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. Justin

    Jules, thank you, thank you, thank you. Your comment is dead on. If we can ever hope for any kind of change in this country, we must focus on supporting the party's nominee, whoever that is. Remember, this election isn't just about one person, and, as both of the candidates have acknowledged, their ideas are VERY similar. Let's be civil with one another, pick a candidate, and then, regardless of that candidate's identity, back him or her into the White House.

    February 27, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. MattOhio


    If you get a chance watch Frank Luntz's focus group of undecided voters who watched the debate last. It is a stark revelation on what is actually the truth to voters in Ohio. They gave the mandate to Hillary overwhelmingly. People are realising the value of Hillary's experience, stance on healthcare, zeal to promote human rights, create jobs and a strong foreign policy. All in all everyone knows that she is a FIGHTER for the American People.


    February 27, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. gene

    The vetting has started, but it is already to late for the states that have voted, but its not to late to stop his nomination. I live in Texas and my wife and I have voted early. My son and daughter and their spouses voted yesterday. All Clinton votes.The Texas polls are so wrong, I don't know how they arrive at these numbers. The hispanic populations is 35.7% and the black is 11.8% and both groups are coming out in record numbers. The figures from three days ago were 360,000 voter already and blacks are voting 8 to 1 for Obama and hispanics are going 6.5 to 1 for Hillary Clinton. In last nights debate the facial expressions should have told you a lot about Obama, as it showed a seasoned and experirence adult , versus and immature and unsure candidate. Clinton was kind to him last night. Just picture in your mind of how McCain would have treated him, it would not have been pretty.

    February 27, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Lamps

    I feel the strenght and wisdom of Sen McCain will beat Obama in Nov.

    February 27, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Trevor

    Look at the sources. NY Times, probably one of the two most Liberal papers in the country along with Washington Post. CBS, probably most Liberal news station, along with CNN.

    February 27, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. California Independent

    Isn't it funny how Obama can blow another debate and go up in the polls.

    Obama keeps saying "I agree with Senator Clinton' and while the blog world thinks this is funny, the media continues to ignore it.

    The amount of time and number of words always go to Obama in the debates and while the blog world thinks this is funny, the media contiues to ignore it. Remember we used to get the results of the time clock? Not since we've begun living in Obamaland.

    Of course Obama is leading. Americans are looking for a handout. Obama has the largest give away of ANY candidate. I've been a democrat for many years but can't take it anymore.

    Last night was like watching SNL all over again. It's sad.

    February 27, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Randy Snyder

    Do all you Obmama Idiots really trust him? Not Me!!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Tisha Todd, Hampton, Virginia

    Obama will KILL Mccain, even though I do think that this country is filled with racists, people care more about the green (money) then they do black or white. Can someone please state a difference between Bush and McCain? So since Bush is a failure so will Obama be. And please explain to me what is all this EXPERIENCE that Clinton has over Obama?

    February 27, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Mary

    GIVE IT UP MCCAIN! Your worse than Ralph Nader!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Charlotte

    Obamakins will not vote for Obama in the general election. The open primaries should be abolished in every state. Then and only then can the registered Democratics really have a voice. California is my state, and it is straight party votes. That is why Hillary won it. Take away crossovers who vote to shake the very foundation of the primary process and Obama wins? I think great many Obama supporter are most like Republicans, who want to insure a GOP win in November.

    February 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Dems Divided

    who won the blue states.. NJ, NY, MA, CA?

    Obama supporters.. you NEED Hillary supporters if your boy is going to win the general election. Obama is doing well in red states that may well go Republican in November but there is a reason for that.... think about it.

    Your derogatory comments about Hillary are hurting Obamas chances. You need to unite the party behind the eventual nominee and you are doing the complete opposite.

    I would have thought this was obvious but I guess not.....

    February 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    Once the field is cleared to just 2 candidates.
    Americans of all ages will do a reality check. The real world life and death challenges our nation faces will make many Obamanites reconsider their choice.
    Emotional, untried, hope-filled empty promises–will appear as vapid as Obama's halo.
    When realistic, hard working, tax paying, conservative Americans with children and grandchildren at stake–look at the real choices they have they will evacuate Obama like a soap suds enema!

    Conservative democrats, republicans and independents will rescue our post Bush presidency–and maintain the economic stability and security of our nation from Mr. Obama's socialist reforms.

