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. Leah

    The CBS poll has Obama up by +8.
    That is NOT a slim lead but a LANDSLIDE!

    September 1, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Republicans Hate America

    All Obama needs is one vote to win.

    September 1, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    Quit Censoring Americans -- CNN STOP IT

    On A Blog, one Alaskan wrote "She's a Dick Cheney in a dress"

    I'm just saying –

    Wait and see ?

    September 1, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. tiffany jackson

    so CBS Obama +9
    Gallup Obama +6
    Rasmussen Obama +3
    CNN Obama +1

    One of these things do not belong

    September 1, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. former puma

    how come you relese poll yesterday and have another one today with diff prospertive. shame on you CNN.
    OBAMA 08

    September 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Jorge

    Note to Paul F:

    It was McCain's aides who predicted the 15 point post-convention lead for Obama. This is a tactic designed to make it look like he fell short. It looks like you fell for it.

    September 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Rita from the Carolinas

    The reason that pools are so close is that the media has not focused on MCCain's erratic and dangerous decision-making process, which now has been highlighted by his irresponsible pick of Sarah Palin as VP. Not only is she completely without the knowledge and experience to become VP (and God forbid President if something happens to McCain) but also she has the wrong temperament to be in high office. It appears that troughout her career in Alaska she has shown to be a person who likes to fire anyone that disagrees with her or anyone that does not carry out her orders. They have just discovered 3 additional instances in which she abused her power in addition to the case for which she is being currently investigated. Therefore, we have an impulsive and reckless McCain and a vinidictive Sarah Palin as the republican ticket. God help us!

    September 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. gluvnast

    i lead is a lead...period

    September 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    McCain is a gambler ... it is well know that he goes to casinos to play Craps ... he knew he needed a big score so he's rolled the dice with Palin ....

    This shows us how he'd be as president, risky, impulsive, undisciplined.

    It's been said that McCain agrees with the last person that talks to him, that's why he's flip flopped on so many issues this year. He really isn't his own man anymore and his mind IS NOT what it was 8 years ago.

    With this hasty, reactive VP pick McCain has rolled "snake-eyes". You can't tell me Huckabee, Romney, Ridge, Lieberman, Rice, Hutchinson were not better, more qualified choices for VP nominee of the Republican party in 2008.

    September 1, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. RyanD.

    "There is something about Obama that is not being accepted by middle america."

    Every time some corny GOP'er says this I laugh inside.


    HE'S B-L-A-C-K!

    September 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. RyanD.

    5 points is an electorate landslide.

    CNN profits when the race is close.

    September 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Elle

    The lead will grow once more comes out about Palin. A staunch Republican I have known for years is now voting for Obama because of all this coming out about her. He, like many, see McCain's first importan decision as a failure. Like someone said, the undecides are not comfortable with the Palin pick.

    September 1, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. leon downs

    motor mouth monkey face you could not shine mccains shoes

    September 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. R. Squibbs

    Here are the latest polling numbers:

    Poll Date Sample Obama (D) McCain (R) Spread
    RCP Average 08/29 – 08/31 - 48.8 44.3 Obama +4.5
    CBS News 08/29 – 08/31 781 RV 48 40 Obama +8
    CNN 08/29 – 08/31 927 RV 49 48 Obama +1
    Gallup Tracking 08/29 – 08/31 2733 RV 49 43 Obama +6
    Rasmussen Tracking 08/29 – 08/31 3000 LV 49 46 Obama +3

    Sour McCain supporters can smirk all they want about the supposed lack of Obama bounce. But as an Obama supporter, I'd rather be up in every poll than down.

    Maybe McCain's supporters are as confused as their candidate is and think being down in every poll is a good thing?

    Let's see where things stand as more info about the apparently unvetted Palin comes out.

    Don't know about you, but if this VP pick is McCain's idea of a good decision, I don't think he's fit to be making decisions about the nation's well-being.

    September 1, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. jimmy


    September 1, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Curtis

    If you look at the individual polls without the CNN poll Obama would be up 49-42%. This race was over when McCain decided to pander to women and picked Palin.

    September 1, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    Excuse me, folks, I guess I haven't been listening, and I am a woman
    but WHAT IS PUMA?

    All I ever heard about PUMA is that Rove invented it.

    OBAMA or MOVE to another country.

    September 1, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Sean

    It doesn't matter how bad a pick Palin is, Republicans will love her. It doesn't matter how good a pick she is, Democrats will hate her. The real question is how are the independents receiving her. In the end, they will decide this race.

    By the way...McCain's status as a war hero doesn't make him any better a candidate than Obama's ability to string two sentences together coherently. Making a decision on who should lead our nation and the free world based solely on whether their name is followed by an (R) or a (D) is insane and irresponsible. Look at their policies, positions, and what they want to accomplish and vote intelligently. Not an American strong suit, I know.

    September 1, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Valecia Carpenter

    McCain was trying to shake thinks up and create excitement for his own political gain. Unfortunately he created a mess and the Republicans are blaming the liberals. They want to make Sarah a victim to gain the sympathy vote from women. They want women to be angry with Barack. It’s not going to work. This is about a poor judgment call made by McCain. We are taking American back, and the government will work for the people. ENOUGH!

    September 1, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Glenn

    CNN's poll of poll always comes out at odd times that are positive for McSame's campaign. Latest CBS poll shows Obama ahead by 8 points and latest Gallup poll shows Obama ahead by 6 points. Yet CNN poll only shows Obama ahead by 1 point. CNN thinks the people are stupid. Evereyone knows CNN suported Clinton over Obama and supports McCain over Obama. The people know about CNN so-called "objective" news reporting...not!

    September 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Jean

    CNN Who are you polling?????????????????

    September 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. O

    To Save the polar bears Why don't you go to Alaska? and save them? research more before you speak of HATE!

    September 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Katie

    When Jamie Lynn Spears, age 17, was announced as being pregnant this year, evangelists and the same type of people who support Palin now were outraged, calling her the "spawn of satan" and criticizing the parenting techniques of her mom and dad. These same people are now using Palin's daughter's (also only 17) pregnancy as another opportunity to praise her, saying that since she is keeping the baby and marrying the father, all is well? Something is wrong. It will take nothing less than a personality transplant to get these people to finally see the truth. After all, with McCain being one of the oldest candidates ever up for the election, and having cancer four times in the past, is Palin really the one we should trust as commander in chief of our country? She can't even keep control over her own daughter... how can she be expected to keep control of a nation of millions?

    September 1, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. Kathy

    With Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate it will become more difficult for the Obama team to win this election, for some reason she electrifies the base, I still haven't figured out why, besides that she is a woman, but she helped the campaign raise 10 million in about 3 or 4 days, that is pretty impressive if you asked me.

    September 1, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. longhairs for obama

    i'll take a 5-point lead. three or four more points would be considered a landslide. i look for those numbers to happen in next few days with palin ,polar bear abuser, being selected for vp .

    September 1, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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