October 25th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
10 years ago

CNN poll of polls: Obama's advantage at nine points nationally

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama’s is ahead of Sen. John McCain by nine points, according to CNN’s latest national general election poll of polls. Fifty-one percent of likely voters support Obama while 42 percent support McCain. Seven percent of those surveyed are unsure about their choice of president.

Obama was ahead of McCain by eight points – 50 percent compared to 42 percent in CNN’s previous general election poll of polls released Friday afternoon.

CNN latest national poll of polls is composed of the following eight surveys: Newsweek (October 22-23), ABC/Washington Post (October 19-22), CBS/NYT (October 19-22), Fox/Opinion Dynamics (October 20-21), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 22-24), Gallup (October 22-24), Diageo/Hotline (October 22-24), and IBD/TIPP (October 19-23).

The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. TJ

    If John McCain would focus on the issues, this race would be a lot different!!!!

    October 25, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Ron L

    If the Democrats actully go out and vote Obama will win by 5 to 10%...YOU CAN BET ON IT...
    The potentIal of Gov. Palin in the White House scares the Hell out of most of us..SERIOUSLY!!!

    October 25, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. rob

    @Sneaky pete
    look at Wikipedia's page on Natural-born citizen.
    Natural-born citizen is the wording the constitution uses.
    Obama is for sure a Natural-born citizen, since he was born in a US state.
    McCain on the other hand.... there is a debate whether he is or not a Natural-born citizen. Both of his parents were US citizens of course but he was not born in a US state but rather on a US base in the Panama Canal Zone. According to the law McCain is a US citizen but whether he is a Natural-born citizen is not very clear, though because McCain is a republican, no one attacks him over this issue because it is just a matter of wording and is just in the need of some legal clarifying.

    October 25, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. P

    re: sneaky pete, why this isn't an issue is very simple. If it was even remotely true, you know palin would've said it by now.

    October 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. vic

    Polls mean nothing.
    Get out and VOTE....vote Democratic across the board.

    October 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. mel from Ohio

    The polls where you vote count not all this other stuff from everywhere else!!! PLEASE VOTE NOW!!!
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. John from Las Vegas

    Yes, Sneaky Pete, you are indeed correct. But, you must realize that most rednecks in this country (the "real" patriots...lol) woundn't know the difference between a fact and a cowpie. If this was the late1400's, these would be the same people who beleive that the world was flat.

    Let them be, they aren't worth anyone's time. They're McCain's base.
    And they will lose.

    GO OBAMA!!

    October 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. Dori in AZ

    Hey, sneaky pete!

    Obama WAS born in Hawaii. His FATHER was from Kenya and was studying at the university in Hawaii, which is where he met Obama's mom. There's plenty of proof. Amazing that there are still so many blatant lies out there, isn't it?

    And, though it doesn't have anything to do with Obama, if a child is born in another country to a U.S. citizen – either mother or father – the child IS a U.S. citizen. And, in some cases, can have dual citizenship.

    October 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. Rodger

    It's becoming a blowout...winner American people...losers hate mongers and the bigots that are still living in the 19th Century!

    October 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  10. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    The "rogue" Palin is funnier and scarier than the "controlled" Palin. I believe the polls will continue to increase for Obama as voters get to know more about this exaggerator, liar and fear monger.

    There is no truth left of her claims to be against the bridge to nowhere, the pipeline that is far from being a done deal (the Canadians especially have not had their say and it is THEIR country it will run through) and her claim of being against earmarks and accepting favours of 150 000 dollars for clothing and money for family members for trips.

    October 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Charlie Bradley


    October 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. Griff

    Barack Obama! The claim Jumper! Who has done nothing to serve the USA... Yet wants to lead the Country....

    October 25, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. SD,Michigan

    Tired of polls already and even more tired of the social terrorist John McCain walking around scaring people with lies and smears!
    People go out and vote for Obama! Can't take more of McCain and Palin on my TV spewing venom...

    October 25, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. Larry





    October 25, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Observer

    Good news, but we can't count on a win too early! There is still over a week left. We need everyone to get out and vote! I voted early and I voted Obama!

    October 25, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. John Smith

    sneaky pete– you are correct in your "reasoning". But do not expect a Republican to have this level of intellectual capacity. Think only abortion, and you will be okay!

    October 25, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. Peter (CA)

    And how has it been going lately, Brian?

    Business takes advantage of American workers and American taxpayers to fatten themselves up. I would not worry about us becoming more like Russia, I would worry about us becoming more like Mexico.

    October 25, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. carol kesling

    to brian for buisness.... maybe we can actually make some progress in the house and senate !!!!!!! NO MORE GRIDLOCK !!!!!! we all have to pay taxes brian , i have a retirement of 27,000.00 a year, i pay 2735.00 a year in taxes, but im willing to take a chance on obama ... maybe you should take a chance too.....

    October 25, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. John

    The race is over it seems, but people do you best...all you can. Go out and VOTE. Save the US people, economy and the world. We can still collectively make a change ...


    October 25, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. McCain=the draft


    October 25, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. Dawn

    Hey Brian for Business... Please read PNAC, if you think Obama is wrong, then McCain is worse. I read it and it is scary... As for his sick grandmother, did you ever loose someone you love, get a life man.

    OBAMA all the way.

    October 25, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. jefferson values

    i am not voting for obama becuase he is black
    last i looked it was not illegal not to trust blacks
    call it racist or call it what you want
    i don't trust school teachers either , almost certain there is no law there either

    October 25, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. mike

    ....Continue firing on ALL cylinders like the Space Shuttle Barrack...the momentum needs be geared up to another level please...NO STONE SHOULD BE LEFT UNTURNED...UNTIL THE REPUBLICANS ARE ROUTED OUT ...


    GO BARRACK GO.......................

    October 25, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Briana


    October 25, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. John

    Brian, you can't be serious 🙂
    No one will cry to you because you probably don' t have a answer to the most simple question ever. You just dont get it to, do you?

    McCain/Palin do not and I repeat DO NOT have anything for the common man...

    October 25, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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