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. CR

    I can prep for an interview better than Palin and give more coherent answers. Anyone who thinks she would be a decent leader is a total idiot...

    September 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Cheryl

    Palin 2012 ?????????????????????
    Are you out of your gourd????????????????

    September 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. ANDY DAAS

    You have to be totaly insane to give the Republicans another 4 yrs.

    September 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. ToddDC

    After Palin's ridiculous interview with Katie Couric, and how Palin came off as a complete and utter MORON, how can you say this!!

    September 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. ct voter

    fox news poll and he is up ahead, HA! The rightwing nut house poll couldn't even help Mccain!

    September 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Truly American

    McCain= country first
    Obama= Self first

    It shows time and time and time again.

    Maybe Obama should go to Europe and phone in his debate.
    He can really multi-task!

    September 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    Although I know this is CNN's ..I want to keep this election close GIMMICK to keep viewers & bloggers excited poll of polls.
    It's RIDICULOUS that the margin isn't at least 10 points granted the the way last week or so has gone for MCClown.

    These polls are starting to be a Joke just like John McClown and his sidekick puppet Sara McPalin.

    Barack Your Vote!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    This is good news on the surface; however, I am not paying any attention to these polls in an election as unique as this one. All I know is that Obama better show up-with or without McCain-at the debate!

    September 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. MARTY MCCLAIN

    OBAMA WOULD RATHER BE PRESIDENT THAN DO HIS DUTY
    AS A SENATOR.

    September 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. KATHLEEN

    Wait! Wait! Obama up only 4 points! after the biggest lying fiasco
    by the Republicans and Wealthy thiefs of America. Something
    wrong with this picture folks. 4 points is all. Are we on living for
    liars. Are we going to pay for the lying thieves? Get a reality check,
    AMERICA! or we are gone!!!!!!!!!! like on the edge of destruction
    and your voting Republican. Like I have said before, if you are
    a Republican and you believe in Bush and McCain, please put
    a paper bag over your heads.!!!!!!!!!!! Shame, you should be ashamed.

    September 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. the other jd

    Only 4 points? Are you sure you don't mean 40 points?

    September 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Avenue A

    Palin 2012? Really? A woman who can't even talk to the press. Palin 2012? I hope that is sarcasm, dear. Yikes.

    September 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Shari, NY

    NOT THIS TIME.
    It’s not yet Halloween and tricks are being played. Imagine, a bailout deal is just about sealed and McCain is adamant about postponing the debate. Obviously his mind was made up looong ago. I would not be surprised if a stunt is pulled on Election Day. SOS!

    September 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. MD, TX

    Dear "John McLame",

    Have you ever had an ORIGINAL thought or do you just spit out what you hear others say?

    September 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Carl

    Why don't they ever poll me? I'd say Obama is going down.

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. ber6964

    Does anyone else smell a McChicken????

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Mccain is a liar

    Palin for president...hahahaha....HAHAHAHA.....WOW...YOU WANT PALIN FOR PRESIDENT, AAAHAHAHAHAHA, OH MY GOD....HAHAHAAHAHAHAH....

    good one...

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Gregory G Wied Jr

    I find it kinda funny how a month ago when Obama had a 7-point lead that he was in dire straights, as he didn't have a big enough lead.

    Now he has a 4-point lead and McCain is in deep doo-doo.

    Gotta love sensationalist reporting!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. If I could ask two questions?

    Why is this race still so close?

    Why was Pailin picked?

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Tom

    PFP, why are you asking Bill to take Palin with him? Don't like her much?

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Accountant Guy

    It's GAME OVER McBush. America now see who you and your joke of a VP really are!! THANKS BUT NO THANKS ON THE MORONS TO NO WHERE OF MCBUSH/PALIN!! Your tricks won't work anymore McBush, so pack up and take eskimo barbie with you!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. KATHLEEN

    Thank you GOD????? No, only 4 points! What the hell is going on in
    American Politics. This cannot be real. This cannot be happening.

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. S. Boatman

    Mccains Drop In The Polls Are A Direct Response Of People Thinking He Is Playing Games To Get Their Vote! Most People Dont Believe You Suspended Your Campaign To Save The Nation Mccain! I Think Its A Political Stunt! Now Get Your @ss To The Debate And Show Us You Are Ready And Not Scared!

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Steve Green

    McPain and Sarah Palin are losers all the way! Obama has it in the bag>

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Karen - Missouri

    It's been that for a couple days now. And poll of polls sounds ok, but only FOUR polls? That's not a poll of polls. I go to another website that has MANY more polls averaged.

    September 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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