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. Jim

    The ability of the Republicans to lie their way out of any jam is simply amazing. Nevertheless, there's plenty of time for McCentury to implode before the election, so I'm not overly worried about his ultimate defeat.

    September 8, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. tom

    I do hope palin will get some new lines for her speech, seems like she is repeating the same lines over and over since her nomination speech. Where are all the writers in the republicans?

    September 8, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. Mer

    How come I never been a part of this so called poll. I have never seen one.

    September 8, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. One of the 33 1/3% Who Will NEVER Vote for Obama!

    Barack Obama has set back race (and ALL OTHER!) relations to the 1960's

    He is the MOST DIVISIVE person I have ever seen in my 56 years of life

    He sets Black against White; he sets Rich against Poor; he sets Male against Female; he sets Rural against City; he sets Educated against Non-Educated; he sets life-long Democrats to being totally against everything they've ever cared about – he makes them VOTE REPUBLICAN for the FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIVES! HE IS THE GREAT DIVIDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    The Great Clown Obozo – SELECTED by Howard the Scream and Nancy the Crow and Ted the Killer and Oprah the Fat Has-Been and the Rest of the Gang of Idiots – INCLUDING the MSM "Gasp! Isn't he WONDERFUL????? He wears JEANS and e-mails STARLETS!!!!!!!!"

    He just looks old and tired and all washed-up now!

    Sarah is SUCH a breath of fresh air!

    September 8, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. hicktick

    They must have polled the golf courses , thats where the 72 yr old bitter men hang out , Now he"s talking change , i tell you change how about 8 yr limit on congress , that will create jobs , I would vote for that our gov. needs a house cleaning. Picked a alaska gov. that has ties to big oil , yes thats what we need , GO OBAMA

    September 8, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. sarah

    These polls are phony as a $2 Palin bill. CNN controls the polls and helps the rethugs. win. CNN is a very republican organization, and they show it openly. They are not a good news organization, they should watch CSPAN, and learn how to be neutral.

    OBAMA will win – especially if you watch the movement of OBAMA supporters in the individual states. McCain has done nothing for AZ, and I know people who have lived here for 25 years or more.

    September 8, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. Z


    Those polls were pure gold for the Democrats when Obama was leading. Now look what they say about the polls now that he is trailing.

    Can you all say LOSER? HAHAHA

    McCain-Palin 2008!

    September 8, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Michiel W

    Obama, DNC Served Yesterday Afternoon

    Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was served with papers yesterday connected with the lawsuit filed more than two weeks ago in federal court in Philadelphia questioning his constitutional eligibility for the American presidency. Service was made at his Washington, D.C. Senate office at approximately 1:00 p.m

    Has anyone out there heard anything about this in the MSM?

    As far as I am concerned, we need to restore balance in this government. GW Bush ran amouk for 6 years because we had a majority Republican Congress, who gave him carte blanche. Personally, I would prefer a Republican President, as long as we had a veto proof Democratic Congress.

    September 8, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. Someone please ask Palin

    What she thinks about Equal Pay for Equal Work?

    The Case of Lilly Ledbetter?

    And the fact that her boss (John McCain) has already stated the he thinks defending and demanding fairness for working women and mothers leads only to "frivolous" lawsuits.

    Understanding that basically McCain believes its ok to screw working women and mothers over.

    Does Palin mind her work being viewed that way?

    Someone please ask the Gov. These questions

    September 8, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Russell, NC

    I'll bet McCain will be ahead by another two points within a week.

    September 8, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Stick a fork in Obama. The "Flash" in the pan is gone!

    September 8, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. J Graham

    Are you kidding me?
    Where are the Gallop Poll results?
    Who cares about a CNN Opinion Poll, heck that could be the 10 people running the studio at the current moment. Why can't you give fair and balanced news?
    You are losing so many viewers with your one way news and reporters. I am a Democrat that does not want to vote for Obama, and Hillary is out. Why can't I get the true news on the 2 CNN channels I get compared to the one Fox news channel. I feel like blocking both of your CNN channels off my cable box...big news your not a news station your an Opinion Station. I don't need your opinion I have one of my own and I intend to make sure I blog to everyone about CNN.

