September 1st, 2008
04:05 PM ET
6 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.

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  1. Bill NJ

    But CNN isn't telling you that when you break down the race in the electoral college, it's not quite so close and it's becoming more difficult to see how McCain/Palin can win. Check out polls on RealClearPolitics for more on this. Again, not a landslide (yet) but a healthy margin for Obama/Biden in the ultimate "poll of polls".

    September 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Scott

    It's funny how people's perception of polls work. All of you Obama supporters were loving it when Obama had a bigger lead... however, anytime McCain gains ground or (in this case) negates the convention bump... suddenly "polls don't matter", or excuses pop up like, "if CNN polled certain demographics it'd be different"....

    It'll be interesting to see how the polls look after the debates. When Obama doesn't have a speech in front of him, he'll get the beat down by McCain. All the rhetoric he spews will mean nothing when he needs to answer specific questions about his policies.

    September 1, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Colo Sprgs, CO

    How about the CNN poll taken a couple of days ago? Voters prefer Biden over Palin 68% to 32%. And the poll taken today, "Are you financially better off in recent years?" 58% to 21% say we are worse off.

    September 1, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |

    No one has every called me. I'm a Republican – Born Again Christian voting for Barack Obama /Joe Biden and proud of it and proud of them.

    Barack thank you for the text message to donate to the Red Cross. I'm a donation to them and another one to you – America.

    The election will be a land slide November 4th.

    September 1, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. mary kirk

    I 'm voting McCain/Palin08 aka the 3NOs "NOwayNOhowNObama"!!

    September 1, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. glitch in the matrix

    I don't get these poll's. I know of no one who got poll'd

    September 1, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. McNoWay

    Wait until the American people digest the Palin family antics ; Pregnant unwed daughter, husband's DUI, Governor's old job as a hot TV sportscaster babe!

    I got news for you John McSame – when Palin drops off the ticket maybe Thomas Eagleton will be available! LOL LOL LOL LOL !

    It just keeps getting better and better!!! : )

    September 1, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. voter


    September 1, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Shane

    not far enough ahead. he can not even break 50

    September 1, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Save The Polar Bears!

    Save The Polar Bears!!!!


    Palin doesn't want Polar Bears to be listed as an Endanger Species!!! She says Polar Bears are fine, while she hunts Wolves from a Helicopter, then goes Moose Hunting before 8am!!!! Palin also says Global Warming doesn't exist!

    Send McCain and Palin both back to ALASKA!!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Ranjit

    Just 5% bump is almost nil. After 38 million people watched obama's speech, the bounce should have been higher. There is something about Obama that is not being accepted by middle america.

    September 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    That's about how I expect it to finish up - about 4 points difference, with Obama ahead. It'll seesaw a bit, but McCain's decisions lately have really undercut a lot of his message.

    September 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Edgar - Orlando

    If Palin is no Hillary they why is she not on the ticket?

    September 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. who cares

    PRE MARITAL SEX is not part of family values now that it has happened to a holier than thou family. SPIN....SPIN....SPIN

    September 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Georgia

    A lead is a lead. Let's just keep on task...and keep asking ourselves: Are we better off today than 8 yrs ago? If not: Obama/Biden's the way to go. End of story

    September 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Eli - Rosewood, CA

    Using facts and history, something the worshippers of Obama have no concept of, Obama will loose by about 10 points in November. It will be a McCain landslide. Over the last 30 years the Donk candidate has been ahead by 10 to 15 points at this time of the year but have lost the elections except for twice. The Obama worshippers are entitled to their opinion here but NOT their own facts.

    September 1, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Obama 08

    Since when is 5 points a slim margin in national politices?? How much did Bush beat Kerry by? Quit trying to say this election is close?|

    September 1, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Michele

    If McCain keeps deciding with his Magic 8 Ball....the Dems will get the White House back in January and Sarah Palin can go home and concentrate on her daughter and son.

    September 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Wendy

    No doubt Obama will prevail. By the way i have to hand it to the McCain supporters trying to make the best out of his awful VP pick. Maybe they will actually convince themselves he has great judgement.

    September 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Michael R. Thompson

    Come on. The Democratic convention has just ended and the Dem's have just a slight lead. John McCain is an American hero. Even Hillary would have been a better nominee than Obama. Both are idiots.

    September 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Use your brain

    Let's see....war hero v.s. inexperienced "community organizer"...hmmm...gee I wonder why half the people polled are supporting the hero.

    Just wondering though...I browsed through a couple pages of these comments and it seems like 99% are pro-Obama. Where are all the GOPers?

    September 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. used to be independent

    This lead will change and increase

    Bad move for the McCain campaign

    Hope this doesn't turn into a cat fight, this lady can never take Hillary's spot!

    September 1, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |

    YAY !!!!! WERE AHEAD OF MCSAME !!!!!



    September 1, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Robert in Seattle

    Reported close polls = Bigger advertising $$

    Follow the money!

    The truth IS Obama leads by a significant margin, even Fox news is reporting this...

    September 1, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Biden-Plagerist

    The Republican convention just started, wait until next week and its all downhill for the Teleprompter/Plagerist ticket.

    Wow, Obama spent all that money on superstars, fireworks, special effects and he gets a 4 point bounce. I feel sorry for the people on fixed income who really believe Obamas Speech writers.

    McCain/Palin – American War Hero/Pro Life Champion

    Obama/Biden – Teleprompter King/Plagerist

    September 1, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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