September 25th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
14 years ago

CNN poll of polls: Obama up 4 points

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Obama is ahead by four points in Thursday's CNN poll of polls."]
(CNN) – As the fate of the first head-to-head debate between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain remains uncertain, CNN’s latest poll of polls shows the Democratic nominee with a 4 point advantage over his Republican rival. Obama has the support of 47 percent of voters to McCain's 43 percent, with and 10 percent unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous poll of polls, released Wednesday night, Obama was ahead by 5 points – 49 percent versus 44 percent.

“Since the start of the financial crisis, Sen. Obama has held a small but clear edge in the horserace,” said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Sen. McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign in the midst of this crisis can be seen as an attempt to regain the upper hand on the economy — an issue which so far continues to work to Obama’s advantage. The overwhelming majority of Americans are more concerned with the state of the economy than with any other issue.”

Thursday’s national general election poll of polls is comprised of the following four surveys: Marist (September 22-23), Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (September 22-23), Gallup (September 22-24), and Diageo/Hotline (September 22-24). CNN’s poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

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  1. Lipstick pig???

    Palin for President??? Oh my gosh!! Insane, I tell you, insane!!!

    Obama in '08!

    September 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. fella from Chicago

    And the Gallup Poll released today shows it 46%-46% among registered voters. Why such a variance among pollsters?

    Makes no difference, the polls will rise and fall again dramatically aftter Friday's first debate.

    September 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Helena

    Polls are wrong. I am a disabled senior citizen with only a land line and at home 90% of my life. No one have ever called me for a poll. My apartment complex is for those 55 and older. I've asked several people in the past 2 days if they have been called and they all said no. I asked if they knew any friend or family member that were called and the unanimous answer was no. They all have land lines and they are all registered democrat. So, please tell me who is polled?

    September 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. north of 49

    After reading about McCains recent bail out debacle I can't believe almost half the country is voting Republican. What's going on people? Are you all brain dead?

    September 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. undecided

    Well, people of this country elected George W Bush (twice, for crying out loud). All my money is still on McCain.

    September 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. sue

    I love how people end their comment with Palin 2012,

    There are three things you are suggesting –
    1. Obama will win this time but not the next election.
    2. McCain will win this election but die before he gets to complete his term and therefore cannot run again the next term.
    3. McCain will win the election, but after completing 4 terms he would not run again.

    I really wonder which of these three option people saying Palin 2012 believe will happen.

    September 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. My future depends on McCain heartbeat


    Palin for President September 25th, 2008 4:03 pm ET

    please bring your clothes in off the line....and prepare your trailor for a storm.

    September 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Bruce

    Well it is intersting that there was an announcement that there was an ageement on the bailout before McCain got there, and now there are reports that the repubs are backing away..makes you wonder when this country will see that because this was hammered out before McCaain got there, and now that he is there the move is on to drag this out..for what purpose...possibly to make it so that he does not have to debate tomorrow night, or try to hide Palin from her debate,,and hope that never happens, or it could be that the republican party want to make it seem that McCain came in an saved the day.
    Guess what...It will not work....
    He and the Rpeublicans are playng chicken with economy for purly political purposes.
    McCain..grow a pair and debate...DC was doing fine without you on the bailout, and while you are at it stop hiding Palin.
    You are old and going to strok e out, if from the looks of your one eye you ahve not already had one, and we will be stuck with at least put the country first fro once, and debate and let her debate so we can see who would be better.

    September 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Reagan

    Obama is falling!
    Obama is falling!
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    Obama is falling!
    Obama is falling!
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    Obama is falling!
    Obama is falling!

    September 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. simp

    I'm so sick of Bill Clinton and his around about way of support for mccain. Get over it clinton, hillary lost and Obama will be the next president. If hillary won and mccain was saying all this negative stuff about hillary I bet he would change his tune. He is pathetic and a traitor. when Obama wins I hope bill clinton is no where in his surrounding doing anything, I hope Obama kicks his lying A$% to the curb.


