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.

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  1. AnotherFormerRepub

    When John McCain's 70-some year old heart gives out, I hope all the PUMA's out there who helped elect him are happy with thier Evangelical president, Sarah Palin! Can't you let go of your spite and anger and think of your country? HIllary seems to be willing to do so! Bless her for being that big of a person!

    September 8, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. Boby

    Hallo Mr. McCain!
    Just few days ago you are declared Mrs. Palin as a VP candidate and you already depending on her. what will happend if you will elected? Will you just like a symbolic President of the USA and Mrs. Palin will play like a President and work with big brothers Mr. Bush and Mr.Cheney and there advisors?

    September 8, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. MCCAIN/PALIN LIARS AND DECEIVERS

    NO MAVERICKS.
    HOW CAN YOU ORDER OR MAKE THE MEDIA ASK NO QUESTIONS OF PALIN.
    BUT YOU ATTACK, LIE, DISRESPECT AND OUTRIGHT MANIPULATE WORDS AND POLLS IN HOPES TO UNDERMINE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO VOTE AGAINST OBAMA

    YOU HYPOCRITICAL, DOUBLE STANDARD, IGNORANT, BIAS REPUBLICANS AND ANY WHO OBEY THEIR ORDERS. GET A BACKBONE.

    I AM A WOMAN AND I AM OUTRAGED AT THE MEDIA'S WEAKNESS TO BOW TO THE REPUBLICANS.

    September 8, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. Oleg

    Palin = Bush + lipstick
    McCain = Bush + temper

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 8, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. Nina-Florida

    If McCain is elected to the White House along with his lipstick wearing bull dog, then for the first time in my adult life I will be truly ashamed of my COUNTRY!

    September 8, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Keith

    This polls are lame. They don't mean anything.

    September 8, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Ann

    Obama get your act together. You are really botching this election.

    September 8, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. Boby

    Hallo Mrs. Palin!
    You want to be VP. But why you are soooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    afraid to meet with journalists????????

    September 8, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. PUMA 4 HILL

    And come November 4th, after all debates have played out and will show who is the most informed and experienced... McCain can begin to show the Obamabots what real change is all about.

    You blew it – and now we have to fix it...
    McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    Where's the BEEF?
    NO BEEF, NOBAMA!!!

    September 8, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  10. mel from Ohio

    Don't worry that move will soon be coming to an end when/if they finally address issues instead of their opponents' personalities. The American people are not stupid and know that McBush/Palin don't have a clue about what is going on in this country or any other country!

    September 8, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. ch

    Obama did not have the courage to select Hillary as VP.

    So I won't have the stomach to vote for him.

    September 8, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Flipflop

    Obama flipflop so much that people starts to see his true face. Democrats and the media should have picked Hillary who has much more experience and not just a talker.

    I will flipflop like Obama – first vote for Democrats (Hillary) but now will vote for Mccain/Palin.

    September 8, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. Obama_all_the_way

    To Clinton Voter for McCain/Palin:

    Stupid you should not even consider voting...

    September 8, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. PUMA 4 HILL

    Of course you Obamabots will cry "RACISM". All along we've been screaming "FRAUD".
    Where's the BEEF?
    NO BEEF, NOBAMA!!!

    Nothing to do with race... get over it!

    September 8, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. mike

    Cmon CNN....Ure pumping Palin-McCain to make people believe its a close race to increase your ratings....What educted person in their right mind would vote for the Repubs after:

    1) Housing Bubble and Bailout – Thanks Alan Greenspan(GOP)
    2) 6 years and $1T for an avoidable war with no victory
    3) Negative real returns on the stock market over 8 years
    4) Lies about the state of the economy
    5) Record gas prices and record profits for the Oil and War Party...

    September 8, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. Breck

    These polls are the same polls that predicted Al Gore would crush Bush and that Kerry would be close with Bush. They mean nothing. The only thing that matters are electoral votes. And any Hillary supporter voting for McCain is a selfish scumbag, she's told you to vote for Obama and explained why, yet you still can't get your heads of your butts. Grow up Hillary supporters! And listen to her.

