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. Esayas

    At the end, Obama will be winning. After all, we do not want to be called "My Friends" for four years.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Republicans Scared that John McCain is not Ready

    John McCain's Poll numbers are slipping....

    John McCain poll numbers are slipping because people saw Sarah Palin on TV and she said nothing....NOTHING.....NOTHING about the economy, health care, the housing problems.... that was not a good interview.

    Watch if Sarah Palin refuses to do anymore Real interviews we will know she is not ready. Put Palin on the View if she is ready. Charlie Gibson vetted her more than John McCain.

    What the HELL does John McCain and Sarah Palin think we are stupid this year....They have NO PLANS. Oh yea they have the failed Bush Plans....This is not change,that is McSame

    John McCain lobbiest raised Gas Prices over night to scare us. John McCain is already caging in WI,OH, MI. John McCain could not stand up to the women on the view. John McCain uses women to get into the White House. John McCain is not ready to be President. I would vote for Palin after she gets some expreince.....But right now we need the right team in Washington.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. oliver

    Maccain's lead on polls is just temporary, Obama will soon erase his lead when the dust settles. Americans are not comfortable with Sarah Palin vp pick. She scares a hell out many people. She is very much the same with Bush's economy and national security policy.

    September 13, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. marvin

    Voters will vote out of fear or they will vote for the possibility of productive change. The Repubs seem to be about maintaining the status quo. The Dems seems to be searhing for solutions to a variety social and security problems. Maintaining the status quo seems to represent no change for FEAR any change may cause more problems. The search for solutions requires the courage to try something different.

    Why would anyone wish to remain fearful especially when they can do nothing about the obstacles controled by the status quo except vote for change. Ignorance?

    September 13, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. suzyku

    This is absolutely stupid! IF the people of this country allow themselves to be "tricked" again there is no hope for this country! We can NOT afford more of the same, we can NOT afford "on the job training" for palin in this time of war(S) and strife! We can NOT allow them to get away with the politics of karl rove and the fact that mccain has sold his integrity because he wants to win at all costs, he wants to win at the expense of this country that he professes to love! On an almost hourly basis he is being called out for the constant lies he and his sidekick are perpetuating and yet somehow he is still 1 or 2 points ahead! Is this country STUPID?! They believe if they repeat the lies enough people will fall for it like they did in 2000 and 2004 and I sincerely hope they are wrong, I hope this country is smart enough not to fall for it a "third" time!

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Mike T. Vaughn

    Yepper and when clinton supporters vote for McCain, while shouting Hilliary 2012, If Hilliary gets to run in 2012 she won't win, because why?? She does not have Presidential Experience!!!!!!!!!! But the inexperience Paliin will have it over her...........due to stupidity to vote for McCain............way to go PUMA and so called Dems now turned Republican!!!!!! Or did that ever cross your minds??????????

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Sandy

    Everyone step back and breathe Obama will be our next President!!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. TexansForObama

    I am speechless! It seems the GOP is once again successfully manipulating the majority of Americans. Haven't we had ENOUGH?

    I was shocked when Bush won in 2004. I couldn't believe my eyes...and now, here I am total disbelief! Well, when the country finds itself in WAR with the rest of the world...I will say, "we got was we deserved"

    That being said, I still have faith in the path of GOOD and will keep fighting and marching on until November 4th.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Yankee


    OBAMA 08!

    September 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. gop now 4 dnc

    Wow if get ahead in the polls for a few days and its new like evey day...come off it we all know that when McCain is seen for the fraud that he is in needing to pander to win the white house.

    September 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. razy

    Come November, the American people will decide whether they are stupid or concerned. They will show the rest of the world whether they are fooled by the falsehood of John McCain and Sarah Palin or are really concerned about the poor state of their economy and national security. Obama-Biden will come out victorious and America will be restored to its original state. WAKE UP AMERICA. IT IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Cynical-no-more

    Will we, as the American people, ever tire of the "smears?" Issues, people...Issues! Why are we reverting back to 200/2004 when it was all about twisting the truth, lies, smears, sound bytes, and cynicism? There was hope in this election...we need to find it again... We don't need to be voting again with our fears and smears and anger.

    September 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Chut Pata

    One more thing! This poll includes that fox. Fox is watched only by die-hard neo-cons. So I bet if you take Fox out, Obama is leading by a substantial margin.

    September 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. one nation under god!!!!

    well it really means McCaine is up by 10 points.liberal media polls have to be taken with a grain of salt.Its over .lanslide for McCain.the more you attack palin for bull@#$ that absolutly noone cares about like on the view the more the polls swing for McCain.ill take whether or not palin took earmarks over obamas support for domestic terrorism and islam any day baby.this is america and you american hating socialist are about to be shown the door.Hugo Chavez is calling for you obama,he needs your help.we in middle america dont really care about what the world thinks of us,as far as we are concrened the less they like us the means we are doing somethin right.the hate i hear from you libs tell me you know the game is up.we are gonna take back 1 or both houses also.nothing you can do about it .nothing.the hate we feel towards you crybaby,entitlement,taxraising,muslim loving,dim witted socialists is the equal of you hating your country.god bless america ,that right god bless america.dont worry libs when Mcain wins it will mean that we wont have to take back our government by force,you cowards.dont worry we wont hurt you now.but i promise you ,if you libs ever throw a candidate like this out there again we will hurt you.bye bye you snot nose college punks.

