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. James

    If this were an honest publication, they would inform you that Obama is losing ground in New Jersey, and most everywhere else.

    Stop carrying water for Obama CNN!!

    The American people want a real President, not one the media has propped up and pushed on us!!

    McCain/ Palin '08!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. NJ DEM

    This comment is directed to Love MY USA....I"m not sure what state of NJ that you live in but please tell me what bridge do you pay $4.00 to cross. You can't be referring to a bridge to cross into NYC. All bridges to NYC are a minimum of $6.00.

    You must be referring to that "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" that costs $4.00. Last I checked, that bridge has nothing to do with NJ.....LMAO!!!!

    Obama will WIN in NJ......

    September 16, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. nad

    According to AP Obama leads McCain in New York by 5 points. Wow!

    September 16, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Eric Christiansen

    Some advice from your neighbour to the many polls to many theorys and opinions. Why not report the NEWS as it happens and let the people decide who to vote for. Canada is having an election October 14th...I will listen to the candidates and decide who to vote for...not a News Team on Television. By the way CNN should be spending more time on the real issue of the day...the help for those in need after the recent hurricanes.

    September 16, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |



    September 16, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Mercedes

    To all those who are blaming the democratic congress for this mess just remember who has been in charge for the past 7 plus years and who MUST sign any new law so it can go into effect. Our belove it Presiden Bush!

    September 16, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Charlie

    Just face it: U.S. voters will not vote for a "person of color" for president. All they need to vote for the other side is an excuse such as "they chose a woman for VP – of course I am going to vote for them". It doesn't matter what the other party stands for – at the end, the only matter of importance will be skin color.

    September 16, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Dennis, Midland Texas

    We've got a lot of deranged people in this country. Amazing that people, regardless of their political party affiliation, are still considering voting for the Dishonorable McCain/Palin slate. Loyalty to the ideas of a party is okay, blind loyalty to anything is a mental disease. It's like being a slave by one's own hand.

    September 16, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. VW

    CNN IS SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS FALSE NEWS THAT it looks like OB runs for president on behalf of CNN, what a crazy media.....

    September 16, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Clinton/McCain

    In an August 13th poll, Quinnipiac had Obama ahead by 10 points. Now it has Obama ahead by 3 as whites have shifted from Obama to McCain.

    September 16, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. La Raza

    I'm sure McCain is a good father, husband, and grandpa, but he is 72! He may be good as a drinking buddy and telling war stories, but the President? Come on folks. I have no comment on Palin because I don't know of her and what I've heard thusfar leaves me very worried. My 6th grade teacher was more qualified than she is.

    September 16, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. jeremy

    It will only get better when Palin is found guilty for abuse of Power, and she goes out on her own!

    September 16, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Hillary 2012

    Aha CNN doesn’t have any news today
    New Jersey !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Always democratic party states

    September 16, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Dr. Dave

    SNLs Amy Potholder taught me a new High School boys bathroom word:
    Ferg. And it appears that 's what's happening to Obama in the New Jersey polls.

    BTW: SNLs demographic is getting younger & younger so toilet humor is all Tina & Amy serve up got to keep tweenies and HS boys glued to the set.

    September 16, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Lost Old man

    McCain had a nice bounce comming-out of the convention, but what goes up must come down and when the ball tries to bounce, trust this time it will be FLAT.

    September 16, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. dan

    CNN, your intellectual dishonesty is 2nd only to MSNBC. You fail to mention that Obama's 7 point lead is LESS than what it was previously. He has slipped in the polls in most every it that why you picked one with a 7 point lead to make it appear that he is doing well?

    You guys are pathetic and losing credibility with informed Americans.

    September 16, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. anon

    What's next, CNN, report on Obama up in California and Vermont and McCain up in Oklahoma and Nebraska?

    Is this news or just a way to give your Chosen One some positive spin since his national numbers are falling?

    September 16, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Realistic

    It's over for Obama. Look at the electoral map at Real Clear Politics. During the last of the Democratic Primary season, Obama was losing all of the latest races and yet the super delegates failed to do their job and choose the candidate that could have won. In the final analysis, the thought of Obama, Reed, and Pelosi leading our great country will push the average citizien away from the Democrats and will result in a landslide for McCain.

    September 16, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Matt

    The republicans need to stop whining and playing the victim card. Truly, it is getting old and it is incredibly transparent. All they're doing is trying to fabricate a false sense of media bias so they can discredit any report that points out the lies the McCain/Palin campaign is selling the American public.

    September 16, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. brian

    Guys, we all know CNN, MSNBC, ABC are in the tank for Obama. The more these guys are biased towards Obama – better it is for Mccain- Palin. People are disgusted with these channels and biased media. And it is showing. Its like out right hatred towards them. And looking at falling TRP ratings and viewer ship shows how low they have gone.


    September 16, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Matthew

    It's sad for Dems if we have to celebrate the fact that Obama is up 7 in NJ. It's NEW JERSEY for crying out loud!!! Hillary would have been up 20 right now and wouldn't have had to spend time and money shoring up support in what is obviously a blue state.

    September 16, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Love my Country!

    Love My USA – wow you just named the reasons I could not in good conscience vote for the reputhiclans. By the way – it is very difficult for the dems in the house and senate to do anything with the constant filibusters by the repugs and the endless vetoes of the pres who has used his veto over 500 times in the last two years. Go check the facts. But you won't, your obviously a repugclian.

    September 16, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Not so fast

    I'm a democrat/independent, but those of us who know the Garden State realize that NJ is completely up-for-grabs this election. Plenty of NJ folks are upset at the Democratic Governor for raising tolls and the sacred sales-tax (a huge no-no). Corzine is doomed next election, and many NJ folks may take out that aggression on Obama.

    September 16, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. JIm Howell

    The headline title seems a "bit" misleading. The actual data shows the lead in New Jersey has fallen recently. The headline at first glance seems to being telling us the he has a new/bigeer lead. Are you run by the same people who run "US" magazine. Please give us an honest title to the article. How about something like, "Obama lead shrinks in New Jersey". Don't you think this more accurately conveys the content of the article. He is leading and the lead is shrinking.

    September 16, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. B Rhodes

    "As a NJ resident and a Democrat, I will not be voting for BO or any of the Democrataic ticket."

    If I had a dime for every paid McCain campaign blogger who pretended to be a disillusioned Democrat, I could fill my Hummer's gas tank for a year.

    September 16, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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