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. banderson

    It is no wonder that Senator Obama has slipped in the polls the way the media has been subsidizing Senator McCains attacks on Obama. There is an unwritten rule that you don't attack your opponent while they are overseas yet constantly since Senator Obama has been gone he has been criticized by the McCain campaign and these attacks are amplified by the media and yet no one points out that this area is suppose to be off limits. Is the media so shell shocked by the McCain campaign accusing them of media bias that they are afraid to broach this issue?

    July 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Mike - Texas

    Americans are by and large very stupid.

    I have no doubt that if Bush were running again, America would vote for him.

    July 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Livonia, MI

    To the Pumas, you are on the wrong network! Clearly you should be blogging on Fox News where you belong!

    July 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Ls

    McCain and the so called 'supporters' are just . . . jealous.

    July 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Ron

    We'll see what the polls say in November...the rest is all guess work and means nothing.

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. C from Texas

    Anyone is better then Obama, has the guy done anything to even deserve to be Pres.? Think not. People will wake up before the elections and see that the media is trying to push Obama down our throats, not going to happen. Everyday more people go over to McCain side for good reasons. There will be a landslide in Nov. it'll be McCain.

    McCain '08

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. L

    People should really consider the populations that these polls must be taken from. Obviously, they were calling the low-IQ, socially ignorant dimwits this time around. Anyone that would believe that McCain has any interest in boosting the moral, the economy or the environment has something askew in their grey matter. I always think it is funny that the PUMA and McCain supporters call us Obamabots when we actually have reasoning skils and intellectual capabilities to thwart the crap the GOP is spewing. And please, Obama speaks in Germany to 200,000 people and all McCain can come up with is a pathetic comment in a German restaurant. Wake up America. The entire world is hoping we get it right this time around!

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Jason

    Grandma and others don't hate on McCain for a geography gaph at least he knows there isn't 57 states like Obama. And quit crying about bias the only bias is Obama gets handled with care by the media because as you all are quick to point out if you don't like him it has to be racism. Ignorance is still ignorance labels are still labels thimk before you post

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. mike

    America don't complain if mcain wins and screws up this country more than it is.

    July 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Bill from ALabama

    To Caudia: But,we preferrably need one with experience,and one without all of the radical ,prejudiced,anti-white friends like the Rev Wright,Father Pfleger,and Bill Aires. A president should have a lot of political credentials before running for President.

    July 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Tired of the mess

    I can't see how he is gaining anywhere he is so pathetic he is a very boring person saying the same thing over and over again just trying to run a smear tactics we are tired of that we need some substance

    July 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. karen-phoenix

    Way toooo old!!!! I do not trust polls to begin with. What about cell phones? Never called and 99% of Obama people only have cell phones. I live in Az and McCain is even loosing in AZ. We know better. Somebody better figure a new and modern way of doing these polls. Land lines do not work except for old people and I'm old and in my 60's and I do not trust OLD people!!!

    July 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. dark days

    These polls are meaningless. The media needs a story and if there isn't one (a lopsided upset) , they'll fabricate one. Gotta keep selling that ad space, right CNN?

    July 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Rob in DC

    Can I just say that PUMA people are nothing but a bunch of whiners?? GEEZ!! get over it already!!!!

    July 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Henry n New York

    July 24th, 2008 12:02 pm ET

    If the polls are correct what they are saying should really bother Americans as a whole. What it depicts is that you have one candidate that has made confusing statements regarding several areas of foreign policy. McCain has confused Shia and Sunni; he has moved Iraq's border next to Pakistan; he argues a tactical right (the surge) judgment against an overall mid-east plan (Iraq is the wrong war, wrong country, wrong enemy) and wrong on our future position regarding Iraq. The Iraq government wants U.S. troop withdrawal, Senator Obama has called for that withdrawal for years, Afghanistan is becoming an increasingly dangerous project and Bin Laden has not been captured or killed. Obama's plans would save our soldiers and bring most of them home, it would go after a leader responsible for the death of thousands. McCain wants to stay in Iraq even against their wishes, he now wants to send the same number of troops to Afghanistan almost a year after Obama first called for more troops there. He voted against the current GI bill and yet the polls say over 40 percent of Americans still would vote for him. Hillary supporters say they are voting for McCain even though he doesn't believe a women has a right to control her own body and he wants to make abortions illegal. If the polls aren't altered, slanted or bias then it appears their is only one obvious reason. Many Americans must be polling on skin color and not the content of the candidates campaigns. Another sad realization of American immaturity, lack of unity and inheritant prejudice just maybe the result of our next election and if that happens – God help us all. This just could be worst than the last 8 if McCain gains the White House.

    July 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. GM from MN


    They say my state of MN is within 2 pts....LMAO!!!!

    I have yet to see a single sign up saying McCain 08.

    Ron Paul has a better shot at winning our state.

    July 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Keith

    This post is specifically to Marie in California:

    Your comment is disgusting. You were for Hillary but now you are for McCain. Obviously you are not a true Democrat and will never be. If you do vote for McCain you are against everything that Hillary Clinton stood for. Use your brains will you?

    July 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Not suprised

    I'm not surprised at all, as time goes by more people look at the candidates for what they stand for and not just about feelings and emotions. Facts will win this presidency, not feelings.

    Go McCain 08!


    July 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Latinos4McCain

    Obama is performing poorly in FL with Latinos also. Do you want a rockstar that is loved by those that hate us or do you want a real commander in chief.

    July 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Mike D

    right before the JFK-Nixon election in 1960, Gallup had the race tied 47-47. Ring a bell anybody?

    July 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. JC Atlanta

    so the only way for Mccain to have a lead is to lie and trash Obama like he did !?

    July 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. maria

    Obama has led the narrative. The polls are behind the events. With all the gaffes and blunders mcSame made this week w/no real response from Obama, boy, next week will be a blowout.
    Negative campaigning does not work. Ask Hillary Clinton.

    July 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Nando, Florida

    I'm doing a poll while siiting on my toilet tonight !!!!!!!!!!

    Cnn won't we ask MCCAIN ABOUT KEATING FIVE ??????????

    July 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    America really is stupid.

    July 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Joe from NC

    Latinos for McCain
    "raton" means "mouse"
    I think you meant "rata."

    July 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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