November 1st, 2008
05:40 PM ET
11 years ago

CNN poll of polls: Race remains tight

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama has lost a single point of his lead over Sen. John McCain in CNN’s latest national poll of polls.

Obama is ahead of McCain by six points in Saturday’s poll of polls. Fifty percent of likely voters nationally support Obama, 44 percent support McCain, and six percent are unsure about their choice for president.

In CNN’s October 31 national poll of polls, Obama had a seven-point lead over McCain – 50 percent compared to 43 percent.

CNN’s latest national general election poll of polls consists of the following six surveys: Fox/Opinion Dynamics (October 28-29), ABC/Washington Post (October 28-31), Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby (October 29-31), Gallup (October 29-31), Diageo/Hotline (October 29-31), and IBD/TIPP (October 27-31).

CNN’s national poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. former puma

    i dont trust ur poll now u have use fox news. and why cant you cover that cheney endorse mccain all u keep doing is reporting rubish.

    November 1, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Friends are telling me they have family in other states touting that republicans are up to the same old thing. Trying to steal another election.

    Boston Tea Party – here we come !!!!!

    November 1, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. David

    Obama's aunt has been living in the US in public housing for 4 years. She has been told to leave but she won't. Obama says he did not know. Right. What else are you hiding Mr. Obama?

    November 1, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. bill he computer guy

    Don’t worry everything will be better if Obama get elected The sky will even be bluer, even the immigration problems will be solved. how?? Well as America slips deep into a depression illegal immigrants will run back home droves, as our bread lines thicken. The people like Obama’s Aunt who live in public housing will be adorn newer and taller public housing for the scores that lose their homes and as soon as the capitol gains taxes are raised on the wealthy company owners, who employ most of the workers, they will simply close their doors convert to cash and leave scores without a job. You see there is no capitol gain on cash. And with all the desperation amid the population not many will be able to afford gas, or anything else that would pollute so the smog and global warming issues from the U.S. wont be a issue either.

    November 1, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Billy


    A 6 point win by Obama would be a landslide. Guess that doesn't fit the CNN narrative of it's close.

    CNN is yesterday's new network.

    November 1, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. spread the wealth

    cnn this election is not won by's won by states! come on cnn!! it aint that tight.

    November 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. j

    The poll I have been watching, which is similar to CNN has been about the same for the past week with small up and down movement but they still show Obama with about 333 electoral votes. Of course this can only become a reality if all of the Obama supporters get out and VOTE!

    November 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Hal, Redondo Beach, CA

    McCain "fight, fight, fight, squawk. . . fight, fight, fight. ,Joe the Plumber squawk Bob the Builder squawk. . . socialism, terrorists, socialism squawk.

    You Betcha. . . The only reason this race is even close is the roughly 10% of americans who are racist and the other 30% who have never taken the time to learn U.S. History or Civics.

    November 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. J. Foley

    I hope McCain beats Obama. I donb't want to hand my kids a socialist government...

    November 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Dawn

    that really sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    November 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. VETS4Obama

    Is this like trying to increase the drama CNN? Everytime you claim it is tight or tightening the next days polls show what is was the day before you claimed things are tightening! This race has been stagnant for several weeks. Call it like it is and stop trying to create drama please!!!

    November 1, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. former gop

    It will be a mudslide... all the mud McCain and that witch Palin threw is sliding right off Obama and he's heading straight to the White House.

    President Obama take back the flag!!!!

    November 1, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. JJW

    C'mon CNN, stop trying to inject some drama. You know as well as everyone else how this election is shaping up. If the result is anything different you guys doing the polls should all be fired for getting it sooooooooo wrong.

    November 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. chuck

    I'm not worried about the National poll it's the electoral poll that is giving McCain and The republican party fitz. I understand that McCain is travelling with Joe the docter and a call has gone out for joe the funeral guy. Cheney is travelling with Joe the heart docter.

    November 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Eric

    CNN is overall doing the best job of any cable network this election cycle, but this headline is a joke. A 6 point lead (6.6 by RCP) is a huge lead with less the 72 remaining, Obama still has an substantial electoral college victory without including any battleground states, and he has a huge lead among the 1/3 of voters that have cast their ballots early.

    November 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Griff

    All my life of travelling and studying the Middle-East and America as Learned nothing... Most of them live within 10 Square miles of their homes. You get nothing, for "Nothing"..... I can honestly say today...
    96% of Black Africans lives will not change....They Dream...
    But do nothing productive to change.. Obama's Change is a Ghost-Life.

    November 1, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Worried

    Please keep track of the Bush Family come tuesday night. For those of us who voted a mere ( it seems MUCH MUCH MUCH longer than just 8 years ago)
    Wher the hell is Jeb Bush Kathy Harris, Carl Rove,Sean HANNITY, and don't forget the Great one RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    Thank you my friends.
    GOD BLESS THBarack Obama ATS RIGHT I said it
    GOD BLESS Barack Obama

    November 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Corey, Maryland

    I really dont understand how people can be undecided at this point!!! You have a great guy named Barack Obama that will fix this country and turn it back over to the people and not big corporations. And then you have a sleazy old guy named John McSame that will carry on every worthless policy of George Bush!!! Its a no brainer people

    Obama Biden 2008!!!!

    November 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. chuck

    What tight Race are you talking about? Thanksgiving day will be celebrated early and I am declaring Tuesday November 04 Thanksgining Day.That's the day Democrats will stick the fork in the Republicans and by the way Do you want Fries with that?

    November 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. BOB S S






    November 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Amy

    At this point it's all about the state polls, not the national polls. If national polls mattered we would have had a President Gore instead of President Bush. I can only dream where we would be if that had been the outcome!

    November 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Ms M L Beckham

    These polls will change back and forth often between now and 11/4. A "1" % point change in the poll means that some of the undecideds have made up their minds. Undecideds need to decide what they want to do. The other issue is that some so called "undecideds"
    are people with cell phones who can't be polled in the normal manner. Many of them are young first time voters. This is skewing the poll numbers. A lot of people have already voted (myself included).

    November 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Ghost

    I hope this gets everone out to vote Nov. 4th. We need a landslide so this election can't be stolen.

    November 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. Joi

    At this point it is the individual state polls we need to keep an eye on.
    Obama/Biden on Tuesday!!!!

    November 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. mobadthangood

    There were a lot of people that were glum in Russia during the Stalin era.
    There were a lot of people glum in Italy during the Mussolini era.
    There were a lot of people glum in Germany during the Hitler era.
    There were and still are a lot of people glum in Cuba from the Castro era.
    There were a lot of people that were glum during the Saddam Hussein era.

    Do you get it yet?

    There were a lot of happy people in those eras and countries until they found out what was really happening to them.
    A lot of those people ended up DEAD and imprisoned.
    You are wanting to put a MUSLIM in as Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military in the world.

    Yeah, its GLUM thinking about what could happen.

    November 1, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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