October 17th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama's lead falls two points in new CNN Poll of Polls


The latest CNN Poll of Polls shows Obama's lead over McCain dropping by 2 points.(AP PHOTO)

(CNN) - A new average of the most recent national polls suggests Sen. Barack Obama holds a 6-point lead over Sen. John McCain.

The CNN Poll of Polls, compiled Friday morning, indicates that 49 percent of Americans say Obama, D-Illinois, is their choice for president, with 43 percent backing McCain, R-Arizona. Eight percent of those questioned are undecided.

Watch: Polls show Obama is leading McCain

The previous edition, compiled Thursday, indicated Obama had an 8-point lead over McCain, 50-42 percent.

This edition of the CNN Poll of Polls averaged four surveys: an American Research Group poll conducted October 11-13; a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby survey taken October 13-16; a Gallup poll conducted October 13-15; and a Diageo/Hotline survey taken October 13-15.

soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Red

    Cue the Democrats panicking... just like they did when Palin was picked for VP.

    October 17, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. Republican Voting OBAMA

    This poll tells that we need to get out and VOTE EARLY, VOTE EARLY every day we vote is another in the tank for Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Joe Average

    Polls mean absolutely nothing!!!!!! When will the people understand that the liberal press manipulate these polls.

    October 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. Astrid

    Please America, for the sake of your own wellbeing and the rest of the world, please don't make the same mistake as the past 8 years and choose Sarah Palin for president (because that is who you're really electing with a 35% chance that McCain will not survive a first term) – please think clearly, there is a need for a stable and unifying president in your country!!

    October 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |

    Good. We do not need to increase taxes in a time when everyone is hurting. Please read about other great depressions in American history before bashing my comment. Huge government spending and spreading the wealth around is the "new economics" that Herbert Hoover spoke of and what ultimately spiraled us into the great depression of the 1930's.

    October 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. Melissa - Wisconsin

    In his 2002 biography, Worth the Fighting For, McCain says this about himself:

    McCain: “I didn’t decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. . . . In truth, I’d had the ambition for a long time.”


    October 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Bill

    Gallup changed its model to only those voters who have voted in the last two elections. No new registrations????? No cell phone voters???? Only fifty somethings are going to turn out???? This is another attempt to lie to us.

    October 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. mike

    This is just the start of a big swing......

    October 17, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. the Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    What took so long? Hopefully Obama's accendency will go into the abyss of descent.

    Obama wants to tax not only us good middle of the roaders, but now he wants to tax "Joe the Plumber." Now that is just not the American Way. You just don't tax "Joe the Plumber." You can tax my neighbor and the banker down the road, but you just don't tax "Joe the Plumber!"

    I am amazed that Joe's plight is highlighted by no less than "His Emminence" himself. This Chicagoan, on an ego trip has tripped up "major league" by telling Joe he was going to raise Joe's taxes, so that he can give it to the Welfare Queens.

    I am amazed. Why would you want to tax anyone during this financial crisis?

    October 17, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  10. KNIGHT-7579

    The Silent Majority is beginning to speak. For those who counted McCain out, remember, the game isn't won until it is actually played. Game time is November 4. Ask the Patriots how being the overwhelming favorite worked out against the Giants in the Super Bowl.

    October 17, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  11. Baby B

    Well of course it did. All of McCains negative ads are paying off. The media will nto stand up to Mccain and Palin and ask for interviews. The Plummer did more interviews then Plain has. If Palin can not do REAL interviews then she should not get airtime or space on the ticker. CNN, they will not do interviews with you but you still report on her.

    October 17, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. Dianne

    Which poll should I belive, I was just reading yahoo and they said Obama is up in the poll and I turm to yours and he is down.

    October 17, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  13. Scott in Atlanta

    Please don't start the public manipulation of media polls to make it even appear as if John Mccain is coming back. Obama supporters, we need to come out in droves to dispell any glimpse or appearance of a comback. Early vote today!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 17, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  14. jabgar00

    this race will be close but Obama will win!!!

    October 17, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. Candice - TN

    Stupid people. If John McCain wins, this country deserves every bad thing that happens. After partaking in one of the most informed election cycles ever, after McCain's performances at the debates, his hate mongering at rallies, and refusal to bring the issues but only negativity...Good luck America.

    Obama '08

    October 17, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  16. Scott, West Chester, OH

    They're both corrupt losers. It's time for a new American Revolution. The federal government has failed us and we need to clean house.

    October 17, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  17. ines

    Zogby and Gallup are traditionally conservative, not surprised. I take this average with a grain of salt.

    It's important to get out the vote. Your future and your 401K depend on it!

    October 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  18. fella from Chicago

    And it's going to get a lot closer between now and November 4. If McCain gets it down to a 4 point difference on election day I truly believe he'll take it.
    The combination of Senator McCain spelling out the specifics of his economic plan while Obama's character continues to come under increasing scrutiny, will be the difference along with Americans who want to keep Democracy rather than turn to Socialism.

    October 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  19. Jason, VA

    Have you noticed, that since the last debate, all the news organizations talk about is McCain and his policies. They want this to be a tight race, it makes for better headlines. I might as well just watch FoxNews.

    October 17, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  20. Dominick

    I still have a strategy for the Middle East that can stabilize militarly the region for 30 years , reduce the price of oil imports, produce more work for Americans and gives us time to become energy independent.
    .But until no idiot politician is willing to listen.
    Well.here we are only a couple of weeks for the elections, and things are still floating undecided.
    I want to help my fellow men.

    October 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  21. November 5

    National polls. I mock you.

    Senator McCain, please find your dignity again. We could all use that.

    October 17, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    BALONEY.... enough with these stupid polls

    October 17, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    still don't care for your polls. People please get out and vote for Obama/Biden, so we can wrap this puppy up.

    The repugs will lie, cheat and steal anything they want if we allow them to do it. We must not allow this to happen this time or any other time in the future.

    October 17, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  24. virginia casey

    I listened to cnn say that no one said kill him~ look back into your archives and you will see that when palin (i won`t dignify her by calling her governer) held the rally in pennsylvania I listened and HEARD someone in the audience say kill him.. please look back and correct your statement!!!!!!!! this rally totally turned me off palin and I am a woman and a republican.

    October 17, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. Foreign observer

    So typical for American polls. Until the election day it will be a poll tie and afterwards one candidate will win by a high margin. So much about polls.

    October 17, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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