October 26th, 2008
12:21 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll of Polls: Stark news for McCain in battleground states

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(CNN)— With nine days left, a series of new battleground polls have some stark news for Sen. John McCain.

Georgia is shaping up to be a battleground state this election cycle, according to CNN's first poll of polls in the southern state.

The average of three surveys shows Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Obama by 6 points, 50 percent to 44 percent.

"McCain's six-point lead in Georgia is an extremely thin silver lining on an increasingly dark cloud for the GOP," said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. "Bush carried Georgia by 17 points four years ago. The Democratic upswing in Georgia mirrors the trend in most other states across the country. It is extremely hard to see McCain coming close to 270 electoral votes on Election Night if the current poll numbers - both on the national and state level - hold for the next nine days."

The Georgia poll of polls consists of three surveys: NBC/Mason-Dixon poll conducted October 22 and 23, a Research 2000 poll conducted October 14 and 15, and a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted October 11 through 14.

Other new battleground state poll of polls show the same trend.

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CNN's latest Iowa poll of polls shows Obama leading McCain by 13 points, 52 percent to 39 percent, which is a six-point increase for the Illinois senator since the last Iowa poll of polls released in late September.

In Missouri, the latest CNN poll of polls shows the two presidential nominees locked in a dead heat, 46 percent to 46 percent, for the state's 11 electoral votes.

CNN's Missouri poll of polls consists of three surveys: NBC/Mason-Dixon poll conducted October 22 to 23, Research 2000 poll conducted October 20 through 23, and a Suffolk University poll conducted October 17 through 19.

Finally, the latest New Hampshire poll of polls has Obama ahead by 10 points 52 percent to 42 percent. That is a two-point increase for the Democratic nominee since the last New Hampshire poll of polls released just last week.

There is no sampling error for any of the CNN poll of polls.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. tobasco

    Maybe Georgia is going to be the new Florida. Especially since they have already started purging people off the voter roles eventhough they are U.S. citizens.

    October 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Savannah Girl


    Obama / Biden 08-12

    October 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Marie

    Why was McCain avOIding the question on social security on The Wolf Blitzer Show today.He is lying to the american people and especially our seniors.I'm sick of this maverick sideshow of his and want for him to be honest with the american people.I'm a democrat and voted for Bush his first term and I would never vote for a republican again.We need a change in this country and I beleive Obama will deliver.Whether you like him or not he has much more to offer on his change than McCain does.Obama can do it I know he can.He have held a lead far longer than any candidate I have seen in a presidential race.How much more of the last eight can we take and no matter how much McCain try to distance hisself from Bush to the he never denied he voted on his polices 90% of the time.And those of you who are saying that Obama is wrong for spreading the wealth well guess what in 2005 Mccain wanted the same he was showed a video this morning on Meet The Press on two different occasions saying that we have to spread the wealth but now he flip flops and says there was a time difference in our country so did that make him a socialist then?.Come on those of you that are undecided look what McCain is doing.He will continue on the path of Bush there is no doudt in my mind.Obama really cares about the misfortunate as he saw when he was a community organizer which was to help the less advantage.Wake up and give Obama the chance or vote McCain with the uncertainly that he will not be another GEORGE BUSH Oh and HP how can Mccain be leading Obama in 3 polls when Mccain is losing states that he should have locked up?Are you on drugs

    October 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Let it go..........

    Man, I tell you...if "tired of fraud" is looking to Fox for his information, he's REALLY screwed up!!! They are so blantently FULL of lies and not reporting what the truth is. Go to Fox and stay there. The people with a good IQ will discuss the REAL world here...

    October 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. AEH

    Everything on the left is one-sided in this campaign. Obama's have no trouble at all–each time McCain explains that he wants to lower taxes on corporations here (highest in the world) to encourage businesses to stay here–with Obama distorting that entirely into claims on ads that John McCain wants to lower taxes on "big oil" so they can make more excess profits, or telling everybody in speeches, "these companies haven't exported enough jobs...now John McCain wants to lower their taxes further so they can export more of your jobs..." Don't you people detect that double-talk and object to it? Or is it all just slogans with you and lies on one side?

    Wake up and use your analytical powers for a little scrutiny of your own side, instead of constantly picturing all the fault on one side! I know you can't be comfortable being that intellectually lazy!!!

    October 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Ex-Republican For Obama

    Jimmy, I commend you and your faith. In no way will I mock what ever your reasons are for accepting our next president.

    I do hope that if/when Obama wins, you will still believe it was Gods choice for him to be president. It would be sad to think you would suddenly change your belief in the power of Gods hand when Nov 5th arrives.

    Americans, regardless of the outcome....when the tally is done, we must unite behind our next president. So while I will not vote for McCain, should he be elected I will call him my President. We all must be willing to stand united once again on Nov 5th. Until then, let the dog fight, for the better, continue!

    October 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Jay

    Lets vote Obama so McCain can go to sleep and Palin back to nowhere.

    October 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Robert

    I am totally amazed that the Obama supporters want higher taxes and larger government, anti-gun, and let the babys die mentality that Obama will bring to the White House if elected. Someone claimed he had a backbone of steel – well, in my day all that means is that they are one cold SOB! Well, let you all be careful about wanting those higher taxes.....as he taxes people will be loosing jobs...and as the jobs go....more will loose their houses!!!!!!! If you cannot figure out that his increased spending = higher taxes....you are just what Obama ordered – a follower and nothing more.

    An Obama/Pelosi/Reid Administration will cripple America economically and in the world. Look at what the Dems have done in the last two years and the popularity rating of the Senate as we speak. If Obama becomes President the stock market will surely loose 1000 points because no one – NO ONE – wants to pay 50% tax on capital gains. NO ONE! And they will just tell you all not to worry – it will get better someday.

    October 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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