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. icts4d

    I wonder what is wrong with americans, BBC world poll conducted between september 10 and 11 suggest that over 90% of foriegn countries prepare Barack Obama. This is because the entire world is tired of Bush Administration and MCcain is no doubt another 4-years of Bush administration. And Republican in-effective foreign policy is seriously affecting the US economy.

    September 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Kevin

    I can't wait to see Sen McCain and Sen Obama debate the issues that Americans are focussed on. For a man (John McCain), who has thrust his "character" into the national spotlight rather than focussing on the issues and his specific plans for America, what does it say about his integrity when he goes on a national TV show (the View) and flat out supports the lies his campaign has advertised about Sen Obama? I'm an independent voter, a veteran of the First Gulf War, a father of two, and I would rather lose a war than sacrifice my integrity as John McCain has done! He may have solidified the Republican base with his VP pick, but he sold out the American people who once supported him. SHAME ON YOU JOHN MCCAIN! I'm curious to find out out if a poll was taken to show if Sen McCain hadnt picked the Gov from ALaska, how many people would vote FOR JUST HIM?..hmm

    September 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Amy NJ

    This is great news! I used to support Hillary, and am now on board with McCain. Two years as a senator just doesn't stack up against McCain.

    September 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Harerta Tesfa

    CNN is suffering from journalistic dishonesty. Since when did a difference of 2% with 10% undecided become a statistical difference? Are the polls conducted by statisticians who came from the same mediocre academic background as Palin? Do these statisticians know that there is a reason why the margin of error is included in statistics? Or is the entire establishment hell bent in keeping the American people ignorant about everything? Is it really that bad that a black man has made it so far that the whole system has been shaken into ignorance and fear? It's just mind boggling!

    September 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. John

    Still have people out there pimping Hillary. She lost. She ran an inadequate campaign. Put herself millions in debt (what would she do with a large budget?). She's out. Gone. Get over it. Now you'll vote for old warmonger and Satan disguised as a woman from the Neo-Con state of Alaska. Yeah, makes sense. Screw the country because you're upset that your candidate did not win.

    Gotta love the individuals out there who still say Sen. Obama is a muslim, not a citizen, call him Osama (you are just absolutely brilliant Nightingale, an unintellectual putz).

    September 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Enlightened Voter

    I hope the polls continue to work in mccain's favor because it will motivate democrats to vote in records numbers! Thanks! Has anyone else seen the video of the young articulate black man who is claiming to be the father of Bristol Palin's child? Will the scandals ever end? This family is worse than a soap opera.

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

    Failed decisions, failed leadership. Senator Obama's pride and ego will ultimately keep him from his presidential quest.

    Senator Hillary Clinton and her 18 million supporters would have been a slam dunk for Senator Obama. He has shown poor judgment!

    Democrats for McCain!

    September 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. carenS

    It's beginning to feel like American Idol every day.

    September 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Barack bin Osama

    Osama family (barack and bin laden) are whining every day looking at the polls that are keep falling down. Barack ask you brother bin laden to attack America so that you can win. Oh ya, don't forget to ask oprah to do the suicide bomb, she is willing to do everything ya tell her. Let her have her show in hell where only the liberals will watch...hahahahaha

    September 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Wendy,Pa.

    Are you serious....people grow up! All i see McCain and his play toy do is bark and state what they see wrong in what the other party is doing, wearing, eating and so on.....this is not what I want to hear. What are you going to do and how, PLEASE get to the point. These crisis in America are why to deep and important to sit here and listen to a elementary fight. Please are we not all Americans and want the same thing, then why not talk about the issues and pick who you think will do the right job. I am just tired of this BS........please America come out and vote- people do you part. Rally, talk, e-mail everyone and make sure they are registered. And to all you McCain supporters GOD Bless you , but I dont see a president or a vice president who will bring America back together.

