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. tishoogle

    CNN Media lets not start again on Sara Palin being the top topic
    of this elections! Lets talk issues only!!

    September 18, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Mark, Philadelphia, PA

    Obama-Biden supporters, you would be wise to not celebrate too early. Polls go up, polls go down...and it ain't over until it's over. It's still a race for either side to lose. A lot can happen in 7 weeks and there are still many undecided voters out there waiting till after the debates.

    There are many Independent voters like me who see Obama's lack of experience as troubling and who are also not too keen on having Democrats in control of both the Congress and the White House. Personally, I like a balance of power.

    September 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. enough

    CNN did a great job exposing how many BUSH people are surrounding Palin as she crusades herself as a person for change. I guess she means change of appereance not policy. AMERICA PLEASE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION

    September 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Sheila

    Don't believe the lies. Obama will not raise your taxes, unless you make more than 250000 per year. Palin acts like a high school principal and does not seem qualified to be the potential leader of the free world. Women, this is no joke – yes we want to support women candidates, but there are too high stakes here. Bide your time and vote Obama.

    September 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. cHRis, Charleston, SC

    Wait until after the debates, Obama's number is going to sky rocket!

    Can you guys help me to say, "President Barack Obama?"

    I like the sound of that!

    September 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Annie

    I'm not going to put a whole lot of credence in polls. They poll very few people with cell phones. They don't include any new registered voters. I, too, am looking forward to the debates. Then I hope we don't just vote based on with whom we'd rather have a beer. That hasn't worked out very well for any of us (other than the golden parachute guys).

    September 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. RJ, CA

    Yes, let's get back to issues!

    What is causing the current economic crisis? The subprime mortgage meltdown.

    When did the subprime mortgage meltdown begin?

    In 2006.

    Who was given an overwhelming mandate by the American voters in 2006?

    The Democratic Congress.

    Who voted 98% of the time with the Democrats in Congress?

    Barrack Obama.

    The legislative branch (Congress) makes our laws.

    The president does NOT make laws - he merely enforces the laws that the legislative branch (Congress) makes.

    OK, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid - FIX THE MESS YOU MADE!

    September 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Carlos

    McCain was the wrong choice for this country from the beginning, the Republicans know it, so they selected Palin to distract the people... but the distraction is now fading. There are plenty of reasons: Tropergate.... Lies to nowhere... using yahoo (that is a totally UNSECURE channel) to send official business emails and avoid supervision... hiring friends totally unqualified for government jobs (I like cows!!) .... etc..etc...

    Finally the american people are paying attention to the real issues at the stake on this election and not the whole republican distraction strategy.

    Let's wait for the debates, when she will have no advisors to rescue her when a question comes her way. I just hope we get a moderator who does his job right, which is difficult since Tim Rusert is not with us anymore.

    September 18, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Saya Failn

    Yes we can!

    September 18, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. mike s.

    That is because anytime McCain ties things up or moves ahead, the mainstream media (and its casts of thousands) begin to spin, spin, spin, and pound their drums any way that it takes to turn things around again to give the White House to "their" candidate. Whatever happened to fair and balanced reporting? Seems to have gone out the window 20 months ago when the media decided to coronate The Dalibama. Shameless.

    September 18, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Monica, Texas

    Being here in Texas and dealing with the after effects of hurricane Ike..This administration has failed again...NO Republicain, No Way

    September 18, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Linda

    These polls can change on a dime. Those of us who support the Obama-Biden ticket must work, work, work like crazy to get them elected. Ask yourself: If you knew that by volunteering for just three hours would make a difference in the outcome, would you do it? Of course you would! We have got to work for a better America – one that sends the GOP packing.

    September 18, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. David In MN

    The thing that is so misleading about these polls is they do not include one very important group...students.
    College students, the large majority of them, just use cell phones, which these polls dont consider.
    and unfortunatley for McCain...prolly about at least 70% of students will vote for Obama.
    So to see Obama up by 2, without considering students, is very good for him.
    Oh and i wasnt one of those Obama supporters to "hate" on the polls when McCain was ahead. they are the same polls that dont include students, and the same polls that dont matter since its not Nov. but it is a good sign for Barack

    Obama 08

    September 18, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Trasa, Texas

    That's all well in good, but I'm still paying attention to the state by state polls. And Even though those to have an error margin, it's a good indication of where we're at. But I do have to say, if Obama keeps registering voters and they will come out this year then that will help make the difference come election day. I went back to school and I know there was quite a few youngsters that hadn't registered and were being handing out the cards to meet the deadline and just about every last one of them were yelling Obama, so I'm staying confident.

    Don't be suprised that the polls are close, I knew it would be back in the primaries and besides, you have to factor in those that are truly conservative and will not vote democratic, those that simply can't vote black, and those that are falling for the bulls..t that the McPalin crew is spewing.

    September 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Maverick Voter

    Republicans are realizing that it is OK to be a maverick and vote for Obama/Biden.

    September 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Janice Jones

    When you give CNN facts that we know personally – they take it off this post......a price is paid for deception CNN.
    Two points up is nothing – there is a good 5-6 points that won't vote for Obama and won't say as they are afraid of being accuse of discrimation. We know many of these people.
    Janice J
    Denver CO

    September 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Jenna, NY

    woohooo!!!!!!!! america sees the truth. go obama!

    September 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. conatasustenamus

    Two % points!!!
    Given the fact that 13-20% of us are independant, third party, or undecided–plus the margin of error...this isn't even close to being statistically significant.

    When he gets a 20 point lead in the polls then we can say it's news.

    September 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Helen


    Palin should have deferred that question on Security because if there is a particular crisis, 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 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Joe Regis

    People are paying serious attention to what is going now and tricks are not going to change the course in which the republican administration has been heading for 8 years. The time has come for a change in new direction and Obama/Biden will fix the country once again.

    America has a big surprise for the repubs this year, they are doomed.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. becky

    OK CNN this is the last time I am going to try to respond to any of your blogs since I never seem to get on!
    My husband and I are both voting for OBAMA this year. We have never been polled nor do we know anyone who has ever been polled. Just add two more to the OBAMA/BIDEN side. Thanks, I'm heading to another website.

    September 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. JBW

    Barack "Barry" Hussein Obama is my man in 08'!

    September 18, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Daris

    These polls are all a joke. There's no way this election is going to be as close as the media would like us to think it is (which is what gets people reading the politics section). Obama is going to win handily. He has to. There's no way that America is truly such a collection of morons and lunatics so as to elect John McCain, who has turned his back on all his maverick past to say whatever he has to in order to please the mainstream Republican Party he USED to turn his back to, in order to see George W. Palin as the VP waiting in the wings while the economy continues to burn itself down to ashes.

    September 18, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Random dude

    In what respect Charlie ?

    September 18, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. SHINO

    Thats what they say, when the polls are against us, they say its not accurate. HA!! White Here We Come.


    September 18, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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