September 25th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN poll of polls: Obama up 4 points

Sen. Obama is ahead by four points in Thursday's CNN poll of polls.
Sen. Obama is ahead by four points in Thursday's CNN poll of polls.

(CNN) – As the fate of the first head-to-head debate between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain remains uncertain, CNN’s latest poll of polls shows the Democratic nominee with a 4 point advantage over his Republican rival. Obama has the support of 47 percent of voters to McCain's 43 percent, with and 10 percent unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous poll of polls, released Wednesday night, Obama was ahead by 5 points – 49 percent versus 44 percent.

“Since the start of the financial crisis, Sen. Obama has held a small but clear edge in the horserace,” said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Sen. McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign in the midst of this crisis can be seen as an attempt to regain the upper hand on the economy — an issue which so far continues to work to Obama’s advantage. The overwhelming majority of Americans are more concerned with the state of the economy than with any other issue.”

Thursday’s national general election poll of polls is comprised of the following four surveys: Marist (September 22-23), Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (September 22-23), Gallup (September 22-24), and Diageo/Hotline (September 22-24). CNN’s poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    So CNN polled 4 people wearing Obama shirts. Nice

    September 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. bob in L.A.

    Up, Down, Up, Down- is this election over yet?

    September 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Mary

    The electoral colleges matter not the popularity polls. Hey, what's up with Bill Clinton? Is he getting senile already/

    September 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    On Nov 5th... this will be 52% 48% and Obama will win.

    September 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. McCain invented the Black Berry

    Now lets get ready to ram-bate ......go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. PoliticoMike

    If McCain keeps up this "Time -Out!" approach, the polls will grow wider. CNN, I Pray to you that whatever happens with this Bail Out, you DO NOT give him the credit. Simply because he's not even part of this.

    September 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Ex-Republican for Obama

    With Politicians like McCain, who needs terrorists?

    September 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. LYNETTE IN CA

    OF COURSE HE IS AND IT'S ABOUT TO GO UP HIGHER!

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08

    September 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Hard Realities

    Obama is CLEARLY the more qualified, smarter, more proactive, strategic thinking, level-headed and capable of the TWO.

    As a voter, I can say what folks that have to be politically correct can not. . . . . John McCain's best days are behind him. I can not follow McCain's lead.

    September 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. McShame, Houston TX

    Thank you lord, come on people 8 years is enough!!!!! McShame and McPalin will give us 4 more years of the same!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Maureen, Newman California

    Obama is up in the polls, and McCain is running away from his fight, fight, fight. What is Palin doing while McCain is saving the universe?

    September 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. S. Boatman

    If Mccain Doesnt Go To The Debate He Will Really Suffer In The Polls! If Mccain Does Go To The Debate He Is Sure To Loose And Go Down In The Polls! Mccain Is Screwed Either Way He Goes! He Is Not As Slick Of A Weasel He Thinks He Is!

    September 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Ron L

    This should increase another 2 or 3 points after this POLITICAL STUNT Senator McCain is pulling with the Walll Street mess.
    Where does he get the idea that he can just CANCEL a Presidential Debate???
    His ARROGANCE and EGO are in full view!!
    America this is SO MUCH like George Bushes behaviour it is SCARY!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. John McLame

    More of the same from John McShame

    John McLame says, “I don’t know much about the economy, I still need to be educated”

    “It would be acceptable if we had to stay in Iraq for another 100 years.”

    We need to “bomb, bomb, and bomb Iran”

    “I have voted with Bush 90% of the time because he has been right 90% of the time”

    Sarah Failin says,

    “I have foreign policy experience because you can see Russia from Alaska and I went to Mexico on vacation once.”

    “I welcome any investigation into my past because I have nothing to hide, oh never mind I will not meet with any investigators for any reason ever.”

