August 9th, 2008
10:09 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll of polls: Obama retains an edge

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Call it a numbers game. With 87 days to go until the presidential election, our latest CNN Poll of polls shows Barack Obama leading John McCain by five points, 46 percent to 41 percent, with thirteen percent of Americans undecided.

The Poll of polls released Wednesday found an indentical result.

The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of the latest national polls. Our newest edition consists of three surveys, a CBS poll taken from July 31 to August 5, an AP-IPSOS survey conducted from July 31 to August 4, and a Gallup tracking poll taken from August 5 to August 7. Because it’s an average of a number of surveys, our Poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

As we always caution, the presidential election is not a battle for the national vote - rather, it’s a state by state fight for electoral votes. While national polls are important, they are far from the only barometer in determining where the presidential contest stands right now.

soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Obama 08 !!!!

    August 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Mike in PA

    After the first debate the gap will widen. McCain won't be able to hold up a single competent argument.

    August 9, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. ChicoSez

    Like in the dem primary states, the undecided will go overwhelmingly for Obama's opponent, Hillary at first and now John McCain. Why, because a first term semator with no national or international political experience doesn't deserve to be president, Its a very risky proposition that Obama is playing. Obama could be Abe Lincoln but its much more likely that hes Jimmy Carter. I'll vote for someone I've known and admired for thirty years, John McCain. Mc Cain was good enough to be considered for John Kerry's VP choice before he turned it down (what a shame) so I have no trouble voting republican thisonce. PUMA for McCain.

    August 9, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. NORA, FLORIDA

    IF AMERICANS KNEW WHAT WAS BEST FOR THEM, THEY WOULD KEEP OBAMA LEADING EVEN AFTER NOVEMBER 6TH!!!!!!

    TRULY, WHAT DOES MCCAIN REALLY HAVE IN COMMON WITH THE REST OF US??? DON'T GIVE ME THE EXPERIENCE BULL BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN A SENATOR FOR 30 + YEARS AND LOOK WHERE THAT LEAVES US........PRESIDENT BUSH.....ALL TIME LOW IN THE POLES.

    August 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. PUMA-Jessie

    Said the wrong words again and was critical of CNN and was taken down imediately. Will try again! To arrive at a 5% point lead the poll of polls had to select some really funny polling outfit results. Over the last week Rasmussen, a major respected polling organization had it from a low of 1 to a high of 2 points. Gallup at it as high as 3 points and Zogby (another major) had McCain in the lead.

    August 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Alice in Florida

    LOL! A WHOLE three point edge, and he hasn't YET PO'd all the Hillarybots who may still think she may be his VP

    .....Also still hasn't, um, uh, um, made an, um, uh, fool, of, um, uh, him, um, uh, self, in, um, uh, duh, a, um, uh, duh, um, DEBATE THAT HE KEEPS RUNNING AWAY FROM – SUCH A COWARD!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. JWR

    So, Obama's national position is essentially unchanged since the primaries ended in early June; in fact, it's worse, as a couple tracking polls in the last week have had McCain ahead.

    Obama's not sealing the deal–again.

    August 9, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. TN FOR OBAMA

    When I say Man YOU say Date

    MAN – DATE

    MAN – DATE

    GOBama
    GOBama

    August 9, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. offwallst

    LET ME CORRECT YOU CNN

    Barack Obama and John McCain each attract 44% of the vote. When "leaners" are included, it’s McCain 47% and Obama 46%. With leaners,

    August 9, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Foreign Observer

    How can you be "undecided" when the choice is between a balanced supreme court or a bunch of right-wingers, between tax cuts for oil and the super-rich and fair distribution of the burden, between peace and endless war, between a dynamic super-smart politician and an old man probably suffering from PTSD, between a guy who gives you excellent advice (inflate your tires, change your lightbulbs) and the guy who tells 50,000 Harley drivers to rev their engines in neutral? I would so love to believe it isn't race...

    August 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. PUMA-Jessie

    Check the Rasmussen tracking poll numbers for today. They have it 44% to 44% and with leaners, its McCain 46 to 45 percent. Obama has been in a free fall for the last ten days and no amount of media bias has been able to stop the bleeding. If the Democrats are smart, they will nominate Hillary Clinton, she has been vetted, people knows where she stands and you get what you see and hear. Obama is a serial flip flopper.

