September 6th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain chips away at Obama's lead

The race between Sens. McCain and Obama is getting tighter.

The race between Sens. McCain and Obama is getting tighter.

(CNN)– Sen. John McCain is chipping away at Sen. Barack Obama lead in national polls.

According the latest CNN Poll of Polls, Obama now leads the Arizona senator by three points, 45 percent to 42 percent. Last Thursday's Poll of Polls showed the Illinois senator up by four points, 47 percent to McCain's 43 percent.

The latest CNN analysis of several recent surveys does not include any post Republican National Convention tallies.

"While the race appears to be tightening up a bit, it's worth keeping in mind that we still haven't seen any polling conducted after the Republican Convention," noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. "It's still too early to tell what - if any - bounce McCain will receive last week's GOP gathering in St. Paul. The jury's also still out on Sarah Palin, though there are certainly strong early indications that she has succeeded in energizing the Republican base."

The polls included in CNN's most recent Poll of Polls includes three surveys: CBS (September 1-3), Gallup (September 2-4), and Diageo/Hotline (September 2-4). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. lil

    Best way to look at this is mccain is scary and palin is sarcastic and
    we dont hear a economic plan from mccain only meaness scar tactic
    bottom line.

    September 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Rob R

    There are more Democrats registered this year than Republicans. In order for McCain to win, he has to get the vote of about 90% of Republicans, 55% of swing voters, and 15% of Democrats.

    With Palin and her ultra conservative views on the ticket, I just don't see McCain making too much of a dent in the swing and Democratic votes.

    September 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. michele

    i tired of having a person that doesn't have any ideas for this country. i need someone that is very intelligent that could take this counrty into the right direction. we have a dumb president for 8 years and then some of your want to have another dumb mcain in office. tell me what mcain can do you you. by watching the rebpuklian convention can your see it was only mostly white rich folk in the audience. believe me mcain will raise taxes and it will only be on the poor. he will not raises taxes on the rich like obama want to do. what hacve cheney did while he was a vice president the answer is nothing. palin is not going to do nothing. for all of your women that cared about women right. she is against abortion and mcain votes against the min wages and equal pay for woman. do you research on mcain and palin on their issues trust me you will not vote for them in novenmber. they only care about the rich. i will pray every day because right now this counrty is in a very bad shape. putting another rebupukian is will be in a worst shape than bush. i bet your on this.

    September 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Mike

    It would be a saddest day if McCain is elected President. I won't believe how stupid American People can get. Generally, people who get burned by a President or a Party that Governs, would change it. Since the last years, we are not only burned, we are fooled, mislead, deceived, financially and morally bankrupted and emotionally destroyed. If Obama loses, it would be because of his Race. The MidWestern and Southern United States has not yet come out of the Civil War and Slavery. Finally we have an Intellectual, Educated and capable young man who can lead us in to the modern world and will restore the American reputation.

    September 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Darryl Miller

    The sad story is Senator McCain has lies and will continue to lie in order to win votes. Like when he said that Gov. Sarah Palin sold the jet on Ebay at a profit for the state. On the Surge in IRAQ, and many others..

    Everyone should research CNN seaarch engine, google and Youtube.

    Senator McCain has been caught on tape lying..

    September 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Shan from Michigan

    I agree with Maggie VT. When the word gets out about how her views, how she does not agree with global warming, she believes in creationism and does not agree with abortion even in cases of incest and rape, the American people will see that she is absolutely wrong for America.

    September 6, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Amy-Texas

    GOODBYE DEMOCRATS!!!! How does it feel to see it all slipping away. The good common sense of the American people is showing now. You should have thought more about who you handpicked for your presidential nominee. That's the thing about Americans we are not dumb we know when someone is trying to force things on us that we DON'T WANT!!!
    Change is coming alright and my HOPE is in John McCain and Sarah Palin.

    September 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Thomas

    I am Hillay supporter, the Obama camp sexualy discrimination women, as a long dem, I wll vote for republican for the first time.

    September 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Mary in CT

    I have come to the conclusion that the conservatives have grown lazy. They have no new ideas, no vision for America. All they have are old war stories and the same old rhetoric. McCain doesn't work on weekends, because why should he do for seven days what can just as easily be accomplished in five - holding rallies where all he talks about is his background as a POW and Obama. He chose Palin because even with all her scandals and problems, she brings excitement (it doesn't really matter what kind) to a lackluster race that McCain just doesn't have the intellectual energy to energize with his own ideas, whatever they may be.

    What they're counting on, of course, is that the American electorate is also lazy, and a good "story" or soap opera narrative will be enough to win them over. "She's just like me"? You've got to be kidding. Do "you" know anything about international relations besides press the red button anytime anyone pisses you off? Didn't think so.

    They can make fun of Obama's "high-flying rhetoric" all they want. The fact is that Obama has energized heretofore uninvolved members of the electorate with his vision of greater and more substantive involvement of the American people in their own government. This is in the broadest terms the "change" he will bring to Washington. There are many specific changes that are easy to learn about if you have any interest at all.

    September 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Loretta

    This is because our elderly citizens sit at home by the phone and watch fox news, while our young citizens go to work or are talking on their cells. Don't worry about these polls, just remember to rock the vote in November, Democrats.

    September 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. frank

    Obama dooms losing the general election. In the last stage of the contend with Sen. Clinton, his support rate had dropped. I think people just don't like his personality, since he grew up from a unhappy fimily.

    September 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Linda from AZ

    Having been polled one time I do not put much value in them. They asked questions they would only take a yes or no answer for. Plus how big is their sample, seen one with only 600 people polled.

    The only one that counts is Nov 4...YES WE CAN

    September 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Yngvai

    I find it amusing that the Republicans won't let Palin do interviews with the press. What are they trying to hide? Anyone who is "ready to lead" should be up for the task of handling difficult questions.

    Obama went on O'Reilly, a hostile environment for Democrats. But McCain refused to talk to Larry King, and Palin has yet to face the press. So who is really the strong one here?

    September 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    If this country elects another Republican, we deserve the mess we'll get. If you think it's bad now, just wait till McCain gets a hold of it. He has no plan to change this country and will do nothing to improve our image in the world. His no more earmarks is going to hurt cash-strapped states (not Alaska or Arizona of course) who depend on earmarks for critical projects. It's not all 'pork' as he claims.

    Get a clue people. He (and she) will destroy us.

    September 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Phil

    Its seems that the media is hell bent on deciding who wins and who loses before the American People get to vote. 1 year ago, the media declared that it was "done before it started" with Hillary Clinton and Rudy Guiliani as the nominees for president. That was boring after a while – the "news cycle" just couldn't bear a month of that same message (readers and listeners were bored), so other media messages were discovered and manufactured. I guess polls are good theater, but not really news. It is amazing how shallow media coverage of presidential politics really is, If it's not a 10-word or less "media bite", then we Americans just can't understand. Too bad for us - our choices are now between a first term Senator who has spent most of that first term running for another office or a person whose party cannot come up with any other themes than "war hero."

    September 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. texas

    why mccain cannot close the deal? his double talk, hipocresy and opportunism is getting clearer every day.

    September 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. karen

    So where’s McCain’s bump? While Obama keeps going up and down, McCain just hangs around 42/43.. I would have thought after McCain’s VP choice was announced on Aug. 29, his numbers would have gone up. I guess there are only so many business people in the country.

    September 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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