September 15th, 2008
05:50 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN POLL OF POLLS: McCain's convention bounce gone

McCain is dead even with Obama in CNN's poll of polls.
McCain is dead even with Obama in CNN's poll of polls.

(CNN) – The bounce John McCain received in national opinion polls following his party's convention and the selection of Sarah Palin to the GOP presidential ticket appears to have evaporated, a new CNN poll of polls suggests.

In the latest CNN survey of several recent national polls, Obama and McCain are locked in a dead heat at 45 percent each with 10 percent who remain undecided with 50 days remaining until Election Day.

“When we average the latest national polls, it is increasingly clear that neither candidate has any serious momentum at the moment,” said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “The convention bounces have faded and left us with a dead heat. Even though we are now in the final stretch of this historic marathon campaign for the presidency, the White House is still genuinely up for grabs.”

CNN's latest poll of polls consists of three recent surveys: Newsweek (September 10-11), Gallup (September 12-14), and Diageo/Hotline (September 12-14). It does not have a sampling error.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. ProudMom

    Sure, CNN–whatever you say. What about the fact that McCain was behind Obama before the conventions and they are now running even? I and millions like me are so sick of the MSM's attempts to get Obama elected. Stop letting Jack Cafferty and the interns write your web material.

    September 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Winkzilla, Tucson

    Reality usually wins over fantasy. That has not happened over the last two elections. Reality is we have been shafted under faith-based economic ideas. We can hope that the evaporation of the McCain convention bounce is due to reality setting in.

    Our economy is in the tank because of the right wing polices Palin backs. We have had eight years of evangelical capitalism. We cannot run our economy on the faith idea that no regulations ends with more people doing good over bad. Obviously, this philosophy has allowed for the looting of our lending institutions.

    We need a realist, like Barack Obama. He knows and understands the function of government. He understands that we have to have an economic regulatory structure and a national plan for the advancement of our strength, both in might and mind, for America.

    McCain traded in his Maverick stance to four more years of Bush when he picked Palin. We do not need four more years of evangelical economy tactics that the Republicans have run us under with.

    Out-of-Control Republicans. Enough is enough!

    September 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Ramen Dude

    Frank,

    Nice try encouraging Clinton Democrats to vote for McCain/Palin. Maybe you should encourage your fellow Republicans instead? Hahaha

    September 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. lori Smith

    People are crazy if they think that Obama is going to be any different than the past Presidents!!!! He is just another wolf in sheeps clothing.

    September 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Andy

    I don't get why ppl keep calling it a dead heat based on the popular vote. Isn't Barack way ahead on the electoral map?

    I don't think any false smear that the republicans can think of can give McCain enough of a swing on the electoral map. He needs to get almost all the tossup states. Not gonna happen.

    September 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. DEMOCRAT I N H I DING

    E V E N,,,,,,,,,,,I 'M,,,,,,,,,,,L A U G H I N G,,,,,,,,,,A T ,,,,,,,,,, Y O U R,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    C O N C L U S I O N S,,,,,,,,,,,,,,P -----L---–E---A--S--E

    September 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Marianne Kostic

    I am an outsider, living 90 miles north of Toronto, Canada. My interest in politics so far was minimal , until Obama entered the scenery. I hope that all Americans, now that they have THE chance for change go for it and hold on to it very tight ! Prior to the Bush years the US was a highly regarded nation, this great image is now in shambles. Most countries, Europe included, consider the US at present a war-hungry , troubled, selfcentered nation.
    Obama can make the necessary CHANGE...
    He is a born leader, radiates strength, is young and smart and most importantly, he is sincere.
    With McCain and ruthless Palin, war and guns will have priority. People, don't take the wrong route ! Obama is the only ONE who can lead you to the top again and make sure that you regain the respect you so well deserve.
    M.Kostic

    September 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. America the Stupid

    THE ECONOMY IS SOUND!!!

    TELL THAT TO WALL STREET AND HP......25,000 LAYOFFS

    PEOPLE PLEASE WAKE UP. MCSAME AND FAILIN ARE INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE!!

