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.

soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Just Me In WV

    Gee, Isnt there a country out there (other than China) that help our greedy wealthy people? How bout that country we fought a war FOR...uh Kuwait? Surely somebody owes us!!!!

    Obama 08

    September 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Shari, NY

    Which side is Bill Clinton on? He is drooling over the Palins, patting McCain on the back and giving a cursory nod to Obama. His wife's loss is taking a toll on him because he was hoping that campaign victory for her would make up for his martital indiscretions.

    September 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Biff

    0: Number of banking bills McCain has introduced this Congress.
    Yesterday in an interview with CBS News, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) insisted that “John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business.” However, she was unable to name a single example of McCain pushing for more regulation in the past 26 years. Today, the Hill reports that McCain “has not introduced any banking or housing bills in the 110th Congress, while Democratic rival Barack Obama has proposed five”:

    McCain is the lead sponsor of 38 pieces of legislation during the 110th Congress, none of which have been referred to the Banking panel, according to a review of Thomas, a congressional website. Obama has introduced 130 measures during this Congress. Four of Obama’s standalone bills fall within the Banking Committee’s jurisdiction.

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

    Palin for President.....people like you are the very reason our country is in so much good as our country was doing under the clinton administration, you still don't like him. Thats whats so sad....and you would rather have palin....I would not leave her in charge of a crack house much less the white house

    September 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    The economic crisis is just one more reason to elect the leader we need – Barack Obama. Not four more years of the same thing that got us into this mess to begin with.

    OBAMA '08

    September 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. rush12388

    Has anybody noticed Macain is all over the place in the past few months to get boost in the polls....

    First he introduced Sarah Palin to get boost in the polls which he got....but the reality cann't hide for too long.......everyone knows what skill set she brings to the ticket ---- "NOTHING"

    Now he is trying to show he is a deal maker but the reality is he want's to get a boost in the polls but believe people are not that stupid enough this time around to fall for same old politics.

    September 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Frank,MO

    McCain has lost his marbles and Palin is playing with them.

    September 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Jose Nsasi

    McCan wants to hide the fact that at least one guy from his campaign team was receiving $15,000.00 every month from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
    $15,000X12 = $180,000.0 a year, my question is what was his job there?
    The guy may be responsible of McCan decision to suspend the campaign to hide this bad news.

    September 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Jim

    Too bad. I was looking forward to President Cariboo Barbie (she is only a 70-something year old heartbeat away, after all) saving the country from witchcraft. Finish what Cotton Mather started, I say!

    September 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. josh

    What BS! Has anyone at CNN even taken statistics? Of course your poll has a sampling error. Although the determination of such is difficult given the method of data collection there is always an error, unless you poll every single eligible voter. To claim that your poll has no sampling error is an attempt to claim that your poll is superior to everyone elses.

    September 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. John B. From New Hampshire

    it's allot higher than that... first time and cell users not polled. Nice job keeping the CLinton Ticker at the top CNN. in the bag for McCain are we?

    September 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. laura

    And other polls have Obama up by 6. CNN is Fox news.

    September 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    I gues we can only, really depend on the young voters that Obama
    has in his court. Yes, I think it will be the young voters who will win
    this for Obama. The elderly are not too Politically educated. They
    wish to drown in their old thoughts.

    White, Woman of 63. Older but wiser.

    September 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Eaze

    An American Hero vs. a Real Zero – only 4 points up at this point is really pathetic. I'm not concerned – people will wise up and come 11/4/08, Johnny Mac will be elected. Obama can go back and smoke some dope and hang out with his loser friends and pastor(s)

    September 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. DougCA

    YOUR portfolio is shrunken, YOUR

    September 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Republican for Obama

    Palin has the IQ of a fresh water trout, no way i am going to vote for her and mccain.

    I dont think its too much to as my president to multitask, heck i expect this from my 4 yrs old son.

    Obama has proven to me in the last 24hr that he is the man for this job.

    September 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Mickey Mouse

    To Palin for President.

    If you support the moose hunter from Alaska and hate the Clintons, you must be a little on the stupid side. It is people like you who put another unqualified person in the White House for the last eight years. Do it again and see what happens..................

    September 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Greg

    Don't underestimate the stupidity of the voters in this country...a lot will fall for this stunt and McCain will probably get a bump out of it.

    Then I hope the bump will subside and his numbers will fall again.

    Then he will pull another stunt!!!!!

    That's what a maverick does. Keeps doing stunt after stunt until they get what they want and leave the rest of the people with empty hands, empty hearts and even more empty bank accounts if we put this guy in office.

    Is that what people want? A selfish, egocentric glory hound as the leader of the free world?

    I hope not. But we'll see.

    September 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |

    How many flaws do the Republicans have to display for Americans
    to vote for a BLACK MAN. Is it race before family!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Shari

    Hey you Miss Palin for President,

    September 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. the other jd

    @ Willy Brown–well these days if you aren't wearing an Obama shirt, you need to be wearing a straightjacket.

    September 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Patrick Henry, Ft. Myers

    Who are they contacting for these polls?

    I think they BOTH suck.

    September 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    This is another calculated Cheney/Rove strategy. Add this to tax cuts, stimulus checks and two expensive wars and it adds up to trillions in dollars to the war machine, big oil and Wall Street. Only when the American economy is finally on it's knees will the pinko-left-wing liberals give up on the need for their expensive social programs. Maybe this will finally make them understand trickle down. If social security was in trouble 4 years ago when we all thought we were rich who do you think will want to continue to fund it now that we are all broke. Brilliant!

    September 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Obama- Norcross Ga

    Palin for President you’re an idiot. That woman has not clue of what is going on right now.

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

    "Take the Average right"

    Yeah, that's actually a good idea. Any poll can be wrong, it's more stable to average a few that you trust. I'll bet the latest gallup turns out to be an anomaly.

    September 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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