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. Jann, Denver CO

    This is music to my ears! And after what McSame said about the whole birth control/Viagra issue, the holdout Clinton supporters would be FOOLS to stay home or vote for that clown.

    July 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Hispanic For McCain

    This is such a Great Country that these Bozos LiberaL Dem all they had to say is OBAMA is the Messiar. Listen all you morons, why are all these polls and all this say say about Hispanic going to OBAMA I don't think so. The large Hispanic (Latinos) here in NY, and NJ are saying thatMcCain is getting their votes. YOU SEE Morons Latinos people the Hispanic community are not STUPID!!!. they don't trust OBAMA he is a Fake, Flip Flop, and NOT for the Immigration!!!. There are TONS of Latinos people like the Puertorican, Mexican, Cuban, Colombian, Dominican that are going to McCain. The latinos in FLA, PA, OH, MI, NM, NV, AZ, CA are going to McCain. Belive It McCain will get TONS of Latinos votes, and the Latinos people will play a large role in deciding for a True Winner and that is McCain. Obama is a Minor leaguer compare to McCain who is Major Leaguer.

    Hispanic for McCain. They will be ThOUSANDS of Hispanic Dem going to McCain!!! Especially the Hillary Clinton Latino Connection are going to McCain. Even if Hillary is the VP Latinos will still vote for McCain!!!!

    Hispanic for Obama listen and get with the program like it or not Hispanic (The Latinos) will go to with McCain

    July 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Willkel

    Unbelievable that people are so pathetic that they will vote for Obama. The guy is a loser with absoultely NO EXPERIECE!!!! Of course he did community organizing in Chicago. GREAT!!! I'm more qualified than this loser. ......Well......go ahead America....roll the dice. Put Obama in office so we can lose in Iraq,lose the War on Terror,negotiate with dicators,open the borders,increase taxes,not drill for our own oil(even though China and Cuba can drill away and the liberals say nothing).....oh, and also we get socialized medicine....so we can wait in long lines to get into filthy operating rooms.....fun!! Great choice ,America. You want change with Obama? Well....you will get it!

    July 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Eric Blair

    Obama's 49 plus McCain's 41 equals 90. Claiming that the other 10 percent are undecided is to ignore the other candidates. The Republicans and Democrats have owned a duopoly of the government for 150 years, and look at the condition we're in. May we please stop pretending that the major parties have the solution?

    July 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. larry mn

    It won't be long before obama runs off with his tail between his legs. I would bet that may even happen during the democratic convention. Old Hillary and Billary are not thru with him just yet.

    July 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Bitter - New Orleans, LA

    haha...these polls mean NOTHING until Obama has to sit through a debate. He can't avoid them forever. Every day is another day that he puts his flip flop in his mouth. We all should learn Spanish, eh?

    Report: Senator, what's your position on this issue?

    Obama: Well, it depends on who's listening...

    July 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Tina

    I listened to a news cast that said, Obama needed to appeal to the African Americans and stop his Cosby tough love. I thought that the President of the United States had to appeal to all races. He is not just running for African Americans in the Country. He is running for all men, women and children. This could be one of the most historical moments for our country. However, ignorance aside we need to come together all races and pick the right person. This is not about one race or another, it is about our future.

    July 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Kristina

    Obama was a nobody until this presidential election. His lead will be gone come election time. He's just blowing smoke up our butts. Go McCain!!!!

    July 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Susan,NC

    McCain is just a tool for lobbyist. McCain lie about support for the "New G.I bill" and is pathetic to hide behind the military to cover his flaws.

    July 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Cheryl

    I'll tell you why Obama's lead isn't bigger...the United States is essentially a Republican country in philosophy. That is – despite the constant shouting about being "Christian", they are loathe to the idea of taking any responsibility for each other. Anyone who proposes social problems, the kind that are found in every other western nation, is branded a communist. The most frightening thing you can say to an American is that he can't keep every dime that he earns for himself to buy more and more things that he doesn't really need.

    It's greed and a mistrust of anyone who isn't exactly like ourselves that is keeping Obama's numbers down. Figure racial hatred into that and it's an astounding credit to Barack Obama that he is leading at all. I believe he will win but it will be an uphill battle against what is worst in the American character.

    July 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Michael Meschter

    Interesting fact...

    Every problem that Obama has such as Jesse Jackson comments, he keeps changing his position on issues depending on what people want to hear; such as his surveilance vote.

    As time goes on and he continues to open his mouth he will continue to show his true color. And people will see him for what he is. Young, inexpereinced, not-consistant with what he says and what he does.

    This guy is bad for our country.

    July 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Swiss in Canada

    Frank: What's to ruin??? Healthcare? Education? Gas prices? Economie? Iraq?

    July 11, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Arnie, NY

    Why is he only up by 8? The Republicans are in disarray, even according to them. Obama should be up by 15-20. This really spells big trouble for Obama because if and when the Republicans get it together,
    Obama will be behind by 10.

    As usual CNN's bias causes them to see everything backwards.

    July 11, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Phil

    Funny, RCP shows the gap tightening a little in the last week.

    July 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Nobody In Particular

    To the supporters of John McCain: Please commit suicide. You'll be doing your race a great favor. Thank you.

    July 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Greg O

    Sorry cant vote for even part Muslim at this point in our history!

    July 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Brandon in Indiana

    Because landline phone polls are SOOO relevant in this day and age...

    July 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. tpage

    Wow, only the yahoos at CNN and you morons who actually believe their polls would get excited about this. Please recognize CNN is not a legit news source, is biased towards BO, and will actually manipulate the facts to make a story that shows their candidate in a good light. Stop being sheep and look at REAL information sources....try Gallup or Rasmussen.

    July 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. TEXAS FOR OBAMA

    McCain can sit in his rocking chair and think back on the past on what happened when he ran for President in 2008.

    Slip Sliding Away – Going, going, gone. Here today gone tomorrow.
    It's not over until the fat lady sings – Wait – is that her singing?

    July 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. David

    I've heard of OJT, but the Presidency?

    July 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Carter was up on Reagen as well. Look what happened.

    McCain 2008

    And to Len in Colorado:

    My two sons enlisted, served and are returning to Iraq. I served in Viet Nam. My father served in Korea.

    Is this acceptable to you?

    July 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Former HC Girl

    Go to pollster.com and you will see that this is not true. Nobama is falling in the polls and McCain is climbing.
    It is the same with the fundraising. Nobama is falling, McCain is rising.
    This will be the trend until the convention when the DNC finally realizes their mistake and kicks this fraud to the curb.
    PUMA

    July 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    Obama= Carters 2nd term.

    July 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Chut Pata

    He may still be ahead in poll (getting right wing votes and losing left wing votes) but his campaign contribution is dwindling after his right wing supports. Right wingers do not donate as evident from McCain's campaign contribution, they rely corporate donations.

    After voting for FISA, Obama would need to rely on telecom companies and other corporate bodies for his campaign donations.

    Remember "Religious Right is neither".

    July 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Glen in Laurel, MD

    To "where is it?": the story about McCain being "mistaken" about the bill he never voted on is still on the Political Ticker if you scroll down. It's called McCain Misfires on Obama Attack.

    July 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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