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. Peggy Robson

    The problem as I see it there is no one really to vote for...we have lousy candidates to choose from and I know I am not alone in that thinking. I can't believe that the powerful parties in our country couldn't come up with anyone that voters could make honest decisions about and feel like they made a difference. Instead we are left with the lesser of two evils. No wonder they are neck and neck in the polls.

    September 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Reagan

    With the millions of dollars Obama has stole from America to fund his socialistic views, you would think he would be ahead in the polls.

    BTW, .Junction people would never vote for Obama, so that was a day wasted.

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. cnn junkie

    love affair with palin=one night stand

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Tim

    McCain was behind in the polls before the RNC convention. Your poll of polls shows they are tied. If that isn't McCain's bounce, I guess that is just the changed reality of McCain gaining on Obama as he prepares to leave him behind.

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Coffee N'Bagodoughnuts

    Mr. McCain says the reason he is running negative and false ads is that he did not get the debates he wants and the trip to Iraq with Senator Obama that he wants. That puts him in the same group with 2 year olds. Do you want a two year old to be president?

    It also says this is the way he is going to be with congress if he does get elected. That means 4 years of gridlock as congress cannot remain faithful to democratic principles and give him what he wants. It also means that he will act the same way with Putin and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. They do not play with 2 year olds. Things could get real ugly real fast if Mr. McCain is elected.

    Every year some 700,000 post born babies die because their parents cannot afford pre-natal, and post natal healthcare. For Mr. McCain this is an earmark and Mr. McCain is opposed to all earmarks. He is also against raising the minimum wage. Thre will be nothing to fix this problem if Mr. McCain gets elected. He will veto any attempt to fix this problem. Some much for the pro-life republicans.

    Every night some 34 million people including some 14 children go to bed hungry. Just how affordable do you have to make health care to make it so that people going hungry without it can afford it. For Mr. McCain, this is also an earmark to fix. He is opposed to any and all earmarks. He will veto any attempt to fix this problem also.

    During Katrina, some 2,000 people lost their lives because they could not afford transportation to leave the city. For Mr. McCain, this is an earmark. He is opposed to any and all earmarks. He will veto any attempt to fix this problem as well.

    Mr. McCain is opposed to any and all earmarks. That includes the funds to fix the levies in New Orleans, before, during and after Katrina. The same goes for the levies in Sacramento. The same goes for funds to retrofit our roads and bridges like at Twin Cities MN. The same goes for the funds to retrofit our government buildings for hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes. How many more bodies do we have to lose to satisfy the pro-life conservatives lust for blood.

    The list goes on and on, on and on and on. Do you want to see this guy elected president? Go ahead and vote for the guy. I am pro-life. I am voting for Obama.

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Joe Regis

    The Palin fever is gone and so is McCain. No more repubs in the white house.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. tony

    Everybody thats for Obama is in the numbers-
    Slamming McCain on Age and Policy is the New Politics he swore to uphold-Just like Campaign Financing-Rev Wright - Tony Resko and Fr. Flager-WE need Character in the White House - not some joke from Chicago Politics-
    He has no clue, no resume,no accomplishments-
    He's not Jesus ( Community Organizer ) more like Al Sharpton Community Organizer–Bill Clinton was a Governor–

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Jolly Old Saint Barack

    I can't wait until "Santa-bama" gets in office! He's promised goodies to all the good girls and boys. With Obama at the helm, and a solid Dem majority in both Congressional houses, EVERY DAY will be Christmas!

    Woo hoo! $600 billion in new discretionary entitlement spending! Woo hoo! "Merry Christmas Bedford Falls!"

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. HF in CA

    I bet CNN was itching to write THAT headline!

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Typing in all caps and whining about Rove isn't an argument.

    I just got here....has the Obamabot Whaaaaaambulance been blaring its shrill siren of lies and hate yet?

    Hillary 2012

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Jason

    America has not seen an election that is NOT close in a very long time.

