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.

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  1. Jimmy

    Fox is a biased news source. They get talking points from the White House. Please do not include their polls in your reports.

    September 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Eufard Cooper

    Those who say Obama should have chosen Hillary, must remember the Clinton baggage she would have bought with her. Nonetheless those who would have said Hillary forced her way onto the ticket and thereby challenge Obama's ability to be tough and strong.

    Obama chose Biden. Biden is a good choice. The bloom will soon be off the Palin rose.....

    September 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. shannon

    Did someone say Bradley effect?

    September 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. tuff Col. Oh

    how come nobody is saying anything about palin's husband saying on ape that he hates this country, they dogged michele for months and in sone places they probably still are, and she was weak once again on her interview tonight

    September 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. McCaint

    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?
    For gods sake will you people quit spewing this CRAP? No, he is not a dual citizen, no he is not a muslim. Is it possible that the voters of this country are this effen stupid?"

    September 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Stephen in Red Bluff

    Don't all the McCain supporters realize that this poll indicates s DROP IN McCAIN'S NUMBERS??

    You're all out there cheering, saying it's over for Obama, yet fail to reralize that Obama is getting back the lead he lost during the RNC.

    The McCain campaign is imploding and nobody has a inkling. I will enjoy the next couple of weeks; it will be so much fun to watch the tide make its final–and fatal for McCain/Palin–turn in Obama's favor!

    September 12, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Flem

    Well, I was leaning toward voting for Obama, but with all the nastiness and heartless vitriol being spewed here by the "Yes we Can" crowd, there is no way I can in-good-conscience vote for this party in November.

    It's sad, you know? I am one of those republicans Obama had referenced in his speeches who actually switched over to the other side because I actually thought that he was a true beacon of hope and coming together. However, when I peek behind the exterior, the curtain...and I see how cold and heartless his "supporters" are (as evidenced by some of the comments on this board), and I see it's all smoke and mirrors.

    Shame on all of you! Your heartless and small-minded comments show who the enemy really is.

    Obama '08 <- Scratch this out!

    McCain '08!

    September 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. OFFWALLST

    HEY BEVERLY

    THEE POLL NUMBERS ON ELECTION WILL EVEN BE FAR WORSE THAN NOW.....BLUE STATES ARE IN THE PROCESS OF TURNING RED....

    I HATE TO BREAK THE NEWS BUT A LANDSLIDE IS A COMING FOR MCCAIN.....

    September 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Average American

    whoever is moderating this, please listen to your conscience and think about what you are doing.

    September 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    There really is a sucker born every minute. And as usual, the rest of America is going to pay for it.

    September 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. Jim

    The polls reflect a close race because we are a divided and not a homogeneous nation, divided by social values, cultural tastes, rural-urban-suburban neighborhoods, Sunday churches, abortion views, liberal/conservative philosophies. incomes, education, ethnicity, race, etc. Republicans have expertly exploited those divisions since at least 1968.

    But I know 90% of Americans must agree on one thing: no more Bush/Cheney policies and NO THIRD TERM!

    I challenge anyone to name a single important policy on which McCain/Palin differ from Bush/Cheney!

    NO THIRD TERM was the Republican slogan in the 1940 election. Franklin Roosevelt deserved a 3rd term, but Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin do not.

    September 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Palin is a Bridge to Nowhere

    Sarah September 12th, 2008 6:38 pm ET

    Obama doesn't seem to do too well under pressure

    Apparently you did not watch the Palin Interview on ABC. She looked like a moron. As did McCain when pressed by that hard hitting (snark intended) Barbara Walters. The only thing either one of them have going for them is their ability to stand up in front of the America people and lie

    September 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. conny

    Don't believe it.....the real polls on 4 November. Thanks Barbara (the View), you did great! and i seen the WHOLE thang. Elizabeth looked like she wanted to jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump. Am so happy that mcsame/sweetpolly will sink them selves over lies, lies and more lies and i hope that i get to see the WHOLE Thang!

