September 17th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN POLL OF POLLS: Obama ahead by a single point

Sens. McCain and Obama put politics aside recently to come together and observe the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero.
Sens. McCain and Obama put politics aside recently to come together and observe the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero.

(CNN) – The race for the White House remains virtually neck-and-neck, according to CNN’s latest poll of polls.

For the first time since September 7, Sen. Barack Obama is ahead of Sen. John McCain in CNN’s national poll of polls. Obama has the support of 46 percent of registered voters compared to 45 percent for McCain, while nine percent are unsure about their choice for president. In Tuesday’s CNN poll of polls, the two men were tied at 46 percent each.

“The presidential race has been a virtual dead heat since the end of the conventions,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “At the moment, the McCain and Obama campaigns’ advertising strategies appear to be cancelling each other out. What we can’t yet measure, however, is the impact of the crisis on Wall Street. Economic issues favor Obama, but voters tend to support McCain more in terms of overall leadership and crisis management. The bottom line is that, with 48 days to go, this race is a toss-up.”

Wednesday’s poll of polls is comprised of the following four national general election surveys: IPSOS-McClatchy (September 11-15), Gallup (September 14-16), Diageo/Hotline (September 14-16), and American Research Group (September 13-15). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Joe Regis

    Palin flew too close to the sun, she got burned and she crashed down. We are just getting to know her, we are just getting to her, we are just getting to her..

    The more we know her, the more we love her not.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 17, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. INDEPENDANT VET

    NOW YOU TELL ME ALL 11 MILLION DOLLARS FROM HOLLYWOOD ONLY BUYS 1 POINT.
    IT PROBABLEY WOULD OF BROUGHT MORE RELIEF IF THEY HAD DONATED THAT TO THE VICTIMS OF IKE . BUT NO THOSE PEOPLE ARE IN A STATE , LIKE FLORDIA , IF YOU DON'T LIKE OUR WAY . WE WILL SHOW YOU , NOW THE PEOPLE OF FLORDIA , HAVE TO WONDER IF THE DC BUNCH ARE GOING TO DISCONNECT THEM AN TAKE THERE STATE TO CUBA OR GIVE A BID TO CHARVEZ.

    EVEN THE CHICAGO RIVER IS FLOATING WITH .LIES

    GIVE EM HELL MAVRICKS , FOR SOME OF THEM DEM, ARE GETTING THE FILL OF DEM, FLIP FLOPPERS THEY ARE SEEING THE END OF THE TUNNEL , NO OBAMA , NO JOE B..

    September 17, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Ed

    These are McCain's exact words: "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should," McCain said. "I've got Greenspan's book." That's very scary.

    September 17, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Palin will officially be chargedwith abuse of power...

    She fired the poor trooper, because he wouldn't fire her ex-brother in law...
    Now Republicans in Alaska are trying to block this investigation after already agreed on 10/10 date

    The big prize "Texas" will turn Blue this election. Just watch...

    Obama/ Biden 08
    Obama/ Hillary 12

    September 17, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. ex-Hillary backer for OBAMA

    Finally! The American public is waking up to the truth and realizing all the lies told by the McCain/Palin ticket. THANK GOD!!! (right, Sarah?!)

    September 17, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Pat - Overland Park, KS

    I am not sure where these polls are being taken and by whom and to whom, but I am sure that they are not polling young people and cell phone users cannot be polled unless permission is given because it is illegal.

    Most persons under the age of 35 do not have land lines. The majority of persons 35 and under that will vote and please vote will be for Senator Obama.

    Don't let us down young persons, register and vote.

    September 17, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. gwg

    Check and Balance

    Split ticket Democrat

    September 17, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. mark from england

    why palin? not romney

    September 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. rick

    look OBAMA will take on Mcdrill and its in the bag Obama will be our next president and mark my words he will be on the greates president will ever have. oBAma/Biden --BIDEN/Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. dave

    These two losing candidates are WITHIN THE MARGIN OF ERROR people. The polls only are saying that the American public is UNDECIDED.

    Most people I talk to hate both choices and will either write in a candidate or will vote for a third party...

    'nuf said? Neither candidate is offering solutions BEFORE the meltdowns. Oh, NOW they want to talk economy, bailouts and finance AFTER the most recent bailout. They don't want to explain how taking more of our tax money and giving it to these big corporations is really going to help us. Rather, they both are advocating programs to increase debt and ultimately our taxes!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Palin 2012

    Hillary is a pig in lipstick, she is no Palin. We don't need these stupid Hillary supporters to win this election.

    Palin 2012,16

    September 17, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Paying Attention

    Notice all of the new voters being registered. Who do you think they are votting for? I would like to think people with an open mind will see what is really happening and vote for Obama.

    Do your research and see what is going on and who is causing the problems. Research what the candidates really do and what they stand for.

    September 17, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. gene

    I can't believe the fact that Palin is refusing to comply with an investigation.. suing the investigators, refusing to answer subpoenas is not having more of an effect on the polls.

    September 17, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Chuck

    A third of a B I L L I O N dollars doesn't buy as much as it used to!!!

    HA HA HA.

    PUMA!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Independent

    What a joke... CNN is trying harder and harder to push his candidate NOBAMA (he is a big joke for america) up in polls when polls all over except CNN shows still McCain up. These bunch of NOBAMA lovers here are cheering for this wrong news. LOL ..dunno how long this joke is going to continue...

    September 17, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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