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. Sam, Grand Prairie TX

    Vote Early for Change America!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. C A

    I know we need to be cautious, to work hard through Nov. 4 and to get the vote out. And we will. But this is going to be a landslide for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. jill

    at lease palin got a new wardrobe out of the election.

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Yeah!.......Does anyone know if Palin has picked up the constitution, and like read it yet?

    Obam 08!

    October 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Fired UP!

    I can't wait until Nov 4th! There are THOUSANDS of us who will donate our time to drive people to the polling booths starting at 6AM in the morning as the lines form.

    Team Obama, Fired UP and Ready to VOTE!

    October 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. emily

    i'm very proud to be a buckeye right now and to see my state turning blue.

    i don't care if they write her name in the corn up in northern ohio, keep sarah palin out of my beautiful state for the next 12 days.

    October 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Avembe

    Reps NEED to be smashed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They need to know how bad they hurt the country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. rachel

    Obama is the JFK of our time. We are so jaded with the 24/7 repeat news cycle that so many people are not seeing this election for what it is. He has the rare ability to INSPIRE.

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. John, Austin TX

    Landslide Victory for Obama!!

    Steady Leader. Smart President.

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Blue By You

    VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

    OBAMA

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Billy

    Don't buy into the distraction that the GOP is selling. Vote for change this November and help bring America back together again!

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Independent but Leaning

    LOL- Dems are going to be in for a rude awakening on election day when McCain wins. I think CNN only polls registered Democrats. Obama is leading slightly within that group.

    Think about it- why would McCain be spending so much time and money in PA if he were really 10 pts back, when he could be competing in the other alegedly closer states? It just rings hollow. These polls are a sham effort to create a bandwagon effect.

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. NV for Obama/Biden

    Nevada WILL be BLUE!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Obama 08

    Voters and believers of the democratic party..this is great news but we need to continue supporting Obama/Biden. They will bring great harmony to this country. It is time for us middle calls people to work hard but also to make a decent living.

    Believe in Change, believe in Obama/Biden. This is not over till Nov 5th.

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. T Louis

    Obama will lose. Us African-American republicans will not allow him to take office.

    African Americans for Mccain

    Mccain/Palin '08

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. A Woman In California For Obama:

    How many of you feel as if I do. When WE wake up on Wed Nov 5, 2008, I am hoping to NEVER hear of that hillbilly from Wasilla and that crazy erratic mate of hers EVER again. I am so sick of their meaningless rhetoric and their fake message I could scream. That interview with B. Williams was so pointless. Every time she opened her mouth you could see McCain cringe. He was so afraid of what she would say. Palin needs to go home and raise/take care of her children and McCain should retire permanently. He made the point of saying he has five generals behind him. NONE of them even slightly equal Colin Powell.

    I don't like to mix religion with politics but thank God things are moving in Obama's favor.

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Republican for Obama

    So, Mr. John King when are you planning to move VA and PA to safe Obama, WV to tossup and OH leaning Obama?

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Lenise

    Don't count Georgia out! We are going blue too!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. VOTE! OBAMA!!! VOTE! OBAMA!! VOTE!

    Come on swing state we know your sure of who your voting for so I don't understand the "undecideds" if at this late in the game you don't know who your voting is bewildering to me.

    Vote Obama/Biden for a better America.

    October 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Roger from CA

    Why didn't you include the Big 10 polls??

    October 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Desmond Sequeira

    This is the opportunity for the entire USA to come of age: Get past the bigotry of religion, gender and race. Millions of you have already done so.
    Get past the smear and fear of the FAILIN – McSAME mean machine. Set yourselves truly free – in mind and heart!

    October 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Republican For Obama

    so, atlast the undecideds have decided. good for you and america. i knew you will show your sensibilty finally. thank you

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Beah

    I can't afford to lose anymore money on my 403b.

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Tina

    There you have it...................RED turning BLUE....................

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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