September 18th, 2008
10:50 AM ET
11 years ago

CNN POLL OF POLLS: Obama up by 2

Obama is gaining in national polls.

Obama is gaining in national polls.

(CNN) - Barack Obama appears to be regaining his summer edge over John McCain according to the latest CNN poll of polls, which shows a swing of four points in the Illinois senator's favor in just over a week.

With less than seven weeks remaining until voters weigh in at the polls, Obama now holds a 2 point lead over McCain (47 percent to 45 percent), according to CNN's average of several recent national polls. Eight percent still remain undecided.

The latest polls also suggest Obama again holds the slim but clear advantage he held in August before both parties' conventions - one month ago, Obama held the same 2 point margin over McCain.

Election Center: Track CNN's poll of polls

The Illinois senator increased that lead following his own convention, but saw it disappear entirely after McCain tapped Sarah Palin as his running mate and Republicans emerged energized from their convention in early September: In a CNN poll of polls taken 10 days ago, The McCain-Palin ticket held a 2 point advantage over its Democratic counterpart.

The poll of polls consists of six recent surveys: CBS/NYT (September 12-16), Quinnipiac (September 11-16), IPSOS-McClatchy (September 11-15), Gallup (September 14-16), Diageo/Hotline (September 14-16), and American Research Group (September 13-15).

It does not have a sampling error.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. Billy

    McCain Attacks Wall Street Greed—While 83 Wall Street Lobbyists Work for His Campaign

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Accountant Guy

    The American people are finally starting to see through the sideshow of McBush/Palin. Good job American. THANKS BUT NO THANKS ON MCBUSH AND HIS BRIDGE TO NO WHERE VP PALIN!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Baze

    I'm going to be very candid. After the White House denounces McCain's fundamental argument, and admits that George Bush is too overwhelmed to discus economical failure with the American people

    Anybody who votes McCain is an ignorant, fascist traitor that should be exiled for their gross denial of doing what's best for the United States. Country First, yeah right, what they mean to say is Me First.

    ONE NATION

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Hussein and proud of it!

    Once the bright shiny object was discovered to have a few chunks of moose gristle attached, people started coming to their senses again.

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. watching from the sidelines

    Just 2 % ?

    It seems that the 'fundamentals' of our intelligence is NOT that strong

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. TC

    tHAT NUMBER, HOPEFULLY WILL RISE WHEN PALIN IS FOUND GUILTY IN OCTOBER.

    MAYBE THEN PEOPLE WILL WAKE UP, ESPECIALLY THE WHITE WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY.

    TAKE THE BLINDERS OFF AND WAKE THE HELL UP PEOPLE!

    September 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Joyce in Florida

    We knew that would happen. And the lead will become greater. This Hillary Clinton supporter will be voting for Obama this November.

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Barney

    And tomorrow he'll be down by 1 or 3 or whatever it takes to get the headlines.

    Stop playing with us. It is very dangerous.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. obama 08-12

    all the way to the white house.

    September 18, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. ncharge

    Should be up more than that... after hearing Palin answer questions last night... I'm almost at a decision. She never answers questions all she does is come off like this mean spirited pitbull....

    Where did they find this clown? Shame on them for presenting her to the world............ Hell my teenagers are smarter than she is.....

    It's been amusing but this is not a game show and they do need to keep her silent if they plan to win the White house.

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. McCain/Palin '08

    Polls mean nothing until after the debates.

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. ONE

    MCCAIN HAS ANGERED US DEARLY, AND THUS SEALED HIS OWN FATE. THIS IS OUR STRUGGLE. THIS IS OUR FUTURE.

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Tony

    After this week on Wall Street....only 2 points? The vast majority of Americans are so eaily fooled and even more easily led.

    VOTE OBAMA!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. Monique

    Is the insanity finally starting to clear? I certainly hope so for everyone's sake.

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Boston

    Don't get your hopes up Obamabots

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Otis

    Is the Electoral College map really being updated? I don't think it has changed in quite some time.

    September 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. WhoIsPalin?

    President Barack Obama, get used to it!!!

    September 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Palin has more experience than Obama

    Here come the Obama backers to say how great the poll is but last weeks polls with Obama down were just wrong.

    LMAO at Obama backers.

    September 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Redmond

    America is waking up from this pathetic palin distraction.
    Obam will win this election as we need a leader like that to America at this time.

    September 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. ryan

    We are going to make it happen!!!

    September 18, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. Montana is Obama Country

    **
    Sorry CNN, your polls are not scientific, they do not cover 1st time voters OR cell phone users..
    **

    September 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Let's face it, the Republican ticket is on the wrong side of history. The long slow slide away from the reforms made after the Great Depression may yet be halted before we get plunged into that darkness again.

    September 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Tom

    Yes we can!

    September 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. K

    YUP
    The Palin power has powered out!!
    The lies and scandals to cover up her credentials has caught up!!
    Finally, we can get back to the issues

    September 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. Joshua

    Its the economy, stupid

    September 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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