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
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  1. Test

    This is a test. Palin hype is also a test of the McCain campaign :).

    September 15, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I am seriously worried that if McCain wins, our economy is going to horribly suffer. Something I don't want to see is a desperate America with McCain's finger on the Red Button. It's a recipe for disaster. It boggles my mind how the polls are so close.

    September 15, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Joe Blow

    Who wrote this? Obama himslef? Please EVERY other National Poll has McCain up by 8-12 points....

    September 15, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Barack Friend

    The bounce is over as expected!!

    Barack OBAMA supporters: Be sure to VOTE EARLY if your state/county/territory allows it! Lets not be discouraged by long lines and voter intimidation, vote early and be counted!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. cecil

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Did Barack Obama really call Sarah Palin a pig, as a John McCain ad leads people to believe?

    "No," McCain said Monday.

    The Republican presidential nominee defended the ad anyway, saying Obama "chooses his words very carefully."

    So. Because He Chooses His Works Very Carefully, That Means Sen. Obama Is Guilty. Dumb!

    Ernest Hemingway:
    When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

    Campaign 08

    September 15, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Common Sense

    Was about time!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Brian

    Mccain is running his campain back into the ground.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. George Ennis from Toronto, Canada

    As a foreigner I am stunned to find that this race could be so close.

    You have the financial system in the process of disintegrating before your eyes. A government that is socialist in everything but name, except that it is socialism for the rich on Wall Street.

    The country is mired in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan which are bleeding taxpayers by billions of dollars every month.

    Medicare and social security are falling apart.

    But apparently despite all this a significant number of American are satisfied with the status quo i.e. keeping the party in power who allowed all of this to happen.

    In most countries an election like this would be a slam dunk. Obama and the Democrats would win in a landslide! Your culture wars sure distort voting intentions.

    September 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Spencer from VA

    You mean his Palin bounce. Don't worry, that'll be gone soon as well.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. sallie

    It is truly amazing that there is a self-proclaimed "undecided" contingent out there at the stage fo the election cycle. The presidential candidates and the veep candidates are polar opposites on abortion, war, the economy, campaign honesty, etc., so it is hard to understand what the 10% doesn't get.

    Perhaps they're simply uninformed, and hence the indecision....or maybe they've tuned out the media and are just waiting on the debates? Let's hope they will become better informed because-if we are to believe the polls--our future is resting with folks who are not paying attention.

    September 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. ♪♪♪ ۩ The WhistleBlower ♪♪♪

    It's time for McCain to come up with more lies and attack ads.
    It's time for McCin to tell americans to be afraid.
    It's time to tell americans you a POW

    We the GOP believe in winning at all cost.

    John McCain = Kings of the politics of fear and lies

    September 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Carl Justus

    I cannot understand how the polls are so close. McCain has said nothing believable to gain any independent votes in my opinion. I certainly will even think about voting for McCain.

    He has been on the side of business and against the consumer ever since he got to Washington. The first fiasco I remember him getting into was when tried with all his might to get Keating off when Keating took down the Lincoln Savings and Loan. He and four other senators known as the Keating five tried to save him for any and all fault. It was not just a little letter writing, it was a major operation they went through and still would not admit that it was keating fault that the savings and loan went under.

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Marcia

    Bounce gone, and the economy on a slippery slope. Complaints coming out of Texas about FEMA screwups, Fed out of the bailout business, stock market down and gas back up! Oh – and last month in Afghanistan was the bloodiest ever!

    Hard to make the case for continuing the Bush policies in the face of that! And hard to make the case that you can turn it all around just by pinching pennies on the earmarks! Yet that is the only substantive proposal the McCain-Palin excuse for an "economic policy" has that's different from the Bush years. And Palin's track record doesn't really portend much seriousness about getting rid of earmarks!

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Brian

    McCain is running his campaign back into the ground.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. TRUTH

    McCain- palin is REAL CHANGE, not like ignorant sexist obama

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. deborah, WV

    Instead of truly caring about the problems facing this country that he claims to put first, McCain just turned his convention into a circus. The rabbit he pulled out of the hat, was a diversion named Sarah Palin and he hides behind her while trying NOT to to address the issues that are killing our country.

    I for one am not going to fall for his trickery. I am turning in my Republican status and am supporting Obama!!

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Winston

    Up for grabs? People, please put your personal preferences regrading race and gender aside and see what's happening here. Republican rule over the last eight years have lead to RECORD job loss and an economy that is driving in the wrong direction.

    Obama might not have the experience some of you would like, but he would not be the first president to step in under those circumstances (Lincoln, Kennedy, Reagon, Clinton, etc...). How can anyone look at the current state of this country and vote Republican, especially when the so called "maverick" thinks our economic fundementals are strong?

    An Independent voter

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Ted

    No doubt Sara Baby AhPalin is out to feather her nest just like the rest of the repubs. She knows as much about the economy as McSame and that ain't much, just look at his comments today. We need smart people in washington, not another dumb duo. And when you look at the repub ticket all you see is an ex-POW (graduated fourth from the bottom at the Naval Academy) with untreated PTSD and a holy roller that wants to put lipstick on a pit bull. Now that is stupid.

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Shari, NY

    I will remain guardedly optimistic. Health, education and the economic situation are in dire need of attention so I am hoping for Obama's change. PALIN/mc cain are just empty barrels.

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Bobby

    The other polls do not show this to be true!!! The CNN poll should be called the Obama poll!

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    The bouncing ball of the Palin factor deflates McCain's campaign! Keep talkin' Sarah, poll numbers will be up for Obama in no time!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN with leaders of substance and dignity!

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. beverly clarke

    McCain needs to wake up we are real people and he is not in my situtation how does he plan and helping me i have no medical insurance and i am ill and cannot go to the doctor

    September 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. NoDumbA$$ Cheesehead, WI

    Sooner than later Palin will realize she can’t fist pump McCain to the presidency just like the USA can’t kill its way into victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    September 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Nick from CA

    That was McCains last big hope for a chance at victory.

    September 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. Tired of W, OH

    GOP:

    "That inexperienced black man, Obama is too risky. You don't know anything about him."

    "That inexperienced white woman is ready for the job! She's going to change Washington."

    Hello....You all getting this? Wake Up!

    September 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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