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. Tiff of lithia springs

    Also my prayers for the Joseph/Biden Family.
    A REAL reason to suspend a campaign. To comfort FAMILY.

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Republican Woman for Obama

    Jill, we don't use those ballots anymore in Florida. We now have actual ballots and we are using the optical scanners in Palm Beach County. That is the reason the primaries were moved up...they blackmailed us into having to vote earlier than Feb. 5th so that we could have new machines...Rethug Gov.

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Euridice

    I think it is insidious for the second highest offices of the land would dumb down for a "folksy" hocker mom type. I would think that the person would have the corrcect diction, the poise, and gravitas that would aspire, and set an example for children or young adults to become. I don't want to hear "guys and gals" , "gosh golie wow"-type of lingo in the White House arena.
    I wonder how tolerant this type of linguistics would be if Condolezza Rice used the ghetto vernacular in relating to some black folks. What up doe, hey Chavez show me what you workin' wit. It would set all the strides of Blacks a hundred years. Sarah Palin is definitely a very bad Hollywood movie becoming too close for comfort.

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    McCain went from hero to zero, after Bush any republican who ran would have met the same fate, no more Cheny's or Roves or Rumsfields(Dumsfields), No more secret closed door meetings with oil company execs, no more corrupt attorny generals, no more executive priviledge.. this era of coruption has got to end. Anybody is better than what we got now. Obama 08--

    October 6, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Lynne Kieper

    What a relief to sense that more voters are waking up and educating themselves; informed voters cannot possibly vote the McCain-Palin ticket for reasons too numerous to mention here, but it should be enough to know that we cannot continue an open-ended committment in Iraq, spending $10 billion a month when they accumulate tens of billions in surplus especially in this time of extreme economic crisis. McCain is 72 yrs old, has had 4 bouts of malignant melanoma and has not yet reached the 10 yrs cancer free mark. Palin is obviously running for president, and she is woefully unqualified unless all we require is a president who can recite talking points and stump speech excerpts.

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Fact Check:
    McCain/Palin have told either BOLD FACED lies and/or deceptions in 92% of his negative ads aimed at Obama

    Fact Check:
    Obama/Biden have told straight up truths or atleast mostly true statements in 75% of his forced retaliation ads against McCain.

    Go with the MOST honest ticket, that would be Obama/Biden in a landslide!!

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Lexie

    All these multi-billion dollar CEO's on Wall Street have contributed heavily to the McCain/Palin campaign. If elected, John will pardon all criminal activities.


    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. keith-new haven

    "Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don't have much of a vision for the future or you're not ready to articulate it." – John McCain, 2000

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Linda from Prescott AZ

    I filled out my ballot this morning, it's in the mail and I voted for Obama.
    I feel so good about that and the fact that very soon I can quit looking and hearing Senator McCains whiney voice and blinkies winks.

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. GODDY



    RUN MCCAIN-PALIN RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. rich

    Its time for McCain to retire to one of his nine (9) houses if he still have them after the dust settles in this economic meltdown. And it's time for Palin to hitch a ride on the moose she rode into town on back to Alaska where she can take care of her kids.

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Steve

    Number One question on everyone's mind on the morning of Nov. 5th: "How could the polls have been so wrong?!?"

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Ron

    These false criticisms of Obama is only going to help him out. Palin must have forgotten her husband belongs to a cult devoted in over throwing the USA and Palin has even spoken at their meetings.

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. JJ

    Could this election go down in history as

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama said today that time is running out for McCain – well, I have a feeling McCain has been in this position before – when he was a POW. He probably had that thought every day for the 5 years he was locked up. So, Obama, in his arrogance, thinks the election is his. Let's see what happens to Humpty Dumpty on election day.

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. South African for OBAMA

    It looks like the McCain smeer campaign is working........

    IN Obama's favor

    Nice work McPain

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Ana

    SP= Start Packing
    JM=Just a Moron

    October 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Ted

    Yes! This is the real news guys. Not the false accusations McCain is making that you're keeping at the top of the Ticker.

    October 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. patriot

    Keep slinging that mud McCaint, and watch the margin grow even faster. Your only hope at this point is to start talking issues and come up with some concrete proposals for us..

    October 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Jimmy in NJ

    McCain cannot understand Joe Six Pack and it is showing. If I had eight mansions and my wife was raking in millions I would say the economy was doing ok as well.
    It takes a special person to be priviledged and still care about the poorer people. Mayor Bloomberg and Warren Buffet are two of those people. And come to think of it they both support Barack Obama!

    Please no Kerry 04 Relapse,
    Actually Vote on Nov 4th!
    Obama/Biden in 08!

    October 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. landi

    Did anyone view this youtube vido where mcsame verbally abused a young lady at a hearing? Hmmm so much for respecting women mr mcsame.

    October 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. rory ryan

    ooooouuuuchhhhhhh......... eh JOHN!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Jeffrey

    this is good news. Let's work hard to make sure it sticks.

    October 6, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Hope LV,NV

    Si se puede! We can do this. I still don't know what McCain's plan is. He never talks about himself and his plan in specifics.

    October 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. A Boston

    People are wisening and rising up. Yes McCain, the american fundamentals are strong. And we know the difference between true and false.

    OBAMA for President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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