October 23rd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 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. Shari, NY

    I can see tears flowing from those who are in denial. Anyway, we Democrats should never let our guard down. With the Electoral College coming into play, EVERY VOTE COUNTS.

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Speider

    Yikes! That's some picture CNN chose for this story. Can you say "emotional manipulation?"

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Joseph Janerique

    Once again, great news. For us who believe America will be a better place. If there ever was a president that was righteous, it would be Barack Obama. He has the unique talent of gathering votes, from people of importance. He also leads the average american´s interest in his heart. His heart is of gold, and the leadership together with Biden, is the strongest. There must be no doubt, that we are going to vote right, on November 4th. Vote for Barack!

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Cindy Nelson

    NC go Blue
    VA Go Blue
    OH Go Blue

    ~~~~~~~~~~ Go Obama Biden 08

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

    Maybe I missed it: where is the good news for McCain?

    October 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. indy chris

    Republicans will steal close races!

    VOTE!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. GET REAL.

    To all early voters, flood the board! If you voted early, put this message in the comment box and submit it: "I voted early... for [your candidate]."

    I voted early... for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Kathie, Houston TX

    The blue wave a cometh. People are tired of the same ol, same ol. Americans are standing up, November 4th cannot come soon enough...

    October 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Republicans for Obama

    Let's make sure Obama/Biden win the White House. GET OUT AND VOTE. I already did.

    October 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. D&D

    Remember to VOTE early if you can folks, and if you can't, make sure to VOTE on Nov. 4th, that's the only way to go for Obama/Biden!

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Joanne

    I pray the American people rethink this election. We need someone to lead with experience, one who cares about us, and our children even the ones that cannot speak for themselves, with my professional backgound I confirm that raising anyone's taxes would not be wise, one who does not have radical friends, one who is not involved with ACORN, one who has spent so much money on this campaign, please think, look at everything not just money, we need to stop greed in business and in the government, we have to look beyond words, even H Clinton and J Biden did not agree with Mr Obama before. Thank you, Concerned!!!!!!!

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

    DO NOT BELIEVE YOUR POLLS CNN – JUST YESTERDAY THEY WERE DEAD EVEN – JUST WHERE DO YOU GET OUR NUMBERS ANYWAY?

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. DONNA

    Obama and Biden have won, the only part that will be satisfying will be by how BADLY he wins this election ... I and many of my friends are hoping he wins by millions of votes, so that the AMERICAN people CLEARLY send the GOP a message ... Their robbing this country is over ............

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Va will be blue. Yes the fake Virginians in northern VA will vote for him.

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Joe

    These poll numbers prove that voters are turning off to the GOP's negative campaign because they recognize that the McCain Palin ticket has nothing to say about the issues facing our country.

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Johnny

    It is time for McCain to make a graceful exit from this campaign. Most Americans admired him before he sold his soul to the GOP Devil.

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Video Guy

    Even North Dakota may come out blue

    October 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Bea

    Bobby from MS...denial is a bad thing....

    October 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Sarah- ARIZONA

    Democrats dont become complacent. WE MUST VOTE! Polls mean nothing.

    Vote and get others to vote.

    Obama 08

    October 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Trina

    I pray the Obama campaign won't let up. This thing is going all the way to the wire! I've already voted in New Mexico. A lot of enthusiasm for Obama! Wooo woooooooo.

    October 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Georgia is going blue 2!

    GO President Obama!

    October 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. JD

    For those of you who've been hurling invectives at the Ticker for the past few months, I just want to point out that Obama is not only going to win this election, but carry my home state of North Carolina as well. Watch.

    October 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Nj in FL

    I'm sure Obama will not be ahead in the polls for long in Florida, not after hearing a Obama supporter cut a "B" in the face of a McCain supporter in Pennsylvania and yesterday a Obama supporter attack a woman pushing her husband in a wheel chair.
    It's too bad, they feel that they have to threaten people to get their own way. Do you know what this sounds like?
    I wondered about this kind of conduct after reading many, many comments.

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

    This is one of those occasions where "Turn BLUE!" is not an insult. :)

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Republican FOR Barack Obama!

    Outstanding! But don't forget – VOTE!! VOTE!! No matter how long the lines are!

    Oh, how sweet – we can finally say goodbye to Geezer & Gidget!

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