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. Joycelyn

    come on CNN, he's up by more than that or maybe you are just being modest and giving the repugs a breather.

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

    Let's hope this keeps up, for the good of the country.

    September 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Obama wins

    One week its +6 next week its -6. The mainstream news lies about polls. They said a majority of Americans supported the invasion of iraq. That was a lie.

    September 2, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    I feel sorry for Tim Pawlenty!

    He backed McCain from the start and would have been a FAR MORE CREDIBLE choice than the pretender from Alaska!

    McCain miscalculated severely.

    Bad judgement. Game over!

    September 2, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Polls don't matter

    They aren't polling enough people, and they certainly aren't polling the younger people who have cell phones and no land line telephones. Are they polling anyone at universities or community colleges? No. And if those voters turn out to the polls in November, which I believe they will, then these numbers are meaningless. A 1-3% lead by McCain in any large state with several universities will b e nullified by the college vote, which goes 6-1 to Obama.

    September 2, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Doug in Seattle

    Wow, what happened to all the McCain supporters??? This message board used to be closer to 50/50. They have all gone home to cry in their soup I guess.

    September 2, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |

    I read several posts calling Obama a "teleprompter" speech giver... (or whatever)...


    so... what.... cue-card (so he can stay on message) mccain is gonna have his acceptance speech MEMORIZED.....


    September 2, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. More of the Same

    Before John's convention gets off the ground there is already controversy. One or two more things to distract people from the real issues. More of the same of the Bush policies, no matter how they spin it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 2, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    You want bounce? I'll give ya bounce.

    OBAMA 08

    September 2, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. Tim

    When you realize that the 2000 and 2004 elections were won by less than 3, a six point lead is a landslide in the making.

    September 2, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Katie

    From Real Clear Politics:

    Poll Date Sample Obama (D) McCain (R) Spread
    RCP Average 08/29 – 09/01 - 49.2 42.8 Obama +6.4
    Gallup Tracking 08/30 – 09/01 2772 RV 50 42 Obama +8
    Rasmussen Tracking 08/30 – 09/01 3000 LV 51 45 Obama +6
    Hotline/FD 08/29 – 08/31 RV 48 39 Obama +9
    CNN 08/29 – 08/31 927 RV 49 48 Obama +1
    CBS News 08/29 – 08/31 781 RV 48 40 Obama +8

    September 2, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. What a Joke

    But wait. Did you stellar journalists run a headline YESTERDAY saying "No Convention Bounce for Obama."

    I'm beginning to think you all got your journalism degrees by mail order.

    September 2, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Maine Loon

    When Ms. Palin begins to face the press directly ie without McCain at her side or having all her communication go through surrogates it should cause the Republican ticket to lose another 4 to 5 points...

    September 2, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. john l.a.

    The real poll is on November 4, 2008. Register now if you haven't
    and please vote your conscience.


    September 2, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. JT

    Thank the lord.

    September 2, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Roland, Atlanta

    This is great news! But the only polls that matter are the ones that close on the Night of Nov 4!

    September 2, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. CA, T

    I actually think if Palin is bright as they say, MaCain made a right decision. He was bit behind, but he may be ahead soon.

    September 2, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. jeanette

    People are coming to their senses – people know Senator Obama and Joe Biden are the best for this country, and that McCain and Palin (the token woman) are just wrong.

    Thank you CNN for posting your poll numbers.
    And I especially thank you for not bowing down to John McCain-
    Do not let him blackmail you!

    September 2, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. American


    September 2, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. I used to be a Democrat

    Obama and the rest of the Democrats sexism is UNDENIABLE now. They used sexism to destroy Hillary, but its going to backfire in November.

    Today's Democrats are sexist, sexist, sexist.

    September 2, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. JusLaugh

    It's probably much higher if you add in those of us that only have a cel phone and no home phone, but 6 points is a pretty large lead at this point in the game.

    September 2, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. Ty

    How can Palin relate to the lower 48 state's issues? Her biggest accomplishments were to turn in a corrupt lawmaker when it was politically suitable for her to do it.

    Shooting wolves from helicopters is a big issue in Alaska. What is Palin going to do when she is confronted by a major disaster, a failing economy or an increase in gang violence?

    Photo shoots with an AR15 rifle ain't going to cut it sister

    September 2, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. J, FL

    I did a little survey of myself, and find it interesting that young women voters are wooed by Obama based on his looks. There is absolutely nothing about experience that was brought up. Most that I spoke to said so what, and that is what scares me.

    God help this country if that's what the future holds for us. Oh sure, I should vote for him just based on looks. No way, No how. I think I'll sit out this election, and just say to everyone in a year, see... I told you so!

    September 2, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. Ken

    I was curious about the “change” being promised by the Obama camp. After reading the posts on a few of these blogs, it seems the only change is a stronger division of the American public. It seems we are at war with ourselves, to the benefit of our politicians who continue to further divide us at every step. Maybe it is just that the bitter, twisted and hateful like to hang out on this site?

    September 2, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. DA

    I bet he is up by more than that!!!

    September 2, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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