September 12th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN poll of polls: McCain ahead by two points

Sen. Obama trails Sen. McCain by two points in Friday's CNN poll of polls.
Sen. Obama trails Sen. McCain by two points in Friday's CNN poll of polls.

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain continues to have a slight advantage over rival Sen. Barack Obama in the latest CNN poll of polls released Friday afternoon. McCain is now ahead by 2 percentage points – 46 percent to Obama’s 44 percent - with 10 percent unsure about their choice for president. In Thursday’s CNN poll of polls, McCain was ahead by one point – 46 percent to 45 percent.

“The race for the White House has essentially been a dead heat since the Republican Convention,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Barring something dramatic and unexpected, the horserace numbers are not likely to change very much at least until the debates. As we inch closer to Election Day, the pool of truly undecided voters continues to shrink.”

Friday’s CNN poll of polls is comprised of the following three surveys: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (September 8-9), Gallup (September 9-11), and Diageo/Hotline (September 9-11). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (353 Responses)
  1. John

    hillary!

    September 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. DJ Los Angeles

    Faux news poll? Now that's a reliable source. Did they conduct the poll in Palin's home village in Alaska?

    September 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. John

    Please bring HILLARY back!

    September 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Cool I wish it were 99 points

    osama please call Ellen or Oprah and maybe Dr. Phil

    They may help you with your crying jag

    Get real and pull up your socks. No real man cries and whines.

    You are a whiner

    Wake up America. Osama is lying about McCain every day

    September 12, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. Rebecca - Michigan

    I love this country. Here we have such a great military veteran POW who is able to run for the highest office in the greatest nation on earth and make up lies and false accusations like a 2nd grade bully. Now that is democracy for you.

    September 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. The polls will change in Obama's favor

    We Americans, particular women, start to see Palin for more than a hockey mom, pitbull, etc. and start to concentrate on the issues she's for and against I believe the race will turn in Obama's favor. I believe women are voting based on gender and are not looking at the state this country is in. When McCain and Palin have to start answering question about the issues, then you'll see a change in the numbers.

    Time will tell: Just look at the interview McCain did with The View, Barbara Walters asked the tough questions and McCain couldn't handle it.

    September 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    who cares? :)

    Barack will win by landslide, Clinton said so, it will be so. :)

    Hope he and Biden are heading to texas/Louisiana tomorrow and start charity events etc. for the people, that lost or will lose their home in the upcoming hours.
    Obama+Biden 2008

    September 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Rich in Seattle

    The Red States had their turn at runing the country and look where it got us.

    America, aren't we better than this? Do you really want someone who would lie to your face as your president? Someone who will do anything regardless of what the cost is to their own soul in order to be President.

    At what point does this become real for people that this isn't a silly game of gotcha, this is our country. We're Americans and we stand for something good, not win at all cost politics.

    It's disapointing to me that America hasn't learned this by now. I'm shocked that after everything, the Republicans are still in this. What more do they have to do!!! We're better than this!

    September 12, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Mort

    Polls schmolls.

    25,000 people in a year are polled. I think we a few more registered voters...

    September 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. CLINTON 08

    OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE IS TRUE THIS SHIP IS REALLY SINKING

    TOO LATE OBAMA (CALL OPRAH TO SEE IF SHE HAS SOME NEW IDEAS SO THIS WON'T BE AS TRAGIC AS IT LOOKS)

    PALIN SAID IT: OBAMA MIGHT REGRET NOT CHOOSING HILLARY CLINTON AS HIS VICE PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATE

    September 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Anon

    Please, please, PLEASE, PLEASE don't elect another Bush Republican into the White House, into the most powerful position in America. Please.

    September 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. James

    2 points = 2 notches higher on the Lipstick wheel

    September 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Beverly, NYC

    The only poll that matters is November 4th. I hope that Americans are not this stuck on stupid!

    September 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. lol

    let mccain/palin have this one. the road will be paved for hillary in 2012. the sexist dnc, and obama camp deserve to lose! mccain/palin 08, hillary 2012!

    September 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Don

    Got to love it!

    September 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. ginger

    I think these polls are no longer an issue. It doesn't matter if Obama leads or McCain leads, what matters is how people vote Nov 4th.

    September 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. kayla

    JOHN YOU'RE AN IDIOT

    September 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. jimmy

    THE TIDE IS REALLY TURNING ON THE HOMESTRETCH.
    MCCAIN – PALIN REFORM AND REAL CHANGE IN WASHINGTON COMING. YEAH, HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS ARE IN THE MCCAIN -PALIN CAMP.

    September 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Filipina

    I didn't get poll or my family and friends.

    We are all for obama/biden

    September 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. R.Deezy

    There we have it is America the most developed nation on earth ready to elect a president who has not adopted a simple technology such as using a computer or sending an email yet all of a sudden claim to be the agent of change? Stand up for change people!!!

    September 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. McCain/Palin

    Poor Obama!

    Sooooooooo Sad!
    NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go McCain/Palin

    September 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. Darryl

    It a straight up shame how this old man lies.. That all I have to say about that!.

    September 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. shannon

    Obama/Hillary would have been unbeatable...and now this.

    September 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Cynthia

    I'm glad the numbers have gone down and will continue to do so. The McCain camp has not talked about the issue since he announced Sarah Palin – all they have done is attack. The people have to ask themselves – what are they trying to hide?

    September 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. J

    McCain is ahead by 2 points in the polls because the media and pollsters are polling disproportionately more republicans than democrats, moderates and independents. Try as the media might to influence the outcome of this presidential race, this race will ultimately be decided by the voters. If people think McCain is going to win, I have got a bridge to sell ya. LOL!!!!

    September 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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