October 6th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
13 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. Timcrozier

    Yes we can!

    October 6, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. rm

    It is growing because America is tired of evil people like McCain/Palin and the republican thugs.

    October 6, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Jill

    The only hope that McCain/Palin have in Florida is the notorious "chad" flub-up. McCain will easily win if he has a few chads fall his way.

    October 6, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Annie

    I pray every day that this trend continues and that the wonderful people in this country say a resounding NO, to 'More of the Same'.

    October 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Tina

    The only thing left that McCain and Palin can do is to sling the mud as fast and furious as they can.

    GO OBAMA!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL!!!
    McPalin's negative smear campaign will backfire and blow up all over gramps and the girl.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. spudmctater

    Senator McCain. DId you hear the news today? People want to know how you are going to fix the economy! Enough negativity and trying to change the subject. Are you afraid people will see through your blind allegiance to George W. Bush???

    October 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Winnie in Montana

    Sen. Obama's numbers should be growing. He is the better choice to lead America through these terrible economic times.

    I am so sick of reading on these blogs that Obama is going to raise my taxes. I don't make over $250,000 and I'm willing to bet most of these bloggers don't either. I'm having a difficult time getting my head around this blindness that seems to be affecting so many people.

    I'm going to invest in dog collars b/c the republicans must be buying tons so they can lead their brainwashed followers around.

    October 6, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Annie

    What a mess the Republican ticket has become.

    October 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Sally from Cali

    McCain's smears on Obama are about what other people did or said.

    McCain actually was a Keating 5 for which he received a slap on the hand while a whole lot of people lost everything.

    October 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Rodger

    Good bye McCain...good night Sarah.

    October 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Donna

    It is very important to note that McCain's campaign admitted today that his healthcare plan requires cuts to Medicare.

    October 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. ez

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican voted for Obama/Biden 08

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

    Down with Mcsame and winkie or blinkie. next time winkie read the whole article in Times. Obama/Biden.

    October 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. from dallas

    Hey McCain...

    What happened to your heroic suspending the campaign , the debate, the election, the world and time to save the nation's economy?

    The economy is now worst!

    Any other great ideas?...

    October 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. mitch

    republicans will be paying at the polls and in the halls of justice. we;ll get a lot of that $ back thru restitution and fines and seizures.

    October 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Teresa of Orange County

    It is clearly obvious why Obama is favored. McCain/Palin has come to be nothing but PHONEY BOLONIES.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. INDEPENDENT IN INDIANA

    IT IS GROWING BECAUSE MY SIX YEAR OLD SPEAKS BETTER THAN PALIN.

    October 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Kathy

    Tired of all the McCain/Palin lies! I have early voted, and it was not for those 2!!

    October 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Latina for Obama (nj)

    With the negative campaign Mccain and the pit bull are running...that marging is only going to get bigger....until WE get to the White House..
    GO OBAMA GO!!!!!!!!!!!

    BARACK/JOE 08/12!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. ACFX

    Who the heck is Bill Ayers and why is he not in Jail and did Obama really go to his house?
    Did he really do the horrible things they say he did?

    October 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. wwf

    Anybody notice besides me that McCain is making more false statements than Obama according to the fact check? Of course, that will be because cnn is on Obama's payroll

    October 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Marie

    McCain steps up attacks – Obama's poll numbers rise! Thanks McCain/Palin the Obama/Biden campaign appreciates your support!

    October 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. vote 4 change

    McCain is disgusting. I hope people realize what a scumbucket
    he is..
    I hope this whole thing backfires bigtime on Mcliar.

    Yes we can !!

    October 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Kenda

    McCain and Palin = Desperation, slinging the mud as fast and furious as they can.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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