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. Sage

    Obama was 20 points down in the primaries?????? hmmmmmm

    September 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. John Jon

    You people actually believe in these polls. Hahahahahahahahaha Give your heads a shake. Come November, the the GOP will be wandering what hit them. It will be a landslide for Obama. Bank on it.

    September 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. gop now 4 dnc

    Do you blame the Obama or McCain camps for the recent spate of negativity in the campaign?
    78% of americans think its MCcain how come this aint news?

    September 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. Joe Regis

    No more repubs in the White House.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Mike in Atlanta

    The Mccain people acting like they won the election. The national polls really don't mean that much, its the polls by state. The race is to close for either party to believe its over. The Obama camp very smart don't count them out. The debates will really change the whole picture...OBAMA/BIDEN/08

    September 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. cgsailor

    How can 10% still be undecided? The difference between these two tickets is huge...pick one!

    September 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Earl

    I believe everyone here wants to know ALL the truth..not just bits

    So here are a few questions Ms Palin before the election:

    1. Since you were pregnant and you started to leak fluid, during a
    speech in Texas, you chose to finish your speech and then fly for
    11 hours back to Alaska. And then drive for 45 minutes to a hospital
    in a small town to have a baby with health problems.

    How so?...you would think that you would want the best care possible
    for yourself and the baby at a large city to handle your needs.

    2. I read in your newspaper that you gave birth to a 6lb 2oz baby boy.
    Which you have told us that he was born 4 weeks premature.

    Does a premature baby not weigh less if premature?..just asking.
    Did you transport yourself and baby to a neo-natal unit because he was premature?..No because you were back to work 3 days after giving birth. THAT'S ODD

    3.Why are all the family pictures taken off the govt and other websites?

    Are there things there you don't want us to see?...Too late we've already seen them.

    4. It's odd that the only baby's parents name that was born in the hospital on that day was definitely NOT Palin. Newspapers are printed

    Looks like the MSM hasn't the gazoo's to check on these questions because the Repub will call it "sexist"

    HERE'S MY TAKE ON IT....

    You got a phone call when in Texas that Bristol was going into labor, so you booted it for home to make a good coverup.

    Either there are going to be a lot of people perjure themselves, either way you and McWar are in a whole pile of hurt.

    WAIT FOR IT.....NATIONAL ENQUIRE IS DOING MSM'S HOMEWORK

    September 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Heidi From OKC

    careful democrats Palin just told Charlie Gibsons that as VP she would resind Roe V. Wade. We need to think very hard about just handing our vote to a woman because we are mad about Hilary.

    September 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. milo

    Enough with the hillary nonsense. Palin was a boost because she's a hardcore right winger and energized the party (who thought McCain was way too moderate). Hillary as VP would make little if any difference.

    September 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Andrew Halloran

    All of you Hillary supporters who are ready to destroy your country because you are sore losers – listen up:
    If McCain / Palin are elected, a religious right-wing republican like Sarah Palin has a better chance being the FIRST female president than your beloved Hillary Clinton.

    Its really sad that you care more about Hillary then you do a woman's right to choose, equal pay for equal work, the environment, civil rights, the economy, and ending the war in Iraq.

    If you elect McCain/Palin because you are mad about Hillary losing the primary then you will get what you deserve.

    September 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Sally from Cali

    This is the first time that I've ever said that I would be afraid if the Republicans win...even when Bush was running for a second term.

    If McCain had picked anyone else, after election day most of us wouldn't care if the Republicans won. It would be business as usual. But not this time.

    McCain has turned this election into a joke. Is that what mavericks do, make a mockery of the trust of the people. And you people who support his bad judgment better pray that he lives if he is elected.

    September 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. PALIN POWER

    YEA.... YEA..... YEA....

    The end of Obama... so much for the 7 point lead...

    LOVIN IT...

    Finally.... America is seeing Obama for what he is... HOT AIR

    September 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Toccia

    I find it interest that Obama has been called a "celebrity" out of negativity. Now Palin has entered and the media has deemed her a "celebrity" as well but no one thinks that is a bad thing now. I think the Presidencial candidate should outshine the V.P.

    September 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. David, Toledo, Ohio

    Well, Palin/McCain supporters, enjoy 2% points while they lasts! – thanks to Palin's poor performance yesterday and today during Charlie Gibson's interview and McCain's clueless performance on the View today, the tide is changing!!!

    September 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. tren

    You notice to the lastest polls where Obama is down has FOX news polls factored in. What a hoax. On the other hand, Al Gore was popular and Bush Jr. won the electoral votes. I guess Obama would rather win the latter. The Mccain campain don't really have a ground plan but to stir up old generational and racial tension in the south and throughout the country, masked by ultra conservitism.

