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. Patman

    Doesn't look like McCAin's sleazebag tactics are pulling him away from Obama. His post convention bounce is winding down, people are seeing Sarah Palin for what she is, making it harder to hide behind her skirt, he's finally being called out for his lies and distractions and while I'm not going to make any ironclad predictions (with all the white folks who'd rather go through a third Bush administration that put a black man in the White House), I feel that it's going to be bad bad news for McCain from here on out.

    September 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Marcy

    Cindy McCain refused to answer when asked, on The View, how many houses the McCains own, saying that that information is not part of this campaign! Now who are the real elitists here? The mega-rich Republican candidates and their huge corporate supporters, of course. (Some may say that Palin is not rich. I don't know how much money her family has but she bills the state of Alaska for so many of her personal expenses that it doesn't really matter- money is obviously not a Palin problem).How can middle and lower-income Americans continually fall for the Republicans' empty promises- you would think that after 8 years of falling prosperity under Bush (which followed the 8 years of rising prosperity under Clinton) that even those with short political memories would wake up! McCain/Palin is the ticket to self-destruction for America. If you are an evangelical who is hoping for the end-times, maybe this sounds great to you. For the rest of us, the edge of the cliff is getting closer and closer.

    September 13, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. paul

    Yes, go McCain

    Jews for Jesus

    September 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Gail Black

    McCain was all over the Hurricane in New Orleans. Even cancelled the RNC. Texas is a Republican state but yet I do not see him anywhere. At least Obama cx'd his appearance on SNL.

    Remember this, Texas, when you vote.


    September 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Danny

    Obama is the best person to lead this country. McCain/Palin to many questions marks. To much like Bush

    September 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. No Way, No McCain!

    After America hears more of Palin and how she is not ready, Barack will be back on top again.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Anon - TN

    This country has truely lost its mind, fix all the problems by electing the same people who caused them... I'm moving to Canada.

    September 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. GOP for OBAMA

    Where was the 20 point bounce everybody expected after the GOP convention?

    Why aren't Palin and McSame 30 points ahead?????

    Why is this even close?????? All that experience as POW and Mayor of the 87,876 largest city in America and the race is this close....

    16 years of winter, GOP, 16 years of winter!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Patrick Feeney

    just like in the lipstick chronicles of last week CNN's focus on national polling numbers reflects an obsession with the totally meaningless. As the last two elections have shown, national polls that measure the popular vote are absolutely meaningless in a presidential race that is going to be determined by the state by state electoral college numbers. CNN would better serve its viewers and readers if it maintained a focus on the battleground states that are going to determine a selection.

    September 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Verona Williams

    The wool is gradually taken from the electorate's eyes so now they will see the Republicans for who they are – deceitful and full of empy promises!

    September 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Beth O

    Are the pollsters surveying the newly registered who came out in record numbers to support Obama in the Democratic primary? These people would likely vote in the general election because they finally have a candidate they can be excited about? I have not seen any information on who is being polled. Most young people, recent college graduates, have only cell phones and wouldn't be considered likely voters because they traditionally don't vote. If they are included in the polls, wouldn't Obama be way ahead?

    September 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. JJ

    Mcsame can only take the lead for at least one week. CNN by next week Obama will take it back. It's predictable that Obama will win the elections 2008. America can not afford a four more years of this disaster administration if so it's puting the country into a tomb. Mcsame is suffering of cancer in four parts of his body and McPalin as a weak woman as usual won't be able to take the lead of this huge country that we love so much.

    NO WAY, NO HOW , No McSame

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Damian - Atlanta, GA

    I have said it before. The dynamics of this race will continuously change due to the closeness of the race. I am hesitant to believe any of the current polls. I will look at polls again in two weeks after the first debate.

