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. Baaaa Bye Bye...

    Please Post!?

    Everyone is realizing that Obama is a fake, no real deal here!

    What an absolute shame, that Obama is using Biden & Clinton to drum up votes/popularity; Biden had 1% of the vote in the State that he is currently speaking & Obama pushed Clinton to the side completely.

    Soooo Obama, what will you do when the really difficult decisions have to be made. who will you turn to then.

    Obama, the road to the White House was bought for you, and you ruined the nomination for Hillary!!!

    McCain & Palin will prove to you, that payback is hell.

    McCain/Palin!!!!

    Poor Michelle, the White House is escaping her!!!

    September 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. WHAT A JOKE!

    Peaking a bit early, are we? This is great for Obama.

    September 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. stone

    mccain deserves to win and will win. Obama will race against Hillary (again) in 2012. Should be interesting.

    September 8, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. redneck for obama

    welcome to another 4 – 8 years of the very same policies as bush/cheney. republicans wont even take responsibility for electing the failed bush administration, and want to continue the same old policies, with an old man,[who doesnt know where he's at half the time], and a religious right-wing bimbo,that nobody knows a thing about, [except that alaska will be the refuge for millions,when she provokes the end of times,after mccain resigns for health reasons]. the washington lobbyists running mccain's campaign will be running this government,if mccain/palin gets elected.

    September 8, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    The RCP Average already shows droopy polling for McCain.

    Stay tuned.

    September 8, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. Jinny Lee

    Are people that stupid? Apparently they want another four year of abuse and torture from our government. Bunch of masochists!

    September 8, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. James

    It is truely amazing that the people who think they are the base of the republican party (low and middle income blue collar, church going whites) continue to think that voting the same type of people into office is going to give them a different result.

    You're anti choice or pro life?

    You just had a Republican President for 8 years, a Republican Congress for 6 years, and a moderate to conservative court for that entire time.

    I dont' remember any hard republican push to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Every four years they try to get the so called "base" to turn out to vote for prolife, pro gun, less government, anti gay presidents and representatives and they never deliver.

    You are all being used.

    The sad part is you don't even care as long as someone you think you can't stand doesn't win. What is that phrase about cutting off your nose to spite your face?

    And now you're considering voting in someone more hawkish than Bush to send your sons and daughters off to fight thier corporate wars for the sake of patriotism?

    McCain was just in clips about expanding markets for American products. Wake up. He was talking about CAFTA without naming it. One of his first trips as a candidate was to Columbia, a nation one of his staffers is a lobbiest for. Say goodbye to more American jobs.

    When are you all going to wake up and realize that the true base of the republican party really does have an income of several hundred thousand dallors to several million dallors. Look at his tax cut proposal.

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results

    September 8, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Agnes

    God Bless The USA.
    MCCAIN/PALIN 08.

    September 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. Zion

    The real Republican Party is dying. Please don't celebrate, it's truly the end.

    September 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. brad from syracuse

    Go John GO! This country doesnt need someone that thinks that they can do the job, this country needs someone that CAN do the job. Fortunately for us, the Oprah Winfrey/Barak Obama ticket and their hollywood supporters, just dont get it. THANK GOD!

    September 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. adam

    McCain is getting a post convention bump. Once sarah's newness wears off and the debates happen, you'll see the polls shift back toward
    Obama

    September 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. joey g

    Middle America is and always be conservative or conservative leaning, that is why BO will not be able to win. Bill Clinton was able to sway midle America, he made people feel as though he was the cool smart uncle. BO has no true connections to this voting group and that is the reason for his lose of his lead.

    September 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. Tim MN.

    Tick Tock Tick Tock Let's get the debates going! Better yet they should have a 3way debate with Palin going against Obama and Biden seems like a fair match too me.

    September 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Jim, NY

    The polls are all about Sarah Palin.

    As Jon Stewart said: "I love that woman."

    McCain/Palin 08'

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 8, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. NO McCain, enough is enough

    whatever.... I've never been, polled, nor noone I know, so now I'm certain people like me aren't polled so Obama will win landslide....mark my words.....landslide.

    September 8, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Dismayed

    I can't believe that we Americans can be so stupid as to buy into the Republican garbage and lies for another four years of misery. I guess Hitler was right when he said "What luck for rulers that men do not think." WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE AMERICA!

    September 8, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. suellen

    The Obama Show is over, people are starting to realize he is nothing but hot air in a suit.

    September 8, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. Chris

    Popular Vote is not Electoral Vote. These polls are inconsequential.

    September 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Ryan

    Obama could have shown his willingness to rise above Politics and put his party and country first by choosing Hillary Clinton. She is still ahead in the polls like he campaign and many of her supporters pointed out.

    And Obama/Clinton ticket would have energized the party and put an end the the Clinton voters going over the McCain. Obama made a major mistake and now the polls are showing it. Since this campaign began Obama's numbers have never gone over 50% and for the most part his numbers have either stayed dead even or gone down. McCain is gaining momentum.

    Obama had all the media attention he could want because he was the new kid in town. He got a free ride on a lot of things. But his free ride is no over. The Media has moved to the new flavour of the month Sarah Palin and Obama is left trying to figure out how to get media attention. The same old speeches just won't cut it.

    Yes We Can! has become Can We? very quickly.

    Sarah Palin has become the shinning star of the Republican Party and of the United States. She has more Executive experiance than Obama having been a mayor and a Govenor while Obama has been a Senator. In the United States Senators very rarely win Presidential elections, unfortunatly for Senator Obama he has two on his ticket.

    Now we have Presidential Debates comming up and Senator Obama who is not known for being very good at off the cuff kinds of debates is going to have a tough time with Senator McCain who excells at town halls and debates. On the Vice Presidential Side, Joe Biden may want to sit down to avoid the whirlwind Sarah Palin during the deabte. She is tough, smart and very good at off the cuff.

    I think the Obama/ Biden ticket is going to have to rework their strategy and consider bringing in more Clinton people who are used to the fight it out form of politics otherwise it could be another year where the Democrats prove, no one knows how to lose an election like the democrats.

    September 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. A CANUCK

    Not to worry..........McCain won't stay ahead.......his whole campaign is a "dog and pony show"........he stole Obama's "Change" theme........ and he seems to need Palin like a baby needs a security blanket !!
    He's just a sad old war veteran still living in the last century.

    September 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. John Doe

    Guess what everybody? ALL MAJOR POLLS HAVE BEEN INCLUDING CELL-PHONE USERS IN THEIR SAMPLES FOR OVER A YEAR NOW! So, for the ignorant sheep out there, this means that there will be no "hidden surprise" come election time. Can you handle that truth?? It hurts, doesn't it???

    September 8, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. NORA, FLORIDA

    As an American I am disgusted. McCain is running off of Palin's coat tail but he is suppose to be a the top of the Rep. Ticket. Who is running for the Rebulicans. Mccain/Palin or Palin/McCain?

    September 8, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  23. rumpusgoopus

    The problem is that McCain/Palin are treating us like we're stupid, Obama/Biden are treating us like we're intelligent, but in reality, we really are stupid.

    September 8, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. Griff

    Sarah `Sparkie`Palin. She lights up, "Evolution". One World. One Agenda. Two kind of people, make this World... One is a Female...

    September 8, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. roger nc

    no way no how no mccain no palin

    September 8, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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