February 27th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama tops new national polls

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/26/schneider.poll/art.mccain.obama.gi.jpg caption=" New national polls show Sen. Barack Obama, right, trumping Sen. John McCain in November."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Three national polls of Democrats show Sen. Barack Obama is the front-runner for the nomination. But what's behind this latest momentum?

There's growing evidence that Obama is seen as more electable than Sen. Hillary Clinton.

If you average the "poll of polls" - AP-IPSOS, USA Today/Gallup and CBS/New York Times - Obama leads Clinton 50 percent to 40 percent, with 10 percent unsure.

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  1. Liz

    Misleading polls lead to more misleading polls.

    This is a very dynamic situation. Obama is finally beginning to be vetted. Just yesterday two more conservative talk show hosts threw their support behind Hillary Clinton. Let's watch and see whether those white male voters who crossed over to knock out Hillary will indeed follow their new direction.

    February 27, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Jim Shimmer

    Obama is truly the best candidate to work our country. Finally a non-corrupt guy who is willing to stand up for the average american!!

    February 27, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. A proud Texan

    Big deal.... once Obama seals up the Democrat nomination, he's going to get eaten alive by Republicans. They will expose Obama for what he really is-an empty suit that can talk a good game and put on a hell of a pep rally, nothing more.

    February 27, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Corey, Maryland

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!

    February 27, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Fabian Blache III

    I think the biggest contributing factor to Senator Obama's increasing real estate in this national primary season ha snot been his profound intellect, his sound judgement or his favorable senate record and policy stances but rather the fact that he built his campaign from the bottom up.

    By relying on the American people to decide how far he would go, and by being steadfast in his message, and by demonstrating that he knows how to manage his operation from the top he has scored a great many points with the American public, which has bolstered his viability as a leader.

    February 27, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Conservative

    Obama wouldn't poll better than Ron Paul... that I know for sure

    February 27, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. Alex - Wisc.

    These polls don't win elections but that's good to hear the people are finaly starting to come together on who will be the nomination for the party. I can't wait till Clinton drops out. Even Clinton supporters have to admit she is acting as if it is her God given right to be president. Just imagine how bad it would have gotten if she had won the nomination.

    February 27, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Lisa Ramsey

    Yes, I'm very much in favor of Senator Obama as President of these United States. His calm, cool and articulate speech is in my opinion what really gets Senator Clintons goat if you will. If she would only address the issues and not his character she may have a better shot. Also, and again this is just my opinion for women of my statue...If she was to come off more of a woman and feminine as opposed to coming off as some bitter woman who is out to prove that she can get the job done and wear a dress or skirt she might have a better chance of appearing to be the woman for the job. To me she's the man for the job in a woman body suit. However, using Chelse as her feminine side doesn't cut it for me. IN the photo with John McCain and Senator Obama in the back ground and the attacks that are coming from his campaigning only show their weakness. As Senator Obama has said repeatedly, "Stick to the issues!"

    God bless Senator Obama, his family and his presidency! YOU ROCK!!!

    February 27, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Jim Kansas

    I will be quite truthful here, while the Govenor of Kansas endorsed Obama, and the Democratic caucus picked Obama in the State of Kansas, I know very very few Obama supporters. So just who is being polled anyway.

    February 27, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. jfs

    As well he should. He is a uniter. Her comment about a WOMAN in the White House was not needed and Divisive. What would we be talking about today if Obama had made the same comment inferring race???? This is the divide and conquer politics that she has promoted since day one. GIRLS get a clue.........not this time/ not this ERA. Being a fighter is one thing..............being foolish is something else. Lets elect a president in NOV and STOP cramming Hillary down our throats. IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN GIRLS. We love her but lets work together on this and stop this in party fighting. The point has been made and we now need to get on folks. McCain is planning and trying to unite while we argue over which words are stronger , whose Health Plan is the most inclusive, and which TV show's satire best suits our campaign.

