October 6th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
14 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama advantage grows

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Likely voters nationwide:

Obama: 53 percent
McCain: 45 percent

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - A new national poll suggests Barack Obama is widening his edge over John McCain in the race for the White House.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Monday afternoon suggests that the country's financial crisis, record low approval ratings for President Bush, and a drop in the public's perception of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin all appear to be contributing factors in Obama’s gains among voters.

Fifty-three percent of likely voters questioned in the poll say they are backing Obama for president, with 45 percent supporting McCain. That 8 point edge is double the 4 point margin Obama held in the last CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, taken in mid-September.

Low approval numbers for the current commander-in-chief may be part of the reason Obama’s fortunes are rising in the latest survey: Only 24 percent of those polled approve of President Bush's job performance, an all-time low for a CNN survey.

"Bush has now tied Richard Nixon's worst rating ever, taken in a poll just before he resigned in 1974, and is only 2 points higher than the worst presidential approval rating in history, Harry Truman's 22 percent mark in February 1952," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

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soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    The McCain campaign is now desperate, digging up dirt that isn't even relevent to the campaign. Obama's big problem is that he did not have a choice in his heiritage or his name. Right now it will not matter who made what promises on raising or lowering your taxes. The bottom line on the economy is that someone or better yet, some people will still have to "foot the bill" or "pay the piper" as they say. And you all know who that will be.....the American taxpayer. We went to Boston in August, and we already did our protesting...but this time is wasn't about unfair taxes, it was about lousy representation....we tossed our tea bags into Boston Harbor....All of our Arizona Congresspersons voted against the bailout the first time which was great, but last week, 4 of the 8 voted for it.....our rep voted for it, and he just lost our votes.

    October 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. JayInNewHampshire

    McCain and his mouthpiece Sarah "hockey mom" Palin have no Idea what is going on in this country .We don't care about what happened 20,30,40 years ago we want to hear what your Ideas are.Oh yeah they are the same as George Bush's. I feel like I am listening to charlie brown's teacher everytime they speak. wa wa wa wa. I will vote for the guy with one car,one house, and the only candidate offering any new Ideas at all. Obama/Biden.

    October 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Tim

    This is great news, but let's not get stop. We are registering record numbers of new voters for Obama in NC.

    Obama/Biden 08/12!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Joyce

    If I have to face an economic depression, I would rather have a president that won't let American children starve–than one who veto any help for struggling families.

    October 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Roger from CA

    As is typical, the mainstream media is getting suckered into its usual fallacy of treating the two sides of every issue as equally legitimate.

    McCain's raising of the William Ayers and Rev. Wright specters are COMPLETELY DISTRACTIONS and irrelevant to Barack Obama the man and his qualifications/policies as President.

    On the other hand, Obama's raising McCain's connections with Charles Keating could not be more on point in this current climate, where malfeasance by officers of financial institutions has resulted in near catastrophe in the economy.

    October 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    The Obama supporters are in for a rude awakening. The next president will be presiding over the toughest time yet in recent memory.
    Money will be short, Al Queda isn't going away, taxes will have to be raised, SS benefits cut.
    The next president will be truly despised because he'll have to be the one to tell America, the days of never ending prosperitiy are over, it's time for sacrifice.
    If McCain is elected, he'll be hated too.
    Neither one is telling the American public this yet, but they will.
    Yet Obama is the one offering false hope of change. He's the guy promising a return to the good old days.
    Yes we can? Can what, Obama? Answer the question honestly without being afraid of giving an answer that will hurt your chances of being elected.

    October 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Ruthie

    McSame=Keating Five=20,000 people lost their pensions=corruption

    October 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. meron

    Yse, Obama will win the whie house. Palin did not help Mccain at all. She was just destraction

    October 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Greg

    Looks like we're going to get Jimmy Carter the 2nd. Double digit inflation and unemployment, taxes through the roof and people holding on to their money. Get ready to get in line for a gallon of gas. Thank God it will only be one term.

