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. GOOD NEWS!!!

    Obama keep pushing. Everybody needs to listen to Joe Biden speech he gave today in Michigan......on fire!......

    CNN need to post Joe Biden's speech.

    Get'em uncle Joe!

    September 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Stella

    I don't hold much with these national polls The general election is won state by state – not national. The popular vote will not count on November 4; whoever has 270 electoral votes wins the election.

    September 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Mr Brown

    Eventually, Mc's going to have to have her campaign on her own and that he is realizing is going to be his downfall because Obama can always have Biden do it. Its obvious from the half empty arena they had without her that no one really cares about him.

    Who they going to have campaign when they are both together???? Rudy "Yes yet again I must talk about 9/11"Guiliani???? Or what about Fred"Just because you put syrup on doo-doo don't make it pancakes" Thompson???

    Obama's got himself, Hil, Bill and Biden to cover as much ground as possible.

    John's toast and he knows it

    September 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Obama, my sweet lord, halleluja, krishna krishna

    Headline translation:

    "Media, socialists breath sigh of relief"

    September 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. obama, obama

    when will Biden make his "big Gaffe" so Hillary can take over and save Barrack? It has to be soon for the polls to change.

    September 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. justobserve

    This is the weirdest Republican campaign where the presidential candidate, McCain, has to rely on his VP candidate to "shake up Washington". Not only it isn't befitted a hero, it showed McCain has nothing but a record of using women to advance his career. McCain lost his integrity by lying about Palin's record, a 670,000-person-state governor, to be better than, say, Giulini, Mayor of NY City of 13 millions people. The ONLY record that Palin is "better" (worse) than other big city Mayor or bigger state governor is PALIN'S MIXING UP family and state affairs: her NEPOTISM.
    "I KNEW McCAIN 2000, but McCAIN 2008, YOU ARE NO McCAIN 2000! Vote DEMOCRAT for AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, WOMEN'S CHOICE, VETS BENEFITS, EQUAL PAY".

    September 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Patrick, Fairfield, CA

    Just as I stated in earlier comments about this issue – Palin is that sparkler at a 4th of July celebration that last for a couple of minutes then fizzles out!

    Now that she has been exposed by Charles Gibson as nothing more than fast talk and quick one-liners, America sees that she has nothing to add in the way of an alternative from the current administration polices.

    In the VP debate, October 3rd, the Big Dog Joe Biden will be poised to finish her off for good!

    September 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Rick

    Obama is going to come out on top. These polls are accurate but they dont convince me. Just for the simple fact that I've never been surveyed or anyone that I Know. In my everyday routine I Talk to a lot of people, and the vast majority is more excited about Barrack Obama than John McCain, and in a ratio of 8-2 people that I know vote: 8 being obama. Even though Sarah Palin has brought change in numbers for McCain, they will not come out on top.

    Change 08

    September 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Mia

    I thought Palin was his "bounce". She sure turned out to be a flop.

    September 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Debbie Pine

    Where is the footage of the anti-Palin rally in Alaska.
    From what I have read, this is the biggest of it's kind.
    It seems it deserves a mention.

    Thanks

    September 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Vincent

    I guess the love fest for Palin has gone too. It is time to talk issues we have had enough of the mudslinging but then again, American's love dirty laundry and the nastier the better.

    September 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. laura

    ' The Bridge to Nowhere ' McCain/Palin ... I said thanks but no thanks!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Brent Hall

    Just asking, is the "worm turning", ladies and gentleman? Hopefully, truth and what is actually right will prevail despite mankind's "best" efforts.

    September 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Z

    Palin's "Honeymoon" stage is comming to an end. People are finally realizing she is full of....well, nothing!

    September 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Obama, my sweet lord, halleluja, krishna krishna

    Oops, my former editor would have rapped my knuckles for a spelling error or simple typo in a headline!

    That should read "Media, socialists BREATHE sigh of relief"

    September 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. mitchell

    americans dont like lies, anymore. we want some hope. if there is no hope, there is no inspiration to change. when we cease changing,something inside us goes to sleep. the longer we sleep the harder it is to wake up.

    its time to wake up. [besides,hope is contagious,and healing to a wounded soul.]

    September 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. M

    People have finally come to their senses. ;)

    September 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. rural americans

    Wow! What a partisan slant to the so called article, and these few comments. McCain has improved his situation and, as people get to know Obama, his situation has deteriorated. Counter spin?

    September 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Ray, NC.

    I'm making sure North Carolina goes Blue in Nov!

    Obama/Biden!!

    September 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Be an informed voter ...

    It was bound to happen. Especially considering the sleaziness of the McCain campaign in recent days ... to say nothing of the exaggerations of Mrs. Palin that are now coming to light.

    I pray the American electorate will not be stupid and fall for these tactics.

    Let's get back to the real issues.

    September 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. suzyku

    The more the media covers the lies of the mccain/palin ticket, the more this country will get smart! McCain/Palin lie on an hourly basis and are "Finally" getting called out on it. They are running the dirtiest campaign that I can ever remember and he has sold his integrity to the highest bidder. He chose Palin as a "trick" on this country, he could easily, at his age and health problems, die while in office leaving the wacko, right right wing Palin in charge. She has Zero credibility, zero experience and the only thing she's good at is LYING!

    September 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. IKE

    I THINK AMERICANS ARE NOW RALIASED THAT GOP GOT NOTHING DO TO SOLVE THE CURRENT PROBLEMS WE FACING, JUST LOOK AT THIS WAY EVERY TIME THEY APPEAR ON TV THEY SEEMS NOT TO LET THEY OPPONET EVEN MAKE THIRE POINT SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY HAVE TOO MUCH MESS TO CLEAN AND SO SO ON.AMERICANS GIVE CHANGE A CHANCE.

    September 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. gopjay

    I notice they left out Rasmussen and Gallup trakcing, both of which show McCain ahead.

    September 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. josh

    People are beginning to realize that Palin is a fluke! The Palin fatigue has set in.We are hearing more of her than anything.Clebrity Palin is fading!

    September 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. RDS

    Knew this was coming....Palin was just the new kid on the block and nobody cares already. Anytime you have to make up lies about how many people are actually coming to your rallies...you're really doing BAD! I love it ;-)

    September 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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