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.

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  1. No2RepubGimmicks

    Stephen Munch says:

    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………

    Actually, around the world, Palin IS considered a joke. I was watching BBC America and even THEY were making fun of Palin...

    November 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. M.J.

    THANK YOU STEPHAN! I am a woman and I think it is sickening to have her as the first V.P. candidate! She doesn't represent women, she doesn't understand the job of the V.P., and she isn't "politically astute". Seriously America, lets really think about this!

    November 1, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Jessica from Michigan

    I'm excited about Tuesday!!! I got a good felling about this one. It looks like the Democrats are going to the polls in great numbers already. I
    took the day off work, and will stand in line all day if I have to!

    Trickle down economics does not work, except to fatten the personal accounts of John, Cindy, and their friends. These people could care less about everyday Americans. It's a fend for yourself philosophy, and if you stumble...tough luck. ....if you're not born into wealth....tough luck again.

    November 1, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. American_Destiny

    Is it America's destiny, presidents Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and then Michelle Obama, in the tradtional values of our founding-fathers?? Barack Obama does not know when life of a baby begins in its mother's womb, he said he wouldn't want to "punish" his daughters with children. What if his mother decided to abort him, there wouldn't be a Barack Obama today, His "change" is socialism, much like that many Asian and European countries, and it doec not work over other nations, with a big well-fare system, big government-control, big spending, more regulations, and less freedom fo the people. Obama will raises taxes to pay for well-fare and finance his big spending. We need a tested and experienced leader or Commander-inChief in a dangerous world. Barack Obama is cocky, and so is Joe Biden. Can we trust his words, while he has a long record of flip-flops, and is still hiding many documents from us? Who is the real Obama, with ties to the radical extremist leftist terrorists? Is he a smoker, who does not understand the effect of addiction to nicotine, after all this is the twenty-first century information age?? Maybe it is our destiny to have Joe Biden or Michelle Obama as future president, after all.

    November 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. D


    Go check out YOUTUBE and search "McCain Traitor"...............

    SEE WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN HIDING FROM YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Griff

    What ever you do CNN! America! Never Elect someone who want to play Kings.... This is a new Columbia. 2008/9..... 2100??? Washington can be different... But not a New DC. of the Past..

    November 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. Andee

    You are all crazy... half of you can't even spell... You are all voting for a man that will turn this country upside down, raise unemployment by raising corporate taxes and leaving large companies to outsource jobs internationally. Wake up people!!!! Your man has an illegal alien as a relative, hangs around with known terrorists, insults most Americans, and believes American defeat is fine, The man couldn't even get a Top Secret Clearance.

    And Palin....she's done more in the last year than 90% of Americans. Maybe some of you should do a little research other than listening to the slanted media.....

    November 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. John S

    To all my brothers and sisters to the south, Canada is hoping and praying that all Americans truely think hard about what you are doing. We here in Canada cannot imagine why our neighbors to the south of us would even contemplate voting for someone as evil and vile as the McCain and Palin ticket. America, your future is in your hands and the rest of the world also. I hope to God you do the right thing for yourselves, your children and their future. If not, then the rest of the world will look upon the USA as just another backward nation.

    November 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Sam

    Kudos to Carlos! I couln't have said it better!

    November 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    POLLS........POLLS! I am not convince that ANY poll is correct. In fact, the ZOGBY poll that (they are conservatives) is out today was of ONLY......400........people! Are they kidding?

    Time and time again I mention in these blogs that there are countless MILLIONS........ whom have cell phones, no one can reach!

    In North Carolina, Democrats are outnumbering Republicans 2 to 1.

    No one has polled us, we are Independents, who voted for Bush..........NOW SUPPORT SEN. OBAMA!


    November 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Old white guy for OBAMA

    I already voted for Obama, but it's easy to see that the polls can change with the wind.

    Everybody needs to vote, no matter how difficult they make it. Don't let the GOP win this thing with their sleazy tactics!!!

    November 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. Monica

    Don't worry OBAMA voters. I think the polls look real good for him. Look at all the states that he is giving McCain a run for! Even Arizona is a toss up now. Polls always tighten up near the end.

    November 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Independent white female patriotic voter

    I have two words for you, "three days"! Come on America, let's show the world that we have the courage to bring change to our country . We are at a fork in the road and we must make the right choice. Obama offers us a great deal of new ideas, a potential to lift us out of the economic crisis we are facing and a more peaceful world to live in. We have reached a new era and we must make this change that we deseperately need with as much courage as possible. Let's give Obama a chance to help us at home and around th world. He is brilliant and very capable, Mccain has nothing new to offer us and Palin will only be a liability on us.

    November 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Ex-Republican (Retired Military)

    I was a Republican, since I first Saw Richard Nixon on T.V when I was 11, I have changed my Affiliation since I have seen that the Republicans, will try to win at all cost, it was that way in 2000, 2004 and it is more evident now. I had a lot of respect for McCain befor this election but he seems to have lost his way. America has lost a Great Leader, it is a-shame to see what has replaced him.

    November 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. ex POW

    John tell the porple what you told the friends you made when you were tortured. How meny lives did you put on the block with your loose lips.
    I should say a lot more but its your turn to come clean to the public.
    Some hero right

    November 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th


    November 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. jesse

    Come on CNN. havent you learned your lesson by now. just like every poll of polls you released this week and said that the race is tightening. there has been a new poll of polls within 24 hours that said the race was the same as before. Dont make something out of nothing.

    November 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. JIM HAWK


    November 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Phil from Toronto

    Too bad for America that this contest has coverage outside your borders. It must be truly embarrasing for you folks to know that
    the rest of the world watches your comedy act, but yet with horror
    that some airhead who can't even speak the King's English might
    become president. The fact that McCain/Palin are even vying for
    the world's most important position(s), must be a true source of shame to you all

    November 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. Marilyn

    Yes Anderson why haven't anyone been reporting on Sarah Palin's medical records. You all say you try to be fair but where is the fairness in that . Be fair we have a right to know.

    November 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. rich

    Oh the sky is falling! Obama lost a point. Come on CNN. A point is irrelevant.

    November 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Big 8

    When is a 6-point aggregate lead TWO DAYS before an election considered "tight?"

    If Obama actually wins by 6 points nationally on tuesday, it will be a crushing landslide. He will get anywhere from 350-400 electoral votes.

    But, if you want to go with "tight"...well then, go right ahead.

    November 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. voter

    Losing one point and having ta 6 point lead means the race is tight. Must be new math.

    November 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Darren - Dallas, TX

    Considering the electoral college and the results in individual states are all that matter, what relevance does this CNN poll of polls really have?

    November 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. akin

    Obama all the way

    November 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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