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. Mark - NY

    White women are easily misled.. Hey don't bash me look at the polls lol!

    September 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Nancy, CA

    Let's see how things stand towards the middle of October. I sincerely believe that once the debates begin and more and more people begin to wake up to the truth about McCain's lies, in addition to the newness of Sarah Palin wearing off, the picture may look a bit more clear.

    September 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Sarah

    Obama doesn't seem to do too well under pressure. Imagine how he is going to deal with all what is going on in America, not even speaking around the world. One thing is getting cheered by the crowd, another thing is running the country.

    September 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. S. Boatman

    The Popular Vote Doesnt Win The White House! It Is The Electoral College That Gets You There! Obama Is Ahead And Will Remain Ahead! Easy Win For Obama This Year! He Will Get My Vote For Sure!

    September 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Bev

    CNN it is about time you speak about voters not being allowed to vote if they hade their homes foreclosed. This would be disastrous for those who want real change. The REPUGS will do everything to stop the Dems from taking over the whitehouse. Once can just look at how low they went with their ads.

    September 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Texico From Mexico

    Wow.....the Dems have more than three times the amount of new registered voters and Obama is beind in the polls? Um....yeah....keep on spinning these polls baby....

    September 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Arkansas Undertaker

    Polls are never accurate especially during this election cycle. Out of 160 million American voters, only 25, 000 people get polled during an election cycle. So that aint saying much to me.

    November 4 is the only poll that matters!

    September 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. david

    the polls dont reflect the millions of new voters for Obama.

    they only reflect the likely or registered voters of 2004

    McCain is screwed!

    September 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. kg

    mccain needs to surmount a large lead in these polls as they are biased to the older, landline phone demographic, something mccain will win. Most people under 25 only have cell phones.

    September 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Mr. Johnson to you

    again who are they polling.. My mom, aunt, cousins, doctor, niece, great aunt, grandparents, and myself have never been poll!

    September 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. milo

    The gap keeps closing. I wonder how long McCain can stay ahead with his pathetic ads, his dismal appearances on TV (he got reamed on THE VIEW of all places), and particularly the debates.

    September 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Kisha

    I agree it would be better for Obama to choose Hillary Clinton in terms of getting more votes.

    September 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. roger nc

    the poll didn't reach thousands but hundreds so who really believe that your poll is fair, nobody. You're probably reach the retired peoples at home when you call, so....try on evening when peoples are returning home from their job or school...

    September 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Antoinette from New Carrollton, MD

    People want to abandon Obama because he didnt vote for Hillary

    You dont think us Obama supporters will do the same to her?

    September 12, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. Patrick Peavy

    Don't get excited. Unfortunately it's going to be Obama in November. I have always thought so even when I was supporting Hillary. I hope I am wrong........

    September 12, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Pam

    Whatever!!! President Clinton has the statistics right; Obama/Biden will have victory in November, trust me.

    All of you repubs enjoy the fun while you can...

    September 12, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Hahaha

    Big Deal America Loves a Liar.

    September 12, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Ibiam

    NO COMMENT PERIOD

    September 12, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. pa.joe

    Yea but have you seen the wolf and moose poll since McCain picked Palin?!? Shame they can't vote!!!

    September 12, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. EBraggs

    No, she's no Sen. Clinton. No, I can't see her as President nor Vice President. I refuse to vote for machine gun barbie. She's not ready.

    September 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. annie - former democrat

    McCain must be way ahead if the victious cnn polls have him 2 pts. ahead. He must be 15 or 20 pts ahead when this biased news media says he is 2 pts ahead. By-the-way how did you ever let Martina Stewart do this article? SHAME ON cnn for trying to brainwash American citizens.

    September 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. dwcostarica

    Obama´s Secret Weapon: I can´t remember her name, but a woman with a European accent made an interesting point this week on TV. Her point was that Obama needed to harness the country´s anger with the economy, to pick one of many possible issues. She noted that both Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr were able to articulate their country´s anger without sounding like an ángry black man´, which we know is the #1 thing that whites fear. I thought that perhaps this could be Obama´s secret weapon to clinch the election. Finally, I would just add the following suggestions:1.Keep positive and trust the power of good old community organizing to get out the vote. 2. Keep giving specifics about what can actually been done about problem X. 3. Keep refering to the link between indivdual service and government acctoutability. 4. Keep saying that voters are more intelligent than the media and politicans give them credit.

    September 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Obama is laughable

    In his new ad Obama looks directly into the camera and defines a leader of real change ending with: "You need a leader that can unite the country". Ha ha ha, as a yellow dog liberal who has voted straight democrat for the last 40 years, I'm dismayed that the man who can't even unite his own party can display such hypocrisy. He's not ready, nor will he ever be. Hubris, pride, arrogance, conceit, deception, these are Obama's traits that undermine his character and debilitate any effectiveness, he is a pompous bird and arrogant SOB. I voted for Hillary, I will vote for experience again, with McCain. Liberal for McCain 2008.

    September 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. TexasVet

    Pumas, why do you hate America? Why can't you see past your own selfish wishes to have a female president? Don't you understand that this presidential election is about more than ONE issue? Let me tell you what's riding on this, my husband's LIFE is riding on this, as well as the lives of several other military men. The education and well being of our children's futures is riding on this election. The right to choose, is riding on this election. The economy is screwed, and so is the housing market. Gas prices are through the roof and so is the nations jobless rate. And you CRAZY MENOPAUSAL CHICs are about to vote for someone who could careless about you or your issues. All because Obama made you mad. Don't you even care what you are doing to those of us in the generation behind you? Of course not cuz you got yours right?

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 12, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Isabelle

    I wonder if they keep polling the same people every few days. I never get polled! :-( And in which states did they take the polls?

    It is the Electoral College that will decide who wins...not polls.

    September 12, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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