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. Pilgrim

    EIGHT MORE YEARS – VOTE MCPAIN! Continue the economic, political, and foreign policies that have got us to where we are today! The top 1% may have 40% of all the wealth, but that just means theres 60% more to capture!

    September 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. steve b

    now is the time all the Obamabots will cheer the same polls they were complaining were inaccurate last week.

    you guys are funny

    Here is the thought of the day.

    Joe Biden's son is a lobbyist, huh...

    September 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Brian

    Wow, it looks like the "Palin Effect" is starting to wear off already.

    September 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. JJ in Philly, PA

    That's a relief to hear...though I can't stand polls.

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Angela

    Fannie/Freddie Pay Offs to Politicians Since 1989 – Overall Rankings. Name Office Party/State Total

    1. Dodd, Christopher Senator Democrat-CT $133,900
    2. Kerry, John Senator Democrat-MA $111,000
    3. Obama, Barack Senator Democrat-IL $105,849
    4. Clinton, Hillary Senator Democrat-NY $75,550
    5. Kanjorski, Paul E House Democrat-PA $65,500

    September 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. NH Mom

    I hope Obama can actually close the deal. I want to know that he can win my state – so that I can vote my conscience and write-in Hillary Clinton. If it's too close to call, then I may have to make a choice I'd rather not have to make.

    Obama – you need to close the deal. It's all on you and the VP you chose. You wanted this nomination this year and you promised you would deliver for the Democrats. So, let's see you win this and help candidiates down the Democratic ballot.

    P.S. If I saw some real help from you with Sen Clinton's campaign debt, I'd feel more comfortable voting for you. Show the woman (and her supporters) some well deserved respect!

    September 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. christy

    Why are people attacking Sarah Palin?
    Because she is so wrong for our country and so unprepared to step up as commander in chief. She has not spoken once in an intelligent manner towards her positions on foreign policy. I don’t feel she can even grasp the full meaning of foreign policy other than to quote her running mate and to say that Russia is dangerous. Other than that Sarah Palin doesn’t have foreign policy of her own.

    Instead of answering a simple question on foreign policy she sarcastically told a friendly crowd of supporters that they could play stump the candidate instead of just honestly and openly answering their questions. She has so many shades of Bush/Chaney that it’s scary. If you give her a difficult question that you are branded as “against her” So you are either with Palin/McCain or against Palin/McCain. There isn’t room for disagreement in their campaign.

    Sarah Palin is snide; disrespectful to the American People; sarcastic and not ready to be a VP of this great nation.

    September 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. soccer moms for obama

    it will continue to go up for Obama.

    people will slowly see who mcbush really is.
    a sly, dispicable creature who is apparently going senile.
    he created blackberry? the economy is strong?

    we don't want mcbush.
    no more mcbush.

    obama 08

    September 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Jim

    McCain's campaign has been diverted lately trying to cover up Palin's many indiscretions. Its not like they have anything to say anyway. They just take pot shots at Obama from the cheap seats. That seems to be their whole strategy. McCain/Palin are like dumb and dumber. She has only campaigned by herself one time because they can't risk her opening her mouth without the GOP script in hand.

    September 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Republi-Con

    The more she speaks and the more of her we see n the trail..It become clear that she's full of moose refuse

    September 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Hillary 2012

    Next 2 weeks Obama will lead in the polls
    In October he won’t be stand GOP attacks
    In October his face will be full of lipstick marks

    September 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. mp

    OMG the libs are 2 points ahead!!! WHY ARENT THEY 1000 points ahead? All you whiners have been doing is complaining for years. I'm tired of it. Get the job done. Where's the landslide Dems? Why can't you people pull this thing out? If everybody is soooo sick of Repubs, why are they getting ANY votes at all? Even in the bogus, slanted, lib leaning CNN polls??? All I can say is, thank God the stupid Clintons are out!

    September 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Jack Johnson

    The Clinton ADM dropped the regulations for Mortgages, Financial field and Investment firms in 1999 – this is the reason for the problem we have today folks. Even DEm Dorgan tried to stop this relaxing of regulations – which was truly a travesty for American Taxpayers. Yes, I'm in the Real Estate field and know.
    Who is heading the Obama run for Pres – Johnson and Raines who headed Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in the 2002-2006 raping the company of 130 million dollars for themselves. They were fined 400 million dollars and still are out their lying and ripping off Americans.
    Who is the #2 recepient of this culprit called Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the true culprits in this mess. OBAMA FOLKS.
    When all the facts are out the AMerican people will know.
    The two points is CNN, FOx up by one, this by even and on and on and means nothing insofar as polls go.
    Jack Johnson
    Iowa

    September 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Sage

    are you better off today then you were 8 years ago? well john McCain thinks you are..."i think we can argue that over all, Americans are better off(than we were 8 years ago)"-John McCain, during an interview
    this year. So, How are YOU doing? are you better off because i see a lot of people hurting

    September 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Joe

    . . . . Keep talking Sarah Palin.

    Democrats 08.

    September 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Olivia

    Mccain and Palin hasn't powered out.....they are just getting started.
    The excessive negative ads being put out by Obama against McCain is temporarily fooling some people......hopefully they will come to their senses soon and see the misrepresentation of facts, the distortion the Obama people is putting out bigtime.

    September 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Chris

    Anyone happy with Cheney should vote for Palin. She's as selfish, manipulative and fake - no honesty, no honor. She can't even handle her own family, think about it. Her priority is mixed up.

    America deserves better. Her bubble is popping.

    September 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Bill

    and President Obama will put Tony Rezko in his cabinet. Dirty politics as ususal from the dems. But he claims to represent change anyway. Obama is a dirty Illinois policitian. Any politicial from Illinois is dirty.

    September 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Ned

    So, basically nothing has changed. Also, these national polls mean nothing. It's the state polls that actually matter.

    September 18, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. Dana

    After people saw the true Mccain and Palin that, lead start to evaporate!! With Palin being under investigation and all the lies, the numbers are going to really drop!! People are tired. We are struggling and we don't have time for nonsense. Mccain/Palin have nothing to offer for this economy or energy crisis!! At least Obama have laid out a clear plan for both. And for those who have any questions go on Obama website and the plans are all laid out!!

    September 18, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Jeff

    I know the line about "McCain/Palin being four more years of Bush/Cheney politic" is probably being over used, but it is getting to be more and more accurate as this thing goes along. Palin and her staff are IGNORING a SUBPOENA!!! Does that sound at all reminiscent of an event involving a bunch of attorneys a while back?!

    September 18, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. SoCal

    Given the news about the economy, this week McCain didn't have much time to make up new lies about lipstick, pigs, sex education, Obama's tax increase, and so on.

    I guess next week he'll try to climb back in the polls with a new bunch of distracting arguments.

    September 18, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. C

    I'm supporting Obama... and I still say this race will be too close for polls. It's not that Obama is not doing this or that... we are split as a nation. Just because %80 of US citizens disapprove of Bush doesn't mean they all vote the same. I don't think there will be clear answer until Nov 4th. I think everyone should stop following the polls and just focus on informing ourselves and others... because they are going to change day to day.

    September 18, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Jorge

    No suprise... Every time Palin opens her mouth his support go down 5% nationwide.... what a Joke...

    September 18, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. activist mom

    Obama backers:

    We do NOT need to say nasty things about whatshername to turn voters off to her. Apparently she can do that just fine for herself!

    Stay positive. Register voters. Donate. VOTE EARLY!

    YES WE CAN!

    September 18, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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