    September 8, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. Unhappy With Direction

    The the end, America will get what it wants and therefore... what it deserves.

    Dying Man / Unknown Woman 2008

    September 8, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. J. Wilson - Houston

    I can not believe that the American voter can not see who the real McCain and Palin are. How do they dare to talk about traditional values in the Republican Party? They have used and exploited McCain's POW times to the point t voters believed now that he deserves the Presidency. They are using SEMANTICS to mislead people and the regular voters.

    Other than being a prisoner, what other military experience he can brag about? What about G.I. bills? What about benefits for our Veterans?

    CHARACTER AND HONOR? He talks about "change." He sold out to the extreme right and evangelicals, and he calls that change? He has no principles no values. What about his extramarital affairs? He was still married to a handicapped lady for whom he had no use any more.

    Sexism with Palin? It is matter of judgment and values. Her priorities are upside down and it's sad that her children will be paying a high price.

    I watched the Republican Convention on PBS because it was absolutely disgusting to see the CNN-"journalists" going gaga over Palin. And the issues? Where did they get their degrees?

    A newsperson has to be OBJECTIVE and not impose their tastes on the reader.... Do they know the meaning of deductive reasoning? CNN reporters need to learn that first.

    September 8, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. Rob

    McCain please win this for Hillary!!!

    Hillary 2012!

    September 8, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Antonio

    What is the world coming to when so called sensible people start believe in political ploys. Sen. McCain is using nothing but a ploy by tapping an unknown woman to be his vice president in order to lure disgruntled Clinton supporters and self proclaimed feminists. This is the same man that said that Barack Obama would put politics ahead of his country and yet he does that very thing. Futhermore, Sen. McCain who has repeated and blantely chastised Sen. Obama on his lack of experience on the national stage goes and picks a vice president that has less experience than his oppenent. At least with Sen. Obama when he picked Joe Bidden as his vice president he at least picked someone with experience in the areas that he lacks. To all you self proclaimed republicans I have just one last thing to say: If anything was to happen to Mr. McCain, god forbid, taking into consideration his age (72) and the fact that he has had at least two bouts with skin cancer and which may regenerate do you want to put the country that so many other vetrans and I hold so dearly in the hands of someone who was the mayor Wasilla, AK with about 6,000 people and the governor of the state with a population of less than 700,000. The last time I checked the city of Chicago alone had a larger population than both of them put together with a total population of 3,000,000. That should equal about 10% of the total population of the United states itself which stands at about 300,000,000. Get your numbers and facts correct next time McCain-Palin.

    September 8, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Mr Chicago

    Good, shiny glitter rock star speeches won't last long, the real face comes out slowly. American people are not FOOLS any more and we don't want to DOOM with NO EXPERIENCE, ding dong policies.
    Wake Up America, put your hand on heart and if you think you can run this country then vote for INEXPERIENCE if not then vote for EXPERIENCE. Think about country, think about yourself, think about your future.

    September 8, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  22. Shannon

    Obama sounds absolutely desperate, now they are attacking her for her religion, that is rich coming from Obama. He sat in a hate filled, racist church for 20 years, this guy has a lot of nerve!! Go back to attacking her as a working mother, it's seems your supporters loved that!

    September 8, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Wisest one of All

    No ex republican. The only racist is hussein nobama. A racist who belonged to a racist church for 20 years. Undeniably a Proven fact!

    You must be a racist as well since you worship nobama.

    September 8, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Independent Steve

    ex-republican for obama / biden September 8th, 2008 8:32 pm ET
    said: racism anyone?

    Let 's stop the excuses. I am Black and I am not voting for Obama. If that is racism, you need to explain it to me. Maybe, just maybe it is time to move on from the excuses and recognize a good many of us are voting conversative issues!

    September 8, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Garth

    A lot of folks here in Canada are in awe of how so many Americans jump on the Republican band wagon ignoring how they have left you in such a terrible state at home and internationally . Are a lot of you really that gullible , naive , stupid , what? I don't want to insult you , but where have you been the last 8 years ??

    September 8, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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