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. IAMWMD

    Bounce doesn't win elections. The Electorate College wins elections and Obama leads the party of pigs by a bunch.

    September 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. dbc

    Dead heat? Evaporated? Hardly. Independents have moved in droves to McCain. And McCain is now ahead in electoral votes. Wasn't even close 2 weeks ago with Obama way out ahead. If that is evaporation, I want more of it.

    September 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Wisconson Badger

    Obviously the bounce is gone, hence it being called a bounce. The fact that people are putting this much stock into these polls is hilarious. For one thing, nothing can really be said until we're into the debates, and even then, only a fraction of 1% of LIKELY voters, those being people who have voted in past election, get "polled". Bottom line is people are reading way too far into these things. Being from WI, where according to the polls, its still somewhat close, I fail to see that. The Obama people seem to out-number the McCain folks by a 10-1 margin if not better. Phooey on the polls!

    September 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Matt from Oregon

    Propaganda never lasts without substance. Thank you Charlie Black, Phil Gramm, and John McCain for deregulating our banks so that they could make all of those great subprime mortgages! Wow the wonders of the free market under the voodoo economics of the Republicans.

    September 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Vincent

    Typing in all caps and whining about Rove isn't an argument. September 15th, 2008 4:43 pm ET

    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…..
    _________________________

    Where have you been? CNN reported on Rangel last week. That is old news.

    September 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Who Am I? I am under 45 years old, I love the outdoors, I hunt, I am a
    Republican reformer, I have taken on the Republican Party establishment, I have many children, I have a spot on the national ticket as vice president with less than two years in the governor's office. Did you guess?

    I am Teddy Roosevelt in 1900.

    Barry is toast!

    September 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. socalgal59

    Clearly, if Palin's impact were real, it would have pushed McCain's numbers much higher than the so called "bounce" of a couple of points. Indeed, if one were to believe the headlines about Palin, McCain's numbers should be in the stratosphere–and holding.

    Palin is clearly a figment of the media's and the republicans party's imaginations.

    September 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. Ben

    Where are all the animal rights campaigners...Palin kills/shoots animals to have fun!

    September 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Paul

    Evaporates? Wasn't Obama up by 7 before the conventions? How can the bump evaporate if McCain is still in the lead?

    Nice Job, CNN.

    September 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Moses

    Americans should vote for the issues and not personality. Obama has the right recipee to addressing the American issues while McCain has made Obama his own issue rather than facing the real American question.

    Vote OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Jeff

    CLINTON DEMOCRATS FOR MCCAIN/PALIN!!

    Revenge over Country!

    September 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Ken

    Can we vote, nowwwhhhh?

    September 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. roundtop

    I am so tired of the republicans lying. Leslie was just on Wolff and she is now acusing Obama of running a negitative campaign. Will the lies ever stop!!! NOW McCain is the agent of change and speaker of the issues. McCain you have been revealed! You said that Obama wouild rather lose a war and win the election. It appears that it is you with your sleezy campaing who would rather win an election at the expense of the American people. I was never going to vote for you, but I did respect you. Now I no longer respect you because of the way your campaign is ran andd the lies you continue to push about your running mate, of which most of her claims have proven to be lies. You have tarnish your own brand and I don't think America will ever look at you same. The HERO has fallen. Too bad ! Americn still needs hero an unfortunately you have turned into a ZERO!

    September 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Independent Just Decided to Vote for Obama

    Sarah Palin's EDUCATION includes five colleges over six years with one B.A. (no sciences) in Journalism, a degree she never used on any job.

    Sarah Palin = the next leader of the free world?

    McCain and Palin = "mavericks?"

    Hitler was a maverick, Mussolini was a maverick, Stalin was a maverick, Castro is a maverick, the list goes on and on.

    Mavericks are not stable, they are dangerous.

    McCain and Palin are dangerous to the welfare of our country–America–and to the free world.

    September 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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