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. Tyrone

    Hmmm, let me get this straight. Palin is attacking Obama's character and says he cannot be trusted. She has fruitlessly dug up what she calls relevant past misgivings. Ok, so lets see...her eldest son has been arrested on a "number" of occasions–look it up if you don't believe it. Her teenage daughter is unwed and preggers. And she herself is under investigation and not cooperating for abuse of power. If America cannot see through all this hypocrisy, history will not be too kind to our generation.

    Go Obama! 353 Electoral votes to 185! You heard it here first!

    October 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. NoTrustInPolitics

    As I always say, I don't trust polls. However, in the off-chance that this might be true, the american people might FINALLY start to be seeing how much a worse candidate John McCain is . Worse even than bush. Yes, I went there.

    October 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. ralph

    If McCain's 'glove's off' strategy doesn't produce any results by the end of this week, what will he try next? Pin Obama on a sex scandal? Wait until Obama is president, then try to impeach him?

    October 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. lovable liberal

    Who says there's no good news anymore. Americans know that Obama will be better for the economy.

    October 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Dee

    Folks, stick to the issues!! This is probably one of the worst economic disasters in history , there is no room for the McCain /Palin type of discourse in todays debate. There is a rough road ahead & people must decide who is best to steer us out of it. And one of the issues facing voters is whether or not Gov. Palin, who is a heartbeat away from the presidency, has the ability to lead at this time?? Is Sen. McCain at the age of 73 able to handle this type of stress? Those are legitimate issues to consider & have nothing to do with their respective characters. These are tumultuos times ahead for the world & it appears the voters are moving towards the person they feel is best capable of handling it.

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

    Senator Obama has almost recaptured my faith in all americans.

    I really hope that we are looking at the issues and i'm proud of the americans that are standing up and saying we will not stand for silly season in the midst of turmoil. I care more about my future and/or childrens future than what a guy did in the 60's when Obama was 8 and I wasn't even born (who by the way now teaches millions of students).

    McCain/Palin – tell people what you are going to do for them and their pocket books or shut up!!!!!!!! No one wants to hear your crap!!! My 401k is disappearing before my very own eyes and you want to tell me the other guy is scary?? Why?? Because he doesn't look like you ???? Give me a break!!

    Disgusted by this process – I can't wait until Nov 4th and hopefully we Americans will restore this country back on the right path.

    REGISTER TO VOTE – OCT 6th (deadline)

    October 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Sheila43302

    Hey, will someone please explain to me what it is about my comment that needs to be "moderated"? The dictionary defines "moderated" as
    "to lessen the intensity or extremeness of ". Exactly what is extreme about my comment of "Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!?

    October 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. bob in LA

    We Want Change.
    We will take a chance on an educated man with logical ideas but only a limited amount of experience over a man with bad ideas, inflexible thoughts, and knee-jerk response answers that are dangerous.
    We are Patriots, We are Americans. we are not Republicans.

    October 6, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Unshrub

    This news will push McCain closer to the edge of insanity. (He doesn't have far to go.)

    October 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Patrick, Fairfield, CA

    Is this a surprise to anyone? McCain over the past few weeks has become a desperate candidate – from attempting to ride in on his white horse and save America from the financial abyss, to sitting in the media principals office to help Sarah Palin get out of interview trouble, to negative ads about Obama being a terrorist supporter – you wonder who seems like the risky choice come November 4.

    October 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Jack

    McCain lost me when he chose Palin as his V.P. She has a big mouth with an empty head.
    A Republican for Obama.

    October 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Philly Democrat

    I urge everyone to go to the online Rolling Stone site and read the main article, titled, "John McCain, Make-Believe Maverick"

    October 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    McCain at his rally in New Mexico:
    "Who is Obama?"
    A supporter in the crowd yells:
    "A terrorist"
    McCain says nothing –

    So, how's your 401 K doing, America?

    October 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Strength

    You can get the bibs and Depends out now for McCrap. He's starting to stink!!! Even his friends are steering clear of him. Good-bye Sarah. Im voting a straight Democrat ticket. GO OBAMA!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Ade

    What I liked most in the various factors considered in the opinion poll is "expectation". It's appears Americans are going to get it right this time.
    Best of luck, great America.

    October 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Matt

    a landslide is coming for obama

    October 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Awaken

    In 2000 we wher asleep . In 2004 we where afraid to wake up . In 2008 we have finally awaken

    October 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Laszlo in L.A.

    29 days to go and I have yet to hear John McCain articulate a vision for this country or a plan to avert unemployment, inflation or a gas crisis not seen in this country since 1973. That recession lasted nearly a decade and I am just old enough not to want a rerun. Thanks Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Nevada, Missouri and Colorado for changing from red to blue and giving the other guy a shot.

    October 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. OMG

    Because, its economy stupid!!!!!!!!!

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

    Yes we can!

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

    McCain's slogan "Change is Coming"
    Obama's slogan "Change is Here"

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 6, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. FJ from Atlanta

    McCain and Palin are complete jerks.

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

    With all the false negative attacks that McSame and McPalin are lavishing on OBAMA, he is still going forward.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08,12

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

    America's reactions to the ugly comments made in the past three days by Sarah Palin and McCain will drive Obama's numbers even higher. What the Republicans don't understand is that sleazy tactics are not what America wants-we want solutions-we want answers-we want calm, clear and honest leadership, not the erratic, sarcastic, and dishonest fare coming from the McCain camp.

    What McCain and the Republicans are experiencing is the chickens coming home to roost..>Good riddance to them...Limbaugh...O'Reilly...COulter...and the rest of the lunatic right...Happy Days are Here again!

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

    These negative attacks by the McCain-Palin camp only show that they are losing! This is all they can do in the last few weeks that are left before election.

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