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. Greg FL.

    The Palin bounce will end just like the Ferraro bounce did. Not very softly and not very well. You can't fool the American public with a gimmick.

    September 15, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Typing in all caps and whining about Rove isn't an argument.

    The only bounce today is the now dead momentum of the Obamabot campaign hitting the floor.

    September 15, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. sophia nyc

    Of course it is. Poof goes Sailin' Palin

    September 15, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    GOOD!

    September 15, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Julie

    LOL for feel sorry for you republicans now.. no wait.. nevermind I dont..

    September 15, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. PROUD ARMY WIFE

    DEAD HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH WELL MCCAIN/PALIN IT SEEMS THAT THE THRILL IS GONE!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Nechia NYC

    Why are they surprised this is just the game of politics.... I think its going to be close race until the end....

    September 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Tony

    I hope this is a sign that people in this country are beginning to WAKE THE HELL UP!

    McCain and Palin will set women back decades and the vast majority of women, especially white women across America, are too ignorant to even see it.

    No wonder it is a man's world. With the number of Kool-Aid drinking women voting republican, it will always be that way.

    September 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Typing in all caps and whining about Rove isn't an argument.

    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) had to hire a forensic acc’t just to figure out how much he cheated on his own taxes.

    Hey, did anyone notice that CNN hasn’t reported on that story yet?
    Hmmmm…..

    September 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Cheryl

    GONE!

    September 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. joe

    I said it. McCain initial bounce was cosmetic. By the time people get to know Pilan better, it will be obvious that McCain has taken a very wrong decision. The V.P. position is so important to be entrusted to the care of a mediocre. This is the bitter truth. Anyday,anytime Mitt Romney is a better choice, no question about that. Pilan simply is not sure of herself. She lacks self confidence, she does not get it. Time will tell, now that she will soon be on her own. OBAMA/BIDEN 08&12

    September 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Saad from NJ

    It had to – sooner than later, people would put 2 & 2 together and likingly or not, vote for the other party in hope for things to change and in hope for the prosperous environment that we all believe we deserve. Nothing against Senator McCain but just the need/hope for a change.

    September 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Jessica

    Any REAL pollster knows that AVERAGING polls is a JOKE! Ask John Cohen of the Washington Post.

    How much more unscientific can you get?

    The truth is that CNN is trying to make Barak's sinking poll numbers (ever since he jumped the shark in Germany) look less pathetic.

    Notice this article did NOT state WHICH polls they were averaging.

    Nice try, CNN, at trying to WISH AWAY John McCain's lead.

    CNN treats it's viewers like their ignorant.

    This kind of dodgy reporting makes me watch FOX!

    September 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. No Palin Pitbull Lips

    Auwww, poor thing. That's no surprise. Ya think? Who woooda thunk? Oh, my word! Yikes! Whhhhaaaatttttt?

    September 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Sean

    No wonder, because as someone else said on another post today: "HOw many times does Obama have to right in order for voters to make the right choice?" Seems he has the judgement to trump the experience that caused the financial mess this country is in!

    September 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Ken in Dallas

    We haven't really seen McCain's convention bounce fade away yet.

    Give it another week or so of McCain's whining jags and Palin getting caught in lies every time she opens her mouth, and maybe we'll a soft sloppy wet thud from the McCain campaign.

    McCain's campaign is all about trying to lock in the stupid vote, but it just may be that American voters are finally ready to wise up.

    September 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Ed

    Whooooohhhhhooooo!! American's are catching on to McShame's and Failin's lies and hypocrisy!!! They will not change anything. America can't afford 4 more years of that.

    Vote Obama-Biden !!

    September 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Irma in North Carolina

    Boy John Boy sure did stick his foot in his mouth about the economy. Well Sarah said it was a task of God for the war in Iraq. Hopefully it will be a task of God to take these two out of the election.

    September 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Loretta

    If your article is correct, it appears as though half of the country is satisfied with the status quo.

    September 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    WOW! That didn't take long! I guess having the stock market tank when you voted with the Architect of Doom 90% of the time really DOESN'T help...

    As General MacArthur said, "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.".....Buh, bye!

    September 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Ken from planet Earth

    Notice that Obama's campaign is the only one doing anything to help the victims of Hurricane Ike. McCain should be ashamed.

    September 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Matthew

    Undecideds will break around 70% for McCain.

    September 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Republicans Hate America

    These dead heat polls are the same thing they did in 2004 so when Bush stole the election again it did not look suspicious. NOT THIS TIME there will be too many people voting for Obama for fraud

    September 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Reality Check richmond virginia

    I guess the voters are starting to come to their senses.

    September 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. GREAT AMERICAN GIVEAWAY

    Roland, Are you writing these articles today?

    So funny... Rasmussen and Gallup both show McCain up by 2. Both have samples of around 3000. Pick and choose those polls!!! hehehe....

    McCain has Obama on the run. I love it.. Does everyone see the desperation on Obama's face. I can hear Rev. Pflaeger preaching on Sunday... "There's another white woman who thinks she entitled to steal Obama's thunder".....

    Let's all be real... Geraldine Ferraro was exactly right. Obama wouldn't even be the nominee if he weren't black. Every time Obama opens his mouth, he's got some new government program to fix everything. The funny thing is, WE ARE BROKE.

    McCain/Palin 08 Time to clean up Washington

    September 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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