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. paul oregon

    if people are dumb enough to believe anything the repub. say . and they want more taxes more war more bush lies . then they will like mcpalin. people start watching the news and pay attention to how 3rd world countries act on t.v. because this is where the us is headed

    September 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Clay

    I don't believe any of these polls. The reason they're kept so close is because it's easer to steal a close election than it is to steal a landslide. I'm sure Diebold would agree.

    September 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Tony

    The ignorance and apathy of women across America, especially white women who vote republican, is pathetic and so very sad.

    To think that women have fought to come so far and with this election, should McCain and Palin win, they will have taken a GIGANTIC leap BACKWARDS.

    For anyone who witnessed the Palin interviews, and the story done on her on ABC's 20/20 program, there should be NO DOUBT in ayone's mind, at least those that are able to think for themselves, that this woman could not be any more unprepared for either the 2nd most powerful position, and possibly the most powerful, in the country.

    America is slowly becoming like a third-world country in their thinking. People who vote strictly party, even if they believe their candidatse are not best for the country or Americans, are pathetic.

    For any women voting McCain-Palin in November, DO NOT say that you put your familes, your children or your COUNTRY FIRST. McCain and Palin have made COUNTRY FIRST no more than just words.

    September 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Undecided

    If America is reacting like I am to McCain's negative and attacking campaign, I can see why the poll numbers are starting to move back in Obama's direction.

    McCain was a victim this sort of attack campaign in 2000 and 2004, and the fact that he would so quickly participate in the exact same type of negative campaign shows me that he is just doing what he thinks will make him win.

    Unfortunately, in my eyes, all of his honor, integrity, and honesty are gone.

    He has turned into another dirty, bend the truth, constantly campaigning politician.

    I have no faith that he will be able to step out of the campaign and govern if he is elected.

    The Democrats are right, McCain is turning into the exact same type of politician as George W. Bush.

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Will Rhodes

    I've spoken to 100s of people, either they are voting Obama or not voting at all.

    How are these polls done – because so far I only know of very few who are voting for McCain.

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. NOWIMREPUBLICAN

    Its about time!

    September 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Republican Turned Democrat

    Who are they polling?

    September 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Disgusted with politics in America

    People wake up! We are better than this! Enough! We don't need another 4 yrs of bitter partisan divide, no solutions for our economy, no healthcare for our veterans when they return from this unjust war, and Americans losing their share of the American dream. This is not about skin color, but who has the better judgment to lead us into the future. Be very afraid if the Republicans win this election.

    September 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Jade

    I want to say something to the dems. How many houses does John Mccain own? What is it 6, 7, 8 now all of a sudden he owns 10 homes!!! Come on people who is telling the truth now? I think you people who are voting for Obama are lying to yourselves if you think he is going to do any better for you. He is making promises he is not going to be able to keep. He wants to give us stimulus payments one more time. How are we going to pay back the other stimulus payments? You think it's free money. Nothing in life is for free. You still have to pay even after you are dead. That is why we have life insurance. Wake up and smell the Maxwell House. Which is my favorite coffee by the way. I want to know why the government couldn't reserve oil and gas before all these hurricanes hit. Hmmmmm...... I wonder who is part of the congress it is the Dems right? They control majority of the congress and they have been since the Bush became president. You people are just mad because Mccain is finally on top and Sarah Palin actually knows what she is doing. I watched her intreview the other day and you know what? I didn't even know what the "Bush Doctrine", was so if any of you claim to know you are a bunch of cowardly liars too. You know Mccain and Palin have more experience than Biden and Obama put together. So now you guys want to attack their taxes and how much they make. I wish I made what Biden made in a year. I am a caretaker for my mother and she doesn't make nearly what he's made in a year and she is Retired Army. She should be making more than Biden and Obama put together. You people do not know unless you've been in someone elses shoes. Stop attacking the republicans. Obama played dirty on the anniversary of 911 saying he wouldn't attack mccain or palin that day. But he went ahead and did it anyway. He should ought to be ashamed of himself. When I saw them in New York at ground zero, Obama threw the flower at the memorial while Mccain and Cindy gently laid their flowers down. I don't trust anyone that doesn't have any kind of respect for the dead or their fellow Americans who lost their lives for no reason at all.

