October 25th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
5 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.

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  1. AmericanFreedom

    CNN along with ABC, CBS, MSNBC has shown America just how bias and unfair they can be. I have never seen such one sided coverage for anyone as you have shown for McCain. You people decided who you wanted to win and then used the power of the media to lock Obama in. You have taken the rights of Americans to choose. I have lost loved ones who fought for the freedom of this country, to give us rights, and the media abused its power. You will pay for such abuse as time goes by because Americans know what you did. Obama might very well win but we will never know if he won because he was the pick of the people. We were not informed about everything about this man and that was the bias medias choosing. You made the decision of what Americans would know and what they would not know. This will be remembered and if things don't go good for America you will be part of the blame. I as an American feel very cheated by such unfair and bias news coverage.

    October 25, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Susan

    We will not know until election day.

    October 25, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Missy from Kentucky

    I hope the polls are accurate. I would hate to think of a McCain / Palin presidency. Please, Americans, lets get this country back on track, and the only sensible, logical, sane way is to vote for the Obama / Biden ticket!

    October 25, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. veronica for obama

    You are right sneaky poete..if a child is born outside the united states to a american citizen that child is an american citizen....the people that are saying that he is not an american,are saying it because they wish he was not eligible to be president.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    October 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. jaxman

    Jeez – Louise!

    I'm soooo past tired of this Obama isn't a US citizen BS. Don't y'all think someone would have disqualified him by now if thos were true? John McEnroe – who is pro-American almost to the point of nausea was born in Germany (yes it's true – look it up). Does that make him a descendant of Hitler?

    October 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Marie

    These people talking these lies that Obama was born in Kenya and want to see his birth certificate needs to get a life.They have listen to McCain and Palin for so long they actually are beginning to beleive them about what Obama is hiding.It does not matter where Obama was born even though it was in HAWAII his mother was an american citizen so that would make him an american citizen.If there was any truth to your false claims how on earth would he have become a senator and lied about his birth place.Just accept the fact that lies like Rezko,Ayers,Paling with terriost ,and not loving his country because he's anti american but there are people that are voting for him (which the polls speak for themselves)do not agree with you.McCain is behind because of people like you that want to divide this country and put fear in them.And by the way Palin don't help the ticket with her anti american remarks.He thought picking this woman he would get Hillary's supporters to secure his nomination but the majority of those supporters surprised him in letting him know that they were not as stupid as he thought they were.This woman is no Hillary Clinton.He never spoke against George Bush until this week because he is grasping for whatever breath his campaign have.Throwing Bush under the busthis week is too late after voting alongside with him 90% of the time and still he think we are stupid.If you McCain supporters have been happy for the last eight years under Bush and 90% of McCain what planet were you on under Bush because you certainly have not been on this planet

    October 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Michael

    Isn't it funny that the right-wing trolls (like "sneaky pete".....puleez!) wonder about Obama's being born in Hawaii but turn a blind eye to the fact that McCain was not born in the U.S. ........ was born in Panama, if memory serves, but is a U.S. citizen nonetheless.

    Get over it........both men are honorable Americans.

    October 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. INDEPENDANT VET

    MEDIA'S RUN FOR THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT .

    SPONSORED BY THE DEMOCRATIC MACHINE .

    SPOKE'S PERSON FOR THE MEDIA , IS NONE OTHER THAN BARRY HUSSIEN OBAMA , THE ONE THAT IS NOT A CITIZEN OF THE USA. YES!! THE ONE THAT HAS ALL THE TERRORIST TIES, THAT WANTS TO BRING ALL THE ILLEGALS IN TO VOTE FOR HOLLYWOODS LATEST STAR.
    THE ONE THAT LIES , AS BAD AS HITLER. YES HITLER WAS A BIG LIAR ALSO..

    HEAR THERE ADD'S. FREE EVERYTHING , JUST VOTE FOR THE DC MACHINE. THEN TAKE WHAT YOU WANT FREE,

    REMEMBER THIS IS CONTROLLED BY THE MEDIA, . IF HE WERE DOWN BY SEVEN POINTS, THEY WOULD NOT TELL YOU. WHY THIS ELECTION IS GOING TO BE BOUGHT OFF WITH TERRORIST DOLLARS. .

    SO PUT THIS IN YOUR POLLS , NEVER HAPPEN FOR IT STATES WHAT IS GOING ON , AN SOME KNOW A LOT MORE WHAT IS IN HIS CLOSET.

    SO MANY DEAD VOTERS, CBS SAYS HIS PLANE SMELLS. JOE THE PLUMER, , DIDN'T EVEN OFFER TO HELP CLEAN IT UP . WHY FOR HE WOULD END UP WITH NOTHING ANY WAY. OBAMA AAND THE MEDIA WOULD TAKE IT.

    SO POLL, POLL JUST MORE LIES , WITH TIES.

    October 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Vader

    Hey, Brian for Business, from your outdated,neo-con drivel it's obvious you voted for W twice. Who's the gullible idiot?