    October 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. WADE_NYC

    While the national polls and polling in key battleground states may appear to benefit Obama, PLEASE DO NOT become complacent.

    Stay involved, keep talking to your friends and neighbors as if Obama was running 10 points behind. A tidal wave is in the making, but you have to keep the momentum going.


    October 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Obama....... He is the man that will get this country back on its feet. I'm glad that most of america see's the GOP(Republicans) for what they are... wasteful,lieing whenches........

    October 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Cuban-mami-4-OBAMA


    Thank GOD that we, Americans, are not being fooled by the Republican-lie-attack-machine!

    Thanks Bush/Cheney/McCain for the legacy of DEBT you have left our children and grandchildren!



    And our Nation's economy is a disaster!

    October 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. livewiremd

    The liberals can register all the street people they wish but in the end Americans will choose Mc Cain. We need EXPERIENCE and LEADERSHIP......not just HOPE!!

    October 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. MB

    With the Economy in the Shape that it is, Now that I have to take part in paying for a 810 Billion Dollar bail out deal, and the fact that all the McCaint/Falian team have to offer is the same things we got from Bush/Cheny. All President Obama and VP Biden have to do is speak to the issues and let reality speak for itself. "Not this time" People... "Not this time."

    October 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. MrHapiGuy

    U.S.S. Forrestal fire – look it up! John McCain = just another reckless cowboy wannabe who brings disaster wherever he goes!

    google this: "U.S.S. Forrestal McCain role" to see the truth about this man.

    October 6, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Anna PA

    If your interested in reading some info on the real John McCain google JOHN MCCAIN'S TOP10 TEMPER TANTRUMS.

    Many of us have already heard about his temper but this will give some specifiics. It told me that If McCain becomes president all around him will have to agree with what he wants and says or they will be cursed at or worse have physical violence taken against them.

    McCain has no ability to lead our country on any level. We cannot give this man any power. HE WILL ABUSE IT!!

    October 6, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Austin

    Oh my god....Obama is ahead again this week...well lets dig up some more false statements that don't pertain to ANYTHING about this guy and maybe the dumb folks here in AMERICA will not think what an idiot I am and put the light on Obama as a bad person....Man I'm a genius....

    Sincerly yours
    John McCain and Sarah Palin

    P.S. Drill Drill Drill it won't do anything to our beautiful world or at least the remaining years of my life.

    October 6, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Antoinette from New Carrollton, MD

    Such a shame that McCain is now grasping at straws while Obama is talking about the economy and how to better it

    i wonder who is beginning to look more presidential

    Obama knows he is going to win and he is preparing to handle this mess we r in, while McCain/Palin is trying to bring up old news hoping to stir up trouble


    October 6, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. BJ in NC

    Palin-the candidate under investigation now hurling accusations at Obama. The campaign with the largest number of active participants that have caused the mess that we are in now-McCain. This country does not need the McCain/Palin team to equal failure in the immediate future.

    October 6, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Katarina

    We need intelligent, thoughtful leadership NOW. I spent my lunch hour volunteering on the phones for Obama/Biden... same as I will tomorrow- and the next day- and the next day... until we bring it home for our country!

    October 6, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Will in Richmond, VA

    WOW... over the 50% threshold.

    Looking more and more like a landslide to me. Now let's fix this mess and get America back where she needs to be!

    October 6, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Aziz.M

    When you are behind it is natural to whine. In Islam it is said that the true person will overcome the false-it is only natural. Obama should get ready to move in to the White House come Jan 20 th.-Guaranteed Allah Willing

    October 6, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. pdixon

    This lead will continue to grow as John McCain get more negative. People are tired of it! No one cares about thes false accusations. They want to know what will happen with the economy, etc.

    October 6, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. MM/Florida

    That's what you get when you go negative. You should have learned a good lesson from Hillary.

    October 6, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Americans for Obama

    John McCain asks: who is the real Barack Obama? Stick around Mr. PO Dubya, you're about to find out that Barack Obama is the man who cleaned your clock on November 4th and freed this country from the long national nightmare that has been the Bush Administration.

    October 6, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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