September 12th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN poll of polls: McCain ahead by two points

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Obama trails Sen. McCain by two points in Friday's CNN poll of polls."] (CNN) – Sen. John McCain continues to have a slight advantage over rival Sen. Barack Obama in the latest CNN poll of polls released Friday afternoon. McCain is now ahead by 2 percentage points – 46 percent to Obama’s 44 percent - with 10 percent unsure about their choice for president. In Thursday’s CNN poll of polls, McCain was ahead by one point – 46 percent to 45 percent.

“The race for the White House has essentially been a dead heat since the Republican Convention,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Barring something dramatic and unexpected, the horserace numbers are not likely to change very much at least until the debates. As we inch closer to Election Day, the pool of truly undecided voters continues to shrink.”

Friday’s CNN poll of polls is comprised of the following three surveys: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (September 8-9), Gallup (September 9-11), and Diageo/Hotline (September 9-11). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (353 Responses)
  1. Robbin

    In our office of approximately 200 we did a mock election. All genders, races, nationalities and religions are covered here. The end result? Obama 72% McCain 21% 7% undecided...and I live in Republican SC. I don't believe the national polls.

    September 12, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Johanna not voting GOP

    Aw, and lets not forgot our fellow American's and soldier living abroad. McCain is going down!!!!

    September 12, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. V from Milwaukee

    Anyone with any statistical background knows these polls are conducted without adhering to all the rules of an efficiently statistic sample.

    They are polling ONLY landlines. Think about how many people nowadays don't even own a land line and just use cell phones?

    The majority of the 18-35 year olds don't even own landlines, this poll is basically stating that 46% of old people are voting for McCain, not that high of an amount.

    Look for Obama to win big.

    September 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. kalliope

    How on earth, could anyone who cares about this country, and puts their country first, vote for four more years of the same. Over 80% of the country believe we are on the wrong track. Are they so easy to fool? I would like for one McCain supporter, to give a real example of where the senator differs from the Bush regime.

    September 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. joebloe

    IT'S THE ECONOMY!!!!!!
    IT'S THE ECONOMY!!!!!!
    IT'S THE ECONOMY!!!!!!
    IT'S THE ECONOMY!!!!!!
    IT'S THE ECONOMY!!!!!!
    IT'S THE ECONOMY!!!!!!
    IT'S THE ECONOMY!!!!!!
    Why do people believe the republicans can change? Who has controlled all of DC 6 of last 8 years? Who fillibusters every bill they don't like or think that might be percieved as good for their opponents?
    Who said "We will block every significant piece of Democratic legislation, then run on a platform of a do-nothing Congress"?
    Tom DeLay: FORMER Republican Senator of Texas under indictment

    Do you believe the alcoholic when they say they won't drink?
    Do you believe the wife-beater when he says he didn't mean it?
    Do you believe the thief when he says he meant to pay for it?
    Do you believe?
    I am so sorry!

    There is another way! Change You Can Believe In!

    September 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Georgia

    If the Democratic Primary counted like the general Election electoral college, Hillary would have been the Nominee. And all those States would be Blue right now. All you college Educated children better do your homework. Red state Caucuses may get you nominated, but they don't count for a hill of beans come election day.

    Women of America – Stand up!

    September 12, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. jonathan

    Poll of Polls???
    what... ever...

    Polls don't make elections, and they don't win elections.

    September 12, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. Reality sets in

    The majority of America would rather put this out out of touch white man and gun toten, extreme conservative woman than to put a Black man in office.

    Why won't the elephant in the room just be pointed out. There are more racist out there. People are not answering these polls based on issues, they are deciding based on race.

    September 12, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Cain in KCMO

    McCain was born in Panama, let's check his birth certificate, yes he is panamian, how is he running for president when he wasn't born in US main land. another double standard. Next, Arnold Schawarz will be running for President.

    >>>>Obama 08>>>>>>

    September 12, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. V from Milwaukee

    These kinds of topics just goes to prove how myopic republicans are. News outlets can post anything and these idiots will buy it without digging deeper into the facts. They need to stop just polling land lines.

    September 12, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. GARY


    OBAMA 2008

    September 12, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. tedious898

    Kathryn, Nevada.....

