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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  1. John, Army Veteran

    John McCain is Shamless with his desperate attacks and not sticking to the issues. Whatever Honor John McCain had when he wore this nations uniform is gone. I cannot believe that McCain puts himself above country over and over again.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Tony

    BOTH MCCAIN AND PALIN HAVE DONE EACH OTHER IN.

    MCCAIN FOR HAVING NO ANSWERS, SOLUTIONS, IDEAS OR PLAN TO HELP GET AMERICA AND THE ECONOMY BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

    PALIN FOR JUST BEING HER INCOHERENT, INCOMPETENT, BABBLING SELF.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. greg

    I totally agree, McCain is Bush squared. Why on earth would anyone vote McCain/Palin???? Are people really that blind to see a repeat with this nominee? Hello people wake up and watch the debates. Palin is the dumbest thing since barbie

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. women4obama

    Wow!!! There is still hope at keeping the American Dream alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Bacusla

    And the TRUE AMERICAN SPIRIT SOARS!!!

    Above the pettiness and smears and scare tactics and bigotry and racism injected by the McCain/Palin ticket – towards a stronger country through Obama/Biden ticket's intelligent and thoughtful leadership and extraordinary organization.

    We are witnessing a departure – "We the people" are on board...

    Yes we can!!!! Obama/Biden '08.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Sean from NC

    Hey McCain... you need to start talking about the issues and not Obama's love for his country.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Dutch-VA

    @ Tom

    Congress' approval rating is low because george Dub-ya vetoes everything that comes across his desk. So why is your congress ineffective, ask old George Dub-ya Bush.

    October 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. SAGG

    YES!! Go, Obama! You and (the REAL Six Pack) Joe Biden stomp McAngry and Giddy Gidget into the ground!! Stomp 'em GOOD!!

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. CR in WI

    Don't forget about McCains advisor's secret payments from Fannie and Freddie. Making a big splash by suspending your campaign (if by suspending you mean continuing to run attack ads, doing TV interviews, and accepting contributions) won't make all of us forget.

    No hypocrites
    Go for inteligence this time . . .
    BO08

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. bob

    It's very comforting to know that McCain is spending valuable $$$ and recources to defend what once WERE red states.

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. J.S.

    Somehow, I can"t believe these polls. Obama made lots of money off Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the American people think he can help our economic crisis–His maybe, but not ours.

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Connie in Tennessee

    It is about time people woke up and seen the "real McCain". He has run negative ads all the way through his campaign. He has no ideas on the issues so all he can do is go negative. We need a President who can see the problems and will try to solve them. Obama/Biden 2008.

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Jen

    CNN you just do not get it...Real folks are speaking out and McSlime and McFailin are done..Toast so to speak!!

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. texas democrat

    Gidget and the old Moondoggie should never get to the white house. Please we must all vote for change and . avoid 4 more years of this madness and greediness. I keep asking myself if things can get worse. Mccain wants to get in to help all of his rich friends and regular people like us will get the same thing that Bush has given us. Nothing but debt , high prices and too much grief.

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Anthony in Ohio

    Finish strong we still have to show up and vote. You know the Repubs will try any dirty trick to steal this thing.

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Jeffer65

    We're sick and tired of McCain's mudslinging too.

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. bridgette

    I have yet to hear what McCain's plans are. This is just crazy. He has been running for eighteen months and no one knows what his policies are.

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Joel

    Good News!

    I had not QUITE gotten my daughter over into the Obama side – – but Gov. Palin and Senator McCain did!

    Since she wants to know WHY she should vote for Senator McCain and he won't tell her, she has started listening to Senator Obama.

    That, plus the unwarranted negative attacks finally did the job.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. S. Boatman

    Thank You Captain Maverick! Your Super Powers Of Deregulation Have Crippled The Economy! . . .your Application To Join The Hall Of Doom Has Been Accepted!

    October 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Robin

    I feel more confident in Obama's ability to handle the economy. I don't trust McCain.

    October 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. 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.
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    October 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Hardy Takhar

    I find Pallins comments about being the average Joe disgusting and an insult to any Average person. Furthermore an average person will only produce average results at best. We need an educated smart intellectual like Obama. One who has a presence in the national and international scenes as Obama. We dont need a bimbo beauty queen making a mockery of the American political system. McCane you must have been smoking an illegal substance when you picked the bimbo. What happened to Romney,Guiliani and Huckerby . They are too busy laughing their heads off at your incompetence.

    October 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Aaron from Ohio

    Obama's at 53%, McCain is at 45% with 2% undecided. John's only chance is the last 2 debates or a game changing event. The stock market is the real October Surprise. McCain is abandoning his message and going to mudslinging. I'm not sure if he has enough mud to sling. The more likely result is that he will damage the republicans chances down the ticket. It already looks like a wave election with republicans facing big losses. Mccain is not only going down with the ship, he's taking the crew with him.

    October 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. S. Boatman

    Well Done Captain Maverick! Your Super Powers Of Deregulation Have Crippled The Economy! . . .your Application To Join The Hall Of Doom Has Been Accepted!

    October 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Godson

    Did anyone hear Lieberman saying that the little god he serves that helped him loose in 2000, has now grown big enough to help Palin win.
    Lieberman, your god is still a toddler.

    October 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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