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. TexasforObama

    I am sure Obama will climb back up to number one after the "convention bounce" from the RNC/When all those fanatical rednecks settle down the internet party. This is only temporary.

    ObamaBiden '08

    September 8, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Anon

    If McCain wins this November, it will tell me at least two things: 1, I might consider moving; 2, the American people are much, much less intelligent than I thought.
    To all Americans–please, PLEASE don't elect Sen. McCain.

    September 8, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Frankie

    Mccain/Palin are you kidding??? What is this world coming to and are we crazy??? Clinton supporters, if you really vote for McCain, then you are not true Democrats. McCain = to four more years of Bush. Get real America, even McCain admits that Bush's two terms is nothing but failures.

    September 8, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. old soldier

    Who and how many people are they polling. I saw one cnn poll last week where they said that it was Obama 47 and McCain 45. They only polled 974 people!!! That is not representative of what America thinks. They don't tell you what parties the polls came from or what questions were asked, so theses polls don't mean nothing.

    Gallop was just as bad, they polled 2476 people.

    CNN please post, you have not posted my last 12 posts

    September 8, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. changing times

    Dems, Independents & unhappy Republicans, I say this is all a distraction! Don't fall for these distractions. Over the past 8 years America has lost its way due to the failed policies of George Bush and the Republican party!

    The Unemployment rate is at its highest ever, thousands of troops are being redeployed to Afghanistan and more killings in Iraq, more ciitizens have lost their homes, jobs and even more. We still have 47 million without healthcare and Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac had to be bailed out to prevent collapse. I say "Enough!"... of the shennanigans of John McCain & Sarah Palin. Lets talk about the issue and stop with the circus McPalin is creating to get people to forget about how far this country has fallen. If you like the past 8 years then vote McPalin...But–if you want real change and someone to take us into the future to help our children and grandchildren then vote Obama/Biden for judgement, wisdom, experience, hope and unity of the American people McCain/Palin=Bush "more of the same insane governance"

    September 8, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. DAG

    In my opinion CNN needs to start asking the tough questions of the McCain/Palin ticket. You seem to be settling for simple answers to complicated questions asked of the McCain/Palin ticket. I've been watching MSNBC for the last two hours and learned alot more than what CNN has informed the American people on this week. CNN needs to start pointing out all of the lies that are coming out of the republican candidates. Are countries future depends on the , vote in November. Let's let Americans place their vote based on facts and issues , not media hype.

    September 8, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. kels

    Polls don't mean anything. They are taken from about 500 or 600 voters. Popular vote means absolutely nothing, George Bush proved that especially in 2000. Count the electoral votes the votes that count then we'll see who's in the lead. McBush will lose to PRESIDENT OBAMA in November the same way he's losing right now. For all you non believers vote for McBush we've waited for armaggedon long enough OBAMA 08

    September 8, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Hillary Supporter

    Two weeks ago when Obama was cruising ahead on the polls there was no mention of racism. Now that we the Barracuda effect has drop him below McCain Obama-Democrats are crying racism!!!
    No way, No-Bama.

    September 8, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. RFO

    State by State ... Obama O8!

    September 8, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Art

    Why isn't Pennsylvania called as a toss up? The latest polls see Obama only leading by 2 percent. This is well within the margin of error. Oh that is right. This is a liberal news site that as most liberal sites does distorts the truth.

    September 8, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Chase from CT

    I hate to be fatalist here, but if Obama doesn't win, I'm fleeing the country and learning Chinese.

    Why?

    Because under McCain, multinational corporations will do what they've been doing for eight years–heck–even longer than that: look out for themselves and stick it to the US citizens. So we'll continue trading with penny-wage countries (re: China) that will economically overpower us.

    By leaving and learning Chinese I won't have to suffer the crushing disappointment of another country ruining the US due to Republican selfishness and lack of innovation.

    In the modern day, NOTHING is more important than maintaining economic superiority. For the US, since our labor is expensive, economic superiority means innovation. It's that simple.

    September 8, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. tuff Col. Oh

    they can have the poll lead we will get the victory OBAMA08

    September 8, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. BR

    Someone better be patrolling bridges on Election Day. The kool-aid drinkers will be jumping in rivers by the droves.

    September 8, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. joe m

    isn't it amazing that mccain actually now leads? if one considers it, when one compares the success of each candidate's convention, mccain can be considered the more successful as he not only got a bigger bounce, so much so that he actually now leads. it was not only a stroke of genius on mccain's part not only to announce his surprise pick for VP immediately after obama's speech, but also a smart move to re-tool his convention to address gustav. in the end these polls may actually not mean much, but it is a surprise that mccain is as competitive as he is at this time.

    September 8, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. republican

    Regardless of who wins we always have our own opinions and our own thoughts that no one can change. Thank God for that.

    September 8, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. McCain - Palin '08

    Awesome, i can't wait till the debates where McCain smokes Obama without his 300 foreign policy advisers. Poor Palin is going to have to listen to Biden drone on for 10 minutes about absolutely nothing though, i hope the moderators stop him.

    September 8, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. Hope

    We will have a Democrat in the White House. No More McSAME!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!

    September 8, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Penn Voter

    go John go

    September 8, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. what you dont say is

    4 more years? wow...

    September 8, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. Bob Watts

    A vote for McCain is not a vote for Jesus.

    September 8, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. jonny

    What a scam. I dont know a single person who would vote McSame. These polls are totally rigged. Are they only calling West Virginia, or using a Republican contact list?? McSame is going to lose BIG in the election. Polls mean nothing, especially when everyone knows that the news is controlled by the government, and the government is controlled by Republicans.

    September 8, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. Freedom's Lament

    PUMA, just come to terms with the fact that you are stupid. There is nothing to be ashamed of, but don't try to pretend you're anything other than a bunch of uninformed menopausal women who are voting on your emotions instead of the most valuable thing you have: Your brain.

    September 8, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. NO PALIN

    Obama must fight back and fight hard now!!!

    NO WAY! NO HOW! NO MCCAIN! NO PALIN!

    September 8, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Freedom's Lament

    PUMA, just come to terms with the fact that you are stupid. There is nothing to be ashamed of, but don't try to pretend you're anything other than a bunch of uninformed menopausal women who are voting on your emotions instead of the most valuable thing you have: Your brain...

    September 8, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. graham nc

    Clinto voter..isn't more stupid to vote for some one else because your feelings are hurt than to vote based on the issues; of which clinton and obama were very similar. now that is stupid. please don't vote. there is enough ignorant voting as is.

    September 8, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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