    I bet you can wait for McLiar to become president. He'll be sending you all the nuclear wasted from the 31 plants he's planning to build. You won't need lights because you'll be glowing in the dark – How bout that Sparky?

    Its such a shame John McLiar appeals to "low intel" voters. He has such a large following here in America

    September 12, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Brandon

    nice, proves my point that Americans are clueless, they like being lied to, they like wars, they like not having enough money to put food on the table...they like not being able to pay for gas , they like no healthcare...they like going into debt just to be able to pay for education, they like losing their homes, they like having no jobs...

    If America doesn't wake up they will get what they deserve and please don't cry foul for 8 more years...dont say a thing!

    September 12, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Obama Supporter!

    Polls are meaningless it's the electoral votes that count and Obama still has the lead! Mccain ain't going anywhere accept one of the seven houses he owns!! Wonder which one he'll retire to!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 12, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. BJ

    Thank you!

    To Obama supporters who vilified anyone who did not agree with you. This is the backlash of your cruel and demeaning comments. Your childish rampage against Hillary and her supporters has driven a wedge into the Democratic Party. Your arrogance has kept them away, and your condescending attitude will be your karma.

    McCain/Palin '08
    Hillary 2012

    September 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. scott

    people, wake up and get informed, that is one scary alaskan woman.
    get invoved, grab your neighbors, dont let lies and distortion beat ideas and change

    obama biden all the way

    September 12, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Patrick

    The fact that McCain is even close to Obama, let alone leading by two points, makes me despair of Americans. What kind of blind, non-questioning idiots would continue to support a Bush clone after the last 8 years? What kind of morons are you people? Have you even been paying attention to what's happened to this country? If America elects McCain, America gets exactly what it deserves.

    September 12, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Ron

    where is mccain in the polls obama

    2 points up and rising

    September 12, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Sylvia

    McCain/Palin ticket

    The same product with different packaging

    Palin .... The smoke screen

    September 12, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  20. Dee

    Will some one please answer this. If McCain & Palin are such christians WHY ARE THE TELLING BALD FACE LIES? Even after being called on this issue they don't stop. If this is how the White House is going to be ran what makes them any different than Bush.

    September 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. easy talk

    I am Hillary supporter (still). I remember that Bill Clinton had predicted his wife big win. But what happened to Hillary? Heartache to me, more so when she was not picked as VP.

    I switched to McCain/Palin ticket now. Not because she is a woman candidate, she shared a lot of common problems/thoughts with us.

    I see the change sign a little more in McCain / Palin ticket than in Obama's with Biden, a recycled product of old Washington insider.

    When I got to know he was notorious for GOOD TALK, I said: come on, switch.

    September 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. Pollster

    Ever hear of the silent MAJORITY, McCain's lead hasn't anywhere near peaked !!!

    McCain / Palin

    September 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. mcshameless is in neo-con pocket

    i'm sure Mcshameless is ahead by 2 %

    amongst your senile know-nothing racist redneck southerners and

    loan-sharking war-profiteering neo-cons, LOLOLOL

    September 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. Judy

    I believe at the end of the day people will go into the voting booth and they will think about voting for the "Leader of the Free World" and they will vote for Obama. Why? 18,000,000 people voted for Obama in 50 different states! Dems have a deep bench.

    McCain is weak and people will see that his VP pick is stronger than him (which doesn't say much). They will vote for Obama and try to run Palin in 2012. It's just that simple. They don't want the Republican future tarnished by a McCain failure (remember the Neo-Cons aren't impressed with McCain, they don't like him). The true Republican base want Palin not McCain. They don't care if McCain lost, in fact they can't wait. They will run Pain in 2012 by then she will have more Governorship experience.

    Dems on the other hand need Hillary to be the VP pick right now so she can run in 2012 against Palin by having had VP experience. You will see Biden bow out and Hillary come forward just in time for the first VP debate. Watch!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. KG

    Why is Obama sinking in the polls? Let's see......People are finally learning the truth about Obama. He's an empty suit with a tax plan that will kill the economy. He's an absolute zero on international politics and national security issues. His running mate is a complete dud that managed to get a grand total of 7000 votes from his own party when he ran for Pres. He hangs with folks like Ayers and Wright. And, he's got less experience than the Republican's VP candidate!

    September 12, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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