October 17th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

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. jake747

    Fella from chicago, clearly you also have no idea what socialism is. Socialism is the complete "equal" redistribution of wealth, ie, we all make the same money. Obama's plan comes nowhere near this. In fact, under his plan, it's still essentially the same balance we saw under Reagan in the 80s. Socialism also involves the nationalizing of industry, ie, the people owning the means of production. Obama's plan does not call for that. Finally, even the godfather of capitalism called for modest redistribution of wealth in his book "The Wealth of Nations." He understood it was healthy for capitalism.

    Not to mention the fact you don't seem to understand the difference between a system used to choose leaders versus an economic system. Capitalism and socialism are economic systems, either can come via democracy or totalitarianism. You can have totalitarian capitalism or democratic socialism, and vice-versa.

    Too much ignorance in this country. Almost unbelievable. We need serious beefing up of civics education in our school systems.

    October 17, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. Tim in VA

    As the election draws near, and The One's socialist tendendies are coming to light. The polls will tighten, and we'll have a wild night on November 4. Buckle up, the rides just starting.

    October 17, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Susan

    McCain had a decent debate and will get some mileage out of this stupid Joe the Plumber thing. I don't really care about Joe the Plumber - he's a plumber for god sake - everyone knows they do quite well for themselves. Let's not forget about McCain's running mate – Palin – her selection sealed his doom. WHAT was he thinking?

    October 17, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Celeste

    I agree with another reviewer – all of a sudden it's a tight race. I don't think so, but it does appear to add some excitement that way.

    October 17, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. virginia casey

    I live in a place called the villages here in florida and believe it or not despite the developers biased opinions there are some of us who will vote democratic. even we republicans!!!!!we don`t talk about it much because some of these republicans get really really snarly about it and bring up stuff from the past – - – most of what they say is entirely false – - – - incidentally my father was Herb the plumber- – - – but he was licensed and supervised the installation of the GOLD plumbing at the edsel ford estate.. but he did pay his taxes and approve of social security!!!! ended up living a comfortable life.. in those days you could. not so for me given the bush failed policies!!!!!

    October 17, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Mike the Independent from Ohio

    I thought Obama won the debate?

    October 17, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Loyal Democrat in MD

    This is a tight one, folks! IGNORE THE POLLS, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY, & VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN ON NOV. 4TH!!!!

    October 17, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Ion Hypocricy

    When independent voters look into the latest rounds of FactCheck, they will see how McCain either falsely represents or distorts IMPORTANT issues, Obama's lead will grow again. Give it a few more days.

    October 17, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. 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 are 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 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. THE END OF AMERICA by OBAMA

    I think the American people are beginning to realize Obama is not what is needed in the White House.
    John McCain is not perfect but he will not push us toward socialism.
    I think Americans are smart enough to "listen" to that feeling in their gut about obama.
    What a stage production this group has fed us. Everything perfect. TOO PERFECT.
    Trust the feeling in your gut. obama is nothing more than a good liar.

    October 17, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  11. Sweetie

    This is really GREAT news!

    I don't want to have to live through another Great Depression!

    The Carter years where not a picnic either with mortgage interest rates at 17 % and a President so weak that Iran held us hostage!

    Vote for an American Hero with a history of the types of reform we need right now!

    McCain/Palin-08

    October 17, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  12. Hispanic For McCain

    Here we go again you see why is that all YOU Liberals MORONS cry went all of a sudden the polls are going to McCain now. Last week when Obama had a 11 POINT lead you all were not crying!!! all you liberals in this blog!! are Pathethic!!!! Just accept that McCain will win the election. Latinos (Hispanic) WILL all go to McCain. The Latinos just don't trust Obama and that is a fact. The Puerto Rican in New York are voting for McCain and that is a fact by thousands!!!! get use to it McCain will rise in the next three weeks

    Go McCain/Palin08

    October 17, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. dcr

    Watch McCain carefully...do we really want a man who screams, pounds his fists, makes crazy faces and in general looks half crazed as our next president? This is what untreated PTSD looks like. All those years as a prisoner of war have taken their toll. This will be a man who has control of the "red button". I am scared of his anger and hot temper. I fear where he will take us....America think carefully as you cast your vote....

