '08.

    October 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. NIKI

    hopefully Palin will go back to alaska

    October 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. JT

    KEEP VOTING.

    October 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Even Fareed Zakaria is endorsing Obama. VERY smart man.

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. nate

    Pew is 13% and Gallup is 11%. These are two that included cell fone users for a change. America is about to change and be great again.

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. destinationchaos

    Wait – I'm confused?
    Wasn't CNN saying he was down to a 5 point lead yesterday, instead of a 7 pt lead that the article mentions?

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

    Ladies and Gentlemen, please join America in welcoming President Barack Obama. I like the way that sounds.

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. SG

    Forget all this Joe the plumber nonsense; all we need is
    Obama the president and Joe the vice president.

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Canada

    Senator McCain trying to paint Obama as socialist is sad it is hard for me now to believe P O W McCaine did't sale out .

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Pete

    Very mature, Rob. What is it that you have done with your life?

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. NoMcSame

    Can McSame talk about anything but Obama? He and his people are full of so much hate that they can't even see how it is running people away from him.
    Don't hate the player hate the game McSame. In other words find a new one to play because this president run that you do every 4yrs is not working out for you my friend. See ya at the poll.

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. marianna

    Obama leads in polls, in the meantime OPEC makes a production squeeze to jack oil prices back up.

    Drill baby, drill.

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

    The consensus is being reached for about 3 weeks now since the American people made up their mind about the race.

    The consensus is that the time has come to turn the page on the republican this year. History will be writen with a big victory for Obama/Biden on Nov. 4th.

    Abreeze of fresh air will blow on Washington.

    Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. JJ

    2 words people...New Hampshire!

    We have to get out and VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. voter

    hey cnn I thought you said yesturday the race was tightening even though there has been messages on the blog saying otherwise. glad you woke up and reported the truth.

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

    Please vote. Get out the vote.

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Oliver for Obama

    McSame is done with. He needs to do something even more drastic/radical (if that's even possible) to catch up to O.

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Eli, Indiana

    When are you going to post the results of the poll by the Military Times newspaper that states all branches of the military support McCain?

    I'm not a big fan of either candidate, but I feel that this is an important poll for Americans to see and know about!

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Tucson, AZ

    Wow...that is some powerful insight on polling Rob! CNN should hire you to analyze polling data.

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. footballfan

    Wow – First time I have looked at CNN comments section. What a bunch of libidiots, you really are a bunch of sick pathetic people. But what should I expect from CNN who I consider a totally biased for Obama news network.

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. blaising

    That's what you get for all that bluster and mud-slingin' McKnucklehead!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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