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. Virginian

    Americans now see McCain as the second ticket, needing youth and vigor of Palin to make the crowds and energy. This scares most level headed voters. Scary too, McCain/Palin lies over and over again.

    The McCain/Palin ticket will engage us in prolonged wars, sap our domestic budget, avoid fixing our infrastructure, lower our world standing, and tragically kill innocent Americans who had no choice in saying no to war. I for one am war tired, and wish our service people to return home, and our money to stay home, in the USA, where it is created and belongs.

    September 13, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Why do Americans not take issue with Obama's attitude of superiority and his constant self-serving manner?

    His excellent European adventure for glory
    Mile High Stadium venue for additional glorification
    His messiah rhetoric.

    Clearly Obama has begun to believe his own campaign hype about his brilliance and has resorted to self-adulation.

    September 13, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. CarrieL

    All Hail to the Baracuda! Please keep her talking…

    September 13, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Bill Stapp

    I think Palin's initial indication that she is ready to go to war with Russia is a good start to her prominence in national politics. I suppose we should start thinking about whom to attack next. I think she should have attacked them when she saw them... she said she could see them from Alaska... what in the world was she waiting for?!

    The problem with liberty and justice for all is that sometimes you have to shoot people in order to get them to understand how great it is to live in the land of the free.

    We've been in Iraq too long...it's time to attack someone new. Maybe we can't afford to do it, but freedom is not free.

    So vote for Palin for president. She knows whom to attack next. Senator Obama hasn't mentioned even one other country we should attack. Go figure.

    September 13, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Honest Abe

    YEA RIGHT!!! HA-HA. YOUR POLLS ARE SUCH A JOKE! figure that – in a yr. when democrats outnumber repubs by 11 million. and outnumber them 5-1 in newly registered voters, and the republican president of the last 8 yrs.

    YEA RIGHT!

    September 13, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Marc in Arlington

    Watch all the Obamabots scream that the polls are wrong because apparently everyone who owns a cell phone will vote for Barack. Give me a break! Face it, it doesn't make much of a difference. As I recall, Hillary was barely ahead in Texas in the polls (2 or 3 pts) and look who won that primary.

    September 13, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. ben

    Women of America. McCain says life begins at conception. Let me give you an example of his logic. If A man finds a nice bucket and puts an apple seed in it with dirt and water and the seed germinates, and then his wife who uses this nice bucket as a mop bucket and pours out the dirt and seed, the man is furious because, according to him she has destroyed an apple tree! She points out the window at a grove of apple trees and says ,"this was not an apple tree, this was a seed.
    Look at the thousands of American boys killed along with the Irakie who for no fault of their own were also killed. These are human beings. They are not seeds!!!!! This loony right wing religeous right have decided they will control the lives of all young American women. It takes only 9 men to decide the way the lives of all these young women
    should be controled. McCain will apoint at least 2 supreme court justices who are stupid as he is and goodbye Roe wade.

    September 13, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Liz

    If Palin had not been added to the republican ticket as VP, we would not be seeing that her husband is being subpoened. The democrats are using their dirty tricks to try and get Palin to back down on role as VP but they are not going to win this fight. Palin is a strong woman and she, McCain and the republicans are going to stand up to the democrats and win this election in November. Your dirty Chicago style politics is not going to work this time. Obama only knows how to win by using these dirty tactics.

    Its strange how I saw a poll that showed that MCain was leading by 4 points and now CNN has come out with one that favors Obama by just being behind by 1 point. I think CNN is making up their numbers so that its looks better for Obama. He is now on the losing end and he had better get used to that.

    September 13, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. anne, toronto

    Come on Obama!!!! Make it happen. Forget about Palin, she is the flavour of the week, after all of this nonsense fades out, people will start focusing on the top of the ticket and the real issues.

    Go back to your original strategy of showing the American people that you are a great leader, that you have what it takes to CHANGE America!!! This whole McCain-Palin ticket is so transparent!!! It was a game changer and shook things up, but the reality is if they are elected in November, America will be doomed!!!

    Canadians for Obama!!!

    September 13, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. BJGT

    And I remain very confident that Senator Obama is going to win. The Obama team defeated the most powerful and popular Democratic brand in America. His campaign is the most disciplined we've seen in decades. Obama has vision, intelligence, charisma, and diplomacy – a complete severance from the McBush.

    September 13, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Palin has more experience than Obama

    So all you Obama backers do not have to I will give your top two excuses:

    1. Poll mean nothing (unless Obama is ahead.)

    2. They are not calling cell phone (if they did Obama would be head by 100,000 points and then polls would mean sonething.)