    September 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Kerry in VA

    I would like to know to whom are they asking these questions. I have never been polled, none of my family and fiends have ever been polled, and no one I have ever worked with has been polled. I was saying the same same thing when Obama was in the lead. I am starting the think that the polls are rigged, but then again Bush was elected twice. Maybe the American people are that dumb. Look at where this country is. Gas prices through the roof, people loosing their homes, an unjust war, just to name a few of the problems thaey we have under the Republican rule. McCain is always hollering country first, I don't see it. If the country was first it would not be in the position it is in now. The American people better wake up if they expect us to keep standing. Looks like we are heading down the same rode the Romans went down and we all know what happened to them. WAKE UP AMERICA.

    September 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Sid B

    This is an indication that the palin factor is peeling off. American people are not stupid to fall for Republican deceits

    September 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. sario

    Have a look at the Newsweek poll: Questions 22-26.

    OVER 50% of the people polled in that poll DO NOT know that:
    1. Palin said 'thanks but no thanks' to the Bridge to nowhere only AFTER it was clear Congress would NOT fund it.
    2. Palin is against abortion in the cases of RAPE and INCEST (only supports it IF the mother's live is in danger).
    3. Palin has serious DOUBTS about the role of human activities in causing global warming.

    It is really telling how uninformed the people that are polled are.

    September 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. kathy

    What's the matter with you people – he's a republican, she's a republican – this country can't take another republican for 4 years – God help us.

    Surely, all you who are unemployed and those who have had foreclosures this year are not going to vote for a repubilcan. Get over Sarah Palin and have some comman sense – they are republicans for pete's sake.

    September 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. matt in iowa

    This race is far from over.

    September 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Rob Dinsmore

    Is this country really this dense? Have the last 8 years not taught them a lesson? Apparently the answer is yes.

    September 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Sam Sutherland

    No matter what the Polls say – the Last Seven Years Happen!

    September 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Debbie

    It is only a matter of time before the gap is closed between these two candidates and Obama takes the lead. As a country we are smarter than John McCain thinks. Sarah looked good, initially, for his chances, but the "Bloom is off the Rose", because when she talks nothing comes out. Sort of like dating a really good looking person who ruins it all when they speak....what a real turn off. I am also sickened by the picture that was shown last night on 20/20 with her standing next to a kill of a deer or moose, whatever. It was very brutal. If y ou beleive in "life", are pro-life, then why are you a "hunter" and why do you kill?

    September 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. john,IL

    I am a strong democrat since 2000.I never vote for republicans.This time I am going to vote for Mccain.The democrats and media has been played dirty role to defeat Hillary Clinton in the primary.

    September 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Drew from Green Bay, WI

    I think that these polls are probably pretty close. As a supporter of Obama I have troubles not being worried about them. I do, however, think that any boost Obama would have gotten from the convention and VP pick got lost in McCain's VP pick and convention. Palin has energized both bases, but fortunatly for the Democrats, she brings a lot of baggage that will destroy McCain's campaign late. Also, many of the Clinton hold outs will turn out and vote for Obama even though they are saying they won't. It's tough to think that you could go against your ideals that much to vote for McCain just to make a statement (Hillary should have been VP) that wouldn't matter much in the long term anyway. The Cilnton supporters have more to lose than to gain to vote for McCain.

    September 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Brandon

    Are you serious? When I saw this headline I laughed out loud. I don't care how many polls you combine. It's just not possible to eliminate error. Even if you were able to eliminate sampling error by polling the entire populace, you still have error because it's impossible to predict how people would actually behave on election day. And don't even get me started on the "undecided voters". Anyone with a basic knowledge of statistics would know that. Shame on you, CNN. Do you guys even have a statistician on staff?

    This is yet another example of the media treating this Presidential Election as if it were some sporting event. Because someone has to be winning and someone losing, right? Enough with the polls. They're notoriously inaccurate and thus meaningless. But if you insist on using them, the responsible action is to state that polls that fall within the margin of error indicate that the race is even.

    September 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Lynette

    No worries, as Palin keeps talking, that number will tank. McCain did not vet her, and that Alaska investigation will be the fall of his bid to win in November. Palio is suppsesly going to Washington to reform everyone according to McCain, but if Palin is found to have abused her power, the only reform she will be doing is in jail or community service and perhaps then she'll "sorta" learn what a community service organizer does.

    September 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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