    September 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Neutral

    A man who can leave his crippled wife after an accident and go for a rich lady is not trust worthy. Besides, this woman took care of your children whilst were a POW in Vietnam. Shame. Opportunist. American made the same mistake by electing Bush not once but twice. They are going to make the same mistake again. Einstein described insanity as someone who does the same thing over and over again and expects different result.

    September 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    People ought to go to the huffington post web page and look at the video of killing wolves from an airplane like Palin is so proud of doing as part of her crusade against nature.

    The McCain camp then put out a video showing wolves killing a moose to justify the slaughter of the wolves. Talk about being out of touch with reality and their warped anti social views this one takes the cake.

    Imagine comparing natures plan to wanton killing of innocent animals and expected dumb voters to accept this as justification. I suppose annie oakley also kills bald eagles because they kill and eat salmon or shoots and kills owls because they kill mice etc. ect.

    This woman is crazy completely and totally out of touch with the normal and Americans should be very very scared. A mentally challenged senior citizen and a radical religious wacko with absolutely no idea about doing anything outside of retalliation.

    September 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Obama Supporter



    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008-2016

    September 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. 2Nurselady

    As a Hillary Clinton Democrat, I find the fact that McCain ahead amusing.

    Hillary 2012!

    September 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Lawrence for barack

    by the way thats national polls, thats not the primary season anymore, so look at the battleground state, ohio and penn, obama winnin the major states right now so

    September 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Robert

    The only factor in deciding who to choose for VP is "who would be a good president if I were to DIE." It's not about who wins the support of this group or that group. Obama didn't pick Clinton, even though it would have helped in the polls, because he believes Biden was a better choice for PRESIDENT. Consider how McCain chose. A woman who doesn't understand the Bush Doctrine that led us to Iraq. That means she hasn't considered her opinion on the most important decision any potential president faces, which is "when is the use of military force justified.?" If she had, she wouldn't have sounded like a babbling pageant contestant when asked about this critical question.

    September 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. gluvnast

    just as long the electoral map STILL remains in favor for obama...who CARES???

    you think bush beat gore because of popular vote????

    September 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. Rob indetroit

    The poll numbers will chang once people see the Palins for what they are ,"More of the same".
    I hope cnn will post my article and stop deleting it.
    tax-breaks for the rich.
    P.S.Didn't palin say she would cooperate with the investagation into,
    her administration,so why is she fighting along with her husband those Federal "SUBPOENA'S" sounds like more of the same,she is a roll of the dice can we take a chance on her and MCbush ,
    Do we really need more corruption,ithink not

    September 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. CJG

    I have never been polled not any of my friends and family . So where are these people? I wish they would put a poll on line and see what they get.
    I believe there are more for Obama than what the polls show.

    September 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. Carla

    Remember, one can win the popular vote but lose the election! Happens all the time, right Republicains? Obama is not out of the race just because he's dropped 2 percentage points on the popular vote. Ultimately, it's the electoral collage vote that matters. Use your brains folks!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. susie

    Obama's "change" is having old style politics by bringing in the Clintons.

    September 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. bernice

    Why is McCain's wife always glued at his side is she going to be at his side when he has major decisions to make as president??? Is this because he's so old or because he might get side tracked by another woman like he was when he was married to his 1st wife???

    September 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Puff

    Oh how I love to see all the Nobamanots crying and whimpering. Didn't they see that they are backing a weak girlie man? Take away the stage, take away the teleprompter, take away the rhetoric and all you have left is a empty size small suit.
    McCain/Palin 08 all the way to the white house!

    September 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Optimist in N Y

    November polling will tell a differnt story. We the people of this great nation will elect two great people to lead this nation 11/4/08 niether of which will be a truth twister or a moose shooter. Thak you

    September 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. Confused Independent

    You Hiliary supports are delusional. Palin nor Mccain have polices that resemble that of your candidate but you'd rather see them in the white house the Obama? Strange.

    And you scream sexism? Did you not see how negative her campaign was? Why would her chose her? What makes you thinks he wanted to be his VP? Good help the dems, their own voters iare going to lose it for them.

    September 12, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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