    October 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. John in DC

    sneaky pete:

    The charge is false and, pardon me for saying so, anyone who still believes taht Obamam was born in Kenya after 21 months of HIllary and McCain tearing through every aspect of his life is either naive, under a rock, or just plain looking for anything, anything to hang their hat on not voting for the Dmocratic ticket.

    As a way of comparison, however, it is confirmed that John Sidney McCain, the son of a US Navy Admiral, was born in Panama City, Panama (Latin (South) America). Obviously, he's still been deemed qualified to run for the office of the President.

    But you have to wonder if all his talk in the last debate about Obama needing to visit South America isn't born out of a secret kinship with his country men and women of the region of his birth. (That's my own Karl Rovian/GOP attack slander email talking point)

    October 25, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. Roger from Ohio

    Obama's plan is to get our troops out of Iraq so he can send them back into Afghanistan! How stupid is that! Too bad BHO has no military experience. John McCain will do it the right way!!!

    October 25, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Earl

    After 8 years of total mismanagement, misrepresentation, and mistakes, I am looking forward to a positive change, a positive foreign policy agenda, and a positive attitude towards the welfare of all Americans, not just the rich.

    October 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. Charlie Bradley

    EVERYONE GET OUT THERE AND VOTE–Whether its for Obama-Biden or for Those Two. GETT OUT THERE AND VOTE SO THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT IN YOUR STATE WHO THE WINNER IS!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. SD

    BUSH took away your money, 401k's, houses, lots of civil rights, and 4000 of your kids for the Iraq war.

    MCCAIN wants to continue that GARBAGE!

    WHY WOULD YOU WANT MORE OF THIS???

    IF ANOTHER COUNTRY DID THIS TO US, WE WOULD'VE DECLARED WAR ON THEM BY NOW!!!

    People, if you don't like Obama, for the love of God................at least stay home instead of voting for McSame & Barbie the Hillbilly's wife!

    October 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. Tomkat in Seattle

    Anybody remember the game Mortal Combat when an opponent was just about to die? There was a graphic above the player's head and a gravelly voice would announce "Finish Him!" That reminds me of the McCain/Palin campaign, just withering until Obama/Biden lands the next uppercut....

    Obama 08

    October 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. craig

    sneaky pete-you are right.

    October 25, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. liz4

    obama!!

    This is now the time for change.For those of you who are not use to change, well get ready. We must stay focused, better educate ourselves and become less dependent on systems. Take a long look at how we are living as individuals and figure out how you got to where you are today. We all must stop blaming others and do more to help bring greater changes in our own lives.

    Remember that no one person have all the answers on anything. Keep the faith, hope, learn to trust and most of all be patient.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 25, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. mms

    sneaky pete,yes he would be.

    October 25, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Sneaky Pete..... From "I'm a fellow Westerner" comment ..........

    You poor lost soul.... You are really confused OR another repub plant to stir up conversation but heres the answer to your confusion........
    YES, FOR THE TEN BILLIONTH TIME..............................
    SENATOR OBAMA IS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, YES.... HE WAS BORN ON AMERICAN SOIL.......... YES.... HE CAN AND IS LEGAL TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT...... GOT THAT??????

    OH YES.... HE'S GONNA WIN TOO...

    October 25, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. A chicken sings in Johns yard

    Brian, Rush and Shaun must be your daddy.

    October 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. A Senior Southern Lady - NC

    Does the Republican pundents who are saying Obama is not a citizen because he was born in Hawaii, know that John McCain was born in the Canal Zone?

    October 25, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. robrubin

    sneaky pete: Obama was born in Hawaii. There have been several photo analysis done to prove that there is a raised seal that bleeds through from the back along with a signature.

    This is just another example of pathetic right wing smears on Obama.

    Wouldn't you think that after 2 years of running that if he didn't have a valid birth certificate it would have been proven a long time ago – like before the primaries?

    The Republicans want you to be scared of Obama because they are scared of losing all of their power. Plain and simple.

    October 25, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Bet..................I'm sorry for your grief in the loss of your loved one in Iraq. Many, Many more of us feel that same grief for the loss of our loved ones and the soldiers who are coming home so broken in body, mind and spirit. Take heart in the fact that Iraq will be over soon for not only us but also for the Iraq people who certainly didn't ask George Bush/ John McCain/Don Rumsfeld and the rest of that murdering lot to invade their country.. The voters of this country will certainly vote against that type of leadership when they elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden in just a few long days...

    October 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Brenda Smith

    You silly butts that keep talking about where Obama was born – it was Hawaii!

    Now, why aren't you Republicans talking about McCain being born in Panama while his dad was in the service?

    At least Hawaii belongs to the United States of America.

    October 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. I Hate CNN Moderators

    Hey CNN how is it that Sneaky Pete has posted first in almost every article on the Ticker? If you have something you want to ask, why don't YOU ask it. I think sneaky CNN is more apt.
    I know you will keep me in moderation and this post will never appear, but at least you will see it.

    October 25, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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