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).

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  1. Cathy Brandes

    I echo Senator Obama's comment from last week "Remember two words, New Hampshire". We need to continue to talk about the issues and encourage all to VOTE!

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

    We are about to elect one of our nations finest future Presidents who will help shape the future of this country and get us back on track to be a global leader in all things good. A country we can once again be proud of.

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

    And yet it won't mean anything if they don't show up to vote.

    Obama supporters and McCain supporters alike must remember the only poll that matters is the one on November 4. Go vote!

    October 24, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Mo, NC

    Let's just be sure we're getting out to vote and not just depend on these polls, especially this close to election day.

    Obama-Biden '08!

    October 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. j7

    Obama supporters, I do not hear the Fat Lady singing and I am sure you do not either Therefore donate more money and time to get this done. Make some more calls. Knock on some more doors.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    PS: May Toot, Obama's Granny get well soon.

    October 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. JB

    Obama / Biden ... landslide 2008.

    October 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. OBAMA SUPPORTER IN IOWA

    I'm praying that Senator Obama grandmother lives to see the results on November 4th.

    October 24, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. RWG

    I still don't understand why, with all of the low approval ratings for Bush, Congress, McCain's campaign tactics and Palin as the Republican VP pick why Obama is not leading in the polls by 30 points. Why is it taking so long for us to get it? Or, do we not believe the hype?

    October 24, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Mark- Minneapolis, MN - Independent

    Well, as Barack has stated, "let's not call in the dogs yet" – (per James Carville).....let's work until the last day...work hard out there and get every vote...fight racism and get the country back on board – both globally and domestically....everyone out there – "keep your heads cool"...do not let the fear get you down....Let's support and help the next president / vice president ....Sen. Barack Obama, IL and Sen, Joe Biden, DE

    October 24, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. John, Austin TX

    CNN, You guys better call it already. You could lay claim to being the very first network to call the election for Obama.

    OBAMA '08

    October 24, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. jeff

    Keep leaning forward everyone - we MUST ELECT OBAMA -

    VOTE, VOTE, VOTE,

    OBAMA/BIDEN (AND US!) 08

    October 24, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. urock (stands for Unions Rock)

    VOTE-VOTE-VOTE-The vote is the only thing that will matter-the more we get out the vote in all states the GOP will have a harder time trying to "fix" all the voting machines in all the states

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Brad

    It's still amazing that as many people support McCain as they do.

    His presidency will do nothing to repair our image and return the United States to a respected world leader.

    While John McCain has "experience", that doesn't mean anything with a broken political system such as ours. We need new ideas, and that's not McCain/Palin.

    October 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. raj

    obviously... What else we do to a party which messed up our country so much and a guy who is in power with that party for more than 26 years? GOP, mc Cain... Take some rest...

    October 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. LS, Austin, Texas

    McCain supporters need to get a grip and realize McCain is NOT cut-out for the job. McCain is too old and won't be able to work hard enough for this country. As for Palin, she is a disaster in the making.

    Palin could care less about McCain. Palin knows McCain's age, and she is just itching to get in the White House to take over this country.

    Think about this, if Palin still doesn't know what the VP does, what makes you think she knows what the President does?

    If McCain wants to put his country first, then he should drop out of the race, because he is not mentally nor physically capable of handling the job.

    October 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. D&D

    GO and VOTE Folks, VOTE like you never did before, the stake is too high, and that's the only way to go for Obama/Biden ticket!

    October 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Michael

    Things sound good but we're still having a get out to vote event here in Dayton, Ohio on Nov. 1 because "It aint over til its over" and we've seen the extent that the losing party will go remember 2000/2004. I'm an Independent, but it appears that Republicans when desperate will play from the bottom of the deck and believe that "You aint try'in if you aint cheating!" so we shall see! Go Vote!

    October 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. shughes7@hotmail.com

    Convince your friends to early vote as soon as they've made up their mind. No excuses! Lock the votes in before they wait too long and get to the polls and see a line. They'll turn around and walk out. No excuses!

    Excuses are tools of incompetence, that build monuments to nothing-ness and those who use them seldom specialize in anything else.

    No excuses! Go vote!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Karen

    Make sure to Vote and get others to vote too!

    October 24, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Concerned Texan

    Don't rely on the polls people...PLEASE.....go and vote! You will even feel better once you do the right thing and exercise your right to vote.

    October 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Gail

    This is what we've all been working so hard for – don't get lazy now! VOTE!!

    We received our mail=in ballots on Saturday. My entire family, extended family and all my friends and their families have voted Obama. I don't know anyone voting GOP this time around.

    Go Obama!

    October 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. alvino

    I received a request in the mail from Sarah Palin for a campaign donation.(she probably needs a new dress). I have early voted for Obama

    October 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Ken, Republican Voting for Obama

    We dont believe your polls you want us not to vote, we are still going to vote for Obama, the only poll we trust will be on 5th.

    October 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Max

    Well that's good news. The McCain campaign is over. Their only focus is Obama's imperfections or mistakes. It just shows Obama has good policies, on which Republicans can't find arguments against.

    October 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Maggie from Virginia

    My husband and I are on our way to the poll to vote early for That One!

    October 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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