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. Harvey in Va

    Oh right CNN you call it just as you did with Gore ahead of Bush CNN the one u count on poo

    October 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. novl

    Obama is a man I see for all of america and moving out of the era the past eight years has brought us. He continues to see the good America is, while helping repair the wrechage of the past eight years. For all the repsect America has lost in the past, he wishes to bring that respect back, and thus helping economically with reopenning doors that have been closed with an eye on the world that is better suited than a simplistic narrow minded cowboy mentality that will deepen the hole we currently reside.

    October 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. SAGG

    Tom October 6th, 2008 4:28 pm ET

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

    Sad or not, who do you think will be re-elected come this election? I thought so.

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

    Keep on bad mouthing Obama, McCain instead of giving ideas on how to fix the economy, end the wars, give everyone healthcare, you know why McCain/Palin have to smear Obama/Biden because they have no ideas of what to do with anything. They are empty hot air. Typical Republic conservative crap, will it isn't going to work this time, because we really are in a depression economist just call it recession now adays, because of the great depression of 1929. Just wait for the layoffs, and the businesses to start closing because they can't make payrolls or buy materials to produce products. People aren't hurting yet wait till they can't use their credit cards anymore, then you will see the real pain.

    October 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Roger

    Poor victim Obama.

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

    McCain Corrupt Skeletons:

    Keating 5
    G.Gordon Liddy
    John Singlaud
    The Mob Boss
    Sara Palin – trooper gate, affairs,
    Gov Palin appear at the radical group "AIP" convention in 2000
    Rick Davis – Fannie Mae

    Vote record Against Vets
    Votes Against Womens Issues
    Votes Against Education
    Votes For the War in Iraq

    October 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Bush Is Worse Than Hoover

    Hoover was unwise . . . the wrong man for the time . . . but at least he was intelligent and relatively honest. Unfortunately, Bush is both dumb and dishonest.

    October 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. John Bunting

    The Moose Queen from Alaska is driving the "Straight talk" make believe express of a cliff. Calling Obama a terroist was the last straw.This shows desperation, ignorance , and childish actions comming from a supposidely educated woman seeking the vice-presidency. If the people in Alaska are that ignorant as the Moose Queen i am glad my childred are not in school in that state.

    October 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. greta

    released by the obama campaign today: – keatingeconomics.com.

    October 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. from Germany

    Please, please, please vote for Obama-Biden!!! We need a president that will improve the image of the US in the world again.

    And seriously... I am an educated, working woman and I am insulted by Sarah Palin supposedly representing "us" and being the "replacement" for Hillary... WHATEVER!

    ok... just to repeat:
    BARACK OBAMA for PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    It's going to be a landslide! Obama/Biden will win with more than double the electoral votes. I can feel it!

    October 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. tgram

    Keep working hard to get the Democrats in. The Republicans want us to take our eyes of the ball...NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!

    God bless America!

    October 6, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. kalkrish


    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Concerned Dem

    PS McCain.... i think the people know by now that you are in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM a "Maverick." Enough alraedy with the tired lame saying. You sound old and out of touch with reality buddy.

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Donald, Canton,NC

    Get a life McCain, your campaign is over!!!!

    You can rejoin your twin – Joe Lieberman– in the Senate next month as a member of the MINORITY!!!!

    The American public sees you for what you are - nothing but a lying, grumpy old man that has nothing to offer this country.

    Return to Arizona or whereever your 13 homes are and retire into obscurity. We don't need you any more than any of your other cohorts, ie. Dick Armey, Ted Stevens, Sen Craig, Newt Gingrich, etc. FADE AWAY quietly and spare us your 'expert' political advice.

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. north of 49

    This will blow up in MCcain's face big time! it's all old news dotcha kno?

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. obama fan

    I cannot wait to say that is our President Mr. Barack Obama! And I am a white woman. I SAY IT LOUD! I SAY IT PROUD!

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. BJGT

    Yes, we can!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Canadian

    Pain and Panic needs to suspend their campaign again, its so obvious

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Tee, Virginia

    SARAH, SARAH, SARAH, SARAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. America demands answers

    The question here is...Ayers committed a crime when Obama was 8...Ayers was not convicted and charges dropped when Obama was 12 yrs old.

    Obama served in a non profit Organisation with Ayers 28 yrs later...Does that make Obama wrong? Ayers stopped his campaign in 1974.
    Mccain was a grown man when Keating 5 happened.
    McCain knew what Rev Hagee said about the Pope and still sort his endorsements.
    McCain knew the terrorist in Sudan were carrying out genocide and still didnt discourage Cindy from having business ties with them.
    McCain knew Georgian forces were gonna attack innocent people in south Ossetia and didnt discourage that move....
    McCain knew that deregulation would hurt Americans but wont stop Rick Davis from getting paid by fannie Mae up till August

    McCain too erractic to lead
    McCain cant be trusted as President
    McCain wrong judgement for VP pick
    McCaing not fit to be commander in chief

    I am joe "and i approve this message

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. 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!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Dj

    This is a function of the McCain campaign being so hypcritical...

    They thought they could continue to mix lies with the truth and mislead the american people into believing that they are being completely honest, but....

    Truth is like oil in water, it will eventually rise to the surface (and be vividly obvious for all to see).

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Peter (CA)

    It is nice to see that the voters are not afraid of real change and are not buying the right wing hysteria about Obama.

    All I hear from McCain/Palin are distortions, rumors, and lies. How about being "mavericks" and doing something different than what your Republican predecessors did?

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Chris

    what about our ECONOMY!!!! McCain, enough with the nagitive adds..

    October 6, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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