October 16th, 2008
04:24 PM ET
14 years ago

Polls going in wrong direction for McCain


New state polls show McCain continues to slide in key battleground states. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - John McCain continues to lose ground in three battleground states, new CNN polls of polls out Thursday suggest.

According to the new surveys, McCain is still slipping in Pennsylvania, Florida, and even Colorado - a state that hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992.

In the new Pennsylvania poll of polls, McCain now trails Barack Obama by a 13 point margin, 53-40 percent. That deficit is up from 12 points in a poll of polls released earlier this week.

In Florida, the state that handily voted for President Bush in 2004, McCain trails Obama by 4 points in the latest CNN poll of polls, 49-45 percent. That's up from a 3 point gap there over the weekend.

And in Colorado, a longtime Republican stronghold where McCain has held the advantage for months, the new CNN poll of polls shows Obama on top by 6 percentage points, 50-44 percent. Earlier this week, Obama held a 5-point lead over McCain.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. TJ

    All this sounds good for supporters of Obama, but I would urge them not to put too much stake in polls. People change their minds, a scandal could break...anything is possible. As for me, I will not relax until Nov.5.

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. MAD

    Does this surprise anyone? I mean really. We have had enough of the Bush, McCain madness. This country is ready for real change and only Obama promises that. I for one can hardly wait for this to be over so we can begin to go forward.

    October 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |

    Then please ask McPain to at least stop the divisive poison coming out of their mouths. That is just so offensive and so unpatriotic. I am very patriotic and that IS why I am voting for President Obama. Let's restore dignity to this great country.

    October 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. OMG

    Look at the photo in ON THE TRAIL: McCain in Pennsylvania article down on the same page, Cindy biting her lip, Palin wincks at people, Cindy bite lips, whatelse they gonna do to win mccain? is the next to strip some of thier......

    October 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. C A

    I see Lieberman says that McCain has turned the corner and they are heading for victory. Their definition of victory is like their definition of victory in Iraq, they don't have a defintion. Just remember fellas, this election does have a time line, Nov 4. You can't stay on for another 200 years hoping the tide will change. On Nov. 5 it wil be the end of your campaign and the beginnig of the end of our troops playing policemen/women in Iraq.

    October 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. TexicoFromMexico

    Please go away.....the race is over. Nobody i their right mind is going to vote for you especially with that loon on the ticket with you! Shes as qualified as I am to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency!

    Everyone go see the movie "W" this weekend to remind you of what exactly you will get for 4 more years with the McCain Palin ticket! Eight is Enough!!!!

    Veterans for Obama

    October 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Dave

    With continued hope that the *entire* country is indeed awakening to the great need we have for thoughtful and INTELLIGENT leadership represented by the Obama/Biden ticket.

    Here's to the Nov 4th win!

    BTW, this VA voter already cast his ballot TODAY! 🙂

    October 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. OldUncleTom

    Well, the best way would be to leave Florida and Ohio in the "irrelevant" column; neither state can yet be relied upon to hold legitimate elections.

    If Obama/Biden can hold their base, and states that lean Blue, this will be true, and there should also be little dispute about the results.

    When this election is over, there needs to be another wave of election reform nation-wide; we definitely need to eliminate voter registration fraud, voter fraud, and vote counting fraud from the list of arguments in future campaigns, to restore the country's faith in the process.

    October 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. abc

    just a thought, wouldn't be nice for two candidates to not debate but praise each other or talk about their opponent's qualities and accomplishments for the new government?
    positive intentions end with positive ideas.
    in last night's debate, i was happy to hear Obama addressing people who are living outside their means and emphasizing how important parents are in our education reform/development. those are straight, un-nasty talks! if we have attitudes, put them into your effort for education, work and environmental issues, not the mediocre, violent attitudes.
    i believe it's important to support candidate who can form the best cabinet members for our new government.

    October 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    Well, maybe that's because we are tired of being lied to. Sen. McCain, before you seize on something to frame your campaign around, you should first investigate. "Joe the Plumber" does not have a plumbing license as required by his state. He says that because he works for a licensed plumber, he doesn't need a license, but that simply is not true. In addition, he actually has no concrete plans for purchasing the business for which he has been working the last several years. So, he kinda made up the question. Hmmmm. He really appears to be quite shady. Once again, Sen. McCain, surrounding yourself with the suspect. I really have had it with your self-aggrandizing ways.

    October 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. liz

    Citizens can see right through McCain's erratic, petulant behavior and bogus attacks. Obama addresses the issues, has smart plans, and is truly going to pull our country back on it's feet! Go Obama/Biden '08! PS- can't wait to see Biden on the Ellen show on Monday!

    October 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    The media for whatever reason is so in love with obama it's amazing. I wouldn't be surprised if those "polls" are much different come election day.

    October 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. J from DC

    I hope Florida can go Obama. Becuase I am getting sick of the Republican talking points. It is everything but what matters. Now, this Joe Plumber is the next gimmick. It is almost as if they are running him as VP. Move over Palin.

    October 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Pennsylvania

    Go OBama!!!! McPain you are to old to know what is good for our country and your pathetic VP, WOW we think we are in trouble now could you imagine something happening to McPain and Stupid now in charge. Now that is something we should be talking about instead of Joe the Plumber.

    McPain with all his wealth is worried about Obama's plan effecting his Millions!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. bernj

    The sooner the McCain / Palin joke is over the better. Anyone with an once of common sense should see that McCain and his low IQ running mate are not what the country needs at this point. McCain is simply not prepared to be president. How in the world can you even consider voting for him when he can't even use email. Palin is not prepared to be a crossing guard let alone VP.

    October 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Jeff, Oregon

    I hope Democrats don't get complacent, just because Obama is ahead in the polls. Many things can happen in the next 2.5 weeks, and McCain is working hard to change the minds of independents.

    If you believe in your candidate, you need to vote, you need to be there on election day, or send in your ballet early. Don't let the Republicans steal the election... again.

    Obama/Biden '08, '12

    October 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Charlie

    The polls are going in the right direction for the country. That is more important. What will really help is a landslide election that shows unquestionable support for the best qualified candidate.

    October 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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