September 12th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
14 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. andy in Alaska

    The only poll that matters is 270 electoral college votes. Everything else is just academic.
    \1-20-09 Obama willbe sworn in as our new commander in chief. Mark my words.
    I also live in Alaska about 20 minutes from Wasiila and Palin has more dirty laundry than it is led to believe. Not to mention leaving her town 20 million dollars indebt. It would be real fun to see her tax records for the last decade.

    September 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Palin 2012

    Thank God we don't have to kiss up to you anymore. We will win this without your help. Hillary is the true pig in lipstick.

    Palan 2012

    September 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. cecil

    GOP "WHITE WOMEN" Us To Death.

    September 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. bk

    Now after trashing Hillary you want her back? I thought you all wanted the Clintons to go away and never come back? You called her names made fun of her and said Obama didn't need her. Then you and Obama accused the Clintons of being racist. Now where does he go when he gets behind? Down on his knees begging the Clintons to help him. Ha Ha. The DNC deserves to lose and so do you hateful people.

    September 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Palin 2012


    See, we don't need all you screaming hillary supporters anymore to win this election. I hated having to kiss up to you. Hillary is a pig and so is her cheating husband.

    palin 2012

    September 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Frank, MO

    Keep your cool ... Palin's first interview and all her scandals are showing daily that she is not the candidate they projected her to be. Drip-Drip-Drip! Remember : 34% still approve of King George II – those are lost souls and even McCain has them in the bag. The election is not won with a small lead in the polls and it is not lost if the opponent polls a fraction ahead. Stay on message!

    September 12, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Don

    The faster Obama loses, the better! YES!

    September 12, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Joshua College Station Texas

    Undecideds drifting to the McCain ticket because of Palin appear to not be bothered by her many weaknesses and inexperience. This is terribly unsettling. The recent interview of Palin by Gibson revealed just how overconfident and un-knowledgeable she is, particularly in regards to foreign policy. She is good at talking a big game and acting bold, but it was obvious she was blustering, making things up on the spot, and that she knows very little about how things work and why our country ought to be holding one position or another. I can see her being very easily influenced by the NeoConservative decision makers and doing whatever they tell her to do. In other words, the status quo will absolutely continue, and Republican extremism may even get worse under her and McCain.

    September 12, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. The Great One

    Obama will win this, he's got the young voters like me. I turn 29 next month and I voted for the first time in my life during the primary, and si did alot of other folks I know that are my age, voting for the first time all for OBAMA!

    September 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. RYAN kr Jr

    Give me a break, Foxnews Poll-you must be kidding me... Who 're the participants in this polls and the States in this poling? Cnn and Foxnews make up a poll and tell us McBush is leading–how pathetic?

    September 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Adam

    Every polling data from today indicates that the tide is turning towards Obama again. RCP has one that has Obama up one.

    September 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. janine

    Don't rely on the polls. The only numbers that count are the numbers on November 4. Oh and even though it seems like there are a lot of Obama haters, there isn't. I've noticed people writing the same things word for word under different names.

    September 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Earl

    Have you noticed all of MSM is talking about President Palin

    Is McWar not important anymore?

    Sorry Johnny boy she has taken the limelight, you can be VP if you wish

    September 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. fixthebroken

    Hey Robert from CA,

    Why don't you go ahead and keep pushing that dual citizenship thing? Maybe contact the McCain campaign letting them know about it - then they can run an ad questioning Obama's citizenship.

    Heck, maybe just bring it up to our current President and Supreme Court - then they can get this whole election to become fraudulent and McCain wins by forfeit. Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket to honroable victory!


    September 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Palin 2012

    Pumas are idiots for voting against their own beliefs, for what, because Miss piggy Hillary did not get elected. Well guess what, pumas are stupid is as stupid does. You were used and now you are no longer needed. We won this elction without your help. So, go home. Palin will be president in 2012, bet on it.

    palin 2012.

    September 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. Ron, NYC

    All these polls are just an extension of the McPain lies. CNN please do what a news organization is supposed to do. Report facts that can be independently confirmed as true and report on the true state of the economy.

    September 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. laura

    Well it's about time the GOP comes up on top. Let them enjoy it. TOO BAD won't last.

    Was leaning for McCain, now for OBAMA/BIDEN. Palin is a joke doesn't know a thing about foreign policy.
    I'm a stay home mom and I have nothing in common with her, but kids and gender.

    She can afford a nanny, I can't. She can have a cook , I can't. How can I relate to her. PLEASE don't say women can relate to her, maybe Cindi McCain can, but not your average woman/mom.

    September 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Jesse

    When Obama loses Democrats are going to feel pretty stupid about turning their backs on Hillary Clinton. Obama has destroyed any chance of saving this Nation.

    September 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. No Name

    These are sad times for the media the reason why the polls are favoring McCain is because the News Choose to only cover Palin. Just another form of discrimination. I know you will come up with all the reason it because she new to American People but be honesty its because She is a white female. This is sad.

    September 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Mack

    Why do people only believe polls when they go their way...laughable. What is not so funny is Obama. He promised us change...a new kind of politics...he was to be above all of this..and his campaign has gone so negative...I voted for him once...but never again...When he became a typical politician...he lost any chance of being the great reformer. His numbers should be lower as people like me wake up and realize he lied to us all.

    September 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    McCain couldn't even keep his cool with the women of "The View", how's he going to do with world leaders who will be weighing in on far weightier issues than Sarah Palin's earmark record (John probably had to "check with his staff" on that one, heck he can't remember how HE voted himself, in most interviews I've seen with him, so slim chance that he could remember HER record). Once the debates roll around, the cream will rise to the top: Obama will top McCain for sure in that arena and I can't wait for the Sarah Palin smackdown when Joe meets her in the debates. OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!

    September 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. Cindy

    Palin's the new kid on the block, that's all. People like new. Like the new restaurant in town. We haven't figured out if the food's any good yet. We wanna taste the food, Gov Palin! Why are you sequestering it? Maybe cause it's not really very good?

    September 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. alvino

    On the View, I felt sorry for Cindy McCain because she did not get the memo on John's change on Roe v Wade. Cindy did not know that John no longer would support abortion in extreme cases.

    September 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Rob indetroit

    MCsame,lost alot of honor ,respect, and pride,just to be president,
    can you say "SELLOUT",.

    September 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. white hockey mom AGAINST palen

    a week ago it was 10 points... keep talking gov. palen. keep talking 😀

    September 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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