October 17th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
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Obama's lead falls two points in new CNN Poll of Polls

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The latest CNN Poll of Polls shows Obama's lead over McCain dropping by 2 points.(AP PHOTO)

(CNN) - A new average of the most recent national polls suggests Sen. Barack Obama holds a 6-point lead over Sen. John McCain.

The CNN Poll of Polls, compiled Friday morning, indicates that 49 percent of Americans say Obama, D-Illinois, is their choice for president, with 43 percent backing McCain, R-Arizona. Eight percent of those questioned are undecided.

Watch: Polls show Obama is leading McCain

The previous edition, compiled Thursday, indicated Obama had an 8-point lead over McCain, 50-42 percent.

This edition of the CNN Poll of Polls averaged four surveys: an American Research Group poll conducted October 11-13; a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby survey taken October 13-16; a Gallup poll conducted October 13-15; and a Diageo/Hotline survey taken October 13-15.

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  1. Independents NY

    Dont' panic everyone, the American people are not stupid enough to put an old man in charge and a woman who is completely unqualified to run a car wash let alone our wonderful country. Polls do this, up down and all around. Don't get nervous, just get out and VOTE!

    Obama/Biden '08 & '12

    October 17, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Fritz

    Which Zogby poll was this? Over this time period, Zogby was push polling for McCain saying such untrue things as "If you knew Barack Obama supported a plan to give government health care coverage to illegal immigrants, would you be" more or less likely to vote for McCain? Very questionable behavior by Zogby recently.

    October 17, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. James From Chicago

    THIS IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR THE AMERICANS TO GET OUT AND VOTE..
    NOT ANOTHER BUSH 8 YEARS..NO MCCAIN

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 17, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. dw

    this is good for Obama – will help get out the vote!

    October 17, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. Amy For America

    ANd by the way CNN why don't you mention the fact that Obama now has 317 electoral votes, instead of saying his lead fell!!

    You know better, that's partisan rhetoric!
    Whoever wrote that clearly wants to give a sense of regression when in fact the new electoral vote shows just the opposite.

    PS. It's alright if you don't publish my comment, at least you know.

    October 17, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Doug R.

    Obama/ Biden will not increase anyone's taxes unless they have incomes greater than 250K. This 'Joe the Plumber' character was a McCain plant. Pay no attention to him.
    Not only will crooked McCain/ dizzy Palin increase your taxes (McCain clearly stated he will tax your health care benefits), they will give hugh tax breaks to large corporations, big oil, and multi millionaires. He can't even be honest about this. He's a liar and a fraud.

    October 17, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. Amy For America

    ANd by the way CNN why don't you mention the fact that Obama now has 317 electoral votes, instead of saying his lead fell!!

    You know better, that's partisan rhetoric!
    Whoever wrote that clearly wants to give a sense of regression when in fact the new electoral map shows just the opposite.

    PS. It's alright if you don't publish my comment, at least you know.

    October 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. Cecile, Canada

    Great, the more Mc Same is up in the polls, Obama people will not hesitate to cast their vote and they actuelly will be more motivate. I prefer this to Obama being up in the polls.

    October 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. Gwen

    Please listen...Obama does NOT want to tax everyone! He DOES NOT want to tax the "middle guy". Does anyone listen? He is proposing a tax increase on those making over $250,000. That is not the middle guy.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  10. Marv

    Polls should be outlawed they offer nothing to the situation but someones agenda. I have alot of friends and none of them have ever been called. or contacted in anyway. if mcain and that lady win this country is doomed racism will destroy this country. I never believed obama was in the lead anyway. God help us.

    October 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. sunshinek67

    Polls are goofy. Until the pollsters release who exactly they are polling the data is useless. And that's just one problem with polling. Recent post debate polling on CNN stated there was 10% more Democrats than Republicans asked whether or not Obama or McCain was the winner. The results are skewed yet CNN, and I'm sure other news organizations did the same, spread headlines of a 13% spread between Obama and McCain. Whatever. Exit polling from 2004 Presidential election at 3:00pm eastern time was declaring a so-called landslide victory for John Kerry, and we know how THAT turned out. The media is always going to try and dictate and define a presidential election. This is just a fact of life. Deal with it.

