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. Charlie

    Vote! Obama/Biden '08

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

    josh...Obama has a place for Hillary more powerful than VP, and if things go right; she will either be on the supreme court, or president in 2012.

    do what's right...Hillary would want you too.

    Barock the vote!

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

    This is exactly the time that would test McCain's character. What does he do when he has a setback? Resort to acts of desparation, slander, and fear-mongering. This is proof that he does not have the character or integrity to become President.

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

    It will be a wonderful THANKSGIVING this year , a new Nation, with a bright future.


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

    OBAMA IS GREASED LIGHTENING! He'll be up to 13-16 percentage points the day before the election. I would leave the country if we had as president Caribou Barbie (he NEEDS HER), and McSameLoser. Reckless, impetuous, maybe erratic, but a DIRTY DOG, no doubt. C'Mon all OBAMA supporterS, let's throw some more cash into this campaign, we are so close to the finish, he needs our cash right now. He's willing to work that hard for me. A guy who can attract 100,000 people, 75,000 at the DNC??? We wont see another candidate like this again until Abe Lincoln is reincarnated. Think about who you want. YOU get to choose with this election!

    October 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. wycliffe, NJ

    country moving to another direction....away from the worst president in American History, McBush

    October 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. TONY

    GO O!

    Send McCain back to whine and moan in the Senate, and give his dimwitted, incoherent, incompetent, babbling Barbie doll back to moose country!

    October 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. commonsense

    After an increasingly negative campaign it should be no surprise to most informed voters that the Obama/Biden Campaign has gained an advantage. However, the GOP won the last two elections after being down in the polls with the weeks leading up to the election. The only way to truely know who the american people wish to be the next president is to VOTE!

    October 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. keenaber

    American wakeup go vote early its better for us all,pl,let the boat not be drowned by mcspalin, idiots pit. Obama our president on 5.11.08.

    October 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. punk

    All Repubs. can say at this time is "be afraid,"? c'mon, accept your losses, and stop saying that dems are going to run this country into the ground when you have done just that, the only thing i hope we take from all this is that the will of the American people is done and we can all go back to being Americans instead of Repubs or Dems on Nov the 5th, otherwise, it will be a very sad country to live in


    October 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. joseph

    trudy October 24th, 2008 9:43 am ET

    Obama good for this Country , an for People who didnt like us in the past

    I could have sworn his VP said a "international crisis" was a iminate, "they are going to test him" within 6 months of the election. So much for Change, seems like other countries still gonna hate us, why do you libs care so much about what other think anyways?

    October 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Jim

    Polls mean nothing but on election John-Palin and the Plumber man will be beat badly maybe then they feel the blues

    McCain for the 2008 plungers award

    October 24, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |

    We KNOW we HAVE to CHANGE our GREAT Country from Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin STYLE politics.... I am EXTREMELY happy, I VOTED FOR OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Terry, Dallas Texas

    It sure has gotten quiet in these blogs about how Obama will never win. Hey what happened to the PUMA folks? You know the 18 million who were going to insure a McCain victory? And the folks who were gloating when McCain picked Palin and said that it was CHECKMATE.
    You folks might want to shield your eyes on the 4th when the results start coming in because it will not be pretty.

    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. PUMBU


    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Steve Hamilton

    The Republican era is coming to an end. It's time to get our country back on the right track and Obama/Biden are the men for the job.
    We can start feeling good about ourselves again.

    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. April in Texas

    My family and I have already voted for Obama but that doesnt mean we are done working to get him elected. Complacent we are not, as the battle isnt won. I will work just as hard and hopeful that on Nov. 5th we will have a president that will be for the people instead of himself and Wallstreet..

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Commonwealth of VA

    The only poll that matters is on 11/4/08. Victory is in sight. McCain claims he's been tested. Nothing can test you for being POTUS.


    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Chris K

    The whole "Joe the Plumber" thing was already tedious before the end of the third debate! McCain and Palin are so clueless that they continue with the "Joe the Plumber" talking points even though the overwhelming number of voters were already tired of hearing it. The more people finally realize that MCCain and Palin are more concerned about "Joe the CEO" than "Joe the Plumber" they will vote for Obama. The whole "Joe the Plumber" thing from McCain is such a sham!

    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Bulldog

    Palin is out there saying the $150 thousand wardrobe is a double standard against women. Are you kidding me. They made a big deal about John Edwards $300 haircut, John Kerry expensive shirts, John McCain's $400 shoes right off the top of my head. This entire double standard sexist name calling is so convenient every time you get caught, isn't it? It getting rediculous.

    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Obama 08

    It ain't over, I do not trust the Republican Ticket...

    I hear there are purging of votes in a few states.

    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. John in Ohio

    FOX News Poll: Obama Grabs Nine Point Lead Over McCain

    Less than two weeks before Election Day, Barack Obama leads John McCain 49 percent to 40 percent among likely voters, according to a FOX News poll released Wednesday.

    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. PoliticoPundit

    Gallup obama +4
    AP obama +1
    IBD – Tied

    These are the recent poll of Polls.

    Think people think..

    OBAMA : changed his tax plan ( according to CNN fact check, ) within few days. how can you believe the person for long run. He said 250,000 now but will change if that doesn't work.

    Obama didn't help his OWN ( half) brother for last 20 years, how can you believe he will help us all. His brother is making $1 a day in Kenya.

    He will tax the home sale even after 24 months of residence. I am just thinking people are stuck with their opinions and not thinking straight.

    October 24, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. keenaber

    demo go head.vote

    October 24, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. judy mitchell

    The economy is in the tank; billions for Iraq; world loathes USA. We have to have change. It can't be any worse than GOP Now. McCain just isn't the answer. Obama may be young and some say in-experienced, but he is by far too intelligent not to make a big positive difference. There is no hope for America if the GOP gets in again. Hope the senate goes demo too. This past congress was a disgrace and everything that is wrong with US today is the fault of a faulty congress. They should be ashamed. Anderson Cooper should expand his 10 culprits to include Congress.

    October 24, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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