    I do not think poll mean much but is it funny how so many Obama backers prasied them when O was up but now do not think poll mean much. LOL

    September 13, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. S. Boatman

    Im Not Really Going To Believe The Poll Of Polls Until I Actually Get To Participate In One Of Them!

    September 13, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. mike

    Let's hope that America wakes up to the fact that McCain has resorted to the complete Bush/Rove style smear and lie attack, and rejects it. Finally the media is calling McCain on the various hideous lies and distortions that his campaign has put out. His reputation as a straight talking man of honor is a sham. The polls will hopefully follow suit.
    Sarah Palin, as exposed through her recent interviews, does not inspire confidence either. She was reaching for answers on many important domestic and international issues and I thought it frightening to think she could one day be second in line. The debates will expose the republicans for their lack of a true plan to help this country, and the polls will come around.

    September 13, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Selected by hate and division and race card

    Unfortunately- since Obama and the DNC swiftboated their party's BEST candidate out of the race- with their obsessive anti-Hillary hate, and their vitriolic vulgar insults- Americans now have choose between two evils.

    The DNC better take note and stay out of the business of fixing primaries for their chosen candidate in the future.

    Such interference with the democratic process does not UNITE- it divides.

    September 13, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Monica, Texas

    Looks like the post convention bounce it slipping away.....

    September 13, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. White Mother for Obama!!

    LOL, Look who is leading who in the picture... That is worth more than 1000 words or POLLS!

    September 13, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Sandra

    Mc Cain says that he is running a Straight Talk campaign but still runs TV ads that are full of half truthsif not out and out lies.He chose a running mate that is just like himself..Please ask yourselves before you vote in Nov....Is your country better off today or was it better off 8 years ago?Clinton did not leave us in this mess it was Bush and 6 years of a Republican Congress.Don't be fooled again with the promise sof a 72 years old man who has had decades in the Senate to change things and hasn't.He may have voted against his party before 2004 but with the promise of the nomination in 2008 has voted with Bush and look where that has gotten us.

    September 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. ben

    Falwell that great religious Hypocrit said on Lary King live" WE have to kill them over there before they kill us over here. Can you imagine Jesus saying such a thing? He was dead set against stem cell research,becaus acording to him, That would be destrying human life!

    September 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Regan Democrat

    If times were different I could vote for Obama, I'm leaning towards McCain, because of the global situation. I believe as any school kid knows that if your not willing to fight back a bullie will close in for the kill. I don't see that with Obama. As far as McCain he needs to put a leash i.e. limits on Palins person views and her ablility to engage in them as a VP.
    My real choice was and is Hillary, she has depth of knowledge in all the facits of the office of the Presidency and I would feel comfortable with her there. So it will most likely be a Republican President and a Democratic Congress check and checkmate they will have to work together for WE the PEOPLE

    2012 Hillary ;-)

    September 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Ramesh fron Canada

    Is it me or anyone else noticed that Mcain is travelling with Cindy at all his political rallys. I guess he needs her to make sure He takes medication on time and don't loose his temper.

    September 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Way to go Amerika

    Where does Hillary stand in the polls?

    She is better than all four candidates put together.

    What a sad day for the Nation when we allowed the media, the Obama campaign and the celebrity bandwagon to roll over our democratic right to vote.

    This travesty of justice and the irreparable harm to our country because of it will go down in the history books.

    Amerika fell for the cute, charismatic, smooth-talking, underhanded dictator.

    September 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Jersey Todd

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

    Kind of overconfident sounding, don't you think?

    September 13, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Kate

    I find it interesting that Biden made over 300K last year, and only donated $300 or so dollars to charity. For all the talk of service and community and charity on September 11, I think the Obama campaign seems hypocritical on this one.

    September 13, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. barry c

    for those political junkies...check out the new electoral college map at realclearpolitics....Obama team is on its heals and McCain is charging forward with Palin at his side.....signed a former PUMA...
    Palosi, Dean. Kennedy turned there backs on Hillary not once but twice by not making her his nominee. Now they will have to wait until 2012 and need Hillary to get the Republicans out of office.....

    September 13, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. former Hillary support for Palin

    I live in Florida, it is going McCain/Palin, VA is going M/P, NV is going M/P, IND is going M/P, OH is going M/P. Now we only need the close 1 and 2 point polls in MI, PA, 3 point for M/P in NM to increase and it is a landslide for MCain/Palin all because Obama did not pick Hillary.

    September 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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