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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    October 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Liyakat Ali

    I think negative campaigning by McCain /Palin is working. But by the grace of God (insha Allah) Obama will prevail.Good will always win and triumph over evil. God has great plans for this country-and for that Obama has to win. L Ali (Muslim Americans for Obama)

    October 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Chuck

    Gore and Kerry had a bigger lead then this and we know how that turned out. I'm a Democrat that will never vote for a man who really cant tell me what he is going to do if he becomes POTUS. Obama is not ready for the 3 letter word JOBS. LOL

    October 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. jim

    What scares me is when McBrain dies the pig takes over...My Gad!!!

    October 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Alex

    Go Obama!

    October 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. rys

    on nov 4th, make sure that there is nothing to keep you from going out to your poll and casting your vote. do not accept any excuses from your family members and friends either (eespecially our young & 1st time voters). this is propbaby the most important election in our lifetime. remember the past 2 elections? we don't want a repeat. it's time for america to change in a new direction...the whole world knows this...and the whole world is watching!!!

    obama/biden 08

    October 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. cindy

    Why is it when he is up 10 points the polls are the greatest things ever but the minute he drops a point or two, it's the GOP machine kicking in. Why don't you all worry about the voter registration fraud that is rampantly going on rather than a poll that is easily manipulated by either party

    October 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. BJ in NC

    Gallup gives it Obama 49 to Mcccain 47 and the national is 49 Obama and 42 McCain. The poll I am looking forward to is the one that says unamously OBAMA WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Al, NY NY

    For all the brain-dead JM/Fido supporters... I thought polls don't matter? All they've been saying when past polls were provided is "Doesn't matter, only Nov 4th matters" Now that their geriatric guy and vacuous dolt are getting closer, they're all a-quiver with excitement. Make up your minds!! Of course fat oxycotin boy and shamitty will play this up for everyone too and the good little lemmings will eat it up....truly sad

    October 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Trish

    poetic... exactly!! Who cares how much he wins by... as long as it's a clear victory and we keep McFalin out of the White House!! Obama 08!

    October 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. undecided


    And these polls were taken BEFORE the debates.

    I wonder what they read today??????

    October 17, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. grandma14

    as a grandma of 14 in very diverse family, I am appalled at the behavior of the Rep campaign. How can I continue to encourage my family to treat people like I would want to be treated? Perhaps the most difficult thing to overcome with them is the concept that Reps. purport to be Christian, caring people. Yet the behavior is all too often the direct opposite. Rather it seems to endorse the pious, righteous attitude that all too long has pushed others away form the christian way of living.

    October 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Blue Flamingo

    Last July when gas prices were at their highest, I predicted that the gas prices would drop a few weeks before the election. The Republicans control the oil companies, and high gas prices are not favorable to them in the pols. All Obama supporters out there need to remind voters of the Bush/McCain failed policies of the last 8 years. Also, when McCain says that the last 8 years have not been good, isn't he really implying that things were much better under a Democrat, the Clinton Administration? Also, Palin is a disaster. News this week that her future son-in-law is dropping out of high school should make us all very scared.

    October 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. Enough

    Its because all the joes are voting now...Joe Plumber, Six-Pack, Stalin, of Arimathea, from the nativity, piscopo...

    October 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. Nick

    Are all you McCain voters taking into account, that if he does'nt live out his term ( which the actuary tables say it;s highly possible ), that Palin will be President. Are u really thinking this thru ?

    October 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Obama PLEASE

    COME ON PEOPLE! It has been an OBVIOUS choice every since McCain chose Palin as his running mate!!!! She is not fit to be Vice President or President!!!!!!!!!! McCain can't even choose a proper running mate, how can he make the right choices for our country???? THINK ABOUT IT!

    October 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. Whatever...Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square, you sound really idiodict by repeating the nonsense that McCain said about taxing Joe the Plumber and if he gets taxed, well so what! He apparently has enough money to buy a business while many people, hardworking people don't have to even buy the basics for their homes. Plus Joe the plumber don't even have a license to operate, he needs to take some business management 101 and learn before arguing about something he doesn't have!

    Anyone voting for McCain is just completely blind!

    October 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  18. rene

    even if john mccain win the toss up states, he still need to take a stste from ogama, NOT THIS TIME, YES WE WILL

    October 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |

    America please no more bush/mcsame lies and deceit. mcsame is just that. he voted WITH bush 90% of the time. look where that has gotten us. all the work bush is NOW trying to do is not going to fix this mess and it will just get worse. bush is the biggest liar in the world. he lied about the war, he lied about what he would do for middle america. So come on be smart, lets give someone else an opportunity to get America back on track. And to think that sarah palin could be president if anything happens to mcsame, i dont even want to think about it.


    October 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. carie

    Obama and the Dem controlled congress will throw us into a depression. Vote McCain.

    October 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. jenny

    I don't care about the margin of victory.All I know is that"It is over"for John McCain and Sarah Palin. Ditto.Finito,Adios,Good-bye.

    October 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. Cynthia Harrell

    The Slient Majority will speak volumes Nov. 4. The polls I believe are not accurate. MCCain is down by may be 3-5. People are beginning to take a second look and those sitting on the fence ,in the end, will vote MCCain.
    Call it the Truman or Bradley effect.

    October 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  23. Cody

    It always tightens up near voting day. But Obamas lead is probably insurmountable. I wish it would be a landslide but will settle for a narrow win.

    October 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  24. natasha in tally

    yes we will!!!!!!!! forget the polls people now it's up to us.

    October 17, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  25. RL

    I'm not sure why this is news. Don't most of these polls have a plus/minus 3% margin of error? In any case, yes, by all means, vote no matter what the polls say!!!

    October 17, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
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