    September 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Roberts, Latvia

    I don't support Bush's policy in Iraq, but i support McCain this time. Look what is happening in Georgia (Europe); Russians are starting new cold war. McCain's foreign policy is realistic and pragmatic and i believe he can stand against russian threat. Obama is too unexperienced in foreign policy and i doubt he understand real situation in world politics. I want to see as a next president of US a person which will not sacrify eastern European states (Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Georgia etc.) to russian bear. I want to see such American president who will defend basic American principles – freedom and democracy in all world. McCain is a man whom America can be proud of; he will not betray American allies!
    McCain/Palin '08

    September 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. In shock on how this election is reported

    I can believe how bad this election is being reported against Obama

    - He is giving retired people making less than $50,000 no taxes

    - Also, Obama spoke of putting laptops on every school desktop so that every student could be making powerpoints and websites before they leave school

    - Report the facts of what they stand for

    - So many I talk to males and females are frustrated because there is no where to go to get the facts about what they are going to do

    - When I hear Obama speak I hear these things but then I watch the news and there is nothing about it

    - Hmmmm...... ladies are ticked about the lack of coverage of John McCain saying he thought Roe vs. Wade was a mistake and should be overturned and they are puzzled why nothing is being mentioned beyond ABC

    September 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. Susan

    Great News.

    BRACE UP FOR ANOTHER SAME FOUR YEARS.
    BRACE UP FOR ANOTHER SAME FOUR YEARS.
    BRACE UP FOR ANOTHER SAME FOUR YEARS.
    BRACE UP FOR ANOTHER SAME FOUR YEARS.
    BRACE UP FOR ANOTHER SAME FOUR YEARS.
    BRACE UP FOR ANOTHER SAME FOUR YEARS.

    September 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Not in Oregon !

    Obama 08

    September 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. mary

    it,s still early .john mCcain is just having his spring of rock star moment folks.he,s enjoying it too.he better because it won,t last for long.TO ALL HILLARY SUPPOTERS ,JUST THINK WHAT IS MORE IMPORANT ,HILLARY BEING VP AND CAN ONLY WORK HARD FOR YOU 4 OR 8 YEARS AND POSSIBLY END HER SERIVCE TO THE PEOPLE OR WHE N BAR ACK WINS SHE CAN BE APPOINTED A POSITION WHERE SHE CAN WORK FOR THE PEOPLE FOR LIFE.JUST THINK ABOUT IT SHE IS A HARD WORKER AND,A HARD FIGHTER,AND SHE WILL BEST THE BEST EVER,SO VOTERS LET,S GET SERIOUS ABOUT THE ISSUES WE ARE DEALING WITH TODAY BECAUSE WITH mCcLIAN/ PALIN IT WILL BE THE SAME AS THE LAST 8 YEARS. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO FORGET ABOUT THE ISSUES JUST TO PUT A WOMAN IN AS VP.THERE IS TO MUCH AT STATE. OBAMA/ BIDEN 08 TO GET US OUT OF THIS MESS WE ARE IN.

    September 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. Bigbubba

    I just watched Sarah Palin avoid answering a question about any three differences she and McCain would have from Bush on the economy. She had not one concrete proposal to put forth that would be different. She has no clue what McCain would do for the economy. Of course, the same could be said of McCain.

    One thing for sure, McCain is never going to let her answer questions without handlers around her again. She looked like an idiot avoiding the questions she had to know were coming.

    September 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. jimmy

    Mark I don't know what area you're from but in my town most previous Hillary supporters are fleeing to McCain.

    September 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Michael

    Robert from CA September 12th, 2008 6:34 pm ET

    Isn't Barack Obama A dual citizen of the U.S. and Indonesia? How can he be president and be a dual citizen?
    ____________________________________________

    OMG, why, why must McCain Supporters continue to tell unsupported and rediculous lies?

    September 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. PALIN POWER

    Gallop has it McCain 48 and Obama 44...

    September 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. IK

    I hate to say it, but it is time for Biden to step aside voluntarily and for Obama to invite Hillary to join the ticket. I love Biden, but there is only one way to stop the incomprehensible excitement over Palin. Biden himself suggested that Hillary might have been the better pick for VP. Nothing would change the nature of press coverage more dramatically than to replace Biden with Hillary. A Hillary-Palin vice-presidential debate would also allow for a comparison between two strong women: between one who knows things that are relevant to the vice presidency and presidency, and one who doesn't. Joe, do it for the sake of the country! Four more years of Republican bluster and mismanagement may do irreparable damage.

    September 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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