August 24th, 2008
11:41 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama sees slight rise in poll of polls

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="It’s too early to tell if Barack Obama’s VP pick contributed to his boost in the polls."]

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - A new national CNN poll of polls suggests Barack Obama has a modest 4-point lead over John McCain in the battle for the White House.

In the survey, compiled Sunday morning, 46 percent of those questioned said that Obama, D-Illinois, is their choice for president, with 42 percent backing Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona. Twelve percent of those polled are undecided.

Obama had a 2-point lead in the last poll of polls, compiled late last week.

CNN’s poll of polls is an average of the latest national polls. Today’s edition consists of three surveys: an ABC/Washington Post poll taken from August 19-22, a Fox/Opinion Dynamics survey taken on August 19 and 20, and a Gallup tracking poll taken from August 20-22.

Since most of the polling was conducted before Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware was named as Obama’s running mate, it’s too early to tell if his joining the Democratic ticket will make any difference in the polls.

But a new USA Today/Gallup poll out Sunday morning suggests that Biden may not make a major impact on the race for the White House. Fourteen percent of those question say that having Biden on the Democratic ticket makes them more likely to vote for Obama in November, with 7 percent saying it will make them less likely, and 72 percent saying Biden’s pick will not have much impact on their vote.

Twenty-three percent of those questioned in the poll say they’ve never heard of Biden, who’s the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and who was a presidential candidate before dropping out of the race in January.

Twenty-eight percent of those polled say they have no opinion of Biden. The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted Saturday, after news of Biden’s selection came out.

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Edochie. U

    Polls polls polls! I am sick of these polls! Cant wait till the election. These supposedly daily rise and fall in polls really dont say much about voter sentiment come november

    August 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. abbabel

    Denigrate Biden, we should not. Lessons instead we should learn that in pursuit of our goals, honorable we should be and NOT seek to destroy our opponents in the course of it.

    Further, magnanimity and politics of lack of bitterness we should imbibe from Barack and encourage with our support for his election.

    August 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Linda

    This a great ticket. I believe that Joe Biden and his entire family will work and support Barack Obama.

    I am a lifelong republican mom of 3 who is fired up and ready to go for Barack. I donate, support in every way that I can. We cannot afford 4 more years of this, seeing our hard earned equity dry up, the terrible economic mess and image problem we have, I encourage every-one to work as hard as they can. YES WE CAN and please remember what's at stake. You guys are all great.

    August 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Obama NOT Fit to Lead

    Michael – Running for president and actually having the experience and backbone to run the country are completely separate. As far as I'm concerned Obama has proven nothing to me except that he is an empty suit when he doesn't have his teleprompter in front of him.

    August 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. obama/not biden '08

    they will go down,now that BO picked an insider as an attack dog,and took our campaign to the low-road.

    August 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Jarno


    Did you even look at Biden's voting record with regard to abortion?

    August 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. TO RJfromElla

    I think life makes you humble when you lose family the way he did.

    His father sold cars??? Seems humble and hard working. I want what I couldn't give my kids just makes good sense.

    He is no millinaire, nor does he own 10 hoomes! Give the man a break for being one of the good grounded Americans that worked hard all his life! NOT LIKE OTHERS!

    August 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. RJ, CA

    Biden was born in 1942. He graduated from Archmere Academy in 1961 - that would make him 19 - and strongly suggests that he did NOT attend "ordinary" schools.

    It was Obama yesterday, who tried to portray Biden as coming from "humble" beginnings.

    And if you've been listening to political commentary as I have, you would have noted that the concensus is that Biden, a Catholic, was partially selected to bring back the Catholic vote - from both sides of the aisle - that Hillary Clinton, unlike Obama, garnered during the primaries.

    August 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Philiana

    Well, I would vote for Obama regardless of whom he chooses for his vice president. I think that Biden is a great addittion to the ticket.

    August 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Isidoro from Germany

    ... despite all he said, truthful or not, these men Sens. Obama and Biden, will make it for the sake of the country and the world! Come on, let grow wiser!

    August 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Gerald

    I don't see the correlation between Obama's "readiness" to lead and his path through the course of a tough, seventeen month long primary season. Exactly how did the primary season exemplify his leadership abilities??
    Leadership requires motivation but motivation does not entail leadership.

    Too bad Biden did not have this kind of glowing press during his presidential campaign run. But then again, since "freshness" was the theme of the primary season, it wouldn't have mattered and played instead against him. Interesting how the tide changes when it really counts.

    August 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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