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. mk

    Yay Obama!!!

    July 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. bill for barack

    These polls are just like little plants. Watch the good word of Barack Obama take root in people's lives, and watch those little polls just grow and grow.
    Will McSame read the polls and be one more in his nation of whiners ?

    July 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Dhammi

    For michelle and bern

    How can one call someone elitist when they were brought up the way the Obama's were. I had to struggle to get past a low to no ncome upbringing and if I'm considered an elitist I EARNED it – whatever being an elitist means to you! Actually you have both given me a laugh and it makes me see why the USA is in the state it's in today – people who think (or not) like you.

    Hillary is a has been and I know many people who have switched to Barack (from McCain) so your votes will be negated if your 'blackmail' words ring true when November rolls around.

    Bless your pointed little heads.

    July 11, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Burt

    I agree with Willkel....stated it perfectly. I honestly hope that when voters turn up at the polls they will really consider what they are doing. I'm not thrilled with McCain-but he has proven leadership, and he is not going to do anything that will hurt America. Obama is an unknown that will destoy this country. He is a radical....and he will act like a radical. We can't elect him. Don't do it America.

    July 11, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    If you are that bad off that you want our country to be a socialist country, obama is the one. If you want this country to be about capitalism, and getting 'ahead' yourself, McCain is the one.
    for all the naysayers & Bushhaters out there, jus remember we have been free from attack since 9-11. The liberals in congress have fought Bush every step of the way on this, but eventually give in. The democratic congress has wasted more time and effort fighting Bush than doing anything constructive for our country, right or not. Given a chance, they will ruin us.

    July 11, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Chris

    The Economic problem we have now.....
    It could had been worse without the Bush tax cuts in 2001. It is keeping us the ability to compete for the investors to stay in the U.S.
    People ... THINK!!!!

    July 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Hispanic For McCain

    Latinos the Hispanic Community or McCain!!!!!!!!!

    Latinos open your eyes OBAMA is a fruad, and a flip floper. HE IS NOT FOR THE HISPANIC PEOPLE MCCAIN IS!!!!!!


    Hispanic for McCain!!!!

    July 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Glen in Laurel, MD

    Z says, "Yes we can? HAHAHAH! Yes we can? HAHAHHAHAHA Yes we can? HAHAHAHAHA! Yes we can? HAHAHAHAHAH!"

    Fake laughter in all caps. Z, that's just creepy. Please see a doctor.

    July 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Greg

    This could just mean that the blue states will become more blue and McCain could win with electorial votes and not popular votes. From polls it looks like Obama will be popular on the West Coast, the Northeastern United States, around the Great Lakes, Colorado, Hawaii and New Mexico, but hated everwhere else. Obama will not be able to unify anything and that may include his own party.

    July 11, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Matt G

    McCain is such a loser! I dont know how anyone can say this man would be a good president? If the Republicans run the same old stuff then they dont have a chance in November. the word Landslide may be a bad word for McSame Croneys!


    July 11, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. karentexas

    Well, I am a Republican who was going to vote for Hilary. Sadly I think it will prove to be true that the Democrats and the media totally screwed up with their obvious bias in backing Obama. He is clearly a waffler and has no experience. McCain would not be my choice, but I will make sure to vote for him in November – my vote will be against the elitist Obama and that horrid un-American wife of his.

    I am amused at all the celebration of the ignorant Obama supporters, notice most of their postings are riddled with misspellings...lol. Does anyone think the terrorists won't come after us hard with such an inexperienced yahoo in office? What's he gonna do when Iran bombs Israel or worse...schedule a tea party?

    Get real folks – Obama will never win – the Dem's saw to it when they discriminated against Hilary...Ha Ha.

    July 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Matt G




    July 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Matt G


    July 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Elin

    Listen to the next time you hear John McCain making a speech, and listen on how many times he says the words 'MY FRIENDS' would you ever trust anyone who calls you his or her friend without even knowing who you are? next time you go to buy something and the salesperson calls you their friend, would you still buy or not? I hope John McCain reads this one, this could be one of the reasons he is falling behind in the polls, Nice guy..who is not a very good liar, but he knows the only way to win this one, is for us just to be his friend.

    July 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. christina

    Hey Hispanic for McCain:

    McCain's not for you, you blithering idiot. He wants a fence up! He's only courting you to get your vote. And learn how to spell! Recite the Pledge of Allegiance and then come back and put in your 2 cents. If you don't like it, please allow me to escort you BACK to the border!!!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    July 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Fernando

    I dont understand the concept of Obama is winning and yet some people here say "It doesn't look too good for Obama" – what do you mean ?

    What I find more pathetic is that 41% of this country wants to vote for Mccain ! Where have you all been for 8 years ? I mean, even if you hate Obama, do you really think continuing the current policy will help america ?


    July 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Scott

    This from the "Clinton News Network" (IE: CNN). Soon to be revised to ONN....Actual believable polls have this a dead heat.....but who are they to say!

    July 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. lhuynh

    I do not think Obama will win the election. Remember poll in 2004. G Bush won the election even pool said that Kerry leaded 10 point.

    A way to go McCain

    July 11, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. To whom it may concern

    to: Nobody in particular – YOU FIRST!!

    to: CNN – you and your polls are full of hot air

    July 11, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Mai

    Why can't I believe the CNN poll? Guess it is because it is greatly out of line with other polls.

    July 11, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Jeffrey G. Brown

    Poor John is showing signs of Alzheimers. At least Ronnie waited until his second term!

    July 11, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Charlene

    I can't believe the American people are so stupid to believe what Obama is saying. I have never seen such a political person with such warped ideas. Why don't the newspeople ask him hard questions? In my opinion, he is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Is the end of time really this close?

    All America should be on her knees praying for America's survival of our heritage.

    July 11, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Long Island Taxpayer

    Oh please. How can anyone still support McCain after hearing his campaign co-chairman and top economic adviser, Phil Gramm, complain that we're a "nation of whiners" when it comes to the economic problems we're facing? These McCain backers should have their heads examined! What selfish hypocrites!

    July 11, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Eric, Winnipeg, Canada

    We will see if this holds once the Republican Rove inspired "smear and fear" campaign takes hold. Then media should ask if McCain supports Rove's refusal to testify in defiance of a subpeona.

    July 11, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. POGO

    I am a Republican from Texas and i am voting for Obama because he better to suit the Economy than McCain!

    Republicans for Obama 08'

    July 11, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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