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. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    One of the unspoken but critically important aspects of this race is race. 8% of voters surveyed said that they wouldn't vote for a black man for President NO MATTER WHAT. This is essentially the racist voter that McCain can count on. Now if there are 8% of Americans that are willing to admit this to a pollster, how many do you think have the same view but aren't willing to admit that they are essentially racist to a pollster? Most pundits estimate that the number is about 15%. This, more than anything explains why Obama has a slim lead in an election year that should be an easy landslide victory for the Democrats. I mean really, what SINGLE success do Republicans have to point to during the G.W. years? Economy? Immigration? Foreign Relations? Environment? Energy? Exactly. That's why McCain doesn't want to talk about any of them.

    I hope we can overcome the racist vote margin and see the right man get in office. Let's not move our country backward.

    September 16, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Seattle Voter

    Our economy is in great despair. Only average Americans know because they are being affected the most. New Jersey is smart for supporting Obama. McCain could care less because his wife is worth 100 million.

    September 16, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Matt

    Finally, NJ is good for something! haha

    September 16, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. I love Obama

    next, ohio and then michigan, and then florida... Yes, we can finally send that hating usa gop home jobless.

    September 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Spencer from VA

    And i'm sure we are growing leads in other states as well. So Minnesota can be a toss up. After the backlash of McSame's economy comments, we'll have leads in alot more states.


    September 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Aaron Carter

    About time CNN reports a state in favor for obama, I wonder if the CNN polls conducted actually take into account actual registered voters and not random people being questioned.

    September 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. McCain for Pres.

    NJ usually goes Democratic, so whats new.

    September 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Open Your 3rd Eye

    J.E.R.S.E.Y. S.T.A.N.D. U.P.



    (cough) florida (cough)

    September 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Helen


    September 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Helene

    Yes, yes, and yes. Let's take our country back and get rid of the McCain/Palins of the world. They stink.

    September 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |

    THE GARDEN STATE LETS CONTINUE TO LEAD THE CHANGE MACHINE..........................................

    NO FLUFF..............................

    NO LIES...........................

    JUST THE FACTS ABOUT THE ISSUES.............................................


    September 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Tom in Delaware

    I personally don't have any respect for CNN's 'Poll of Polls' because it's always in such stark contrast to all other polling institutions that have made polling their sole business long before CNN was even conceived.

    I wonder if you'll have the guts to retract your lofty claims after McCain takes New Jersey in a landslide.

    You guys still haven't come clean about the finding of 550 metric tonnes of Uranium Yellowcake in Iraq, effectively debunking the whole "Lies led to War" garbage.

    Try just reporting the news instead of shaping it.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. Unshrub

    She won't talk to reporters, she won't cooperate with a legal inquiry into her actions, and then the republicans wonder why people question her ability as if it's because she is a female. WAKE UP FOOLS.

    September 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. 59 year old white guy from the South

    I have three brothers-in-law in New Jersey. It gives me a lot of pleasure to know that their votes for McCain/Palin won't count for anything in the general.

    Obama/Biden '08 and beyond!

    September 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. April, St. Louis

    And how much was Obama up last month in NJ?

    CNN-you must think we are stupid.

    September 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. VA Woman for Obama

    Hopefully this is the start of an upward trend for Obama!

    September 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Beth in TN

    The more this presidential race unfolds, the more terrified I get over the prospect that McCain/Palin could win in November. I don't know what America is thinking if it puts these two in the White House. We have gone "to the dogs" during the 8 years that George Bush has been President and we will absolutely slide off the map if John McCain and Sarah Palin are elected as our leaders. We have lost our image as the strongest country in the world and we will only be at the mercy of other countries if we don't wake up and make a change!!!!! America, wake up! We can make a difference and dig ourselves out of this quagmire that we now find ourselves in. If McCain is elected President, we need to follow "God Bless America" with "God Help America". We will be the laughing stock of the world!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Keisha - Atlanta

    I am glad to see the people of New Jersey aren't being fooled by the usual GOP tactics... Way to go Garden State!!!!

    September 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. Irma in North Carolina

    Good for Obama and Biden, lets bring the beauty queen and John down on their knees. Sarah said the war in Iraq was a task from God. Hopefully it will be a task of God to take these two out of the election.

    September 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Nico

    This just in: New York is leaning Obama also!

    September 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. John in Ohio

    Look at the polls 10/4-10/7 to get a better idea of how the election will eventually go.

    September 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. D&D

    Way to go...more people are waking up!

    September 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Independent

    considering it has 15 electoral votes for such a small state, a lot more then montana, south dakota, north dakota. I think its not a good idea for mccain to skip jersey

    September 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. jake, San Francisco, CA

    Good job Garden State...I hope every other state like Jersey and California will see the hole through this phoney McSurge and miss Barbie!

    I wonder what happened to his campaign slogan surge! What it wasn't working so he chose change ehn?

    September 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Maggie

    Why doesn't CNN tell us about the Florida change? That's a bigger electoral state than New Jersey. But I suppose Florida is now showing for McCain so its not news for CNN. Only when there is a change to the Obama side we see CNN showing it as a news item but when the change is for McCain we do not hear anything about it.

    CNN, by you doing this is not going to win Obama the election. The voters out there are not gullible because we know that you are being biased to Obama. SHAME SHAME ON YOU CNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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