September 22nd, 2008
02:10 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN POLL OF POLLS: Obama ahead in crucial battlegrounds

Obama is ahead in two key states, according the latest CNN poll of polls.

Obama is ahead in two key states, according the latest CNN poll of polls.

(CNN) - Barack Obama holds leads in critical battleground states of Iowa and Pennsylvania with only six weeks remaining until Election Day, according to just released CNN poll of polls.

New surveys also released Monday suggest Obama and John McCain are locked in statistical ties in two other crucial swing states.

According to CNN's Iowa poll of polls, Obama holds a 7-point lead (50-43 percent) in the state that narrowly voted for President Bush in 2004 and gave a major boost to Obama's presidential fortunes earlier this year at the start of the primary season.

A poll of polls out of Pennsylvania shows the race there considerably tighter, with the Illinois senator - who lost handily to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary there - holding a slim 3 point lead over McCain (47-44 percent).

Both the Iowa and Pennsylvania poll of polls consist of three recent surveys out of both states, and neither carries a margin of error.

In Minnesota, the site of the Republican convention earlier this month, a new American Research Group poll suggests the race there has tightened considerably, with Obama holding a 1-point lead (46-45 percent) that is well within the survey's 4 percent sampling error.

A new Suffolk University poll out of Nevada also suggests the race there is a dead heat, with McCain holding a 1-point lead (48-47 percent) that is again well within the poll's sampling error.

CNN considers both Iowa and Pennsylvania as "leaning Obama" in its electoral map breakdown ,while Minnesota and Nevada are considered tossup states.

soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Paris

    CNN I am still waiting for you to do fact check on Obama's Spanish ad.

    Why you only do Fact check when is good for Obama?

    September 22, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Careful now..

    It's an absolute disgrace the democrats are having to fight for the White House after the past 8 years under Bush. These polls mean nothing...racists out there would lie about their feelings and those will come around in November.

    I'm probably not voting – I don' t like Obama's flip-flops (nor his arrogance) when it's convenient for him and I think McCain is too out of touch and I don't care for his policies.

    September 22, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Tristan

    One more thing... Canada & Great Britain have universal healthcare so for those who think it can't happen. IT CAN! OBAMA CAN! Stay away from the Greed (McCain/Palin) Stick to the man who CAN but doesn't have a ton of houses and cars while his American people are starving. Obama turned down money to help others in need before & I'm sure he will lead the country into the right direction and give us young people a future worldwide!

    September 22, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. BHO: Ignorance is Bliss

    Yesterday I talked to an Obama supporter.. and I asked How and Why... he had no answers... he then asked me the same back... I had answers..... Dont speak the rhetoric of anything unless you know how or why.

    September 22, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Apples for sale

    Thr Republicans knew what would happen with deregulation,pillaging the American tax payer when they got done after graping us but good.I would rather pay taxes when due than use credit and pay even more later.

    September 22, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Lou

    Are you obamabots on this site really that stupid. do you think it helps racism if you scream it just because someone doesnt want to vote for Obama. I dont trust him or like how arrogant he is. He will never get my vote and its not becuase he's black (i'm all for a great black leader to run this country, just not this one).

    McCain/Palin are the real americans who will do everything needed to lead this great nation. You have my vote 100%

    September 22, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Baze

    McCain's problem is that he continues to offer conflicting views of what he's supposed to represent. He called for deregulation, now he's harping against it. He's calling for transparency, sorry but Obama beat you to it. He's calling for an oversight commision that hovers above the Treasury. Isn't that more regulation? And then he refuses to say where the money is going to come from that's going to solve the debt? If it's not going to come from taxes, then guess what. It's coming from loans from foreign countries, and that doesn't sound like COUNTRY FIRST...


    September 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Roger

    I too feel a landslide perhaps coming – you 18 to 35 year olds , get out there and get registered and VOTE. This is the most important Presidential election in my lifetime and the thoughts of McCain/Palin scare the living hell out of me. The Republicans in the past 8 years have brought this country to the point of ruin and they should not be trusted with another 4 years.

    Obama/Biden for America 2008!

    September 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Independent White Woman

    TO Independent but Leaning....People are realizing that we need practical experience to lead us through these difficult times– not just untested intellectual theories.......Experience is WHATcaused this MESS

    September 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Charles Shaw Liverpool, NY

    If either of J. McBama or B. McBama are elected, we the people loose again, hello, folks you are now paying 56% of your income on taxes as of today, both of these Political leaders have said nothing about reducing the size of governement, and if you have been watching in the last month we have now nationalized wall street and banking.
    Our founding father's split from England for less, than what we a receiving now. Both of them are full of crap, and will sell us, tell us anything to get elected, and then give us citizens the shaft. I will not vote for either of them, I will not accept the lies, cheating, or stealing again.
    I say throw all the tea into the harbor......

