September 1st, 2008
04:05 PM ET
10 years ago

CNN Poll of polls: Obama holds slim lead

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — Roughly nine weeks before Election Day, a new CNN poll of polls shows Barack Obama holding a five point lead over John McCain. Only four days after Obama’s acceptance speech and three days after McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate, Obama is now ahead of McCain, 49 to 44 percent.

CNN’s previous poll of polls, released August 24, showed Obama leading McCain by four points, 46 to 42 percent.

“Any bounce Obama might have received out of his party’s convention appears to have largely negated by McCain’s surprise selection of Gov. Palin as his running mate,” said CNN Political Editor Mark Preston. “This race has been close all along, and is unlikely to change.”
The three polls included in CNN’s latest national survey average were conducted by CBS, CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, and Gallup. They were each conducted from August 29 to 31. The poll of polls does not have a margin of error.

soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Splurge

    So much for that convention bump.

    September 1, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    The poll done on November 4th at the polls will count- and Senator Obama will become Prsident-Elect Obama!

    September 1, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Terry from GA

    Does CNN poll people with cell phones and newly registered voters? If you did, Barack would be ahead by 10 – 15 points.

    September 1, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. McWho?

    CNN you are loosing what little credibility you had

    September 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Shirley-Ohio

    We'll take it.

    September 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. American

    And as all the dirt on Palin gets known Obama's lead will increase....

    The Flip Flopper McCain is toast...LOL

    In the words of Hillary..."No Way...No How...No McCain"

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08/12!

    September 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Independant

    Yes.. and any bounce McCain was expecting to get from the Palin pick is now being negated by the fact that it's now know that:
    1. She was FOR the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it
    2. She is embroiled in an ethics violoation for firing someone for no reason as Govenor of Alaska
    3. She was a member of the AIP (a group wanting Alaska to suceed from the nation)
    4. Her daughter is 17 and pregnant

    The issue really has much less to do with Palin, and a lot more to do with McCain's lack of vetting, and his poor choice in selecting a VP.

    September 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. mn

    another way of putting it is this
    McCain is still not breaking 45 EVEN with his VP pick.

    September 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Alex

    5% national lead is actually a landslide.. by the way if no one knew

    September 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Texico From Mexico

    ATTN: KMART SHOPPERS......if you look at the map, all Obama has to do is win Penn (he is leading by 6 there) and Virginia (deadlock) and the race is over....can you not read the map? Better hope McCain can flip some of the staes Obama has a lead in. Obama does not even need Ohio or Florida! Again, go look at the map and add it up!

    September 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Je

    Obama and Clinton once had drug experiments while they were teens. It was their mistakes, just as Bristol Palin's decision to have unprotected sex is her mistake. I do not judge Obama,Clinton or Bristol for their youthful errors in judgment. By the way, we are not electing Palin's daughter. Why should we care too much on her private life? It has nothing to de with our election.

    Clinton's affair was much worse scenario than Briston's pregnancy. But I still support Bill Clintion. I still support Hillary Clinton. I appreciated McCAIN's pick on his VP, an ordinary people and a TRUE OUSIDER OF WASHINGTON.

    I do not think Obama has the gut and sense to do it.

    September 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. the truth sets you free

    It was just 1 yesterday!!! Polls are meaningless!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Foreign observer

    It is astounding that 44 percent of Americans still support a party that completly failed during 8 years. In no other democracy in the world this could happen.

    September 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Joan, Ontario

    Today, CBS released its poll and Obama is ahead by 8. Gallup still has him ahead by 6. The only reason his average is lower is because of your low result of 1. Your poll is the ONLY low one.

    September 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Midwest Chuck

    CNN – That's a lousy headline.

    How about Obama Leads McCain by 5%

    ... which isn't all that slim.

    September 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. mb--texas

    CNN Obama slim lead in polls 49-44.Previous polls 46=42.If McCain was leading by 5 points it would be a huge lead over Obama.Come CNN give Obama a break.After all this week Nothing but McCain-Palin
    give us equal time with something positive about Obama.His
    convention went by the wayside after McCainannounce Palin his
    parttner and souldmate after only meeting her 2 times.

    September 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Greg FL.

    His lead is bigger now then after the convention and I suspect as this weekends news unfolds. The lead will grow bigger. The undecideds are starting to break for Obama and I think that trend will grow.

    September 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Mike Dallas

    After today's set of announcements, I wonder what it be like next week?

    September 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Foreign observer

    Unbelivable how much support the Republicans still have by facing such failures ! It seems half the nation just remembers the last three days.

    September 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Joe

    If the media is going to keep using these polls as some sort of barometer of where the candidates stand with the public, you really MUST start stating whether or not these polls are done by land line only with listed on numbers, or include non- listed residents and cell phone users.
    And by the way, since when is a increase in popularity for a candidate considered having his bounce negated?

    September 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. CJ Baskel

    I'd really like to see a demographic of who it is that are participating in your polls.

    I find it hard to believe with McCain's irresponsible choice of a VP ... showing a total lack of concern for the American People and the office of the Vice Presidency – that he is still close in the polls. This was suppose to demonstrate his first major decision as a presidential candidate. With Palin's looming indictment for firing the Alaskan Public Safety Commissioner because he wouldn't fire her ex brother-in-law and lying about it.

    September 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. John F. Kennedy

    I'm glad it's close, because it will likely go Obama's way come election time. I would worry if Obama was far ahead. It shows that people are paying attention, which is bad news for the republicans. I guess of they wanted to start a war with Russia before Halloween, that would help a little.....

    September 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Kelby in Houston

    All hail the holy POLL OF POLLS in all its magnanimous knowledge and glory. Other polls shall humble themselves before the POLL OF POLLS. This precious oracle of prophecy shall guide the media to the one true president of the united states for behold the time for a new leader doth approach. Oh POLL OF POLLS! Who shall our next president be? You POLL OF POLLS are charged with giving us a guide to the mystic political winds. What say you POLL OF POLLS?

    Obama IS up? HAHA EXCELSIOR!!!

    (to read this comment properly you should do so aloud, with a British accent and raise the volume of your voice when you say POLL OF POLLS)

    September 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. bill m

    try polling people with cell phones, or someone under 40

    September 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. J From Sacramento

    Thank God, lets hope that gap continues to increase. I suspect it's probably bigger than the polls show any way.

    September 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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