August 9th, 2008
10:09 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll of polls: Obama retains an edge

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Call it a numbers game. With 87 days to go until the presidential election, our latest CNN Poll of polls shows Barack Obama leading John McCain by five points, 46 percent to 41 percent, with thirteen percent of Americans undecided.

The Poll of polls released Wednesday found an indentical result.

The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of the latest national polls. Our newest edition consists of three surveys, a CBS poll taken from July 31 to August 5, an AP-IPSOS survey conducted from July 31 to August 4, and a Gallup tracking poll taken from August 5 to August 7. Because it’s an average of a number of surveys, our Poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

As we always caution, the presidential election is not a battle for the national vote - rather, it’s a state by state fight for electoral votes. While national polls are important, they are far from the only barometer in determining where the presidential contest stands right now.

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  1. Mr. DJ


    MaCain claims his love for the veteran. However, he has been in power for 26 years and on the arm services committee fro many years. Yyet, the care for the vets are worse than they have ever been. Even during the Walter Reed scandel McCaiin offered an apolgy on the Don Imus show for failing them.
    He claims experience – i want to know in what.

    August 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. shay

    It seems strange why i can't say again. I am always booted out. I haven't said anything wrong no more than what other people have said. But I still get booted off. Why is that?

    August 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. keepitreal50

    Most of the people who will be voting don't take polls so the polls don't mean alot especially in this election. Many are young new voters who have or don't have cell phones. Polls are not going to be close when the final election results show that Obama smoked McCain like a 79" Buick with no exhaust. We will see what change actually looks like and it doesn't look like John McCain or the little pesky elves that he has hanging all over him like a cheap suit everyday. Keep up the negative ads John, we think it's funny too. And we'll be laughing all the way to Denver and and will be doubled over cracking up on Nov. 4th old white haired dude. Keep spending that money McCain and you might even buy us the election, hm'.

    August 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Polls in August?!?

    Obama 08

    August 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. kevin

    instead of john edwards speaking at the convention which is now impossible. I WOULD ASK HIS WIFE TO TAKE HIS PLACE AND PUT HER IN THE MAIN PRIME TIME SPOTLIGHT for her courage and perservenece in her battle w/ cancer and overcoming the recent issue if she is up to it. to include her on the main platform would give creedence to the important role that women has in the democratic party and process. i would hope you would take this in consideration.

    August 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. frank

    Thiis poll of polls is such a waste of time, insulting our intelligence. Everyone knows by now that how the question is asked, and what questions are asked influence the result, and to take an average of three polls just seems a total marketing ploy for cnn.

    August 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Hank Wilfong Jr.

    Enough of the polls on this and that, and never strictly on the issues. The public waits while election participants look for "garbage" to pop out to discredit or demean an opponent.

    The one candidate hung around and hung around, "just in case" some of the dirt fell out to tarnish her main opponent. But, waiting produced nothing-not on him. The shoe fell on an ex-candidate. It was too late for political effect. But, it'll bring much anguish to his family.

    Maybe they wouldn't look so hard, if there were no polls to play to, to effect...

    August 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. David Stephens

    "The Poll of polls released Wednesday found an indentical result."

    An "indentical" result? Good to see use of the spellchecker at

    August 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Akbar Al Sadr

    McCain loves America too much and the old ways.

    Obama is more in touch with new America and new way of doing things and respecting Iran rights for technology. We know Obama will increase immigration from the middle east and it will good for America to have a stronger Muslim population.

    August 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. prince

    obama will make peace with the world and save American economy , the world will be one again.But with mccain america will lose their role as leader of the world .

    August 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |

    My whole family made a mistake in 2000 by voting for Bush; the whole country made another mistake in 2004 by reelecting Bush...This time, it is not going to happen. Hope we have suffered enough to see choose better...OBAMA 2008-2016

    August 9, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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