    September 8, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Carol

    When you are right you are right. Senator John McCain is right. He has the experience to do the job we need done. He has proven his dedication to puting service to our country first. This is his life work. We need a leader without another agenda. Obama is looking to get rich and lead us into oblivian. He wants to talk us into being a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. We will then be under the "thumb" of Russia and Venezwela. They are getting together soon. We will be sandwiched inbetween ! PAY ATTENTION ! We need a fearless leader, one who will not back down in the Face of the enemy. John S McCain is that leader,

    September 8, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Steve

    Yup, it is all racism...

    Or the stupidity of the public...

    You Libs just keep saying that...over and over and over and over....

    That attitude is EXACTLY why your man is now behind...and will hopefully remain there...

    September 8, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Rick K

    There are a large number of Americans who would rather live in a third world country than live with people who don't look like them or share their beliefs.

    In that respect, they are not disimilar from fundamentalists in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

    They may sadly get what they want, and they can continue to proudly chant, "Drill baby drill" and "USA!" while they receive poor education, fight uneccesary wars, and stare in disbelief at their health care bills.

    September 8, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. Julie

    Wow – once again America will vote for Bush! That's three in a row and three strikes and you're out! I hope everyone wises up and votes for Obama!

    September 8, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. t

    sad, very sad that people have very short memories, i guess most people actually agree with bush, go bush, go cheney, go mccain/palin...4 more years.

    September 8, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. SAT

    After being ahead for so long, maybe it is good for BO to be behind. Hopefully, this will force him to come out swinging. He isn't fighting back hard enough in my opinion.

    Over the weekend, I watched the CNN segment revealed on McCain. George Bush ran a tough and nasty campaign against McCain. BO and JB need to get tough if they want to win. Perhaps, BO needs to let Gen Clark start talking about McCain again.

    Can't fault McCain for choosing a woman running mate. Right now, it seems like a smart move on the surface anyway. Although I'm not a big HRC fan, I thought maybe BO should have chosen her as well.

    The race to the end should be very interesting....

    September 8, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. Tracy

    This race is close because so many Americans aren't willing to change the way they live for the good of their country. They want to keep driving their Suburbans. They want to continue to buy plastic water bottles because they're "easier" and "convenient." Obama and Biden will ask you to change some of your habits to improve our country for your children and your children's children. In other words, "Put country first." And I not only don't think they're willing, I don't think they can. For the first time in my life, I'm afraid of my fellow citizens. For a huge number of us, the deep, abiding love of our country, and the willingness to sacrifice for it went out with Roosevelt. God help us, indeed.

    September 8, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. Chris, PA

    The varnish is fading. Who needs Hillary now? Do you STILL think BHO is Mr. Good Judgement? Great DNC strategy. Another LOSER year when the Dems should be sweeping the scoreboard. Perhaps the Party godfathers will think twice before dissing Bill and Hillary Clinton in the future. I've defected for the sake of preventing a socialist economy that will cause a Depression worse than the 1930's.

    Think issues; NOT emotions, folks! READ, READ, READ.....

    September 8, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. J. Huck




    September 8, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. Scott L

    As I have been saying before the primaries....John McCain is going to be the next President of the United States of America.

    Democrats are scared because he will actually make them do work in congress...unlike Bush.

    September 8, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. ellington7

    How gullible are we? The RNC reveled in its sarcasm, proudly expounded on the virtue of tax cuts and deregulation, ignoring the disastrous consequences of tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation and high defecits since 1981. Their self-serving policies have been tried and exposed as the fraud that they are. They have zero credibility after lying about everything under the sun and looting our treasury through subsidies and giveaways, various financial scandals and of course, the great reduction on taxing capital. But they call themselves mavericks and reformers and suddenly they are in the mix. Will we never learn? Or will we be bashing our heads against the stone once more on Nov 5th?

    obama voters get out and vote because our future and the future of our kids depend on it.

    September 8, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. Jeremy

    Are you really going to accuse people of racism if they don't vote Obama? I amazed at what people actually believe.

    McCain is jumping in the polls because America knows, even as charismatic as Obama is, it is just not the right time. The guy is not ready to be president.

    Racism. That's offensive.

    September 8, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. Ian

    Interesting now that the president is going to reduce troops in Iraq. I'm sure it's just coincidence.

    September 8, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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