September 8th, 2008
05:24 PM ET
6 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.

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  1. Texan for Hillary then Palin

    What did Hillary told you DNC???? She told you that Obama can't win. She told you that she was the only one who can beat McCain. What did you say???? Na she's a liar. Yup she's a liar alright. That's what happens when the unfairness showed up!!! It slapped you in your face.

    September 8, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. peter

    agree, STUPID Obama. Hope he loss
    Mccain 08, Hillary 2012

    September 8, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. Marg

    Well, you Hillary supporters voting for McCain.

    Hang on to your hats as Roe v Wade goes down the tubes and women, once again, will be subjected to humiliating procedures outside of our regulated and safe system. Regardless of the manner in which they are impregnated, be it rape or incest.

    Healthcare keeps getting more and more out of touch for people.

    Wars will become common place because that's how this man sees solving all problems.

    Education will suffer.

    Do you think this man even knows how much a gallon of milk costs?

    September 8, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. mishu

    You know I rather enjoy browsing the CNN ticker now and then and each time that I do.... I find it more and more pro Obama !! There is a reason why CNN's over all ratings have dropped and has anyone thought why?? I am getting enjoyment how every Obama supporter comments on Palins experience like Obama has more lol.. Sheep.. All sheep..

    September 8, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. Independent Steve

    Sorry make that conservative issues!

    September 8, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. marie

    All I can say is we better hope and pray that John McCain stays in good health if he is president. I voted for Hillary because I knew that Bill would be there to help, but I will not vote for this power hungry woman. Our country will be in bad shape just like Alaska.

    September 8, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. Joe

    Any Clinton Democrat that does not vote for OBAMA is simply a racist. How could you stand and fight with Clinton until the very end of her campaign and then decide you are going to vote for McCain. That is absurd. McCain and Palin support everything (conservativism, big oil, big business, Republican cronyism) that the Clintons stand against. As a strong Clinton supporter, I am ashamed of some of my fellow Democrats for the first time in my life.

    September 8, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. redwhiteblue

    I think we need to remember WHY we have been screaming for change from the Bush policies. Obama is accused of being inexperienced. Keep in mind that Bush supposedly had experience and look what we got. I believe that it is more important to have the intelligence to get the best advisors and to lead the country out of the disasters of the Bush administration. McCain has said proudly that he voted 90% of the time with Bush. Doesn't that bother anyone? Do you want more of Bush? Are you better off now after Bush's 8 years?
    More and more people are losing their health insurance. More and more are losing their jobs and their homes.Banks are shutting down, and we have a loss of respect from our allies . Think Katrina! 5 days on a rooftop waiting for help. Heck of a job Brownie!
    The many many soldiers who were killed because Bush lied us into an unprovoked war and many without their limbs and being rationed by our government on the care they get. We have more and more homeless vets and their families. Republicans vote down benefits for the vets. They were sent over there without the proper equipment and were told they had to buy their own bullet proof vests. Suicide deaths are at an all time high Have you heard of any improvenments to Walter Reed? Do the vets still have to wait months and some years to get medical care? Do they still have vets waiting in a wheel chair for months and the hospital does not even know they are there?
    Do you still want the administration using the "executive privilege" to cover their secretive sneaky unlawful deeds? Isn't it strange that this Iraq war is suddenly winnable and the gas prices are coming down? Do you think the election has something to do with it? Think of your children's future

    September 8, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |

    ex-republican for obama / biden, you ask Racism, you Must be Talking about Obama and his Pastor Buddy again! funny Obama is a Bi Racial and Portrays him self as a Black Man, thats racist!

    September 8, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Lim

    As an independent, I find it amusing to see the Obama's campaign
    and Obama himself squirming.

    Sometimes it takes a woman to do a man's job, as McCain has
    it figured out. It's too bad that the DNC and Obama dumped Hillary!

    September 8, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. Colo Sprgs, CO

    Curious that there have been no whining complaints by the neo-cons that the media is supporting Obama anymore. That's because their complaints hold about as much weight as a McCain promise. All fluff and no stuff. And McCain should have picked Romney, so right back at ya!

    September 8, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. John from LA

    GREAT NEWS!!!-Now all the bots will come out with their usual drivel-people are racist, who are they polling, their not polling cell phone users, blah, blah, blah...(false, false, false)

    Could it be bots that America is waking up to the nonsense that "YOUR MESSIAH" has spewed over and over????-could it be???? maybe????


