October 26th, 2008
12:21 PM ET
6 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. Joe Ohio

    GO OBAMA OHIO FOR OBAMA

    October 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Hector

    I hope that Obama gets this election. To get other 4 years of Bush Politics, will be very bad for Us and the World. McCain is out of control, he is together with Ms palin a very bad ticket. This Lady gets annoyed with everything, if it is now, How it will be if they are elected? Two angry and grumpy personalities!

    October 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Jose Nsasi, ON

    Let vote for change. Polls are useless if we don't vote.

    October 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Chris

    I have to agree with S. Smith
    Bad timing on McCains behalf
    and Ms. Palin is turning out to be
    not so good of a choise for a running mate.

    I don't agree alot with Obamas views but the economy is the strong point on this election. While keeping our country safe should be just as equal. Its really about the cabnet selected hopefully whoever gets elected will be able to take control of our economy while protecting us from any more terriost attacks. McCain is the leader that other countrys will respect and fear at the same time. Some other countrys might try to pull one over on us if Obama is elected.

    PLEASE GO VOTE!

    October 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. hurriCAIN PALIN

    nobama's goin to trip and fall right before the finish line which is nov.4, watch and see

    October 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Darrell

    Here is some more stark news for McCain.He would know this if he vetted Palin. She ruined Wasilla and was not able to run this town without an adminastrator and left an incredible debt.She abused her power throughout her being Governor of Alaska, with troopergate and the Alaskan pipeline project.She takes credit for the Alaskan pipeline project but it started 30 years ago and the only thing she did was abuse power by having talks with companies when it was not allowed.This project will likely not happen for ten to fifteen years as she messed it up so bad.She and her husband have a long record of misconduct and her so called executive experience when looked into is very much dependant on others that she eventually stabbed in the back.She is a complete fraud when you know the facts.

    October 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. SkyDog

    HP said
    "You can thank Biden shooting at the mouth for the turnaround. He's gona pop an annurism soon. He looks like a rabid dog. Biden was the wrong VP pick for Obama's inexperience…."

    Um, did you even read the article? This "turnaround" that you are blaming Biden for is actually changing Georgia from what was clearly a red state to a possible battleground state! A lesson in reading comprehension may be in order for you (as well as spelling).

    October 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    Winnie

    You are oh sooooooooooo right!

    Barack Supporters, pleeeeeeeeease DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING
    FOR GRANTED. JUST IGNORE THE POLLS, AND GET YOUR
    VOTE COUNTED!

    Vote early, and remember, help in anyway you can to make sure
    all your friends, and family GET OUT THE VOTE! YOU CANNOT
    BECOME COMPLACENT, MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!

    Yes You Can, Yes You Can, Yes You Can!

    Yes You Will, Yes You Will, Yes You Will!

    October 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. concern

    Vote early!!! John Mccain is in this mess because he thought he could do what GWB did!! But he can't fool the people of the USA any more.

    Well he can't fool 52% of the USA people anymore!!

    October 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Arden

    Nine more days but who's counting. Let's all take a half step back, take a deep breath and hold on. We knew that the McCain Campaign would be rotten to the end and we know that they are going to keep their words. But if Barack and Joe can deal with it so can we. Let's keep our dignity and self-respect and the best thing to do now is get out the vote and leave this in God's hands. (however, it may not hurt for Barack and Pres. Clinton to make a short stop into PA.)

    October 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Ex-Republican For Obama

    Obama has shown the leadership to lead. McCain has shown the leadership to lose. Lost his dignity, lost his honor, and lost his mind. Sarah Palin, well, she looks nice in the clothes the tax payers bought her, but putting clothes on a pitbull doesn't make you an animal lover, it just means you like dogs!

    Obama/Biden: Change for the better, honor for all, wisdom to lead.

    October 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Joseph in PA

    When is CNN going to update their election map showing Montana, North Dakota and Georgia as a toss up? When are they going to move Colorado and Ohio into the Obama lean camp?

    October 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Monica

    I went to the Obama rally last night in Albuqueruqe, NM. It was the most diverse crowd I have ever been in: Young, old, white, black, hispanic, aisan, etc. The crowd was peacecul and energized. There were 45,000 people there. Earlier in the day, McCain was in town and brought in a whopping crowd of 1,500 and then went southern NM to a crowd of 3,500.

    Supporters of Obama know that we are on the right side (As do many Republicans) and we are on the verge of electing one of the greatest leaders of our time.

    The Republican party is going down in flames before our very eyes. Farewell the the party of fear, smear, intolerance, racism, and division. Hello to an era of hope, unity and a common purpose.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. WendyG

    Plenty of time...for Biden the Baffoon to screw up ..again.. Complacency..MSM says it's so..it may not be so..they've been using Putin like tactics..and it's been scary. Obama has no experience or accomplishments, can't take any criticism and when an American citizen asks a question, the MSM, acting on his behalf, illegally goes into the guys personal records. Are these the same people who complain about the Patriot Act. I am afraid that if Obama gets in we're going to end up with a Putin or Castro regime..ballot stuffing and all. Think, 90% of us work for someone else..forget new jobs for college kids, forget pay annual pay increases, if we're lucky enough not to be laid off..cause that's what it's really going to be like if those tax rates go through under your Messiah.

    October 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Victoria

    HP.. That's just in Georgia. Not the US. Obama's leading by like 8 or 9 points in the country.

