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. Clear Thinker

    I agree about how we are vs the rest of the world is. When polled they have voted 87% in favor of Obama and here it is the last days of the election and an intellect and a scholar is having to fight for his life against a 72 year old POW (have yet to figure out how that qualifies you to be prez) and a beauty contestant from Alaska who represent millionaires and the idiots that vote for them. All this on the heels of Bush, Cheney, and Rove. What is wrong with AMERICA?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    November 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Carol

    CNN, you have a problem. You're a pollaholic, get help. Please, stop the madness.

    November 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. glendower

    The anti-abortion crowd would vote for Howdy Doody (who was about as qualified as Palin) if he was pro-life. Those duped by the right-wing talk-show radio crazies believe anything they are told and respond like Pavlov's dogs to the garbage they're fed.

    November 1, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. Steve Nesich

    Funny how CNN and others in the mainstream, corporate-owned media continue to talk about a "tight race" when the actual poll data says the opposite, particularly when one looks at the critical "swing states" which are moving in Obama's direction.

    I understand. You don't want people to turn you off or go to another website. But you don't have to insult our intelligence by such dumb headlines.

    Maybe it's good, however, for you to report these distortions. It can only motivate Obama supporters and insure that more of them will vote on or before Election Day.

    November 1, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Simmy

    CNN, you'all are looking more partial to McPalin everyday – I'm finding it harder to see you as credible; but would you please post my comments anyway?

    November 1, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Herb

    Not another four years of idiots

    November 1, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Know your History

    Yeah the polls tighten after all week saying he had a 10 -9 point lead. Either CNN are liars or America is finally seeing through the Obamanation.

    November 1, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. Robe

    Where is Gov. Palin's Medical Records?

    Where is Gov. Palin's Medical Records?

    I'm sure that they will not be released, because it will show that Trig is Bristol's baby, since she was out of school all last year.

    Where is Gov. Palin's Medical Records?

    November 1, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. Bobbie in Maryland

    OK Obama supporters! We knew this could happen...IGNORE THE POLLS & VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!

    November 1, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. DV

    Hee hee. 7 points nationally is "tight" now.


    November 1, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. Richard A. Spomer

    Obama is lying about African Aunt, and his relationship with Jharimia Write former preacher, Aryes Proffesor, Osama Bin Laden, Muslim Ties!!!

    November 1, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. roger allen

    I love how republicans blame the press for their loses.
    They have had as much time as any other of the 4 candidates, including Ralph Nader to energize the electorate behind them.
    Nader, Mcain and some liberterian guy haven't done it.
    They all had 60 days to make their point.
    The candidate who did the best job of accomplishing this goal was Obama.
    " of the people, by the people, for the people"
    It's a way of life. Why don't people see it?
    Oprah meant it when she said he was the one.
    I find it funny that his unknown aunt got caught up in his send in a lincoln campaign?
    Funny in that how that dream lives on in the Illegants who come here.
    I think it would be great if the next generation of americans grew up thinking any race could grow up to rule this country.
    Why? Because it's time to grow up and change the way we see ourselves as world leaders.
    A black face as our leader really gets the attention of the world.
    As a 60 yr old white viet nam vet who has sorted through 18 men looking for the "of the people, by the people" filter.
    Guess where that hope still lives. Within the " emancipation race"
    America could use some of that old "Lincoln Wisdom".
    It's also funny how the press plays him out as maybe "FDR".
    Maybe that's why Colin Powell endorsed Obama.
    I also remember Kennedy's acceptance speech regarding the importance of generational change.
    I voted early.
    I "know it when I see it"

    November 1, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. Just some guy

    Amazing..... americans are as dumb as accused. Why would you vote for another republican after 8 years of BS????

    November 1, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Mike

    How can the polls tighten when on the other hand the electoral map is totally shifting towards Obama......does not make any sense to me CNN....

    November 1, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. ED FL

    your continued attempt to insinuate the race is close shows how biased you are . If you read half of the comments you would see what the public really thinks of your favoritism.keep up your unprofessional attempt to sway the public, It is hard to find a complimentary statement unless is by a staff member further trying to sway your readers and comment section. You are starting to make fox look like a legitamite news organization.

    November 1, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. 2 Days

    Only 2 more days and the return of Camelot and peace in the land!

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. liz4

    everybody get out and vote.

    November 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. SK2 Delaware

    I want to know:

    1.) Why hasn't McCain released his military records? Does it have to do with the fact that he supposedly killed a man several decades ago?

