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. GO SARAH!

    stephanie.....drink more kool-aid...lemming.

    September 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. mrkusn

    It 's about the electoral college, stupid.

    September 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. BS

    In my view, the evangelical voters are attracted to a Palin Administration because they are hurting with this economy and want their pain to end now. I think those people will be disappointed and disillusioned.

    Many of the Republicans struck me as angry people (Rudy G and Tom Delay)

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will finally retire.

    September 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Amy from MI

    I am an Obama supporter and have been from the start, as have my elderly mother, my husband, my sister, my children who attend the University of Michigan, my brother and sister-in-law in Ohio, my 5 best friends, my 7th grader's teachers, my ex-sister-in-law and her new husband, my UPS delivery lady, etc., and guess what? Not one of us has been polled-ever! Don't lose hope Obama/Biden supporters, we will win in November, and we will win big!
    Keep the faith, keep the hope, Obama/Biden 08!

    September 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. susie

    You couldn't get a job at McDonalds and become district manager after 143 days of experience.

    * You couldn't become chief of surgery after 143 days of experience of being a surgeon.
    * You couldn't get a job as a teacher and be the superintendent after 143 days of experience.
    * You couldn't join the military and become a colonel after a 143 days of experience.
    * You couldn't get a job as a reporter and become the nightly news anchor after 143 days of experience.


    * 'From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate.
    * That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working.
    * After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln,FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan. 143 days?

    We all have to start somewhere. The senate is a good start, but after 143 days, that's all it is – a start.

    AND, sadly, a large sector of the American public seems to feel comfortable with this and campaigning for him.

    We wouldn't accept this in our own line of work, yet some are OK with this for the President of the United States of America ?

    Come on folks, we are not voting for the next American Idol.

    September 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    Stick a fork in Mr. Change and his dog Joe too

    September 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. White Mother for Obama!!

    Sorry but I dont buy these polls... they only call 1000 people and base it on that.

    September 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    If Obama can get to Texas and demand the hurricane to go away and it does then Yes he will win in November.

    September 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Frank

    The latest pole shows that in general, LIES do work. However, every day we hear more and more that proves the McCain ads ARE indeed LIES. The American people are beginning to wake up and smell the coffee and the LIES. All of McSame's lies won't work this time, Not this Time. Our country is in too much trouble to be side tracked by Lies, sorry, McSame, not this year, not this time.

    I really feel sorry for McSame and Palin, they have absolutely Nothing, nothing but Lies that is.

    September 12, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. Obama

    Sen Obama has been complaining a lot these days.
    Does he know this is politics.

    Does he know there are lotta things yet about him still wrapped up, and not public yet.

    September 12, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. Mr.Rich and Mrs.Clueless

    Go John and Sarah,we love you,cause Rush Limbaugh, our mentor told us to.

    September 12, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. Bye Bye Obama

    You reap what you sow Howard Dean. You got what you wanted. You manipulated the primaries and loookey!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Texans for Obama

    The polls may show a slight lead right now but I really don't think it will continue in McCain's favor too long. I've watched part of the interview with Charles Gibson last night and Palin has been schooled and she sounded very scripted. She had no idea what the Bush doctrine was, and she tried to play this off like she knew the answer.

    She scares the daylights out of me. John McCain wasn't thinking about Country First when he picked this woman. Obama was thinking about the country when he picked Biden who has more foreign policy knowledge than Hillary. This to me is the difference in judgement between the 2 candidates, and also that fact that Obama does care about the safety of American people when it comes to national security by picking Biden.

    It is up to the american people to make the right voting decision. My question is to all the people who think this woman is qualified to be Vp or President if John McCain does not make his full term if chosen. Do you feel safe with this woman who sounds like she would be "Reverend in Chief",and the fact that she is shucking and jiving the American people into believing she is qualified to be VP, or the next president? I really pray you folks are more intelliegent than what the polls are showing .

    September 12, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. A Fed Up Democrat

    Do people understand that when polls are taken they ask only a few thousand people. There is a poll that gives the actual number of people they call. 1500 and out of 1500 people maybe 751 say they will vote for John Mccain so we go to another poll and that's about another 2000 people and maybe 800 decides now that they are going to vote for Mccain, polls don't mean anything. It is the way media and others keep us the Americans in suspense. What really matter is the Electoral College. Get real People.

    September 12, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. David Chen

    Its too early to start relying on polls...we still have 50+ days left in this marathon of a campaign. Supporters of McCain and Palin, let's keep the pressure on Obama. He is showing that he can't respond to pressure. Get out the vote folks!!! Make sure you vote on Nov. 4.

    September 12, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Angel

    McCain/Palin wrote:



    Feel sorry for yourself. Obama will go on to do great things. I am glad that you Democrats that use blacks to further your agenda, just like the womens movement but would never stand up with them on race relations have shown youf true colors loud and clear. If Obama loses, thats fine, only Obama thought America had change but don't count on black folks to help you guys win another election.

    September 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. John

    Victory is within sight!

    McCain-Palin 2008

    September 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Rick FL

    The novelty is wearing off, as the lies are exposed. Back to the issues important to Americans. Obama '08
    God bless America!

    September 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. gene

    Unlike McCain.. Obama chose a VP for the purposes of a stronger executive office. McCain choses a VP just to get more votes. Obama could've easily chose Hillary and ran away with it.. but he was thinking about who would compliment him best in accomplishing goals.

    None of these polls matter. After the debates.. Obama will win with a 20 point lead nationwide.

    September 12, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    THANK GOD! Finally, change I can believe in!

    September 12, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. Timber (ex dem)

    Hope all the Obama cultists are happy now. They threw away the Whitehouse again. Any fool could see that he was not qualified. Hillary would have mopped the floor with McCain/Palin. The DNC holds a lot of the blame too. Do they WANT to lose or something?? They could not pick a winner if their life depended on it. Thanks superdelegates, we will remember this on election day.

    September 12, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. Matthew, New Orleans

    This is a joke. Elect Mccain if you wish but your ignorance and hatered will only hurt you and your family. Why do you think they stress the word Conservative. It means they are trying to conserve theyre way of life. If your not in the 10 million dollar plus a year club you cannot even serve the food at the table let alone sit at it. Here is a person that they have yet to let the media talk to her. Here is a person that they are giving on the job training to take the place of this telepromter idiot once he crokes. Vote for Mcsain and Gun Slinger Annie and when your sleeping with your family beneath a bridge or in the woods with your old girl scout or boy scout tent, then your going to realize that it does'nt matter what the package looks like that will bring you the real change that you and your family need to survive these hard times.

    September 12, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Joe

    Clinton Fans 2012 lol

    September 12, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    I know of no one that has been polled as of yet. So who are these people they are polling and where are they.
    Obama will win anyway

    September 12, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Dan

    Notice how they don't even say how many people they polled?

    If you poll 1,000 people I hate to say that doesn't make up the minds of 300 million. Also you need to look at the questions being asked.

    Example: Do you like the way McCain parts his hair compared to Obama. 50% white men says yes and 40% say no, 10% undecided 4% = or -.

    See McCain is leading against Obama, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    NOV 4TH then take your poll........

    September 12, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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