July 11th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Polls: Obama ahead by eight

Obama is up over McCain in the latest CNN poll of polls.
Obama is up over McCain in the latest CNN poll of polls.

(CNN) - As the dog days of summer set in and Americans take a break from the daily political band-and-forth, a new CNN analysis of several recent national opinion surveys show Barack Obama with a sizeable lead over John McCain.

In the latest CNN Poll of polls, the Illinois senator holds an 8-point lead among registered voters nationwide, 49 percent to 41 percent, with 10 percent still undecided.

The 8-point spread is up 2 points from a CNN poll of polls released one week ago. It is double the margin it was one month ago, days after the prolonged Democratic race ended.

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“Obama's lead has grown a bit over the course of the past month. It is still relatively slim, but it is certainly solid," CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib said. "The burden is on McCain to find a way to shake things up as we enter the traditional summer doldrums.”

The poll of polls consists of three recent surveys from Gallup, CNN/Opinion Research Corp. and LA Times/Bloomberg. It does not carry a margin of error.

soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. dennis from chicago

    a poll is a wild cat what is most important is how the electoral college votes........popular vote means nothing just think of all the causus votes o bama got / was that the popular vote...... or manipulation of a few just like the dnc with its half votes and mystery votes.....wait and see the united states is not composed of 100% DEMOCRATS

    July 11, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Carmon, Minneapolis

    That's nice considering half of Obama's suppoters use a cellphone only including me. These polls are land lines only.

    Obama BABY!

    July 11, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. whiner

    we dont appreciate being called whiners,when we are living on ramen noodles.

    July 11, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. karen-phoenix

    AND Obama is ahead in AZ by 3 points. McCain will NOT even get his own state!!!! We that live here know better!!! He's way tooooo old!!!
    And can not relate to the American people!!!

    July 11, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Billy of Amarillo

    i don't know why everyone is so excited about the two clowns that are running for president....neither are worth a bucket of warm spit...

    July 11, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Jason

    People ask such ignorant questions on here – the ones asking if the people supporting McCain are "sleeping" or "crazy" are repulsive. The bottom line is – people support Obama based on their personal beliefs, and so do those who support McCain. Either can have legitimate reasons for supporting (or not supporting) both.

    The only thing that is scary is those who vote based on misinformation and hype and not on facts and values.

    July 11, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. where is it?

    what happened to that cnn post around 4AM July 11th about Mccain stating he voted for a bill, when in fact he wasn't present for the voting?

    i saw the article today, and now its gone. ERASED. EDITED.
    was this just a misreported article? or are you covering up a lie?

    i think i'm going to start taking screenshots of cnn articles so when they disseapear i can go back and look into them a little bit more.

    sincerely.
    America.

    July 11, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Ranger7

    McCain asks Obama; ........"where's...... the Rest Home.....

    ........I got lost"

    July 11, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    It is all apparent that when GW was voted for King, he had no "experience" except for being a governer of Texas and running a baseball team into the ground.

    No thank you, this time I am voting for someone who walks, talks and sounds like a President. I don't care if he/she has experience or not. I will vote on the issues.

    I have had enough dumbing down of America to last a life time.

    July 11, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Brennan - Seattle, WA

    I swear CNN you show one of these polls every day. Can we just say Obama is ahead......as he should be?

    The American people are fed up with the path that the Republicans have take us down. John McCain is more of the same, and Barack is a breath of fresh air..........go figure he is ahead.

    Now lets keep it that way through November.

    July 11, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    If Obama is only ahead by 8 polling points, he has some BIG problems!!!!! Are blimps cheaper than NASCAR? He should do some greeting at Wal-Mart. It's the only place we can afford to shop.

    July 11, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Some Americans [people supporting McSame] are gluttons for punishment...sad.

    July 11, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Mack

    CNN is a joke.

    July 11, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. ANGRY OLD MAN

    McCain's record is becoming crystal clear and his "straight talk" is becoming jumbled, confused and inconsistent with the facts.

    Obama will be our next President, but judging from the complete failures of the Democratic Senate and Congress over the last two years and recent votes to approve another $161,000,000,000.00 in war funding as well as the protection of the unconstitutional wire tapping by our "government" we don't have much to look forward too.

    I fear the Dems in power will be just business as usual and more of twiddle dee or twiddle dum. We shall see.

    July 11, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Archie H.

    CNN wishes!

    July 11, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Ryuken

    Don't count him out. I expect a new rise in popularity for Senator McCain if Senator Obama doesn't add Hillary to the ticket. I know I will change my vote to McCain.

    July 11, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Bette

    I do hope hope that Obama wins. I will sit back and watch the crying for the next 4 years; but I doubt very seriously that he is going to win. Polls mean absolutely nothing people. You have seen this time and time again yet you pay attention to it. Just like you think Obama is going to do anything special. Good luck with that one.

    July 11, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Ed North Carolina

    It is no surprise. Did you see him mentally check out yesterday on the Viagra/birth control pill question? The blank look on his face said it all. We all age differently and age should not be a deterrent to selection of a qualified individual for President, but "senior moments" like that are telling. Right now its telling me there is no way I could vote for him for President, Senator maybe, President no.

    July 11, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Loyal Democratic Voter

    Yes, Uncle Sam and he is up by 6 points in the Daily Gallup Poll. What is your point? He has consistently led the national polls by an average of at least 4 percentage points. But none of that really matters. Look at the electoral map and how he is doing against McCain in states that are traditionally Republican. McCain has issues that I don't believe he will recover from before November

    July 11, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. RR/FL

    This is depressing. Too many idiots for Obama. They should have to shoulder the additional taxes by themselves if they vote for this moron.

    July 11, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Tim

    Surely this doesn't surprise anyone. It's only going to grow.

    Obama 08/12!!!

    July 11, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Matt: honestly

    Matt Manchester. AS I HAVE SAID EVERY TIME YOU ALL SAY THIS. GO TO HIS WEB SITE!!!!

    July 11, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. green texan

    Is Obama running for President of the United States of America?

    ...or a high school, student body president?

    I'm starting to think the latter.

    McCain 2008!

    July 11, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Barack McCain vs. John Obama?
    Black and white mixed is grey, and
    there's a big grey area here. Play it safe
    with a third party, fellow Americans! Or keep
    on voting for the same rascals we end up
    complaining about all the time.

    July 11, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. WAY TO GO OBAMA!!!!

    CNN-In the latest CNN Poll of polls, the Illinois senator holds an 8-point lead among registered voters nationwide, 49 percent to 41 percent, with 10 percent still undecided.YEA!! YEA!!!!

    The King...... CNN polls do not coount! --DON'T WHINE!!!

    Former g.o.p.........I'm not whining, but after Senator Graham's put down of Americans, Obama should be up by 20 points or more.....WE have let them OLD GOATS down EASY !!!!!

    July 11, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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