October 26th, 2008
12:21 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll of Polls: Stark news for McCain in battleground states

Sen. Obama is running a competitive race in the battleground states.
Sen. Obama is running a competitive race in the battleground states.

(CNN)— With nine days left, a series of new battleground polls have some stark news for Sen. John McCain.

Georgia is shaping up to be a battleground state this election cycle, according to CNN's first poll of polls in the southern state.

The average of three surveys shows Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Obama by 6 points, 50 percent to 44 percent.

"McCain's six-point lead in Georgia is an extremely thin silver lining on an increasingly dark cloud for the GOP," said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. "Bush carried Georgia by 17 points four years ago. The Democratic upswing in Georgia mirrors the trend in most other states across the country. It is extremely hard to see McCain coming close to 270 electoral votes on Election Night if the current poll numbers - both on the national and state level - hold for the next nine days."

The Georgia poll of polls consists of three surveys: NBC/Mason-Dixon poll conducted October 22 and 23, a Research 2000 poll conducted October 14 and 15, and a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted October 11 through 14.

Other new battleground state poll of polls show the same trend.

CNN Electoral Map Calculator: You call the race

CNN's latest Iowa poll of polls shows Obama leading McCain by 13 points, 52 percent to 39 percent, which is a six-point increase for the Illinois senator since the last Iowa poll of polls released in late September.

In Missouri, the latest CNN poll of polls shows the two presidential nominees locked in a dead heat, 46 percent to 46 percent, for the state's 11 electoral votes.

CNN's Missouri poll of polls consists of three surveys: NBC/Mason-Dixon poll conducted October 22 to 23, Research 2000 poll conducted October 20 through 23, and a Suffolk University poll conducted October 17 through 19.

Finally, the latest New Hampshire poll of polls has Obama ahead by 10 points 52 percent to 42 percent. That is a two-point increase for the Democratic nominee since the last New Hampshire poll of polls released just last week.

There is no sampling error for any of the CNN poll of polls.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Helena

    Anchorage Daily News, Alaska's largest newspaper endorsed Barack Obama for President today.

    October 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. It's Time

    It's time to make a change WE are the people who can do it!

    Obama/Biden!!!

    October 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Hmmmm

    I am tired of hearing people with one bad idea in their walnut-sized brains going on and on abut ACORN. There is a fundamental difference between voter registration fraud which ACORN identified itself as per Federal Law, and voter fraud, which occur if Mickey Mouse actually managed to present ID to a poll worker and cast a vote.

    As for the dimwit who made the comment about this election being in the bag because ACORN was working for the Dems, I reply to him, how about Bush vs. Gore? How about that stacked Supreme Court who essentially appointed our disastrous 43rd President? Go stick your head in the sand.

    October 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. KLEE

    Go Georgia!! – from a retired lady across the border in SC!!

    October 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Randy in PA

    Who in their right mind would really vote for a campaign that has no ideas, spouts hate, divisiveness and a VP who has no idea what her job requirements are. It amazes me how the polls could be close in some areas.

    October 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Tom, KS

    Jimmy-
    You really think Palin lives true to her christian values? I can think of at least 3 of the ten commandments she has broken repeatedly over the last month. Lying, Baring false witness and though shalt not use the lords name in vane. Not to mention the number of ethic violations she committed while serving as mayor and governor in Alaska.

    October 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. AZBY

    McCain will be a great looser ever in the history of predential election but a few radical religious groups will give him a little bit of comfortability due to his VP candidate.

    October 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. gorsky

    Palin should be ashamed of herself, she needs to repent and behave like achristian. Achristian does not stir up so much gatered and strife. Why aren't her children in school. Palin has no values she should go homer and McCain has no experience i don't care how much he brags about experience. He chose PAiln what does that tell you.

    October 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Observer

    This is more evidence that the McCain campaign's negative attacks are not working. Obama, on the other hand, is offering hope for the future. People, by and large, do not want to be scared into voting for one candidate over another-they want to see how a candidate will work to make their lives better. Two different approaches, and we see which one is working.

    October 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Critical Thinking

    Funny...McCain joked about Obama measuring for drapes for the white house, yet he just said in IA "when I am elected president". SO when you do that which you falsely accuse the other guy of doing, it's OK?

    Just under 9 days before the end of blantant hypocrisy...

    October 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. former dem for PALIN!

    These polls are all wrong! EVERYONE I TALK TO IS VOTING FOR JOHN MCCAIN because of what Sarah Palin brings to the ticket. She is just so elegent and truly proud of America! She represents real American values . . . I just think a lot of people are afraid to say they are voting for McCain because it seems to be popular to say you are voting for Barack Hussain Obama.
    She is the true Pit Bull hockey mom against socialist liberal ideas and she will be president one day! MARK MY WORD!

    October 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. amadou

    go obama!!!!!!!!!!!'08

    October 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Paying Attention

    Missouri can vote for Obama. Missouri can turn blue.

