September 18th, 2008
10:50 AM ET
11 years ago

CNN POLL OF POLLS: Obama up by 2

Obama is gaining in national polls.

Obama is gaining in national polls.

(CNN) - Barack Obama appears to be regaining his summer edge over John McCain according to the latest CNN poll of polls, which shows a swing of four points in the Illinois senator's favor in just over a week.

With less than seven weeks remaining until voters weigh in at the polls, Obama now holds a 2 point lead over McCain (47 percent to 45 percent), according to CNN's average of several recent national polls. Eight percent still remain undecided.

The latest polls also suggest Obama again holds the slim but clear advantage he held in August before both parties' conventions - one month ago, Obama held the same 2 point margin over McCain.

Election Center: Track CNN's poll of polls

The Illinois senator increased that lead following his own convention, but saw it disappear entirely after McCain tapped Sarah Palin as his running mate and Republicans emerged energized from their convention in early September: In a CNN poll of polls taken 10 days ago, The McCain-Palin ticket held a 2 point advantage over its Democratic counterpart.

The poll of polls consists of six recent surveys: CBS/NYT (September 12-16), Quinnipiac (September 11-16), IPSOS-McClatchy (September 11-15), Gallup (September 14-16), Diageo/Hotline (September 14-16), and American Research Group (September 13-15).

It does not have a sampling error.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. D&D

    This is a one way ascension, polls will keep growing up for Obama...McCain had his shot, his missed it!

    September 18, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Helen


    Palin should have deferred that question on Foreign Policy as it is not only the VP that makes those decisions or even the President (should she become President) it all the Cabinet appropriate personnel will get together and decide on the best action to take.

    Sarah .. be cautious ... good luck ... Hillary is out, we are all for you!!

    September 18, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Olivia, PA

    I'm voting for Obama on his positions, but also I like the man. I like what he stands for, I like his background, I like his firm belief that he can make a difference. He's literally put ting his life on the line to run for the presidency, and he definitely has my vote. I'm so excited about voting in November, and making a difference.

    I happen to believe that Barack will think about Americans more. Like us he is concerned about the country he's leaving for his kids. McCain doesn't know how many homes he owns. Ironic.

    So tune down the rhetoric America and really think seriously about your choice. It will make a difference.

    September 18, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. geneonlbk

    If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Envi ronment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

    If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

    September 18, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. DeniseGA

    She shouldn't have kept repeating the same lies for 2 weeks. People are not THAT stupid, even when confronted with the truth, McSame and Palin, KEPT lying......That is NOT who the people want as president! If they are lying know, can you only imagine the lies, once in office and the power goes to their heads????????

    September 18, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Terry

    Please CNN quit giving the Obamanuts hope!!!!!!!!!!

    Mc Cain / Palin Up By 5 points is the real numbers

    September 18, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. RW

    Of coarse Palins lead is gone, instead of running with the
    GOP brand, it's the LIERS brand.
    A economy which McCain is partly responsible for has
    It's going to be difficult getting Sarah Palin elected to
    the white house.

    September 18, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Fighting for Obama Since he is too political correct!

    It will be a fight to the end. But Obama will win. I don't believe in polls. The only one that will count will be the poll on November 4th

    September 18, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Josh

    Don't excited Obama people. This lead can go away at a moments notice. You have to keep registering voters and make sure they get to the polls.

    September 18, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. judyc

    Thank God-maybe the Amaerican people aren't as stupid as I gave them credit for.

    September 18, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Thinker in GA

    Any reasonable American that supports McCain-Palin ticket must be seriously considering withdrawing his/her support after hearing what Palin had to say when asked by a voter to give her foreign policy credentials.

    September 18, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. JBW

    This is too funny. The democratic machine in the South is now trying to "reform" voting laws to allow convicted felons and nonviolent drug offenders to vote. I wonder who they think they will vote for and why?

    September 18, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. OutSider

    That's it? That's it? 2%
    Is anyone planning to vote Mc/Palin?
    She is a joke. A governor is unable to answer ONE question right...she stood there boooooooooooooooo...
    Shame on America putting someone like that on the spotlight...
    America, is that the best you can come with? Can't you do better?

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Johnny

    We are an election away from turning into a third world country. Gov. Palin's refusal to cooperate with the troopergate investigation is stuff third world countries are made of.

