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. Joe

    Maybe Americans are finally waking up and wanting chnage.

    We can only hope that we get Obama this time.

    October 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Beverly, NYC

    Vote Baby Vote. This victory cannot be closed we don't need any reminders of Florida in 2000.

    Barack we have your back, take care of your grandma.

    October 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Stephanie

    Obama/Biden '08!

    Let's keep up the great work. Make more phone calls, talk to your neighbors, and vote early! Yes We Can!

    October 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. nora CC TXAS

    Rob you sound like the Dork of Dorks!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. AUSTIN,TX

    Rob, get a life

    October 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. john for OBAMA

    "NOTHING can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Proud Democrat

    Rob

    We like Dorks

    We will have a Dork as the next POTUS Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Wes

    Forget the polls, don't be lulled into complacency. Make sure you vote in EVERY state. Help others get to the polls!

    Vote OBAMA/BIDEN!

    Help Palin return to Alaska and stay there!

    Vote OBAMA/BIDEN!

    October 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Kathy

    Tell me, what the hell does other countries have to do with the United States election??? No doubt other countries want Sen Obama as President..............then we all can squeel like a pig!

    October 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Joy

    way to go GOBAMA

    October 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Adam

    That's "PRESIDENT Dork" to you, Rob.

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

    Finally!! Our 8 year nightmare of GOP failures is coming to an end...

    October 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Kelly

    All Aboard, next stop, The White House!!!!!!!!!!! Ladies and Gentlemen, please keep your hands and feet inside the train at all times. We would like to thank you for riding the Democrat Express.

    October 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Ron

    DON'T FORGET TO VOTE lol

    POLLS ARE NOTHING IF YOU DON'T VOTE.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Len

    Get out and Vote!!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. NANCY FROM MONTANA

    Hopefully the wave will continue, nothing from the Republican side is compelling or interesting, just negative and desperate- have a feeling the McCains/Palins will be poor losers, and some of their supporters will also continue the hostility.

    Hoping the Big Sky Country will turn BLUE!!

    MONTANAN FOR OBAMA

    October 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Ben in San Diego

    A historic moment in American history:

    A black man is being judged by the content of his character... and is on the verge of being elected as our President.

    God Bless America.

    October 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. This Canadian Loves Obama

    The choice is negativity or hope. It's that simple. It always has been.

    October 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Allen

    Come from the trailer and get some fresh air Rob,your thought process seems impaired.
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Dave S.

    The big difference is..
    pollsters come to people.. asking for their question.

    I bet there will be a difference on election day. because

    PEOPLE WILL BE TOO LAZY TO VOTE !!!!

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

    rob its idiots like you who have put us in the situation that we are in today. You picked bush now you want palin. Would you like to find some other dummies to run the country.

    October 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. R. Grayson

    Three spots - all in CNN - three different numbers - three different stories. One says 5 point lead and McCain closing the gap. One says 6 point lead and stable. One says 9 point lead and Obama increasing his lead.

    Suggestion. How about trying the truth for a change.

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

    VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THAT IS ALL OBAMA NEED IS FOR US TO VOTE IF WE DO NOT WANT TO END UP IN A WORLD OF TROUBLE!!!!!!!!!

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

    Wooo Hoooo!!!!!!

    Too bad Rush, Hannity, and Sarah Palin!!!

    YOU -- COULDN'T -- FIND -- ENOUGH -- FOOLS -- THIS -- YEAR -- TO -- VOTE -- FOR -- THE -- WEALTHY'S -- TAX CUTS -- AND -- OIL -- LEASES!!

    MAYBE NEXT TIME!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. D&D

    Remember to VOTE early folks, that's the only way to go!

    Polls or not Polls, McCain knows deep inside that chances that he looses are getting higher and higher!

    October 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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