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 anderson

    It is clear that campbell brown, roland martin, jeffrey tubin, gloria borger all voted for obalma. Their bias is really coming through in their commentary. I hope mccain never grants a palin interview with cnn. These people are hypocritical. They criticize palin for not talking. And turn around and criticize her when she talks. Yet, cnn did not even say a thing when obama said that his faith is muslim on this week last sunday.

    September 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Sheri

    Electoral college. Obama will win! FOR SURE

    September 12, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. John from LA

    Ahhhhh-the sweet smell of victory in the air!!!-Bye Bye Dems-you could've had this one all wrapped up by now-but DNC wanted a novice at the helm.

    September 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. B. Smart

    After the RNC, McCain's was leading by 9pts. Now he's only leading by 2 pts. It seems to me that MCCAIN is shrinking in the polls, not Obama.
    The more Sara Palin is "interviewed", the more McCain's lead will
    be diminished as voters will soon come to realize that Sarah Palin
    is not qualified to be president.

    September 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Shannon, Independent Voter

    Not news, if he were that great he would be up by more.

    September 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Marc PDX

    GASP! (Obama: "better go on the offensive...") "Obama's a new breed of politician".... Ummm, I don't think so!

    "Obama: Change you can ..." #@%^#$$$ ... yeah, yeah, whatever...

    September 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. Nate HUSSEIN

    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!

    These guys always make me laugh. Mcpain/Palin 08, Hillary 2012. Do you really think Hillary would stand a chance to "incumbant" Sarah in 2012? Really? Cut off your nose to spite your face!

    September 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Marc PDX

    I think it's time for a Saturday Night Live skit!!! (Help is on the way, Obama!) LOL! :D

    September 12, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Shannon, Independent Voter

    Who the hell is conducting these polls and who are they calling? I've never been called, and I don't know of anyone who has.

    September 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Mary Hussein

    To anyone who harps on Obama's decision not to select Hillary Clinton as his VP. You are either a Repug troll or sadly misinformed. Palin's selection is a slap in the face to all competent women like Hillary, who had to work hard and prove themselves through their own initiative. Palin managed to get herself elected by talking tough and batting her eyelashes (I wish I had a buck for everytime I've heard a man comment on what a looker she is) and is being used as a pawn by McCain's campaign so they can cry "Sexist" anytime anyone questions her qualifications. Pathetic.

    September 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. HRC

    NoHow, NoWay, No0bama!!

    September 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. capitalist

    wait till obama finally agrees to debate mccain in a townhall (if he actually will)....no teleprompter, no script, unsure of the next question coming....it will be like watching a train wreck, obama stumbling over his words, claiming he has been to 57 states, and that asthmatics use breathalizers...he's the emptiest of suits....he said in his acceptance speech that he would debate mccain anywhere...put your money where your mouth is senator!!! mccain's lead would grow to 10 points!!

    September 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. craig

    There is no way America will ever elect a non-white for president. The sad thing is the republicans know this. The sadder thing is its true.

    September 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. Wayne Smith

    It's really disappointing to read such bigoted remarks from the non-Obama supporters. One of the problems with our education system is that it’s producing so many illiterate and misinformed people. Based on the many negative and hateful comments from non-Obama supporters; it’s a truthful fact. The Republican VP candidate has been sheltered from answering any questions from the media because her party is well aware that she isn’t ready for the position. Ask yourself; are you better off today than you were 4 or 8 years ago? If so, then you deserve another 4 years of Republican leadership. On November 4th, I pray that “we” do the right thing and vote for “real” change in America.

    September 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. Ron

    the constant persecution of gov. Palin on CNN will definitely not help sen. Obama. Campbell Brown especially. in our circle she comes across like a jealous, vindictive, shrew and most of us can't watch her program for any length of time. I'd be interested in her ratings to see if she turns others off as well. this does not seem to be a pro Obama thing, but a,I hate you cause your pretty type of thing .

