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.

soundoff (545 Responses)
  1. Russ Van Rooy

    It is totally time for Obama to nuclear against theMcCain-Palin campagn. trying to be "above the fray" is not a winning strategy against the Rove-guided Republican antics, lies, and diversions. Democrats will have a hard time forgiving Obama if he loses this election if it is because he did not fight hard enough or even dirty enough against the obviously dirty tricks the Republicans always use.

    September 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. CNN loves Palin

    The more Palin talks, the faster McCain will fall.

    September 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Corve

    Mccain will win

    September 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Ray from CA

    has anyone else seen that McCain hasnt even gone over 2 points?

    Obama-Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. mike

    when its all over obama should win this by 4%,because mccain cant get minority votes,he leads the white vote by 22% the biggest margin since reagan,but he still only leads by 1%,because the minority vote is keeping obama alive,but i dont think mccain can keep that big lead with the white voters,if obama closes that gap by 3%,he will win this walking away,if this was the 80s in mccain was leading the white vote by 22% he would win every damm state,thats how big the minority vote has gooten

    September 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Andrew

    National polls mean nothing. It's the electoral map that is the real gauge of what's going on. As in 2000, a candidate can loose the popular vote and still win the election. I would laugh if McCain won the popular vote and lost the election. The neo-cons would have a fit and start crying it doesn't reflect the will of the people, sound familiar.

    September 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Why McCain

    If these polls are accurate, it shows that people are not paying attention and that McCains attacks and distractions have successfully covered up his lack of strategy to change things for the better in this country. He is not the same as BUSH, he is far worse. If he is voted in we will see.

    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Roland

    A '"poll of polls" has no statistical significance. Because first of all, polls have different ways of sampling their populations. Some polls survey only registered voters, some only poll "likely" voters...whatever that means.

    Also, the sampling size and demographics of the polls vary greatly. Some are rolling averages of daily polls of maybe 300-500 people. While others are single-day "snapshots" based on over 1000 people. Furthermore, because of the different ways polls go about polling their populations, the margin of error varies greatly: from about 2.5%-5.5%.

    By averaging these polls, you aren't doing a qualified statistical analysis. In fact, instead of reducing sampling error or sampling bias, you might be compounding them, and thereby multiplying the margin of error!

    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Carmen/Editor/Atlanta, GA

    I think these polls are rigged. Obama should be much further ahead of McCain.

    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. gpm

    The more McCain -Palin are exposed the polls will change.

    People are starting to see that MCain is out of touch with the 21st Century and Palin has no clue of what the world is really like outside of Wasilla.

    September 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Independent Dave

    Focus on the issues! John McCain is the target!

    Ignore the Palin distraction!

    September 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. John

    That is great news. Obama would ruin America if elected.

    September 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. No McCain, Please

    So basically, McCain is blowing it out! Again, what is this man going to do for America. I know the Evangelicals and all those other fossils at the convention were crazy about him and Caribou Barbie, but there are other people in this country and we want to know WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO FOR AMERICA!!!!

    September 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Change needed now

    Once the polish and hype com off the Palin VP pick, America will elect the right candidate for this great Country.

    Obama/ Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Enomayo Augustine Osaigbovo

    In the GOP convention John Mccain said he is also for change. I wonder why he hasn´t talk about change all this time that he is a senator.He has been a senator for over 20years if i am not mistaking, and he hasn´t been able to effect a single change in America politics.Now he talk about change to deceive we voters and play on our intelligence.Shame on you Mccain, you are not an instrument of change but a lier. We don´t want liers like you and Bush any more .Shame on You Mccain and Shame on you Bush.
    This Message was sign and approve by me Enomayo Augustine Califonia.

    September 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Alejandro

    MCCain you have to move, and trails Obama in double digits...Your ticket
    McCain_Palin is the BEST...the other must of the people won't vote for them.

    September 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. juiceball

    I suppose your Headline should read "McCain is losing support as the real pitbull is being exposed!"

    September 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. McCain: "Issues? What Issues?"

    Keep going Obama and the Dems had better step up their game or they are going to lose AGAIN. Why are we not going after McCain and I'm not speaking personally, I'm speaking about saying he's divorced from people's daily lives, how fumbled all over himself, the lies in his ads. COME ON ALREADY. This high-ground crap is working my nerves. I'm not saying be as low or lie, but what I am saying is dispell the lies quickly and point out their records. Go for the jugular.

    September 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Alejandro

    The Hillary's supporters are going to vote for McCain_Palin. Was a big mistake of Obama
    don't pick Hillary for VP.

    September 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Beartrack

    It is truly amazing to see how dumb the American public has become. They voted in "C" student Bush. Now some of them want to put another fool in the White House, along with his new bimbo. What were these people doing the last eight years ? Hiding in Rove's cave.

    September 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. SPQR753

    I feel sorry for the "GRUMPY" old man!!!!

    From now till election day it will be DOWNHILL road for McFlipFlopping and Sarah PaliNOCCHIO.

    September 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Pokies47

    If John McChange is really about change and reform then why his he running a status quo campign. When you talk change it must start with the campiagn. Obama is trying to change Washington by starting with change in the campiagn of getting rid of politics of the old . So were is your change John McChange. A man of his word does not go back on his promise to run a clean campiagn usless that's the only way he can get to Washington. So John McLair is running the dirtiest campaign in recent memory.

    September 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Zach

    Democrats could have had a winner but they chose a loser yet again!!!!

    September 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Renea Henschel

    CNN, and all the other news affiliates have gone from bad to worse in their bias coverage of this election! Quite frankly, I am shocked that you can't just inform us without the spin you place on everything. Lou Dobbs and now Charlie Gibson have to be the worst with their pompas condescending attitudes, dripping in disdain!! They have seriously left so many of us ill ! The media is now like the bully on the playground 😦

    I am only one of many many people, who don't want this Country in the hands of Government. The more you put your liberal fascist progressive spin on this election, the more disgusted we Conservatives become. Oh, and yes, we are talking about it!

    Sincerely, Fascism is OUT!

    September 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Sharathy Sarker

    When I hear the international affairs' statements of John McCain and Sarah Palin and if somehow how they are elected as President and Vice- President of USA ; this world probably will face the Third World War. As a socio-political human being this is my feeling.

    September 13, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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