October 24th, 2008
09:40 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll Update: Obama up by 9

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/19/art.sept.gi.jpg caption="Obama is up 9 points over McCain."](CNN) - Barack Obama appears to be widening his lead over John McCain as Election Day inches closer.

According to the latest CNN poll of polls, the Illinois senator now holds a 9-point advantage over McCain nationwide, 51 percent to 42 percent.

That's an increase of two points over the last two days for Obama and a reflection of several national polls that suggest the race seems to be headed in the wrong way for the Arizona senator with only a week and a half remaining.

Included in the latest CNN poll of polls are new surveys from ABC/Washington Post (October 19-22), CBS/NYT (October 19-22), Fox/Opinion Dynamics (October 20-21), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 20-22), Gallup (October 20-22) and Diageo/Hotline (October 20-22).

soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. Enough of the Insanity

    I really think the GOP wants to leave this country in shambles..Makes it that much harder to get things back in order when we are on the brink of bankruptcy. This will pave the way for the next phoenix (reagan) rising out of the ashes, or so they think. I already voted..I voted for the guy with one house and one marriage. He has more to lose than the guy with 9 houses if he makes things worse.

    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Hydrorock

    Hey PA voter – so are you a tax evader? WE all share our income, that is what being a country is all about. But we do it so to be fair and retain a big part of our entrepreneurialism. If I could, I would not have shared my taxes for bombing innocent countries...but I guess I didn't have much of a choice. McPalin would take ALL of our income for that.

    McPalin doesn't want more taxes so he can keep more income to pay for the many houses.

    Shame on Republicans and McPalin backers..shame

    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. The Voice

    This is the lead Obama needs for the next 11 days and even higher if possible.

    The GOP mafia must be defeated!

    Democrats 08!!

    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. NoComplacency

    "Our attitude is that the national polls don't mean anything. State by state, that's what we're paying attention to, because this is essentially going to be 51 separate elections."

    –Barack Obama


    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Elsa

    Viva Ombama Mama 08

    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Remy

    McCain is alreasy lost and stopped talking on issues but he now try to fool the people by telling simple lies. Plumber is an example. Joe the plumber is a BOGUS one and Mccain cry for him!

    This is an example how Mccain hide his original plans of BUSH and try to show he is a different person!

    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Independent




    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Joan

    A LANDSLIDE, a MANDATE, the WINDS OF CHANGE, are a'coming!!!

    October 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Cant stand Obama

    The only reason they want you to vote early is because they know people are finding evidence of obama being socialist and have now found that he liked Ayres's book and was featured with him to talk about it.

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Get ready for some last-ditch-desperation from the McCain camp. You know their going to go deeeeeeeeeep into the gutter.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Joe The Plummer

    Looks like the Plummer tour is heading down the toilet!

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Beth

    Godspeed Barack Obama!! You are so needed for America now!!

    Obama-Biden 08!!

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. From the North

    At this point in 2004, according to RealClear Politics, Bush was ahead by two points. That would be 2. As in greater than one but less than three. And we all know how that worked out for him.

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Missy

    National polls don't mean a thing. There is still a way that McCain can win the electoral vote and that is the strategy they are focusing on.

    Please vote early if possible just in case something comes up on Election Day. And encourage your friends and family to vote early because this election is still too close to call.

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. John

    super majority here we come, repugs you are going to feel the collective pain that we the real people have been feeling, and since theres more of us and less of you you should get a clear dose of pain, like what we've felt for eight years. were going to kick your butts and then get ready we are going to prosicute for all the evil you have done the last eight years. people need to start watching for paper shredder trucks going to the white house cause the sh1t is about to hit the fan...

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Bruce

    Vote....it is not over till it is over.....
    Do not get complacent and not vote..get out and vote...
    if it is as it appears to be..the more the margin of victory will show the repubs that what thye hasve doen and how the run a campaign is not what this country wants or needs.
    Remember New Hampshire.....do not sit home...go and vote...and take responsiblity and make sure those who are registered in your famliy vote...for whomever they want..but that they vote...

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. dave

    Your polls are biased. Lets hope this incompetent,untested duo of Hussein and Joe does not win.

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Chris from STL

    Just 9% ... pew!! I would like to see the repubs "crushed" and humiliated for everything they did to this economy and country.

    Any one who is thinking of voting for McCain, please think again (unless you are a CEO or super rich or a religious nut or just stupid) rationally ....

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA



    You know its been amusing to hear about the Gov. Palin $150,000 shopping spree to Neiman Marcus AND Saks Fifth Avenue!

    Since McCain painted Sen. Obama whose wife shops at Target, as an elitist! Such ...........hypocrites!

    The AVERAGE hard-working American make $44,389 a year! They can not even dream about shopping at those HIgh END stores!


    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. KNIGHT-7579

    Mama always said: "Be careful what you wish for, cause you just might get it!" Obama may win, that's true. But in 4 years will we live in the United States of America or the Union of Soviet Socialist States of America?

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Charlie Bradley

    For everyone in the battleground states

    GET OUT AND VOTE and TAKE YOUR TIME IN VOTING when marking the ballot or sliding your voter card and selecting your candidates so that there is absolutely NO room for error. Don't give McSame and Falin ANY hint of an upper hand!!!!!

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Concerned Voter

    Bogus poll info geared toward discouraging McCain supporters from voting! Get out and vote McCain!

    October 24, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. MikeH

    Would someone down in San Diego please tell Reuben Navarrette he is like the biggest joke in the hispanic community.

    His fawning sycophantic Republican boot-licking was disgusting enough, no he sniveling about how 'Liberals' are being mean to Sarah.

    CNN, find someone to do your editoralizing, Reuben is just too much of a servile shill.

    October 24, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Matt: honestly

    mpli masol, I am not one to call a McCain supporter a racist. It is not politically incorrect to vote for McCain due to issues. It is racist however to hold a comment publicly and then change it due to race in the booth. Afraid of Obama? The guy who wants to work with world leaders instead of push against them? I am afraid of getting in another few wars under McCain. That is what I want. You can only spread yourself so thin. That is what caused the fall of the Roman empire. Armys spread too thin, and the government was no longer governed by the people. Which is exactly who Obama wants to give the power back to.

    October 24, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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