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

CNN Poll: Obama advantage grows

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/06/art.obama.lead.gi.jpg caption="A new national poll suggests Barack Obama is taking the lead."]

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. shawn - ga

    Kerry was up in polls, Gore was up in polls. To take a small sample of poeple and say "this is how the whole state\country feels" is just silly.

    The voting on 11/4, that is the only one that matters.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Johnson in St. Louis

    get ready for it because the more Obama's numbers go up...the more attacks he'll get from McCain. Although the negative ads and attacks are shameless, this just may make a stronger president in the long run. At least it's not a repeat of Kerry.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Patty

    Whenever I read comments from those that blame the "Democrat" congress for any of this I am once again reminded that most voters have not a clue....or are republican 🙂

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Dutch-VA

    Where are John and Cindy's taxes???

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Mountain Man

    Both Mccain AND Palin are angry because they are racist! Nuf' said. (And I'm white!)

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Michelle in PA

    Obama's lead is growing for many reasons, but McCain's bizarre and frankly irrational behavior for the last 2 weeks is probably the biggest among them, with Palin's bizarre behavior a close second. McCain's nasty, arrogant appearance in the first debate combined with his complete miscalculation in "handling" the bailout bill may have sealed his fate. Palin's acceptable debate performance could not make up for her appalling flops in TV interviews, and the obviously canned nature of her answers did little for most moderate voters to dispel the fear that this uninformed rookie might end up ensconced in the Oval Office. Add in the now-famous "witchcraft video", the amazing currrent relevance of McCain's Keating 5 involvement, the shrill and tired rehashing of Clinton's failed primary strategy, Bush's disapproval ratings, and the sheer, ugly, sickening HATE and long-ago debunked LIES coming from the McCain camp.....stick a fork in him, barring a major Obama catastrophe, he's done.

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. rightsaid

    It is simply time to get down to business and make things better for our citizens. Enough of the rich manipulating the poor.

    Obama-Biden '08!

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |

    No more division

    Keep the (alaskan) separatists out of the Oval Office.



    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Linda, Las Vegas

    It's so obvious, Stevie Wonder can see that McCain/Palin are desperate, and you know what they say about desperate people – cause for desperate measures. They will do just about anything to win!

    However, we can talk, talk, talk; lets back it up with going to the polls and voting for Barack.

    Let's put an end to this mess once and for all!

    Obama 08!

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Ken in Dallas

    McCain still believes in the bankrupt laissez-faire economic policies of Reagan and Bush, in free markets that aren't really free, and that capital formation is the same thing as job creation. I'd like to see him challenged to defend the proposotion that capital formation is the same as job creation in a debate, because the real world doesn't work that way. Capital formation is necessary but insufficient to lead to job creation.

    McCain doesn't believe in anti-trust rules, even though excessive comsolidation destroys market freedom. He has no understanding of how market systems can fail, so it's implausible for him to say he can fix any part of it.

    Obama doesn't know everything, but he doesn't invest himself in fallacious dogma, so he has a capacity to deal in facts, learn, adapt, and succeed that McCain lacks.

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Sheila43302

    YES, YES, YES!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. JJ

    Its "The Awakening of America."

    Poor John McCain, I'm actually starting to feel sorry for him. I wish him many good years of retirement and hope he reflects on the terrible judgement he's displayed in this Presidential Race. For Sarah Palin, I hope she gets to spend some quality time with her children and grand child ,at least until she moves on to a career in the world of entertainment as she no doubt will. She and her husband make me think of that old song "How ya gonna keep em down on the farm after they've seen Paree/"

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Oklahoma

    McCains judgement and irresponsibility has caught up to him. His judgements has not put America First, and stooping to out right lie is all telling. McCain exposed!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Greg

    Hey Barry can you please call me? Love, Larry Sinclair p.s. I miss you!

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. The conservative

    The progressive and intelligent American ticket – Obama-Biden-08
    The ridiculously idiotic ticket – Palin-McCain-08
    The The out of touch ticket – McCain-Palin-08

    I rest my case.

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Denise....Boardman, Ohio

    I am tired of seeing Sarah "joe six pack" Palin's face all over CNN...why is it that CNN keeps covering her if she will NOT give them an interview? EVERYONE SHOULD EMAIL THEM THAT WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE HER FACE OR WE WILL ALL BOYCOTT CNN!!!! It is time for us, the viewing public to speak out....I know this post may not reach the boards, but I will post it all over the internet that CNN is being bias, just as their sister network Faux News is.....

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. ADG

    I am again disappointed, I keep hoping mccain and palin will step up and do the christain thing, stop lieing stop bareing false wittness, and stick to whats Important, but they have not!! They continue the same mccain , bush tactics, I still believe Obama will be a good pres, that we all can count on. OBAMA/BIDAN

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Thanks BUSH! You're the BEST!

    Republicans should be ASHAMED to even show their faces in public! They've destroyed this country! They STOLE the election in 2000 and then proceeded to steal everything else they could get their greedy, slimy, corrupt little paws on.

    Interesting how the republican base preaches with such a righteous, religious tone and yet support one of the most evil, corrupt and unethical regimes to dictate in all of US history!

    Bush can go to hell, he’s already take America there

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Floridaguy

    This must be why McCain has decided to stop talking about the economy.......He & Alaska girl have no ideas so just sling mud.....Pathetic................

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. redwhiteblue

    Barack Obama's tendency through the Democratic primaries to perform better in exit polls than he actually does at the ballot box has some media organizations nervous heading into election night..................
    Paragraph 4...Exit polls frequently overstated Obama's vote during the primaries by as much as 3%.
    Doesn't that make you believe that as some folks have said, votes were stolen in the last presidential race? Give them time to fix it if Obama wins?

    age 3 today 10-06-08

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. bibi

    Republicans who are people of faith could never condone Mc Cain's behaviour. They are walking away from Mc cain by the droves. No one of faith would ever accept this behaviour. The office of US president should only be occupied by people of good character,good judgement and honesty. I can already see that old bunch of men with their oil barons manufacturing the next lie. (Lieberman, Mc cain, Rove, Cheney, Bush etc) . They will do anything to keep obama out with their smears and lies. The only hope is that the American people will use their own good judgement this time .

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Roger

    Obama's strategy:

    Play victim, attack, play victim, attack.

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Rich in Seattle

    Here is what I don't understand about the McCain campaign. Hillary went negative and lost. McCain goes negative and he slips in the polls. He goes more negative and slips even more. Now his plan is to go even more agressive and negative than before!

    I'm even surprised that he's that stupid. The first thing a person knows that if something hurts, stop doing it. And McCain sure is hurting now.

    Plus, shouldn't we be focused on the real problems? Just like that old lady in the Wendy's commercials, McCain... "Where's the beef!"

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. michelle

    It's not over until vote day!!! Everyone must vote to make our voices heard. Make sure that you take someone with you to the voting booth. If we all do our part we will change our country for the good. Yes We Can! VOTE! Be apart of HISTORY!

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Kab

    America, for Americans and the world, MUST be great again!

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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