    September 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. DNC Member

    We want a centralized government and a planned economy! Yes! Vote Obama!!!!! GIVE US COMMUNISM NOW !!! Take from the rich and give to us poor! Guarantee our jobs! Give us health care managed by our government! Nationalize our oil companies! Set wage and price controls! We want Communism and we want it now! Vote OBAMA!

    September 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Shawn - GA

    Nothing matters until the debates.

    September 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Vanessa


    I agree with you on your comment that it comes down to race. I find it amazing when people reply by saying the only reason blacks are voting for Obama is because he is black. Which I do not think is true. But can not the same be said for whites who vote for McCain because he is white and God forbid a black man makes it into office. I find most of the people that reply to these comments sections so hypocritcal. Please people vote for the right reasons which are because you are tried of Wall Street taking your money and the republicans profiting from it. McCain and Palin have told so many lies what is the truth anymore coming from those two. I am not saying Obama is totally innocent but he is being more truth than other of the republicans. We can not afford to go through another four years of republic rule and blame it on someone else when we don't go our to vote. Please people make the right decision and go out and vote.

    September 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Ron S.

    This election is too crucial for so many people to remain so fickle and so undecisive this late in the campaign.

    In light of the gross mismanagement of the economy, the continued engagement is a ridiculously foolishly costly war in the Mid-East and the lack of comprehensive initiatives ventured upon to search for renewable energy independence by the Republicans, this contest should have been a slam-dump for the Democrats.

    Which begs the question: Why is this still a race?

    Is the electorate that stupid?

    September 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Matt

    McCain has no economic plan and no understanding of the economy. All he does is give vague answers and dance around the questions...flip flopping depending on what he thinks the voters want to hear. First he's against bailouts. Then he's for them. Then he wants to fire someone he wouldn't have the authority to fire. Then he's sort of against bailouts again, but who can be sure? At least Obama waits until he has information so he can speak intelligently about it, instead of pulling a McCain and shooting off at the mouth in an effort to pander and then finding out he has to backtrack. You can't do that when you're starts wars, gets people killed and ruins the economy.

    September 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. IndependentThinker, NY

    Hey CNN you have missed one
    check this out!
    Just released
    Rasmussen 09/18 – 09/18 500 LV 52 44 Obama +8

    September 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Shannon WA ST

    It means that people aren't buying the B.S. that Mccain is "change". 26 years in the Senate and voting 95 % of the time with Bush isn't change and thats what people want.....

    September 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. IAMWMD

    April, if you make less than 250 grand you don't have to worry about Obama raising your taxes or taking your money. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. If you vote for those lying repugs: Say goodby to your money invested in stocks after McCain privatizes it and let the lobbyist running his campaign gamble it on Wall Street.

    McCain is for against regulations and all for secrecy, lies and deception. He'll run this country just like he runs his campaign.

    Have you heard of the savings and Loans Keating 5 scandal that McStupid was involved in?


    September 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. ShawnW

    You people are so blindly following Obama it's disturbing. None of you could tell me how's he's qualified. None of you could tell me how his ideas add up to reality. So you hate Bush. Woop-di-doo. Doesn't mean you blindly jump on Obama. He's so far over his head it's ridiculous. I don't care who you vote for, but at least have supporting facts. I haven't seen this kind of blind following since...well...the people I was goign to say aren't so nice and CNN would probably not post this......They'll probably won't post this anyways....It's not pro-Obama.

    September 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Barney

    Time to get away from the subpoena-dodging republicans.

    Time for the constitution to mean something again. Obama/Biden '08

    September 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |

    Looking so presidental and flanked by an army of so-called

    economic experts Sen Obama announced I'll wait for next week

    tp criticize someone elses solution; we have none re. bail-out.

    Even I an old lady in her eighties understands whats going on.

    Remember the Old-fashined butcher shop and the three nail

    accounting..? One for the daily cash receipts, a second for the

    bills and the third for the bank deposits...If #1 is almost empty and

    #3 always empty and # 2 with bills so thick that they are falling off

    we, the little people know that the butcher is broke..How come that

    Sen Obama and his economic adviser don't get it..


    September 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    Doesn't Obama's health care plan beat the socks off of McLames? If you don't agree, you are one of the crazies ruining the country.

    September 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Rick

    I'm voting Democrat because I believe businesses in America should not be allowed to make profits. Businesses should just break even and give the rest to the government so politicians and bureaucrats can redistribute the money the way they think it should be redistributed.

    September 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Irony

    Margin of error = newly registered voters and cell phone users.

    The polls are only reportedly close for higher network ratings.

    Landslide is probable

    September 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Hilary B


    That's exactly what I fear is going to get McCain elected. It worked the last two times, why not a third? Wake up and smell the corruption, people.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 22, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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