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. Russell, NC

    McCain will continue to inch up.

    September 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Ted

    Democrats don't care what the polls say. There are more of us than
    republicans, and we are voting for Senator Obama.

    (He is leading in electorial votes, the only poll that counts)

    Democrats 08.

    September 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Ted

    Democrats don't care what the polls say. There are more of us than
    republicans, and we are voting for Senator Obama.

    (He is leading in electorial votes, the only poll that counts)

    Democrats 08.

    Print this cnn.

    September 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. ME IN FL

    Obamas big mistake.........................NOT PUTTING HILLARY ON THE TICKET..............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Ridgeway

    He's further ahead than that in qualifications and patriotism. I thought Obama would go to Texas and turn back the storm. Or at least organize the evacuation.

    September 12, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Olivia

    After watching the interview with ABC, I'm in the McCain/Palin camp now. Palin was treated with contempt, and it wasn't that subtle.

    Ater reading what Pamela Anderson ( the chick with the unnatural looking chest) said about Palin , following the jab to palin by Matt Damon yesterday.......I am totally disgusted .

    I wasn't sure before, but I am now. I was a strong supporter of hillary but I just can't vote for Obama. Hillary must be puking.....quietly.

    September 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Copperfield

    Palin has taught us a lot about politics these past few weeks.:

    1. If you're willing to lie about nearly everything you've ever done, you can be successful.

    2. If you can repeat a single response to multiple questions, you will trump all competition.

    3. If you can mispronounce important words which may seem simple, like "nuclear" over and over, you can relate to the common-man and innevitably be successful!

    4. If you have no issue using your soon to deploy child to a meat-grinder occupation as a voter-chip, you can surmount the opposition.

    5. If you can convince the media that you don't believe in dinosaurs and that science is a sham, well, you're in for a free ride provided purely by the extremist right!

    6. Finally, if anyone gets in your way, feel free to use your power of possision to pressure them out of a job!

    Thank you Sarah Palin, you're an inspiration to us all!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Richard

    McCain is proving that if you keep telling the same lies over and over, people will be stupid enough to believe you. Sarah never mentions that she DID NOT RETURN one penny from the bridge to nowhere. She doesn't mention that as mayor, she got American taxes to pay an average of $1350 to each person in her town for earmarks for FOUR YEARS.

    We need intelligence, honesty, integrity, and no hypocrisy in a president. We need Barack Obama for president.

    September 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. blue dot in a red state

    Must only poll the south!

    September 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. DrMan

    Hey lefties! Quit your whining about not polling cell phone users. The Gallup poll says they poll cell phone users. And just for grins, let's say no cell phone users are polled. What percentage ahead would McCain have to be before you would shut your yaps. No doubt McCain will get there before the election!.

    September 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. Jack,

    Georgia, . . . . .I think you are REALLY Karl Rove playing on the computer.

    September 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. challenge

    Obama should challenge john mccain to only talk to the camera in ads and tell the people what they stand for without distorting the other candidate. That way the people of this great country canhear these candidates on the real issues of the future. CANDIDATE POLICY ONLY ADS.

    September 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. simple thought

    democrat's, myself and family who are part of the base democrats long before all you wippersnappers crude and rude, disrespectful antics
    arrived on the scene, know this , we vote country first, party second.
    this democrat votes mccain, btw, we voted clinton in feb. mccain this nov.
    scott bowling green,mo.
    ps: we have cell phones too. we never get polled either, so lets see who is the winner on nov. 5th, bet my disability check it's mr mccain

    September 12, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. William, from Cali!

    I thought this Country wanted change, 3 months ago!...............looks like "we the people" and the Democratic Party are going to get it; if this "Republican Palin Madness" keeps up!.............A "change" in thought and direction, that is!

    September 12, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Jasmine in Germany

    Yes, the mainstrem of voters are gullible – thats what the GOP is counting on, just like last time around. Their target audience are people that don't undersand their own rights and don't know any better.

    For those of you who don't know what "gullible " means: it means easily persuaded to believe something: credulous (credulous means having or showing a great readiness to believe things).

    Please stand up with pride and vote in this next election. We have a choice of two qualified candidates. One is John McCain (old guy, doesn't know what the Internet is) who wants to fulfill his own destiny and become "President" , doesn't know that Czechoslovakia hasn't existed for 20 years and has no clue that the world couldn't care less about what he might have to say,. The other is Senator Barack Obama (middle aged brilliant guy) who thinks the USA could improve her image world wide and might be respected world wide again and seems to recognise in-as-much that the USA is a great country, she seems to have some shortcomings that are unacceptable to modern society. He suggests possible improvements.

    Please vote for your wishes. Abe Lincoln said "...of he people, by the people, and for the people..." Thank you.