    September 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Daryl in Seattle

    CNN, do you realize how ridiculous this 'Poll of Polls' makes you seem??? Just yesterday you ran one of these saying McCain was up by 2. 24 hours later, he's up by 1. Is this a countdown or something? Give me a break. These are so unreliable.

    September 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. John

    Na na naaaa na naaaa na....hey hey hey....goodbye!

    Obama is done. Ladies and gentlemen, your next President.....John McCain!

    September 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Kay

    Polls change hour by hour, day by day and mean absolutely nothing. In all the polls taken, no one I know has been called. And have we taken into account the number of people who only have cell phones and no land lines? We'll get our answer on November 4th and it will be Obama/Biden.

    September 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. James Ashley

    I am not an American but this election has many people around the world concerned and a small minority happy. The happy minority wants McCain to win because they hate America and want to be able to justify their hate. This will be easy when the future President and Vice President represent a scary and bullish war agenda. These guys want to see America fall, believe me when i tell you how much America is seen (around the world) to be bullies, liars, racists and basically every nasty thing out there. The concerned group wants Obama to win because they see that the world is at a cross road, the world is at a point where it is capable of either healing or completely destroying itself. I pray that Americans are able to move away from racism in this election and see what many around the world see, this is a clear decision to the rest of us. This is the last chance to get things right, we will not be welcoming you to our shores when you have problems there in the future. I hope you consider your future which is linked to ours, how can you let someone talk stupidly about more war. I think you need to know that God gave America greatness but like it came it will be taken away. MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE, DON´T START CRYING A YEAR FROM NOW.

    September 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. RKing

    That's liable to change and Obama be in the lead again after all of the mudslinging that McCain is doing. Not many people approve of his distortion of the truth.

    September 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Muckinello

    We're getting back. By end of the months Obama will be ahead 5 points and cruise to victory in November. There are simply not enough dumb voters in this nation that you can fool THREE times in a row!

    September 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Nikhil

    Weel im just so ashamed of America right now. we have a chance to vote in a man who will bring about change and help this country yet people are still voting for McCain, why do you do that, just because he has expieriance, it has been proven that leaders without expeirance do better then those who have it. Reagan had no expeirance, Clinton had no expieriance, JFK had no expieriance, these were all great presidents, bush and bush had expieriance they sure were great. ya right. Obama is the right guy and im ashamed to call myslef american if McCain wins. Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. ct

    Fox news, haha! Rightwing nut house. If a third of this poll is fox news and Obama is only one point behind, we have nothing to worry about!

    Obama/biden 08 - 12

    September 13, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Another Wal-Mart Mom, Kansas City

    Obamabots-tune in Tues. & Wed. to see Sarah Palin interviewed by Sean Hannity on Fox.

    We know you secretly dig her and can't get enough. We understand.
    Maybe you should meet your buddy for a beer so your wife won't know.

    By the way, keep up your Google searches for Sarah Palin photos-you are breaking all search engine records-

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 13, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Recovering Republican

    This is not my father's Republican Party. Over the past decade the Republican party has sunk to the lows of Tamany Hall and Boss Twead of a century ago in New York ("The Gangs of New York")

    Republicans, Ohio, New Hampshire, and the swing states have a decision to make: Is this the kind of govenment you REALLY want? Is the politics of lies and hatefulness – and America was con'd and lied to by the Bush administration make no mistake about it – the kind of government you want?

    This is the most disgraceful Republican Campaign I have seen in a generation and John McCain is at the bottom of the latest evil seed from the shameless Republican party.

    Don't vote for Barack Obama... Vote DEMOCRAT across the board to give America a break for at least four years from these Republicans.

    Perhaps some time in the dunce's corner will give them time to reflect.

    September 13, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Texas Vet

    The Media is finally calling the McCain ads what they are, lies calculated to play on the basest emotions of the American Voters. The sad truth is that there are many American Voters that don’t care if they are lies or not.

    The Republican Base certainly doesn’t care. They revel in the Lies. After all its not about the future of our Country it is about winning. Certainly the fact that McCain “approves” of this ad strategy tells us something about his ethical and moral code. He admitted his 2000 Campaign was about ambition not serving the Country and he is proving this Campaign is all about winning. Country first, what a joke.

    What disappoints me is that many American Voters are either gullible enough to believe these lies or they don’t care about the future of this Country. This baffles me since they are voting for more of the same. Perhaps they want what they know because they are afraid of change. It appears the younger voters are willing to commit to change and to make the sacrifices necessary to
    Make the changes we need. The question is, are there enough of them to effect this election?

    This is the Election that will not only determine that fate of the U.S.A., it could very well determine the fate of the World. Perhaps we have wandered so far away from a Government for the People and by the People that we are scared of the challenge. Be careful who you vote for, committing Electoral Suicide is one way to die with a whimper.

    September 13, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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