    August 9, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Texas trail puppy!

    As if we had any doubt that Obama is going to win this thing , the Obama Camp however has to respond much quicker and forcefully to the GOP B.S machine. P.s thanks CNN for the McCain-Pig article it was better than SNL!!!

    August 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. From Texas

    Bad timing for the old man, my friends!

    August 9, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Bud

    pretty sure the poll of polls is in November. It would be interesting to see a state-by-state analysis, since we all know it's how you play the electoral college game that wins the election ... or selection (2000).

    August 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Polls, Schmolls – why don't you all hire some good journalists that can give us news instead of gossip and spin?

    August 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. informed florida voter

    It's funny no one ever polls any disgruntled Democrats that I know. We're waiting with baited breath.

    August 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. ERROL

    john mcain propoganda is comming from a empty suit, Barack Obama is a fairly new on the Political scene with a theme for change and 200,000 people came to applaud him in Berlin , Mcain is 72 years old and is only known in America. He was a tortured political prisoner and he support that same practice on other human beings no wonder he is unknown. What are the accomplishments of John Mcain, he is 72 and over the hill, if he was a leader, he would be recognise. Barack Obama qualification is similar to Bill Clinton, J.F. Kennedy those are two of our most successfull President.

    August 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Charlotte

    Why is this so close? the odds were stacked against the GOP.
    Obama best watch out for his EGO it might get him into big trouble. John Edwards knows about EGO. Obama acts as if he is, THE ONE. I cannot believe the DNC (Dumb Nuts Committee) and their choice for the nominee. I received a donation request from them, and I sent it back with a notation, No money/No vote. Main reason, Kennedy, Kerry, Dean, and Pelosi..I hope they can't pay for the football stadium Obama wants to pat himself on the back. His Presidential Seal was the biggest turn off for this voter. I am beginning to believe he is the Anti-Christ, nothing else explains his popularity. I mean really, what on his resume, qualifies him for the job of POTUS?

    August 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Emster

    I get the feeling that McCain doesn't really want to be president. He doesn't seem to care about a wide array of issues. He just cares about the war and his precious surge, and attacking Obama. He seems like he just wants to win because he's competitive (and maybe feels that the nomination was stolen from him in 2000). But it doesn't seem like he really wants to serve as President. Let's vote for the candidate who really wants to serve, and has a lot of bright ideas about how to solve difficult issues. McCain just doesn't seem focused enough, and he doesn't seem motivated enough, to actually work at serving at the level required for a president.

    August 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Charlotte

    Why is this so close? The odds were stacked against the GOP.
    Obama best watch out for his EGO it might get him into big trouble. John Edwards knows about EGO. Obama acts as if he is, THE ONE. I cannot believe the DNC (Dumb Nuts Committee) and their choice for the nominee. I received a donation request from them, and I sent it back with a notation, No money/No vote. Main reason, Kennedy, Kerry, Dean, and Pelosi..I hope they can't pay for the football stadium Obama wants to pat himself on the back. His Presidential Seal was the biggest turn off for this voter. I am beginning to believe he is the Anti-Christ, nothing else explains his popularity. I mean really, what on his resume, qualifies him for the job of POTUS?

    August 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Why isn't there a story here about John McCain's infidelity to his wife of 21 years who was ill when he left her for Cindy. What moral ground does he stand on vs. John Edwards.

    August 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. tigerakabj

    Everybody keeps asking, "Why isn't Barack up by 10 points?"

    The question is why isn't McCain up by more? After all, isn't he the most well known of the 2?

    The only poll that will matter is on Nov. 4.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. The world supports OBAMA

    Add another 5 pts. for Obama for all the young people on cell phones that can't be polled and the majority of voters abroad that support Obama.

    August 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Daki

    Polls smolls,McCain is a fraud,I am a veteran too and that does not make me a president.Wake up America,the media is allowing the wool to be pulled over your eyes again.I thought that McCain was honorable.Do not wait for his movie like Bush to find out what kind of character he is.

    August 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Kim

    So if this Poll is correct. Slightly more than half of American voters think that the economy is screwed up. And that ending the Iraq war is a good thing. Really?? Very interesting.

    August 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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