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. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    Why don't these pollsters ever call me!? If they can't get every person that intends to and will vote on election day, do these polls really mean anything?

    August 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    If 23% have never even heard of Biden, what kind of people are voting?? Uneducated? Perhaps.

    August 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. RJ, CA

    It will be interesting how Biden explains his “humble” background, considering his grandfather was a Pennsylvania state senator, and Biden attended the prestigious Archmere Academy, a Catholic college preparatory school in Delaware.

    It will be even more interesting how Biden will explain his pro-abortion stance, considering the Dems will try to “capitalize” on Biden’s Catholicism to gain “blue collar” votes.

    But best of all will be hearing Biden trying to wiggle out of his comments that Obama is not ready to be president! THAT will be a hoot!

    August 24, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Denise

    RJ, do your homework. Biden's family lost all of their money, then he attended ordinary schools. It is too soon for the polls to show whether or not Biden is having a positive or negative effect. Jesus, Christ, the man just learned Friday/Saturday he had the position

    August 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Michael

    I don't remember Biden saying that his background is humble. And I don't see the point of trying to denigrate him because of his place of education and his father's career.

    I don't understand the correlation RJ made between catholicism and blue collar voters. Seems like a red herring to me. And Biden doesn't have to explain his pro-choice stance... he's a democrat, remember?

    And Biden didn't have to wiggle out of his past comments about Obama's readiness to lead. He, like the rest of us who have been paying attention, has seen Obama prove himself through the course of a tough, seventeen month long primary season.

    Duh, RJ.

    August 24, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. MK

    LOTS of Catholics are Pro-Choice, RJ.

    And as for Biden's earlier comment on Obama, has it occurred to you that Biden has had lots more opportunity to get to know Obama's skill-set by now? Intelligent people change their minds when the evidence warrants that.

    August 24, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Ian

    Picking Biden was an awesome move by Obama. Obama doesn't want "business as usual" anymore. By making Biden VP, Obama is tapping his expertise while taking away his vote in the senate. Obama is a genious.

    August 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. tedious898

    RJ = REALLY JACKED-UP mentally.

    Complete goof. And its so obvious because instead of mentioning the qualities of McCain (which there are few except – Surge) all we here are unsupported republican talking points. Yes....RJ fits right in with GOP. Why don't you go on over to Faux News to join your group of "low info" voters?

    August 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Ron

    I Think Biden is awsome! It is such a well rounded ticket.
    Both men have a compelling all-American life story.
    Great Choice Obama, that's the kind of sound judgement we want in a leader! Obama/Biden '08! Super leaders!

    August 24, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Kevin from Florida

    RJ is obviously a moron. The republicans usually have plenty of those lol.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Jeff White

    Hoot away, but just so you know, it will be very easy for Biden to explain saying Obama isn't ready. That was a year ago. Personally, I wasn't convinced a year ago but now I am. I think Obama's handled the intense pressure of the campaign and shown on almost every issue that he's been ahead of the curve, from ending the war, to the gas tax, to the need to strengthen the dollar as a way to lower gas prices and help the economy.

    Joe Biden can very easily and believably say that he's gotten to know Obama well over the past year and a half, and that he's seen firsthand what a capable, intelligent, natural leader he is.

    August 24, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Average white gun owning Christian

    Anybody know if Biden will have to start wearing a bow tie?

    August 24, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. d Taliga

    To all American,Im very consrvative,but when I see those whom call them self republican,just bring America to wars and spending tax mony all over the world,and in in America children education and infastructure,and most imoprtante sending Amrica children to none scnse wars,just to serve lobbyist and special intress,and John Maccain is one big hand in this,I will vote for America that only mean Barack Obama,God bless all of you wake up.
    Ps-MCCain say he wont reduce tax but he pay million time more for wars he support ,and where from American workin people.

    August 24, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Hen

    As if this is news. Its not even after the convention yet so of course the polls are only going to rise 2 points from what he previously had.

    August 24, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. BK

    You said Obama proved himself through campaigning. That statement is ridiculous. That does not give Obam the experience to be the President.

