September 8th, 2008
05:24 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll of polls: McCain continues to move ahead

A New CNN Poll of polls show McCain ahead.
A New CNN Poll of polls show McCain ahead.

(CNN) – John McCain’s edge is growing in the latest CNN Poll of polls - the first comprised of surveys conducted entirely after the Republican convention.

After averaging in new survey results from CBS, ABC/Washington Post, and Gallup, CNN’s national Poll of polls now shows McCain leading Obama by 2 points, 47 to 45 percent. The CNN Poll of polls released earlier Monday showed McCain ahead of Obama by 1 point, 47 to 46 percent. Eight percent are undecided.

“John McCain is riding high after an extremely successful Republican Convention,” said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “For the first time all year, McCain is ahead of Obama in the Poll of Polls. The GOP base is energized. The so-called ‘convention bounce’ is alive and well, and has resulted in an overall swing of seven percentage points in McCain’s favor since the Republicans met in St. Paul on September 1. This historic race for the White House will now likely remain tight all the way to Election Day.”

The national general election "Poll of Polls" consists of five surveys: CNN (September 5-7), ABC/Washington Post (September 5-7), CBS (September 5-7), Gallup (September 5-7), and Diageo/Hotline (September 5-7). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. B

    Some people are attracted to a Palin ticket because they are hurting in the present and believe a Maverick / Evangelical candidates will stop their pain now. I think those people will be disappointed and disillusioned.

    Mrs. Palin's current family crisis (pregnant daughter and newborn) is sure to have a psychological impact on her and the family.

    It would depend in great if America wants to move on from the Cheney / Rove years.

    I hope McCain, 72, will retire finally

    September 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    even if he wins he will be a lame duck president from day one, him and that alaskan sreech owl.

    September 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. katiec

    You can give CNN polls little credit for their polls as they
    are always in favor of the republicans, regardless of
    what other polls say.
    If they did not have Jack Cafferty they would hav e no
    creditibility at all.

    September 8, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Christina

    God help America

    OBAMA '08!!!

    September 8, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Bon

    OBAMA /BIDEN HAVE THE VISION TO LEAD. MCCAIN/PALIN HAVE THE VISION TO TEAR DOWN OBAMA! THEY OFFER NO SOLUTIONS, JUST RHETORIC AND DIRTY POLITICAL ENTERTAINMENT. AMERICA DOESN'T A PITBULL IN LIPSTICK, WE NEED A REAL LEADER, WHICH IS WHAT WE WILL GET IN BARACK OBAMA! YES WE CAN!

    September 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Bon

    MCSAME IS NO MAVERICK NOR WILL HE LEAD AMERICA IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION! WE ARE SICK OF HIS WAR STORIES! GO OBAMA – YES WE CAN

    September 8, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. aware

    McCain/Palin will win! They are the team for authentic reform with integrity! :)

    Obama's obfuscation and plain lies no longer fool the majority of Americans!

    September 8, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. AKRON, OHIO HILLARY SUPPORTER

    RIDE HIGH WHILE YOU CAN. OBOMA IS ON THE WAY

    September 8, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. CBH

    Where are you guys getting this stuff. Obama is ahead in the electoral vote count. Are African Americans being polled? What about young americans with cell phones? The GOP is in for a big surprise on Nov 4.

    September 8, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. McCain + Sarah = empty suits

    It is alrgiht to move ahead a little with his flavour of the week.
    This gimmick will surely fade. Saint sarah will fade fast as soon as she's released to campaign on her own, the empty vessel she is will make the loudest tud and will be exposed.
    Come rain or sunshine Obama will be president. In a landslide>.....

    September 8, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Anita from Arizona

    It doesn't matter who Obama picked for a running mate. After his acceptance speech is when McCain picked his. He's running scared and using every trick in the book to distract voters from the truth. He lost the economy debate, the foreign policy debate, the energy debate. He needed to rally his base so he picked Palin. Nothing to do with Country First, it was politics first, party base first. They'll lie about Obama and make cheap shots as his character to convince the uninformed voters. I personally am getting sick of the comments. They insult my intelligence as a voter. What changes are you going to make, McCain?? Your record has not convinced me that you are true to your word. I don't trust that McCain will change Washington at all.

    September 8, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    CNN IS A FLIP-FLOPPER.
    OBAMA WILL WIN THIS ELECTION. IT IS ALREADY WRITTEN BY THE DEVINE.
    STAY POSITIVE AMERICA AND HAVE NO FEAR

    September 8, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Pink Puckered Rosebud

    I'm in a cell phone only family. The majority of people that I talk politics with are either cell phone only or they use a phone service through their internet connection. I think you'll find that as a result of the new telephony trends, that the polls are far from accurate. Landlines= older people= conservative= McVoters

    September 8, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. Steve B

    Joe who???

    Palin is a Rock Star

    Welcome to the Jungle, Baby!

    now lets hear all the "polls don't matter" boo hoo from you guys

    September 8, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. shannon

    Liberal attacks on Palin's family is only fueling this fire.

    You people never have and never will understand America.

    September 8, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Ali

    Sorry fellas... Obamafest is officially OVER!!!!!!

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 8, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. rob seattle

    Now i see why the rest of the world considers americans backwater philistines. scary.

    September 8, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. Ray from CA

    IF i'M CORRECT!!! The Obama camp. is having top female democrats out campging for him. If the females come after Palin they can't call it sexist (ding dong!) Obama knows what he is doing and Biden is attacking Palin but doing it in a way it's not going to back fire.

    McCain did good at his conevention with all the attacking on Obama! But, he will lose his lead

    September 8, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. catmom

    I bet if the media went after Palin the way they have gone after Obama and Clinton, the polls wouldn't be so high. Wonder why McCain won't let her speak for herself? Mccain's bump is because of Palin's novelty and lack of exposure. It also helps that Republicans have whined about any question asked of her, about her has been determined as sexist and off limits. To bad the media didn't check themselves during the primaries when they went after Hillary Clinton. Notice, no one really cares about McCain. But of course according to Republican standards she IS more experienced than he is.

    September 8, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. jt

    Happy news for CNN

    September 8, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Remy

    who is this woman? Her name dont sount English?

    September 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Angus

    I am interested to see how this changes when Palin is released from her media-proof bunker.

    September 8, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Richard

    It's a shame that polls show so many women mindlessly voting for another woman even though she has less than 650 days in state and federal government and just weeks ago asked what the vice president does.

    September 8, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. dgent

    Tuck it away, put it way down on your sight. I love your attempts to keep the Republicans down. It just isn't happening. And how in the world is Obama blowing what was a slam dunk win just two months ago? Either way, the left will remain a bitter, bitter bunch.

    September 8, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    “John McCain is riding high after an extremely successful Republican Convention”??? Did Alan Silverleib actually watch the convention. I thought the speeches were awful and without content.

    I can not understand how Bush can get into the white house twice and how this race can even be close. America has so much more potential than this.

    September 8, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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