September 2nd, 2008
05:07 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN poll of polls update: Obama ahead by 6

A CNN poll of polls shows Obama up.
A CNN poll of polls shows Obama up.

(CNN) - Barack Obama holds a six point lead over John McCain in the latest CNN poll of polls.

The poll of polls, an average of five recent national surveys, shows the Illinois senator at 49 percent among registered voters nationwide with McCain at 43 percent.

“When you average the latest national polls, Obama appears to be slowly expanding his lead. He was ahead by four points before the Democratic Convention, and now he’s up by six,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib.

“That said, we’ve seen swings of a point or two on a regular basis over the couple of months. The jury is still out on whether Obama will benefit from any sustained convention bounce. We’re also still waiting to see what — if any — impact the Palin pick and the Republican Convention will have on the race.”


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  1. Troy

    Thanks, I didn't know these polls do not include first time voters, only people who voted in 2004. I wonder if there is a poll that includes EVERYONE!

    Good job Obama!

    September 2, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. EDW

    I don't understand why discussion of McCain's age is unacceptable. There undeniably a significant chance that a 72-year-old male will die or become unable to serve as President for 4 years. So the qualifications of his VP are more critical than anyone else's before. And he picked one of the least qualified VPs ever. I find that insulting that he chose his short-term political gains over the long-term potential implications for the entire country. No one can seriously argue that Palin is qualified to step up to be POTUS and a leader on the world stage. So I find this choice to be obviously political pandering, and insulting. I obviously take this election a lot more seriously than McCain does. Do you?

    September 2, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Mike Sutherland

    All I read about in the last few days from you folks was there was no bounce, the race is tied, the Obama lead was gone. Now I read the Gallup poll and I see Obama is in a double digit lead. It seems clear to me that the "best political team" is all about ratings and you are trying to turn a done deal into a race. America does not want 4 more years. 4 more months is too long. Report the news folks and not your spin. And put the Election Center back on the leader.

    September 2, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Hidden

    of course it only 6 from CNN.
    Obama has cracked the 50% point from daily tracking poll.

    September 2, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. mary

    we all know that OB is up more than 6% .The polsters are trying to give McCain an up beat effort decause he is during so poorly among voters . what can we expect .he has such poor judgement on almost every issue when it come to the american people.I blame him for not only asking Palin to be his vp ,for even thinking about asking her when she revealed to him the family responsibilities she has .I think it was very inconsiderateof him.Because of the lack of sound judgement.i could see the lights going of in McCain head when palin told him about her pregnant daughter. He cared nothing about dragging this nice young through the media. McCain and palin both know what the media will do.He failed to protect palin daughter so what will he do for our sons and daughters.

    September 2, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. D in Ashburn

    CNN – every other poll has Barack up more.... who are you polling? republicans?

    September 2, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. MikeH

    Thanks Katie.

    Gee CNN, Everyone else is +6 to +9 and you are +1.

    Whatever are you up to CNN?

    September 2, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. TerryDo

    Obama up by 6 percent, WOW!

    By the end of the Republican convention Obama will be down by 6%.

    The Democrats selected the wrong leader and he continues to demonstrate his lack of experience daily.

    Sarah Palin has been vetted and we have discovered she has more experience than the Democratic nominee running for the presidency; and we are still awaiting the vetting of Obama.

    September 2, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Flavio

    I am a democrat but the only reason Obama is where he is because of the anty Hillary vote. I am sad to confess that I prefer McCain and his choice of Palin is proof that he is ready to lead change.

    September 2, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Jacob

    Obama supporters must reign in their enthisiasm. The selection of Palin will energize the conservative base and we'll come out in droves again. Finally a candidate with some sold family values. She and her family are beyon reproach. We need for politicians like Palin. She brings years of experience as a mayor and almost two years as a Governess!!!
    So much for inexperience. Go Palin. Go McCain. Your awesome!!!

    September 2, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Jacob

    Obama supporters must reign in their enthusiasm. The selection of Palin will energize the conservative base and we'll come out in droves again. Finally a candidate with some solid family values. She and her family are beyond reproach. We need more politicians like Palin. She brings years of experience as a mayor and almost two years as a Governess!!!
    So much for inexperience. Go Palin. Go McCain. Your awesome!!!

    September 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Dave in Indy

    Funny that Obama has 'pulled' ahead when just yesterday he was ahead by the same margin in CNN's 'poll of polls' and they claimed just a slim lead. Which is it CNN?

    September 2, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I'm always glad to hear good news. I don't think these polls actually reflect much. No one with cell phones are being polled.

    I just hope and pray that people in this country aren't stupid enough to fall for the same old dirty politics by the Republicans. It will truly be a sad day if they do.

    September 2, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Gary

    Solid Family values - as in the kind that guide you to expose your daughter's mistake to the entire world for your own political career. Or the kind that led to the neglect that allowed her daughter to get pregnant out of wedlock in the first place.

    Experience - as in the kind that allows a big fish to run a small pond. Come on !! Half of the people posting comments on this post could accomplish what she has done. Being Vice president of the USA should require the exceptional, and what about if McCain kicks the bucket. Most certainly the President should be exceptional.

    Go OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. robert

    obama is more that 6 poits. macsame is joking .how can u full the whole country to bring awoman who can not even protect his own family to be the vp.it is funny that at that age macain has that kind of thinking .

    September 2, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Lisa D.

    McCain, in a fit of anger after the Cambell interview with Tucker on Palin, cancels his CNN interview. He is not stable. He is not a Maverick, unless you turn to a news station that says whatever he wants...like Palin being a Maverick when she is the new face and name for the SAME OLD OIL CORPORATIONS. He is a bull alright, bullheaded, and full of bull. He won't talk to Iran, to CNN, to...any American that disagrees with him...next week we'll be back to the idea that you are unpatriotic if you ask a challeging question...just like Bush! McCain is the same. THE SAME. If he was a real Maverick, a New Hampshire independent senator or a Louisiana governor would be the nominee.

    September 2, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. Southern Gentleman

    As a staunch supporter of the Repub party it bothers me how the party threw this woman on us as if we will really lover. She is certainly cute but the fact remains that we cannot stress National Security with this one. I will stick with the party but I am starting to have my doubts. Please fellow Republicans, am I the only southerner against this? Should have been Romney.

    September 2, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Richard

    OMG another oil pusher for the next Buch admistration
    We dont need anymore of the previous adminstration polices
    God Help us
    Go Go OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    All the way

    September 2, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Peter (CA)

    MIke (Syracuse)--according to Gallup, CBS, etc. he gained around 8-10 pts. Not bad for a candidate who has been savaged by the media and the right wingers.

    September 2, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. SCOTT

    THE POLL OF POLLS IS A REPUBLICAN POLL OWNED BY MURDOCH WHO OWNS FOX NEWS ETC. MORE ILLUSION GAMES!

    September 2, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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