September 8th, 2008
05:24 PM ET
2 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. gracster

    I am a bit confused with the poll results. Since the percentage of registered Democrats is approximately 51% of registered voters while the percentage of registered Republicans is only 38%, doesn't that suggest that a random sample of registered voters should reflect this distribution? In fact, it does not. Rather the percentage of Dems and Repubs in the latest poll is approximately even. This underestimates the Dems actual votes and overestimates the Repubs. As such, this is a bias rather than a representative sampling. With the same percentages, the Dems would have a much larger number of votes. Or am I missing something with the sampling?

    September 8, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. jules

    How absurd that people like ex-republican believe that if you do not vote for Obama you are a racist!

    September 8, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Clinton Voter for MCCAIN/PALIN

    Stupid Obama should have picked Clinton

    September 8, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Cheryl Lisle

    For all the deceived voters out there I don't know where you have been. First we are Americans and not democrats or republicans. We are Americans and it is our duty to vote in the best man for our country based of the principles our country was founded on. For those of you who do not know they were Judea Christian principles. For those of us who know what that means we can not kill and still keep the simplest of Gods decrees in his commandments. No single man can save this nation. It can only be saved by God and he will certainly curse this nation is we vote in a leader that does not follow his decrees. Read Malachi 3 and 4. God says he will curse the land if we do not follow his decrees. So I am voting for the man who does not believe in abortion and does not believe in same sex marriages because I am not going against Gods word. 369 times in the bible it tells us to fear not . That is people and situations. What it does tell us is to fear the Lord. People you better wake up. If you want to continue in this downward spiral vote in a man who is out of Gods will. If you want to see a light at the end of the tunnel vote McCain. For all of you who are trying to dig up dirt on Sarah Palin you will have to answer at the pearly gates for your unrepented sin. For those of you who are persecuting Gov. Palins for her daughter for getting pregnant out of
    wedlock. Shame on you. It is our fallen world that has made premarital sex acceptable. It started with Woodstock. As a parent you can beg and plead with your children but sometimes the hormones win. It is just amazing to me how people can point fingers when they have done it themselves. I believe the bible says why are you trying to remove the speck out of your brothers eye when you have a bolder in your own. God will win this and the Christians principles will be restored or the end is a lot nearer than you know.

    September 8, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. Ex Hilary Supporter - Steve

    Thank God for McCain/Palin !!!

    I used to be a Hilary supporter & I would have voted for her, but I will NOT vote for Obama, she has the experience, he has nothing.
    I'm not a Hilary supporter anymore because she is RELUCTANTLY supporting Obama.

    I am a moderate Democrat, Obama is the most liberal in the senate, sorry Obama, you will lose, that is a FACT that nobody can dispute, no matter how much they hope.

    Obama will be kicking himself for not picking Hilary. I just hope Obama doesn't try to use the race card again,
    he looked foolish playing the race card before, maybe he will learn ? Obama is attacking Palin, only because she outshines him...so obvious.

    GO MCCAIN & SARAH PALIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HISPANICS FOR MCCAIN/PALIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ex. Hilary supporter. – Steve

    September 8, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Happy, Bellaire, Texas

    all dems should consider two things: 1). When Obama was in the Illinios state legislature he voted "present" 130 times because he was afraid to make a decison. That meaas he is a coward because he didn't want to offend anyone. How can you be a leader of anything if you can't make a decision? 2). Watch some video from 9/11/2001. Then tell me who is more likely to protect the citizens of this country before you head to the voting booth.

    September 8, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. katiec

    Hey, don't try to get a comment posted questioning the integrity
    of CNN. It won't happen.
    This won't get posted either.
    Too bad Palin was vetted as much as Cnn's moderators.
    They do not believe in freedom of speach either.

    September 8, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. GeraldD

    The Obama campaign is increasingly beginning to realize that their SEXIST attitude has harmed them, perhaps fatally. Had they chosen Hillary they would not be in deep dooo dooo like they currently are.

    Current Score: Women 1, Sexist Obama Campaign 0

    September 8, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Erika, KS

    No, you idiot! It is NOT racism to disagree with Barrack Obama!

    This racist name calling is going to end in defeat of the Obama camp!
    It's not racism just because I am white and do not think that a junior senator who has limited experience at best, has zero accomplishment in Congress, has dubious business ties and questionable decision making, is ready to lead our country. It is not racist to think he's not ready.

    People are really tired of being called a racist just because they think Obama is not experienced enough and not accomplished enough. It's about his lack of qualifications.

    Yes, Obama and fan club draws out that race card every chance they get. But they're wrong. Just like Obama is the wrong guy for the job.

    September 8, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. kw

    Polls are a snapshot in time. Electoral votes win elections. By the way..Obama is leading in the electoral votes.

