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. The Independent

    Who wants to elect a reckless president?

    He was told to fly his Goverment fighter plane at certain altitude.
    He disobeyed orders and got shot down.
    He was told to bahave in the Naval Academy.
    He disobey orders and he didn't get expelled because of his
    high ranking Dad. Lots of things should have been prevented if
    he had been spelled from the Navy academy.

    How can you placed a multi million tax payer dollars in the hand of
    a sailor who gratuated 5th from the botton of over 600 graduates?

    Dad can do amazing things!!

    Are you ready to put our beloved country in the hands of a reckless individual? I don't think so. At least Dad is not around at this time in history or is he?

    Nowadays Reckless has another name, Maverick.

    God bless the USA!!


    September 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Brian

    So McCain's convention bounce is finally starting to fade and the polls are leveling out again. I believe his highest lead during the post-convention period was 4 points, whereas Obama's highest post-convention lead was 6 points. So to me, Obama still has the advantage, albeit narrow. So, lets see how the debates go (but if the debates focus on the issues, I don't see this changing much).

    September 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Aaron

    These polls are going to fluctuate back and forth until we get a clearer grasp of each candidate. The debates are going to be pivotal. There isn't much play in the support of the candidates. Their positions are mostly on opposite ends of the spectrum. The media and public are fascinated with Governor Palin now because she is an unknown, has also had a meteoric rise like Senator Obama and is the first woman on the GOP ticket. Obama has received intense media scrutiny because of his groundbreaking candidacy and Palin will receive the same. The difference is that Palin's scrutiny is coming very close to election time and whichever side is successful in defining her is going to have a huge advantage.

    September 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Pat Nash

    McCain's ad says he's reformed Washington? How? And if that's true, why does he want change?
    And in Palin's "impressive" speech at the convention there were several downright lies: the executive jet was never sold on EBay, she DID support the bridge to nowhere until it was killed in Congress, and although she removed the executive chef he was given another state job, so she didn't save the state anything. If she lies about these little things, how can we trust her with the big issues? McCain's choice of VP is an indication of his intelligence and concern for our country. Country First? I don't think so.

    September 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Drew from VA

    No he isnt. You're forgetting the millions of voters who don't have a lan-line phone. the republican party is being set up for such a disappointment in November. This race isn't even close. Nice try, pollsters.

    September 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. sue calgary

    The Polls are misleading! If they are indeed true and Americans vote in a McCain – Palin ticket, then the country will get the leaders it deserves. Good luck with that. If Obama were white it would have been a slam dunk! America choose carefully....!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Jon, WA

    why does it have to be so close!!! AHHH THE ANXIETY!

    September 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. kay

    the problem i see in this election is obama talking about what is going to do for his great contry mccain and his girl friend talk about negative things and people believe time palin lick are lips every second like she want to suck on something, i kown mcCain need a hug because that all he been geting from palin seen she join his camp

    September 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. General puffman

    so, we know we are wininig, let him lead now but wait 4 fire in oct, and nov. long last obama

    September 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. John McCain blatantly lies in almost all of his advertisements

    Obama leads the electoral map. That's all that matters. Again, cell phone users who can't be contacted for polls are mostly with Obama. These polls are inaccurate.

    September 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Kentucky

    No one in their right mind can vote for the republican ticket. The whole campaign is going to have to continue to lie and distort. Their polices are the same as George Bush. If something happens to Johns health we end up with a hockey mom running the country. God help us.

    September 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. larry in Chillicothe OH

    I don't believe the polls. Many Obama supporters (like me) only have cell phones. Not to mention they do these polls from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. That is when most of the people at home are either retired or or umemployed. We need to stop worrying about polls and get out in our communities and volunteer so we don't have to live 4 more years of bush policies.
    Anyone who thinks Sara Palin is different than Dick Chaney just go to youtube and watch her ABC interview. Youll change your mind. She's very very scary. Mcain/Palin= MORE LIES MORE WAR!!!!!!

    Teamsters for Obama

    September 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. jason, tx

    Ah, the American public (well half of them), so stupid.

    September 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Robert

    I don't really see much credit in these polls although I do like to see McCain/Palin up but by only 1 point seems a little low to me. Do I think they will win in Nov. yes by a large margin. Why, they are America where Obama is SF, NY and LA but not America. BHO seems to think that and code pink is what most Americans think but he is really wrong there. So guess we will have to wait for Nov. 4 and see who really is the one but if history tells you anything its good bye to BHO and hello to McCain/Palin. And to those of you who says Palin does not have the experience lets see she is going for the VP and has about 10 year of execitive experience. BHO is going for the top job and has what 0 years of exective experience, Ok who do you think has more experience for the job they are running for. You don't have to have a high IQ to figure this one out I hope.

    September 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. arielle

    what do these polls mean anyhow, and why are they so important. obama is still ahead in the electoral map so how do these polls reflect how ppl are going to vote in november?

    September 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |

    »The GREAT John McCain is the...MAN.

    September 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. 45

    Americans you are idoits.if you vote for that thing called john mcCain,it will just prove that you are still a racist country.

    September 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. bhaskar Dobhal

    Obama must be ahead from Mcain.
    Whole world wants Obama should be a next prasident of America. we love him he is young and wants change.

    September 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Nate Hussein

    Sarah wearing off.

    Obama/Biden '08
    Clinton/Sebelius '16

    September 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    »Governor Sarah Palin is WONDERFUL!...This lovely,smart,capable,sweet Lady is the next Vice-President. Yes.

    September 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Joe

    Well it seems the American people are as dumb as the Republicans think they are. Repubs put out lie after lie and Americans are too dumb to realize it. By the way, the MEDIA is PATHETIC in their attempt to cover this election. No on is attempting to question McCain like Barbara Walters did and should. No one is trying to question Palin because if they go after her it will be sexist. Someone needs to grow some balls and get out there and ask this woman some tough questions because she could be our next president!!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    »HURRAH for the great man John McCain!...HURRAH for the lovely Sarah Palin!...The ROAD to VICTORY is HERE! Yes.

    September 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. TL

    I think if McCain,72, wanted a religious person on the ticket (Sarah Palin) he should of went with Governor Huckabee, who is an evangelical scholar.

    In my view, Mrs. Palin's current family crisis (pregnant daughter, new born baby) is sure to have a psycholgical impact on the Governor and her family.

    Hopefully, McCain72, will retire now.

    September 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Greg from Big Island

    Polls mean nothing like is said before. The media is making a big deal about. It will swing back in forth before Election day. The electoral college is what matters. McCain's bounce will wither like Obama's small bounce. It is still the Democrats election to lose.

    September 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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