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. pa for mccain/palin

    dont tell the obama fools that they will cry all night long

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

    They need to quit Polling Polls and Poll Americans who are sick of war and a ruined economy. Because we are voting Obama.

    September 8, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. White Woman for Obama

    John McCain: "Vote for me. I'm white and old= safe!"

    Sarah Palin: "Vote for me! I have girl parts!"

    September 8, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Independent_me

    If independents and undecideds allow evangelicals to put McCain in office, then prepare for the next Bush term, America... do we really want more of this craziness?

    McCain and Bush have adopted all of Obama's ideas as their own – that alone should tell you something... they have no new ideas of their own, except increasingly unique and incredible new ways to twist the truth...

    September 8, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Jeronimo!

    Who are you kidding? The RNC convention was a bore!

    Repugnants were looking for a reason to get energized.....ANY REASON!

    Sarah Payme Paylin was the right gimmick - that's all!

    A rodeo clown could have energized that party!

    September 8, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. debkansas

    Obama should have selected Hillary for vp. He messed up because of his attitude towards the Clintons and now he will pay. He will lose.

    September 8, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Keith

    Eight more years! Eight more years! Eight more....holy Christ, what am I thinking???

    September 8, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Perla

    Palin's luster as McCain's pretty cheerleader will fade fast, as her real record comes out:

    -Big on pork and earmarks;
    -Fiscally irresponsible, as she left her little city in debt;
    -Attempted to ban books from the public library;
    -Wants to ban abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, and wants creationism taught in public schools (clearly doesn't get the separation between church and state);
    -Spoke encouragingly to the secessionist AIP (just IMAGINE if Obama or Biden had done that!);
    -Sold that plane not on Ebay, but to a political contributor, at a loss to the state,
    -on and on.

    September 8, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  9. Tejano

    And it will continue to grow until we defeat the Socialist Democrats in November.

    NO BAMA IN OUR WHITEHOUSE

    September 8, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. Trysh, Los Angeles

    Why is it when Obama was ahead by 2,4,6 points, the headlines on CNN read Obama and McCain in virtual tie or deadheat, but when McCain is up by 2 points, he's ahead?

    September 8, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. Ron

    We haven't seen fear yet wait for 4 more years of Bush economics bailling out the rich of the riches while the working man and women lose their 401 's, home values decrease, local taxes sky rocket because funding cuts from the fedrael goverment, and 10 billion a month oil war.

    Go Obama / Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. marlies

    GOD help us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it's all about electoral votes anyway, so BYE BYE McCain!!!!

    September 8, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Eric-29-m-PA

    Yes We Can defeat Obama! A new poll shows that 28% of Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama and 23% will vote for McCain. That's nearly 5,000,000 Hillary supporters voting for McCain. The poll also says that 50% of Hillary supporters say they're not sure if they will vote for Obama. The party is not united!

    PUMA

    September 8, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. ex-republican for obama / biden

    racism anyone?

    September 8, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Hanna

    Palin's little soldier is marching off to war....CNN will take a few pic's... and then he'll return state-side for good reason of course. What fools we are. Palin and her soap opera family life takes away from McCains unknown knowledge of the economy and healthcare....the Republicans tactics win again!
    OBAMA in 2008!

    September 8, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Tanna

    We are fascinated by Palins soap opera family drama.....next appearance should be on Jerry Springer!

    September 8, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Leary

    I am very disappointed that Sarah Palin has allowed herself to be made the dunce of this campaign. She will say or do anything. What about the issues. Can she discuss any policy or is her only role to stir things up so that McCain can win at any cost?

    Neither party is representing the interest of the American people. Obama tried to raise the level of discourse in this campaign, but that did not work. Display that you have brains and actually think about the REAL issues and you are dragged through the mud. The American people need to stop and think about what they respond to. This is not a game. But McCain is to be playing it as a game. How foolish we must look to the rest of the world!

    September 8, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Ron

    Is this how McvCain is going tomake porkbarrel spenders famous make them VP

    September 8, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. Cindy

    Sarah Palin is certainly the person of interest at the moment. But can she sustain that status, and will it be positively or negatively? I am certainly interested in hearing what she has to say, in her own words, and not words written by her speechwriters.

    September 8, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. Witch Doctor

    Go McCain... would be great to see VOODOO ECONOMICS part 2 in the next 4 years...

    September 8, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. joe

    To bad Obama, Hillary would have been a better choice.

    September 8, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. Beverly, NYC

    One point is not a big deal, what does that amount to in votes. Why not put up the map that shows Obama with 260 electoral votes.

    September 8, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. Deep South

    Not worth a response! Barack Obama is never displayed in a positive light while "ELITIST, RACIST, OLD MAN John McCain is displayed in the best possible light and his own party doesn't even like him

    Bunch of FOOLS!

    September 8, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    THIRD BUSH TERM = MCCAIN/PALIN.

    September 8, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. valerie

    The polls do not count Barrack is ahead in the electoral tvotes thats all that matters. If you went with popular vote there would be no bush as president. Obama/Biden 2008-2012

    September 8, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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