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.

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  1. greenfun

    he Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that the race for the White House is tied—Barack Obama and John McCain each attract 44% of the vote. When "leaners" are included, it’s McCain 47% and Obama 46%. With leaners, the candidates have been within one point of each other for nine straight days (see recent daily results). Tracking Polls are released at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time each day.

    August 9, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. JIMMIE W BECK

    NOBAMA, BUT HILLARY IN DENVER....THIS COUNTRY NEEDS HILLARY AND NOT NOBAMA ,EWARDS, KENNEDY,,,, THIS GUY NOBAMA IS A SLIP, SLID, FLIP, FLOPPING FAR LEFT WING IVY LEAGUE LAWYER WHO PLAYS WITH WORDS AND NO ONE KNOWS WHAT HE REALLY BELIEVES...NOBAMAS JUDGMENT IS MORE THAN QUESTIABLE. J WRIGHT TO NOBAMAS SPRITIUAL MUSLIM REP...NO NO NOBAMA. NOBAMA IS NOT A GOOD SPEAKER BUT A BIG TALKER...THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERERNCE. JUST ASK YOUR SELF,,,,,,,WHAT HAS NOBAMA DONE THAT WE VOTERS CAN POINT TO AND SAY HE HAS ACHIEVED THIS FOR THE COUNTRY.. HAS NOBAMA PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE FOR THIS COUNTRY OR JUST TALK BIG ABOUT DOING THINGS???? YOU KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT IS NOBAMA...SINCERELY, JIMMIE W BECK, P.S. KERRY ON A GLIDDER, NOBAMA ON A SURF BOARD.,,, REALLY SLIPPERY STUFF...FITS NOBAMA LIFE STYLE,,, RIGHT DUDE.....

    August 9, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. David

    Your poll of polls DOES have a sampling error, even if you don't know what it is. Check with a statistician for details.

    August 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Anonymous

    By the time the conventions and presidential debates are over we should get a good look of whose's going to win. Obama going to make McCain look like an idiot in the debates.

    August 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Call Me!!!

    SO WHAT!!!! Obama has been leading will continue to lead will WIN

    August 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Like the primaries were about delegates, the national election is about electoral votes which should be included with the "poll of polls".

    August 9, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Travis

    McWar wll wake up one of these days and fire all his staff.

    I don't know who's doing all the advising, but they're getting overpaid.

    August 9, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. election watcher

    Outspending his opposition by 3 to one and he can only maintain an edge of a lead? So what is it that eveyrone else sees but that his followers refuse to recognize? His lack of experience? His lack of substance? His lack of integrity? His inability to stick by any kind of principles?

    August 9, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Christy

    I want Obama to win but enough with the polls. I don't want to hear about them.

    August 9, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Debby, NJ

    So CNN why aren't you using the electoral votes map then...is it because the media does not want to set the record straight that OBAMA is much farther ahead then is being reported?
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    August 9, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Dave in Illinois

    Can any statistican out there explain why the Poll of Polls has "no sampling error"? Seems to me that logically it would have to be a least as big as the smallest sampling error on the individual polls if not larger.

    August 9, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. caron

    so since the celebrity/messiah message doesn't seem to be working, what's the next tactic?

    August 9, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Sen Obama

    I am wondering why all the people who made "failed judgement" are endorsing Obama.

    They should know that this "one" will harm the nation big time.

    Edwards just accepted his "bad judgement".
    Kerry and Kennedy made bad judgement by supporting Iraq War.

    August 9, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. sue calgary

    POLLS,POLLS,POLLS!!
    Who takes them seriously anyway? I am beginning to think that it will be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it will be for a black man to become the President of the United States! There, I said it! How many others are thinking the same thing but are afraid to say it because it is not "politically correct". I hope I am proven wrong, 'cos Obama is the better candidate, except of course for the "colour of his skin......."" Nuff said
    Vote for Change!!!

    August 9, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Finally CNN

    Finally, it is about the electoral votes. Obama is only shy away from 33 electoral votes. We still have 88 days to fill that gap. He has 50 state
    strategy. He is a bright leader who is going to take the election to a higher standard and to a spectacular victory. The whole world will watch and envy.
    Go America. No drama -Vote for Obama.

    August 9, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Ell

    Obama has continued to do well. What bothers me is that the media thinks he should be at 50% and ask why he can't do better?
    I don't understand those comments.
    If you look back in history Obama is where he should be compared to other elections. I think there is some type of higher expectations for him which is totally not fair.
    Again he is doing great to be leading consistently thus far. Also when polling, young people do not have home phones so just keep that in mind we are in the world of technology/cellphones.
    THE VOTES WILL COME OUT IN NOVEMBER!
    Obama 08

    August 9, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. BJ in NC

    And when the debates come and America can visibly see the choices side by side, then they will be able to choose which one is the best candidate, and I am sure it is Senator Obama.

    August 9, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Griff

    On the Brink, of the Kitchen-Sink... He'll be washing dishes,
    at Burger-King next year....

    August 9, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Orlando

    Where are the Obama Bloggers – nothing to say?

    August 9, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. silas

    Tru stori- I wish the election was today.

    R.I.P Bennie Mac

    August 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Clinton/McCain

    New Rasmussen poll has McCain ahead by 1 point!!!

    August 9, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. susie

    The main stream media needs to take responsiblity for not telling the people about Edwards a year ago.

    August 9, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Janet

    This is a good time to relax during the olympics!
    Most americans will be viewing the "Games" especially me.

    Enjoy your family, relax your mind, and be ready to stomp on McCain when you return. See you in Denver
    Janet from Kansas

    August 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. CM

    I'd like to make a suggestion. Since the popular vote doesn't really count as much other than to show general support of the candidates can you guys start showing more general state and battleground polls?

    August 9, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Belle

    CNN–you spent a LOT of time on Edwards and his lack of integrity...
    Why don't you vet Senator Obama? Why didn't his office do anything about the Rezko buildings in his state senate district? Why did Obama write a letter supporting yet another Rezko building the year after HEAT was turned off in the dead of winter? And AFTER Rezko had been sued twice to turn the heat back on??? Why did Obama name Rezko to his US Senate Campaign Finance Committee? WHY AREN'T you investigating both candidates????

    August 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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