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. Moderate Republican for Obama

    I just saw clips from the Palin and Gibson interview. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Palin looked like a student who poorly studied for their Vice President 101 Final Exam. This is not American Idol or America's Got Talent. This person will potentially be a heartbeat away from the most important political office in the world. Palin didn't even know what the Bush Doctrine was, a doctrine solely responsible for the Middle East mess that we are involved in right now. Palin thinks that being close to Russia gives her a distinct knowledge of their affairs. I simply cannot believe that any rational, intelligent, and thinking red-blooded American would support the McCain-Palin ticket. What's even more amazing is that a considerable number of Americans are doing just that! WOW! Perhaps my faith in the American People is dangerously misplaced. I hope and pray to God that Dems, Moderates and Independents who know better, and Republicans who know better do not allow McCain-Palin to run this country. At this point, even a Third Party candidate would be better than this horrible ticket!

    September 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Palin is the New Hillary


    Palin will be president in 2012. That witch Hillary can stay home and keep tabs on her cheating husband.

    Palin 2012

    September 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. John Ohio

    CNN we will see November 4, 2008 when Obama win the election,
    These polls are for the republican and cares what polls say because I have not ask to be taken a poll survey.....CNN who cares about the polls,

    September 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Dandelion.

    By next week, Obama will have regained his lead and all in the world will be right again.

    September 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Irene

    THE BIGGEST POLL OF ALL...........NOVEMBER 4, 2008.........IT COUNTS!

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    September 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Brad

    American people..... do not make the same mistake twice, you are much better than that...haven't we suffered enough for the last 8 years.

    September 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. alvino

    The Wisconsin State Journal had an article about the McCain campaign sending out information for absentee ballots to registered democrats. It appears that the addresses on the applications may be returned to areas where the voter is not eligible to vote, which would invalidate their vote. Nice way to disenfranchise the electorate.

    John, you make us so proud of you. Each day you bring us more sleaze, and make the Bush campaigns of 2000 and 2004 look more honorable.

    September 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Ken, LA California

    We are bot interested in National Polls, Enough is Enough, the polls called me and I said I support MacCain, but will I vote for him, No!

    September 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. White and Black support for Obama

    I will only believe these polls when they start asking everyone including cell phone users their opinion.

    Cnn why don't you conduct cell phone polls or go to schools ? Actually Obama is ahead by state to state basis.

    September 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Natasha

    It's all about the ELECTORAL COLLEGES.... GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    Sarah is going to hand herself on her own!!! McCain is gonna go away naturally

    September 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Audrey Przybylski

    In the past Obama has shown that he can bounce back when faced with difficulty, like the controversial Reverand Wright issue. I believe Obama and his campaign organizers will rise over this too.

    The Obama campaign is too smart to let McCain get away with lying and will attack his distorted ads.

    Obama may not attack right away but . . . . it is coming

    Obama is the real change.

    September 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. David Tshil

    Is this the begining of the mcCain downward trend?

    Waitr and see. The Palin effect is now fading.

    September 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. New Years Kid for Obama!

    It was only a matter of time before McCains lead declined. The more Palin speaks the better it is for Obama. By this time next week Obama should have over Taken McCain.

    September 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. tiger

    mind game!

    September 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. James


    September 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Wendy

    If the American people are so stupid that they are willing to believe fabrications about Obama rather than research for themselves the truth then we are destined for another four years of Bush's disasterous policies. God bless us all.

    September 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Robert

    Once again the Republicans are stealing the election with lies, deception, and manipulation. McCain is a man of honor? Why did he not defend his honor when his family was attacked by Bush in 2000? Why did the hero give in to the interrogators at Hanoi Hilton and sell out his country? What honor? He chose an incompetent fundamentalist as his running mate to pander to the wacko right. McCain and Palin have blatantly lied to the American public and the uneducated, and those lacking in discernment (the 51% who elected Bush) are too stupid to buy into it again. It could be revealed that Palin is a murderer and the unconscious electorate would still remain in denial. Pathetic country and now the laughingstock of the world. Good bye USA.

    September 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. voice for obama

    it should be the other way round once the american people start to understand where this people's policies stand...., as for now let them have a good nite sleep."do not disturb a sleeping dog"
    ooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOBAMA 008'

    September 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Donna

    While John McCain may have behaved heroically in the past, he has abandoned any pretense at heroism in his zeal to be elected. I'd rather see someone elected who behaves with integrity than someone who did so a generation ago. Hopefully, the American public will agree.

    September 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Robert Wooller, Bradford, England, UK

    I am deeply worried that Obama has fallen so much in the poll of polls. I only hope he can make all of this up in time for the November Election. Surely America can't want another four years of Republican government.

    Obama 2008!!!

    September 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Disgusted

    Hang on in there Senator Obama and continue to maintain your dignity and your integrity even if McCain doesn't. What God has for you is for you and what he has for McCain is for McCain. Don't stoop to his cut throat tactics. We are behind you Senator Obama and family.

    September 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Will in Richmond, VA

    Race is indeed tight.

    BUT we still need to see the debates and frankly, from what I've seen, the Republicans don't seem to have very many real answers at all for the multitude of problems that face this nation. Expect total carnage in the debates. Obama and Biden are so much more informed on every issue.

    September 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. no way no how

    i watched joy behar call out mccain on his campaign ad lies yesterday on 'the view'. well, here's another one. clearly, he is desperate for the white house, as he will do or say anything to win. shame on mccain.

    September 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Sharon Wright

    The US election is being watched by most Canadians including our Prime Minister and for good reason. The obvious choice for a next president lies in Obama. At this point in history, with so much at stake, why would anyone even think of voting McCain. This is the wrong moment to be preoccupied with gender issues. Give us all a break.

    September 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Patti Zimmerman

    As we have seen this year, the polls have been quite inaccurate. Obama/Biden will win. People are not willing to vote for four more years of the same Bush/McCain policies.

    September 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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