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. Sage

    in other words...John "i will lie, cheat and steal" McCain is slipping? you mean all of the lies are catching up to him? you mean to say the American people are NOT as stupid as McCain would like us to be?

    September 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. john

    President Barrack Obama.

    September 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Obama-to-the-end

    Yes, we the "Average Americans" will prevail. Chnage We Need
    I can not wait to Barack my Vote!
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Diane, TN

    I hope this is the beginning of us winning the White House. A vote for Baack is important for Americans and America.

    Yes we can.

    September 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. J.P.

    I can't wait for all you people who said polls didn't matter when Mccain was up to come back and try tp talk trash now that Obama is up. Completely predictable.

    September 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Independentvoter

    No surprise there. As America wakes up and realizes all the lies the McCain camp is spewing, he'll continue to lose support.

    Anybody-but-McCain – 08

    September 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Mark

    We all know that CNN wants Nobama to win especially Jack Cafferty and Cambell Brown but it AIN"T going to happen. I had to quit watching CNN because of the bias and the bull that Campbell Brown puts out. It's too bad that their has to be so much bias in the news.

    September 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Jeff DuShane

    Finally, it seems that the Palin effect has dwindled. No more of the media reporting on lipstick, sexism, and 'unfair attacks'. The last two weeks have been about nothing but the GOP running from the issues and the fact they got us in this mess! LET'S HEAR THE ISSUES! From here on, we should be able to discuss the race INTELLIGENTLY and determine who is the best candidate for the majority of Americans, rather than the top 5% of wage earners.

    September 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. johnny d

    In your dreams CNN, that is what you would like to see, ask any democrat they believe that he is going to lose. I do my own polls and he is going to lose.

    September 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Jayson

    Up by two and climbing!

    September 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. India For Obama

    McCain is not the worst political candidate ever,
    Palin is!

    GO-BAMA!

    September 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Erica

    Finally people are wising up, but frankly it should be higher. Our lives are at stake, literally!

    September 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. jimmy @ Chicago

    Yeaaaaaaah! Keep it coming baby!

    September 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. Brian, New York

    I am praying that Americans are waking up!!! McCain and the hockey mom would be a reckless choice on the part of Americans to put them in office.

    September 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. Adam Franklin

    Finally, the American people seem to be coming to their senses....(at least a majority of them)

    September 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. NC girl

    of course we are seeing Obama's lead go back up....Clinton's words were prophetic & McCain's brief lead was due to absolute momentum and entirely illusional due to the barracuda poster chick!

    Obama/Biden 08 🙂

    September 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. Sue

    How many more bailouts are we going to see in this fundelmentally strong economy? Thanks repulicans.

    September 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Bob

    If we are really tired of the Bush dictatorship, we will vote for Barack. That's if we're really tired, if not–we'll vote for McSame and Failin.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. Becky

    Since neither my husband nor myself have been asked to participate in any poll I am responding to this article to have two more registered voters added to the Obama vote.
    I don't think much of polls since I have never spoken with anyone who has been asked to participate, but in this neck of the woods here in Ohio most are placing their confidence in Obama/Biden. We are in a world of hurt and we need an intelligent voice in the White House (there's something we have not had in 8 years).
    Country First is just be a slogan used by McCain/Palin to sway the voters. McCain has proven to both my husband and I that he is for McCain first and has no desire to put country first.
    OBAMA 08!

    September 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. GOP and John McCain don't trust Sarah Palin

    If Sarah Palin doesn't start answering the questions asked of her Obama will win this by a landslide. John McCain did not put "country first" when he made his running mate decision. She may be a nice person, a good Mayor of a small town and even a good Governor in a sparsely populated and wealthy state but SHE ISN'T EVEN CLOSE TO BE READY ON DAY ONE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. HER ANSWERS HAVE BEEN A JOKE SO FAR.

    September 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. Jeff

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCAIN/PALIN.

    September 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  22. Meagan

    Is everyone finally coming to their senses? Obama is our only hope for pulling us out of this 8 year disaster. GO OBAMA!!

    September 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. Bruce

    the only poll that matters is the one on 11/4,.,,,

    September 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Tim in Canada

    To all the WASP, I say – You go girls!

    September 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. Marc, Canada

    If Sarah Palin doesn't start answering the questions asked of her Obama will win this by a landslide. John McCain did not put "country first" when he made his running mate decision. She may be a nice person, a good Mayor of a small town and even a good Governor in a sparsely populated and wealthy state but SHE ISN'T EVEN CLOSE TO BE READY ON DAY ONE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. HER ANSWERS HAVE BEEN AN ABSOLUTE JOKE SO FAR.

    September 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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