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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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Mike

    I voted for Obama in the Florida primary, but each day that goes by I become more and more in favor of Clinton. She just sounds so much more substantive and comprehensive on all of the issues. And Obama is doing exactly what he claimed he wouldn't: Play Washington politics and not take a stand on anything. Clinton sounds ready to go; Obama could use a few more years.

    February 27, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. phil

    Are these the same polls that had John Kerry up by 17 points just days before the election?

    February 27, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Hope, OH

    this should make it clear to ALL democrats what needs to be done. thankfully what needs to be done is the same choice that is best for this country anyway.

    Obama 08!

    February 27, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. donnajp

    I am an upset 60 year old white female who supports Hillary Clinton not because she is a woman but because she is a woman of substance. The problem is that the women supporting Hillary have found out that men in the US do not want a woman president so they find fault with everything she says or does while Obama gets a free ride. We women may just stay home on election day since we are not considered of equal status to be the President of the US. What are all of these men telling their daughters about what they can be when they grow up?

    February 27, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Masumbuko

    Congratulations Obama. We love you!

    February 27, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. LadyLeo

    Way to go Mr. President.

    OBAMA 08

    February 27, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. pb Voter

    Why are we talking about Minister Farrakhan. The debate in Ohio should have been about Home Foreclosurers, in which Ohio is one of the leading states in the country. Honestly, I could care less about endorsements by any canidate. Let's stick to the issues that are most important. The debate moderates did a POOR JOB !

    February 27, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. mish

    Obama will be more electable!!! He is steady , cool, calm and focused.
    When all is said and done, Hillary always comes across as being devisive and moody
    How can anyone feel this woman would bring the congress and senate together let alone the country.
    I felt when she was pressing the Farrakhan issue that she came across as henpecking !!
    Obama has a *constant temperament* about him in any situation.He has proven that time and time again .Exactly what a leader needs in the white house.
    For those who want an Obama..Clinton dream team I cannot help
    but think who would want that *moody* woman along side them every day in the white house.I think it would be a presidents NIGHTMARE!!!

    February 27, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. jane

    After watching Hillary's pathetic, remorseful attempt at a debate, replete with name-calling, hypocrisy, and phony baseless attacks to distract and insult Americans' sense of decency and common sense.....I will NEVER ever support her.....she is an insult to ALL Americans with any sense of what real change from the past even means, as her true, vindictive, snide, double-talking side comes out:

    Change= not hillary
    Transformation= not hillary
    Solutions=not hillary
    Hillary=Evil slimy establishment bush supporter

    February 27, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Paula Angelique Hafner

    My mum likes Obama.

    February 27, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Independent-Latina-voter, Salt Lake City, UT

    Hey Liz, "two more conservative talk show hosts threw their support behind Hillary"....... well OF COURSE they did! That's the candidate they WANT.

    In national polls, Obama beats McCain. BUT in national polls McCain has a slight edge over Hillary! Duh.

    The Republicans have wanted Hillary to be the nominee from the start. Even Bill O'Reilly defended her on his show! Wake up!

    They want Hillary, cause they know what they can do to her. And she is whining about being asked the first question! She ain't seen nothing yet.

    February 27, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. A. Lei

    I truly believe there should be two America's one for the blacks and one for all others. Give Blacks the following: 5 nuclear subs, 30% of all America's nuclear weapons. 60 spy satellites, 30% of the IRS 15 States mostly on the coast line the lower part of America. Portions of California to Texas, including Mexico 25% of the Gross National product (GNP) only 5% of the deficit and National debt and 1/3 of the America Arm forces along with the equipment which would include the ships, tanks, airplanes, military vehicles, and 1/3 of the military budget to go along with keeping the military in power. Then as Blacks we will go away and rule ourselves. Unless you people agree to these terms then shutup.

    February 27, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Bouba NY

    As I said before.....Obama is a true leader. He did it last night at the debate. John McCain can't argue him about the war in Iraq as he didn't even vote for it, therefore there is no conversation about the surge of soldiers is working or not.............

    February 27, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Stan Weisenbergenstein

    I love Obama!

    February 27, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Carole

    If Obama gets the nomination he will not win to be President. Hillary could beat McCain, but Hillary supporters are not happy with Obama so I doubt that he will get their votes. Making Obama the nominee is definetly giving the Presidency to McCain.

    February 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Brian M. From Fort Mill, S.C.

    If Obama can beat the Clinton Machine, the most powerful and ruthless politicians to date, or what I like to call the "Unholy Trinity" (Bill, Hillary and Chelsea), then what makes you think he can't beat an old geezer like McCain? McCain looks like he needs oxygen!

    February 27, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. ACFX

    Hillabee should just drop out now.

    February 27, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. reality check

    yeah, right. Those polled are the same people who will be voting for McCain in the general election. NPR and other news organizations are now reporting that republicans have been and will continue to vote for Obama in the primaries so that they can set him up for MCain in the fall. It should be a landslide for McCain if the theory holds true.

    February 27, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. slammedsierra00

    So, he's going to get eaten alvie by republicans you say? You mean by the same republican front runner, who said we could be in the middle east for a 100 more years? I think not, I am a strong Obama supported, but I feel that either won of them could beat the McCain no problem.

    February 27, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. st louis

    If, Hillary is the democratic nomiee, I can't wait to see how the Republican party will stump on her. Don't forget their know all about the Clintons mess. Obama won't get that low but the Republicans are going to eat her butt up!!! LMAO

    February 27, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Jennifer in Cincinnati

    Polls like much else in the media can be spun to meet whatever need we have.

    It's both sad and frightening that the American people are clinging to Obama who says much, but has done so very little.

    I would much rather have someone who has experience and can make decisions than someone who is a political rock star. He should run for motivational speaker–not leader of the United States. If Obama is the Democratic candidate–expect a landslide win by McCain.

    February 27, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. pb Voter

    For Ms. Clinton to claim to be the most experience candidate, she does not present herself as "polished" under pressure. What I mean is that she is now under pressure to win, and she appears to be angry, boader-line unprofessional in her demeanor.

    February 27, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Sharon

    Are these polls that of course the MEDIA conducted?

    February 27, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Jam Camp

    I find Obama to be very substantive and specific. This charge that he is only an empty suit with a good rap is baseless.

    February 27, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Carole

    If Obama runs against McCain it will be an entirely different ball game for him. He will no longer running against a woman or a Clinton. He will have to run on his "own" merits. The press who also does not want a woman or a Clinton to win, will now be fair in their coverage because its "two men" running against each other and not a woman of a Clinton.

    Better keep Michelle at home baking cookies and not talking to the press that is for sure. In fact, Obama from what I hear is already backing off from talking to the press. I guess he is afraid he might "slip up".

    Obama is the one that has not seen anything yet. He will be on the hot seat if he is the nominee – we will then see what he is really made of.

    February 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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