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. Lisa, MA

    Sarah Palin is NO HILLARY CLINTON.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. John from LA

    Don't worry "The Messiah" will tank without his telepromter at next Friday's debate-Sad but BO is so much like W it's scary-His team won't let him wander from "The Script".

    September 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. TAYO, NY

    The race is getting hotter.

    As we focus more on the issues like economic and gas problems, Americans we see the need to avoid the sam mistake that was made four years ago.

    It's time to prevent four more years of Bush-McCain economic policies.

    Obama should hammer more on the similarity of Bush and McCain policies while highlighting the ways forward for average middle men and women.

    For its Obama all the way.

    Obama//Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. George

    With this week's economic news voters are starting to realize that it is not prudent to give the Republicans another 4 year contract. Republicans are even in conflict with themselves as GOP lawmakers blast the AIG bailout with a GOP president.

    September 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. JB

    JUst one more TRUE factual reason to not vote for Obama:

    He was head of a committee on Afghanastan and never ONCE, not once held a meeting on Afghanastan.

    So, when this guy has had an opportunity to do something he hasn't. He talks a good game but, this and 180 present votes while in ILL politics paints another picture. One very different than what comes out of his mouth.

    We need ACTION, not words. McCain has acted and his career PROVES IT!!

    These are facts people. Not opinion. Facts!

    September 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Donna P.

    This is good for McCain, he likes to come from behind to win.

    September 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Electoral college boy

    People, take a quick look at the electoral college map. Forget Florida and Indiana and NC and just give them to McCain.

    Obama will win Minn and Wisc and PA. He's got a significant lead in Iowa and NM. All Obama needs to do is win Michigan or Ohio and the White House is his.

    McCain can't get to 270 on my map. this one is OVER.

    September 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Truthiswhatweneed

    I can't understand the rational, why someone would want to vote for McCain/Palin. The economy is in shambles, the price of everything is sky-rocketing, our reputation in the world has been compromised, banks are failing, unemployment is high, healthcare is ridiculous, crime is out of control, and our nation is dwindling in debt. I don't want it to soud as if I am playing the race card but, I really believe that if Obama was white, he would be leading by at least 30 percentage points. Obama is America's last chance, if America wishes to exist. We are at a crossroad.

    September 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Professor A

    I was not worried at all about this poll nonsense. I refuse to believe that the American public is stupid enought to take Mc Same and Puffy-hair Palin seriously! Aside from the fact that they have proposed no new ideas on how we can turn this country around, Sarah Palin has the most annoying voice that I have ever heard in my life! Do they really thing that we are so stupid that we'll be swayed by that "hockey mom/ pitbull in lipstick" bull? Bive me a break!

    Obama/ Biden '08!!!

    September 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Susan

    I am thrilled to see the tide is changing. Obama and Biden and all the Dems need to keep hammering McCain and Palin on the economy. Don't let up. McCain will surely be on defense if they kkep on it. McCain has not given ANY proposal on how ti fix the economy, he said he does not think it is necessary to come out with a plan now, where Obama has laid out a 6 point plan that is clear and concise. It is the economy, stupid!

    September 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. Deb

    Your Poll of Polls is always wrong and always in Obama's favor!

    Go figure......

    You will be in shock on November 4th

    When McCain/Palin win in a Landslide!

    September 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. proud army and navy mom

    CNN....Please inform us about Biden's statement this morning about his plans of taking more money from those making 250K a year and giving to those who make less.......He flat out said that it was what they intend to do.

    Gee why work hard in America so you can help the financially iresponsible


    September 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |

    I hope John McCain will get down in the gutter with this liar and empty suit and fight him back. obama lies and cheats and will do anything to win.

    September 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. JB

    Just think how much McCain would be winning by, if the 90% of African Americans who are voting for Obama were called out on their racism!!

    September 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. larry

    Add the third party candidates mcCain drops further in the polls. Finally Ralph Nader might do some good.

    September 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. greedyboy

    Come on America....time to revive the economy, make education affordable for all of those willing to work hard, and for everyone to have affordable healthcare. Time to send the lobbiests packing.

    Obama, and a strong team around him, will bring about the change we need. And, it starts with the citizens of the US in this election.

    September 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. George

    "It does not have a sampling error." FALSE

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. terry maineiac

    perhaps we are getting back to the issues that count and away from barnyard animal cosmetics.

    as the Dow goes so goes McCain ( the new regulator after 30 years )

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. Matt

    Woot! Can ya hear it? Can you hear it? That train is a-coming down the tracks and it's loaded with CHANGE...chugga chugga choo choooo!

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. OutSider

    There we go ObamaBiden...........
    Hold it...
    Hold it...
    Hold it...
    Hanging there president OBAMA

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. stacy

    this Hillary supporter will not vote Obama/Biden.

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Ron

    People are realizing Palin is a joke. She has lied since day one, continues to lie about the bridge to nowhere, and is now refusing to cooperate on the investigation of abuse of power, which equals GUILTY.

    Even the "conservative" talk shows have stopped talking about Palin.

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. BS VA

    The margin of error on most polls is 3%. This one has no margin of error at all. The results mean nothing. They meant nothing back when McCain had a lead and they mean nothing now. The lead may never have happened, and getting anxious about every minor change in a fake idea like this one is ludicrous.

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Hopefully America is getting over Palin.

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. White_Male_Gun_Owner

    Let's give Mr. Obama a chance to show us what he can do. If we don't like the direction he takes us in, then we can fire him in four years. This is the choice I've made. I hope others will join me.

    September 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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