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. Shirley-Ohio

    Thats okay, Palin got pranked by a Canadian Comedy Duo radio station. She thought she was talking to French President Sarkozy and talked for almost 7 minutes to these pranksters. WoW. You can here the call on the Huffington Post. WoW.

    November 1, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. Susan

    Democrats now changing to McCain. There is lying in the Obama camp.

    November 1, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. rivergirlnga

    McCain/Palin ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE! Change we can TRUST!

    November 1, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. Dan

    If there is a group of people more dramatic and pessimistic than American liberals, I have not met them yet. You guys are so nasty with the way you speak about people. I don't agree with Obama on a lot of his policies, but I don't resort to calling him names like an immature 5th grader! I know the world will not end if he (Obama) you REALLY think the world is over if McCain wins? Why don't you be more constructive and talk about which policies you disagree with instead of making fun of the way they look or speak. Even though you like to think that all liberals are intelligent and all conservatives are not, your arguements are not coming off as very intelligent!

    November 1, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. Matt MC

    Six points is not "tightening" its a blowout...if Obama actually gets 6-7% more nationally we're looking at 350+ electoral votes.

    November 1, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Diebold Bandit

    The only thing more useless than a poll of National Polls is the ticket of Sarah Palin and John McCain.

    November 1, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Erik from Real PA

    Gallup has Obama's lead increasing or holding steady in all three indicators, and Real Clear Politics has Obama's lead increasing on their average of polls. CNN is obligated to report otherwise to keep us tuning in, so they can sell ad content.

    November 1, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Southern Girl

    IF Amercians vote for the safety and security of our country and for the future of our children – we will vote McCAIN/PALIN. How can Americans be so brainwashed and naive? The media outlets are choosing to ignore scary truths about Obama to discuss Palin's wardrobe. It is amazing what money, media influence, and celebrity friends can buy you.

    November 1, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. independent

    Other polls have Obama up by 12.

    November 1, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Begi

    I voted, Obama all the way. Mccain last minute desparate. Sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. shahid

    How does Obama's "wealth distribution" philosophy attract so many people? It worked in fairy tale once (Robinhood), then it worked again during the communist revolutions in Russia, China, Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba. It works especially well during upheavals like economic turmoil, recessions and wars. People are vulnerable and gullible during those times, and now is the time.

    But any sensible people will understand that it doesn't work for mankind, and history has proved it abundantly clear. to be continue...

    November 1, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Des,Toronto

    Where are Palin's health records? It's almost two days to election day and she is the only candidate who has not disclosed.What is she hiding and why CNN id not hounding her like you did Obama on all the other nonsense.Is Trig her child?

    Obama – Biden 08

    November 1, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. shahid

    In a free society, without hard-working and risk-taking people, there would be no jobs, no innovations, and no tax revenues to run the country and provide needs for the poor. Just think about this:

    A business owner works intensely 12-18 hours a day, provides jobs for 12 people, creating something that benefits the consumers, contributes over $500,000 in tax a year, pays for his employees's health insurance, their social security and 401K plan. To be continue...

    November 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. shahid

    His employees perform what he prescribed to them, take home the income and take care of his/her family. They do pay taxes, but much less than he does, and doesn't pay anybody's healthcare.

    Then there are people who do not work, receive handouts, sit around all day without many physical activities, get sick often, whine a lot and are major social burden to hard-working people. To be continue...

    November 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. jrzshor

    seems that most people have forgotten one really simple fact here. who ever wins MUST understand that almost half the country voted for the other guy. so let us not be overjoyed when half the country will be pissed off no matter what you do to them or for them.

    November 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. zach

    i wonder what people are calling close this is a landslide for gods sake

    November 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. Terri

    How sad, the supporters have stooped to Name calling and putting people down. I know my vote is heard now. Let the process work and stop the name calling. Also for those who are putting down a possible president and vice-president – Don't you think you should do some research instead of listening to the reporters or blogs or anything else...

    November 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. Texas Teacher

    This is our chance, People, our chance to take back our country. Our chance to take back the American Dream! All we have to do is get out there and vote! People all over this country are doing just that.

    The American Dream is alive and well.... and Obama wants to help us get it back! Not just for the wealthy manipulations of the system, but for all of us fairly. That is why Obama is ahead. That is why people all across the country are supporting him! On some level, we all know that he is here to help us regain the American Dream.

    God Bless Barack Obama! God Bless America!

    November 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  19. 10 point lead

    This one's locked up.
    With that lead, 12 million Obama supporters can just stay home and he'll still win!

    November 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |


    November 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. dematheart

    Please note: Fox is included in this poll.

    There is NO way it can be correct with Fake News involved! When all other polls-for example, have McBush at 42, Fake News has him at 85!

    Obama is going to win this election!

    Please get out an vote for Obama!

    November 1, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. Maher

    What worries me most beyond who will win the election, is the sincerity of the still "undecided voters". I have one interpretation for it, particularly that we are 3 days away from election day:

    "Are you waiting for a miracle or something supernatural to make up your mind or are you for McCain but do not have enough courage to declare it.

    November 1, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. vic

    So, mccain and palin will win the election and destroy whats left of our country.
    All I can say is you get what you vote for.

    November 1, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. Tim

    There is no way Obama/ Biden should lose unless someone tampers with the vote. I wouldnt put that past the powerful oil execs and "dirty"republicans who stand to lose so much in an Obama administration. Thats why we have to win this by a large margin.. I played collegiate sports and my coach would tell us that you have to be 10 points better than the home team when you are playing a road game. Democrats, independents, and all other rational Americans we are on the road in the biggest game of our life and we need to win by a lot so the "refs" cant steal it from us...

    I truly do worry what would happen if they found a way to steal it.. I think there would be riots all over the place...

    November 1, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  25. marie 1

    I have watched horrifed and become increasingly nauseated to see and hear just how much the news media is in the tank for obama. To think you use to like John McCain. What does this make all of you?Frauds just like obama. I am ashamed to admit I use to think highly of the news media. When the newspapers went all the way to the radical left I turned to network news and cable news. Now there is nowhere else to turn.
    Polls show obama has this election in the bag, thanks to all of you. What price will you all have to pay, time will tell. Maybe it will be your freedom of speech maybe for some -future promotions if you say or do the wrong thing in the emperor world of lord obama. What is even worse, if this fraud is elected you the news media have contributed to the selling of America. I wonder how does it feel to be traitors? May God have mercvy on your souls for not being truthful and fair. obama is not a Democract that I know, what or who he really is we will never know until it is too late. May God have mercy on all of us and prove miracles can happen if youeally believe in God, honesty and that the truth shall prevail.

    November 1, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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