    October 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. midwest mom

    MO is going blue...bye-bye John

    October 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. David Robinson

    Well I guess a couple of questions,how come after the final votes were finally counted after the election was over eight years ago and Gore actually won Flordia by some 15,000 nothing happen?

    Why are the banks being a accused of making bad loans when the indirect effect or direct effect of sending jobs over seas is more of a concrete solution to the problem.

    How can you fix a problem if you don't know how it happen? In the second Presidental Debate didn't someone say we send 700 billion a year over seas each year. Why is it so difficult to pay the american people. I went to school on Nafta and my funding was cut short ,but we must stay keep killing people at all cost..

    I can see the cartoon now this grand house say the white House looks say grand in the front, but the backyard is falling apart. One day it crumbles and someone says what happen, well someone replies , you kept taking away our foundation and the house eventually failed. Now we our house is not only broke . but divided.

    How do you fix it ? Go the the same plan or find a new direction. I know your still trying to get the village idiot part,lol.

    You bring in a new first round draft pick .

    October 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. INDEPENDANT VET

    WELL ROUDIE DOUDIE DOO

    OBAMA AND HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE , HAS FAILED

    TO COME TO ARRIVE . AS ORDERED.

    SO IT STANDS , HE CAN NOT BE PRESIDENT IF HE WOULD WIN EVERY VOTE.

    NOT A CITIZEN.

    SO NOW YOU DC'S ARE GOING TO HAVE JOE RUNNING THE SHOW.

    FOR THE SAKE OF THE COUNTRY.
    JUST VOTE FOR THE MAVRICKS .

    LET HOLLYWOOD FALL ON IT'S OWN PLAT FORM , LIES AND MORE LIES . WRIGHT. REZKO . HE hhe uh nuh bye

    October 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. KK

    To Jimmy

    Are you another plant from Camp McLame? Are you going to be introduced as "Jimmy The Joker"??? Come on dude... get a grip, your comments are like a Dog barking at the Sun.... I think it hurts doesn't it? Yup....
    McCain is Lame
    Jimmy ur a shame!

    October 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. CANADIAN CLUB

    SARAH PALIN IS REALLY SOMETHING. SHE COMES DOWN FROM HER LOG CABIN, AND STARTS CRITIZING ANYONE WHO QUESTIONS HER, OR TRIES TO GET A COHERENT SENTENCE OUT OF HER. AND WHAT'S WITH THE " BACK WHERE I COME FROM". IF SHE'S SO ENTHRALLED WITH HER BACKWOODS LIFE, WHY DOESN'T SHE SPARE EVERYBODY, AND MAKE A HASTY RETREAT TO HER MOOSE STAND.

    October 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. DEBBIE

    VOTE OBAMA

    VOTE
    VOTE
    VOTE
    VOTE
    VOTE
    VOTE

    TALK IS CHEAP..........

    DON'T BE LIKE THE MCCAIN TICKET .....BACK UP YOUR VOICE WITH A VOTE FOR OBAMA

    MCCAIN IS SICK IN THE HEAD

    AND

    PALIN IS TWISTED .....................................DANGER WIL ROBINSON DANGER

    PLEASE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

    REPUBLICANS LOOK AT YOURSELVES IN THE MIRROR .....WHAT DO YOU SEE.......IS YOUR PARTY THE REPRESENTATION OF THIS COUNTRY.......................................................................................NO ITS NOT ....IN FACT YOUR PARTY IS VERY VERY VERY SCARY LOOKING
    ALL white males and females + 3 Black a 2 Hispanics...THAT MY FRIENDS IS NOT AMERICA ...

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    I'M FROM GEORGIA, I HOPE ALL WILL VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN, THEY ARE FOR ALL AMERICA, GEORGIA NEEDS BARACK OBAMA.

    October 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Pam

    In response to Change we can make believe in: It should not be offensive to check out the candidates, but lets make sure the ones doing the checking are reporting factual information. Too many people are getting their information and forming their opinions by reading the garbage that comes across the internet in the form of emails. I am sure that both candidates have had every nook and cranny fo their exsistance checked out by now. We all need to make an informed decision when we vote. It should not be based on the media, the conservative Christian community, or the intenet junk. It should be based on the truth. There are certainly things to look for in a candidate. Intelligence, integrity, good judgment, & steadiness are very high on my list. Sen. Obama displays all of these.

    October 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Denijel

    I think there should be law that determines how dirty the campaigns can get at each other. its not the question of who was the first to throw it at the other, its the question of how to prevent campaigns getting dirty. comments like some parts of the country being more pro america than the other ones or similar seeds of division and hatred should not be allowed by law. without any buts, ifs, ands and ors

    October 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. bernard

    GOOD GOD IVE NOTICED A COUPLE OF REPUBLICAN POSTS GET THESE UN AMERICAN PEOPLE OUT OF THIS WEB SITE NOW . I COULDENT IMAGINE ANYTHING MORE UN AMERICAN THAN VOTEING FOR THE GOP THEY ARE ANTI AMERICAN ALL THE WAY . YOU SEE AMERICA WHEN THE GOP CALL YOU ANTI AMERICAN THEY ARE REALY CALLING YOU ANTI REPUBLICAN NOT ANTI AMERICAN . TO THEM BEING ANTI USA IS BEING ANTI GOP . IN A FEW DAYS THEY WILL FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH WE HATE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WONT THEY . BE PRO AMERICA VOTE DEMOCRATIC VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN .

    October 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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