    September 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. RM

    I believe both candidates have weaknesses, but I find it hard to believe that the range between these two is so small. Clearly 26 years in the senate has carved out a resolute idea of who McCain is, yet in one week so much has unraveled.

    McCain provides no answers to this economic crisis. He showed up late and exploited it for a photo opportunity. He is using it to delay his debate and potentially end the VP debate. His behavior is erratic and unpredictable. His leadership adheres to populist movements and his solutions to problems are volatile. This campaign is falling apart.

    September 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. tim

    Hey McCain supporters....

    Do you know what they call someone that learns of a good idea (oh, say putting out a statement with a colleague saying that they need to work together on a major issue), but then takes the idea and says that it was his idea instead of the person that thought of it in the first place?

    social plagiarism!!!

    "When one uses a story/saying/information/anecdote that they recieved or overheard from another individual they know and they do not cite the source. In turn, implying that they themselves are the original source of information.

    -Maegan tells Leann that she talked to the band about their performance date change in Santa Cruz.
    Later that evening, Leann tells a group of mutual friends that the performance date has been changed, without citing/acknowledging where she originally obtained this information. In turn, implying she spoke to the band herself, which could be construed to some as lying.
    Thus, Leann commited social plagiarism. "

    September 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. milo

    At this point I wonder if there's anything McCain can do to boost his sagging numbers?

    Even a best case scenario in the debates probably wouldn't be enough. His current stunt with suspending his campaign and trying to postpone his and the VP debates seems to be backfiring. With all they ads full of lies and flipflops, his credibility is shot. Nobody cares about Palin any more, and her interview performances have proven her to be even more inept than even the most pessimistic suspected.

    Absent an Obama train wreck, what can McCain do?

    September 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Maria J

    give to the public the name of the Democrat candidat Barack Hussein Obama like the oters
    George Walker Bush and William Jefferson Clinton not mention at all his complit name he not like or what.

    September 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Tony



    Palin answered some questions from the traveling press corps, her first time doing so.

    NEW YORK (CNN) — Sarah Palin took questions from her traveling press corps Thursday for the first time since being tapped as John McCain's running mate.

    Speaking to a small pool of reporters following a visit to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, Palin made a statement and then answered four questions, addressing the war on terror, the re-election bids of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young, and the bailout legislation currently in front of Congress.


    Every American student needs to come through this area so that, especially this younger generation of Americans is, to be in a position of never forgetting what happened here and never repeating, never ever allowing a repeat of what happened here. I wish every American would come through here. I wish every world leader would come through here, and understand what it is that took place here and more importantly how America came together here and united to commit to never allowing this to happen here again. And just to hear and see these good New Yorkers who are rebuilding not just this area but helping to rebuild America has been very, very inspiring and encouraging. These are the good Americans who are committed to peace and security and its been an absolute honor getting to meet these good folks today.

    WHAT????????????????????????????????????? is she trying to say?????????? UGH!


    On the topic of never letting an attack like that which happened on 9/11, do you agree with the way the Bush administration has handled the war on terrorism, is there anything you would do differently?


    I agree with the Bush administration that we take the fight to them. We never again let them come onto our soil and try to destroy not only our democracy here, but nice communities like the good community of New York. Never again. So yes, I do agree with taking the fight to the terrorists and stopping them over there before they come over here like they did on 9/11.


    Do you think our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our continued presence, in those countries is inflaming Islamic extremists?


    I think our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan will lead to further security of our nation, again, because the mission is to take the fight over there before they come over here. Do not let them come over here and attempt again what they accomplished here when they came over here, and that was some destruction, terrible destruction on that day, but since September 11, Americans uniting and rebuilding and commiting to never letting that happen again over here.

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Again, totally incoherent!

