September 15th, 2008
05:50 PM ET
14 years ago

CNN POLL OF POLLS: McCain's convention bounce gone

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain is dead even with Obama in CNN's poll of polls."](CNN) - The bounce John McCain received in national opinion polls following his party's convention and the selection of Sarah Palin to the GOP presidential ticket appears to have evaporated, a new CNN poll of polls suggests.

In the latest CNN survey of several recent national polls, Obama and McCain are locked in a dead heat at 45 percent each with 10 percent who remain undecided with 50 days remaining until Election Day.

“When we average the latest national polls, it is increasingly clear that neither candidate has any serious momentum at the moment,” said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “The convention bounces have faded and left us with a dead heat. Even though we are now in the final stretch of this historic marathon campaign for the presidency, the White House is still genuinely up for grabs.”

CNN's latest poll of polls consists of three recent surveys: Newsweek (September 10-11), Gallup (September 12-14), and Diageo/Hotline (September 12-14). It does not have a sampling error.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. Alan

    CNN please post my comment,
    How can Mccain say that economy is strong when Dow falls 500 points below and HP cuts 25000 jobs?

    September 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Beverly, NYC

    How can anyone be undecided with 2 months to go? Are this many people so willfully ignorant? The decision is easy,

    Vote McCain/Palin
    If you liked Bush,
    6 years, 2 wars, Osama sill out there & a draft looming to follow him to the gates of hell.
    If you make 6 million and care about your pockbook and no one else vote McCain/Palin.
    If you or your children don't need healthcare
    If your think the economy will fix itself, because the fundamentals are strong, and 400 Trillion in debt is okay.
    If you're female and don't mind making less than a man, having your reproductive rights in jeopardy, please vote McCain/Palin, don't have buyers remorse when the you know what hits the fan.

    If 8 is enough vote Obama/Biden

    September 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Not even close. Corporate media will keep it a dead heat until the final count, because of RATINGS. If anyone pulls ahead no one will watch their mind numbing continual coverage with their empty-headed pundits. It isn't even close, McCain-Palin don't have a chance and they know it.

    September 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Eric

    When will the media acknowledge the fact that the 10 percent of voters not siding with either mainstream candidate are supporting OTHER candidates, not simply "undecided." Anyone who follows politics knows that a substantial amount of voters are supporting Nader, Barr, McKinney, and other third party candidates- in some polls 5-10%. Why does the media, including CNN, constantly attempt to make all voters not supporting either mainstream candidate seem as if they're "undecided" between the two?

    What's wrong with saying 4% support Nader, 2% support Barr, etc. etc.?

    September 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Texas

    McShame's little charade a over. McBush and Palincheney lies are being exposed. People will finally realize that these two characters mean disaster if elected

    September 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Independent Pam

    All I can say is it sure would be nice if we something better to choose from! I wouldn't trust either one of them to watch my dog!

    September 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Jeff

    The convention bounce is gone, just like those 500 points in the stock market of a fundamentally strong economy.

    September 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. randy

    i have been blogging on cnn .com since i can remember i think over 4 years now but this news just make my day .i am dancing and filling happy because the straight talk express is going down.
    take that john macain your a sure loser.

    September 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Trisha, Monsey NY

    Good that means that people have come to their senses!!
    No palin or McWar, this country will surely suffer!

    September 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Terry from NJ, your confussed! LMAO!!!

    "Summer is coming to a close… And less people drink Koolaid when it gets colder. So.. With that in mind I expect people will start waking up from Obama's sugar filled promises of delusional grandeur and vote for McCain."

    Terry from NJ you confussed, you should go back and read the article. It said McCain lost his convention bounce not he gained in the polls, lol.

    September 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Jewel79

    Those polls are a waste, they just poll a limited number of people, plus the fact that htere are people who do online polls and keep voting on them more than once, and I for one don't belive McCain is neck and neck with Obama.

    September 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. IAMWMD

    I see an expansion of the Federal prison budget for the following inmates once Obama takes office:


    September 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. DScott in Seattle

    We need a culture of sensibility and peace in Washington, not the culture war that will erupt if the McClampett ticket is elected. Repugs, come to your senses before it's too late... how the rest of the world sees us really does matter. Sometimes those who vote repuglican remind me of the people I lived around in a small tourist town who were simultaneously dependant on tourism dollars while complaining about those same touristas... you can't have your cake and eat it too.

    September 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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