    October 17, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. JP

    The hate mongering is on both sides. On any given day, just read some of these posts by the left on CNN. Before you start pointing the fingers, take a good long look in the mirror. We are a divided country and until we can start start learning to get along as Americans, we deserve every bit of bad fortune that has been thrown our way. And polls don't mean anything BTW. I thought we all learned that by now.

    October 17, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  15. Another O and Joe supporter

    PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!
    PEOPLE wE CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER 8 YEARS OF WAR AND FEAR!
    THAT'S ALL THAT THE REPUGS HAVE DONE THRUOUT THIS CAMPAIGN IS LIE, AND SPREAD FEAR. THEY CAN'T TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES BECASUE THEY WILL DO MORE OF THE SAME IF NOT WORSE. MCAIN IS WAR MONGER WHO WILL REINSTATE THE DRAFT SEND MORE OF OUR YOUNG MEN TO WAS. READ THE DEBATE TRANSCRIPTS, THE TOP TWO THINGS HE WILL CUT IS DEFENSE AND VETERAN AFFAIRS!!!!! OMG! OBAMA AND BIDEN ARE OUR SALVATION FROM THESE AWFUL REPUGS AND THEIR SELF INDULGENT ATTITUDES AND WAYS.

    October 17, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  16. Boudreau

    I felt like after McCain repudiated Pres. George Bush and the Republican platform he would gain a couple of points.
    Had enough yet? Vote Democrat!

    October 17, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  17. wendy

    THIS IS AN EXCELLENT REMINDER FOR EVERYONE TO VOTE! WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO LOSE THIS ELECTION! VOTE OBAMA!

    October 17, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. Eddie

    To Red,, Palin means nothing, Joh McCain will dump her when he wins.

    October 17, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  19. Tim in VA

    Virginia Casey – How did you hear something, but the FBI did not? Another smear that never made it to The One's fight the smear website. Such hypocrisy.

    October 17, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. Vern

    Of course it will be a tight race....I've seen every presidential election since Carter vs Reagan in 1980(I'm only 36).Each race went almost neck and neck til election day.Plus polls really aren't a true indicator of which way people will actually vote.If you ask certain questions to a different demographic of people,you could actually influence their decision.

    October 17, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  21. Kentucky

    I am getting so sick of this McCain crap. He's trying to tie Obama to Ayers, but yet at the debate he said that Ayers was an "old washed up terrorist." If he is so washed up, then why are you bringing it up. Then he wants to talk about ACORN, but he fails to mention that he gave a big speech for them back in 2006 praising their work. I guess its ok for McCain to do these things, just not Obama. To be honest, this world would be better off if McCain was still a POW. But noooo, he's not because they didn't want him either.

    October 17, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  22. Brenna

    The dirt and mud-slinging is the nature of politics but in this election it seems to be more the nature of republican politics. There are really two reasons I will vote for Obama – McCain's temperament which I truly, truly believe will put this country in danger, and McCain's choice of Palin, again, a huge lack of judgment that showed me McCain's desire to win at all costs trumped the welfare of America, that will also put this country in danger. The choice we the voters make will determine what happens to us and in the end, we'll get what we deserve as a nation.

    October 17, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  23. Lo

    (shakes head).....

    Forget the polls, forget the media. Get out, vote early or vote November 4th. Win or lose, we need to Barack the Vote!

    October 17, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  24. Heaven Help Us

    I'm glad the polls are swinging. That will encourage everyone to go out and vote. Do not get 'cocky" and think this election is over...

    VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 17, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  25. informed voter

    "Joe the Plumber" whose "taxes are going to be raised".... doesn't make anything near 250, 000 dollars which means he is not going to have his taxes raised, he actually owes thousands of dollars in taxes on his home which has a lean on it, and he doesn't even have a plumbing licencse in Ohio!!!!!! Let's drop the whole pathetic reference and look at the issues that will effect every American...not a measly 5 percent.

    October 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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