    September 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. concerned capitalist

    other than briefly working for his father-in-law immediately after marrying cindy, what private sector job did mccain ever hold?

    will mccain's experience in private sector qualify him to lead this country during these severe economic times?

    September 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Dave

    "The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error."

    I hope people realize that the reason this is the case is because they can't come up with one, not that it has no error. The "poll of polls" is about as statistically correct as an internet survey on a website. CNN, shame on you for continuing to post this. Why not post the individual poll results (along with sampling error)? Why does there have to be a clear "he's winning or she's winning"? This isn't a horse race, it's the future of our country, at least take it seriously!

    September 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Bryant

    These polls really mean absolutley nothing. It's not majority vote that wins the election for the president. If they wanted to be accurate they would have a poll for each state and based on that determine a favorite.

    September 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Ken

    Unless Obama tells Biden to step down from the VP selection and that he picks Hillary Clinton as his VP, Obama will NOT beat McCain in November.

    The American people want to have a person that has the experience to lead our country and at present McCain is the only one that can.

    McCain/Palin together have what is takes to win in November and become our next President and Vice President.

    Obama made the fatal mistake of not choosing Hillary Clinton to be his VP, so that is why Obama has created his own failure to win for the Democrats, the White House back.

    I am one of the Hillary Clinton supporters that is going to vote for McCain/Palin, to make sure that there is at least someone capable of running this country.

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. James Beverley

    Polls mean nothing. We saw in the general election of 2000 how one candidate (Al Gore) can get a half-million more votes than the other candidate (George W. Bush) and still lose the election. Polls mean nothing.

    September 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Sue in MI

    Ah, the Palin bump is subsiding already. There is hope for America!

    September 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Lloyd

    Well...well...well...46-44 McCain..I suggested on Anderson 360 3 months ago that the McCain ticket would win by 2 pts and here you go! Fact is experience & race HAVE determined this election.

    September 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Marcel

    If Sen. McCain really believe he is the agent of change that can change Washinton, why does he not start by removing all 7 to 8 of his campainge top aids with past or present links to Lobbists.

    His running mate Sarah Palin is a scandal machine as reports from Alaska now show. If McCain were a man of honor and intergrity he should have demonstrated better jugdement and spared himself the humiliation waiting to happen.

    He reminds me of formar Pres. Richard Nixon and the embarrasment of Watergate scandal. Look at all the lies. McSame id a crook and the media should say so loud and clear, now.

    September 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. GEORGE McCAIN/FAILIN' PALIN

    My faith in the American citizens is being restored, one point at a time.

    September 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. OBAMA/Biden 08

    I still think Obama wins! aBd!

    September 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. mitchell

    the fox poll should not be counted with their obvious bias for the GOP. for cnn to use fox polls, makes me question cnn's bias.

    September 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Louise

    As these polls go, people with cell phones are not polled most of those people are young people, something McCain has not connect with, and Obama

    September 13, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. No Hillary = No Obama

    Soon, the absentee ballot will be in my mailbox and one thing is for sure – NO OBAMA, NO WAY, NO HOW.

    September 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Patty

    I think obama is a disgrace to America. I see that he has his thugs in Alaska and subpoened Todd Palin and 12 aides. What does he think to accomplish? Why is he paying so much attention to the VP when he is running against McCain. He is running scared, which he should be. McCain is up in the polls, where he will stay. It's over obama so pack up and go back to chicago. Thank goodness for Sarah Palin. GO SARAH>

    September 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Ivan-new jersey

    Well i am glad McCain lost a point in the polls and i hope the american people realize that the republicans are just the best at turning elections into non-issues. Riddle me this, wasn't President Bush that like-able guy that you could have a beer with and hang out. Look where that got us. Please, i hope we don't make that same mistake. Vote for real change and not more of the same.

    OBAMA/BIDEN "08

    September 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. mccain fan 08

    Finally, the polls show what the american people want!

    September 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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