July 11th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Polls: Obama ahead by eight

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/11/art.mccainobama.ap.jpg caption="Obama is up over McCain in the latest CNN poll of polls."](CNN) - As the dog days of summer set in and Americans take a break from the daily political band-and-forth, a new CNN analysis of several recent national opinion surveys show Barack Obama with a sizeable lead over John McCain.

In the latest CNN Poll of polls, the Illinois senator holds an 8-point lead among registered voters nationwide, 49 percent to 41 percent, with 10 percent still undecided.

The 8-point spread is up 2 points from a CNN poll of polls released one week ago. It is double the margin it was one month ago, days after the prolonged Democratic race ended.

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“Obama's lead has grown a bit over the course of the past month. It is still relatively slim, but it is certainly solid," CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib said. "The burden is on McCain to find a way to shake things up as we enter the traditional summer doldrums.”

The poll of polls consists of three recent surveys from Gallup, CNN/Opinion Research Corp. and LA Times/Bloomberg. It does not carry a margin of error.

soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Coming soon to a poll near you: double digits. If I were John McCain, I'd start listening to, and memorizing the words to Stevie Nicks' song "Landslide." You'll soon be living it....

    July 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Susan

    Nice to see America waking up! Obama 08!

    July 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. NotPayingHilaryDebt

    Pumas Pay Hillary's Debt

    Early .. but nice to hear .. still

    July 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Ross

    Obama has consistently polled higher than he achieved in the primaries. I hope that hold true. We can't afford this clown.

    July 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Richard CANADA

    I see a landslide coming this Nov

    July 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Uncle Sam

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll today has Barack Obama's lead over John McCain down to only a single percentage point, 43% to 42% – statistically insignificant. This also marks the first time that support for Sen. Obama has dipped below 45% since the end of May.

    July 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO


    Obamanation '08


    July 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. J

    It's pretty sad that 41% of this country supports McCain. Have they all been sleeping for the past 8 years?

    July 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. G. Bush

    This is great news for John McCain!!!!

    July 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. EDW

    It will be a landslide in the fall because they are not polling the folks that don't use home phone numbers. The 20+ crowd that will be voting for Obama in November only use their cell phones.

    Obama '08

    July 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Jim in GA

    Here we go again CNN. Lets just totally ignore the Rasmussen and Gallup daily tracking polls that show it to be only a 2 to 4 point race, and let’s high light the outlier poll that shows a large lead for Obama. Please stop the bias. When the Time poll came out showing only a 5 point lead, you didn’t even post a story on it. Every McCain story on the Ticker has a negative slant. Try to be an objective news agency and not an editorial page for once. It is obvious you are trying to swing peoples opinions and not just report the news.

    An 8 point lead in July when Obama should be up by 15+ is nothing to brag about. How bad do things need to be for a Democrat to win in this country???

    July 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Clint

    Please tell who are the 41% that are supporting McCain. Scarry.

    July 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. sPoNgEbOb sQuArEpAnTs

    Why do you keep on leaving out Ralph Nedar and Bob Barr?

    This is discrimination.

    There are at least 4 people currently running for president.
    Don't exclude the 2 underdogs from you polls

    July 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    So? Obama is Jesus Christ Superstar. He should be way ahead of the race. Now he is thinking of sponsoring a race car? This is guy is losing it. Dr Phil was right. We are in denial of a mental recession and who best to lead the nation but his truly.

    July 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. The Shield

    I can't believe that so many people of the USA would be obtuse enough to vote for the evil monster (Obama). He's a made-up character by the news media who will certainly impose great harm on our great nation (a lot more than what you mighjt think Bush has). This moron is a smooth talker, but doesn't have a clue about morals or the economy.

    July 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Anita from Arizona

    It'll grow if the GOP keeps running the same campaign.

    July 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. john ippolito

    no question, it is obama's election to lose!

    July 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Chris Z

    8 points? That's a disgrace.

    It should be more like 80 points. Until it hits that level, something continues to be wrong with the American psyche.


    July 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Texas Trail Dog



    July 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Only One Great Man

    Despite reports to the contrary, John McCain has not been in the White House for the past eight years. But if Americans are wise he will be soon.

    July 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Been there, done that

    This needs to be repeated.

    McCain's voting record for Veterans benefits shows what he really thinks of them:

    McCain: ‘I Received The Highest Award From Literally Every Veterans Organization In America"

    The recognition McCain has received from veterans groups is not "high awards" but failing grades:
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of D for his record of voting against veterans. (By contrast, Obama got a B+.)

    Disabled Veterans of America noted McCain’s dismal 20 percent voting record on veterans’ issues. (Obama had an 80 percent.)

    In a list of "Key Votes," Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) notes McCain "Voted Against Us" 15 times and "Voted For Us" only 8. (Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.)

    What do you say about the charater or moral fiber of a man who cheats on his wife and using his friends to find a "love nest" where they could go and not be seen.

    What do you say about the charater of a woman who would have a tryst with a man old enough to be her father, who is married with three children.

    Having stated that:

    What do you say about the American voting public that will vote for this man because of the "Party."

    July 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. The King

    It is pretty sad 42% support Obama. He stinks and is full of it!

    July 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. G. Bush

    This is great news for John McCain!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. White Independant

    WE ARE ALMOST THERE. There is something happening when people vote not just for the party they belong to but the hopes they hold in common – that whether we are rich or poor; black or white; Latino or Asian; whether we hail from Iowa or New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina, we are ready to take this country in a fundamentally new direction. That is what’s happening in America right now. Change is what’s happening in America. You can be the new majority who can lead this nation out of a long political darkness – Democrats, Independents and Republicans who are tired of the division and distraction that has clouded Washington; who know that we can disagree without being disagreeable; who understand that if we mobilize our voices to challenge the money and influence that’s stood in our way and challenge ourselves to reach for something better, there’s no problem we can’t solve – no destiny we cannot fulfill. YES WE CAN!!!

    July 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. Matt, Manchester, CT

    The "Yes we Scam" Obama zombies eat up this almost daily CNN posting of "troubling polls for John McCain."

    If Obama fans could actually articulate some of the specific proposals the Senator has that they are in favor of, I'd be amazed.

    Yes you can? No, you really can't, nor should you.

    July 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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