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. Former McCain

    I am not surprised after all of the lying, stealing of messages, and dishonorable tactics McCain has been using lately. He is not the same candidate I supported in 2000. Sad.

    Voting for Obama now.

    September 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Mr. Smith Repbulican

    McSame....and the unfit mom....if people would only smell the stinch of these two they would be farther behind Mr. Obama the real change..I'm sorry as a republican I love this country too much to see it fall in the hands of Mcsame and the unfit mom....

    September 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Monica, Texas

    Easy come, easy go....I heard a McCain strategist on MSNBC make the statement the reason why McCain can not use a computer is b/c of his days as a POW...What will they think of next?

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

    As hard as CNN has tried to keep Obama/Biden out of the news; and give the election to the Republicans; I am surprised you know the difference between president/vice president ticket.

    Sarah Palin is NOT running for the presidency. However, she is a great Republican Vice President candidate: lies: earmark monies; the bridge to no-where; troopergate: Motherhood: jumped on a plane for a meeting when she knew she was having labor pains.

    Perhaps you could cover the other ticket as much as you cover the Republicans; the code of fairness and lack of bias in reporting–supposedly a journlism standard. Do you remember it?

    September 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Debby

    Oh brother CNN evaporated its just been 3 days and she wasn't on the campaign trail.

    September 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. HEINRICH

    Old dude!!!!! The excitment is over and we are getting back to business and issues that the American people are worried about. Old School McBush the politics of lies, deceit and ignorance is far gone.Sorry Sorry Sorry

    Barack/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. PA Independent

    And if McCain keeps trying to talk about the issues like he did today, it'll be a landslide for Obama before you know it. Debates, here we come!

    September 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Typing in all caps and whining about Rove isn't an argument.

    CNN's Poll of Polls does not have a smapling error?
    Absurd.

    Please stop this nonsense.

    September 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. lilo

    poeple are starting to discover who mcpalin really is

    September 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. margeaux

    after one gets oe the excitement of wachng sen. palen's prepaired speach and watching her fumble her buzz-words in frustarion and anger toward the meanie-abc interviewer, i was reminded of an ill-prepaired, self-concious job applicant who had her savvey friend write her resume and cover letter then blew the interview.

    September 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Vets for Obama

    Voted against the gi bill, voted 19 times against renewable energy, voted against equal pay for equal work. The fact that any people would vote for this ticket is amazing...amazing.

    What about Keating? What about DHL? Can you still be bought Mccain? Oh wait you've got 14 lobbyists on your campaign, i guess that answers that.

    September 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Joni Jones

    As expected...

    September 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Sylvia

    but all the money in the world cannot buy an election...and the Obamabots are waking up!

    September 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Curtis in NC

    I think the reason that McCain's bounce is gone is because Sara Palin's Star is shinning so brightly anymore. Everything that is done in the dark will come to light. Right Sara?

    September 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Unshrub

    Why should anyone be surprised? This always happens and this year in particular McCain has nothing to go on except hype. His VP pick is just hot air to go with his song and dance routine. You can only call names so long before people realize you are just calling everyone names. Even hard care lying, cheating republicans are calling McCain a liar.

    September 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. cnn Obvious Bias

    Wow, Cnn finds that the race is a dead heat by combining three random polls out of many more? Hotline poll? Newsweek? give me a break. How about realclearpolitics poll average? A little more fair I would think, than picking and choosing which ones help you CREATE the headline.

    September 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Nathan

    If McCain was leading and that lead is gone then it would suggest the momentum is building with Obama. 500,000 new Obama donors in August alone also suggests that McCain and energized Obama's base.

    September 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Lisa in ga

    well.well.well... this is clearly an exciting race... lets not hope it is to close... Republicans will still it agian... just like BUSH did before......

    September 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. cnn Obvious Bias

    oh yeah, thats a liberal bias IMO. McCaine has settled into a small lead.

    September 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. DV

    America coming to its senses?

    Novelty eventually wears off, like so many wind-up chattering teeth.

    David

    September 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Reason

    Vote Obama people. McCain is a loser.

    September 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. CLINTON

    MAYBE IT WAS OPRAH'S THINKING

    THEN WHY THE BOUNCE BEFORE CNN?? WHAT OBAMA HAD BEFORE HE GAVE THE TICKET TO THAT ARROGANT (BIDEN) ISN'T THE SAME WITH TODAY'S POLL OF POLLS!

    September 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Susan

    I can't believe this election is even close. Never in history has the party in power been voted back in when the economy has been in such a shambles. McCain admits that he doesn't understand the economy that well and needs to brush up on it. What more do you need?

    Obama/Biden

    September 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Ms. White

    and after the "strong economy" comment, then flipped – flopped, not clarified...the numbers will be higher for Obama

    September 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Super delegate NJ

    CNN go hang yourselves with this Poll Of Poll nonesense

    September 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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