    September 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Candy West Virginia

    After this charade mccain pulled to relieve palin of having to do the debate I think its over for those two clowns. And i love the rethuglicans who have NOTHING positive to say about mccain so they bash Obama with he's a terrorist, a muslim, socialist, facists, blah blah blah. They never name any facts about anything, they just attack. You people are pathetic, you know way deep down that Obama is the best and really only choice yet you can't bring yourself to support the black man. I am white and I will PROUDLY cast my vote as well as all my family for Obama/Biden. Get over yourselves, it's 2008 not 1928.

    September 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Dave

    Obama and the Dems better be boning up on election procedure. McCain and the GOP have no way left to win this except to somehow "steal" the election. Like that hasnt happened before! Dont ever count out the GOP, they play to win no matter what. They better get Democratic election monitors in there, especially Ohio and Florida. Better be prepared to swim with the sharks. Dont let another 2000 Florida or 2004 Ohio event occur.

    September 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |

    Oh, the rich evangelicals who get a tax break tell your listeners to vote for McWar. Tell 'em!!!!!! They will do anything you say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why, they will live in huts to abide by ONE MAN'S Mind Controlling Opinion.
    Evangelicals and Catholics lost the election for the Democrats twice,
    and I am a Catholic. And I voted for Kerry. NO ONE TAKES MAY FREEDOM TO VOTE. OR SWAYS MY VOTE. Have a mind of your own,
    for once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. James, Houston, TX

    Obama should continue and show up for the scheduled DEBATE.

    If McCain fails to show as expected; His empty seat should have sign on it, "MIA".

    September 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Jorge

    I cannot in good conscience continue to make sarcastic comments about Senator John McCain.
    While he has long had a reputation for being short-tempered and grouchy, in the past few weeks he appears to have had a personality change. His behaviour has become increasingly impulsive, erratic, and irrational, and there is evidence that his memory is becoming increasingly faulty. Now, in recent days, he has developed changes on the left side of his face that indicate some sort of neurological abnormality, such as Bell's Palsy, cerebrovascular disease, or intracranial malignancy, most likely melanoma, given his history.
    His age and medical condition have become a major concern in this campaign. It (they) can no longer be ignored in the interest of political correctness.
    He and his campaign staff have a moral obligation to have him evaluated and to share the results of that evaluation with the country.

    September 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. sue

    Sorry didn't mean 4 terms in the previous post, meant 4 years of his first term.

    September 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Steve

    As usual this country is divided in a near 50-50. A 4 point lead might be enough for a landslide, but the 10% undecided are probably 20% racist. Let's not kid ourselves.
    So Obama needs at least 60-40 of the undicided votes.
    McCain will do better then predicted in the debate, but all three? I hope for the sake of the world Obama wins, but it's going to be a tight race... 50-50.. as usual.

    September 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Fed Up

    What is amazing is that the lead isn't 10 or more points. It boggles my mind that the McSame / Caribou Barbie circus has so far managed to fool so many voters into falling for the stunts and gimmicks that are all they have to offer.

    Once voters see where they stand on the issues, it will be GAME OVER for the dynamic duo.

    Just say NO to Bush 44 and Caribou Barbie.

    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. taxpaying american

    Run, run, hide, hide, distract here... Look Haley's Comet over there....

    McCain and Palin are running from the American Public and they both are a farce.

    Do you really want the disoriented McCain as President? Years in a POW camp is bound to leave a few screws loose. Remember the movie Manchurian Candidate. Has he published any medical or psychological records?

    Know-nothing Palin isn't much better. Her last interview was a joke! Did you see where she was exorcised by her minister (witchdoctor)!

    America wake up.

    September 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. J. Franco

    It is evident to many that McCain's decision to postpone his campaign and attempt to cancel the Debate on Friday is nothing but a political stunt. Like the one he tried to pull when he chose Sarah Palin as the GOP VP nominee.

    Senator McCain: How can you be saying all throughout your campaign trail that the "fundamental of our economy are strong"? Are you still in denial about the state of our economy? How can I trust you when all this time you have been saying one thing and the reality is another?

    I strongly believe that voting for you would be giving four more years to the Bush/Cheney administration and you know what, I think Americans have had enough for these past eight years.

    September 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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