    September 12, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. mike

    newsweek poll Obama 46 percent and Mccain 46 percent !! it was just realeased...

    September 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Kiki Itiamarada

    McCain should be ashamed of his millitary days as a POW by taking us 40years back. Why is it relevant for McCain to constantly refer to his POW days is because if you strip McCain of that part of his life story, he has no story whatsoever to tell as reasons for his bid for the White house. HE HAS NO STORY TO TELL. A big evidence in support of this has been the numerous lies about Obama and misrepresentations of PALIN's record. He is not a Maverick but a confused senile person.

    September 12, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. v.ananthan

    President Bush must have done very a good job..

    Obama who doesn^t vote, who doesn^t do anything but by just talking can get so many votes...

    Its really sad vp candidate Palin has done more than president candidate Obama....

    September 12, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. jason from jersey

    how can anyone watch that sarah pallin interview and not be disgusted? i think keanu reeve's character from bill and ted's excellent adventure would have done a better job answering those questions. she is a complete air head and it couldn't be more obvious. wake up america and realize what you're getting yourselves into! the republicans have zombified this nation. if obama chose her as vp i would not be happy camper. enough with these biased opinions and think rationally for the sake of our futures people!

    September 12, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. New World Order

    McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, openly showed in her first interview since her nomination, that she just does not hold truth and integrity to be of importance. She took earmarks last year, and yet stands as the "Earmark Reform" co-candidate. She claims to have "stopped" the 'bridge to nowhere', that would have served a city of just fifty people, and yet she did not. Alaska, where she has been Governor for only 20 months, udsed the money elsewhere. The Alaska Governor's airplane she sold, was for a loss. It is one lie after another. She is just like her running mate, no ethics, no integrity, no absolute truth. just what everyone doesn't want, more Bush policies. I wouldn't even call her Honorable, as everyone puts her running mate, the quiet one behind the distractions. They most likely are thanking "Ike" for buying them some time to regroup.

    September 12, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. BLKMN

    Wake up and lets push this brotha across the line. I want my piece of the american pie and Im tired of old white men running the country.

    September 12, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. Wendy,Pa.

    Aggressive....not at all. She is a symbol and nothing more. I have seen stronger, more believable SOCCOR MOMS in the supermarkets and train stations. Please again I dont understand what is going on.....we are in debt up to are grey hairs and still have third world policies -"make the rich...richier and F the poor." Again I challenge you to use your noggins and think what do we need to do???? It is not about race, gender, creed....and so on...its about who will do the job! I personally want to know that my(future) children, relatives,pets, friends, co-worker and country will survive....I am not interested in if a candidate made the right choice on his running mate or if they are dual-status citizens(please some years ago we elected an actor–HELLO! What was the purpose then) we need to make logical decisions on what is said . I want a fair but equal government. I want to know and feel GOOD that I did my job. Now maybe I should ask what are you looking for.....are you looking for change and success for this country or do you want everything to stay the same....are you happy with what America is doing and have we treat each other or do you really thing we need a wake-up call to reality and see what and how we really look! People its time to do what you know is right.....Please I can't stress it enough get those votes......if you thing Bush cheated wait and see whats going to happen in November........

    September 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. Ken, Plano, TX

    Democracy produces the government we deserve.

    Just remember Palin's not the issue here. McCain's the one running for president, and he's more dangerously bellicose than Bush.

    If this ticket gets elected many thousands more American lives will be thrown away in counterproductive wars.

    If this ticket gets elected, the American standard of living will continue to decline.

    If this ticket gets elected, force will become the option of choice, rather than the last resort. With additional conflicts will come conscription.

    September 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Fu Chang

    No wonder the poll figures shifts. The stake is veeerryy high, not for americans : for bush and his cronies. Republicans will fight soo hard to win this election, otherwise their crimes will be under investigation especially 911.

    I always wonder does american people REALLY IS SO STUPID, with all information unleashed in the internet seems only few people can see the clear picture ?? Look for youlself in YouTube "official story of 9/11". I'm not even an english speaker but comparing the government's 911 comission's stupid statements with those eyepoking evidence makes me hard to believe how MORON americans are, buying all those craps.

    Billions lost, thousands of american people were killed BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT run by the rotten republicans only for mere bussiness purposes, and yet they still believe in them republicans as a commander in chief ?? Saving you from the terrorrists ?? As hillary said earlier, you can't ask the iceberg to save the titanic !! The iceberg WAS the problem - the government WAS the terrorrist !!

    See for your self.. Vote another republican. Another "pearl harbor" event will occure to again justify those war mongers then see your beloved country dive into ground.

    Whatever, i couldn't care less..

    September 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Gretchen Oglesby

    Don't worry about the polls they only poll about 2000 people or so that is where they get the numbers. Every one I know are for OBAMA.

    September 12, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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