    The American Dream: College affordabiltiy for our children, Healthcare for all Americans, Good wage to support our families.

    Yes we can.

    Vote for Obama. Vote for the American Dream.

    America is wonderful. Vote for change.

    Vote Obama.

    October 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    The hand is writing on the wall.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. j

    I hope this trend continues and more states turn in favor of Obama. I'd like to see Obama win big with more states going his way. Keep the good news coming.

    October 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Lynda Ridgefield, CT.

    Being an animal lover, I am truly sorry that Palin will return to Alaska, and slaughter the moose, once again. I'm sure they have enjoyed their reprieve, but, all this will come to an end, and once again, she and Todd will kill lovely animals, ride their snow machines around the pristine areas, polluting them as they drive by, and pull off a gun shot wedding, for two teens, who will be missing some of the best times in their life, and we will forget who the heck she was.

    VOTE 08...OBAMA / BIDEN for sanity, again

    October 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Didly D

    The GOP needs to hire McKinsey or some top caliber consulting firm to figure how the hell they can do a total facelift of their outdated philosophies and intellectually bankrupt party. Quite simply, they are outdated and out of touch... a cold war party in a post cold war era.

    The only possible way for them to steal the election (something they know a thing or 2 about), is for them stage another catastrophic national security crisis (and they also know a thing or 2 about that..!)

    October 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. julia/des moines ia

    i'm really upset and disgusted with the mailings i've received from the RNC. even though i;m a democrat, i used to think mc cain was an honorable man. from the DNC i received a form to request an absentee ballot. the only political message was a request to vote for senator obama.

    the 1st piece from the RNC i threw out. now i get one that talks about the ayers connection. on the front is sen. obama's picture with a quote "i don't regret setting bombs. i feel we didn't do enough" (NY Times 9/11/01) the ad's composition makes you think it is obama's quote. i highly doubt it!

    the hatred for obama is so blatant i'm really worried that if mc cain wins the KKK's Grand LIZARD might be appointed to head the new Commitee for Non-WASP Control.

    in the old days, politians at least gave the appearance of being honorable men. this whole campaign has forgotten to be decent and to focus on issues. how sad for America.

    October 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Stephen in Milwaukee

    What's wrong with "Socialism". This fair city has had 3 socialist mayors in the last 100 years. It's a great town! Clean streets, great lake front parks. Hard working. The only problems we've had are when Republican administrations are in Washington. My only problem with Obama is he's not Socialist enough. We'll fix that in 4 years when the American Socialist party is ready to win the election. Then Obama..WATCH OUT!

    October 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Let it go..........

    I have never seen so much squabbling, mudslinging and corruption from a party like the Re'lics until now. If they can't hold their own party together, just HOW are they supposed to run the White House? Let it go Mccain. Your MAJOR mistake WAS agreeing (with the help of Limbaugh & Family) to allow Palin to get on a springboard to set herself up above you and run in 2012. DO YOU FEEL USED?

    October 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Caroline from S Carolina

    Are McCain and Palin delusional? I can understand McCain having some mental lapses at his age, but does Palin really think that if she keeps repeating the same lies they will come true? Competitive on key states? Annoyed at Katie Couric for not asking her questions about the economy and national security? Did any of the people there not watch the interviews? Do they do the same thing as her and watched it with the volume off? Is this a lost Twilight Zone episode?

    October 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. mmd

    Look at the shots of mccain and palin, where are the mccain/palin signs. There are no indications of party unity. Are they each running against the other.

    I think this alone adds to the rumors that there are problems in house. Also, I have noticed that the cameras stop showing the size of their crowds. No more braging about or disagreements over crowd size.
    palin is political trash. The gop used mccain, who is losing his faculties.

    October 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Bizarro World

    McCain has been quoted stating that Obama considered Ayers just a guy in the neighborhood. When in fact Obama did not use the word 'just".

    How can allow these outrageous lies by McCain to stand?
    :-)

    October 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. BJ Shanahan

    A 150 thousand dollar attired so called "Hockey Mom" running the greatest nation on earth in these very perilous, dangerous times...are you kidding me? She is a heartbeat away from the presidency with a running mate in his 70's with a long history of cancer.....Palin is a symbol of all that is wrong with America....religion first and the hell with common sense.....Have we no shame? The world is watching, mouth agape, that the most powerful country on the planet would even consider putting a person of such low intellect on the ticket with the possibility of becoming president should McCain have a medical crisis......wake up America for Heaven's sake!!

    October 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. CAROLYN

    in response to jimmy i have nothing bad to say about palin faith, but the bible teaches love, not going after another person as a pit bull because he made us in his image. scripture says judge not for ye shall be judged. i can only ask that you read psalms 27cpt the lord is my light and my salvation whom shall i fear. because mccain/palin has been working on folks fears, i thrust in good to battle for me and he will give america what it needs the blessings seen and unseen. obama/biden 08.

    October 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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