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Elly

    maybe the Palin Star is going dim...hopefully
    maybe americans are coming to their senses to realize she speaks half truths and lies
    she is also corrupt but republican lawyers are working behind the scenes to squash this investigation so what does it all add up to
    more crooked republicans like Bush and Cheney
    Wake up now Americans before your country is dragged down for another 4 years
    that little scene where she interrupted McCain yesterday to say what a wonderful person he was blah blah blah... was likely all staged before hand.....shes just not that smart!!
    Obama-Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Idiotpalin

    n 2006, the Alaska state branch of the right-wing Eagle Forum asked gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin if she was offended by the inclusion of the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance:

    Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its [sic] good enough for me and I'll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.

    The Pledge of Allegiance was written in the late 19th century by a fellow named Bellamy (a Christian socialist no less!) as part of an effort to improve the circulation of the magazine he was with at the time and generally improve the condition of American boyhood, about which a certain amount of fretting was then underway about their collective constitution and resolve (widespread at the time; this was roughly around the same time Baden Powell started the scouting movement on your side of the pond).

    So that's 100-plus years after the founding fathers were doing their thing. And even then, the words "under God" weren't inserted until the cold war, the better to highlight the difference between America and the Godless Russkies.

    This is widely known in the US. There's been a controversial legal battle here over the last few years, and every news-following American has a pretty good idea of most of the above facts. This woman is an idiot.


    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. cherie

    Thats just today tomnorrow McCain will bounce back.....America needs security not talk

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. elm

    Enough is enough

    Say no to:

    More War McCain
    Taliban Palin

    McCain is a disturbed hot head who we can not have as President.

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. TH



    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. Beverly White

    McCain and Palin seem to think their jokes and the dodging of questions without giving concrete answers are funny. That woman gave Sarah Palin and open ended opportunity to share her views and wisdom on foreign policy and what did she do – tell an unfunny joke! The McCain campaign doesn't really think much of us by throwing Sarah Palin at us to vote for. She's not HRC and I don't care what she looks like because being VP is not based on beauty but brains. I think that Tina Fey line that all the Republicans had been repeating ad nausem about Russia being a neighbor of Alaska and that's her foreign policy experience really took the wind out of that sail and people are beginning to see how STUPID that statement is. This woman is a FRAUD and we can't give her or Sen McCain an opportunity to do to us what's already been done by Bush/Cheney!!! Think women of America, THINK!

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. Ken in NM

    And all is right with the world.....

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Former GOP

    I have to believe people are smarter than falling for the lies, the cheating, the manipulation...




    September 18, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. afra

    This is just the beginning of good things to come. Real change we can believe in, not lies and cover-ups in the name of religion. Go Obama/Biden. And I hear Hillary has been penned in for a Very important position – could explain why she was not nominated VP. Go get them Dems.

    September 18, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. marta

    Be aware , the RNC is working to dis-allow those who have lost their home to foreclosure , the right to vote. This corrupt , do- anything to win party has reached an all time low

    September 18, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. John in Ohio

    I said yesterday that Obama would be 47 to McCain 44 by the middle of next week, looks like I may have been too (heh) conservative in that estimate. Good job Barack.

    The biggest advantage for Obama is that the boost McCain got took the RNC convention and it took McCain picking a running mate that was supposed to be a game changer and the nail in the coffin and all kinds of other things. But now we've gotten to know Palin a bit, and her approval rating in polls is at about 40%. Ouch. And McCain doesn't have another convention, he doesn't have another running mate to announce, there are no rabbits left in the hat. Economic trouble is bad for a candidate of the incumbent's party, and will only help Obama's campaign. McCain is still wholly tied to Bush in the American mind.

    This time last week, Obama supporters were wishing that the debates would get here and give Obama a boost. Now the McCain supporters have to hope against hope (heh) that the email chain letters they've been getting about Obama having poor public speaking skills are correct. They have to hope that McCain doesn't contradict himself in the debates like he has been on a daily basis on the trails, they have to hope that putting a ruined old man up against a vibrant young man won't have the same effect that the Kennedy-Nixon debates had, and they have to hope that Obama doesn't run rings around McCain.

    Well, good luck to them with that, and I'm still faily positive that Obama will be our next president.

    September 18, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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