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. Stephy

    The key to all these polls is they are only contacting "likely voters" they are contacting any of the millions of newly registered voters. the voters of the new era that live by there cell phones and computers. these are the voters that will make the difference, and they see the true leader in this race. So put that in your poll and smoke it.

    September 13, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Williams

    Obama has sunk to a new low with his newest ad. Not only is he ageist, which is as bad as being sexist or racist but he also is making fun of someone because of their disability. When McCain was a prisoner of war his arms were broken which makes it to painful for him to do things such as type on a computer keyboard.

    When McCain is president I doubt he will have time to send emails or text messages. I think he will be concerned with more important things.

    September 13, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Random Canadian

    Good to know that Americans don't pay attention to issues. The hypocrisy and outright lying shown by the republicans seems to be working in their favor. Re-electing a party responsible for several disasters both economically and on a global front could only happen in the States.

    I just really wish Americans would start caring about the rest of the world and the impact of a third Bush term. A lot of experience in being wrong is worse than a little bit of experience being right in my opinion.

    September 13, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Mike Texas

    Everyone wake up, we are being dooped by the McCain-Rove crew, and they have convinced the voters and the media that Palin is qualified to be VP. Think about it, do you really believe in your heart that Palin could run our country if McCain become president and something happen to him.

    I am amazed how so many people can be fooled by non-sense and lies. McCain throws out very negative ads full of lies and the media don’t call him out on it. When he is asked, he says well I asked Obama to go out on town home meeting with me.

    Palin repeats herself over and over with her stumped speech that is also full of lies.

    Wake up people, because if we continue to fall into this trap the McCain-Rove crews are spewing, then we better get ready for another 4 years of McCain/Bush economics, two wars, gas/energy, and the biggest debt in our history.

    WAKE UP AMERICA; don’t let the FOX NEW and all the Rightwing Nuts still this election like they did for the last 8 years.

    September 13, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Mike from UT

    I've lost hope on the poll of polls, and have placed my faith in the Electoral College. I wonder if the youth who are planning to vote Obama are truly being taken into account. Myself, a 21 year old, have never contributed to these polls, nor have I ever been contacted via telephone to contribute. I have confidence in my belief that most of the other young voters this time around are in the same situation. Republicans are riled up and getting feisty. It is not without merit to say that more Republicans probably feel compelled to show their support so close to the convention and announcement of Palin. McCain was boring. He was the presumptive nominee FOREVER, and Republicans were adamant in proclaiming their lack of enthusiasm for their candidate before the convention. Obama supporters have had (mostly) unwavering support since the primaries. I think these polls will be irrelevant come November 4th.

    Obama / Biden '08!

    September 13, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Don from California

    Well, that's good. I'm just afraid of what the Rasmussen tracking will say today. It jumped 3 points for McCain yesterday, which means that today will probably be worse.

    September 13, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. NotThisTime

    It doesn't surprise me after the Palin interview I believe most Americans can see clearly now that a McCain/Palin ticket is just more of the same. Frankly McCain and Palin together scare the hell out of me. McCain will continue to slide now that Palin has been exposed.

    September 13, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. lies

    Of course they show that because recently most of the major polling companies have started polling a majority of republicans and people leaning towards mccain instead of making it even

    September 13, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Iowa

    Worthless polls...they have been shown in a statistical tie since they started polling the two.

    These polls are missing some of the largest followers for Obama – college students and young voters (non-students). If they are included, I think Obama has an easy 7-10% lead nationwide.

    And, if you see the current electoral predictions, Obama is leading by a substantial margin.

    I predict a pretty comfortable win for Obama in this election...nothing is going to stop it. Nothing. Period.

    McCain campaign can try all the rove style dirty politics that worked for Bush in 2000 and 2004. But, Obama is better prepared to attack back than Gore or Kerry were. Republicans plan to control the white house by playing with the emotions of the American people and insert smears about Obama in to their mind, and not talk about the issues at all.

    Lastly, what is up with Palin? Do you really think she is ready to take office if something happens to McCain? If so, think again all you independents. McCain/Palin is NOT who we need after this atrocious Bush/Cheney era. I have nothing against her, but whenever she talks, I get irritated. She sounds very arrogant and its obvious to see that if someone doesn't agree with her, that person goes in to her 'bad' books. We cannot have such personality traits in an American president.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 13, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. obaid bactazh

    let the dust settle. Obama will go up onece and for all.

