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.

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  1. Big D

    Here's a question for those who are supporting Palin – how do you think any random other governor would have done in that interview with Gibson? My guess is that most would have fared way better than she did. And I'd guess that none of the others would have had such a hostile attitude (really comes across when you see it, but not as much if you just hear it or read the transcript). So again – what does this tell you about McCain's approach to picking a VP? It tells me that he was willing to put the entire country at risk, if it could maybe help him win the election.

    September 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Reality sets in

    Why are the Republicans avoiding talking about the issues?

    Because they would lose. Instead they go for character attacks and lies and there are enough racist in American who want to feel justified in their racism, so they pretend to believe the lies.

    America must not be ready for a Black man to be president. Because even though he is clearly the better leader for the job, he wont get.

    September 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. D&D

    No ticker on Palin's interview?

    September 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Victoria Anderson - Seattle, Washington

    I'm watchin the interview with Palin and what in the heck is she talkin about? She is crazy..... She looks nervious – so uncomfortable and I don't understand why..... My vote goes to Obama/Biden

    September 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. Confused

    Can someone please explain to me how these polls work? How many people are surveyed? I read somewhere that it was 1000 by land line. Larry King's online Quick Vote, where the question today is "Who will make a better VP?" Out of 4457 votes so far, 81% say Biden....19% say Palin.

    September 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. TheTruthHurts

    Blah, Blah Blah. Who cares about national polls when the states are actually what counts. It'll only be interesting if there is divergence between the two on November 4th.

    September 12, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Robert from CA September 12th, 2008 6:34 pm ET

    Isn't Barack Obama A dual citizen of the U.S. and Indonesia? How can he be president and be a dual citizen?

    John McCain was born in Panama how can he be elected president?

    September 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. henriettap

    The reason that McCain is ahead is he and his campaign have been lying and republicans are looking for anything that resembles Bush tactics,in fact Palin is worse than Bush.She babbles on and on about much of nothing.She will have us in a war before we blink.Well I hope she sticks to killing her moose and not getting us killed with her tough talk. W

    September 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. anne

    7:33 pm central time just watching Campell Brown NO-BIAS-NO BULL how can she say this and have 3 dem punits making statements agains Palin. Is this bias or not?

    September 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Chris

    i don't know how to say this any more clearly...WAKE UP AMERICA!!! mccain and palin are incompetent!!! we can't suffer thru 4 more years of people bumbling their way thru leading this nation. they are LIARS and the sooner people get past the personal story crap and realize that what's coming out of mccain and palin's mouths are lies the sooner we get on the right path. i'm just stunned that these two even have any credibility left with some of you people! quite frankly it is depressing.

    September 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. lil jj

    I agree with Stephanie. The focus needs to be on the issues and not on Palin shooting a moose from the air. Palin has no clue about foreign affairs.She contradicts everything she says. Do not be fooled into thinking
    Palin is representing women. She is representing her politics.

    September 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran form Coalition to Invade US

    If McCain gets elected we will be invaded by the new world power coalition. Thats where we are headed. Invaded means that they will charge our beaches!

    September 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. anne

    Jeffery toobin is a loud mouth and is hurting Obama, keep up the good work Toobin

    September 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. Sandy


    September 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Just Miss

    It is about the electoral college....The newness of Palin will wear off....right now she is new and lots of folks are looking.

    It will wear off.....Wait till she debates....That should be a beauty....

    September 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. observer

    Anyone remember how Mondale had big lead over Regan
    & he lost by a landslide or how about Dukakis

    September 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Lisa - VA

    Don't believe it...Nov. 4th is the only day that's going to count.

    I find it HARD to believe that MOST Americans are happy with the directions this country is going – not to mention with what the McCain/Palin ticket has to offer. I truely believe that Sentor Obama's supporters will deliever the Obama/Biden ticket a VICOTORY on Nov. 4th.

    September 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. anne

    Has anyone else noticed that the Obama supports have the habit of talking over their opponets, it happened in the primaries against Hilary and it is happening against Mc Cain. I notice it does any one else

    September 12, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. nate

    Sarah no, you keep drinking the kool aid cause anybody that believes anything a Rethuglican says is a complete and utter moron. Go Sarah Go around the bowl and down the hole!!!

    September 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. Jon

    How can anyone vote for McCain many times do you need to be hit with a stick . We have had 8 years of BUSH/McCain policies 6 years of a Repub. congress and voting McCain you get 4 more. Is it that Obama is "BLACK" he has a funny name? What is it that you (REPUB) vet Palin in 1 week fly her to the convention that same week and treat her like she is the greatest thing since popcorn and you know nothing about her. Go outside look down your street , do you see the for sale signs on the homes how do you think we got there. Take a look at who is running McCain campain and who do you think they really work for... the american public ..NO they work for big companies the want the same deal that they have had with Bush.

    September 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. Hopeful

    Polls schmolls....

    September 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Ari

    How can a poll from Fox be counted. It is naturally going to be biased toward Republicans. By the way Robert from California: John McCain was born in Panama in 1936. It was not then nor is it now a state. Barack Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961. Hawaii was made a state in 1959. Shouldn't the fact that John McCain was born in Panama automatically disqualify him from running for president?

    September 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. Bill, MA.

    Real Republicans must laugh when they get together, and talk about the wannabe republicans who support them. They talk about lowering taxes, and spend a trillion dollars on the bush/mccain war. Hmmm. Any working person who votes republican has to have self loathing, low self esteem issues, and/or be racist, or welfare haters. Republicans love you people.

    September 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. Pat

    The nightingale sings in Berkley Square

    Take it to the bank Obama will win!

    September 12, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    You can take it the bank. Sad but true.
    Trust me Linda, the U.S. is stupid enough to vote for McCain in spite of being a Bush clone and the intolerance of Palin.
    I have had many people tell me, my entire family included, that they will not vote for a black man. Half black or not. No matter the circumstances. It is just a fact and in their nature. They can't help themselves.
    The U.S. should prepare itself for 4 years of McBush and probably 8 years of Palin. The Democratic party should take a few minutes to reflect and select a more acceptable candidate next time. It probably won't make any difference but they can try.
    Roe V Wade will be overturned. The U.S. deficit will be $20 trillion, we'll probably have a Department of Homeland Religion and we'll have no ally that we haven't bought but we won't have stem cell research or abortions.

    September 12, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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