    February 27, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. William O

    This is not a surprise. Obama is more electable than Clinton by a long shot. She's a devisive and controversial political character and America is tired of the same old politics as usual. America is rejecting AND denouncing her.

    February 27, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Karen Devine

    When I see the presidential polling for the general election it looks like the general election will be a tight race regardless of who McCain goes up against. How can this be?

    If what the press says is true, 3/4 of Americans are against the war, a very big McCain issue. Ultra conservatives are not enamoured with McCain and record numbers of Democrats are turning out in these primaries, which to me, would indicate record turnout during the actual general election. All this would indicate a blowout for the Democratic nominee, am I wrong?

    February 27, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Uncle Sam

    The Rasmussen presidential tracking poll currently has John McCain leading Barack Obama 47% to 43%.

    February 27, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. david

    Leads 50 to 40% with 10% unsure. That's a lead?

    CNN quit changing Obama's diapers.

    February 27, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Charles

    Three national polls? I wonder how the Clinton Team is going to marginalize and undervalue this? I know the response will probably be; It doesn't matter, the polls where conducted in the small states. Stop creating a ammunition data base for the republican's Hillary! Bow out gracefully if you can! Vindictive and corny doesn't look good on the Clinton resume. Wake up Hillary, Senator OBAMA is the people's choice!

    February 27, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Yasir

    I am just amazed with Hillary's ability or I should say UNability to debate what's important to us "citizens" and rather she countinues to come up with those silly matters (Farakhan, xerox, photos !, etc) that are not doing anything other than backfire on her. It's obvouse that her campain is really running low on good ideas on how to turn the train direction.

    As she has demonstared her unability of debating, she should get OFF the wagon and let this campaing debates our dialy needs..not to choose what words Obama uses when denouncing a matter. Hillary this is a Campain not a marriage relationship!

    If she is not even trusty enough to make her tax records public , thwn why in the world should anyone of us trust her ! she is just after power ! is that what we need ! Definitly NOT !..

    People are really turned off by Hillary failing tacktics,..it's not working for those of us who are simple minded

    Thank you Hillary, you are helping us in electing our next leader, That's why Obama's polls are leading..

    Yasir
    Ohio

    February 27, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. noOB

    I don't undersatnd why he is seen as way more electable. I hope the debate last night- can anyone say Farrahkan? will have an effect on his "momentum."

    February 27, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. bill pike

    time to change the bush/clinton royalty rights.

    February 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Texasboo

    YES!!! GOBAMA is a better opponent to go up against McCain and is more electable.

    February 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Mark

    100 times more electable. Clinton's running some sort of bipolar circus show and it's getting really annoying.

    February 27, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Wayne, Greenville TX

    The proof will come next Tuesday, when Obama stands a good chance of winning all four primaries. The wheels are falling off Hillary's bandwagon.....

    February 27, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. worried

    As a democrat in a republican state, I can only hope that Hillary gets the nomination. Barrack is far left, Hillary is left but not as far, and McCain is far right. The republicans are licking their lips at the chance of going after Barrack. Anyone who has followed Hillary through the years knows that she is the best person to be president even if the popular vote is leaning to Barrack. Just listen to the news reports. Even the Republican politicians laugh about him not having the experience he needs to win against them and he is too far left to really draw the republican states.

    February 27, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. David

    Biased media and media pundits as always like dancing on top of Clinton’s grave.

    February 27, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Charlotte

    50/50 is not a lead. Sounds more like a tie to me.

    February 27, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Johnson

    He deserves to be at the top of the polls. Consider the type of campaign that he has ran, I don't think that this should be shocking to anyone. When you win 11 in a row you are pretty much guaranteed a spot at the playoffs. When you beat a team by more than 20 points in 11 games, more than likely you are going to the superbowl. Thats just in line with all the football metaphors that we have been seeing throughout this campaign. I clearly believe that Obama is the best candidate for the democratic party and hopefully this will not drag on past Texas and Ohio. Its time for the democrats to unite behind Obama and move forward. The new generation of politics is about to begin.

    February 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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