September 15th, 2008
05:50 PM ET
10 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. Tweety

    Why hasn't Cindy McCain rushed to Haiti after the hurricane like she rushed to Georgia? She says the women and children in Georgia need help, but so does the women and children in Haiti.

    September 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. gt


    September 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Fed Up

    Is it the bounce that's gone, or the fact that we as Americans are finally starting to wake up and see McSame for what he is?

    I really used to like and respect him, but he's turned into the biggest sleazeball ever. Picking Palin, and now with the lies, smears, and other B.S., it shows that he's sold himself out to win at any price. He IS the pig with the lipstick on it now.

    It would be pathetic if the consequences of him winning weren't so dire for our country.

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    September 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Arnold

    Lehman Brothers filed for bankcruptcy, Merryll Lynch was bought by B of A. AIG is struggling. Times of Bush administration. All our resources and wealth has been devoted and concentrated in the Iraq war. Over $600 billion in expenditures. Do you know how much of that can do for the economy? McCain voted for 91% of the times favoring Bush policies. And McCain just doesn't get it. He has 0 knowledge of where the economy is at right now. WE CAN NOT AFFORD, I REPEAT, WE CAN OT AFFORD ANOTHER FOUR YEARS OF MORE BAD ECONOMIC SITUATION.

    September 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. NC

    Nice try, CNN, but actually the polls are farther apart than you think – ALL national polling is done through telephone landlines, which means every single poll you see is neglecting to account for the millions of voters that do not own a landline but instead use a cell phone.

    Which is probably, uh, 95% of the voters under the age of 25, the majority of whom are going to vote for Obama.

    I know you like to keep the race close for ratings and to appease the corporate interests that run your content, but the reality is that your numbers are not correct. Your reporting has become a joke.

    September 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Capablanca

    Before McCain picked Palin. was not CNN reporting Obama up by 9? Leave it to CNN to spin something negative into an Obama positive news. So I guess the democrats are not worried and we can go on and anoint Obama king of the world? The real sentiment is far from that.

    September 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. white male voter

    Somebody file a police report, McBush has stolen the word CHANGE from Obama!

    September 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |



    September 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. TCE

    As the hype settles down, true character will emerge. For Obama, he has style, substance and sustainablity. For McCain, lots of fanfare, but not alot of depth, especially for picking Pallin.

    September 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. jim

    Just as everyone predicted. Palin would only hold excitement for so long before everyone found out who she was. Obama would only hold excitement for so long until people got tired of hearing how great he was. Now we get to hear smear campaigns for the next 6 weeks.

    September 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Lovely in VA

    You mean the Palin bounce.

    McSame has never had a bounce, it was the Palin bounce.
    Now that is gone.

    So what's left McCain? You can't talk issues so what are you going to do for the next 50 days? Continue to lie, lie and lie some more.

    Oh yeah, we have those debates coming up, wonder who will get the bounce from those?

    Buh Bye, Unstable/Unable!

    September 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. O.G.A, TX

    This is just the beginning of Obama bounce. Granted some Americans are stupid but a sizeable majority understands that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is called insanity.

    September 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Sally on Cape Cod

    Now that Hillary has been shoved out of the race, this election is nothing but a sham and a personality contest. I will not vote for any candidate or vp that is unqualified and that means Obama and Palin. I am writing in Hillary's name on my ballot.

    September 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. annick, washington dc

    It is just the beginning of the end of the McCain/Palin era
    My mom used to tell me not to lie, not to steal (slogans). Didn't yours teach you that McCain/Palin?
    Americans have been taught the right way and now you will be sanctioned, liars
    McCain+Palin=Bridge to darkness

    September 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Susan

    Predictable...Palin is an empty suit....the bubble was going to burst sooner or later....thanks for reporting this and getting off your Palin-Mania reporting...bring on the issues please! This election is too important to get hung up on lipstick on a pig...please offer professional journalism instead of sensationalism....

    September 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |

    Can it be that Americans are starting to regain their senses? Let's hope so, cause the economy is now offically in the tank, and the repgus have no answers at all – McSame is still quoting bush so it's up to Obama and the dems to come up with some good ideas which Obama seems to have more of these days.

    September 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Bulldog

    People are learning more and more about this Sarah Palin person and the truth is slowly coming out. She is still under an investigation for ethics violations in Alaska that was started months before she was even picked by McCain. It makes you wonder if McCain even knew about this investigation. Now all they want to do is cry foul because they know they are in some deep doo doo.

    September 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Ex-Republican for Obama

    I wonder why it balanced out again?

    Perhaps because we don't want a special interest, rich people only....lobbyist priority, veteran hating, women hating, religion mocking, minority suppressing, economic disaster, slandering two faced hypocrite as president? And second in command, uhh, yea, same thing, EXACTLY (but a total nut job with cave man intelligence to boot).

    McCain and Palin deserve each other, but we sure as heck don't. We've suffered enough under their type of administration and policies.

    September 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Kel in Auburn, AL

    LOL! Every 4 years they make this announcement as if it's a surprise! LOL!

    September 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Kristina, Seattle

    Duh. That's why it's called a "bounce."

    September 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Elizabeth in Texas

    Well yeah, we knew it would happen. McCain is a joke. He lost to Bush in a primary in 2000. That should tell you something.

    September 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Spencer from VA

    Palin has a new speech. WOW. It took you GOP suckers long enough to realize that the first one was lame and a sack of lies.

    September 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. John

    These guys (the McPalin ticket) make W look like a genius and they are still in a dead heat in the polls.
    Now that’s a scary thought

    September 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. nyobamacan

    As a Republican, I am dis-illusioned to see the run away spending we have seen from this administration. We are bankrupting our nation and over-stretching our military. We need to change direction and invest in building the American economy of the future. Barack Obama will invest in alternative energy and the education system which is fundemental to our long term competitiveness. Vote Obama!

    September 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Democrat 4 Life

    It's on. let's see what the polls show in 2 weeks.

    September 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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