    September 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. E. Roth

    Polls are irrelevant. Most people "polled" are talking on princess
    phones. They have no way of polling the thousands of Obama
    supporters who have cell phones. And make no mistake. There won't
    be enough polling places in November to hold all of the Obama
    democrats that are going to turn it out for the business of ridding this
    country of republican destruction.
    As Bill Clinton said, Senator Obama will win by a landslide.
    I can't wait.

    Democrats 08.

    September 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. craig

    Linda in Europe,
    Saddly, the people who vote republican, not all but most do not travel outside of the US. The people who put Bush over the top are unawre and indifferent about the rest of the world.

    September 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. Arwa from AZ

    The curtains are about to close on Obama. The show is ending and the credits will start to dissappear and the star will have to bow out and find another theater to prance around in.
    MCCAIN PALIN 08 ALL THE WAY!

    September 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. Independent voter

    Long term Republicans in my family are changing their registration right now from Republicans to Democrats or Independents, friends also, is amazing how mad they are with Republicans choice of Palin also because they are not standing up really for the values and issues that identify Republicans.
    I believe polls are not taking that in consideration how mad some people-republicans are with their own party.
    Theses polls are wrong.

    September 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Moderate Republican for Obama

    Sad. All I can say is "sad". It is sad that a considerable number of Americans are willing to elect McCain knowing in their minds that he will not only continue Bush's failed domestic and foreign policies, but actually make things worse. Hopefully, my faith in the rational splendor of the American People will be restored come Election Day. Obama will deliver on the promise of the American Dream. I hope and pray that Americans give him the opportunity to prove his leadership to them. I have been a lifelong Republican who voted for Bush twice. I am willing to vote for Obama. If I can do it, anyone can.

    September 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. John in Georgia

    Reading theese comments disgusts me. You are all a bunch of left or right wing freaks that ignore the lies told by the one you support and cry about the lies told about the one you support.

    Develop some honor, please. Even a little bit to start, so you can get used to it.

    September 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. Janice Il

    A friend of mine brought it up to me that Hillary won in the states that usually go dem. She said that Repugs crossed over in the red statesand voted for Bo to keep Hillary from getting the nomination, so they would not have to run against her in the election. What do you think? Possible or not?

    September 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    CNN

    Keep up the good work, continue showing your manipulative
    POLL OF POLLS RESULTS.

    Let John McCain believe that he is REALLY AHEAD IN THE CURRENT DISTORTED POLLS, HE WILL HAVE A BIGGER SURPRISE WHEN BARACK WINS BY A LANDSLIDE IN
    THE NOV. POLLS!

    LAND LINE PHONE USERS?

    YOUNG CELL PHONE USERS ONLY?

    LIKELY VOTERS? REGISTERED VOTERS?

    10% UNDECIDED?

    FOX NEWS SEPTEMBER 8-9?

    SEPTEMBER 9-11?

    TODAY IS SEPTEMBER 12

    TODAY TODD PALIN WAS SERVED!

    TODAY ONE DOZEN OF PALIN'S AIDES
    WERE SERVED!

    APPLES TO ORANGES?

    September 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  24. Randy Smythe

    Obama/Biden 2008 = Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale 1976

    Carter Presidency:
    Oil Crisis, Iran Hostage Crisis, High Inflation, 21% Interest rates. Soviets invade Afghanistan.

    Obama Presidency ???

    Be afraid, be very afraid.

    September 12, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Maggie

    If I was on the fence before then I am certainly not anymore. With all this all out attacks and bias against Mccain Palin, I'm voting Mccain Palin just to spite the media. I can't believe my ears when on Campbell brown, I just saw 3 out of 4 pundits called Palin ignorant. Imagine, a small town woman with 5 kids being mayor and governor is ignorant. I guess you have to live in a high rise urban center with nannies to be sophiscated for the campbell brown crowd.

    ridiculous and outrageous. CNN should fire campbell brown cuz she's giving working women a bad name!

    September 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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