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.

soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Rhea

    Who are you guys callimg? All of those ignorant women who pretended to care about the HRC issues.

    September 8, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Louise

    Correct me if I am wrong. I believe your poll is taken from the internet. If so, the poll is not valid. People are liable to vote 2 or 3 times. I have never been called for a poll, and niether has anyone in my family. If your poll is taken from the internet only, then that is what you should say when reporting the results.

    Also, you are giving Palin too much coverage. The coverage should be equal among Obama/Biden, and McCain/Palin.

    Also, does Palin have a mind of her own. She says whatever the Republicans tell her to say. I believe when she is interviewed this Thursday by Charlie Gibson, she will definitely have the questions beforehand, just like John McCain did when Rick Warren interviewed him and Obama.

    September 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. BIL


    September 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. renee- Florida

    Say it ain't so–The public cannot really be falling for this nonsense. McCain couldn't even come up with a campaign theme of his own. He had to steal "CHANGE" from the Obama campaign. McCain isn't going to change anything but his Depends..

    September 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. interesting

    Barack America is in trouble!

    PUMA 2008!

    We still here.....LOL!

    September 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. mla

    McSame is riding the wave of lies and continues to put more lies out there in his ads. Obviously, the only way to sell Palin is to lie about her, and the only way to sell McSame is to flip flop on the issues – then not offer much detail.

    There should be truth in advertising laws for campaigns! Then McSame couldn't keep up the lies about selling a plane on e-bay for profit – NOT x2 – and the lies about Palin shutting down the Bridge to Nowhere could not go on. She was for it until Congress was pulling the plug. Then, she kept the money anyway. Reform? Hardly!

    September 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Cecil

    Isn't It Odd, The GOP Are So Excited Over A VP Pick, Who Has To Have Her Reporters "Carefully" Hand Pick To Answer Political Questions!

    She Doesn't Except Invites From News Groups!

    Doesn't Take Questions After Stump Speeches or Town Halls!

    You Can Call Sen. Obama An Empty Suit All You Want,
    But He's No Chicken From Day One!

    What Are They So Excited About, That She Can Read!

    SuperDads For The White House 08

    September 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. dsimon

    The closness of the McCain-Obama race is very, very deceiving because it is based on the national tracking polls. If one looks at the vote differences in each state, it is obvious that Obama still has a substantial lead in electoral votes, far in excess of 210 to McCain's roughly 170. A lot depends on how you count "firm" states versus those that are "leaning" toward one candidate or another. If you count "leaning" states, Obama's lead is even greater. The press should be pointing this out for it is far more reflective of what is really happening.

    September 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Sam from SD

    Obama already lost his case. American people are not stupid.

    September 8, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. janine

    I can believe it. We voted for George Bush twice.

    September 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. Marianne

    Something is wrong with all those CNN polls. In my state alone around 67 percent of people polled said they would vote for McCain.

    September 8, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Louis

    PLEASE NOTE AND REMEMBER: All that counts are the electoral college totals–just google any number of websites and see that Obama has a significant lead currently. The national popular vote does not elect the President. The candidate with 270 electoral college votes wins.

    September 8, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Margaret in New Mexico





    September 8, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. mla

    I also see that they finally set Palin up with a "press interview". What a laugh! It's under a controlled environment – certainly scripted – and with a mild reporter who will probably not hold her feet to the fire on REAL questions. One can hope that he will prove me wrong, but taping over 2 days offers lots of time for editing and retakes.

    September 8, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. bj,texas

    Sounds like McCain/Palin is proving to much for you libs. Maybe Egobama needs to bring back the styrofoam greek pilars to use at his campaign stops. Also, those American flags you libs threw away after the convention, we Americans don't forget those kind of anti-american antics. We know you don't really care about our country.

    September 8, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Please and Thank You

    Bounce is related to people realizing that experience counts and for the 1st time in a couple of decades at least one candidate has lots of it!

    McCain has talked the walk for decades. He's not only followed Bill Clinton and the Republican lead 'Contract with America' in the early 90's, he knows what it will take in telegraphing his Bi-Partisian Cabinet.

    Obama is still trying to convince former and still current Hillary Clinton voters that he's the real deal...but I would thank that after over 19 months of failure to do so and with time running out..57 days and counting...he'd either:

    1. Abandon Biden and eat crow selecting Hillary and her 18 million voters

    2. Start laying out his 191 times voting 'Present' senate voting record to convince us he' made the right call before

    3. Start practicing for the 1st debate at the end of this month because the American Voter has tuned him and his rock star carnival approach

    4. Figure out how he's going to be a good #3 in 2012 to Hillay Clinton.

    September 8, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Mom from Grayslake IL

    This may stop the polls moving. In Colorado Springs, Sarah Palin claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are private corporations. The taxpayers are getting screwed by the takeover, not being saved from it. Its pretty sad when I know that and the potential VP doesn't. And so it starts....

    September 8, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. Professor

    I know of one possible reason why Obama has lost his lead.

    We Christians have been praying fervently that McCain and Palin will win in November. Perhaps GOD has heard our prayers! We will continue to pray vigorously for McCain and Palin. We also pray that Roe v. Wade will finally be overturned sometime in the next 10 years!

    GOD bless McCain and Palin both as they campaign this year and face all kinds of unjust criticisms from the Democrats!

    September 8, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Janice Il

    Just this once you got to give it to the old white haired dude, he was smart to pick Palin, no matter what, it looks like he has enegrized his party and he's gonna put up a fight. Still saying BO should have picked Hillary , he let Mccain back in this race, devided his party, I hope we can recover . Pride goeth before a fall. Obama you will always have your pride.

    September 8, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. Maritza

    And his numbers will continue to grow, it's that all knowing confidence that the American people sense, people are beggining to take serious concideration of the facts, the Obama camp with it's 300 advisors workin overtime bitting their nails over how to beat McCain/Palin ? it's left them at a loss, ha, the substance that McCain has to offer by way of action and example of commited service to his country, and his years of serving in the senate as on occasion away from his party , he has voted on issues not with the heard mentality but as an independant proving he doesn't play the washington game , this resonates with independent voters , Obama's cheap talk is all his followers really have , fluff , empty rhetoric, nothing to hold as evidence, as real change" that old liberal usage of words sounds like a broken record. MaCain / Palin victory.


    September 8, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Elizabeth; Dallas, TX

    McCain misses 63% of votes in Congress! How is this being a Maverick? You cannot go against your own party if you don't show up to fight them! CNN post this because these McCain lies are getting out of hand. McCain, I used to respect you, but the more I research you're career in Congress, the less appealing you become!

    Wake up America! Karl Rove is highjacking this country for the third time!

    -Elizabeth; Dallas, TX-

    September 8, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    hog wash!

    September 8, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. McCain = Bush

    If by some twist of fate, McCain wins this election – He Will Not Be MY President. He will never be my president.

    September 8, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  24. v.ananthan

    obama is just talk...

    Nothing to show so far....

    September 8, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. No Hillary = No Obama

    Movin on up.

    September 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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