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. RJ

    I want Obama to focus on the economy and let the people punish these crooks on the other ticket this time. People realized the tactics played by the Republican machine every four years.

    October 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Jerry, Roselle Il.

    John McCain the angry old man has spoken–
    Sarah Palin the Wink Wink lady has spoken–

    Advise to both of them– Keep you day jobs.

    October 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Brenda

    I went to Palins rally but just wanted to see her.
    I am not her supporter. She is evil!

    I took her picture too but has nothing to do with it.

    I Love Obama!

    October 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Bush is the albatross dragging the entire Republican party down the toilet. Also, McSame's shallow attempt to appeal to women by choosing an intellectual lightweight like Sarah Palin, whose quirky folksy affectations are nowhere to be seen in debate footage form 2006 during her race for governor was a real slap in the face to women everywhere.

    His temper is well-known and his "suspending" his campaign was one gimmick too many! He can Swiftboat until he's blue in the face! We saw all this already during the primary. HE"S DONE!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Joyce, nj

    How about McCain's continued negative campaing without really offering any real solution to the economic crisis.

    Obama on the other hand, not only address the smear tactics but offered solution and addressed the crisis head on. While maintaining calmness. His behavior compared to that of erratic McCain and clueless Palin made people realize there truly is only one dependable team that should be voted into office come Nov. 4 – that is Obama and Biden.

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

    Here's the scene:

    9-11, 2001. The president is in the air b/c it is the safest place to be but he is out of contact with the White House.

    The Vice-president has effectively taken control of the situation.

    Who would you rather have at the wheel during a crisis of this magnitude?

    Joe Biden or Sarah Palin?

    October 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    McInsane will show all of America his true colors tomorrow: That he is a vengefull, bitter, shallow old man.

    October 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. nathan

    what ever happened to the straight talk express? derailed? Palin is pathetic and her boss erratic I wonder what kind of future they want to lead

    October 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. ZANE

    Palin has a big mouth and an empty head. No measurable IQ.

    October 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Donna

    The smears are not going to work this time around...
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. mitch

    why are all the fact checks on cnn prove mccain is false and barack is true? because barack is honest and mccain is not.

    October 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Jim from Middletown, CT

    Nixon resigned in 1974. Nevertheless, this is great news for Obama. Bye-bye, McShame!

    October 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    Obama supporters,

    Let's don't get overly confident. PLEASE continue to donate, register voters, and make phone calls!!!!!! If you live in a state that allows early voting then vote early. I expect the Republicans to do everything they can to steal this election.

    October 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. ConcernedTN

    Funny, I am from TN were this poll supposedly originated and I certainly don't hear or see a "widening of the edge" with Obama in the lead. Most people I know are not going to vote for him. Where do you get this information that seems to be so biased in favor of Obama?

    October 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. joe six pack

    McCain is not going down alone. He's taking Sarah Palin with him so she cannot prop her national career from his skull.

    If Palin & Right wing really believe she has a future in the national spotlight, they should think better before letting her deeper in the mud.

    The extreme right should be careful. McCain sacrificing the credibility, reputation & political career of their beloved darling Sarah Palin

    October 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. McCain invented the Black Berry

    Yes we can ..please vote Tina Fey for an Oscar ......she is better than Sarah Palin herself !

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

    In the Debate tomorrow, Obama, hammer McCain on Keating Five, Palin on Troopergate and Seperatism, and don't let up!

    October 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Lisa

    McCain if you don’t know who Senator Obama is, and you have been working with him for years in the Senate, then how in the world can you protect the American people.

    Question for you McCain- when Sen. Obama started working as a Senator didn’t you guys check him out them? And if you really believe that Senator Obama is in on terrorism, THEN WHY IN THE WORLD OR YOU SHAKING HIS HAND!!!!??? You know better than that and the American people do to- so sit down on that!!!

    Give us the American people a break we don’t believe it and neither do you.

    And if so how did he make it that far up the chain

    It is growing because we are sick of the lies the Republicans have been feeding us for years!!!

    Don’t underestimate this new generation was are not blind and we don’t believe everything we hear.

    October 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Diana Ewing NJ

    Obama's advantage grows because we are tired and ashamed of how things have been handled here..
    McCain offered a new campaign of issues.... but he has lost his way. If he is still a good man, he is doing a good job in hiding. it. I am disgusted by him and his choice of running mate..He has sold us down the river just to obtain the title of President. If country is first, what country is he speaking of.

    October 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Joe (Ex-Republican)

    Thank God people in this country are seeing how McBush will destroy this country.

    October 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. McCain invented the Black Berry

    Vote for Tina Fey

    October 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Annie

    Come on McCain, now really.........

    October 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Justin from CT

    Bush's approval among sane people: 0%

    October 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    I don't know if anyone in the McCain corner has noticed. Obama does not use his instinct. He uses people all the way to think for him or do things for him even spend their money. This is an important link to "who is the real Obama". Dangerous and unwise for America.

    October 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Dutch-VA

    It's growing because Old Man River is out of ideas and soon he'll be out of time. He has to face the music tomorrow night in the debate. Sen. Obama is going to be in his butt like a wedgie for all of these negative ads which is almost borderline racism. You can not run away from the issues and clearly McCain is.


    October 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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