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. Alise

    She stated the facts very plainly, made light of it and moved on quickly. The fact is, she's right; there is a bias in the media. I would think less of her if she didn't point this out. Interesting that this was viewed by so many as "whinny." Seems disappointingly sexist.

    She's knowledgeable, sharp and has a good sense of humor. All qualities I'd think we'd be proud to have in a president.

    Also, such a bias in the media is serious! Regardless of the circumstance, it's not their place to elect a president- IT"S OURS!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Stephen KS

    Reply to 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."

    Open your eyes Jim! It is obvious there are Obama supporters here...how could he win the caucus if there weren't? I'm a proud supporter and know of SEVERAL others too!

    February 27, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Tim

    November 2008 national poll OBAMA 75% AND MCCAIN 25%
    Go obama

    February 27, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. PA Voter - NEVER OBAMA

    Okay, then Republicans need to change their strategy.... So for those crossing over and voting Democratic and really supporting the GOP, I would think you would want the Democratic Battle to linger, then vote for Hillary Clinton.... Keeps her in the race until April while Republicans build up their War Chest! Just a thought!

    February 27, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Barbara

    If people would only listen objectively to the candidates without all the emotional baggage, name calling and propaganda involved, maybe there would be a chance for our nation to elect a qualified leader. Stay with the facts, people. Do your own research on the candidate look for unbiased reports and make sure they are unbiased.

    February 27, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. columbus

    I hope Obama does win the nomination. It's an EASY win for McCain! Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, baby!

    February 27, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Charlotte

    McCain wants Obama because he can beat him hands down. You always try to make it appear as if the harder candidate to beat is the one you really want in the competition. The Rock Star Obama is going to be a piece of cake, and they know it.

    February 27, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Jake

    Anyone except Hillary! What a foul mouthed little whiner this woman is. And she looks so pleased with herself when she thinks she has successfully stabbed someone in the back.

    A quick note to the 60 year white woman who complained about men hating women being the reason Hillary is not getting a fair go, it's really NOT that. I'm sure if any other woman was in Hillary's place but actually a decent person, us men would have no worries supporting her. This is not about race, gender, or religion this is about honesty intelligence and integrity.

    AnyonebutHillary08

    February 27, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Ray - NJ

    Of course he is ahead now. He is the Media Darling and he is being forced on us. Even Entertainment Tonight spent half their show on him. That's all he is, an "Entertainer", nothing more. You Obama Cult Members are going to ruin this for the rest of us who can think like adults, not teenagers watching American Idol.

    February 27, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Peg

    Facts:

    1. Hillary will unite the Republicans
    2. Obama is the stronger candidate against McCain
    3. Obama showed he could run a more organized, financially prudent (in comparison to Clinton) campaign
    4. What Hillary says she has in experience is trumped by Obama's judgement and inspiration.
    5. Obama has shown he can attrack all voters, white, black, Latino, Republican, and most importantly independents.

    Conclusion: Obama is the best Democratic candidate. ( This doesn't mean Hillary is not a really good candidate)

    February 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. 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 restore our good standing in the world, then stop the pettiness. Overzealous supporters on both sides are handing McCain his victory. Both Democratic candidates are highly intelligent and highly qualified.. Wise up.

    February 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. therealist

    If the AP-IPSOS, USA Today/Gallup and CBS/New York Times liberal polls all show McCain within their humungus 4% margin of error. The history of the last two election polls clearly dictate a McCain victory in November.

    February 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Cheryl Rahm-McGrath

    Throw in the towel, Hiliary. The show is over. No more screaming and fake tears. "shame on you."

    February 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. PA Voter - NEVER OBAMA

    Carlos M – I'll have to re-watch the debate... MSN Streaming was horrible on my PC. But I will say, Obama falls apart when you remove his teleprompter.... lol. Obama is scary and once everyone comes down from their "Obama High", they'll realize this!

    February 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. columbus

    Is anyone else getting sick and tired of hearing Preacher Obama and his neverending empty promises and non-stop commercials? My gosh. Are we going to have to listen to this media brainwashing all the way to election day? Our family was watching Entertainment Tonight last night and lo and behold, there was Obama AGAIN!!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm starting to become resentful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Donna

    Forget all the polls. We will see on Tuesday when the people in Texas and Ohio vote.

