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. Aimee

    McCain should have at least chosen a woman with a measurable IQ.

    October 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. BeAlert

    By accusing Obama of a shady background McBlame is inferring that any US Senator with a questionable background can slip through the election process in the Senate.

    What does that say about the Senate election process???
    What does that say about himself?

    October 6, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. SPH

    McCain's nasty personal attacks just serve to tie him to Bush/Rove all the more in the minds of voters. It's a self-defeating strategy. People want a plan, they want stable leadership, they want something new.

    October 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Camereon Data

    Cam McCain be fair to himself and withdraw from OH, PA, MN, NC, VA, NM, CO, FL before he is ashamed by elections there? Can somebody help him to undestand that American people have decided on changing the direction of the country? Negative attacks will not work on Obama. Hillary nows that!!! Could McCan understand where the wind in blowing to??

    October 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Michael F, Vancouver

    Polls widening? What a surprise! NOT! When McCain unleashed his VP attack dog, was he not aware that these issues have already been addressed and dismissed. I'm sure Palin wasn't as she doesn't READ anything (too busy). This just makes McCain look pathetic, and Palin, well . . .

    Good luck finding work after this is over. I wonder if Tucker Bounds will have a position in the Republican machine as well.
    What a despicable tone he has mastered. Can you sleep at night knowing the trash that is coming out of your mouth?
    Karma is an interesting thing and what goes around comes around.
    Are you ready?

    October 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. WHO IS OBAMA???

    Get rid of Obama today! Get him out of our living rooms where he has been squatting since January! This country needs a President and not a an "amateur"! We are sick of his face everyday and no one knows who he is really!

    NObama! Never!

    October 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. McCain/Palin

    Obama is only ahead by 5%! Incredible... being that the economy is where it is, and we have lost more than 4,000 lives in Iraq.
    It goes to show people have real concerns about him. He lucked out when he ran for state senator that is opponent got kicked off the ballot; he then lucked out again when Jack Ryan (Rep.) quit the U.S. Senate race, then he lucked out when FL and MI decided not to participate. Now, he's lucking out again. In any other year, he would lose.

    October 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Paul

    McCain's only hope is to have the voting machines malfunction and have the Florida "chads" fall his way. lol lol lol

    October 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. We're idiots

    It's not just about McCain winning.
    It's about the security of our country.

    October 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Melanie

    It looks like the American public is finally showing that it's too smart for the smear tactics of the McCain team. Sen. McCain is so hostile it's scary–wouldn't even shake Obama's hand. He's emotionally unstable and his bare ambition shows he'll do anything to be elected. "Country first" ??? Is serving in the military 40 years ago the only way to be patriotic? Come on. Gov. Palin, speaking like an 8th grader through clenched teeth, is too dumb to be in national office. The two of them are completely unqualified–alone and certainly together.

    October 6, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Dutch-VA

    Try this one on for size John:

    In 1989, Cindy McCain became addicted to Percocet and Vicodin, opioid painkillers, which she initially took to alleviate pain following two spinal surgeries for ruptured discs, and to ease emotional stress during the Keating Five affair. The addiction progressed to where she was taking upwards of twenty pills a day, and she resorted to having an AVMT physician write illegal prescriptions in the names of three AVMT employees without their knowledge.

    Do you care to comment Senator?? She had to take pills for emotional stress during your Keating 5 investigation.

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Hope LV,NV

    I still don't know what McCain's plan is other than accuse the opposition of tactics that he is clearly using.

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. dcgirl1975

    Obama = talking about how he would handle the economy if elected Commander-In-Chief.

    McCain, the hockey mom and advisers = planning an attack on Obama's character.

    Noticed the big difference ?

    Obama / Biden 2008

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Karen, Arkansas

    McSame/Failin starring in "USA: No Country for Old Grumpy Men!"

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. nelson

    Sick and tired of" McCain slime bag machine" churning out gobs of
    sickening garbage. This guy is as pathetic as I have EVER seen.
    failin Palin is just as bad with her racist's remarks in Alaska regarding
    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. And just think these people want
    to be our leaders.. wafj

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. AL+


    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. LB

    After reading the article about John McCain on the internet under "Rolling Stone Magazine", I can't imagine why anyone would want to vote for McCain. It was a very enlightenting artcle showing what the true John McCain is like. Not a nice person and not a real hero in my eyes. Everyone should take the time to read it if you care what happens to this country.

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Irma in North Carolina

    Well this certainly good news, lets hope it continues. Well Sarah when you come out with all your nasty remarks Obamas polls go keep up the good work Sarah. Lets hope the debate tomorrow night is a fair and that questions arent inplanted to the audience that will favor Mccain, I would not put it past the Mccain camp to do that.

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Tom, KS

    Hey McSHAME... THOU SHALT NOT BARE FALSE WITNESS! God knows when you lie. If we the people of the US fall for McLames new strategy then we helped elect a Liar. Let's not let that happen.

    Viva la President Obama!

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Jeff M

    Be part of history! Vote Obama on Nov. 4th

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Brandon

    We gonna shake up the worrrrrrrrrld!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Beverlee Cambronne

    My Mother... 86 years old, republican her whole life is voting OBAMA! Plus, she lives in FL. Go Mom!

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Ray

    I am ashamed today to say I am an American! Our political candidates bring us down to new lows. Our government and our political processes are broken............

    October 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Elaine James

    I'm a 1st time voter I just want to thiank CNN for fact checks because I know how I'm voting now and it be won't be for McShame
    I Believe that Mc Clain needs to focus on what's going on with our courtry today instead of attacks. Also john McClain says that country 1st , but I quest when you are behind in the polls he will stump real low. McClain needs to stick with the issue that are effecting us now the ECONOMY if you know how. and Wall street should be called Fall Street. And Palin need to clean up her own back before attacking someone else back yard.
    OBAMA 2008

    October 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. LJ in MD

    Palin has Troopergate, Bridge to Nowhere, Alaskan Independence and Ruskies in her backyard.
    McCain has Keating 5, Southern Flags, Adultery, riding Bush's coattail and his votes against MLK day (I think the most telling with the least coverage).
    Seems like they would really want to keep quiet when it comes to skeletons in the closet.
    Can you imagine how electing this unhappy old fool and his brainless hottie will play around the world? Lithuania can take our place on the UN Security Council – they will have more credibility and pull.

    October 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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