August 13th, 2008
02:41 PM ET
14 years ago

CNN Poll of polls update: Obama up by 6

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barack Obama is up by 6 points in the latest CNN poll of polls."]

(CNN) - Barack Obama continues to hold a solid lead over John McCain with just over 80 days remaining until the presidential election, a new CNN poll of polls shows.

According to the average of several recent national polls, Obama registers 47 percent among registered voters nationwide with McCain at 41 percent.

That lead has basically held steady over the last two months: A CNN poll of polls on June 20 also had the race at 6 points, 46 percent to 40 percent.

The national general election poll of polls consists of four surveys: Pew (July 31-August 10), CBS (July 31-August 5), AP-IPSOS (July 31-August 4), and Gallup tracking (August 10-12). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Wait until the debates . The voters can see both on stage together. The contrasts should be overwhelming. I think that Obama NOT joining McCain in joint townhall meetings has been good for McCain. If Obama would have joined him would have been a blow out for Obama in Epic proportions. Obama is just killing time and giving the Republicans lots of rope. Nov. just cannot come soon enough !!!!

    August 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Billy D.

    Enough with the polls, they mean nothing. Stop the madness!

    August 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. obamacrat

    so much for the attack adds working.....

    August 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Griff

    You mean down by ten..

    August 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. HF from PA

    Is Rasumessen the only thing the Mcsame folks have to hang on to? BTW even that one has him ahead...Lets see if he can survive the swift boat book just released...if the book and the media around it doesnt work like it did on John Kerry...he is the next president.

    August 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Barack O'blah-blah = Catastrophe

    Obama may not lead us into a new war –but he has the potential to stuble, fumble, and fall into a war, an energy crisis, a crippling deficit, a recession deeper than that which we have presently, and a homeland security nightmare.

    August 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Turning the page

    Look for McPantsonfire and his campaign to act more and more desperate as his negative attacks fail to cut into Obama's small but steady lead.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 13, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Election Watcher

    Obama is outspending McCain by 3 to 1 and he can only squeak out a few percentage points? What does the rest of America see that eludes the Obamabots?

    Just say Nobama '08

    August 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Ana in Missouri

    President Obama. I can't wait.

    August 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. McCain supporter

    If the media wasn't in the tank for Obama and suppressing stories that make him look bad, McCain would be up by about 10.

    August 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. hnadel

    Hillarysts for McCain!! McCain 08, Hillary 2012!!
    No radical bolshevikism in the White House!

    August 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Robert

    Depends on the polls one is looking at........but CNN loves Obama. Other polls have him only ahead by 2.4. They also show he has given up some groung in key states. Just because CNN says it does not make it so!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. curmudgeon

    McCain-cient has no program but to continue the Bush disaster, so all he can do is run ads filled with lies about Barry O. Every time ole geezer McBush's people run that ad that chides Obama as being just a celebrity, it makes me even more committed to vote for him. When McSame mocks Senator Obama on the internet as 'the One', I have to agree, Barrack is 'the one' who will make change happen after 8 years of the GOP (Grand 'Oil' Party) running this country into the ditch.

    August 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. McCain = War

    Fantastic News! Next week's polls will be even higher for Obama. McCain's bitter negative campaign with no substance was just plain lame.

    August 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Sharon

    Hooray for Obama!!!!!! Keep up the good work We are behind you 100 percent. And to all you nayslayer don't hate appreciate. Voting for McCain is like voting another 4 years of Hell. And you know what I'm talking about. If Mc Cain wins you'll reap what you sow.

    August 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. EDW

    His numbers would be even higher if they could poll the people under 35 that usually only use their cell phones.

    August 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. mary

    I'm so tired of seeing Hiliary Clinton's name on these blogs. She won't be the next president, people. I have much respect for her. More for her than for her supporters have for her obviously because they are going against her wishes. She's backing up Obama. She's going to vote for Obama. Those who vote McCain or stay at home need to stop calling themselves Clinton supporters. Action speaks louder than words. Hiliary's supporters are going to make a mockery of the Democratic party in Denver.
    It's a sad thing. Why can't we all just back the democratic nominee? His name is Barack Obama....the next president of the United States.

    August 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. americaN for Peace

    Obama had better start remembering his PROGRESSIVE BASE.

    August 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Debby

    Its still staggering at 6 points with a report of a sold out acceptance speech. Pretty dim for Obama I would say since those undecideds haven't made up their minds yet. I would think Obama would have triple digits just in his rock star status alone. In what states are these polls conducted they never mention that. You can poll 1000 people alone in Harlem, Georgia, Mississippi, etc. and that will give you your 6 point lead for Obama.

    August 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Brooke

    Just remember the picture of Truman holding up the newspaper declaring, "Dewey defeats Truman." I don't know why the Obamabots are so excited, this is a toxic year for the GOP and Obama can only do six points better?

    August 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Klaus

    "Funny how the US Today poll shows McCain 4 points ahead of Obama. Guess it's all about whom you ask and where you do the polls at. Wait for the big surprise for Obama in Sept.."

    Actually, that poll showed Obama up by 3, but they created a McCain lead with a dubious 'likely voter' model. Regardless, Gallup polls released since have all shown Obama with a significant lead, including a poll released yesterday that had Obama up by 7.

    August 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. JB, Boston

    Independent NYC-

    "A 6% lead in the general election is a landslide equivalent in electroial college points"

    You can't be that naive. If you are just trying to paint a better picture, stop. You are not foolig anyone. Everyone knows, the general election IS not a general election. It is a bunch of State elections.

    If Obama won CA and NY by 100%. Meaning, McCain didn't get a vote, it is no different than if it was 49% to 515. Winner take all, remember. So, if all the states Obama wins, is by huge margins, and all of McCain's wins are 49-51, mccain could still win, but lose the NATIONAL polls.

    You may need to go and do some more research, so you understand!

    August 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Rob

    I left the Republican party because I'm sick of borrow and spend, lousy economic policy, torture, military aggression and interventionism, and the other bad policies of Bush, McCain and friends. I'm voting Obama so we can return to reason in America.

    August 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. R

    omg i'm tired of polls. can we see them debate already?

    August 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. thomas

    McCain is about as sincere and believable as a used car salesman but I guess thats OK for the 40%.

    August 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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