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. Janice

    I'D be interested to know what the polls said in the last election at this date in the race.

    October 25, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. FrankSmith

    Why do we pay taxes?

    -Not to spread wealth (0 point, if you think it is to spread wealth)

    -Not to give out welfare (0 point, if you think it is to give welfare)

    -Not to support the poor (0 point, if you think it is to feed the poor)

    We pay taxes "To make our Government function or work for us". As an example, the Republicans just waged 2 wars because they knew the Government had our tax monies, and one of the functions of Government is to "protect us."

    Do you want Government to protect us? If your answer is YES, then vote to pay taxes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |

    Brian for Business,

    You fit right in with the rest of the goons in Washington and this is precisely why Americans are Fed Up with the GOP and the likes of the GOP dirty tactics.

    October 25, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. xcusme

    I like what I see in the polls but I don't trust them. I don't trust the republicans. They have stolen elections before. They will do anything to win.

    Go Obama/Biden 2008

    October 25, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. Simmy

    The Distinguished Senator from Illinois deserves a LANDSLIDE viictory for the way he and his staff masterfully ran this campaign!

    I am proud to be an early voter, and prouder to have voted for the right candidate! God bless America! OB08+12

    October 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. JR of TX

    to Brian for Bad Business ;

    I don't blame you for your ideology. I know how powerful and influencing the likes of fox news, hannity, limbaugh, et al to people. Maybe you should start using the www instead of those right wing talk shows/radios to be better educated on issues. Open your eyes and mind and stop living and dwelling in the past. It's the 21st century now and neocon ideologies don't apply anymore.

    October 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. St. Paul Mom

    Of course, what really counts are the electoral college votes. I hope that Obama is elected with a solid mandate and that soon after the elections we set about healing the divisions in this country. If Obama wins, as seems likely, the best thing John McCain could do for the country then is to express support for him.

    October 25, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Ms. G

    Brian for Business,

    How were you under Bill Clinton? Answer that question first. Then how are you now under Bush? Which administration has given a 700 billion dollars to banks? The Bush administration!!
    Obama is bringing the same economic platform as Bill Clinton and will also take it further with to get us independent from foreign oil.
    It is time for you to get over your bad feeling from the primary in reference to Hillary. I don't think you really support Hilary's platform if you still carry that resentment. Senator Hilary has moved on and so should you because you can lose your peace, your heaven, just for that.

    October 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. Peachbird

    I suspect Obama is doing even better than 9%.... I can believe that a portion of the country is blind, stupid and deaf.... but not 42%..... come on.... give the People a break! Let's have a little faith!

    October 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Brian for Business

    According to US immigration rules at the time of Barack's birth, he would not qualify to be a US citizen if her were born in Kenya. That is why they are forging his birth certificate to look as though he was born in Hawaii. The fact is his mother couldn't fly at the time so she had the child in Kenya before flying him to Hawaii.

    Fact is Barack is not eligible to be President, but do you think the media or anybody is willing to look into this? Absolutely not, he is the Messiah, rules don't apply to the Messiah.

    We lose. Barack wins.

    McCain Palin and Hillary supporters 2008

    October 25, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Let it go..........


    October 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. McCain=the draft

    To sneaky pete:

    Go to: obamafactcheck.com

    October 25, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. Student

    About two centuries ago, Sir Alex Fraser Tyler (1747-1813) captured the essence of the situation we face when he said,
    "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

    October 25, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. Simmy

    Stop the hating! If you can't stand the heat, go back to Fix News!

    Positive Candidates Win Elections in the 21st Century!
    The Good Ole Boys' Network is crumbling!

    October 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. James

    Maureen I agree.

    Even Alan Greenspan, the champion of deregulation during his tenure (which spanned the Reagan to Bush Jr years), has just testified before Congress that he was wrong about the Market's "Invisible Hand" being able to self-regulate business, keeping it in line with the interests of it's investor.

    He said his understanding of the economic model was "flawed" and he made a "mistake"

    John McCain, would seek to continue to spread the wealth...from bottom to top, and that's just as unfair as top to bottom has been 20 of the past 28 years.

    Obama's plan is just undoing what has been done the past 8 years. McCain can't realistically think he can pay for his plan if no one if paying the piper.

    October 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. To Sneaky Pete

    Yes, Obama would still be an American citizen regardless of where he was born due to his Mother being an American. However, the US constitution states that to run for POTUS, one must be a naturalized citizen (born on American soil) OR if one is born in a foreign land, then BOTH parents must have been American citizens – to be able to be POTUS, that is.

    Doesn't matter though, Obama was born in Hawaii.

    October 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Keith

    Polls suck. Everyone get out and vote for Obama. Put an end to this eight year long nightmare.

    October 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Bobby from MS

    Apparently CNN has not seen the AP poll which has McCain beating Obama. I would also lke to point out that this was the most accurate poll of the 2004 election.

    You liberals can slant the polls any way you want but the truth will be seen on Nov. 4. If I am wrong I just guess we will have a communist as a president or should I call Obama Czar, Dictator, or Furor?

    October 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. Karl

    It will soon be over for Mummy and Dummy, and we won't have to hear any more of their rage, fear, smear and lies. Praise God, truth and grace still wins out.

    October 25, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. hurriCAIN PALIN

    nobama cannot / will not save the united states in any way if elected

    October 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. Maggie from Virginia

    You must be born in the USA to be eligible for the presidency. The Honorable Barack Obama is a US born citizen and will be the next US President.

    McCain was born in Panama. Not a USA state or territory. We don't want to go down that road though.

    October 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. BC

    Yeah, not only are McCain and Palin really crazy, but it looks like the only people who are still supporting them are too – crazy, mean, lying nasty people who hate anything that represents any kind of real change.

    October 25, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. theogracias

    McCain is great when he's behind. Watch him work his magic. Nothin up his sleave...nothing between his ears...presto, here's Palin!!!

    October 25, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. markens from newyork

    the conservatives republicans are stupid people. who cares.

    October 25, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. Vic

    Early voting is the way to go. The Republicans have too many tricks on voting day. Don't forget 2000!

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 25, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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