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. Arthur

    Well, we could have seen it coming, Obama's momentum is slipping away. I can't understand why Americans are rewarding the Republican party with another term in the White House, after eight truly dreadful years, but than again, I'm a European......

    Arthur, from the Netherlands

    September 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Yeah

    HAHA, another 4 years. You Americans deserve everything you get for falling for this all over again.

    September 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. welches, oregon

    Only when elections are close can they be stolen – much as we witnessed 8 year ago, You're being manipulated. Hope you see that. Hey, it worked at least once, maybe the Supreme court will put McWare and his Nazi pig in power and the Repugs can retain control.

    Are you better off now than 8 years ago?

    September 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. welches, oregon

    Only when elections are close can then be stolen – didn't we already see this show 8 years ago?

    September 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. deborah

    I cannot believe that these polls are accurate.

    September 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. MD

    I would like to say that we the American people are smarter than what populist news media such as CNN think we are. As a result we would never elect two triger happy as our President and Vice-President (McCain and Palin) in this dangerous moment of our history.
    We would like to restore our moral standing in the world which is the best way to fight evil. The world is once again looking up to us, I strongly believe that only by voting OBAMA-BIDEN we can restore our might and save our country from economic desaster which is a far greater national security concern than even terrorism. This because economic desaster as you all know could mean the end of the US as it is today with unimaginable consequence around the world.

    September 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Maggie

    Wonder what this whole media bias is all about then just look at realclear politics polling numbers for the general election race.

    17 out of 20 polls are showing Mccain ahead except for 3. And what are the 3 polls? Newsweek, CNN and NBC.........hmmmm, imagine that. You think its a coincident that 3 of Obama's biggest Media supporter news organizations just happened to have Obama tie or on top while 90% of all other polls have Mccain on top? Well, I guess it is the same sort of coincident that put Obama not in church each and every single time Wright preached hatred for America in a period of 20 years.

    September 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. James From Chicago

    McCains lead is never going to last. Wait until all the dirt comes out about Palin, better yet wait until the debates between Palin and Biden.

    He is going to make her look like a high school kid.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. DenverGirl

    WHY are people making the SAME stupid mistake they did when Bush was running??? What is wrong with this country! I DO NOT want an uncultured, uneducated, lacking in every field of intellect like PALIN running this country! FOR GOD's SAKE PEOPLE....VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN!

    September 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Redneck from Kentucky

    Not for long! Palin will soon be revealed as the corrupt politician she is for abusing her power as Governor in Alaska, and McCain will show his true colors and America will see him for the pig he really is.

    September 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Julian

    It is well-known that polls are used to skew public opinion. If they demonstrate that one candidate is doing better than the other, then all of a sudden more people will start to vote for that person. In addition, the questions asked can also skew opinion. What questions were asked in the poll? You never hear that side of the story. Likely it was a simple, "Would you prefer John McCain more than Obama," or ",Would you prefer Obama more than McCain," when in reality many people just don't care or don't know enough to decide anything.

    September 13, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. DenverGirl

    PS- Palin is an idiot! Did you SEE her interview??? LAME! Its a slap in the face for us women to put someone in that position who is below par!

    September 13, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Vote Smart!

    Suddenly senator McCain wants to change America, his party has been in power for eight years and we see no change!

    McSame doesn't want to change America, he wants to SHORT CHANGE America!!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Veteran for McCain

    Keep the change Obama!

    America needs a real President.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Me

    Its hard for me to believe that someone like Palin has made this difference. I mean this is a woman that said she believed rape victims should pay for their own medical tests; this is not a person to vote for if you believe in women's rights. Why is no one covering these things about her when they harp on other things?

    September 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Ann Y

    If America is foolish enough to elect this liar, McCain, in the wake of the other liar, Bush, and all the damage he caused us, well, you'll deserve the pain you'll get. I think we are smarter than this, please, prove me right.

    September 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Liz in Atlanta

    Yesterday he was two points ahead. . . . what's happening to your lead old man???? I don't trust the polls anyway, they don't count new voters or call cell phones. . . . . . I wonder who REALLY has the lead??

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. DF

    The bloom is off the Obama rose...In three weeks from now the gap in polls will be 9 points in McCains favor. Mark my word !
    Why the Dems could not see the obvious from the start ? The guy could be a bartender or something. Running for a president? You re kidding me.

    September 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Terry from GA

    When are McCain and Palin going to release their tax returns for the last 10 years?

    September 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. MichaelT

    Stop running popularity polls on candidates, since nobody knows what they really mean,,,. Instead, ask people about their preferences in policies that are put forward by candidates on Education, Terrorism, Healthcare, Economy, Energy, etc, etc...What are we waiting for to start a real political debate on these issues...We are not voting for the next American Idol...Wake up everybody...

    September 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Marvin Sweat

    It seems to me that the nation is looking at the Sarah palin thing as if we are looking for a 'SuperMom' who will whisk in and clean house, wipe away tears change diaper and solve all household finances. That will not happen. Let us not forget that this woman is married to a man involved with "BIG OIL", let us not forget that she herself is also on a comission promoting oil production. We are in a near crisis with the prices of oil and political terms seem to completely ignore the fact that in November those who will be arriving to vote will be using there own gas to get there. This is the big issue right now and we won't go down quitely after paying $80 for gas when during the Clinton era we paid $30.
    I am confused with the issue of who is Palin. I have no idea why she is the selection of Sen. McCain but it looks more like a fighting gasp for air than a ligitimate decision made. She has qualifications for sure but it is Alaska that bothers my ablillity to accept that there is a reason to put her in the Whitehouse.
    What, besides oil the we cannot seem to use, do Alaska mean to the bulk of the country. What great contributions has this state made for us?
    I am not sure that I am confident in the experience of Obama or Biden buit I do not feel that voting for 'SuperMom' is the answer. John McCain once had my complete attention. But I have to question his competence now with this selection for VP. I think it was made to counter the loss of minority votes Obama is certian to receive.
    Really good woman but really bad choice John.

    September 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Brad

    Once people realize Palin and McCain are lying through their teeth, the glamor of Palin will fade and the truth will finally come out.

    Bridge to Nowhere
    Library Censorship
    Fronting for the Oil Companies
    Supporting ridiculous earmarks
    Supporting the Illegal and Immoral War in Iraq

    No More Bush Clones!

    September 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Ryan, St. Paul, MN

    It leaves me speechless just how ill-informed half this country is. The McCain campaign is offering NO ideas... they just mock Obama left and right and use the same Karl Rove smear tactics and then use phony outrage when the Obama camp offers any kind of criticism of Governor Palin. I mean, Obama and Biden are not saints... but it is terrifying that people are going to vote for a senile old mad and hockey mom because they like their personalities more.

    September 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Walt

    How much faith can anyone put in these polls when there have been accusations that the oversampling of Republicans is skewing the results? If there is no validity to the sampling, then there is no validity to the results. The Fourth Estate has been destroyed and the media has become an adjunct branch of the Republican Party.

    September 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Joan, Ontario

    Where is Sen. McCain's pin. Oh my goodness, maybe he's not patriotic after all!!

    September 13, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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