    October 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. Shawn - Ga

    You all had your fun and it was funny to watch you posting your hateful and arrogant posts day after day here, thinking that Obama had a chance.

    Now it is time for us adults to weigh in and stop being the silent majority and just be the majority. You see there is a large diffrence between arrogant and confident. Confidence allows you to sit back and watch and wait. Mr. McCain was correct we have you just where we want you. 18 days and you are now going to be blindsided by the rush of all of us into this race.

    October 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. SD

    Bring It!! Bring All You Got!! We ready, we on the phone, in the streets, doing absentee ballots, we got the Young People voting early, we are going to be running Vans, buses. We will not be denied. Bring everything you got!!!, we are going to put it all on the line for Barrack!! Bring the cameras to the polls and see us Roar, again I say, we will not be denied. Sen Obama will be the next president of the United States!!

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    October 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  14. White Christian Mother for Obama

    We have early voting next week I will take that time along with My husband to vote for OBAMA/BIDEN!!! and pretty much any other democrat LOL.!!

    WOOHOO!!!!

    October 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  15. andy

    It sure is funny how when the polls start to go against O, they don't seem to matter any more by his supporters. That's about as consistent and transparent as the candidate himself.

    October 17, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  16. Terry

    Polls, hand picked citizens wired to mechanical devices..and squiggly lines...rolling blogger comments....

    The media wouldn't know a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent if they walked into the room with a donkey, an elephant or question mark tattooed on their forehead.

    Notice they never say how many are polled, where they are polled from and however they try to convince us the small group of hand picked citizens have the pulse of the nation.

    October 17, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  17. JDC

    The "Bradley effect" just might save us from this incompetent man!

    October 17, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Nice try liberal media with trying to convince the American public that the election was over. As we get closer to the election now you are worried about how you will be perceived if your progostications are so far off.

    October 17, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  19. McCain/Palin = Shameful, hateful behaviour

    Good. This will ensure that Obama's workers and supporters will redouble their efforts. An 8 or 10 point lead might cause them to be complacent.

    They have their work cut out for them since the other camp have shown they are more than willing to lie and smear and behave despicably generally.

    Oh, and Nightingale, Obama will REDUCE OR ELIMINATE taxes unless you make a very large net income. Why are the GOP supporters so incapable of actually understanding what's said in this campaign?

    October 17, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  20. Walter

    President John McCain. Get used to it, people. It's going to happen! Whoo hoo! We're going to win and you guys all know it.

    October 17, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. TexicoFromMexico

    When is the media LIKE CNN going to demand interviews from Palin?????If she is ready to lead this nation should something happen WE AS AMRICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET TO HEAR HER OFF TELEPROMPTER!!!! The Media should be screaming about this!!!!! Rollins and Cooper should be screaming! Larry King should be screaming!!! What is going on here people?

    October 17, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  22. Jenn

    Love the first comment, the first line says it all about Obama supporters.
    Unless you agree with them you must be stupid. Well you know what whether I support Obama or McCain( still undecided) it is my choice and my right to vote for who I want. I will not become a lemming because of the historical nature of this race and blindly follow someone who I do not believe in.
    The last two Presidential elections I have had to vote against someone and not for someone and that realy stinks and I don't want to do that again. Both canidates have pros and cons and neither has shown that they have what it takes, in my opinion, to run this coutry.

    October 17, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. When will this be over

    Red,....... nobodies panicking maybe its really you who's nervous and you are trying to shift the attention to the Democrats. Everyone in this election is scared or nervous whether you are Democrat or Republican. I told you before don't put your trust and life in the hands of these two canidate. That can't really do anything without the help of the Almighty himself God not Barack lol. Trust in the one who will not leave you nor forsake you.( Again I am not talking about Barack) CNN here's you chance to spread the Good news and put my comment in rotation. God Bless. Seek a higher calling and not the ones from Washington.

    October 17, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  24. Becky in Indiana

    I voted early for Obama and I urge everyone to do the same to make sure their vote will count!!!

    October 17, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  25. Mack

    Sad part about this story is this is the type of politic americans crave. Surely, the negative attacks are discouraging, yet another example if the polls as a result of it, then do you fault the candidates. They are spending your campaign dollars to get elected. If you don't want the ads, don't donate.

    October 17, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
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