    September 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. gary

    WHEN ARE YOU LITTLE PEOPLE GONNA STOP HATING? YOUR JUST MAKING IT WORST FOR OBAMA. AMERICA ISN'T GETTING TIRED OF O.B.'S YOUNG HATERS. O.B. TRASHES HIS OWN PARTY (THE CLINTONS). THE REPUBLICANS ARE MORE UNITED. THEY DONT TRASH THEIR OWN PARTY.O.B. HAD A CHANCE TO PICK HRC FOR VP. ,BUT HIS BIAS AGAINST GENDER BROUGHT HIM TO PICK BIDEN. HE TRASHED HRC FOR VOTING IRAQ,BUT SO DIDN'T BIDEN. O.B. AND BIDEN ARE THE BIGGEST FLIP FLOPPERS AND DOUBLE STANDARD CANIDATES I HAVE EVER SEEN. THE CLINTONS SHOULD OF SAID NO THANK YOU O.B. AFTER THE TRASHING HE DID TO THEM. MCCAIN AND PALIN ARE FOR REAL AND DONT TRASH THEIR OWN. GO MCCAIN AND PALIN ,THE REAL CHANGE FOR AMERICA.

    September 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Tanya

    The GOP base may be energized, but don't discount what Sarah Palin and Republic Convention did to Obama supporters – we are more fired up than ever. We will also continue to hold the media accountable for NOT CHALLENGING the McCain/Palin campaign when they tell outright LIES!!

    September 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Darrin

    Means absolutely NOTHING. THe only polls that matter are those in the battleground states. This is about electoral votes, not a general poll. Al GOre won the popular vote in 2000, but lost the election because of (stolen votes) that tipped the electoral college in his favor in battleground states. Sorry GOP, you are behind in the Electoral College and you won't make up the difference no matter how many lies you spew.

    September 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. George

    Isn't that how it always ends up... if a black man doesn't get what he wants, it's racism! It can't POSSIBLY have anything to do with Obama's complete lack of anything resembling accountability in an executive office, could it?

    September 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. zuq

    Gov. Sarah Palin's church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.

    "You'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality," according to the insert in the bulletin of the Wasilla Bible Church, where Palin has prayed for about six years.

    September 8, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. katy

    The truth will come out about Mrs perfect. This is just a convention bounce. No woory 008 replace 007. Obama 08

    September 8, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. NOT Obama!

    Hey, where are all the posts? Where are all the OB supporters? Hello? Anybody there...... :-)

    September 8, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Vinh

    There is a reason for this bounce by McCain. His vp pick Palin has awaken the conservative right, a main voting base for the GOP. The rednecks are alive and kickin, better pray because this country seems like its going to be going backwards for 4 more years of cowboy/maverick policy. Palin has awakened the HOMER SIMPSONS of America.......

    September 8, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. zuq

    SHE JUST DOESN'T GET IT. CNN PLEASE POST THIS.

    Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." The companies, as McClatchy reported, "aren't taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization."

    September 8, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. HUH?

    Hey ex-republican how is this racism?

    September 8, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. ajay desai

    John MCain is at age when person wants to something which will give satisfaction. John MCain has all abilities to take America forward than his counterpart who speaks about change which will virtually end up in empty promises. Gov Palin is very shrewd and come up to be good leader.

    September 8, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. Cecil

    Eric-29-m-PA;

    Don't Be Fool, It Doesn't Began or End With Sen. Clinton.

    The GOP Is Treating Gov. Palin Like A Child!

    Like I Said;

    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 Head.

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

    September 8, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. huwan

    now begins the race

    September 8, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. Paul

    All Obama and company can do to rationalize why independents such as myself are siding with John McCain is to cry racism. That is ridiculous and pathetic – I work daily hand in hand with African-American colleagues whom I greatly respect. Obama does not inspire that same great respect that so many of my African-Amercian colleagues do. I am not willing to vote to make history on someone for whom I do not believe will make a trusted leader. Just today I read Obama's interview where he said he considered joining the service but the Vietnam war was over and America was not engaged in any conflicts so he decided not to consider that as an alternative – as if he made this decision because there were not conflicts the U.S. was engaged in. He comes across as so fake and that is why I am leaning Republican toward a leader who has worked for years in a bipartisan manner.

    September 8, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. Aaron from Battleground Ohio

    Can you imagine an America and world with McCain/Palin in charge?

    1. Women and doctors would be put in prison for abortions
    2. we would never break our dependence on foreign oil
    3. we would go to war first with Iran then with Russia
    4. we would reinstate the draft since our military is depleted
    5. our infrastructure would not support the military's need for resources since we did not invest in other energy sources
    6. our social and economic systems could collapse under the strains of war
    7. the nation could fall as a whole.

    Granted, that is the worst case scenario, but not impossible.
    Every powerful nation state in history has a rise, a peak, and a decline. I'm sure the Romans, Greeks, Mongolians never thought during their climax that they would decline to the point of insignificance either, but never the less, it happened.

    September 8, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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