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. Andrew

    The public is reluctant to believe that a war hero can be a liar - a non-stop liar who will say anything to get ahead. What happened to the officer's honor? And, probably worse, if he lies like this to get elected, what can we expect from him if he becomes president? Could we be nostalgic for Bush? Don't take the chance!

    September 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Juan Grain

    Governor Palin must go on "MEET the PRESS." Americans need to know who these candidates are in order to make informed, inteligent choices. All of the others have been on. McCain 52 times, biden 42 times, Obama 3 or more times. Palin 0 times.

    September 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Amy Jones

    As a democrat, I 'm sick of Palin. Obama and the media need to express Obama's economic/health care plans. Who cares if she doesn't know about bush policies. I doubt Bush knows let alone Palin.I'm sick of the Palin factor and the meida putting her unerder the microscope. Also, the more I hear her speak..the more I'm impressed. I have pondered voting for her..more obama.

    September 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Tristan, City of New York

    I guess playing gutter politics gives you a bounce in the polls...

    September 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Rob, Miami

    It's over for "The One"....
    After all the chanting and roaring and once all those styrofoam columns go backstage, all we have is an inexperienced anti-american running for president.

    McCain/Palin 08' for Less Government Intervention and Less Taxes

    September 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Ryan Delaware

    I guess that "bush doctrine" issue didn't bring McCain down in the polls...

    I'm tired of seeing comments by people saying "she didn't even know what the Bush Doctrine was...she's not ready"


    Get a life you liberal left wing crazys!

    September 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. DeMacroo

    I guess these people have watched the interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson. McCain's lead is and has only happen because he place an unqualified, "My foreign policy experience is that on a small island in Alaska you can see Russia". Using her power as a governor to carry out family revenge. Dan Quail in a dress VP.

    I am one of man independent voters who is tired of the way McCain's campaign is using every dirty tactic to win this election. Palin needs to speak to reporters, wait I forgot, give her a teleprompter so she can talk because she doesn't know what she is talking about. I can't wait to the VP debates. If the ABC interview did show who she truely is then the world will find out then.

    To quote TO, "Get your popcorn ready"

    September 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Joe Regis

    This poll is a blip!

    No more republican in the White House this year. No way, no how, no McCain – P.

    America wants change, America wants reform and America wants

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Elizabeth

    It looks like a macho guy, Todd Palin, who works in the oil fields in Alaska may be helping to run our country – HOW PATHETIC AND SCARY!!!!!!! McCain really dragged the bottom of the barrel ! McCain is as SICKO as those two Palins. COCKY WACKO is a very apt description of Palin. McCain and many other men have a "Britney Spears mentality"!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. gary


    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Vishal

    o they used fox news poll, no wonder mccain is in the lead.

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Ricky

    Thank God!!!

    September 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. abdelkader labidi

    i have never voted republican and will never will.
    McCain will go to war with Iran, Syria, or some other place that is for sure. He will most likely die from stress and Pailin will take over

    September 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Peter

    While we are certain that Obama will win,its important that this win comes progressively than a suden days surge.This way voters do it to stay.They think through it and make a permanent decision.One point at a time.As for Mc lead,every competator has a right to enjoy a seasonal lead.Think the long didtances runners.Step by step but sure.lead.

    September 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Björn

    I'm afread the Americans are going to be intimidated all over again by the Republicans and make the same mistake of 4 years ago.

    Will you ever learn ?

    Björn, Belgium

    September 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Luis Pando

    This will and always was a tight race. Now that the Palin factor is waning a little bit the question is – can McCain carry the ticket? My personal feeling si no. He could not carry it before the convention. So it boils down to can Palin carry McCain? My feeling is as soon as people really think about it and Palin is exposed to the media in unscripted settings her ability to carry the ticket will be tested. I am so glad now that he picked her instead of someone truly tested like Sen. Bailey-Hutchinson of Texas because I know she is capable and would be able to stand up to the scrutiny.

    September 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. 2008Voter

    Obama's coming back!!

    September 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Ohio for Change

    2 then 1 then Zero....then back ahead. The American people are not as stupid as the Repugs think we are. It will be close...very close but McCain and the Zero with te Communications degree with credits from 6 different colleges OMG...have seen the's all down hill from here for them. Im a retired military officer with an MBA...I have more education and exec experience than this woman...people are/will wake up before 4 Nov!!!

    September 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. John, Las Vegas, NV

    I can tell you that these polls don't account for voters age 18-30. Most of those people can't be reached by a landline phone, they are the cell phone only group. If these people turn out and vote like they say they will, this could be a landslide for Obama.

    Most of the polling data is from Previous voters in 2004 age 40-70. Think about it folks.

    September 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. JRose

    I'm surprise of all the women that is supporting McCain-Palin. Do they understand that these people, if given the opportunity thru support of congress will reverse Roe vs Wade? Women with unwanted pregnancies would turn to back street alleys and other unlawful practices for abortions. God forbid that a woman is rape and worse if a 12 or 13 year old is rape, you mean tell me that they would have a minor child carry a baby full term. who is going to pay for all this medical and prenatal care? The McCain-Palin Health Care does not cover middle American families. Yeah, Yeah, having a woman on a ticket as VP is great, but let's do our homework and take a look at what they are offering us regular folks. Stop watching the TV and read their bio. And then maybe you will see what the rest of us is seeing.

    September 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Walmart mother in Kennesaw,Ga

    Lost my vote!!! Obama should be ahead by next week. Both McCain And Palin interviews this week were not impressive at all. Both seem very cocky. I never thought I will be voting democrat .

    September 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. noble kizzey

    ...sorry to say is no more a pride for one to say i am an american.ThIs politics of skin color in lieu of issues,politcs of white rural,white evangelicals, and the sorts is a BIGBLOW to america.There is notin the world has to learn from america.Its is a sorry state that we dont know what we want anymore.The press,u people are the worst enemy of america.Leaving facts to pursue shadows.

    Let me say it clear......Am white but it doesnt matter.The day MCcann and whoever gets ito that place marks the fall of america.

    The world is talking about peace and all i hear from this campiagn is fear and war.Tot amaerica was aplace of intellectuals and reasoning.
    Shame to us.

    September 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Ron L

    Believe me this won't last. This is what you call the Governor Sarah Palin Honeymoon period. As more and more people find out that she has not been truthful in her 'so called maverick" accomplishments, and shows she really isn't seasoned enough to be the Vice President and ESPECIALLY NOT the President. The McCain / Palin ticket WILL LOSE 5 to 8 points from Independents.

    September 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. offwallst





    LET'S SEE IF YOU HAVE GUTS TO PRINT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IF YOU DO ....I GIVE YOU PROPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. jone.


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