November 1st, 2008
05:40 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN poll of polls: Race remains tight

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama has lost a single point of his lead over Sen. John McCain in CNN’s latest national poll of polls.

Obama is ahead of McCain by six points in Saturday’s poll of polls. Fifty percent of likely voters nationally support Obama, 44 percent support McCain, and six percent are unsure about their choice for president.

In CNN’s October 31 national poll of polls, Obama had a seven-point lead over McCain – 50 percent compared to 43 percent.

CNN’s latest national general election poll of polls consists of the following six surveys: Fox/Opinion Dynamics (October 28-29), ABC/Washington Post (October 28-31), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 29-31), Gallup (October 29-31), Diageo/Hotline (October 29-31), and IBD/TIPP (October 27-31).

CNN’s national poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. Ellen in Florida

    Come on America vote for Obama/Biden if you haven't already. We need to change the way things are going. Obama will help us all. Make Tuesday night an early night for all of us.

    November 1, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Chris

    How can six percent of the voters in this country still be undecided? Are they morons, or just being coy?

    November 1, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. Chris in Phoenix

    Ich kann verstehen nicht... oh sorry – I thought the Republikanischers already replaced the stars on the flag with a swastika.

    Simply put – if McHitler and Sarah Goebbels win, I hope the next Civil War breaks out.

    November 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. Griff

    Obama Mock???? What the Hell happened to that Blog?? It is not even on the list: to my Right??? Sombody Slip-Up???

    November 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. BOB

    CNN IS OWNED BYE WEALTHY REPUBLICANS ITS A FACT SO WHAT DOES THIS TELL YOU ,THATS WHY CNN ARE SO DESPRATE FOR A CLOSE RACE ALL OTHER NETWORKS SAY THE RACE IS ALL BUT OVER. CNN CONSTANTLY HARPS ON THE SONG OF A TIGHT RACE WHY CNN ? . BECOUSE YOUR BIASED AND OWNED BYE REPUBLICANS . THE RACE IS FAR FROM CLOSE GALLUP TODAY HAS OBAMAS LEAD AT 11 POINTS , POLLSTERS HAVE OBAMA 6 POINTS AHEAD IN NORTH DEKOTS , SO WERE IS THE CLOSE RACE CNN ? . CNN OBVIOUSLY KNOWS LITTLE ABOUT POLITICS OR THEY JUST DO WHAT THEIR REPUBLICAN MASTERS TELL THEM .

    November 1, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Linda

    I never in my life have seen such a corrupt campaign as McCain/Palin. Neither are fit to be anywhere near Washington DC. I hope people vote for change as Obama has stated. He is the greatest leader we could imagine. He is young and vibrant and gets his messages across with such dignity and determination. He is poised and has meaning. We need him in the White House to help strengthen this country. It's not Country First, It's the PEOPLE. Help us get back what was taken from us 8 yrs ago. Where is McCains American Flag pin on his lapel? Obama has been wearing one for some time. Out with the OLD and in with the NEW-–Let's give America a new beginning with a message of hope and prosperity. Tell McCain and Palin that their job is over and to take a plane home.

    November 1, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Pat in Cali

    Why has Palin not released her medical records? Is she hiding something. Is that the October surprise? Is she a man?

    Seriously, is this a double standard?

    November 1, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. roy125

    The race is not tightening. The headline is completely b.s. and misleading in the hopes of creating some newsworthy drama.
    CNN has to keep those ratings up, y'know.
    As the story indicates, Obama is still ahead by six points in the popular vote (a mere point less than the seven points of a day ago).
    At this very same time a few days before the 2004 election, the "polls of polls", according to RealClearPolitics.com, showed Bush ahead of Kerry by 1.5 points. Bush went on to win by 3 points.
    We have Obama ahead by six.
    And the state electoral vote surveys, since the electoral vote count is all that matter, show Obama with an overwhelming lead over McCain. 311 to a mere 132 for McCain.
    AGAIN IT IS NOT A TIGHT RACE. OBAMA IS WELL AHEAD. AND THERE IS NO POLL TIGHTENING.

    November 1, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Mark Walker

    Check out this site: thebiographychannel.ca. They are running "Who Would Canada Elect for President?" The results so far are 85% in favour of Obama. Go Barack, Canada is pulling for you.

    Mark

    November 1, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. mms

    forget the polls get out and vote!!

    November 1, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. Mohamed

    Check the news about palin talking to Sarkozy...I am speechless.

    November 1, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. Mike

    All I have to say Carlos, is well said! I could not have said it any better.

