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. Redphilly

    I have been hearing that the McCain camp doesn't care what kind of evil they have to do to win this election. Well, we Democrats don't have to, but can resort to all sorts of tactics also. Number one is getting that witch Palin on charges of Terroristic Threats against the public servant chief she fired. I am certain he was threatened by someone in Alaska who are Palin's friends, guided by her. All we have to do is get the chief to press charges that he was threatened and she is gone. With her underhanded dealings, she doesn't deserve to be vice-president. Biden may be a cranky old cuss, but at least he is honest!

    September 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. David

    You know what I would like to see? A federal election law banning polls. I am tired of them. I think everyone is tired of them. I also think they interfere with the natural election process.

    September 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. David

    Give it another week. After the people see Palin for who she is, and not for who she was scripted to be by the RNC and McCain's Rove disciples, they will quickly sour on the lemon that is McCain-Palin.

    September 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Melissa

    Who says cheaters never prosper... With the willingness of many mentally-challenged Americans to believe everything they see on TV and not focus on the issues, McCain finds that lying in abundance and pretending to respect women and their rights is his best strategy to win. Wake up, people! Check the records, examine the issues! THINK!!! Why do you think McCain struggles with the EDUCATED? When America is in this same rut or worse 4 years from now, who will you blame? Obama-Biden '08, the only SANE choice

    September 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Joyce in Florida

    I don't believe these polls. McCain is going to lose in November. This Hillary Clinton supporter is voting democrat. DEMOCRATS WILL TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Bruce from Gardena

    Obama will continue to rise in the polls as the truth about "PaCain" continue to be "revealed" – (no pun intended).

    September 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Richard

    Is Obama catching up after Palin's Interview with Gobson? I just can't wait to see what "Sarah Palin Revealed" will do to her.

    September 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. norma

    Where are these polls taken? This campaign should not be about personality, it should be on the issues affecting us Americans-we are one nation. To paraphrase JFKs line -the queston that should be asked iby all of us not what we the country can do for us, but what we can do for your country at this critical time? If each of us examine our own personal situation over the Bush administration, are we better or worse? If you're worse off, the choice of Obama/Biden is quite clear.
    The McCain campaign is not about issues, it's about rhetoric--enough is enough. The real poll that counts is Nov 4th. Let's not let the Karl Rove and his merry bandit pull the wool over our eyes again. Enough is enough, we have had it !!!!!! Change, and meaningful change is what is needed. Nuff said !!!

    September 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Scott Tucson

    Of course CNN would only show a 1 point lead by McCain, they don't want their boy Obama to look bad if it were higher.

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. oldsoldierboy

    Here is a comment from a US Marine in distress:

    "Sen Joe Biden, I have respect for sir. Let us see if Mccain and Cindy mccain can release just last year income.
    Straight from baghdad i want you and obama to bring us home sir."

    I hear you buddy and have not forgotten you. While Palin-mania is important to half the people. Our veterans are stuck in Iraq and killing themselves at a high rate. What is important to you America? Get them soldiers out of harms way or let McCain draft you and go fight.
    Hopefully you'll get a taste of this soldiers medicine.

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. jaye

    Is anyone really surprised by the polls?
    Does anyone really believe the polls??
    Unless Obama starts adressing the lies and mistruths from the McCain camp the polls will continue to favor McCain.
    McCain-Palin are going unchallenged.... and anyone that says that Palin is ready to be VP or President, is lying to themselves and to the country.

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Filipina

    Myself, family and friends we didn't get poll and we all for Obama.

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. jack bradin

    Truth is always difficult to spin. The US has suffered immeasurably
    during the years Senator McCain has been in public life...The worst period of mindless control of the US in the face of a clever enemy is coming to a close this January, the Bush Reich. If all McCain can accomplish with this gender ploy, is one or two points in the polls he will fail. The Palin affair is intended to divert attention from the caging, voter fraud, and apartheid activity happening right now in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and any where else the Rebublican'ts dishonor and defile our once proud nation. FOURTH ESTATE do your job, or we will all surely fail, and slip into the fascist bed the agents of chaos have made for the US....

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Mike

    "The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error." Yeah, okay! Any type or random sampling has a sampling error.

    September 13, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. WiseYoda

    Is the dark side stronger?
    No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

    John McCain the once honorable warrior has been seduced by the dark side. Consumed with anger and lust for power he is!

    Republic 08

    September 13, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. sylvia garcia

    This ole goat (I am from Arizona) is doing whatever he can to discredit Obama. You've got a long ways to go baby !! First the ole goat steals Obama's campain slogan. " It is time for change !" Is he so dumb that he (nor his aides) can create their own statement?? Then he choses this Bimbo as VP. God help us. Quote: "Palin has experience with forgein policy. As gov of Alaska she was right next to Russia!!" Now THAT is experience !! Both candidates voted the same on immigration. I do not want 4 more years of politics as usual. For those of you who want to avoid the truth; don't critize any spelling errors. You get the picture, or do you?

    September 13, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. mccainiac

    obama, please debate mccain in a townhall setting and put your money where your mouth is...quit ducking mccain...the more you ignore his requests the more people will think you are an empty suit who only does well with prepared remarks read from a teleprompter...

    September 13, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Carlos, NJ

    I'm so tired of the Republican's attacks and attempts to distract us from the real issues that are troubling to this country. Polls will go up and down, but what matters most is November 4th and how many people turn out to vote. America, let's change the course which this country is in. Let's focus on the issues that affects our lives, and ask tough questions. Palin has done a very rehearsed interview on ABC. All media should be grilling this woman and trying to understand what she's all about. Smile and personality is not good enough. This is the most important job in the world. We can't afford to make another mistake and elect a candidate that seems to be just like you and me. We've done that with Bush and look at where we are now. Republicans always have a plot, a game, a way to manipulate and twist the truth. I don't want 4 more years of a Republican in the White House. I've had enough of this charade. I want a smart man in power who'll put the country's interest ahead of his own ego. Vote OBAMA!

    September 13, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Pittpa

    Soon people will realize Sarah Palin was just a FLING!

    September 13, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Bill Colorado

    That poll cannot be correct. Obama has to be ahead by at least 20 points......not to worry Dems. Polls are always wrong.

    September 13, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Jack

    Wonderful. Sarah Palin pathologically lies to the country, McCain backs her up, and they wind up one point ahead.

    September 13, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Um yeah, your poll is off

    September 13, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. LCooper

    McCain is right–Most Women are as stupid, gullible and naive as he anticipated in selecting Palin to lure the easily lead and easily duped into voting for him. Womens suffurage was a waste

    September 13, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. John Sullivan

    As an Arizonan who voted for McCain three times in his senate races, I am appalled at the outright lying he has enabled in his ads and in Palin's interview on ABC. I no longer support Mr. McCain. His choice of Palin, who has been caught lying, underscores his poor judgement.
    America dose not need a team of liars to be president and VP.

    September 13, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Peter

    People really need to wake up. John McCain is nothing but lies, lies, lies, and more lies.

    If he is elected, his knee-Jerk, whatever it takes to elect me will destroy this country.

    How stupid are the %46 of America that our leaning his way? Do facts and truth even matter/

    If we elect him, we deserve what we get. I don't want to hear people in Ohio, Penn., and Michegan crying about losing their jobs.

    September 13, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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