October 6th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
13 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. Annoyed

    Why can't McCain just listen to the people. We don't want to hear about Obama, We want to hear about HOW you intend to change this country and the economic outlook. I don't see how smear attacks are going to let us see that. I'm not going to vote for McCain just because I shouldn't vote for Obama. If McCain can't answer my questions without being snide, I just won't vote at all.

    October 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. ford c

    Very disappointing. As an independent not sure about which candidate to vote for, I'm now convinced who to vote against. The McCain campaign has a definite look of desperation. These tactics don't fly with me.

    -ford c., floresville, texas

    October 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Michael

    Why does McCain think he can get away with smearing Obama when he was one of the Keating 5 that lobbied for less regulation of the S&L industry and ended up in a Senate scandal because of the S&L bailout in the 80s?

    October 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Doug R.

    McCain is miserable and frustrated. He is spitting up lie after lie. He doesn't know what to do next. Tomorrow's debate should be interesting. Tens of thousands of people are registering to vote..and they won't be voting for McCain/ Palin. In certain states, his campaign is nearly bankrupt. McCain deserves a stunning and humiliating defeat on 11/04/08.

    October 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Helene

    Considering the horrendous alternative, McCain/Palin, Obama's advantage can only grow. Because Americans are NOT stupid.

    October 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. jeremy

    Now they want to start spreading more lies when this country is down and out! Keep the negativity up cause personally we are all of tired of it and we want change! not someone who tells lies and tries to spread hate.....We are not falling for the swift boat politics, so please, please keep going negative....

    October 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Kristina "Hussein"

    Maybe McCain will "suspend" his campaign again. Oh wait... he has apparently already suspended that portion which was honorable. And the polls are already showing how well THAT works.

    Good night, McPalin.

    October 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    The DOW is dropping because Obama is leading in the polls.
    Gasoline was $2.25 a gallon before the liberals took over Congress.

    October 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. John

    I was always told growing up two things:

    1) You can tell who a person is by the people they hang around. Palin & McCain.... McCain hangs around a couple that wants to CAN the United States... hmmm

    2) Let a person talk long enough and they will begin to spill the truth of a matter.... Palin in the Couric interviews.

    If you give a person enough rope....

    October 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Yolanda

    Slinging mud is the only thing McCain and Palin have left. Unless, of course, somehow the voting machines malfuction or they have a few Florida "chads" fall their way.

    October 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Maggie from Virginia

    The only honorable thing McCain can do at this point is admit his wrong-doings and acknowledge that America does not want his kind of politics anymore.

    The people have spoken.

    One Car
    One House
    One Spouse

    One Nation!

    October 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Bruce

    Negative campaigning isnot working...
    perhaps...if McCain could address the issue facing us all...but no he has no new ideas,so attack.is all he can do.

    October 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Kathy in Elgin

    What happened to the McCain who wanted to run a clean, respectful campaign? I was hoping that Obama would be able to stay on issue but it's impossible. After seeing what happened in 2004 to John Kerry he had to address the attack ads and produce some of his own.

    Please, whoever wins, help us! US! Not big business who has gotten us into this fix. Trickle down economics didn't work for Reagan and it didn't work now. Someone . . . please think of us.

    October 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Greg in MN

    Please don't let the smear tactics of the McCain/Palin camp work on the voters!

    Keep reminding people about the issues and who has put forward a plan to get us out of this mess.

    Stay focused! Less than a month to go and we can vote people who care about "we the people" in office rather than those that care about "me the candidate".

    Obama/Biden '08!

    October 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    So who is the real Obama? No matter what happens, he cant be ANY WORST than the ones we have NOW 🙂

    October 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. denise, pc, fl

    As long as Barack Obama continues to focus on the issues; he will continue to gain support. Americans care about the economy and how they are impacted.

    The McPalin ticket are trying to deflect focus from what really matters. There is no real subtance to their campaign. They don't have any new plans or vision to help Americans.

    They have proven that electing John McCain would be like a 3rd term for George W. Bush.

    October 6, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Barney

    Obama KNEW someone involved in a scandal.

    McCain WAS personally involved in more than one scandal.

    What's to know?

    October 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Jerry Ohio

    You should see so many people are wearing Obama t-shirt all I hear people are so excited to vote for Obama...I would like to ask McCain a question why did he vote not to have MLK birthday as a holiday..McCain you have to be for all American not just for the rich people I mean All American,,,,,,,McCain your state is the only state does not recognize MLK holiday...That is true fact....We shall over come one day Black, White, Hispanic, Asia as one American.

    October 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Rob

    the only thing McCain has suspended is an Honorable campaign that and the truth. it's time for a real leader one with intelligence and calm demeanor that isn't afraid to be truthful and take advise from either side of the aisle if it will benefit the country. can you imagine leadership that doesn't polarize and is willing to work with anyone? government without smears and deception wow what a concept.

    October 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Nick

    she's got some "hubris" to go attacking someone else when she can't even speak intelligently in an interview to defend herself..

    October 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Tom

    The truly sad part is that, as low as Bush's approval ratings are, the house, led by Nancy Pelosi, has even lower ratings.

    October 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. HRM, FL

    These poll number are fine, and I believe people are waking up, but make sure you vote, don't discard your voice in this and become complacent that Obama will win, you know if the vote is close what will happen (Florida)

    October 6, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Ken in LA

    It's not too late to switch to Liberman or Mitt or Rudy Juliana

    October 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. jd

    I voted for Bush twice. I voted for Obama/Biden 08. McCain is not good for the economy. Palin is a joke.

    October 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Jim, IN

    All the republicans have left to throw now is filth, we need the good men and women of this country to fight this stuff back and we can take this thing.

    October 6, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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