September 2nd, 2008
05:07 PM ET
11 years ago

CNN poll of polls update: Obama ahead by 6

A CNN poll of polls shows Obama up.

A CNN poll of polls shows Obama up.

(CNN) - Barack Obama holds a six point lead over John McCain in the latest CNN poll of polls.

The poll of polls, an average of five recent national surveys, shows the Illinois senator at 49 percent among registered voters nationwide with McCain at 43 percent.

“When you average the latest national polls, Obama appears to be slowly expanding his lead. He was ahead by four points before the Democratic Convention, and now he’s up by six,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib.

“That said, we’ve seen swings of a point or two on a regular basis over the couple of months. The jury is still out on whether Obama will benefit from any sustained convention bounce. We’re also still waiting to see what — if any — impact the Palin pick and the Republican Convention will have on the race.”

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  1. Denise

    He is up 13 points according to the gallup Poll. Come on, CNN!

    September 2, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |

    McCain cancelled an appearance on CNN tonight as "punishment" for Tucker Bounds being taken to task on Campbel Brown's show last night.

    seems he had a little trouble morphing Palin's resume' into actual relevant foregin policy experience...

    McCain camp calls it.. "over the top"


    September 2, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Arkansas Undertaker

    He is actually ahead by 9 points according to Gallup, Rasmussen and other reputable polling companies.

    September 2, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. S. Boatman

    Obama Will Keep The Lead Until Its Over!

    September 2, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. S. Boatman

    This Is The Kind Of News I Love To Hear!

    September 2, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Beth

    Obama will be even more ahead after Palins "Trooper"" investigation comes to the publics attention! What was McCain thinking when choosing a V.P.??...he wasn't. She's just a heartbeat away..OMG!
    GO OBAMA!!

    September 2, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Tim

    Can you send this to the Republican talking heads that have been spouting a tie?? Also, CNN why is the election center burried on your website???

    September 2, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Since the average post-convention bounce is 10 points and Obama only picked up two, he's clearly underperforming again. Not surprising for the least qualified Presidential candidate in 100 years.

    September 2, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Cliff

    Hey, Obama! Enjoy it while you can. You still can't get above 50%. With the hundreds of millions of dollars that has been sunk into trying to make you look good, you should be ahead by 15 or 20 points.

    September 2, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Flip Flop Obama

    Your polls are a joke. The matter of the fact is their was no bounce after the Democratic Convention.

    Once America really gets to know McCain/Palin this week, its all downhill for teleprompter Obama and Plagerist Biden..

    Go McCain/Palin

    September 2, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Ellen

    WHAT A SELFISH MOTHER!!After hearing about Sarah Palin's daughter being pregnant I was outraged that a mother could be so selfish!She threw her own daughter under the bus to better her career!...She had to know that by agreeing to be VP, that the story about her young daughter was not only going to be on Alaska's news but the whole Country & the world...for shame Sarah!..I wonder what your daughter thinks about YOUR choice!

    September 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Dori in AZ

    One of the country's largest news groups has reported that the chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party told them that Palin and her husband were members in 1994. The chairman was AIP secretary at the time, so she should have memory of it – it's recent history – and, a record.

    The Republicans are saying that the Obama campaign made this up. Wrong. The Alaskan Independence Party is saying it and the national media has picked it up.

    Vetting issues? You bet!

    September 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Alvin

    McCain`s VP pick has backfired. This will go down as the worst pick in American history.

    Bad judgment.

    September 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. MikeH

    It's not so much Obama is bouncing, it is that McCain is sinking. His choice of Sarah Palin as VP is a big chunk of lead around his neck, pulling him down, down, ...

    September 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Independent Voter

    I guess the Ben-Hur scene in Minneapolis, also known as The Greatest Story Ever Told, didn't pay off in a giant leap of poll numbers.

    Reminds of BO having a big rally to wipe out news of a Clinton primary victory, stepping all over her success in order to demean her.

    Hey, the McCain camp has learned so much from Barack. They're really grateful for all the examples he gave them.

    Launching Palin the next day was the result of lessons learned.

    September 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. John Smith

    I think he is up by 20 points, if you include the young and new voters with cell and blackberries. CNN is os behind the times!!!

    September 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Ben from Springfield MO

    A more accurate time to take a poll will be 2 weeks after both conventions are over. Mccain's bump will be coming soon.

    September 2, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Its over. John McCain has been caught as a panderer.

    Come on Women, we all know you are our equals. We know you see through this old pile of garbage called McCain. Voting for McCain will only hurt your cause, not help it. He'll stab you in the back!

    September 2, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Obama=reality, McCain=la la land

    And it his lead will just keep climbing....McCain and his whole campaign is completely out of touch with what our country needs. Finally America is starting to get it.
    Kate, Amherst MA

    September 2, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Perusing-through


    Obama needs nothing less than a 15-point lead on the evening of November 3rd to ensure a General Election victory. There are too many snakes out there that would do anything to cheat the American people of their vote to CHANGE America for the better.

    We saw an example of Republican snakes when McCain cheated in the Saddleback Church debate by not being where he was suppose to be, at the appointed time. Whether McCain heard any questions is not the issue. The cheater should have been in the "cone of silence" before Obama got the first question.

    September 2, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Jessica, TX

    I'm glad the country is waking up to the fact that McCain is definitely not putting the country first with his VP selection. I hope Obama stays ahead and wins the election.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 2, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. Debby

    Obama hit 50% according to Gallup with 2400 voters called but no mention of what states. It could be NY and Calif. only. LOL

    September 2, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. williamjkirwan

    I've seen polls showing them dead even. Polls are like the guys who perdict the weather. Wrong or partically right. I think the race is close and the lead can go back and forth.

    September 2, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Attention everyone. Even though Obama is winning McCain by 8 points. The number is actually wayyyyy higher.

    Many of Obamas votes were first time voters. Gallup doesnt count these votes. Only who voted in 2004. Likely voters

    McCain is toast. Anything else said by a GOP wanna be or a GOP drone isnt true. Poor pick McCain, reap what you sow!

    Obama by a landslide!

    September 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Just Saying

    Gallup and Rasmussen have Obama at 50% and above.

    September 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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