November 4th, 2008
08:52 AM ET
13 years ago

POLL UPDATE: McCain still faces significant gap nationally


It's time for the voters to weigh in. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - John McCain has made little headway in closing the gap with Barack Obama in the national polls, a new CNN average of several recent surveys shows.

With only hours remaining until most voters head to the polls, the Illinois senator holds a 7 point lead over McCain, 51-44 percent, in the latest CNN poll of polls. That gap that has been remarkably steady since the beginning of October. (In the last 30 days, Obama's largest lead in the CNN poll of polls has been 9 points; the lowest has been is 6.)

Election Center: Check out the poll of poll trends

But McCain can take comfort in (and Democrats can still worry over) the fact Al Gore faced a similar 7-point gap in polls taken immediately before the 2000 presidential election. The former vice president ultimately won the popular vote, though he narrowly lost the Electoral College to President Bush.

The most recent CNN poll of polls consists of 10 recent national surveys: CNN/ORC (October 30-November 1), Pew (October 29-November 1), CBS (October 31-November 2), Fox/Opinion Dynamics (November 1-2), NBC/Wall Street Journal (November 1-2), ABC/Washington Post (October 29-November 1), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 31-November 2), Gallup (October 31-November 2), Diageo/Hotline (October 31-November 2), and IBD/TIPP (October 29-November 1).

The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Audrey 20

    GO OBAMA!!!

    Sure glad I voted early, those lines are not going to be fun!

    If McCain wins I'm leaving the country when I graduate college...

    November 4, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. Betty

    Voted this morning at 6:10. Sorry republicans but saying "don't bother to vote" isn't going to work anymore! Obama/Biden '08!

    November 4, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  3. RW


    November 4, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  4. David

    I voted early for Obama. I couldn't wait. WE NEED CHANGE

    November 4, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  5. Leigh

    I just voted for McCain. It may not make a difference, but atleast I can say I voted for the right person. I will be able to hold my head up when this country goes down the tubes with that one in office. We have enough problems with people like Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank in office. Obama is the wrong person for the job. I am amazed how stupid people are that they are putting blinders on to all that is wrong with this man. Wake up people! Vote for the only person qualified for the job.....McCain.

    November 4, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  6. Errol in New Orleans

    Hey "Terry in NY" ... he's considered African-American because the rules of race were decided by narrow minded bigots .. like you. Long ago, fearful, hateful, white people (European Americans) decided on lovely terms like Quadroon, Octaroon, Quintroon, etc. etc. These terms were devised to ensure that even the smallest amount of "black blood" meant a person was Black ... actually it was more important to these racists that a person with any black heritage be clearly labeled "not white".

    November 4, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  7. chris Taranto

    Well hee we go again
    Willingboro N.J is 95% black
    I am a white male that lived in burlington N.j
    for 25yrs.
    Funny How the voting machines in cherry hill are not broken
    95% white
    If mc Cain wins
    That means big business (The Rich) are craping on the poor again
    and they are the ones running the counrty not the law.
    Its not about Black Or white . It's abour RICH or POOR WAKE UP USA

    November 4, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  8. Independent

    Yeah, let's just hope the (*cough*) "glitches" that cost Al Gore aren't a significant factor this time...

    November 4, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  9. Sammy

    Regardless of whom you believe is more fit to be President of the United States, get off your couch and go VOTE!

    We have hundreds of thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Marines fighting to protect your constitutionally guaranteed right to voice your choice for who shall run your country. The least you can do for those brave souls is exercise that right.


    November 4, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  10. Lanre olajuyi

    Obama is the right choice...the other guy(McCain) has a negative future ambition for world...i trust obama to deliver good intensions, world peace and create a stabilized economy for the country United State of America... GO OBAMA..."GOD's speed !!!"

    November 4, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  11. Lettuce

    I am to young to vote, and this country needs change. Please vote for everyone that is to young to change the outcomes of the polls.

    Vote for Obama 08!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  12. xcusme

    I just voted for OBAMA. Everyone must vote and vote early. We can not allow it to be stolen again.

    We American's need to show that we want change, we deserve change and that we can elect an American that does not look like what the repugs think American's look like.

    This is a statement that must be made. We all are American's.

    Besides, OBAMA is the better person for the job.

    November 4, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  13. Doug R.

    McCain deserves to be humiliated in this election. I could care less about his military service. McCain is a liar, a fraud, and a pathetic human being. He is unpatriotic and unAmerican.

    November 4, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  14. Liza

    I just voted.

    Actions Speak Louder Than Words!

    Vote Baby Vote!

    November 4, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  15. HUD

    Is crunch time.

    November 4, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
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