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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Georgia

    If the Democratic Primary counted like the general Election electoral college, Hillary would have been the Nominee. And all those States would be Blue right now. All you college Educated children better do your homework. Red state Caucuses may get you nominated, but they don't count for a hill of beans come election day.

    Women of America – Stand up!

    September 13, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    Another Republican campaign based on lies, deception and slime.
    And how many Americans are buying it? Then we wonder why our economy is in a downhill spiral. Please, may I have these phone numbers...I have some snake oil I'd like to sell!

    September 13, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. scott

    Polls, goota love them, they make bout as much sense as our presidental canidates. Both sides promise change, promise this and that. wke up people your vote counts for nothing. The ELECTORAL COLLEGE decides who will be the President. So how is your vote going to count, I do not even waste time voting anymore, got better things to do. Get rid of the electoral college and then i will vote.

    Who do we chose from a senile old idiot, or a young fool.

    September 13, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. Nando, Florida

    America is starting to open the minds up after drinking the SARAH JOAN OF ARC PALIN Koolaide !!!

    September 13, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    The so-called Palin effect is a delusion going by the unmatched ground work the Obama campaign is doing.If the Republicans are relying on these polls they should expect a political cyclone coming their way.
    Besides the campaign of lies will wreck them sooner or later.

    September 13, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Erik

    The bounce from the Palin sideshow begins to subside, as people pay attention to what she's saying (and not saying) which reveals what a lightweight looney she is.

    September 13, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian




    September 13, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Struggle ending

    We shall overcome. And when Obama is in the white house – We have overcame!

    September 13, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Phil in Texas

    Don't know what to think of these polls, as most or all use land lines!!!
    This election has seen such heavy/high turnout among young voters who don't have land lines and use cell phones.
    So just who are they polling and is this a real snapshot??
    Attn: Young and new voters, please VOTE!!!!!!
    Barack the Vote!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Karin Grana

    The newness of Palin is wearing off and Americans are starting to see her for who she really is. They are also starting to see McCain for who he is. Together their ticket is for everything that is wrong for America. The polls are shifting back to Obama's side and we'll see victory in November! Go Obama/Biden '08!!!

    September 13, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. AMAforObama

    Fools I tell ya – 4 more years of the rich getting richer.

    September 13, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. boomer babe for Obama

    As McCain's lies and distortions become more publicized (like the reality behind his new stem cell research ad) Obama will continue to gain in the polls.

    September 13, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. Double standard

    If the pro-Obama bias continues...

    If the left wing attacks on Palin continue...

    Obama may continue his decline.

    After 2 years many Americans are tired of his self-promoting celebrity campaign.

    September 13, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. jt

    When Obama was 49 cnn didn't wanna talk about it, now McCain 1 point up a big news right! keep up cnn your support for McCain.

    September 13, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Phantom of the Oprah

    Why doesn't anyone "grill" Obama over what "change" will he bring?

    The color of the president doesn't not matter to me- so his being half black is not change to me.

    And his mantra of change while running on a thin resume of NO experience, NO qualifications, NO track record is getting tiresome.

    September 13, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Terry

    It will be between 5 and 10 points by November.
    People are finally waking up!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. BOJO '08

    Obama started going up against him & the Axis of Evil (the GOP), and now the McCain-Palin ticket is being exposed as the absolutely horrifying ticket that it is. The sad part is many people fall for the lies and deceit that make up the political blueprint of the GOP. Hopefully, it'll be different this time around.


    September 13, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. VA Lady for Obama

    Come on, people! Republicans strategies are not going to help you keep your home or lower these ridiculous gas prices. And did you not hear Palin's interview last night?? She was two seconds from tearing up. She has no clue what's going on in policy, in foreign issues, in our economy.

    I know a lot of women want to see a woman make history- I'd love to see it too. But make sure it's the right woman.

    September 13, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. d

    These polls are misleading. They do NOT take into account a huge block of voters. That being 18 – 30 year olds who rely on wireless devices and do not have home phones. Overwhelmingly they vote Democrat. That being said, these polls are meaningless. Period.

    CNN, you should know better than give credence to skewed polls. When are you going to address this?

    September 13, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. Chipster

    How can this race even be close? Do you really support:

    -preemptive war
    -torture of prisoners
    -warrantless searches of your financial records and personal communications
    -borrow and spend deficit economics
    -ignoring scientific information in decision-making
    -government intrusion into our personal lives
    -incompetent management of federal agencies
    -dismantling Social Security (make no doubt – that's the result of privatizing
    -school vouchers that don't pay enough to allow all students to make a real choice; special needs children? forget about it!
    -inadequate veterans benefits
    -outsourced jobs
    -busted unions

    Do you really support the Republican agenda? I don't. I can't. I won't.

    September 13, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. Hatred drove us away

    Isn't anyone else concerned about Obama's sense of self-importance and his self-serving attitude of his own perfection?

    For 2 years Obama has been allowed to self-promote, self-agrandize and self-serve with his smug and arrogant comments, his over the top displays and his self-praise.

    That is not the humility I seek in a leader.

    Actually his cocky bragging based on nothing reminds me of BUSH.

    I did not vote for Bush either.

    September 13, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Janice Il

    During the debates the moderators should hold these two candidates to one word answers, possibly we could tell what they are going to do about our major problems. Bo just rambles on till you can't possibly know the answer, McCain just a little better, but makes you wonder if they know what they are doing.

    September 13, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Joe Green


    You'd think after 2000 and 2004, CNN would realize there is an electora college and that these "poll of polls" are meaningless, as no President has ever been elected based on the popular vote.

    According to CNN's own electoral college map, Obama needs only about 30 electoral college votes to win, while McCain has to come up with nearly a hundred.

    So if one "swing state" goes for Obama, then it is all over.

    Why the media hypes these "horse race" polls is beyond me. They did the same thing during the primary.

    It's the ELECTORAL COLLEGE, people!

    September 13, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. jane in CA

    The poll will be adjusted accordingly after more Palin revealed. Per her in ABC's interview, she paid lobbyst $30K because it's cheaper than flying to Washington. So, there's always a justification for earmark and lobby on her way whenever convenient; and she runs on REFORM. It's a joke, totally, with this VP.

    September 13, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. tularosa

    As a Texan, I voted against George W. Bush four times: twice for governor and twice for president. I recall being amazed and stunned that my fellow voters could not see the obvious fact: that this man was not smart or capable, and that he had terrible judgment.

    It's deja vu for me to see that McCain can be anywhere close to Obama in the polls. It never occurred to me that the same voters are apparently willing to do it again. McCain, of course, is more capable than Bush, but he is still a Bishop of the Church of Voodoo Economics, which has brought our nation and our economy to the verge of bankruptcy. McCain is an old man, and he doesn't have four years of 18 hour days left in him. He will rely enormously on his cabinet and his appointees, which will be essentially the same neo-Con crowd – maybe not the same names but the same ideas. And he will bring with him his loose-cannon of a vice president, Gov. Palin, whose political philosophy is to Conservatism what whiskey is to wine. She is way right-wing; far into nut country. She is ambitious, popular, and a political dingbat.

    Here we go again!

    September 13, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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