    February 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Kelley

    OIn the issue of experience least we not forget that George Washington had NO experience and is attributed as being a great president. Because he was for the people. I guess the media just liked him more

    February 27, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. jydox a true black American

    Dont mind these people calling themselves Texans or independent Latino voters you know what? they are liars like Obama they are blacks who wants to die to make a black man president .I am black but i dont buy their racist ideas they are trying to change the mind of people that are real Latinos .Latinos will vote for Clinton and God will see us through and save America from these dare devils. AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Carole

    This comment seems to have disappeared.

    My mother always told me that "you are judged by the company you keep" Obama's minister keeps company with Farrakhan and Obama goes to the church where the minister is.

    Obama supporters – if Obama gets in you will be saying before long: "I wish I knew then what I know now".


    February 27, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Lora B.

    The pro-Obama press corp continues to reinforce their arguement that Obama would beat McCain in a national election and they are convinced that Clinton supporters will back Obama. However, I am a Hillary supporter and I will not support Barack. In fact, I like McCain – he is a straight shooter, relatively liberal, and I could see him as the next president. My advice to McCain: find yourself a moderate, or relatively liberal, female v.p. candidate and you are sure to take a chuck of the Clinton supporters with you. Ever heard of the "Tom Bradley" affect?

    February 27, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Pete in Florida

    Finally a Democratic candidate that is not afraid to take on Republican attacks. They have been used to say anything and everything and not get any respond from the Democrats. It is time to give them a taste of their medicine.

    February 27, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |

    this is my last blog, you obviously support obama! where's your "fair and balance" Fox News, oops I mean cnn! Seems you've followed Fox News' lead. Although, i must admit, recently, they've being a little bit more objective! go figure!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. angel

    What is happening in the hole continent of the americas? Can we not see what is better for us? Our problem is not about couple of dollars more or less, if that is what the democrats are complaing about, the economy, our biggest problem right now is and will be in the next few years our security. Let's not think and act like the rest of the countries in america that are electing presidents that are "populist" but know not what is better for them. Did we not hear what both pre-candidates said in the latest debate 2/26/08 when asked about what they'd do if after leaving Iraq Al Qaeda goes and take over Iraq, they both said they'd go back to Iraq. It sound stupit to me, getting out to surely get back in.

    February 27, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Michael

    This poll was taken before Obama hesitated to reject Louis Farrakhan. For the Obama-bots out there –
    Obama denounced/renounced Farrakhans "beliefs" – not his endorsement. Stop cherry picking for your convenience. To flat out reject everything about the man adds finality to the discussion, to renounce his comments only addresses his previous statements and therefore is not "strong enough"..

    Stop trying to fool us. Obama is a snake oil salesman. Just say Nobama.

    Hillary for President, or eevn McCain – over this charletan.

    February 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. LifeLongDemocrat

    I got a new TV yesterday and watched the debate on it. I always hate when the Obama supporters criticize something about HIllary's hair, clothes etc but I can't resist this. Obama has what plastic surgeons and other call marionette lines down each side of his mouth.

    I thought, he is a marionette. He reminds me of Ronald Reagan in that regard. He and Reagan are both articulate speakers with a little drama thrown in. Reagan, however, and I am afraid Obama is also dominated and controlled by people who have their own agendas to put forward.

    These people, like Annenberg during the Reagan administration, cannot get elected but they use articulate people, like Reagan and Obama, and orchestrate them. Hence Reagan was and Obama will become controlled by these people.

    Here in Minnesota these folks promoted ,successfully, the candidacy of Jesse Ventura, a wrestler and small time mayor, to forward their agenda. These people were part of the Independence Party (former Democrats) who could not get elected themselves.

    No need to fully vet Obama...he will be under the direction of.....??????

    That's why we need HIllary. She is vetted and ready to go and will be her own person. Last night even Obama agreed with her on topics he knew nothing about. That's probably why she is always asked the questions first.

    HIllary 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Happy Guy in NH

    I am a proud Hillary-hater. Watching her self-destruct these past few weeks has been just amazing.
    I do wonder, however, with all the stress of campaigning, etc. how she is able to maintain that lovely girlish figure.

    February 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Indepdendent observer

    While the Democrats are squabbling about sexism and racism in the shadow of their venture for "change", the Republicans are already strategizing for their seat in the Oval Office. Wake up, people.

    February 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Mike

    Obama is like a young driver with very little tickets on his record and Hillary a much more experienced driver with time has more tickets to point at. So the logic seems to be to let the inexperienced driver drive the whitehouse and hope he turns out to be a good driver. Dont trust in the hype, vote for Hillary and experience.

    February 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Hillary needs to stop digging for negativity and stay focus on the real issues at hand. If she can not handle the debates how can she run the country.

    February 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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