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. Hope Over Fear

    Good motivation – don't count your chickens. Be sure to get out and VOTE!

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 1, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    Polls, Polls, Polls..... they don't mean much. Too much is NOT polled... like the vote of the informed youth who are voting for the first time this year!

    Obama is running on change that is good for all of us.
    Biden supports him.

    McCain is running on Bush's policies to continue to make the rich richer... while the rest of go to hell in a handbag!
    Palin? Palin is running for PALIN!

    November 1, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Jose

    Yup, the race tightens up, just as big media scripts it; they helped throw the last two elections for the people who own them (Republican coroprate fatcats), though at least in 2000 they actually seemed reluctant in helping in the disenfranchisement. This year they've gone ultra-softly on Grandpa (the investigation into the Forrestal incident chaired by, you betcha, Admiral John McCain Sr., just for one); but we did get plenty of Wright and Ayers. It isn't just Washington that needs cleaning up, it's Columbus Circle too (the glitzy perch of AC 360). Firing Campbell Brown for conflict of interest (her husband Dan Senor's role in the occupation of Iraq) would be a step in the right direction. But, please God, no talk show for Mooselini Palin.

    November 1, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Ted:Canada

    Canada sends it’s DEEPEST SYMPATHY!

    Bush, Cheney, McCain, Palin and Cindy
    Plus over 7,800 republican staffers stil asleep at the switch in Washington!

    “FOUR MORE YEARS” of Republicans"

    Sincere CONDOLENCESS and heart felt SYMPATHY to
    the American people

    November 1, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Stephan Munch

    In any other country in the world palin would be considered a joke – how can Americans even consider voting for anybody with her as a VP. Scary thought! Her only credentials seems to be that she has a handicapped child.........

    November 1, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. WM in Colorado

    6 point lead....its over. OK everyone can just sit back and watch the returns on TV now.

    November 1, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Artie

    Enough polls already...just go VOTE people...only the crazy nuts watch these days to day polls....Let's get this thing over,. and VOTE now.

    November 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. James

    The polls will change again by tomorrow morning.

    November 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. Ron, NYC

    CNN keep up with your last efforts to get McCain/Palin elected. By Wednesday next week, you will have lost whatever bit of credibility you have left. No wonder MSNBC has overtaken you guys in ratings.

    November 1, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Ex-Republican (Retired Military)

    If McCain wins the joke is on us.

    Has America really fallen so far????

    November 1, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Mike Hunt

    If McCain wins, America goes down as the dumbest civilization in history.

    Only a nation of doofuses would re-elect the party that has doubled its national debt from $5 trillion to $10 trillion, launched two unfinished wars and has robbed its citizens of $700b while triggering the biggest recession since The Great Depression.

    I think Americans are too smart to be fooled twice but if you elect the GOP again, then you deserve what you'll get: President Sarah Palin.

    November 1, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Calvin

    vote for CHANGE !!

    November 1, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Paul

    According to, as of October 31 2008, the national average is actually 6.6% in favor of Obama...also, CNN has not taken into consideration those that have only cell phones and not land phones.....i.e. the younger generation that CNN has not been able to POLL...................

    November 1, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. AIB

    Just another poll spinning. This claim made by some, including CNN is just ways to raise rating.
    Many reputable polls show the contrary.

    November 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Griff

    This is always where Life's Expectations go wrong.. You can't take an Animal out of it's Habitat, and expect it to survive! We are all animals of one kind or another. Live within your means, and survive... Great Expectations don't exist for most of us...

    November 1, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. Sara

    It will be closer than people think. Not only is there a Bradley effect, there are also Obama voters like me who are registered rebublications who will quietly cross over. I have never been undecided, (the Palin thing sealed the deal for me)I have never been polled, and in suburban southwest Ohio I can't openly express my views in the workplace. Many rebublicans agree the country is a mess. Wallstreet Bailout Socialism is no different than trying to help Main Street except those people really need it. There will be a Bradley effect for sure though, I know many Democrats who will cast a vote based on race and say so... this election has he most unpredable set of circumstances ever. The nastiness, anger, sarcasim, and non-inclusiveness scares me now about the rebublican party. People will cross to the other party on both sides.

    November 1, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. IF, Portugal

    It is a pity if McCain wins... the whole world will bear the consequences of another nitwit... only this time she'd be female. There go women down the drain again...

    November 1, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    I don't put much credence in the polls, as I beleive there are a lot of closet Obama supporters. Much like the folks in Rock Ridge in "Blazing Saddles" after Sherriff Bart locks up Mongo. The little old lady who sneaks up to the back window with the pie for the sherriff and asks him to have the good decency to not speak to her in public but she appreciates what he did for the town. It's a step in the right direction, and it only took 2 centuries to get there!

    November 1, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. Pat

    To Carlos November 1st, 2008 6:50 pm ET
    I just heard Palin claim that the war is almost won!!!
    What palnet is she on???
    Still can't spell, eh, Carlos? Still waiting for you to explain to us how the tax system "really" works.
    And this one's for Sarah Palin the Alaskan Lobbyist November 1st, 2008 6:53 pm ET - Where are Sarah the successionist Alaskan Lobbyist medical records?
    FYI, medical records are confidential and protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

    It was put into place to protect patient privacy and also ensures privacy of all accumulated health information that belongs to the patient.

    It was signed into law in 1996 under the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

    Healthcare providers nationwide were required to comply with the rules and regulations of privacy protection by April of 2003.

    Only the patient and anyone directly involved in his/her care can have access to this information – NOT some campaign strategist – or belligerent blogger!


    November 1, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. SA

    weird that the difference is only 6. I would think it is about 7, that fox poll drags the average down

    November 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. John

    This is stated negatively.... Obama has not lost a point. McCain gained one. Obama's 50% number remained the same. Saying it the other way makes people panic.

    November 1, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Yea right!!

    Here we go! Thanks CNN for all the derogatory coverage of Sen. Obama & all the campaign speeches for McCain & Palin. By the way, why no coverage on the Palin's involvement in the American Independence Party or the release of her medical records? I have always said that the repubs will cheat as they did in the last 2 elections. The only way Obama can win is by a significant landslide because anything close will go to McCain.

    November 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. John

    I want to know why CNN is runnning programing commercials for McCain. It is all support McCain BS. He is running the campaign of a COWARD not a hero I once thought he was. If he wants to talk about his plan I will listen. If he wants to fabricate lies about his opponent I will call him coward. Sucker punches are not the method of heros, just cowards

    November 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. Dee

    If Sarah Palin was a black woman with her family history and political background would she even be considered for vice-president?

    November 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. "Tight??"

    "CNN poll of polls: Race remains tight"

    If Obama wins the election by six points, would we call that result "tight"? No, it would be called a landslide.

    How about "CNN poll of polls: Obama leads by 6"

    or, "CNN poll of polls: Obama retains lead"

    My god, that's horrible journalism.

    November 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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