October 21st, 2008
04:07 PM ET
14 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: Obama leads by nine points

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(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama has his largest lead so far over rival Sen. John McCain, according to CNN’s latest national poll of polls.

Obama leads McCain by nine points in the poll of polls released Tuesday – 51 percent to 42 percent. Seven percent of those surveyed are unsure about their choice for president.

In Monday’s CNN’s poll of polls, Obama’s lead over McCain was seven points – 51 percent to 44 percent.

“Today’s Poll of Polls average reflects the fact that Obama has moved into a commanding position in the presidential race,” said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Obama is either tied or ahead in all of the battleground states. The Democrats now have what may be a decisive edge in terms of voter enthusiasm and financial resources. The financial meltdown has played to Obama’s advantage. By most measurements, McCain was not able to use the debates to gain ground on Obama. And most of the campaign is now being waged in previously red states. While anything can happen in the remaining two weeks, it’s hard not to conclude that McCain’s back is against the wall.”

Tuesday’s CNN poll of polls is composed of the following six national general election surveys of likely voters: Pew (October 16-19), CNN/ORC (October 17-19), ABC/Washington Post (October 16-19), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 18-20), Gallup (October 18-20) and Diageo/Hotline (October 18-20). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. APinPA

    It all means nothing if you don't get to the polls and cast that vote!!!!

    Let's get this done on the 4th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Joe Regis

    Now, it's over for good for the republican McCain and Palin.


    Landslide O/B 08/12.

    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Virginian Marine

    Yesterday, CNN said the race was tightening.

    Today, Obama has his biggest lead ever.


    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Dave in San Antone

    Rob, that dog don't hunt EVEN IN TEXAS!

    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. True Patriotism

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. If im correct the 9 point lead outweighs the number of undecided voters. if this holds true, then the white house will have it's first black occupant. (oh ladies and gentlemen, I am black myself and whilst i cannot vote i prefer Obama's policies to McCain and I am a Republican)

    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    yes we can! yes we can!

    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Mark

    Lol, I guess America prefers the "socialist terrorist leftist radical" to McCain. Good job on all the name calling McCain, it's working almost as well for you as it did for Bob Dole.

    Remember to vote on Nov 4! Your vote matters!

    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |

    Just VOTE folks, this will be over soon enough.

    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Ahkee

    I can't wait until this election is over and the taller guy wins... who.."that one"

    October 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Linda32

    That's what I'm talking about.

    October 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Rashawn

    PLEASE PEOPLE! Do not get too excited over the polls where you don't go out and vote. WE NEED EVERY VOTE! AL GORE LOST THE ELECTION BY ONLY 234 VOTES! Please I am begging you to go out and vote. The lines will be long so please bring things to keep you occupied. Do not get discouraged and turn away. We need every vote!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. tiff of Lithia Springs

    This is a bit of good news for Obama as his attention has to shift toward taking care of loved one.

    His grandmother will be in our prayers. We all pray she sees him inaugurated. He may consider moving her with him so she can be closer.

    October 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. EDW




    October 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. KateLynn

    Excellent! The gap may get wider or narrower but speaking as someone from a swing state (Ohio), I know the state is a lot more Democratic this year, thanks to Obama's likeability compared to Sen. McGrinch and Gov. Pain.

    October 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Dave S.

    I think people have started to tune out McCain like the grumpy ol' man who is always cribbing......and the neighbors pitbull .. always barking.

    Joe the gaffemeister can afford to make mistakes..cuz anything mccain says will look like one more of his "distractions".

    Intentional or not, Obama will get a small boost out of the visit to his grandma. I bet some seniors in Florida will like that.

    October 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Fed Up Independent

    Obama supporters: Don't get complacent. Vote! I fully expect more dirty tricks to come out of McCain's campain engine ala Karl Rove and George Bush. Remember when Bush was running against McCain for the nomination his group spread the rumor that McCain had fathered a black child? Now some of these same operatives are in McCain's camp. It is sad how McCain has sold his soul to the devil and lost his integrity with his incessant mantra of negativity.

    October 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Billy

    America wins if Obama is elected. He will include EVERYONE in our country and not divide us into real and fake America.

    I'm so thrilled that we aren't letting this once in a lifetime candidate slip through our fingers.

    God bless and protect Barack Obama.

    October 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Josh H

    If we're deciding the "dork of dorks" I'd vote for the guy who names "Dancing Queen" by Abba his all time favorite song. Hint: it's not the guy leading in the poll of polls.

    October 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Jay

    Vote! Everyone please vote!

    October 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Winners

    Rob –> you can always leave our great country ...........

    October 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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