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. Barrie

    How this race could be tightening is just unbelievable.

    It makes a statement, in my opinion, to the intelligence of the American people when they could even consider a woman like Palin, who is intellectually stunted, to be part of the highest office in the land.

    The only political thing that Palin knows how to do is draw crowds...and not to McCain but to Palin...that is the most pathetic thing about this whole Republican mess.

    November 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Jeff

    No matter how close, McSame is one 72 year old heartbeat away from Failin' Pailin' having her finger on the button... Scary

    November 1, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. KLEE

    Check out the issues – See where you stand – make a decision – VOTE

    November 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Brooklyn Girl

    I can't believe that Obama is the nominee, and I will faint if he wins. Biden has warned America that Obama will be a dangerous choice, but you idiots still keep voting for him. Duh?

    November 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Shifta

    Folks, Obama is going to win this thing in a landslide! I am getting ready for the swearing in on Jan/20/2009.

    Obama/Biden all the way!

    November 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Best

    America wake up !!!!!! babies born today are growing fast. China ia waiting to take over. Vote for the right guy??????
    WHO------ OBAMA.

    November 1, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. for obama nj-dp

    so what, he 11 pts in gallop, and 10 pts likely, but they are just polls

    November 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Bulldog

    This poll does not take Gallup's new polls out today that show a 10 point lead in both the traditional and expanded models. CNN would love for the race to remain "tight" for monetary reasons but unfortunately they are not as close as CNN would have them appear.

    November 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. slickingdom in N.J.

    I see Fox News is listed in this poll ?!?! Now I smell a SKUNK !!!

    November 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Polarizing Truth!! IN U.S.A

    Polarizing campaign tactics are hard to undo you guy's didn't really believe they could be undone in one election

    It how republicans get low income voters to vote for tax breaks for the
    rich. convince them the other side is there enemy in every way this
    is American politics

    November 1, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. thomas harding


    CNN trying to gin up interest? Six points is a landslide in a national election that always goes 51/49. Tight???? Helloooooo.

    November 1, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. slickingdom in N.J.

    I see Fox News is listed in this poll ?!?! Now I smell a SKUNK !!!

    November 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    Obama’s has peaked at 47% nation wide, why because he can not close the deal because of his past being kept secret. McCain will win.

    November 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. Bea

    Not that I wish Sen. McCain bad health – but Lord help us all – do you want Sarah and Todd Palin as the next president??

    November 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Paul, MO

    The whole world is laughing at the McCain/Palin ticket.. It's a sad, sad time for republicans! All they've got are low blow, personal attacks.. NOT presidential!

    Honestly.. i expected more from McCain. As for Palin.. LOL

    November 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Kimberly in Azizona

    Keep reporting its getting tighter, that way all Obama supporters can get out and VOTE, they need to know that polls dont win elections, and neither do registered voters, ONLY VOTES win elections, PLEASE make sure you remind everyone to vote! OBAMA MAMA from purple AZ!

    November 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. Peter Brown

    “While a victory is still possible, Mr McCain’s path to the White House has become increasingly narrow and difficult. He has to pull off a political miracle the likes of which has not occurred since modern political polling began.”

    November 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Marc

    These figures mean nothing come election day. Don't be dissuaded to not go and vote based upon polling numbers. Remember 2000? The Republicans can still steal this one. Vote!

    November 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Vic

    Go vote!

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    November 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. reginald smith

    after seeing the people on the fox forum site i realize people in america are just plain dumb. they espesially far right conservatives do not educate themselves with facts.their hatred from talk radio lies are so bad. they will see that fox or limbaugh is lying and they still say it true or they will state its the truth even when they know it is a lie. that is sad . thank god younger people are less prejudice than their parents.

    November 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    Do you want to starve? If not, vote for Obama. They left millions of Americans to lose their mortgages, while feeding Wall Street or CORRUPT Street, billions or trillions of dollars.

    You gotta love America for calling SINNERS, angels.

    November 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. KKK


    November 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    With a six point spread, six points of undecided and the likely Bradley effect of three to six points, this is a dead heat.

    November 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    Expect one DRAMATIC CHANGE with McCain: Name tag replacement

    This is waht we will ALL get if he gets elected. Of course I love the man, but by voting 90% of the time with the White House, that only builds a 10% bridge to put food on my table.

    November 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. Paul DObro

    "Race reamins tight"?????

    CNN is well aware a 6% difference in an election is huge. Considering 2004 was decided by 3 million (about 2.5%) and 2000 was decided by by the LOSER getting 0.5% more then the winner, a 6% would be the largest since probably a Clinton win in the 90s.

    The race is not tight.

    BUT thanks for telling folks it is. We need everyone to vote. Lets try to get 80% of registers voters to the polls!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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