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. Foreign observer

    It is so sad that lies have so much effect on the simple people. The Republican lie of a lean government never worked. Republican governments only created huge debts to cover. They betray your children.

    September 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Miles

    Dead even numerically, but with the wide criticism of Palin's interview and McCain's campaign in general in the past few days, I wonder what this will look like in a month.

    September 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. sw

    i think Mc Cain knows is not qualify for been president because of his wrong choice of running mate {Palin}
    And everybody knows his tactic will not less long , and he's using a word 'change" for his campagn and we all know this theme belong to Barack Obama . and there is a proverb saying if you don't where you"re going go back where you was beford

    September 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Susan

    Obama would be wat ahead if Hillary was his VP

    September 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    I pray the current polls are wrong: When McCain and Obama vote the same on a bill – then McCain say's Obama is wrong ... the man is truly delusional.

    If Cindy McCain paid off the national debt with her own personal money, I would still not vote for McCain/Palin. They say they are ready to lead but the truth is that they are unfit to lead.

    Maybe the GOP whisperings about McCain's mental stability after being a POW all those years had some merit.

    September 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. eve

    who cares?
    Obama is going to win!
    Let McBush and Palin have their 5 min of fame. It's going to end soon!

    September 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. kaz

    I hope we dont get 4 more years for the same policies. McCain/Palin will be worst.

    September 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. mike

    vote Obama/ Biden 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. CJ in AL

    Maybe others are doing some checking of the FACTS , that is what will move Obama back into the lead .
    Look at who seems more presidential with the answers and on stage MCCain looks like a doofus. I for one do not want another doofus in the spotlight. We are a laughing stock to the rest of the world . I for one have checked facts and figures and the MCCain campaign is not just spining them , they are telling out and out lies

    No Way , No MCain

    September 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Barbara

    Obviously, this country will again be run by Rove/Limbaugh if all of this lying by the repukes works

    September 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Estelita Siegel

    I am from Philippines watching US politics from Germany. Mc Cain will win this election...Obamas fame with Oprah is Philippines poilitcs...this is the most powerful country in the world...please vote wisely...

    September 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Erin

    When is the media going to do a realistic poll of the presidential race? All these so-called "polls" fluctuating back and forth between Obama and McCain are neglecting a HUGE segment of the American populace – cell phone owners! Depending on the landlines to get the political vibe of the country is at the very least scientifically inaccurate if not utterly foolish and misleading to those who actually follow them. I have a landline and Caller ID, and I almost never answer the phone if I don't recognize who is calling, to avoid telemarketers and time-consuming surveys (like the polls), and I'm sure there are droves of people out there in America just like me. Come Election Day there is literally going to be a FLOOD of voter turnout, most of whom were completely left out of the polls, simply because their primary contact is a cell phone number, and not only my home state of Virginia but the rest of the nation is going to take the media by surprise.

    September 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. cindy

    GOD will decided this election is on his hands.The same will expose all lies and manipulations.Americans don't play God or you will suffer the consequences. I don't care who is leading in the polls not.The bestpoll is Nov 4 poll.

    September 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Edward

    Dear John and Sarah,

    I fear you've expended so many of your very best brazen lies so early in the campaign. You should have remembered how I nailed you with having fathered a black child to the voters of South Carolina just DAYS before the vote. By using all your best outright blasphemies against truth WEEKS before the vote, you are giving the press and your opponent time to actually point out to enough people that you are lying. Come on, if you don't actually win, the lies won't go away.

    Your devoted party leader,
    President GWB

    September 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Aileen Viscomi

    How can anyone believe that either McCain or Palin can be anything more than mere puppets of the Republican Party? We have already seen McCain change his stance on the issue of immigration (he was liberal, standing side by side with Ted Kennedy – now he is fitting into the Republican mold – the middle ground stance also held by Obama) and recently voted against providing war veterans with more benefits, true a la Republican. More of the same will ensue if he is elected – the extreme right will maintain control – unfettered, short-term corporate interests, which have dominated over the last 8 years and which have left this Country in the mess it's in now. If Palin becomes president, she will likely appointment Judges who will enforce the extreme religious groups' control over women's bodies, to keep the stall-hard extreme right ecstatic. The unfettered borrowing from foreign countries will continue and cause severe hardship for our children and grand-children. The current selling off of banks and other financial institutions to countries which are not true friends of the USA, could set us up for even more chaos than we are currently experiencing, should they decide to dump their financial support to quell any U.S. challenge in the political field. The complete incompetence and croneyism demonstrated by the Republicans in the Bush-puppet Junior era will continue. And we should think either McCain or Palin can change this even if they wanted to, with the force of the Republican administration in place? Dealing with Croneyism in the small state of Alaska is not the same as dealing with a powerful, nation-wide political bohemeth with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Palin’s Karl Rove-esque speeches already highlight who pulls the strings. The only way to save this Country is to vote for the Democrats.

    September 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Jeremy PA

    I really think that Obama will win the election. The Republicans have put us in a hole in the last 8 years. The only reason that Mccain's up is because of Palin and his convention bounce. I think Obama should be ahead by far. We just can't afford 4 more years of Republicans. I hope the polls go in Obama's favor soon.

    September 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. MD

    Bombs away and goodbye Roe v Wade!


    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Ed, fl

    All these are media fabricated spin. The election is not tied, Obama will win pretty handily. I have seen first hand their ground work. the old Mccain is no matched up.
    Obama/biden 08

    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. lou

    How about a poll that is not republican heavy....

    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Big D

    I'm so glad to see McCain's bounce toning back down. It looks like the bloom is quickly fading from the false rose that caused his bounce. McCain's campaign has been so full of lies, smears and distortions. If we can't trust him to run an honest campaign, how could anyone vote for him to be our leader?!?! Obama is the only one who has run a campaign that's generally positive and has integrity. McCain has shown an appalling lack of integrity and willingness to go to the low road. His campaign has just been a string of lies and distorted spinning for a long tme now – and that's not what I'm looking for in a leader.

    September 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Mike, Raleigh

    This is not a surprise anymore. Hillary democrats are coming in the poll now. It is better for Sen. Hillary Supporters to cross party line and take a chance for 4 years of John McCain. This way there is a possibility to see Sen. Hillary as president in 2012.

    September 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Hmm Lies.. maybe

    The Recent Polls: Now thats change I can believe in.... go home barry... you can go back to your old job as a community organizer... ya know since you accomplished soooo much!

    September 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. erin

    These polls don't include the young vote!! Obama will win!!

    September 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. gerri

    Im elderly and white,I hear the women at the parlor,and there are many closet racists looking for any reason not to vote for Obama and they say their white husbands are even worse and will never vote for him even if John McCain were found out to be a communist.Please post this CNN, its the truth and needs to be told.

    September 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Hmm Lies.. maybe


    I have asbestos in my basement... please remove it.... this is why you joined goverment isnt it?.... my bet you have never removed any asbestos....


    September 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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