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. Beverly, NYC

    McCain/Palin = Biggest Fundraiser for Obama. Keep slinging the mud guys. Out of time, out of ideas, out of money, Out of Intergrity.

    Thanks for the rise in poll number we appreciate it.

    October 6, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. mike

    Obama is intelligent. I'd rather turn the country over to him then take a chance on McSame conking out and having that know-nothing joke, Sarah Palin step in. McCain/Palin don't have any plans, thoughts, ideas, etc. The only thing they have are attacks and insults. When pressed, they just look to Obama and give us "Yeah, what he said." They try to steal Obamas plans, ideas, and even campaign slogan. They're right, Change is Coming, but it isn't them. I hope it's Obama. He is change. Palin and McCain are the reason that there are copyrights and patents, for inventors. They'll do and say any and everything to win. They don't care about America. They're just running their lips. Lots of lip and no substance. An empty suit and an empty dress!

    October 6, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Verouca Salt

    Enough with the polls already. I'm happy that Obama is leading, but a HUGE part of the population is left out of these polls. And, BTW my fellow readers, how many of YOU have been polled? I certainly haven't.

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

    McCain is a gambler, but he gambled with the wrong chip Sarah Palin, She is dumb and he is a angry old man. He needs to retire and she needs to go home and stay home.

    October 6, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. matt from north dakota

    Its about time americans start seeing that if we elect McCain we are electing Bush for another four years. Bush two is the worst president since Hoover and maybe ever. We have record deficit, a failing economy, falling house prices, and the world hates more than ever. We want change. We want fresh, new direction. We need it or Im afraid of what will happen with another Bush.

    McCain needs to step up and stop the attack adds they are diverting the people from the main problem which is the economy. Thats the only way he can win if he paints Obama as to risky, but most people see right throw it.

    Obama all the way in 08

    October 6, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Independent Dave, Iowa

    This has got to be one of the most poorly conceived and executed presidential campaign strategies in US history, what a disaster!

    October 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Joe

    I am too worry about my retirement plan than to hear about Senator McCain's attack.

    Senator McCain – Can you please spend more time to help fix the economy and less time attacking someone else?

    October 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Rachel

    The lead is growing because Americans want answers to the problems we are facing.

    We are tired of mudslinging. All that mudslinging is not going to solve any of the problems we are in right now.

    The only way he's going to be able to turn the corner is the TALK ABOUT SOLUTIONS TO THE ISSUES.

    Obama keep doing what you're doing, you'll continue on the road to the White House.

    October 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Harry Kathard

    I had respect for McCain as a man of integretiy – I am NOT a Democrat,
    but gosh his campaign is really irritating me. Also after he picked Palin – it kicked me in the guts. She is so misinformed and sadly appears Plain Palin dumb at times.

    My regrets to the senator from Arizona.


    October 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Eric

    Desperate times call for desperate measures... The Palin – McCain ticket is sinking to an all time low. Lets get real, McCain = Keating another banking scandal. Palin – McCain, please just go away. This Joe 6 pack, Soccer dad has had enough of you.

    October 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Karon

    I am APPALLED that McCain wants to cut Medicare – it's the only insurance that truly works for the people.

    SHAME on him!

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Tough Lady, NC

    We want answers about the economy, not SWIFTBOATING. McCain-Palin do you hear us. Our 401K's for our retirement are disappearing, our health insurance is doubling, we have no gas in NC, our home is depreciating. But I guess after working 40-60 hrs. a week all our lives we did not plan on being rich but want to be able to eat and have a roof over our heads. Independent for Obama-Biden.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Brian

    I think the American people have finally made up their minds on the colossal charade that is McCain/Palin.

    Although Palin may look hot on the outside... she's just another ugly conservative republican underneath the pageant queen hairdo and lipliner. And old man McCain is totally unstable.

    My only regret is that Obama/Biden didn't have a more honest opponent to run against this election.

    Vote Obama/Biden Nov. 4th! Or better yet get out and vote early if your state offers it!

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. John

    Here comes Rev. Wright brace yourself. Mccain could have loss with his respect intact now look at him , and Palin was voted in office, why is gas higher in Alaska then any other state? The produce so much oil but gas is higher there- please check for yourself. Funny

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. California Voter

    Who is the real Barack Obama? I'm still waiting.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Greg

    Hey Rezko, can you spare a gernade man? Sure thing Barrack, here you go! Put it to the man brother.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. mary mt

    McCain, Palin eat it... ahahahahaha

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Glenn; North Carolina

    The nastier and more ultra Republican Sen. McCain acts, the more Sen. Obama's numbers rise. I'm no brain scientist but even a simple guy like me can make a correlation there. If you speak on the issues and focus on what's important, the more people will listen to you and get behind you. I keep waiting for Sen. McCain to show up with a walking cain and start yelling at little kids to "Get Out of My Yard!"

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Sue, OH

    Not only does McCan plan cuts in Medicare, the benefit that your employer pays for your health care, John McCain will call that taxable income, and you will pay taxes on that. And America, will you please quit whining, once you leave your home, and lose your job, with no more unemployment benefits, and your baby is sick, and you cannot get any help. I know, I have been there. Go Obama/Biden!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Chuck

    Great news for Obama. If Obama wants to really put this race away he should announce, this week, who the planned members of his cabinet would be. Put out an all-star cast of the smartest, brightest, and most capable men and women in this country. If he can turn the Obama campaign into "Team Obama" it will be a landslide victory for him.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. ET in Texas

    The only hope for changing Amercia is to change it with a vote, then stay tuned to make sure your vote is not wasted by promises not kept. Unless Americans stay engaged in issues after an election we give a blank check to Washington. Hopefully we are awake and we'd best stay awake on an hourly basis. First, vote for Obama/Biden. Haven't we had enough of a President who can't string together a complete sentence? The cutesy pig with lipstick can't put together a coherent sentence to save her made up face and knee hi boots. McCain can't put down the reading cards. ENOUGH!

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. undecided voter

    I cant believe that instead of focusing what americans are in need for, McCain decided that he will start with the nasty political smears..
    So far the only things I have heard from McCain is attacks, so I decided now .. my vote this election is going to be for OBAMA!.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Mandy - South Carolina

    Barack Obama please keep letting McCain be the erratic, desperate, lying mess that he is right now and defend yourself as much as possible while keeping the presidential demeanor you have right now.

    They say we don't know Barack Obama, but I disagree because Barack Obama's life story has been all over tv, in his books, all over the internet, but I have no idea about McCain except he was a reckless soldier, was in the vietnam war, was a pow, came home and cheated on his wife and then married the millionaire, and has been a self proclaimed maverick who hasnt gotten much done in his 25 years in Congress.

    I like everything I know about Barack Obama and this crap about who he knows is ridiculous! I don't know half as many people as him and I'm sure there's a rotten few in there. Talk about desperate campaigning! DO BETTER JOHN MCCAIN, YOUVE SOLD YOUR SOUL TO THE DEVIL IN THE FORM OF REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGNERS!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. indy chris

    A question for both candidates:

    How many times, if ever, have you committed an act of adultery?


    Do you believe an adulterer has the character to be president?

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Allison

    Wow. Maybe this election won't be so close afterall.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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