September 16th, 2008
08:10 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN POLL OF POLLS: Obama up in New Jersey

Obama is up in New Jersey.

Obama is up in New Jersey.

(CNN) - A new CNN poll of polls suggests that Barack Obama has a 7 point lead over John McCain in battle for New Jersey and its 15 electoral votes.

The CNN poll of polls is an average of the latest public opinion surveys. The latest New Jersey edition consists of a Quinnipiac University poll conducted September 10-14, a Monmouth University/Gannett survey taken September 11-14, and a Research 2000 poll conducted September 9-11.

Earlier: Obama, McCain tied nationally

When averaged together, 49 percent of likely New Jersey voters say Obama is their choice for president, with 42 percent backing McCain. Nine percent are undecided.

Related: Check out CNN's Electoral Map

Vice President Al Gore won New Jersey by 16 points over then-Texas Governor George W. Bush in the 2000 election. Senator John Kerry defeated President George W. Bush in the Garden State by 7 points four years ago.

This time around, CNN currently considers New Jersey a state that leans towards Senator Obama. Neither campaign has spent a lot of time or money in New Jersey the past few months. Obama attended a few fundraisers in the state a few weeks ago, but hasn't actively campaigned there in months. John McCain hasn't attended an event in New Jersey since May.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • New Jersey
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. joey from nc

    polls are not accurate. I can't wait to see all the blue over america!

    John Mccain missed the civil rights movement due to him being a POW.

    September 16, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. RealityKing

    Are you guys desperate for good news!!??

    September 16, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    I believe Johnny Mac and Caribou Barbie should lose the "Barracuda" and start learing the words to "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac because it is going to bury them very soon...

    September 16, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. Jerry From Dallas

    Oh please this state is going to CNN why are you and the rest of the media not jumping all over Palin's refusal to answer and field questions? Everyone can see whats going on and you are doing nothing about it. If this were Biden he would be flamed in the media for not talking! This election as most of us can see is being setup, either intentionally or not. Palin is some kind of media darling and it's not cute anymore. She is a danger to US as americans, not only in her beliefs but her lack of knowledge. I think Matt Damon was right "this could be a bad Disney movie.

    Veterans for Obama

    September 16, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Candy West Virginia

    You go New Jersey, keep up the great work! It's funny but as backwards as my state of West Virginia is, I see quite a few Obama stickers and signs but none of mccain/palin. I know there are some serious rednecks here but not everyone here is being fooled. Hooray for West Virginia!

    mccain/palin = proven pathological liars

    September 16, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. MK, Apex NC

    Clearly, N Jersey is hurting from problems in the NY financial district.

    September 16, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. Palin has more experience than Obama

    I would think that many Obama backers will like poll, but when the ones showing Mccain a head the old "not polling cell phones" line will come out.

    So funny!

    September 16, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. mitchell

    i cant wait until obama goes to alaska and campaigns. he has more support there ,than people think. palin has made many enemies there.

    September 16, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Carl from MI

    Anothe state that sees through the lies of the McCain/Palin ticket!!


    September 16, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Linda from Prescott AZ

    and we are off! The race is on and we are going to win it.

    September 16, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Daki

    Cnn will not put a lot of comments on the blog.We should stop watching these news station that do not tell the truth.

    September 16, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Julie

    Yes yes yes!!

    September 16, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    CNN are sure it is ok with McCain reporting the story. I watched John try to pick at Sen. Biden this morning. it sure looked like he didnot agree with the Dems income tax hike for his tax bracket. Please try to be impartial in reporting it is unprofessional tha try to bias voters.

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 16, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. Jake145

    GO OBAMA!!

    September 16, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    I love NJ. A lot of smart people there.

    September 16, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. annie - former democrat

    New Jersey, understand this:

    WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.
    According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.
    "He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.
    Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops – and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."
    "However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open." Zebari says.
    Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

    September 16, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Celie Walton

    Thanks you, God!!!

    September 16, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Celie Walton

    Thank you, God!!!

    September 16, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. Tony


    September 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. elaine

    Great, but why is CNN not highlighting this? Boy, when it's McCain who is ahead of the polls, you see it on the front page and in big, bold letters. Why, is CNN now a Republican Channel?

    September 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. politicjock

    Why does a so called "maverick" like John McCain need to embrace the tactics of distortion, of outright lies in the current political race that looks as if it has become as down and dirty as any election in recent years? Doesn't a maverick refuse to join the herd, to march to a different drummer? If John McCain has already employed the tactics of the last eight years of the Bush administration (lies and deceit as in Iraq's WMD or that Iraq was responsible for 9/11), hasn't McCain already shown that his administration (should he win the election) will simply be a continuation of the untruths and distortions that are a hallmark of George Bush and Company?

    September 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. Filipina

    I hope Obama/Biden will win in landslide,,,,no pathological liars in the WH.....gooooooo obama/biden.

    September 16, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. AL

    thats bc some Americans are smart and not taking the REPEAT
    Wake up Americans!!!
    Palin and her husband NOT responding to legalities remind you of someone *BUSH CHENEY AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
    who all think they are above the law and change the constituion to their liking
    This is not about a beauty and popularity contest!!!
    this is about YOU and taking your country back not 4 more years of the SAME
    vote for Obama-Biden

    September 16, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. r sisk, nevada

    Thank God.

    September 16, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. GEEZER & GIDGET '08

    And it will only go higher!

    McCain ; “We have seen self interest, greed, irresponsibility and corruption undermine the hard work of the American people".

    Finally something true out of this man's mouth.

    His party is guilty of all his accusations, since Republican have held the WH and a majority of Congress, for the last 6 of the 8 years
    We truly cannot afford 4 more years of this know nothing.

    McCain: ”We will stop multi-million dollar payouts to CEOs who have broken the public trust”.

    Does this mean that Carly Fiorina your new BFF, who took $21 million in cash as her departing gift after running HP into the ground, will be tendering her resignation?

    Oops, hope that wasn‘t “sexist“.

    September 16, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
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