    September 8, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. MD in GA

    It's the state to state polls that matter and even with that, no one is factoring in the youth vote who are cell phone users vs. land line users. Where's the opinion poll for that. Our children are going to surprise us all this time.

    They don't want to end up drafted into some division of the military when McCain starts up the draft again nor do our young women want to have all their physical choices taken away from them by some super right wing hockey mom.

    We had choices at their ages, how dare we allow their choices be taken away from them.

    We all need to ride to the polls with our adult children and vote to end this madness. They and we deserve CHANGE...

    September 8, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  14. skip

    Obama: Change we used to believe in

    September 8, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. Evil spirit

    African-American stop being black!!! Be American living in America like other Nationalities. You're the one who keep on reminding yourself and everyone else in this County that you are black. There are a lot of different Nationalities in America not only black and they never whine about the silly racist!

    September 8, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. dennis from chicago


    September 8, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. Jay Cunningham

    All I know is I'm not better off after 8 years of Bush, and as for the Clinton supporters voting for McCain because Hillary lost is just sad. I wouldn't doubt that Obama probably has an important role for her in his administration or I could even see him picking her on the Supreme Court. I have a feeling though that if Obama loses she is going to have a rough time within the Democratic party; they are going to say she couldn't deliver her voters to help out in this historic election.

    September 8, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. Bill

    Insanity is choosing the same course of action over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Another 4 years of Republicans in the White House will be the same as the last four. Same people in the administration, same policies, etc.

    It is time for change, not window dressing.


    September 8, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. nuser101

    The Sarah factor is what's doing this. The liberal left had no idea that a powerful woman could also be a conservative, so it immediately resorted to a dirty tricks campaign. A lot of conservative women, like my wife, who works hard as an MD are pretty upset about this treatment of an over-achieving woman.

    The really laughable one is that she's "ignoring her family." That's rich. Clinton exerts "executive authority" over a young secretary under his desk in the oval office, and that's OK, but God forbid someone have children in the context of marriage.

    September 8, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. Foreign observer

    Hey PalinMcCain people!
    why you say country first? We see Palin first. Why you do not see howwwww your's candidate depends on her. He has no more voice. Believe me she's is dangerous than BushCheney together.

    September 8, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  21. ReginaWhite

    i think im going have to vote for palinsince hillary isnt on the ticket Obama dont impress me one bit any time some one else has to write your speech for you i dont think hes as bright as they claim after all his health care package stinks no economic package and no experience at all in foreign affairs never been in the armed services i'll take McCAIN AND Palin at least McCain speaks with truth something we cant get from Obama

    September 8, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  22. Cheryl

    Ha, the only people that want to vote for McCain are the filthy rich, the uneducated, the religious right, and the bitter Hillary Clinton supporters.
    The ones that want to vote for Obama, are those that honestly want change for America and will make an intelligent and honest decision to vote for the only candidate that can do that, Obama.
    That is why I believe McCain will win, because the majority of Americans are not intelligent to make the wise choice for president. America is on the decline. Remember the Fall of the Roman Empire.

    September 8, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  23. Hispanic for Obama - Ricky

    Boooring. Wait until the debates. McCain takes 30 seconds to spit out 3 words and will look like a big dummy and Palin...well she wont even go outside of her own Republican environment. What kind of leader is that.

    This just means we have to push harder, and not let the people fall for right wing lies.

    Please dont waste 12 years of our lives.

    September 8, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  24. Worried in Mississippi

    No one is looking at the big picture. I happen to like what I see of Obama. I wish I could say he will get my vote, but he probably will not. Because I trust McCain. What I am trying to say, so badly, is though I, myself, do not have a racist bone in my body, many, many others do. All you have to do is listen to the talk all around you. With both Black and White equally stinking of guilt. Whether or not any one likes it, the outcome of this election is going to lean heavily on racism. That is a horrible shame. The shame of our country. Should Barack lose, what might that say to the African -American nation? I'll tell you what it is going to say. Or must I, really? What then? Because people will wonder. They will begin to speculate. Rightfully so. And it is a pretty good bet that alot of people will become angry. I wish I could say that it will be interesting to see, but it will not. I think it is going to get scary.

    Keep fighting Senator Obama. You are still one Hell of a candidate.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 8, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Jay

    if McCain was so about change. Why is Palin his running mate? Did he want her, or is this what his party wanted. Plese McCain you are during what you told. Bush is still running this, with a new face. Don't use Palin to try to make us out of fools. We're not falling for it.

    September 8, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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