October 23rd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
5 years ago

State polls: Obama ahead in PA, VA, OH, NV and FL

Sen. McCain campaigned in Florida Thursday where Sen. Obama has a three-point advantage, according to CNN's latest poll of polls for the state.
Sen. McCain campaigned in Florida Thursday where Sen. Obama has a three-point advantage, according to CNN's latest poll of polls for the state.

(CNN) – There is little good news for Sen. John McCain in the half dozen CNN state polls of polls released Thursday.

In five of the six states – Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Nevada, and Florida – Obama has an advantage over McCain. In West Virginia, McCain is ahead but just by two points.

In the six states, Obama’s lead is greatest in Pennsylvania where he is ahead of McCain by ten points – 51 percent to 41 percent with eight percent of likely voters in the state unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous Pennsylvania poll of polls released October 16, Obama had a lead of 13 points – 53 percent to 40 percent.

In Virginia, Obama is ahead by eight points in CNN’s latest poll of polls. Fifty-one percent of likely voters in Virginia support Obama and 43 percent support McCain. Six percent of the state’s voters are unsure. In CNN’s previous Virginia poll of polls released October 6, Obama’s advantage was four points – 49 percent versus 45 percent.

Obama leads in Ohio by 7 points in CNN’s latest poll of polls for the state. The Democratic nominee has the support of 50 percent of likely voters in the battleground state while 43 percent back McCain and seven percent are unsure. CNN’s October 20 Ohio poll of polls showed Obama ahead of McCain by three points – 48 percent compared to 45 percent.

In Nevada, Obama is ahead by four points. Forty-five percent of likely voters in the state support McCain while 49 percent support Obama. Six percent of likely voters in Nevada are unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous Nevada poll of polls released October 13, Obama was also ahead by four points – 49 percent versus 45 percent.

In CNN’s Florida poll of polls, Obama has an advantage of three points. Obama has support from 48 percent of Florida’s likely voters compared to 45 percent support for McCain. Seven percent of the state’s likely voters are unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous Florida poll of polls released October 18, Obama also lead by three points and both men had the same levels of support.

CNN’s first West Virginia poll of polls shows a two-point advantage for McCain. The Republican nominee has the support of 47 percent of likely voters in the state and 45 percent support Obama with 8 percent unsure about their choice for president

CNN’s Pennsylvania general election poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: Quinnipiac (October 16-21), Morning Call/Muhlenberg (October 18-22), and Susquehanna (October 16-18).

CNN’s Virginia general election poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: Mason-Dixon (October 20-21), CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21), and Suffolk University (October 3-5).

CNN’S Ohio general election poll of polls consists of the following four surveys: Quinnipiac (October 16-21), CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21), Suffolk University (October 16-19), and NBC/Mason-Dixon (October 16-17).

CNN’s Nevada general election poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21), Mason-Dixon (October 8-9), and Research 2000 (October 3-6).

CNN’s Florida general election poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: Quinnipiac (October 16-21), Mason-Dixon (October 20-21), and Research 2000 (October 13-15).

CNN’s West Virginia general election poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: CNN/Time/ORC (October 19-21), NBC/Mason-Dixon (October 16-17), and American Research Group (October 4-8).

CNN’s state polls of polls do not have a sampling error.

soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. ines

    NC will go blue too.

    October 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Ms. White

    VICTORY FOR THE USA

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Meka

    YES WE CAN!

    Obma/Biden '08-'12

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Oak Brook, IL

    There you go, Palin...all Gods have answered your prayer from yesterday!

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Shannon

    These polls sound real good and like what I see, but don't forget still vote.

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. tulsa

    lol... go ahead all you paid hate mongers. Trash the Democrats all you want.
    Like Obama said, "We can take 12 more days of this, but we WON'T tak 4 more years of failed Republican policies."
    We the People are going to take back our Country.
    Vote Obama 08

    October 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter in Colorado

    I am a native Virginian now living in Colorado – it is so exciting to see that both states that I love are turning blue!!

    Go Obama/Biden '08

    October 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Bobby from MS

    Not true not true. keep dreaming CNN

    October 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Jim

    The Truth is winning.

    The American Dream is back to live again!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you LORD.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Dj

    The is a new world order coming... HALLELUJAH!

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. voter

    early vote. polls mean nothing unless you vote. lets go dems.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Lynne - Seattle

    Polls give us an idea of what will happen, not a guarantee...Get out and VOTE!

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Making a come-back for McCain is like holding back the waters of the Red Sea he alluded to when mocking Obama.

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Abby

    Don’t Gloat, VOTE!!! The only day that counts is Novemebr 4th!!! Come on America! Lets do this!!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Tim

    The Obama campaign's hard work is paying off, but we are not slacking up one bit. In the words of a famous coach, it's the 4th quarter and we are going to give the other team 40 minutes of pure hell. That is our charge!!! We are getting record voter turn out and many are taking vacation on November 4th to drive people to the polls. We are fired up and ready to go!!!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden

    The American people are smarter than Mccain/Palin thought and they will prove tht on November 4th. The people in the toss up states are smart and have learned from their experience with Bush. Mccain has voted 90% of the time with Bush, so why would they make the same mistake with the knowledge they have today.
    They will vote Obama.

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Dawn

    GO PENNSYLVANIA.....

    Obama, you rule....you betcha!!

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. TM

    I agree with Sarah Palin – God will decide who wins on election day – He knows Real Americans across this great country are for Obama and Biden! I just hope we don't have to watch McCain make more of a fool of himself – lose with dignity, sir. And, praise God, we'll see the last of Garbage Barbie!

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. PHIL BANGO

    THOSE WHO WANT TO SHARE IN HISTORY GO VOTEEEEEEEEEEE OBAMAAAAAAAAAAA. THEN WE SHALL LOOK BACK AND SAY 'WE DID IT'. Then for those who share in inspiration, there would be no excuses for lameness, lazyness, hopelessness–everyone will feel good.

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. sensible Cape Coral FL

    HURRAY HURRAY HURRAY HURRAY HURRAY

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Bobby from MS

    The poll comes as internal polling leaked from the Obama camp showed the Democratic candidate only 2 points ahead of McCain in the Keystone State, suggesting the race is much closer than the Quinnipiac poll out Thursday that shows Obama with a 13-point lead in the state

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Mark

    Is it true that obama fooled around with a male midgit in the Fall of 1997??? I need to know this before I vote...

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. No Hillary = No Obama

    If it's CNN reporting it – I don't belive it. APA polls show no such leads in Obama's favor. CNN has had biased coverage since day one. Why would anyone want to believe CNN's polls?

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Voted early for Obama, DEMS, and various locals.

    Obama/Biden '08

    Kay Hagan – you go girl !!!! We don't like Liddy.

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Betty, Virginia

    WooHoo... Virginia will be BLUE!!!! Bye bye McCain/Palin/Gilmore!!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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