    November 1, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. Susan

    We are now changing from Obama to McCain.

    Something is not right with Obama.

    November 1, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Obama Mama

    PLEASE get out there and vote! It is looking good for Barack, but it is not in the bag!

    Could someone please explain to me why Sarah Palin is out there with no mention of her candidate's name? At a rally I saw today signs read "Palin Country" Where's McCain? Who does she think she is? She must already be running for 2016. What an idiot!

    Anyone hear the prank call two Canadian radio DJ's played on her? If she thinks that French Prez Sarkozy would actually call her, just on her cell phone out of the blue.....She's dumber than I thought!

    VOTE....VOTE....VOTE!

    November 1, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Pa-Voter

    The reason I support Obama is because I believe the major tenets of socialism are not a bad thing. Why should some people have so much more while others have to struggle. Just because others have seized opportunities that some have not does not entitle them to more. It is not neighborly. I am glad those who speak out against Obama are quickly investigated and quieted. That should put a stop to this McCain surge.

    November 1, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. get Real

    Thought I might be convinced the people on this site were "tolerant" of all thought. Guess not. Palin is an intelligent professional that has more experience in running a goverment entity than Obama does. Your closed minds appall me. And the Republicans are the hate mongers? I think the real hate mongers have finally stood up! I hope to God that McCain and Palin win. God protect us if they don't...

    November 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Luann Allen Sides

    Carlos,
    If Americans are so dumb why do so many come here for a better life? I am 62 and don't consider myself grumpy nor old...and Palin is not a bimbo, your ideas are showing when you call a lady that word its shows your dumbness..As far as the world they would like to have what America has..Years ago a newspaper printed there paper with the wrong man as the winner..it was Harry Truman, and not Dewey..if you don't know who that is, he was president of the U.S. in the late 40's.Polls are just polls, that's one reason the paper was printed the polls showed Dewey as the winner. I voting for Hillary, I have changed to McCain,therefore it would look like the Democrats, are out voting the Republicans, the most important factor, is I did not vote for a Democrat....

    November 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Cynicor

    So after two close elections, this one is a 6 point spread nationally, and a wide spread when you go down to EV level. What, exactly, justifies the headline "Race remains tight?" It hasn't been tight for a couple of months now.

    November 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. Pat from Canada

    I totally agree with comments from foreign viewers on this tread:
    There is no justification for the polls tightening. The opionion of people about Americans in the world can be described with one word "dumb" and the fact that the polls are tightening in favour of the old guy with PTS is bizare. It should be a no brainer people. Change that will bring America in line with 21st Century allies and countries Vs. the status quo. But, to prove the opinion correct, the status quo might just win because of the utter ignorance suffered by way too many Americans. What a Pity! A survey ought to be conducted on the overal IQ level of Americans. Maybe the result will be a big wake up message for the population.

    November 1, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. Obama Bring it Back to PA!

    McCain has been closing fast in PA. Even if Obama wins the election, loosing PA would be a huge hit to the Democratic party. Eitherway, loosing PA will greatly reduce Obama's chances of winning the election.

    McCain has been focusing on PA much more than Obama in the last two weeks. Recently the Obama campaign has announced that they will be spending time and money in several new states that have always gone Republican, including Arizona. I think this is a mistake. It spreads the campaign too thin, takes the focus from the important states like PA, and we have zero chance of winning these states.

    We can not loose PA just because we want to show off by campaigning in Arizona.

    Let's get serious and leave Arizona alone!!!!

    Please come back to PA!!!!

    November 1, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    pls, ppl, go out and VOTE VOTE VOTE...

    Obama/Biden 08

    Kina.

    November 1, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. joan

    Actually this is a good news for Obama. It's encouraging his supporters to vote. Hey Obama supporters, this election is not over. You should be nervous. Go out and Vote please!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. Jarda

    Of course it is all tightening because Zogby says so...well I love to listen Johny the Loser and Sarah the Liar when they say all the time what Barack Obama is going to do and how he is going to destroy our country...but they don't say a word what they are going to do and fix our economy....what differently they are going to do than their best buddy W.
    No word about it we only see finger pointing

    November 1, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. petena

    Only a few more days left of hearing all the dirty advertisements, lies and Palin's sickening voice. I can't wait to send her back to Alaska PLEASE GET ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES OUT THERE TO VOTE. OBAMA/BIDEN.

    November 1, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. Mark Lowder

    McCain And Palin All the way cause obama is going to raise taxes and Biden thanks that is patriatic and we need to have off shore drilling DRILL BABY DRILL

    November 1, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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