February 27th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
14 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. Tom

    A. Lei,

    Member of Nation of Islam-much? Why do you only want 5% of the debt? You have to take the good with the bad. If you get 25% of the GNP, then you should get 25% of the national debt.

    BTW, you can have 100% of the IRS – we don't want it!

    February 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. toni tyler

    Odd, the Polls never ask the respondents how much they know on the subject questioned. How many voters know that we actually DID win the so-called war in Iraq.. we gave a nation its land back from a tyrant...

    did anyone help us?- yes, France- But they went home after we got America and "We The People" built a nation.... yes, we had leaders in duels, ethnic clensing and all thet stuff we keep crying about will happen when our uniforms leave... ceste la vie... toni, a Virginian pollster

    February 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. B. Smart

    A. Lei, I find your comments very UN-AMERICAN at best.

    February 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. BCNU purple state, usa

    donnajp....

    You have a lot in common with Hillary, " I am an upset 60 year old white female"

    What are all of these men telling their daughters about what they can be when they grow up?

    Maybe it's more that we're telling them NOT what to be. Please don't turn out like Hillary!

    February 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Ron Villeneuve

    This is an opinion from a non media person. When anyone(educated or not) hears Obama the first time – they are impressed. the second time they hear him they start to excuse his negatives- eventually they finally are bored with his flowery speeches and realize they are like a souffle, nothing but hot air

    February 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Liz

    Latina Voter from SLC Utah

    You have it backwards. The conservative ground is rumbling, and waking up. They are regretting their open primary support of Obama. They will go with McCain or Hillary, but not Obama, in the general election.

    Read the poll details instead of "reading into" the headlines.

    My "duh" to you is this. I know how Utah and Idaho vote in general elections. It's not the left edge of the world.

    Minnesotans just got royally screwed by the DFL. They overruled a veto that just gave us an annual tax increase of $200. Sleeping giants will awaken and say "no" to Obama.

    February 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. James Nelson

    If this whining, stuttering, unfocused freak show that has become her campaign is an example of Hillary under pressure, one can only imagine how this so-called "experienced" candidate would react to less genteel attacks from the GOP.

    February 27, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. vellturo

    I am saddened by the media's relentless hype of Senator Obama and even after a strong debate, Senator Clinton has once again been put in the position of not only winning a debate, getting her points across but again fight for equal and fair reporting on what she has said and hopes to accomplish as our President.

    Her speech the other day at a rally was so dead on regarding the impossible dream that the Obama camp and the media has been relentlessly pushing down the throats of the American people.

    Its' time to wake up America or we'll have 4 more years of inept, unexperienced, and not to mention a naive President, who is a good man, but actually believes he will perform miracles.

    We have a long road ahead of us and I hope Texas and Ohio take notice and vote for Senator Clinton.

    February 27, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Vivacious

    I think Senator Obama is the best candidate as well as the best person for the role of President in our country. Hiliary has proven she is very vindictive and divisive for our country. If she can't create a successful campaign without the constant bickering and backbiting, than how will she beable to bring the country together on one accord is the question one should ask his or herself. We need a leader who is very much unlike "Bush" and is truly about bring our country together and together we will make our mark in history. Go Obama!

    February 27, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Laura

    Obama does seem to be ahead in many of the polls. Of course he is Hillary is trashed on all the major networks. Obama supporters criticize Hillary's negative campaign and turn around make such hateful remarks about Hillary. If you do not like negativity do not be so negative. Hateful remarks toward someone who has made positive contributions to the American people is offensive. This does not increase Obama support it detracts from it.

    February 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Ron

    Some people are really clueless. Some Conservative talk show person demeans people and then syays they will support Hillary and they think that is so important. First of all, any radio talk show host, either conservative or liberal, isn't a political force and don't mean anything. They have stated they are in the entertainment business I remember when Rush said he would support Bill Clinton and all of his listeners were so upset. Of course he really didn't and said he wanted to prove a point. Anybody who things a conservative republican talk show person would support Hillary is delusional or gullible. Remember the "vast right wing conspiracy" that Hillary alwayus talked about.

    February 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Vince

    Anyone watching the debate last night had to be blind if they couldn't see the anger seething in Hillary throughout. Obama on the other hand came across as calm in control and confident.

    Hillary can continue to be a good Senator from NY, Obama is Presidential material.

    February 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Ken Gibson

    I am amazed we are excited about a candidate for President who experiences include being a community organizer, law professor,
    state representative a several years, and one who has been in the Senate for a couple of years. We can surely do better than this.

    February 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Gary in CT

    The poster calling himself 'Uncle Sam' states that ... The Rasmussen presidential tracking poll currently has John McCain leading Barack Obama 47% to 43%. For those that don't know, the Rasmussen Report has a very long history of polling only extremely conservatives in their polls. What does it say to you that 43% of extreme conservatives are voting for Barack Obama?

    February 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. AC, Flint, MI

    We need new ideas and thoughts for this new day. Clinton – of -old and Obama the uniter of new!

    February 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Christine V from Dallas, TX

    CNN is still obamabiased! I am a registered voter who will not fall for the Obama spell or illusions he seems to be weaving! Hillary is better prepared and competent to be the President of the US. However if Obama gets elected, then you better believe McCain will become the next president.

    February 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Rebecca from SC

    Barack the Vote!

    February 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. lamont anderson pa

    once obama is the nominee and the hillary supporters get on board with the rest of the democrat party in the general eleciton with all thats turning out to vote in this race mcCain can't win.

    February 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. RPF

    This poll is ridiculous. This is circular logic. Senator Obama is polling high because people see him as electable... people see him as electable because he's polling high. Hrmm.

    February 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. sharon

    It is time for Hillary to stop whining about everything. It shows how insecure she really is. She is not ready on day one to be our president or for that matter anytime. She is carrying a lot of excess baggage that has not been exposed yet but the Republicans will be exposing all her dirty behind scenes deals if she gets nominated.

    Obama looked and sounded very presidential, and he is the only one that can meet with foreign leaders and use persuasion if nothing else. If he picks the right cabinent leaders this will be the greatest President this country has ever seen..... He is a very courageous man, which shows when he decided to run with all odds against him.

    I am glad that is the last debate.... Hillary is getting to sound like a broken record, whine, whine, whine..... And I think we know where Barrck Obama stands... with the American people. He will give us back our government

    February 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. sarah

    So? obviously the polls have no accuracy especially these ones. and doesn't reflect what will be the mood of the country once the republcians and media define obama if he wins the nominee.

    February 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Carlos M

    Oh My GOD! am I taking crazy pills? or simply I was the only one who noticed during the debate last night how nervous Barack Hussein Obama got when asked about the picture in his religious gear and the endorsement by the craziest than ever Louis Farrakahn?

    His face almost disfigured during this line of questioning and he started to stutter, was it me or did anyone else noticed?

    February 27, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Jules

    Many of you are missing the point. Early polls pretty much said that both candidates would beat McCain by a comfortable margin. As this never ending primary campaign rolls on and they take hit after hit from eachother, they are both losing support and McCain is gaining strength. It's time for all of us to do what's best for America- stop sniping and vote Democratic. If you want affordable healthcare and college tution, to keep your job and your home, and to

    February 27, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. MollyO

    Obama, Gore 2008. that would be the dream ticket.

    February 27, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Mr Brown

    John McCain is George Bush without the Southern drawl

    February 27, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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