    September 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Rodney

    the polls were way off in primaries.. Wonder if they changed anything to adjust for what the problem was?? There was several states that the polls were more than 20% off in one direction or the other.. Has to be something that was causing the poll issue.. Might be cell phone number issue?? or new voters coming out that are feed up with last 8 years, that polls can't account for...

    September 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. Gail

    Obama has met his match and she wears lipstick and flip flops! Please people wake up, she is just another aggresive polititian with her own interests at the top of the list.

    September 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Georgia

    Turn about's fair play. You played all these games with Hillary – Called the Clintons Racists by pulling their comments out of context. Meanwhile you showed all your Sexist values – telling Hillary to Iron your shirts, Calling her "Mrs." Clinton, rather than using her title of "Sen." Disrespect. Did you think we would be misled?

    Did you think we didn't see the truth when you called the reporter "Sweetee?" Now you attack Palin on the most Sexist rationale I've ever heard. We see your true colors. We will never vote for you. The New Republicans will bring change to the Whitehouse and we will elect more Democrats to the House and Senate to keep them in check.

    Then hopefully the DNC will realize what fools they were, come to their senses and nominate Hillary in 2012. Hopefully, the Nation has seen what happens when you vote race or gender vs. Qualifications.

    Don't let them tell you to sit down and shut up. Woman of America – Stand Up!

    September 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Wendy Canada

    Are voters really going to elect another president based on the lies they tell during the campaign? Palin/McCain have not told the truth about 1 thing since she was chosen! McCain claims she is an "energy expert" but she either lied or didn't know how much energy her own state produces! Check the facts before you vote!
    She was FOR the bridge to nowhere & then kept the $$ when she decided she was against it, she has gotten more "ear marks" per capita then any other state! She has no clue about foreign policy & would quickly start a war with Russia. McCain wants a war with Iran & agrees with the Draft. They both lied about the plane that DIDN'T sell on ebay & DIDN'T make a profit. If they would lie about the trivial things, how will they deal with the tough issues?

    September 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Linda - Europe

    I keep reading and hearing about Obama being black. I am a little confused by this, as he is as much white as he is black. Actually it shouldn't even be about race and those who are not voting for him because he is biracial are certainly showing their ignorance. This is an intelligent well educated man who has worked hard to get where he is. The world is watching this election very closely as the outcome will have an impact world wide. I hope the polls are wrong. Americans have lost the respect of the rest of the world with the Bush administration. I don't know how Bush was elected the last time, because any Americans who travel in Europe and are asked about him, all deny voting for him. So who did??? Surely the American people are smart enough to not make the same mistake again and then deny they are the ones who voted for McCain when things continue to go tragically wrong.

    September 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. TCE

    Just wait for all the Pallin hype to settle and for us to see the vacuous candidate for who she is.

    September 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Daryl from Seattle

    Wait until all those newly registered, young voters that don't get polled and who aren't afraid of change make their voices heard in the voting booths. McCain is going to look at the television and scream, "Avalanche!!!! Run, it's a landslide!!".

    September 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. jeanette

    I find it hard to believe that these poll numbers took such a jump for John McCain. I'm amazed that people believe his negative campaign lies and attacks.
    I personally don't care who votes for who, but, why does anybody want liars like McCain in the white house?

    September 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Uncle Fester

    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?

    Do you realize that you are a moron?

    September 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. Kathryn, Nevada

    Just a sign of what's to come! Obama is going Down! It's time for someone to ask Obama the tough questions, and not except his beet around the bush answers. He gives answers that are open for interpretation! I guess so if he flip flops later, he can say, "you misunderstood me"! His empty suit is showing!

    September 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Irony

    This just goes to show that nearly half the potential voters in the US are either really stupid or really gullible.

    September 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. jeanette

    Ask McCain about his plans to reinstate the draft.... I dare you.

    September 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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