October 24th, 2008
09:40 AM ET
5 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. Mark in NC

    Oh man we're screwed

    October 24, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Sue

    Alternative:
    McCain would not finish his 1st trem......PRESIDENT PALIN!

    Words could not decribe the possible consequences!

    October 24, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. PA Voter

    It's not over, until it's over... Undecided voters... Intelligently, listen to Obama...He says ANYTHING for you to cast your vote...Do your own questioning...Are you ready to have Democrats govern? Do you want debates, bi-partisan decisions? And, do you want to 'share' your hard earned money?

    October 24, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Republicans have shown themselves to be some of the most self righteous haters on the planet.

    October 24, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Frank Lee

    Hopefully, an end to this reign of error foisted upon America by the GOP.

    October 24, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Dave

    I love that Obama. But I won't breathe easy until Nov. 5.

    October 24, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almight we're Free at Last. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream will be realized. What a lot of people do not realize that it';s not just the African American's that are Free at Last, but all other's are free of the stigma of being a bigotted, racist country. Thank God for Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. I am proud to be a Native American. Good Bless you Barack. We are all God's Children.

    October 24, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Rufus Paige

    I will keep a positive note and have already voted for Obama to clean up the message Bush has created. We all have do our part and believe that a change is coming. Barack 2008!

    October 24, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. sabuc for Obama

    GET OUT AND VOTE TO PROVE THE POLLS RIGHT!!!!

    VOTE EARLY AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.

    October 24, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. sf

    To "Tested Leadership" comments – duh, John McCain HAS cancer – 4 bouts with melanomia and his chances are 1 in 4 of having a reoccurence and then we would be left with Caribou Barbie who does NOT even know what the role of the VP is let alone the President. And, yes, America is smart, we are finally waking up and realizing we do NOT need 4 more years of the same!!!!!!

    OBAMA BIDEN 2008

    October 24, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. PoliticoPundit

    AP poll said its Tied ( +1 for obama) and CNN has come up with +9 . Great going..

    Obama's money is really talking in the language of News agency. .

    October 24, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. Brian, NJ

    Can't believe its only 9%.

    October 24, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Blue By You

    WHAT? No TIME to celebrate, DEMOCRATS!

    VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

    Get your friends and family to VOTE VOTE VOTE!

    October 24, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Rodger

    Obama's lead will double by election day. If he was white he would be up by 20 points today. As more and more people get comfortable with him, the poles will rise. He may take over 400 electoral votes and win by 15-20% of the popular vote.

    October 24, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Monique in NY

    Take nothing for granted! Remember, Obama supporters, the Bradley effect can happen again. Get out there and vote, vote, vote! America needs change! This is 2008, enough with the same old 8 years of failed politics!
    Go Obama/Biden!

    October 24, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Obamagirl from VA

    Finally! America is waking up!
    Obama/biden '08!
    They represent the REAL CHANGE we need!

    October 24, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. Sam

    Let's hope these polls are accurate - and the negative campaigning is hurting, not helping, McCain.

    October 24, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Phil in KC

    This has all been very entertaining – and interesting. But, let's face it, a national poll is moot. Obama may be building up that lead by widening his lead in states which are already 'blue'. The real test is state-by-state. So, those individual polls, especially the 'battleground' states are the ones that really matter.

    October 24, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Sarah

    Great news...
    Yes, Americans have brains and deserve to lead the world... Change will be landslide

    October 24, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. Liz

    We still gotta get out there and Vote on the 4th!!!

    Go Obama/Biden!

    October 24, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. James From Chicago

    Don't take anything for granted...GO OUT AND VOTE

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 24, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. GA Independent

    Don't get complacent, make sure you go vote. Vote early if you can – don't get frustrated by long lines at the polls. We would ALL love to see this all over and done with before midnight on Nov. 4.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 24, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. gail

    see you in chicago on Nov 4th guys!

    October 24, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Gunslinger

    WOOHOO GO OBAMA

    October 24, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. RickyL

    If the stock market continues its meltdown, McCain/Palin could start dropping faster than General Motors.

    The Bush legacy becomes clearer every day.

    October 24, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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