    September 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Typing in all caps and whining about Rove isn't an argument.

    So is CNN trying to tell us that the American public was swayed by the last week of the Chosen One whining "No Fair picking a woman for VP!!!" ?

    Sad.

    September 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. sine

    It's ABSURD that it's even in 'dead heat', just plain absurd.

    It's shouldn't even be close come November.

    I hope today woke all of you up – America cannot afford 4 more years of Republicans failed policy.

    Obama/Biden- the responsible choice.

    September 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Ron, Wisconsin Dells .WI

    Obama will rise in the polls as will other democrats to take the whitehouse the senate and congress.Its Gods will.And if you know whats good for America you will join in on this historic time our nation faces.If you want to fix this mess we are in, you must vote to the left.Cause thats all that is left .One choice.One voice.You and me and we will see what a brighter future is instore.Obama Biden Now make the right choice.

    September 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Linda from Prescott AZ

    well this horserace isn't over and Obama will be ahead shortly. Flash in the pan Palin and John I'll do or say anything McCain are going to be beaten in the end.

    September 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Jorge

    GIVE 'EM HELL, BARRY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Uche

    How won't he think the economy is great when he's got 7 houses when people are losing the only ONE house they've got?

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Andy

    MCCAIN needs to BOUNCE, as in... be GONE!

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Eric-29-m-PA

    What are you talking about CNN? This is according to your polls. The convention bounce is gone, but McCain is still ahead in most polls compared to Obama being ahead prior to the conventions.

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Steve

    Complaining will only get you so far. McCain (and now Palin) have been constantly complaining about Obama and Biden. After you've complained for a while, people want to hear what you have in mind to fix the problems you're complaining about. Snappy little sayings and sound bites are cute, but you'd better have some substance. No one remembers sound bites. Since McCain and Palin have nothing new to offer (except a VP who has the appearance of Barbie, and the mental outlook of Darth Vader), they're slipping. As Moose Lodge Barbie continues to be able to do nothing but read speeches, and McCain continues to do nothing but complain, the American people will continue to find them increasingly forgettable.

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. RS

    McCain can try to hide from it, but he's on the record over and over saying he doesn't know much about economics. In one debate he says he listens to his advisers and then names a laundry list of long in the the tooth Republican elites.

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Kim

    The View forces McBush to stand on the issues for the first time and his lead evaporates. Imagine what would happen if CNN did their job and forced McWar on the issues.

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Bounce

    At least McCain had a significant bounce – more than Obama can say. It is normal to have a bounce go away – just ask Obama. No big deal here. Keep a close watch on those swing states and electoral votes – that is what you need to worry about.

    Go McCain/Palin

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Sheila

    Palin had speechwriters right the speech that got the Republicans jazzed up about her. But in her first interview, when asked about foreign policy, she said that she could see Russia from Alaska! For those on the fence: This world is too dangerous to leave in the hands of someone like Palin. Do we want another world War?

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. temi

    MCCAIN———ECONOMY IS STRONG———I HAVE 9 HOUSES———MY WIFE IS A BILLIONNAIRE———DONATE TO ME———SO I CAN MAKE ECONOMY———STRONGER

    I———NEED———YOU———TO———HURRY———UP———NOW———COS———I———CANT———WAIT———MUCH———LONGER

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Rasmussen has McCain AHEAD

    The only pollsters who called the last election correctly is Rasmussen (NOT CNN, with it's chronic bias).

    Rasmussen has McCain AHEAD 49-47.

    September 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Typing in all caps and whining about Rove isn't an argument.

    This is temporary at best. On a day Obama could have taken the ball and run with it on the economy, all he came up with was to essentially say "Oh no he won't!!!!" to McCain's promises to reform Wall Street.

    This is change we can believe in? Blech!!!! I think not.

    September 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. MISSISSIPPI FOR OBAMA

    IF THE REPUGLICANS WIN THIS ELECTION IT WILL CONFIRM THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS SOME OF THE STUPIDEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!!!

    September 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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