October 24th, 2008
09:40 AM ET
10 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).

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  1. sbjones8


    October 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Desiree, Chicago

    The Truth Speaks – You're an ignorant moron. Obama has never claimed to be only black. He is biracial and has always been proud of that fact. He has never made race the running point in this campaign. As a biracial gal myself (I am also half black half white), I grew up being torn into two directions, hang out with white people because I "act" more white, or hang out with the blacks because I looked the part/ethnic. You have no idea what it's like to be told who you are and who you should hang out with because of your race. It's like an ongoing identity crisis that only the strong survive. It was the MEDIA and every one else who kept saying that he's black, he's black. Most every one else failed to mention that he was half white as well.

    October 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. James from Kansas City

    Not time to celebrate yet. If you want Obama to be elected, you must continue for the next 11 days to work. If not, we may wake up Nov. 5 and wonder what happened.

    October 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. dave

    Lets hope your biased polls are wrong as it would be the WORST possible thing if this incompetent duo does win.

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

    I already voted for Senator Obama (absentee ballot) and so did my REPUBLICAN FRIENDS. We filled out our ballot during our lunch time at work and even our doctors and nurses voted for OBAMA.

    We understood Senator Obama's Agenda and I hope that he will do what he said will going to do if he is elected. We also understand that money is not easy to find but we need a FRESH BREATH OF LEADER. SOMEONE WHO EXPERIENCED HARDSHIP IN LIFE AND WORK HARD TO WHERE THEY ARE TODAY. I WORKED HARD TO EARN MY COLLEGE DEGREE AND IT'S NOT EASY WHEN THERE IS NO MONEY.

    October 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. THINK

    I am feeling it. America has awakened. America knows it has been shammed. America knows it doesn't want 4 more years of lies.

    October 24, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. lindapuma

    should be 19 points! I can't believe people consider voting for that volitile adulterous liar McCain or that empty headed freak show Palin

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

    well, this "white" senior woman voted Obama..and so did many other whites I know..so much for Obama not getting white senior votes, here in Texas he sure IS...we arent stupid either...so
    you should worry about what goes on behind curtains! OBAMA will win !
    Texas independents

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

    McCain's Private Visit With Chilean Dictator Pinochet Revealed For First Time. Looks like Senator McCain has a lot of explaining to do about his rogue sit downs with terrorist nations.

    Why is John McCain lying about everything? Do you know what the "PNAC" is? The Project of a New American Century is a chilling group of extremists with a world agenda for WAR. John McCain co-founded this group. If you love your children and do not want to see them go to war in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Georgia, or anywhere else please research John McCain's extremist back ground.


    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Brooke

    We still have a little less than two weeks left, an eternity in politics. Remember how Obama was up as high as he was in the primaries before Hillary almost won? This race will be a lot tighter than people expect. I can't wait for President-elect McCain and Vice President-elect Palin.

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Vanessa

    For "The Truth Speaks!"

    What you are saying is BS how many people are not voting for Obama because he is black or bi-racial. By your comments it shows your ignorance. When are we going to move beyond color and just accept a person for who they are and the values they bring. Unless you have been living in some remote reaches of the world everyone is mixed with something if you go back far enough so please do not use that as an excuse. But to be honest why is no one speaking about Palin and her husband who wanted to seperate Alaska from the rest of the US. Or the pastor of Palin 's that was calling certain people witches and need to be burned. I am sick of al this back and forth. We will see in the end who is the better to lead.

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Sheryl Preston

    I heard that if Obama wins, he will spend 200 million on his victory party.
    Is this any indication of what lies ahead in an Obama administration?

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Jesse, MA.

    Hey Michael Howard,
    Sure, it was most accurate in '04, but when looking at all the polls this year, including many others that were very close, that one is an outlier. Cherry pick your info all you want. It doesn't make you right.

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Frisco Texas for Obama

    All my Obama supporters (which I am), don't get cocky as Barack said. GO AND VOTE AND TAKE A FRIEND WITH YOU. I am voting today in TX and not taking anything for granted. Barack is working as hard as ever to ensure we have real change in this country and we have to be diligent and make sure we spend more time voting and getting others to vote than writing comments on blogs. GO BARACK AND GO VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008&2012 HILLARY CLINTON 2016 AND 2020

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. The real issues

    This election comes down to two points: Experience and Race.

    In 2000, we elected a Governor who claimed to have experience. After eight months in office, 09/11 occurred. What did his experience do? Lead us into an unjustified war (where are the WMDs?), over 4,000 lives have been lost, Osama bin Laden is still at large, and the Taliban is strengthening again. Bush and his Repub friends (yes, you McCain) allowed greed and deregulation on Wall Street which has harmed Main Street. Is this the type of experience we want? Repubs are questioning Obama's experience...what do they have to crow about?

    Race: We cannot choose our parents. Obama's father was from Kenya, his mother from Kansas. He was orphaned, and his grandparents helped to raise him. He graduated from college, and is a professor of Constituational Law. I bet he knows the role of the VP!! Yet, it's 2008, and Americans still won't vote for him because he's black. Well, then vote for the half that's white!! Come on! It's not the Civil War nor the 1960's. We need to show the world that we have progressed beyond racism.

    This white, Christian, Republican voted early this week in FL for Obama. I'm hoping my state goes BLUE. I'm a teacher (who makes less than "Joe the Plumber") – and I feel confident that Obama is the man for the task ahead. It's going to be hard, but America needs change!!

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Stephen Russell

    Right now it is clear that this election could mark the point in American history when, as a nation, we faced our hypocrisy, beat it down, and moved forward!

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    We've seen the true snarky, snide, hateful, lying John McCain, and we don't like him.

    Vote early to avoid even longer lines Nov. 4.

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. Holding my Breath

    If Obama wins he had better be as billiant and great as he has been hyped tobe. Because I am not sold on him yet and if he starts running for a 2nd term before he is even half done with his 1st term than my biggest concern about Obama will be confirmed and that is he sells himself for better jobs but doesn't sit in the chair long enough to do anything.

    2012 Clinton, we are watching 😉

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. clyde ST Louis

    It is very clear that cnn is in the tank for obama, when other polls shows the race to Nov 4th is very close.

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. georgia

    On the woman attacked because of a McCain bumper sticker: in the photo, the "B" appears to be backwards. . .

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

    All of Canada is praying that Obama/Biden will win the election, all you American's make sure you vote..we all need change

    October 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. frank

    saveyourrhetoric: it's a poll of polls. The results of six different polls were averaged out. The Fox poll is included as well.

    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Mike the Independent from Ohio

    Did anyone see the article that Obama was a member of the Socialist party along with the democratic party when he ran for state Senator...... A little scary that's all, vote 3rd party

    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Demski

    Hey you pollsters, can you make a poll as to when will the economy be able to recover? Figures don't like but liars figure.

    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Matt

    "voters will say one thing because it's "politically correct," but i can't WAIT to see who votes for whom behind those private curtains."

    Yep - McCain/Palin '08: "We're banking on racism!"

    Give it up, dude. You are so finished. Obama wins this by 200 electoral votes. Admit it; it's over.

    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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