    She believes the Bush Doctrine is a “World View” hahaha

    She says she said “No Thanks” for the Bridge to nowhere when she was actually the one who got it approved

    She says we may have to go to war WITH RUSSIA

    She decreased her own responsibilities when she was the mayor of a town small enough to be run by a fifth grader

    YOU CAN”T HIDE FOREVER PALIN/ McShame!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Palin for President

    It does not matter. McCain will win this election regardless. Someone please tell Bill Clinton we dont need him or his wife or her pumas to win this election. I am so sick of the Clintons. Why are they still even in the news. Go home Bill and take the lipstick pig with you.

    Palin 2012

    September 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. JD in NC

    I think this a period too emotionally charged and volataile to accurately poll peoples attitudes.

    September 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    That lead will increase if they debate Friday night and ESPECIALLY if McCain ducks and runs, hiding behind the crisis in the economy and in so doing, getting little Miss Sarah out of having to face Sen. Biden in debates by rescheduling the Presidential Debate to the night the VP debate is to take place. Either way, the McCain camp is running scared! Perhaps McCain should take the time to READ the bailout plan if HIS plan is to use this crisis as his "out" of the debates with Obama.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!! RIGHT NOW!!

    September 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. CM

    And continuing to climb.

    Meanwhile....back at Capitol Hill John McCain asks Joe Lieberman to explain all these financial terms.

    September 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I simply can't understand people.

    September 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    The reporting of the polls seems very strategic...

    September 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. TJ-Texas

    Yes we are concerned about the economy, but I am also concern who will be president. I multitask, so can they. The debate should be on. American people are not dumb, its obivious the dumb people are the people in the office.

    BT W-They are suppose to hand out stimlus checks. For who? The average american who do good with their money, dont see a dime. Everyone should get one. For people who are behind, it will help them get caught up. For people who aren’t behind, they can use the money to make purchases or investments that will help stimulate the economy as well.
    It’s a win/win for America.
    The banks most likely have abandoned investing in US currency which is most likely why the dollar has been falling in value. They will probably take the money and invest even more heavily in foreign currencies, send more jobs overseas and make sure they retain value for their shareholders and officers. The American people constantly get sold under the bus while cities have to decrease services and lay off employees. School districts across the country have been laying off teachers and decreasing curriculum and materials our kids need to learn. Some school districts have even cut the number of days the kids are in schools in order to save money.
    I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with capitalism; there isn’t. What is wrong is that our taxes are being used to reward those who have betrayed and lied to the public.
    ________________________________________

    September 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. gl

    “Sen. McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign in the midst of this crisis can be seen as an attempt to regain the upper hand on the economy . It is an attempt to regain the upper hand on the economy and I hope the American people will not fall in this trap again and start backing McSame again. This is our life and it should be taken more serious and I am sick of these games McSame keep injecting.

    September 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. John in Ohio

    9/22:
    Obama 49%
    McCain 44%
    Composite of 3 surveys

    9/23:
    Obama 48%
    McCain 45%
    "CNN's "poll of polls" consists of three surveys: CNN/ORC (Sept. 19-21), Gallup (Sept. 20-22), and Diageo/Hotline (Sept. 20-22)."

    9/24:
    Obama 49%
    McCain 44%
    "CNN's poll of polls consists of 8 surveys: LAT/Bloomberg (9/19-22), Fox/Opinion Dynamics (9/22-23), NBC/WSJ (9/19-22), ABC/WP (9/19-22), ARG (9/20-22), CNN/ORC (9/19-21), Gallup (9/21-23), Diageo/Hotline (9/21-23)."

    9/25
    Obama 47%
    McCain 43%
    "CNN's "poll of polls" consists of four surveys: Marist (Sept. 22-23), Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (Sept. 22-23), Gallup (Sept. 22-24) and Diageo/Hotline (Sept. 22-24). "

    The most significant things from this:
    1. McCain has dropped to 43%, the lowest he's been in the poll of polls for a while.
    2. The % of undecided has gone from 7% to 10%, largely because of the financial crisis.
    3. Both Obama and McCain have lost support as a result of the crisis, but the margin between them stays largely stable.

    September 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    thank you senator Obama, you are always consistant, i trust you, keep on being the true leader that you are.

    September 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Republicans for Obama

    Obama has this one. Don't celebrate yet.

    September 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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