    MAY THE BEST PERSON WIN!!!

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Teresa

    Whats the differences between the two demacratic canidates?? 1 is a Man and 1 is a Woman.. regardless of race have we ever had a Female President?? or do we women continue to be 2nd?? They both are great candidates, but Hillary being a Woman and experienced has alot of Media and Men worried.... Where is the REAL CHANGE????

    February 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Michael

    This is really no surprise to me when you compare him to the other candidates. Let's see, we have one that complains all the times about the rules of the game even though she already knew the rules before she got in. She talks about how vetted she is and how tough she is, then whines about media coverage of her opponent. She reminds me of a kid that takes his/her ball and leaves if he/she doesn't like the way the other kids are playing. She complains about everything that doesn't go her way and then makes everyone adjust the rules of the game to fit her. On the other side, you have an old guy that seems to be shell shocked from war and wants to continue war like our current sitting President. The only issues he seems to talk about are permanant tax cuts for the rich and war for "100 years". So should we really be surprised that Obama is topping the polls? Shows you that Americans are smarter than you think!

    Obama '08

    February 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. columbus

    I am very proud that I am not voting like a misguided college student (whose judgment centers don't develop until they are 21 years old) or a Hollywood celebrity – those are Obama's supporters.

    February 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Michael

    This is really no surprise to me when you compare him to the other candidates. Let's see, we have one that complains all the times about the rules of the game even though she already knew the rules before she got in. She talks about how vetted she is and how tough she is, then whines about media coverage of her opponent. She reminds me of a kid that takes his/her ball and leaves if he/she doesn't like the way the other kids are playing. She complains about everything that doesn't go her way and then makes everyone adjust the rules of the game to fit her. On the other side, you have an old guy that seems to be shell shocked from war and wants to continue war like our current sitting President. The only issues he seems to talk about are permanant tax cuts for the rich and war for "100 years". So should we really be surprised that Obama is topping the polls? Shows you that Americans are smarter than you think!

    Obama/Edwards '08

    February 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Joan

    McCain is an alright senator but definitely not presidential material.

    He's too tied to Bush, he has no vision, and he's very backward looking. Expect to hear lots of talk of the 1960s etc. But who really cares today? Many voters were not even born then.

    Add to this his scandals on financing and cheating on both of his wives.

    McCain is ultimately a pretty weak candidate.

    February 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Cyrus - NY

    80% of the pollsters and 90% of the media say that 70% of the voters who were interviewed had a 60% chance of voting for Obama and 55% chance of voting for Hillary. They also expertly concluded that If McCain wins 60% and Obama wins 60%, then there is a 90% possibility that Hillary Clinton will lose in 80% of the states.

    Moral of the data: statistics is easy to make up!!

    February 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Raymond Ito

    Sometimes polls are good indicators that can be relied on, and sometimes they are not. But there seems to be a general consensus that Obama's chances of winning the White House is greater than Hillary's.

    This brings into focus the so-called smoke-filled back room where the superdelegates are snarling and banging tables. It's obvious that the smoke in that room has almost evaporated and the "I Can See Clearly Now" moment has come. The more they further procrsatinate, the more the Republicans gain more grounds. It's time to leave the smoke-filled room and openly stand behind Obama so we can all march into the White House and get on with the business at hand.

    February 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Chris from California

    Hillary Clinton has earned this presidency through her hard work for the American people – real work. As for Barack Obama, over the past few years, he's run for several positions – the senate, congress, president...and, even though he is the Chairperson of the committee related to NATO that should have been holding meetings regarding our situation in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world – as the Chairperson, he has not held a single meeting??? Because, as he put it, he became the Chairperson in early 2007 just as his presidential campaign was beginning. So, who has been doing the job he was elected to do while he has been campaigning? This is as disturbing as his failing to vote "yes" or "no" on a reported 129 pieces of legislation that was important to voters in the senate – voting "present" is safe for him so he can avoid any criticism about his votes, but it gets nothing done for the people. Hillary Clinton has continued her work for the people, even during the campaign. I have a lot of respect for her for caring about the people enough to ensure she is still working for them.

    February 27, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. yougottabekiddingme

    A. Lei, I have a better idea. let's base it on contributions to the GDP. That gives Afro-Americans 7% of everything. Don't like it, then you shut up.

    February 27, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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