    2.) Why hasn't Palin released her medical records? Does this have to do with the fact that she was already pregnant when she got married to her husband.

    3.) Why did McCain commit adultry on his first wife?

    4.) Who is home taking care of Palin's kid while her and her lunatic husband are flying around the country?

    5.) Do we really want an unwed teenage mother raising her out of wedlock family in the whitehouse?

    6.) Does Palin and her husband still want to have Alaska withdraw from the union?

    Nice republican "values". They are supposed to be the religious ones, but how many of the 10 commandments have these two broken?

    People, don't be fooled by the liars and cheaters who are trying to steal this election. I am a registered Republican who is voting for a Democrat for the first time ever. Obama tells me why I should vote for him. McCain only tells me why I shouldn't vote for the other guy. That isn't what our country needs in a leader.

    OBAMA / BIDEN – The right change and direction for this country.

    November 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. Susan

    Worried Democrats...........

    If Obama's aunt lived here illegally, there is no way he could be
    unaware of it'.

    This is a BIG CONCERN, esp now that he is denying it.

    November 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. CATHY

    Carlos.............I see that you have sooooooo many ideas.WHY DON'T YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

    November 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. WearyandWaryofNobama

    You think Palin is a joke? And Biden isn't? MUUWWWAAAAAAAA I can only hope people slap some smelling salts under their nose and wake up and notice how PHONY Nobama is and nitwit Biden is. GO MC CAIN!!

    November 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. mahbub

    usa do not make the same mistake three times in 12 years please.

    November 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. Rick K


    Consider it a challenge to get people to stand in those lines!

    Take any inconvenience as nothing less than a challenge to your will – an insult to your conviction.


    November 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. FL for OBAMA

    Real Clear Politics' polls show the race virtually the same with Obama up 6.8 points, and Gallup Traditional & Expanded show Obama up 10. It's certainly no time for complacency.

    Obama/Biden '08
    May God Bless America

    November 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. Dre

    Two notorious Quebec comedians have pranked Sarah Palin, tricking the Republican vice-presidential nominee into thinking she was speaking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during a Saturday afternoon phone call.

    "Oh my God, seriously, it's probably the biggest we've ever done," Marc-Antoine Audette, a member of comedy duo The Masked Avengers, told Saturday afternoon.

    During the nearly seven-minute chat, the conversation ranges from politics to hunting with vice-president Dick Cheney.

    The topics also touch on Palin's political future - a sensitive topic for some of John McCain's campaign staffers, who have suggested Palin is already looking at a presidential run in the next four years.

    "I see you as a president one day, too," says one of the pranksters to Palin.

    "Maybe in eight years," she responds.

    The duo, who have a regular show on Montreal radio station CKOI, have also made prank calls over their 10-year history to celebrities like Bill Gates, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears and Sarkozy himself.

    "We have such great respect for you," Palin tells the Sarkozy impersonator during the conversation. "John McCain and I, we love you and thank you ..."

    The impersonator also says he has been closely following the U.S. election through his special advisor "Johnny Hallyday," the French pop icon. He also refers to "Canadian Prime Minister Stef Carse."

    Speaking to, Audette later claimed that Palin "didn't know who the prime minister of Canada was." But the prankster spoke quickly during the conversation with Palin, and it's unclear whether she heard the fake name clearly. As governor of Alaska, Palin has worked closely with Canadian officials.

    At another point in the chat, the impersonator says in a fake Parisian accent that the pair might use a helicopter to go hunting.

    "We should go hunting together," replies Palin. "We can have a lot of fun together while we're getting work done. We could kill two birds with one stone."

    But when the fake Sarkozy makes a joke that they shouldn't extend the invitation to vice-president Dick Cheney, Palin says, "I'll be a careful shot."

    In 2006, Cheney accidentally shot and injured a friend during a bird hunting trip.

    The conversation also touches upon Sarkozy's model-singer wife Carla Bruni.

    "You've added a lot of energy to your country with that beautiful family of yours," says Palin.

    "Give her a big hug for me."

    Nearing the end of the conversation, the impersonator tells Palin she's been "pranked," and an aide quickly cuts off the conversation.

    Later in the day, a spokeswoman for Palin emailed, a blog dedicated to U.S. politics, and confirmed that the chat had taken place.

    "Gov. Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy, and other celebrities in being targeted by these pranksters. C'est la vie," Tracey Schmitt in the email.

    Starting with persistent phone calls to Alaska, Audette said it took the duo - which also includes Sebastien Trudel - about four days of phone calls to Palin's handlers to finally get in touch with her.

    November 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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