October 24th, 2008
09:40 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll Update: Obama up by 9

Obama is up 9 points over McCain.
Obama is up 9 points over McCain.

(CNN) - Barack Obama appears to be widening his lead over John McCain as Election Day inches closer.

According to the latest CNN poll of polls, the Illinois senator now holds a 9-point advantage over McCain nationwide, 51 percent to 42 percent.

That's an increase of two points over the last two days for Obama and a reflection of several national polls that suggest the race seems to be headed in the wrong way for the Arizona senator with only a week and a half remaining.

Included in the latest CNN poll of polls are new surveys from ABC/Washington Post (October 19-22), CBS/NYT (October 19-22), Fox/Opinion Dynamics (October 20-21), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 20-22), Gallup (October 20-22) and Diageo/Hotline (October 20-22).

soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. alvino

    Can you imagine what election night will be like if Obama sews it up by the time the polls close in the eastern time zone? What the heck will Blitzer, Gasbag Dobbs, and John King talk about?

    October 24, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Women for Obama/Biden

    WHATEVER YOU DO GUYS DONT BELIEVE THE POLLS GET OUT AND VOTE AND MAKE SURE YOUR INFOS ARE ALL RIGHT SO THAT YOUR VOTES CAN BE COUNTED.

    October 24, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Gebeorge Napalotino

    Well, untra-rightist groups like "Let Freedom Ring" are out flooding the airwaves (primarily TV) with the sleathiest of ads, ads that would make the Willie Horton ad against Dukakis look like nothing. There will be much more of these fear-mongering, despicable efforts by the NRC all the way to Nov. 4.

    Fortunately, Americans are beginning to understand their dirty tricks! No more! we will not be hoodwinked any more. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Chris

    The polling discrepancy is easy to explain. AP is a wire service, not a polling service. ANYONE can submit a "story" to AP. Is the light coming on yet? Desperation is setting in, and they are resorting to outright lying, hoping that between that and the electronic machine control, they just might sneak out another cheating win! Vote early folks, so your vote will be counted by hand!

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Ohio Voter

    I hear a lot about polls four years...that Kerry was supposedly up and lost, and that this year will be the same.

    That's a load of garbage, for several reasons:

    1) In 2004, we had declared war the year before, which always raises the public's favoring the incumbent.

    2)It's the economy, stupid: in 1992, when Clinton won by a landslide, the economy was bad, but not this bad. Skyrocketing unemployment, plunging stockmarkets, recession fears (if we're not already in one), a GDP trade deficit of nearly 850 billion, and a national debt of more than 10 trillion will certainly trump racism.

    3)Approval ratings of the Republicans are at a historic low.

    To all GOP supporters, be very scared! You will lose senate races in VA, CO, NM, NC, NH, and even AL. You will not take back Landrieu's seat in LA. Moreover, the house will have an even larger "socialist" majority.

    And you know what? I can't wait!!!!!

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Steve

    Obama should be 20 point ahead considering the kind of campaign the McBush/Palin is running. The two of them would be an ABSOLUTE DISASTER FOR THE UNITED STATE if they were to be elected.

    It's time once again for some truth and honestly again in government.

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. ed gein

    The reign of Terror is pret'neer over!

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Nutter!!!

    To mike ....You better Man up and face the Facts
    Joe The Toilet Bowl

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Roger

    Party Party Party Party.........

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Demski

    Poll of polls..hahahha. I wonder who are these pollsters and who were the people they were talking about. The figures of the silent majority won't like but the figures of the silent minority always lies.

    Hey you pollsters, I got a job for you. Can you make a poll as to when can we catch Bin Laden? Can you make a poll as to when the US economy will be more than better?

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. VA via TX

    A vote should be earned, one should not blindly support a "donkey" or an "elephant" because that is what they think they are supposed to do. With all due respect to Senator Obama, he is / was (different man now) the perfect candidate for Senator McCain. John McCain has not presented a single reason to earn my vote.

    History will not be kind to George Bush, I voted for him twice. Dole's nomination was a parting gift from the Republican party, he campaigned fairly well – I voted for him. John McCain does not appear to have put any thought into meaningful planning, tactics or strategies.

    Hillary Clinton gave him the blue print, it was right there for him to continue (with dignity) the "attack" and the momentum she had. Well, such is life, he is extemely wealthy and will get over this. I love movies, after months of this, here is the final analysis:

    Barack Obama
    Top Gun
    Beautiful Mind
    Brave Heart

    John McCain
    Clear & Present Danger
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    Rain Main

    Please sir, allow history to be kind to you.

    Respectfully,

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Ken

    These liberal polls are wrong, wrong, wrong. Too many polls show Obamarxist in a big lead because more democrats are polled than republicans, therefore you will get skewed numbers. You want an accurate poll, look at the IBT poll.

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. MikeH

    It ain't (mostly) over until the Republicans have been removed from power in the Executive branch of government.

    We are still at risk for martial law so long as Bush is still president, and corrupt facist Republicans control the federal prosecuters.

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. AJ

    I'm actually suprised the lead isn't BIGGER. I'd like to see a total blow out and watch Palin cry all the way back to Alaska.

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Jimmy

    DON'T GET COCKY!!!! EVERYBODY HAS TO VOTE!!!

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Alabama Voter

    I'm so glad America is waking up from the Bush nightmare. Go Obama

    October 24, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Obama 2008

    Mike– CNN does professional work and their polls are base on the average of other polls. That's why they call it the "Poll of Polls". Stop being a hater and just accept the fact that John McCain is behind and will continue to be behind until he figures out his focus should be on the people and not trying to bring down Obama.

    October 24, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Kojo

    I think these polls seem too good to be true and are too good to be true,there are going to be a little suprises on election night.
    Im sure of that

    October 24, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. LOOK BYOND

    I believe non of us want to go back to the 8 years of Bush era.

    WE HAVE TASTED THE GRUESOME EFFECT OF THIS ECONOMY, WHEN WE STARTED TO LINE FOR GAS.
    THE NEXT EFFECT IS GOING TO BE BASIC FOOD STUFF, IF JOHN MACCAIN BECOMES THE PRESIDENT.
    THEN AND ONLY THEN, THE UNITED STATES WILL BECOME PART OF THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES.

    WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JUST YOU WAIT!

    October 24, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Canadian for Obama

    That bus John Cain touring on must have strong wheels because I have heard the bus driver is throwing everyone off as we speak

    October 24, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Bruce

    EVERYONE MUST VOTE!
    The polls mean nothing untill you VOTE.
    Obama needs you to fight for him so he can fight for you

    VOTE

    October 24, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Dirty Harry

    You are being led into a very scary agenda with Barak Obama ushering you in, smiling all the way. This election season is like no other that has come before in the USA. I am beyond sad for this country. What has gone wrong and what is wrong is now what people want more of? How bizarre!

    October 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Sherry for Obama

    Hallealulah praise the Lord and thank you Jesus.

    I pray things keep going Obamas way.

    God dont like ugly and with all the lies McCain/Palin are making its no wonder the polls are the way they are.

    October 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. republican female vet 4 obama

    Fantastic news! But I won't be satisfied until election day, and Barack Obama wins America back from the hole the Bush/McCain and the rest of them have put us in!

    October 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. sbjones8

    VOTE ! VOTE! VOTE!

    October 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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