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. s

    The world economy is verging on a depression and all McCain can come up with is mudslinging. This is beyond pathetic. Welcome to the Political Twilight Zone. Heaven help us!

    October 6, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. jeff

    No we can't. The government as well as the private sector all had a hand in the way the economy is shaping up. Irresponsible adults buying homes they knew they couldn't afford, maxing credit cards,
    living off welfare and social security etc. Grow up, it's not Bush's fault alone, we all had a hand in it.

    October 6, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Ali

    Obama is not ready. Now way!

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

    McCain/Palin playing pathetic politics which is infact helping Obama more .. American people ain't stupid like McCain/Palin thinks..

    McCain is out of touch with reality that people are pretty smart and they can findout truths & lies on internet in no-time...

    if McCain learns to use computer, he can check the facts by himself.. he might change his mind and vote for Obama..

    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Glenn in California

    The reason McLame's political stock is plummeting is obvious. His biggest stunt in picking the Moose Hunter is backfiring and all of his other stunts have shown themselves to be as lame as he is.

    Obama is right when he says that the American people are too smart to fall for McLame's latest stunt, attempting to "turn the page" on the economy.

    Just say NO to Bush 44. Game Over. R.I.P

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


    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Johnny

    John McCain can we please talk about the ECONOMY?

    How is the Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright discussion would help me pay my mortgage????

    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. nate

    We're going to win. This is all that matters. O/08

    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Cindy- St. Louis

    Now is the time to dig in and work even harder! This last month will likely be brutal- the "powers that be" do not give up their power easily.

    I pray this trend holds for our country's sake.


    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Obama Supporter

    Ok this is seriously getting ridiculous. McCain we don't want to hear anymore attacks, let's get down to business and start talking about the issues at hand. Where are your ideas and plans to put America back on its feet? The economy is struggling and you're dismissing what America is going through as if it's a joke.

    You saw the numbers.

    You panicked...

    And now you're desperate.

    Same scenerio when you picked Sarah Palin.

    You disgust me.

    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    We need a lead as wide as your smile...Go Team Obama! Yes we can!

    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Joe Regis

    As things getting worse a consensus is building that the dems are needed to fix the mess left over by 8 years of repubs mismanagement.

    Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Connie

    Well Mavericks, your days of glory seems to be coming to an end. Sorry Mccain, this seems to be a wrong year to run for president, too bad its your last chance. Real change is coming, even if it isn't the best. At least it will be different from the one we had these past 8 years

    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Rob

    Could it be true. People are no longer falling for the negative attack AD lies, of angry Johnny and Gomer Palin.

    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Brain in DC

    Now we are ending up with 2 campaigns: The campaign for Barack Obama, and the campaign against Barack Obama. Any other candidates out there with new ideas?

    October 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. tulsa


    Don't be complacent. It's not enough to see the polls going blue. We have to SHOW UP and VOTE!

    Call someone you think is on the fence. Ask them how their 401K is. Ask them if McCain has a plan. Show them the fact check on McCain's health insurance plans.

    Get involved! Barack the vote!

    October 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. E

    It is the economy stupid. McCain doesn't get it doesn't understand it and will be defeated. Sarah Palin has set back women in politics 25 years with her winks and poor english. Very unprofessional. Do we want her answering the phone at 3 a.m.

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

    Go Obama Go! Don't let the liars get you down...desperation on an "old dog" and a pitbull are not pretty things!

    October 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Moderate Democrat

    Palin's absurd comment about "palling around with terrorists" is a new low point and shows how much she and McCain are lacking in character. Americans are not as stupid as they think.

    October 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Jeff

    The reason Obama is widening his lead is that the "straight talk express" That McSame promised America has caught on fire and is dead on the side of the road.

    What happened to the McCain of 2000? Why is he such a liar?

    October 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Chut Pata

    What was first? Chicken or the egg?

    Has McCain increased the mud slinging and sliminess after increase in Obama's popularity, or has Obama's popularity soared after McCain's increased the amount of dirt in his campaign?

    The more dirty he will play, the more popular Obama will become by focusing on economy.

    October 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Anti-Obama

    Obama can't lead us out of this mess. it can only be McCain. What expericen does obama have? NONE!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |

    maybe mccain should think about turning his campaign around. maybe they really want obama to be president.. hahahahaha.. keep the false smear tatics and put Obama in the White House!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Raleigh, NC

    NC is turning blue minute by minute!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. PA will always stay BLUE!

    That's great news but I am sure this is not over....I am sure this is not the end of the McCain Campaign. The worst is yet to come. We need to be strong-ALL OBAMA SUPPORTERS!

    Go get him tomorrow OBAMA. Show him what you are and what you can do for this country.

    October 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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