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. DougCA

    YOUR portfolio is down, YOUR home lost value, YOUR gas is way up, YOUR country is fighting a war it doesn't have to, on and on and on it goes... Fellow Republicans, COULD IT BE, take a moment and think about it, could it be that you're with the WRONG party? Could it be that the ladder you're on is leaning against the WRONG wall? Come join us democrats, you will see the light!

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

    Palin for President – That was just hateful and you should be ashamed.

    September 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Dave G, Minneapolis

    Again, these polls are meaningless. Who do they help? not me, unless I was deciding my vote based on popularity. This is not news. This is information that may internally help the campaigns themselves (like internal market share) but doesn't help me decide "the product". I don't buy "rice crispies" over "special k" because of polls or market share, I buy the product that I like. And no matter how much people were to blog and yell about how much "special k" is better, I would not be swayed. I might try it, but then learn from my mistake.

    I voted Bill clinton when younger, then I admit, voted first time for dubya...but since then, it's been Libertarian. The other parties are stale in their ideas and only trying to win a popularity contest...not lead, and govern.

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

    Hey you Miss Palin for President...............Is that all you got?

    OBAMA / BIDEN 2008!!!

    McCain / Palin......Thanks But NO THANKS!!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Pittsburgh for Obama/Biden

    Hey, Billy Boy and Joe Lieberman, GO AWAY!
    Quit being 2 Faced! Either you support Obama/Biden or BUZZ OFF!


    September 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. totersmom

    I just saw the scariest thing I have ever seen; and I have seen The Exorcist; Palin 2012? OMG, Jesus, Krishna, Buddah, Allah, Great Spirit in the Sky please have pity on us! I don't care if aliens have to come down from outspace; please don't let that happen to us!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Constitution voter

    Regardless of whatever qualities McCain and Palin may have, we NEED Obama. Under Bush we went from budget surplus (Clinton's legacy) to record deficits, and now this bail-out. Republican deregulation–supported all the way by McCain–got us into this mess. If "maverick" means "unpredictable, self-serving and accountable to noone", then we have just had eight years of a maverick president, and that is more than enough! McCain/Palin, thanks, but no thanks! Obama/Biden and intelligent solutions!

    September 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. KARA

    When it's time to debate Joe Biden, i look for Sarah to call in sick.

    September 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Yeah right

    Obama always plays safe- votes "present"- if you never take a stand and never make a tough decision you can not be falted.

    That is how Obama claims leadership abilities and how he claims to have good vision and judgment- by taking no risks, staying away from the tough calls.

    McCain won this round- he showed himself the true leader and the one willing to take a stand for his country.

    Obama just blows his own horn.

    September 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. JusLaugh

    These polls are funny.

    Last night I was watching AC 360 and John Roberts said that some swing states are very close. Then, as they were revealing the 5 states that were a "toss up", the numbers actually had Obama up by as much as 9 points over McCain.

    The best part was that neither Mr. Roberts or Mr. Cooper started laughing hysterically when they said that a 9 point lead wasn't much.

    CNN should just report the figures without trying to make it look like something it isn't.

    September 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. JB

    Wait until after the debates. McCain will pull ahead in the polls, also the polls are too close to call yet for either candidate.

    September 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Rob

    McCain is unfit to lead anything. All he has to offer is one gimmicky distraction after another. He has absolutely zero comprehension of the issues. The only thing he excels at is lies and smear. He is panicking like a demented old man.

    September 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Joe Biden stay away from my wife

    How is the GOP even in this race? Seriously....a spatula should be able to beat the republican ticket

    September 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Your numbers are jive! The reality is nine points or higher! Let's talk about Rick Davis!

    September 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. 4 Obama

    Obama Girl plz come back!!!!!!!! Sarah P.'s got something about her thats hypnotizing folks away from going forward.

    September 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. pam Eugene OR

    How on earth can anyone be undecided> Are you better off than you were 8 years ago?
    Geez what do you need to make you realize it is time to throw the bums out?

    September 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. jim sims

    Question: Does the CNN "Poll of Polls" include new voters enrolled since the last election? Seems to me that this segment of the voting population could be a major deciding factor Nov. 4th. There has been extensive coverage of the effort by the Obama campaign to enroll voters especially in the battleground states, and a dearth of information from the McCain campaign of similar activities.

    If the CNN Poll of Polls is using results from outside sources, how can we be sure that those sources polls are defined by rules including the new voter population.

    IMHO, ommision of this population would, in all probability, result in an understatement of the Obama lead.

    What say you CNN?

    September 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Get Real

    All I have to say is ..... I know why the Republicans kept Sarah Palin hidden from the press.

    Reveiw her interview with K.Couric and C.Gibson.

    McCain is old and even looks worn out and ill ( Check out his left eye and the balled fist). Palin is just not the right PERSON to be 2nd in command. It is almost like when I was in high school and the new girl came to school and all the guys tried to get next to her and she played coy...but when they finally talked with her or got with her... she was just worth the inital 10 minutes and he did not call her ever again.

    Obama/Biden are the best answers for this country.

    September 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Frank

    I recall the Barackk was shreddd a while ago for not wearing a US flag lapel pin – thus proving he was not patriotic.

    I don't recall John McCain ever wearing a lapel pin...he is not wearing one today at the "talks" with Bush.


    September 25, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. karen-phoenix

    After this McCain mess-up for photo ops and trying to duck out of the debates the points for Obama will skyrocket!!!! Go Obama!! We need someone with a REAL education and not rush recklessly into another war like he just tried doing with "rushing back to Washington". McCain is NOT sane or does he have the temprement or intellegence!!

    September 25, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Blub Muhat

    This is very entertaining year. The powerful giving money to rich with the hope that the rich will make the powerful more powerful whcih then will make the rich more richer. This is ECONOMICS 101. I love this. Lets all get powerful and rich and whip the world. That will put an end to all the misery.

    September 25, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Fed up with Obama

    Obama just capitalizes on the despair of the people. He uses it to stir up votes.

    McCain will lead us out of the despair by hard work and selfless commitment. He has demonstrated that already.

    September 25, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Matt

    Captain Senior Moment and The Incredible Babbling Woman have finally painted themselves into a corner. It's a Catch-22 now:

    Oppose the bipartisan amended bill Congress put together without his help (and get his buddies in Congress to flip-flop to do so too) and look like it's all a political game to delay or avoid the debates.


    Vote yes and both attend the debates...and we know what happens then: The Obama Nation and Conan the Delawarian vanquish the evil duo and victory is sealed!

    September 25, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. ket

    Where is the palin church video??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. '08 Vote Obama

    Keep climbing Obama – Our country needs you!

    September 25, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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