October 23rd, 2008
05:52 PM ET
12 years ago

POLL UPDATE: Obama ahead by 8

Sen. Obama waved before boarding his campaign plane Thursday after an event in Indiana.

Sen. Obama waved before boarding his campaign plane Thursday after an event in Indiana.

(CNN) - As Election Day inches closer, Barack Obama continues to hold a significant lead over John McCain, according to CNN's average of several recent polls.

The Illinois senator now holds an 8-point lead over McCain in the latest CNN poll of polls, 50 percent to 42 percent. That lead is 1 point lager than it was in Wednesday's poll of polls.

The national general election poll of polls consists of four recent surveys: Fox/Opinion Dynamics (October 20-21), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 20-22), Gallup (October 20-22) and Diageo/Hotline (October 20-22). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • John McCain
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. voter

    I hope Obama's grandmother recovers. Hopefully the McCain will tone down the rheotric while Obama is visting his grandma.

    October 23, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Nov. 4th Can't get here quick enough.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 23, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Patty-California

    Way to go Senator Obama!

    October 23, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Tia, Miami, FL

    Barack is a good man and I hope his grandmother is alright. She raised a daughter who was intelligent and kind, and the same goes for Barack. I like him and his family and I know he will be good for the country.

    Godspeed Barack and hurry back on the campaign trail.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Scott L

    Breaking News! – Attack on McCain campaign volunteer in Pittsburgh – "The robber took $60 from the woman, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on the victim's car. The attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before using the knife to scratch the letter "B" into her face, Richard said."

    WHY IS CNN NOT COVERING THIS STORY??

    October 23, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Lisa

    So Funny!
    I just saw a CNN news report that said John McCain is now trying to say that Obama is just like BUSH! OMG! Maybe this one will stick?!!

    October 23, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Mable, IN

    Barack was the cutest little boy in his family album. He looked as if he was a handful. His mother did a great job, and America will be happy to have him as the next POTUS.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Paco - Tucson, AZ

    Obama – Biden '08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. tommy

    obama go for it!

    October 23, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. John

    FOX POLLS ARE A LOT CLOSER...BUT THE LIBERALS DONT WANT YOU TO SEE THAT BACAUSE THEIR ONE SIDED

    October 23, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. ann

    So who takes the poll, CNN? LOL

    October 23, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Charley Lanter

    Lets go McCain keep fighting pull ahead you can do it!!!
    NOOBAMA!!
    McCain
    McCain
    McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Cathy

    This number needs to keep increasing until the election day. I can't wait to say "President Obama."

    October 23, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Max Pargament

    God can we please relax with these poll numbers. We know its the medias job to keep this a close race, but every week we see Mccain gaining on obama or obama gaining a bigger lead. Obama's been ahead by roughly the same amount each time they report this story!

    I want to know who they call for these polls? How many undecided, flip floppers are there? If you really haven't made up your mind about this election, (whether its democrat, republican, or 3rd party), then they should make a law so that people like you can't vote. Mccain and obama (at least they say they are, and lets hope they really are) greatly differ on issues, if you're undecided about either, your views really aren't that informed are they? Global warming, war, etc...are your opinions really that soft on them?

    October 23, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. katiec

    Obama supporters. Please keep in mind that we cannot put
    too much substance in the poll numbers. We must continue
    to do all we can to get Barack Obama elected. With the
    dirty tricks the republicans are trying to pull to suppress
    our votes, we need a big victory, so regardless, they
    cannot steal the election, again.

    October 23, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. sabuc for Obama

    Don't pay attention to the polls. GO VOTE EARLY and encourage anybody you know to do the same!!! Then sit back and enjoy the early announcement come Nov 4th!!

    October 23, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. limbo

    I love it. He tried, tested and true. We have seen him run a great campaign. McCain just hasn't been tested like he thought. This is politics as usual. Obama brings a new way of politics with him. Yes we can!

    October 23, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Wow McCain is trying to connect Obama with BUSH. First he was dangerous, doesn't look like us, Socialist, Terrorist....Now he's BUSH!

    October 23, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Amy

    Keep it up Barack!

    My fellow voters, we cannot let media reports of huge turnouts distract us. It's extremely important that every vote be cast! We do not want a repeat of 2000 when the media very well may have affected the outcome of the election by prematurely calling Florida.

    October 23, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Charles Jameson

    It's not over till it's over. People are planning victory parties, rehearsing victory songs and going off into la-la land. There is still a battle on the ground for hearts and minds. To take the banner of fiscal conservatism and limited government away from the Republicans. To ensure a foreign policy and trade environment that enables American peace and prosperity and global progress. Many battle grounds are still close and our objective at the moment should be not just to win, but to win with a mandate.

    October 23, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Aaron

    Mccain can pick a VP how's he supposed to be President?

    October 23, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Tyne, MD

    We are standing in the shadows of history. On November 4th the country will overwhelmingly tell George W. Bush and his ilk that we REJECT and DENOUNCE his presidency. We think he did a terrible job, and we want a new president with new leadership. He and John McSame can ride off in the sunset and let others deal with the chaos and confusion that they are leaving us.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. conservative

    Polls ; worthless propaganda tools!

    October 23, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Aaron

    Mccain can't pick a VP how's he supposed to be a President?

    October 23, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. pam Eugene OR

    Obama thanks you Senator McCain for all the crap you are throwing! I just sent him another $100.
    I will max out my $2300 on or about the 1st of November.
    For every lie you tell, for every time you incite hate, for every false accusation you make and for every robo call you instigate Barack gets more money. See how that works John. Isn't it great!
    Stop the lies: Vote Obama and vote early!

    October 23, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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