    September 13, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Democrat in LA

    The Palin bounce is finally waning– all it took was one week and one interview. McCain's desperate tactics can't fool the American people. God bless America.

    September 13, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. David

    American People are kidding me.
    How can people being tied of the last 8 years, still wanting to vote McCain. He has aggree with Bush for 91% of the times more than every other senate.
    It seems to me there is element of RACISM in the play here??

    I may be wrong, but why can someone choose a party that has brought missery to his life??

    September 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. William Davis

    OBAMA should launch an effective Campaign Ad, sighting Sen, John MCcain in Ohio telling amricans at a closed Auto Plant that their jobs are gone and are not coming back.

    September 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. brian

    Ooooh six months of Obama leading by high single digits and now when they're statistically tied it's trouble for Obama!! Hah.

    September 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. pastjob

    Nice CNN, I guess you are on Mcshame's side now, everyone knows CNN is more left than right but now we can see that you you are jumping ship and leaning on Mcshame's side. u r reporting more on Mcshame than you are on Obama. Shame on all of of u on CNN. U R the reason for the polls are switching because of the heavy coverage that u provide that bridge to nowhere mom, of course all of that is untrue now so u all are pretty upset that u might have to report that. another 4 years of the same is fine with CNN. HOW CAN A 72 YEAR OLD MAN CHANGE THINGS. A VICE PRESIDENT DOES NOT DO SQUAT! THEY MAKE NO CHANGES, ONLY TH E PRESIDENT MAKES CHANGES NOT A VICE PRESIDENT. ALL THE VICE DOES IS GO TO FUNERALS!!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Joe4Obama

    It's amazing this election is as close as it is, despite the horrendous Bush administration and the views Senator McCain has.

    September 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Sherry for Obama

    McCain is as phony as a three dollar bill.........Anyone who cant see that is lacking some brain cells

    Would people really want this old has been to be president?

    September 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. McCain/Palin The Copy-Cats

    Looks like the HOT AIR is starting to seep out of that inflated balloon of the republican party.

    September 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Tasleem

    If McCain gets elected President, corruption, criminality, stupidity and indecency, no longer belongs to the Bush Government but to the American culture and its people. I will weep for our children.

    September 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. leigh

    Looks like the Palin bounce is losing it's spring and so soon, too.

    September 13, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Lynn Oliver

    We LOVE Sarah!! She gets our vote!!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. PC

    From here to election day, the GOP base will be energized for McCain. If it's determined Gov. Palin inapprproriately used her influence in Troopergate, it might make a dent in her support, but propably won't affect how most people vote. Obama still has the chance to eke out a close win, but the election is no longer his to win or lose.

    September 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Sherry, Atlanta

    MCCAIN SHOWED HIS "OUTRAGE TEMPER" ON THE VIEW THIS WEEK!

    AND PALIN'S INTERVIEW, SHE IS CLUELESS!

    WHAT MORE PROOF, DOES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED?

    IS AMERICA TRULY THIS DUMB?

    September 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. This is NOT American Idol!!

    I'm a Canadian watching with absolute horror at the way these American elections are going. I am astonished and dismayed that so many Americans are even remotely considering voting in such a ticket as McCain – Palin. It is even more ludicrous and frightening coming on the heels of one of the most reviled administrations in history.
    To even seriously consider allowing such an unqualified running mate as Sarah Palin, with her extremist views and razor thin resume, has led me and most others around the globe to seriously question McCain's judgement and ability.
    I was reading the other day on the Cuban Missile crisis and the careful, thoughtful and measured ways JFK and his advisers deliberated on their responses to Russia, and wondered which potential Presidential ticket would be capable of defusing such a situation today and which would possible have propelled the country into the unthinkable, possible nuclear war. The only team I can see acting as Kennedy's team did is Obama-Biden. The other two are not capable of the wisdom and clear judgement required to make decisions affecting not only their own countries security but consequently that of the rest of the world.

    September 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. David

    Paper or Plastic? Neither. Vote Nader!

    September 13, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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