September 13th, 2008
09:16 AM ET
6 years ago

CNN poll of polls: McCain holds one point lead over Obama

Sen. Obama trails Sen. McCain by one points in Saturday's CNN poll of polls.
Sen. Obama trails Sen. McCain by one points in Saturday's CNN poll of polls.

(CNN) - Saturday’s CNN national Poll of Polls - which includes the new Newsweek survey - shows McCain leading Obama by one point (46 to 45 percent). Friday’s Poll of Polls showed McCain leading Obama by two points (46 to 44 percent).

The national general election "Poll of Polls" consists of four surveys: Newsweek (September 10-11), Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (September 8-9), Gallup (September 9-11), and Diageo/Hotline (September 9-11). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

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  1. Missy

    Bill OReilly quote::
    Bill OReilly quote::
    I learned something about Obama.: that he's a sincere man and a tough guy. His policy is what he says it is. He's no phony. He's telling you: I'm going to set up a big government apparatus, I'm going to redistribute income and I'm going to use more soft power than hard power abroad. What he says is what he believes
    Hands off . Go Obama.
    .

    September 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Uche

    Polls go up and down everyday but it is the electoral votes that count! As an Obama supporter, I am not worried at all. The democrats have learned from what happened to Gore and Kerry in elections of the past and are firing back ferociously at the mccain campaign- a campaigned that has been marked by unrelenting lies, deceit and irresponsibilty.
    Obama08

    September 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. rae

    it's so depressing , it makes me sick to think mccain is actually ahead. obama supporters, why is this happening????????????because he made a brillant move by choosing this woman that most men think is "hot" and too many women who really do not bother to do their homework. unfortunately, i think he's going to get away with it. God help us all.

    September 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Alexander

    It is obvious that Obama is down in the polls, but I think it is a good sign toward victory. He will have to prove that he is strong and can tough for bringing down the Clintons, the Bushes and the Carl Rove’s political machine!
    We know that McCain is not the same as Bush, but what we know is that the McCain’s policies are the same as those of Bush.
    Saying that McCain is right on the war is saying that he knows how to waste our tax money in a stupid war.
    "See you have the best wine at your left (democratic) hand you have poison on your right (republican) – choose which you will."

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. bayarea

    No matter what obama will win!
    Obama08

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Gabby

    Who are these people they're polling? I'm tired of this, let's get to Nov 4 already and see who America really wants.

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Observer

    Yes, and the numbers will jockey back and forth for the foreseeable future. People haven't really focused on the issues yet–they're still focused on personalities. Once they focus on issues the numbers will part a bit more.

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Nick

    This is a temporary bump for McCain/Palin. As voters get to see Palins extreme views on issues @God, and War,even the Hockey moms will be driven away.

    September 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. E.E engineer

    Since Mc Cain went in the lead I withdrew all my money from the stock market and ridirect my 401K into money market fund. You know why right. Let me tell you something during the 8y BABA I made $200000 in the stcok market lost half durring the bush administration.
    I thank god that I was smart enough to pay off my house. My youger brother who finish school in 2002 is just working and paying bills no investements at all.

    Guess who do you think my family going to vote for?

    September 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Dedrie

    Did you notice that McCain coughs every time before he lies?

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Alexander

    It is obvious that Obama is down in the polls, but I think it is a good sign toward victory. He will have to prove that he is strong and can be tough for bringing down the Clintons, the Bushes and the Carl Rove’s political machine!
    We know that McCain is not the same as Bush, but what we also know that the McCain’s policies are the same as those of Bush.
    Saying that McCain is right on the war is saying that he knows how to waste our tax money in a stupid war.
    See you have the best wine at your left (democratic) hand you have poison on your right (republican) – choose which you will.

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Colin Mupombwa

    We will win the election come November! OBAMA 08.

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Joshua

    I constantly get on to post on these poll of polls. My comments, however, never get posted. Maybe it is because every time I try to point out any flaw in CNN's logic they get mad. Maybe it is because it doesn't take a genius to realize that "polls" don't mean anything and that a group of one thousand people or even then thousand people does not at represent the actual view of the entire population. I use the analogy of a bag of marbles. One thousand marbles. One hundred blue Nine hundred white. Now you draw one hundred marbles and you draw seventy five blue and twenty five white. That is not an accurate representation of the facts. Now it becomes even more complicated when you throw in the fact that if you poll one hundred people from Washington D.C. and one hundred people from texas you are going to end up with two totally different polls but if you average them together there is no margin of error? Sorry CNN you are wrong. Not just this poll but even the ones with Obama in the lead. You just have no idea...

