September 22nd, 2008
02:10 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN POLL OF POLLS: Obama ahead in crucial battlegrounds

Obama is ahead in two key states, according the latest CNN poll of polls.
Obama is ahead in two key states, according the latest CNN poll of polls.

(CNN) - Barack Obama holds leads in critical battleground states of Iowa and Pennsylvania with only six weeks remaining until Election Day, according to just released CNN poll of polls.

New surveys also released Monday suggest Obama and John McCain are locked in statistical ties in two other crucial swing states.

According to CNN's Iowa poll of polls, Obama holds a 7-point lead (50-43 percent) in the state that narrowly voted for President Bush in 2004 and gave a major boost to Obama's presidential fortunes earlier this year at the start of the primary season.

A poll of polls out of Pennsylvania shows the race there considerably tighter, with the Illinois senator - who lost handily to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary there - holding a slim 3 point lead over McCain (47-44 percent).

Both the Iowa and Pennsylvania poll of polls consist of three recent surveys out of both states, and neither carries a margin of error.

In Minnesota, the site of the Republican convention earlier this month, a new American Research Group poll suggests the race there has tightened considerably, with Obama holding a 1-point lead (46-45 percent) that is well within the survey's 4 percent sampling error.

A new Suffolk University poll out of Nevada also suggests the race there is a dead heat, with McCain holding a 1-point lead (48-47 percent) that is again well within the poll's sampling error.

CNN considers both Iowa and Pennsylvania as "leaning Obama" in its electoral map breakdown ,while Minnesota and Nevada are considered tossup states.

soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Fenarkleman

    But haven't Karl Rove and the far right-wingers already fixed the outcome of this election a long time ago?

    Does it really matter how we vote this time?

    September 22, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Helene

    Yes, yes and yes. We will win this election Barack !

    September 22, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    John McCain invented the opinion poll.

    September 22, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Purple Nurple

    I support Obama, but who really cares?? I do not.

    The only poll I care about is on the 4th of NOV.

    Obama 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Frank

    YES WE CAN ! I went door-to-door this weekend with my family ! We never supported a campaign in that way before ! Missouri counts, our voices count ! OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT !

    September 22, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Jude

    BO could lose if the race is too close because of his race. Common, ya'll know that if it comes down to it, BO will lose of the racism in this country!!!

    September 22, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Independent but Leaning

    The fact that these states are only "leaning Obama" should be a point of concern for the enlightened one.

    People are realizing that we need practical experience to lead us through these difficult times– not just untested intellectual theories.

    Obama: Ready to get elected. Not ready to lead.

    September 22, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. VIRGINIA will be blue

    The tide has turned. I smell a landslide coming.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 22, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. IWASP!-Woman Against Sarah Palin!

    Republicans hate America! if they didn't, this race wouldn't be close. But you people are ready to put a candidate who is for the rich only (mccain) rather than vote for the betterment of your country (Obama) because he is black! How disgusting and backwards you are. By the way, I am white and a female and PROUD to cast my vote for Obama. I wouldn't care if he were green, he is intelligent, has sound plans for fixing this economy and has shown us brilliant judgement and he's got my vote. Plus I don't like pathological liars (mccain/palin), the lying thing just insults my intelligence. By the way mccain, whatever happened to the gas tax holiday????

    September 22, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Yes we can, yes we can, yes we can!

    September 22, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. James

    Frank, you and your family are feeling what me and my whole community are. I am anxious to give the Illinois Senator a shot.

    September 22, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. katiec

    GREAT. It proves the voters are not falling for and are tired
    of the lies, distortions and attacks made by the republicans.
    The future of American depends on our getting the
    republicans out of office.
    We cannot survive any more of their irresponsible
    leadership of our country.

    September 22, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. The BOTTOM Line.....

    CHANGE WE ALL CAN BELIEVE IN.........
    OBAMA/BIDEN.....2008, LETS GET IT

    September 22, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. RCLGuard

    I'm skeptical but optimistic. McCain is just too scary. We need Obama.Biden.

