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. Erika, KS

    This is not meaningful. Wait for October to conduct these silly polls. Go away Obama!

    July 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Z

    Yes we can? HAHAHAH! Yes we can? HAHAHHAHAHA Yes we can? HAHAHAHAHA! Yes we can? HAHAHAHAHAH!

    McCain 2008!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. J Williamson

    Don't fret Republicans – the boiler-room boys will come up with something good. Remember the Swift-Boat attacks on John Kerry? It will be something along that line – only better. Will the American people catch on and see through it? Based on past history I'd have to say no.

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Ms. RDS

    Why no report on the poll showing Obama actually up in AZ....by 3 points, but still up! If McCain isn't going to carry his own state he should give up now.

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    INDEED....... WE CAN ........ AND WILL! WITH THE HELP OF ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE LIKES OF GRAMM........BUSH....... MCCAIN........ENRON LOOPHOLE....... THE LIES ABOUT IRAQ....... THE NATIONAL DEBT OF $10 TRILLION!

    Wake up America! LET'S SAY NO TO THE MADNESS!

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Walt, Belton,TX

    The press in all its' infinitive or infantile wisdom decided years ago that they wanted the democrats back in the leadership positon in congress the election a year and a half ago and in both houses of congress and in the White House this coming election. So, following the strict rules of the New York Times, they make up poll statistics and vary them according to the flow of things showing that the public is totally behind their choices for each office. The guys in Chicago picked their boy for the White House job and looks like they found another patsy from Nebraska to fill the veeps' position. Unless the elections are controlled right on down to the local precinct level, and I don't think the Chicago mafia has that much oomph with the state organizations like they do the press, we won't really know what the public really thinks until the election actually takes place.

    It'll be interesting to see the final results.

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. James "Hussein" Monroe

    Yikes! … Hire the SMART GUY ….. Please !!!

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. REALIST NJ

    Oh liberals...your messiah is so week he wont even win in a year when our brand is damaged.

    Mccain will be the next Eisenhower and your party will be exposed thru Congress which we will take back because you cant solve anything.

    The Republican Party will be back stronger than ever after the Obamacrats screw it up.

    Mccain 08

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. RG

    You can poll all you want and spin the "greatness" of Obama. Wait until November and the silent majority is heard and you will see where the landslide will fall. A snakeoil salesman like Obama underestimates his audience and usually is exposed. The audience is the American people.

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Robert

    no-one believes these polls , because cnn ratings tanking , down 21%

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. TESAP

    THE POLLS ACTUALLY DON'T MEAN MUCH............... IT'S TOO EARLY.................... HOWEVEVER, ITS TOO LATE FOR THE REPUBLICANS............. ABOUT EIGHT YEARS TOO LATE.........

    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE....................... :)

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Alex- New Jersey

    ALL polls at this point are useless as a measure of what will happen come election day. Things have to get much closer to the actual date before these things become even remotely accurate.

    July 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Go Obama!!!!

    Go away McBush...........

    July 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Sam

    Boy, this has got to piss off Lou Dobbs! He hates Obama. I don't think Campbell Brown is crazy about him either.

    Good news on the Obama lead. Double good news on anything that bulges an extra vein in Lou Dobbs very red neck.

    July 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Justin -NC

    See, the polls speak the gospel truth and OBAMA will be the Next President. To all you PUMA's: Save your breath and Pay off Hillary's Debt = $20 million.

    Get to work PUMA,

    OBAMA 08-12

    July 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Jimmy

    McCain is a very poor candidate. The Republican field as a whole was terrible and Bush has killed the party with his lack of competent leadership. Obama will be my first Democrat vote for president in nearly 40 years.

    July 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. TESAP

    WILLOW I AGREE......... CAN'T WAIT FOR THE DEBATES........

    MAYBE MCCAIN WILL SING HIS #1 HIT................ BOMB BOMB IRAN

    July 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Women In California For Obama

    Oh, I forgot to mention-I know what I'm getting with McCain and that is why I'm voting for Obama.

    July 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. John

    I wish people would open their eyes to the constant changing of position that Mr Obama continues to show. His elitist attitude and lack of comittment on any issue will cost him this election. We can only hope this left wing Socialist does not get elected. More of the same would be far superior than Socialism.

    July 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. NotPayingHilaryDebt2

    Me either.

    July 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Dhammi

    for michelle – get over the fact that Hillary LOST. After all the nasty things she said during her pitiful campaign why would Obama even have to think twice about NOT chosing her as a VP. Get into the NOW!

    In a couple of months Barack will be ahead in the high double digits so McCain might as well start checking out retirement communities – if anyone will take him.

    Bless 'em all!

    July 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. bern

    michelle July 11th, 2008 4:19 pm ET

    FROM A HISPANIC , A WOMAN AND PUMA…..
    ONLY 8 points?

    Shouldn't Mr. Swagger be ahead by a whole lot more? Guess you're not doing your usual swiftboating elitist media/politicians/liberals.

    I voted for Hillary because she was the MOST QUALIFIED and hooray because she was a woman. BO had no business running for prez. for lack of experience. All he has is packaging, swagger and smooth-talk. (the Iraw speech at the anti-war rally doesn't count).

    Hillary for VP..somebody's gotta show him how to run the country. And by the way, you never heard Jesse Jackson bad-mouthing Bill Clinton. Bill could connect with the AA's…perhaps because he grew up with them and yes, "could really feel their pain." Can BO relate to the AA's that way??? He seems pretty elitist to me…seems that he attempts to connect with the AA community only when it's politically expedient .

    VIVA HILLARY….Hillary for VP or no vote to BO

    ________________________

    Oh michelle....give it a rest. Nobody cares what the PUMA idiots think about anything. Vote for whoever you want. The time you spend spewing this junk could be spent helping Hillary pay off her debt.

    Obama '08

    July 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. The Surly Scholar

    Geez, more national polls? Enough already!

    Look, what matters is the state by state electoral polling. And so far, that's showing Obama blowing McCain out of the water. The latest Zogby electoral map shows Obama with 273 electoral votes already secured or at least leaning his way. The CNN electoral map shows Obama with a major lead.

    Whatever the reason, the national polls simply aren't reflecting the state-by-state numbers.

    July 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Len, Colorado

    Those of you who are for McCain,,,,it is moral responsibility to make sure your son/daughter/or grandchildren enlist in the military. Do not let others protect you.

    July 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Dan , TX

    It is really a shame that there are so very few intelligent comments made here. But this is CNN after all. Intelligence is not particularly valued. Look at the idiots who work at CNN – no wonder Americans are losing in the world. Can we bounce back? Yes, we can.

    July 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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