September 4th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: Obama's lead narrows to four points

(CNN) – The match-up between Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain is tightening, according to CNN’s latest poll of polls.

Obama now leads McCain by four percentage points – 47 percent to 43 percent - with 10 percent undecided about their choice for president. Since the previous CNN poll of polls released Wednesday, Obama has dropped two percentage points – from 49 percent percent previously to his current support level of 47 percent – while McCain’s support remains steady at 43 percent since Wednesday.

“While there are indications that McCain may be closing in on Obama, we’ve seen these sorts of fluctuations in the polling average before,” cautioned CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “McCain has not broken out of the low to mid-40s all summer. He has to hope that the combination of the Palin pick and a well-received acceptance speech tonight will somehow change the race’s fundamental dynamics, which so far continue to favor the Democrats.”

CNN’s August 29-September 3 national general election poll of polls consists of the following five surveys: CBS (September 1-3), Gallup (September 1-3), Diageo/Hotline (August 29-31), American Research Group (August 30-September 1), and CNN/Opinion Research Corp. (August 29-31). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Chris @ ASU

    McCain could be winning in the polls by 10 points and it still wouldn't matter in November due us young voters who like Obama. WE are going to be the 'Real Change' this country needs.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Craig A Texas Democrat

    I like the way they take several unreliable polls and average them together and expect the poll of polls to stand. Gallup is the true poll and Obama is up by 7. After last nights attacks im sure it will soar sky high.

    September 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. Splurge

    Thank you Sarah!

    September 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. returntocommonsense

    I don't know why they keep running these things. The only numbers that count are the ones after election day. Period

    September 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. emmanuel


    September 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Greg FL.

    Yea, I don't put much faith in The Poll Of Polls.

    September 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    Doesn't matter. Obama is the truth, and the truth will prevail.

    September 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. linda from South Dakota

    the day the votes are all counted is the day that counts the most and we all know whose goin to win,, OBAMA/BIDEN 08 its true,, the mccain campaign doesnt have a adgenda,, so they are runnin around lookin for neg ads to report( that arent true),, which if i was still decidin,, i would think,, mmm these rep's are so negative, would i want them runnin the country?? NO WAYYYYYY

    September 4, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Hillary Supporter

    he GOP is so sad. They are hateful, spiteful people. Yes I supported Hillary and now I will support my ideals. This not about supporting the DNC its about my beliefs and my beliefs are the complete opposite from McCain and Palin.

    September 4, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. Dan

    polls don't mean much. They say Palin living next to russia gives her some kind of fpreign policy know how. she's next to the north poll too. does this mean she knows santa?

    September 4, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Jody Monroe

    Young voters, families, and moms can identify with Sarah Palin. She's a new, fresh, authentic talent that makes this contest so tight!

    September 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. sue calgary

    Polls mean nothing. In November vote for change, not scary negativism. Adding Palin to the ticket did nothing for McCain, except insult female voters and scare swing voters.

    September 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. Mr Independent

    These polls are so biased. Have they ever thought to poll newly registered voters? I'm sure if they did Obama would be up by 20.

    September 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Marc

    Sarah Palin is a FRAUD and few ppl making something out of nothing of Sarah Palin.

    September 4, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Republican

    the problem with democrats is that they are under denial. Because few thousand voters who are young and obama supporters can blog, on each and every articles about republicans, doesnt make obama a winner in november. Inexperienced young voters, no doubt, support inexperienced obama. what a combination!

    September 4, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. Daryl

    We all have to remember that this is the most important election the USA has ever had. Do we stay with the past...and no friends (McCain), or do we re-emerge as the beacon of hope for democracy still standing in the west, with our friends back once again. If the world is against us, just remember the numbers aren't on our side. There are only 300 M of us. Hope or fear, you decide but remember, this IS the election of all elections...and after this one, I fear we won't have another chance. I fear will continue our decline, without hope.

    We have but one beacon of Hope and he must win!


    September 4, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Liz FL

    I knew this was going to happen. Since day 2 all they are doing is trying to scare Americans with another attack. It's sad to see how they can use this. 9/11 really hurt me too, but not only a Republican can protect this country. NOW we need someone Diplomatic.

    September 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |