July 24th, 2008
03:07 PM ET
13 years ago

New state polls show good news for McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/24/art.mccainpolls.ap.jpg caption="New state polls show good news for McCain."](CNN) - During a week he's struggling to wrestle media attention away from Barack Obama's trip abroad, new polls out Thursday show John McCain has narrowed the gap in four crucial battleground states.

New surveys conducted by Quinnipiac, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal suggest the Arizona senator is in a more favorable position in Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin than he was one month ago.

In Colorado, McCain now holds a 2 point lead over Obama, 46 to 44 percent - a significant reversal from a similar poll conducted last month that put the Illinois senator on top there by 5 points.

In equally good news for McCain, Obama now only holds a two point lead in Minnesota - the state that's playing host the Republican National Convention in early September. A similar poll one month ago had Obama on top by 17 points. The new poll result has prompted CNN to switch Minnesota from a state that is "leaning" Obama to a "toss-up" in its electoral map.

Earlier: CNN's Electoral Map: Both lose ground – but McCain gains edge

The race also remains tight in Michigan, with Obama holding a 4 point lead there, 46 percent to 42 percent. That's down from the 6 point lead Obama held there last month.

The Democratic presidential candidate still holds a significant lead in Wisconsin, though there too the gap has narrowed over the last month. In June, Obama led the Illinois senator by 13 points, 52 to 39 percent. Now that lead is down to 11 points, 50-39 percent.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. RC

    So many self serving comments. It is about the USA. not just your thin skin self.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    CNN, does that mean the rest of us for Obama is be scared now?

    Exactly who did you poll? Senile and corrupt republicans?

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. MLG

    GO MCCAIN 08

    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Loretta from California

    This means we really need our young people to show up on election day.


    July 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |




    does flipper ever think? he is just programmed

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. MIKE J

    Former Hillary supporter.....Go McCain Go!

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. EBC

    WHAT is up with the facial expression on John McCain's face? He looks like he's constipated or something. My GOD, his camp couldn't have found a better photo. I mean, just look at this picture. Ugh.... he might needs some PreperationH. Jesus.

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. crystal

    If Obama is elected President I am moving to another country!

    July 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Mckee

    CNN, FOXNEWS and bias polls- you guys wanna handover this election to dumb McSame the way you guys handover 2004 to stupid Bush..

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I guess those "Guess who's really a muslim" emails are having their desired effect, eh Rove? I mean, McCain?

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Jane, MD

    I still say there should be an I.Q. requirement for voting in the U.S.

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Duke

    Look, everyone has to understand, Obama will not open up a large lead during this election cycle. He might be able to pull off the election, but it will be close. There is a built in constituency for McLame no matter what Obama does or what McLame does.

    Obama has to be very careful and if he is, he can probably win by 1 or 2 percentage points. Oh, McLame can gaffe all over the place, it does not matter, he will be able to compete in this election.

    Funny thing is that the very people who were devastated by Bush policies are the very same people who voted for Bush a second time and are now ready to vote for McLame. Think the country is in pretty good shape, huh? Hey, I go back to Reagan and his central question. Are you better off now than you were 4 or 8 years ago? That is a pretty good question Reagan posed and one that should be posed now. If you are better off, vote McCain. If you are not, then vote Obama. Of course, if we were to apply this today, Obama would have more than a 50 point lead.

    You guys may in fact get what you want. Your job exported, no health care, no education for your children...they will work for foreign interests, no home ownership, no retirement, and erosion of individual rights. Oh, I forgot, the people who would do that to you are called patriots..........because they have lapel flag pins on...yeah...thats it.........you fools. Enjoy the future.

    July 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. anymous

    how is mc cain in a more favorable poisition in minesota and wisconsin

    July 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. christina

    How is this even possible? How could any moron possibly vote for McCain. He can't even get foreign policy (his so called specialty) right. Every day is a new blooper. If this country skips over Obama than it deserves all of the repercussions. I wish the blue could secede from the red.

    July 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Cheryl TX

    Lorna, NY i don't beleiveCNN's polls! You are sooooo RIGHT !!!

    Griff The Saplings are coming! Old-Oak John, getting ready for rebirth

    July 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Ken Pittsburgh

    quit with the polls

    July 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Pa Voter

    Guess those negative attack ads do work.
    And John, you promised to run an "honorable" campaign.
    The new campaign manager pulled out the Rove playbook. If the majority of americans are dumb enough to fall for this sort political game, then they deserve the 4 more years of Bush's policies.

    July 24, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. San Francisco

    Steven : What is a Warmongers? Your Grandfather. This election is about our future NOT name calling. Debate the issues and have some respect for great country your grandfather built for you!

    July 24, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    The only good thing that has happened for McCain lately was that he got to ride in Daddy Bush's golf cart. Lots of fun, and a great photo op.

    July 24, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Not surprised.

    States swingin' to mccain will change back – the more mccain speaks, the more incapable of being president he appears. I didn't think anyone could be a worse president than GWB, but I think McCain may just be capable of that. His campaign is a mess, and he'd be a poor president.

    July 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Olive Oil (a-guhg-guhg-gugh)

    The election is four freakin' months away. This polling means absolutely nothing to the crotchety old man or the doey-eyed naive young kid.

    If I'm correct (and I always am), I do believe at this point in the electoral cycle back in 1988, Mike Dukakis was riding high in the polls (in addition to riding around bobble-headedly in a tank) and we saw how that one turned out.

    As someone who works with mountains of data all day, I can tell you first hand that numbers and statistics can be twisted around like a pretzel, to say anything you want them to say. Polls are no different... Want to prove 75% percent all Americans truly believe "up" means "down" and the word "pumpkin" is actually defined as "apple?" I guarantee you, the right polling questions, worded properly, polled at the right time of day and twisted appropriately will give you exactly the talking-point or agenda template you're seeking. Election day is the only poll that matters... everything else is high-falutin' journalistic masturbation.

    July 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Canadian black man for Obama.

    I am sick and tire to read how McCain is a very good and Obama is not in blog like this.

    Where are the facts or where you getting your facts from? I view youtube McCain flip flops and I see lots of inconsistency in McCain's own words.

    Where is the facts that you are talking about that MCCain has for the country.
    Just admit you hate Obama because either you hate black man or you are dying hearted Republican who will follow them to their graves. If what is happaning to the country is the way the country have to be ruled, because if you have conscience you realized that country need better leadership.

    You guys a busy dividing us America, but the enemies group us together. just take your mind back to 9 11 does the terrorist separated white from black before they striked?

    July 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Someone Independent

    Death for PUMAs!!!

    July 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. cricket

    If John McCain is leading or narrowing the gap in any poll some body had to pay them off.

    July 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. haha

    Seems like CNN wants to soothe a child.
    Enjoy it while it lasts.
    continue to pout like a child.

    July 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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