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. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    Why not a poll of polls that shows McCain up in NC? GA? AL? FL? CNN, your bias is showing, and it is disgusting. You want to put info up on the ticker about how the Dems are doing to make them look good. Go ahead. You should do the same about the Republicans. My comment will not be posted, and I do not care. I support McCain/ Palin, and these types of tactics from the MSM only ensure victory for the Republicans.

    September 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Ian

    So what? That's like telling us McCain has a lead in Texas.

    What next? Are you going to tell us Obama is ahead in California?

    Why don't you tell people that Obama lost his lead in Pennsylvania, and it's now listed as a tie?

    You're really hurting to make your golden child look like he's doing well, CNN.

    September 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Ryan

    seriously whats the point of this article?? New Jersey isn't a battleground state.... tell us about the battleground states not a state that obviously would go to Obama... geez. Cnn you lose dignity with articles like this.

    September 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Wayne, Greenville TX

    As an Obama supporter and a Jersey Boy (born in Montclair), all I can say is way to go, Garden State!!!! 🙂

    September 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. MARYANN Oswego IL

    If it was HILLARY/OBAMA OR OBAMA/HILLARY this election would have been a SLAM DUNK...for the DEMOCRATS...I am still undecided now that HILLARY has been pushed out of this race.......Jersey has a lot of CATHOLICS that believe OBAMA cannot get the job done!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. fella from Chicago

    Wow what a shock! A Democractic state voting Democratic.

    September 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Go Sarah

    For those who don't have a clue, your chosen one should be ahead by 12-15 points, its only 7 points folks ... the almighty is still slippin...

    September 16, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. will

    Why is this news? Hey, McCain is up in Texas! Big news huh? McCain still up in the average of all polls.

    September 16, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. tony

    This blog is for the far left who will never change their mind and gives them a place to vent and feel like they are contributing-
    People who do not agree are usually working trying to make a life while most people here are trying to get one-
    The truth hurts but thats it–

    We are not going to share our wealth with Losers-
    It won't happen-
    Jobs will really go overseas if Obama Wins and puts his new taxes in place–then will take away from Jobs-
    But technically - he won't tax them just lose jobs for them–

    September 16, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Me-Ohio

    they need to keep it on Ohio, Mich, Colorado, Nev, MN, and maybe 1-2 more thats it, the rest are going to go the way they always go. This is mainly because liberals and conservatives have been moving to states where they are the majority and not the minority. I think we need to keep an eye on the newly registered voter numbers in these states and the youth vote...the two things polls are not counting.

    September 16, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Jill American

    Ryan .. NJ is a very diverse state that represents what the country looks like. It is also a very blue state. NJ also chose Hillary and there is a ton of Independent voters.
    The Democratic Gov. Corzine has a low approval rating and if Christie runs against him in November it will be a close race. That spells trouble for Obama. In NJ Obama should be up by a lot more than 7 ... that's the point.

    September 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. tony

    Folks - Don't you understand-
    He has no clue !!
    He's ranting and raving-
    Until we change the Congress both Dems and Repubs - Nothing is going to change except porkbelly funds going to special interests on both sides-
    We need Term Limits on the Congress SAY 12 Years-
    Then we will have a shot at the "PEOPLE FIRST "

    September 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Ann Kennedy

    Although NJ is clearly going to Obama, it does have some very republican parts of the state. My county system is very Republican, as well as some other McMansion parts of the state.

    The higher the favor for Obama, the better shot we have at capturing certain districts in the House. Our 3rd and our 7th are HUGE races this year, and hearing he's up universally is still good for state poitics.(and in turn, Congressional politics)

    September 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Scott NYC Independent

    As the Palin lies come out and the McCain campaign is constantly called out for its lies by the media, which I must say I'm glad CNN is finally holding McCain to account as well as Palin, the numbers will improve across the country. This is not a beauty contest where you can reinvent yourself, your campaign or your record.

    September 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Sage

    desperate for real change, not stolen slogans.
    this election in a metaphor- you are America, and have cancer....John McCain is a Doctor who lied about his credentials, saying he graduated from Yale but really got a diploma off line, has numerous malpractice suits and has lost 80% of his patients.
    Obama is a younger Doctor who not only graduated from Harvard, but was asked to teach there as well, has numerous degrees, choose to take care of low income people before going to work at a major hospital, Obama is a specialist McCain a quack...who would you want taking care of you?

    September 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. sm

    Perhaps we should not be surprised.
    Obama spent 20 years with his pastor and the Trinity United Church of Christ.. A church built on the Fundamentals of Hatred, Racism, and Sexism.


    September 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |

    JERSEY........STAND UP.............



    September 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Doug, New Jersey

    I live in this state, it would vote even Osama over a republican.

    This state is very blue, people are selfish, mean, rude, angry, and hateful. They have not an ounce of common courtasy in a state such as North Carolina, where by no coincidence McCain is up 20 points.

    Go spend a week in COUNTIES where Obama is up big and ones where McCain is up big. You will see there is two Americas, and the blue America is the worst of our nation and the red is an America that is worthy of being proud of.

    I dare CNN to post this truth, I mean if you post Obamabots talking about killing Palin and her family, why would you not post this?

    September 16, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. no need to know

    It is obvious that when people wake up and smell the pig stink they will realize that O'bama/Biden is the fresh smell they want and need to vote for !!

    September 16, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. A. Little

    CNN would do better listing how many people actually are polled in the "Poll of all Polls".....less than 3500 people..... we are not stupid... Instead of writing this article why dont you cover how Barbara Walters made McCain eat his own words.....give me some real news...

    September 16, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. No2GOPGimmicks

    It's nice that Obama is doing well in this poll.... but, is anybody else fatigued by all these polls being done on a daily basis?

    How much can a poll change from one day to the next?

    September 16, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Shari, NY

    He's up in N.Y. too but not as much as it was a few weeks ago. We need so called Democratic leaders in the Big Apple and Long Island to shake a leg before the demon overpowers us once more.

    September 16, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. linda n carolina

    Political Ticker: How about a real story. How about a story on the "racist" Obama waffles sold at the Values Summit convention last week. The waffles that a well known CNN TV HOST bought and said " My wife will really like these" Unbiased reporting and coverage on CNN...prove it.

    September 16, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Jrzy

    Obama lost ground in the very blue state of NJ .. that's the point.

    September 16, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Open your eyes...

    NJ, can you please talk some common sense into your NY neighbors?

    September 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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