    August 24, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Carl Justus

    Biden is one of the poorest senators in congress. He came from a blue collar background and had his fill of disappointments. He lost his first wife and daughter in a car accident shortly after being elected to congress in his first term when was only about 30 years of age. He has had a brain aneurism which almost cost him his life.
    He has been Chairman or the judiciary committee and the foreign relations committee. Biden will make a great vice president.

    August 24, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Nathan Simpson

    John McCain's add against the Obama/Biden ticket is compeletly retarded; considering when the statment was made when biden was obama's oppenent for the democratic nominee. So of course he's going to state something like that! What's sad is that stupid people are going to buy into whatever McCain's says because he's a white guy.

    August 24, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. DR

    According to, "Gallup Daily: McCain, Obama Tied at 45%" (e.g. Obama:McCain 45:45).

    There isn't any slight lead for Obama. As a matter of fact Obama:McCain were 46:44 the day before.

    I wonder if Clinton would have made a much bigger difference in polls.

    August 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. education

    RJ, since when do Republicans get the nerve to talk about education?

    August 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Brad K

    It's amusing to see the Republicans flailing away desperately in their efforts to find some damaging "spin" on Biden, and failing to land a punch. So far they've only managed to make themselves look foolish and . . . well, desperate. The "experience" issue was the only issue McCain had against Obama. The selection of Biden as Obama's VP goes a long way toward neutralizing it. Responsible Republicans like Sen. Richard Luger (R-IN) and Sen. Arlen Spector (R-PA) have been effusive in their praise of Biden, an acknowledged master of foreign policy. Former Sen. Dave Durenberger (R-MN) went so far as to say that Biden "has the edge in judgment" over McCain. McCain looks like like a rash, blustery, trigger-happy hothead in comparison with the cool Obama and his smooth and savvy foreign policy sidekick Biden. Suddenly it's McCain whose foreign policy credentials look suspect. This pick is a game-changer, and a testament to Obama's judgment and leadership ability. Very presidential.

    August 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Texico From Mexico

    RJ, there is no wiggling out of the comments...he said them why? BECAUSE HE HIMSELF WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT! Hmm..wonder if Romey is picked will there be comments he made about McClown?

    August 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. SP

    RJ has the same mentality as those producing smear ads for McCain – I learned at an early age from watching Bambi – If you can't say something nice, do not say anything at all.

    August 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. clarity

    Biden like the rest of us is a composition of our heredity, our religion, our economics, and personal experiences which help mold our beliefs. Political pundits and all of us are simply making projections based upon the history of American politics and presidential campaigns. As Roland Martin stated this a.m. on CNN, this is a new time in American politics. This is an exciting time when a biracial man is leading in polls as he fights to live in the White House. Nothing like this has ever happened in this country. America will continue to shock the world as we regain our ideological prowness which sets us apart from the other nations of the world. We are the leaders of change and Obama with Biden will tap the heart of America no matter our race creed, color or religion. We are defining our history, right here and right now. We are the greatest nation on earth.

    August 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. William

    RJ is simply stirring up drama like the republicans so typically try to do when they don't have facts to base anything on. That's why the spin machine works so well on them.

    August 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. KA

    Sen. Biden is probably the only politician in Washington that is a straight shooter.  According to a CNN report on Biden, his net worth as of 2007 was between $100,000-$150,000.  He has taken out 2nd & 3rd mortgages to send his children to college.  Takes Amtrak back & forth every day from Washington to Deleware instead of renting an apartment in Washington.  Hardly an "Elitist"!!After his first wife & baby daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972 he had 2 small children to raise on his own.  He did not remarry until 5 years later and had a daughter by his 2nd wife.  He is the an excellent choice for Obama and a person to look up to in the Political world.  We should have more like him in Washington instead of the money grubbers that are out for the power and monetary gain.He has watched Washington go downhill for the last 8 years and will definitely help to straighten it out for the American people.  When people keep on and on about Obama's lack of experience and how the people are taking such a huge chance in electing him, I have to wonder if the other great people had to go through so much to achieve their greater goals for the people.  Maybe Columbus should have taken a different path?  Just think!!  Someone took a chance on him....hummmmmmmmm  

    August 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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