October 17th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
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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.

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  1. Poetic

    We all knew it was going to be a tight race.. Obama will win by 1 or 2 points.. but who cares.. as long as he WINS!!

    October 17, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. AJ

    They both make me want to vomit. When will we ever elect someone with character who is actually thinking of the welfare of the nation instead of their own self aggrandizement?

    October 17, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Jaye

    The McCain attacks are paying off for him. It's a sad situation when people become animals and believe outright lies and false innuendo against another American. The past 8 years have turned people into hate mongering fiends that have lost their sense of decency.
    McCain and Palin should be ashamed of the hate they're spreading, and the media should be more ashamed for playing their hatefilled lies and untruths.

    October 17, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Dallas, TX

    John McCain and Sarah Palin will get my VOTE because I am voting for experience and a man/woman who've devoted their time to pushing the envelope.

    Obama while educated is an unknown; what we do know about him is sketchy at best, his record is very liberal when he's taken the time to actually vote. Since his time in Chicago, he's developed and burned bridges with some of the country's most interesting to say the least characters. I think this questions an examination of his character and judgement.

    At the end of the day, I want a proven hero to be leading the best country in the world, America! John McCain is that man, he's ready to be president.

    McCain/Palin '08!!

    October 17, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Amy For America

    I dont think two points indicates much. And obviously, there are many Obama supporters out there, who polled, will decline to say their vote is for Obama simply because they don't want their fellow supporters to stay home come Nov 4th, and take for granted that they don't need to vote!
    I am happy to hear this news and I hope it's going to send a strong signal to Obama supporters, that if they want to send Obama at the White House, they need to double their impact and DONATE to his campaign!

    October 17, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. New Day

    these things fluctuate all the time. Its impossible to ask 1000 something and, by those responses, figure out what 120,000,000 are going to do. Stick with the state polls because that gives u a much better representation.

    October 17, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  7. Tradition

    It's American destiny, president Barrack Hussein Obama, in the tradition of our founding-fathers such as George Washington, John Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln. Joe Biden is cocky, and I miss Hillary Clinton, and regret Democrats did not vote for her during the primary season.

    October 17, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  8. Mike

    Polls basically stink. Like our economy that the Republicans have trashed with eight years of De Regulation by Bush and strongly supported by McBush.

    October 17, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. tommy jonq

    baloney. only cnn seems to think mccain has a snowball's chance in hell. i'm sorry if the next two weeks won't provide the news with any real drama, but pretending that mccain is catching up is just mendacious.

    October 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |

    McCLOWN will go down in History as the GOP Presidential candidete who SOLD his MAVERICK SOUL in order to appease the most conservative Republican voters and, by doing so, he MORFED from a maverick McCain into a (Mc)CLOWN

    October 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  11. Jim

    here comes the expected narrowing of the polls to keep ratings up after the debates. Seriously, by most accounts people thought Obama won the debate, was more likable, more presidential, yadda yadda yadda. And I don't care if there were more Democrats in the polls, it wasn't enough to skew things to the point it is being driven by the Dems. Yet, he's dropping in the polls. What's the matter media? Afraid we are going to stop watching your programming for the next two and a half weeks?

    October 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  12. LadyinATL

    Obama supporters remember...............THE RACE ISN'T OVER YET!!!! THE FINISH LINE IS NOVEMBER 4TH!

    October 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  13. Another Republican voting for Obama!

    Polls mean nothing to me anymore! I believe that America will use good judgement and make the responsible choice no matter what party they belong to.

    October 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. the Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Carl said it best, " I dont' care if you are a liberal or conservative.

    ACORN is dirty and about 90% of us already know this. They are willing to destroy democracy just so the person that they want to win gets extra votes. We all have skeletons in our closet, and Obama has done many things for ACORN.

    Why would real Americans let ACORN and money buy the White House. We need to send a message to Obama that the White House is not for sale. Not today and not tomorrow. Obama, I don't care how much money you have and spend and lie about McCain. It won't work.

    No it will not work. Not this time and not ever. Obama, I've news for you America is not for sale.

    October 17, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. George Bush

    McCain Can't Catch up in 3 weeks and Obama will win

    October 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  16. Sarah Moves The Needle

    That's right because Sarah Palin is moving the needle.

    Remember she outdrew Obama in the TV debates by 10 million people.

    She outdrew Biden 2:1 in Biden's hometown of Scranton.

    She drew 60,000 to her rally in Orlando and 25,000 in Virginia last week.

    She'll provide the highest Nielsen ratings ever for SNL when she appears this Sat. night–

    Sarah Palin 2012 & 2016

    October 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Va4Obama

    I don't believe there are undecided voters right now.....

    It's funny how the race tightens the day after Obama tells supporters to not get cocky or take the lead for granted...He's psychic too!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  18. Brooke

    This election is going to be a lot closer than people think. And, for those like Candice from TN who said "this country deserves every bad thing that happens to it if we elect McCain" I doubt you'll be getting on an aeroplane and flying to the Sudan, Iran or Moldova if he wins. How about this? How about, whoever wins, we support them and try to make them succeed over the next 4 years? Novel idea. I'm not sure the Obamabots could do that if McCain wins... there would no doubt be a rush on Kool-Aid.

    October 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. emtp JB

    What a bunch of HOOOOOEY! Since people will lose interest in watching the news for the latest poll B.S., we now have to hear that Obama's lead is not as large! Polls are inherently incorrect so why listen to them at all. All they do is serve up drama, not reality!

    October 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  20. Obama all the way....

    Enough already with the polls!

    Poll this, poll that- I have never been polled and these things are NOT accurate.

    ThHe only poll that counts in Nov 4th and I for one am ready for this whole thing to be over already!!!

    I have had enough of this whole campaign season- I want to vote now!!


    October 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  21. Jaye

    It's now become obvious to many that the Acorn mess and the Plumber guy is all a carefully staged political ploy from the McCain camp. Just you wait....this plumber guy will not only receive a big check to pay off his liens, he will also join McCain and Palin.
    And the Acorn mess is setting the stage for voter fraud in case Obama wins the election.
    Wait and see I'm right.

    October 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  22. Foreign observer

    It looks like people react towards stupid robot calls. Shocking !

    October 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. Michigan Voter

    Polls are meaningless, they reflect only the feelings within a very small group.

    A McCain win is still quite possible.

    October 17, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. jabgar00

    its over for McCain trust Nov4 will reveal everything. He's behind in too many swing states. Plummer Joe doesn't even have a lisc to do plumming. He's just a guy that was trying to put Obama on the spot. He knew all along he was voting for McLame

    October 17, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. Don - Aurora

    The Obama Camp needs to stay focused on getting people to the polls on Election day or all the hard effort to win this election will have been wasted. McCain's people are going to hope we think we have this in the bag and just give up. It is not over until the last vote has been counted. Go Barack Obama!

    October 17, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
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