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Elizabeth

    If McCain wins, I don't know what the believe anymore. I will have lost all faith in the morals of my country.

    September 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Belle2

    bbb

    September 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Ezi

    I think that this is the time for America to change the course of its history for Good. We need not to worry about the big propaganda generated by Sarah Palin but focus on how american people will come together to restore the economic and the country supremacy in the world. Yes we need to defend this country against any type of evil. But what we don't have to do is to play the tough policeman of the world.
    Eight years of negativity is enough. It will be a big mistake to let this country to republicans. People voted for President Bush and his party in 2004 hoping that they were going to finish the war they have started;they failed to do so and now the country is in bad situation.
    This election need to be about issues not about personality.
    Let put America on the right track.
    We can do it.

    September 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. debessai

    It is disturbing to see how the polls has been of mark by a big margin and often.
    How can we believe the polls when they were all worng all throughout the primaries,
    I think there is a undercurrent bias.
    Up by 9 in one poll and down by 10 in onther poll. Sounds familiar?
    Stop polling and report the standing of the candidates on issues...

    Shame to all the pollers.

    September 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. jimmy

    AMERICANS AND THE VOTERS IN THIS YEARS ELECTION ARE NOT SO BLIND THAT THEY FAIL TO NOTICE THE RELENTLESS ATTACKS ON GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN EVER SINCE BECAME
    THE VP NOMINEE TO SENATOR MCCAIN.
    1. FIRST THE ATTACKS (INCLUDING THE PERSONAL ON SARAH
    2. THE ATTACKS ON HER DEVELOPMENTAL DEFECTS OF HER NEW BABY
    3. THE ATTACKS ON HER 17 YEAR OLD PREGNANT TEEN.
    4. .NOW THE ATTACKS ON HER HUSBAND TODD PALIN.
    5. WE ARE JUST WAITING TO SEE IF THEY WILL ATTACK HER IRAQ BOUND SON TRACK PALIN.
    6. THE DEMS SENT TEAMS (30 OR MORE PEOPLE) TO ALASKA
    TO DIG UP ALL THEY CAN ON GOVERNOR PALIN . THEY ARE PUSHING THE PROBE ON THE FIRING OF A TROOPER WHO ADMITTED ON CAMERA OF AT LEAST THREE CAUSES FOR HIS DISMISSAL FROM THE STATE POLIC FORCE.

    September 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Michael

    CNN polls?
    You're clearly biased and you manipulate the results.
    So this must McCain is up at least 10.

    September 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. akay

    Ok, What points does McCain hold aginst his Party after he voted 90% times with his party and Bush? Can anybody guess that.?

    Akay International

    September 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Ezi

    I think that this is the time for America to change the course of its history for Good. We need not to worry about the big propaganda generated by Sarah Palin but focus on how american people will come together to restore the economic and the country supremacy in the world. Yes we need to defend this country against any type of evil.
    Eight years of negativity is enough. It will be a big mistake to let this country to republicans.

    September 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Rachel Reeves

    It just goes to show how stupid Americans are!!. After 8 years of George W Bush & his folly war in Iraq costing our country 10 billion per month & thousands of lives both American and Iraqi, people are actually considering another Republican Govt.

    Do they really think anything will actually change???

    I honestly believe that Barrack Obama will surprise us at the polls and we will welcome in a new era of political ethics and reform. Obama will give America back the respect of the rest of the world. He will implement changes to our ailing health system and he will get us out of this " war for oil" in Iraq. Obama will actually do something about Global Warming, by lowing green house gases- which is the greatest threat to our entire planet.

    September 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Tony in Michigan

    Maybe Mcains peeked?Who knows next week it'll be different.People need too look at the issues,I can't believe the Rest of the world is watching ALL this with the Negative adds and say YEA we want too be just like Them!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. AP

    Good. Palin/GOP convention bounce is leveling out.

    September 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Bobby

    This poll is so stupid....Poll of poll???? Give me a break....No matter who is ahead it doesn't matter...what matters is the state polls...

    September 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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