    08 12

    September 22, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Muz

    I noticed that when they show a candidate leading the polls they'll put a tough looking picture of him, but when he's behind in the polls its more of a sad picture

    September 22, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Independent Obama Lover in OH

    One Car. One House. One Spouse!

    Go Obama!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 22, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Bulldog

    McCain is out there now trying to say he is going to reform himself. McCain has ALWAYS been a strong supporter of deregulation and less government oversight for Wall Street. McCain's fingerprints are all over our economic disaster we are now facing.

    Now all of sudden he want's to reform his own philosophies and support he has held for over 20 years.

    Oh yeah, he also want to end earmarks but just 3 mothns ago he announced he wanted to spend $300 million dollars to the inventor of a better car battery. That is a federal earmark by definition.

    The media has never called him on it.

    September 22, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Gary

    Rasmussen has Obama up 7 in Minnesota

    September 22, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. ltd1974- Ohio for Obama

    GO President Obama. Now lets add all the cell phone users and the new voters to the mix. Landslide victory for Mr. President Obama. Wha is up with McShame saying LiarSarah is ready to be PRESIDENT LOL LOL LOL LOL LOl

    All you Hillary supporters claiming to be down with McShame; What is McShame now saying about Hillary? Nothing. SO be smart with your vote and lets put Hillary in Office in 2012, because if Obama was too lose this election, Hillary has no shot. Hillary or Palin? I saw Hillary anyday.

    President Obama/ Vice President Biden '08

    September 22, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    The truth being brought to bear on misleading ads from both sides is bearing fruit. It would seem the bigger the lie, the bigger the drop in the polls. More and more media outlets are doing "fact check" segments.

    How a candidate runs and conducts a campaign is a foreshadowing of how a candidate will run and conduct their elected office.

    Did you notice how McCain backed off from "I would fire the chairman." to "I would ask for the chairman's resignation." As POTUS he cannot fire the chairman no more than he could fire a Supreme Court Justice, even if he did appoint the judge. McCain demonstrated a bully pulpit mentality. Sound familiar?

    September 22, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. JOE KILOZ

    With all the lying racists in this country , with all the legitimate voters taken off the rolls, with all Diebold machines out there.... Obama needs to be up by double digits to have a chance

    September 22, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. April Garlow

    Obama wants to give my money away.There should be no bailout of Wall Street –period. I have been saying since 9-11-just wait- all these people living far beyond thier means, are going to get a rude awakening.Each person is responsible for their own finances.Most people that got these risky loans, knew they were risky, some people running up their credit card bills, have no intention of ever getting out of debt, the same people buy new cars every year when the old one is fine.PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY–on every level, I don't believe the sky is falling, if these institutions fail– others will step up to take their place, but who do you think depends on these institutions for hand outs?--the politicians. If they are gone–there goes the gravy train.The politicians will have to start their relationships with new entities and that scares them–the unknown.Where will their money come from–panic sets in–and they go back to the good old stand-by–us. I don't want to clean up Wall Street's dirty diaper, those that want to bail them out–should use their own funds–sign a contract and make payments.I am not in debt, I don't believe in credit cards, if I don't have the money I do without.No more corporate welfare-Stop the insanity!

    September 22, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. enomisa

    OBAMA has yet to come up with an economic plan. All he does is mock and ridicule the comments and suggestions of others. He continues to play safe- voting present?- until he sees whether the plans of other people succeed or fail.
    THEN and only then, will Obama express his opinions and plans on what to do.

    AND STILL, Americans are so scared that they are leaning towards Obama.

    Obama's UNIVERSAL Health care plan that is NOT universal but allows people to opt out, ALONE is reason NOT to vote for Obama.

    September 22, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Becky

    Again, no one has asked our opinion nor anyone we know! These polls are useless. If it matters, you can add two more votes for Obama from Ohio – one Republican and one Democrat!

    OBAMA 08

    September 22, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    Far too close for comfort... I'm afraid that nearly half of the country consist of uneducated idiots who fall for the fear mongering of the greedy corporate types.

    September 22, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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