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

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

Sen. Obama trails Sen. McCain by one points in Saturday's CNN poll of polls.

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. Leona from Virginia

    John McCain may look like he is ahead but he is not. He did not vet his VP. He tells lies to the people. He fabricates stories. The people are not stupid and if you got the news media seeing it, what do you think about the people. A person that lie to win, will lie to the people. Same ole Bush stuff. I hope people do not commit suicide because they dont want to chose a black man, even as it shows he has their best interest.

    That would be very stupid......very.........

    September 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. jesse

    Don't worry the lies of McCain and Palin will soon be all revealed.

    September 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. TJ Johnson

    Go, McCain!, increase your lead by 20 points by end of Sep. Send that empty suit Obama back to the alleys of Chicago where he came from.

    September 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Matt

    How can you claim there is no sampling error? Your "poll of polls" is founded squarely on polls that DO have a sampling error. Ergo, the sampling error in those polls is inherent in your poll of polls. This is math, statistics, not politics.

    September 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Veteran from Minnesota

    whatever!!!, these polls are ridiculous, why do you bother?
    up 1 point today and down 4 tomorrow, are you telling us the whole 1200 people you poll are a fair and equitable representation of the MILLIONS of voters who will be at the polls Nov 4th?
    You guys are nuts!

    September 13, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Hopeful

    Polls shmoles! No McWar and War Mom! OBAMA/BIDEN for change.

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

    I can't believe the American people are buying into McCain and Palin lies. People of American watch, listen, read and ask questions. Don't be taken into those ads that McCain is running against Obama. Why donj't Mccain run Ads on his Policies. That is what you all should want to see. He knows he cannot win on his polices because they are the same as George Bush's so he is running adds that are all lies about Obama's policies. He knows that the people in small towns don't have time to listen to Obama's messages on his policies so he is running these misleading ads because he kwows they will see them.. McCain has lost the respect of
    American and the World. He will not win. The American people will see through all hislies and they will turn against him. Obama is the man lead out American out of debt, out of the war, the bring the economy around, the unite the people, white, blacks, latinos, spanish, chinesse, indians alll people. McCain and Sarah just want the POWER. McCain is wealthy. He thinks if you are poor that where you should stay. MCain is giving tax break the Rich. Hello, Obama is giving tax break to the Poor. People of
    American wake up... wakep. Mccain is WORSE than Bush... Obama is your only HOPE> and hte HOPE of the World. Please spread the message around and vote for Obama for your Country, your children, your grandchildren. If not, we welcome America to the third World.

    September 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Roger

    I was just wondering if The View has ever grilled Obama on what he means by "Change".

    September 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Agnel Pereira

    By the end of this month Obama will be leading by atleast 5 points and Obama will win handily the Presidential elections, the bounce for McCain is temporarily, it will be diminished. What the Americans must think is the change they need not another four more years for the Republicans. Do any Americans can think of Palin to run USA, if needed. She is good to run as a governor nothing else.

    September 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. M Bates

    Does anyone fine it strange the language that is always used whenever Obama is leading in the polls and then when McCain is leading? Example: Obama has a slighted 3 point lead over McCain. And then this: McCain holds one point lead over Obama.

    September 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. justice seeker

    Obama will loose in november not because of lack of policies or poor campaigning but because of the 'colour of his skin' .It is so sad that there is still so much racism in America to an extend that a presidential election's outcome can be decided majorly by it.I reckon after this race relations in America will be negatively affected for many years to come

    September 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Tom, KS

    McCain won't hold that lead for long. All that's been coming out of his mouth lately is half-truths or straight up lies. Come on people, do we really want another liar in the top office?

    September 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. scoot

    its just another poll But the question I have is, Is america waking up? are the dems playing to much with Palin, John is the one going for President but all you worry about Palin the #2 and it is all because you think McCain is going to die in office because hes old. Obama could die in office also and Id be alittle worried about any of the VP choices. the contest is about McCaine and Obama.....we should all remember that. anyone could die any moment thats just life. the race is about the 2 in front of the ticket.
    Whith that I would like to ad funny how the Change ret. has changed and obama is now saying to McCaine all the things people say about him the last 1.5yrs.

    September 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Democrat Convert

    The devil wears this case the pinstripe.

    September 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. A voter

    God help us, one and all, as Tiny TIm says in DIckens' Christmas Carol.
    It is sad that Obama's appeal to Americans' better natures and to an America that can regain moral leadership in the world is lost in the shrill lies and smears of the McCain/Palin campaign.

    September 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Peter

    Too bad the Poll of Polls doesn't take into account all of the cell-phone only households. The majority of them being young people and college students who support Sen. Obama. If that were the case Sen. Obama would be up 5 to 10 points.

    September 13, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Swingin' back!

    Obama 08

    September 13, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. arno

    Hopefully will people view Palin for what she really is. A very dangerous choice for the USA and the rest of the world. I think John McCain is a capable person (although turned too much conservative), but his VP choice is playing russian roulette. But I am afraid that in the end John McCain will win, cause the wrapping means more to the people then the content.

    September 13, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Chut Pata

    So it is down from two point. Apparently the celebrity effect of Miss Congeniality is wearing off. Pretty soon, the harsh realities would be biting voters and they would ask themselves, "Can I afford another 4 years of likeable folks George Bush?"

    September 13, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Felly

    McSame and his wacko Palin are going down the drain with all their lies. Their post convention bounce is over. We still have 4 debates coming that will expose their ignorance on the issues. Remember how Bush/Cheney WMD lies got us in the mess we are today.


    September 13, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Obama Supporter!

    WOW! Palin's "FIRST and ONLY" interview sent Mccain a "falin" 3 pts! Guess the novelty is finally wearing off Ms. Moose Burgers! After her stunning answers to the foreign policy questions from ABC's Charlie Gibson the VP debates going to be a cake walk for Biden!!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 13, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Republican NOT voting for McCain/Palin

    I'm so proud of the character, honesty, moral values, integrity and judgement that Barack Obama/Joe Biden have.

    Obama/Biden care about the American People. They care about your jobs, health care, the economy, the housing crisis and they will bring this war to an end with great judgement and bring our military home.

    They don't need to tell lies, use one liner's, and false ads. Obama,/Biden tell the truth even if it's not what you want to hear.

    Barack Obama is be one of America's greatest Presidents.

    September 13, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. David Warren

    It's about time! People finally looking beyond the surface of the campaigns and instead focusing on the candidates themselves. I'm excited to see this turn of tide. McCain-Palin all the way!

    September 13, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. WhereismyRepParty

    I can't believe I supported McCain in 2000. He has really sold his integrity to pander to the conservative base. I had thought he might be someone who could begin to get the republican party back on the right track, but this is not the case. The last eight years has proven to me that the promise of a long awaited republican controlled federal government was an utter failure, and McCain isn't even attempting to put out any real policy ideas. Moderate republicans have good positions on the economy and foreign policy, but these positions now appear to be more consistent with some of Obama's positions than they are with any of McCain's.

    September 13, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Soccer Mom, Chicago

    We're behind Sarah Palin--we can relate to her-but we can't relate to a racist snob like Michelle Obama.

    By the way, WHERE IS MICHELLE OBAMA? Did they take her off the air because they know we strongly dislike her? Something funny going on here. Cindy McCain is right out front.

    September 13, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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