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. Selwyn

    Open letter to the right wing "Fringe" : It is time to start focusing on the issues that will affect your future. Not on the distractions that are being shoveled to you by the right wing media on a daily basis. If you do so and put away your biases, I am sure that you will come to the right conclusion and elect Obama as the next President.

    Get on the Obama train. Obama/08 !!!

    September 18, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Isaac

    My god there are a lot of idiots here. READ CLOSELY: IT'S A "POLL OF POLLS"! They take several polls and average the results together. The results have absolutely nothing to do with CNN not being scientific enough in their methodology. It has absolutely everything to do with having basic math skills. Get with the program and pay attention!

    September 18, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Looking at the last 8 years, John McCain's 26 years in Washington, and his amazing array of flip flops on nearly EVERY "stand" he has taken, how ANYONE could buy into his "maverick for change" BS and vote for him is beyond me. Oh yeah....52 million actually voted a second term for Bush. Sadly, the rest of us have to live with the consequences of their poor choices.

    September 18, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Stacey

    Its a start.

    Once Americans really look at Mr. Magoo for what he is; a clueless fart that wonders on his positions then the lead will grow..

    "Thanks but no thanks to McCain-Palin"

    September 18, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. welches, oregon

    McCain supporters can disparage (bad mouth) Obama all they like on comment boards, at home or work (if you are lucky enough to have a job) or with their friends.

    But when you are in that voting booth on Nov 4th and about the make one of the most important decisions of your life and your Country's, you had better think long and hard about your future, your childrens' future and your grandchildrens' future.

    More of the same?

    Or Change?

    The choice is quit clear.

    September 18, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. JBW

    There are waste disposal men on the streets today that are more qualified the Obama....

    September 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. PalinLiesTooMuch

    Palin is a lier and she got a brain to no where.

    September 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Austin

    How is there not a sampling error? You haven't polled every single voter that is voting in Nov.

    September 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. joshua

    i mtold you obama will lose, ex hillary supprter for mcain, who cares about the party that did hillary wrong

    September 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. rl

    Although I am glad to see the Palin effect wear off and people finally start to think about the issues it does reflect how useless polls are at this stage of the game unless we start to see a trend develop.

    Right now just back and forth depending on the news of the week

    September 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Jake Jackson

    Obama is going to give 95 percent of americans a tax break – wow what a liar.....45% don't pay any taxes.
    94 Votes by Obama on tax increases and he votes YES to all of them – dreaming won't make him qualified or for the American People...he fits in w/Hollywood.
    Jake J
    San Diego

    September 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. libby

    Hey Lefties, do not get excited, it is only the beginning. When the
    truth comes out about the Fannie Mae's etc. and who was in charge,
    i.e, Raines,Gerlick, Ole Clinton appointees,who come out with milllions and they are responsible for beginning of this crisis ,and then, Obama has received lots of money for his run for Pres. Give me a break, calm down you lefties!

    September 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. joey from nc

    Mccain did it to himself with that horrible VP pick. He might of had a chance if he picked someone that wasn't an obvious pander. Say goodbye repubs!! Liberals are going to have control of the house, senate, and white house!! ABOUT TIME!!!

    September 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Thank Heavens!

    "Better late than never!"
    The American people are FINALLY realizing what a disaster Mc/P would be.
    There's hope after all that we may find salvation from the Repugnican abomination!

    Go Dems 08/12/16/forever!

    September 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. Chuck

    Imagine, just imagine, if Barack Obama would be white instead of half-white, the election would be over already with Obama elected to be our next president in a landslide. The current polls would certainly show him with a 20-30 point lead over McCain.

    The question is often asked as to why Obama is not further ahead in the polls. The answer that pundits fail to enunciate is the fact that he is half African-American.

    Wake up America, we are no longer living in the 1940's.

    September 18, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. mr g

    Mr. Boston dry your tears the hockey mom and the senile old goat is going down. I bet you a can of Boston Baked Beans they will lose in Nov. Get on board we are heading to the future of America you can be a part of it or .....BEGONE.

    September 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. David in NH

    I love the continued use of "It's the economy, stupid!". Only an uneducated mindless robot would actually believe that voting for and electing a particular Presidental candidate will change the economy. Aside from that, the only poll that matters is the one held on Super Tuesday in November, and I am not referring to the infamous and incredibly inaccurate exit polls. I am talking about the one where you step behind the curtain and make that choice that is between you, God, and the counters. Lose the emotional charge and who makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and vote for the one that logically is better qualified.

    September 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Debby

    Its frightening to think that a man that benefited the most from a fallout on wallstreet can become our President. Its frightening to think that Fanny and Freddy who were run by Dems. literally ran it into the ground.

    Its horrifying that a man talking about how bad the economy is just had a 28th. dollar a plate dinner and raised 9mill. when people are suffering in Texas and have lost their homes.

    Its horrifying that a man with so many Gaffe's coming out of his mouth might be our next VP and who will over see foreign affairs.

    The next frightening and horrifying Pres. and VP Obama/Biden.

    September 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. JBW

    An experienced war hero or a college professor selling the politics and policies of Jimmy Carter? Hmm....

    September 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. PUMA-Jessie

    This is the third time I have tried to get a message in, but to no avail. I will try again and ask a simple question. Why were not the polling results of two of the good standard of polling not included. Rasmussen and Zogby were not in the group. Both have McCain ahead! One by five points. Check out the battleground states. Ohio, Michigan, Pennslyvania, Florida and West Viriginia. Pennsylvania is tied and Obama is carrying Michigan and losing all the others!

    September 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Neocon

    I takes a while for social conservatives to recognize that voting for a Democrat is not a sin.

    September 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. Former Hillary supporter for Obama

    Barack Obama attended Occidental College, but received his undergraduate degree in political science from Columbia University, an Ivy League member currently ranked 9th in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Obama also graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Harvard Law School, where he also served as President of the Harvard Law Review.

    John McCain was ranked 894 of 899 at the US Naval Academy.

    reformer of what?... certainly not economics

    not even going there on the VP side of things.

    September 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. MarioB., Berlin FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    way to go Obama.
    The convention bounce is over and that economy-week is extremely in YOUR favor. Way to go to the white House!

    Obama/Biden by landslide. 🙂

    September 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. Ricky - Latino for Obama

    Even though I dont make much of these polls since it's a very small sample of the voting pop, a 2% lead is better than being behind 2%.

    I truly believe that after the debates that Obama's lead will increase but ultimately the election will lie in the hands of young and new voters who tend to favor Obama. If the nation has a high voter turnout, Obama wins this.

    let's go out and vote!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Pat

    GO OBAMA the only sensible choice for Change!

    September 18, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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