March 21st, 2008
07:15 PM ET
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Poll of polls: Obama's lead narrows after tough week

The Wright controversy had an impact on Obama's poll numbers last week.
The Wright controversy had an impact on Obama's poll numbers last week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After tapes of inflammatory statements made by Sen. Barack Obama's pastor came out last weekend, it appears to have had some negative impact on the Illinois senator.

Nationally, Obama's lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton narrowed in a poll of polls - which included CBS News, USA Today and Gallup.

The polls, taken between March 14-18, show Obama with 49 percent to Clinton's 43 percent.

"I don't think there is any doubt that the [Rev.] Jeremiah Wright controversy played a role in the 10-point drop in his favorable ratings," said pollster Terry Madonna.

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–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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  1. SAM RAHNDALL

    obama '08
    for life

    March 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. yns

    Of course the polls are going out of his favor! He is finally being exposed to the American People and they are questiong his judgment, his patriotism and his loyalties.

    If any of the other potential presidential nominees had been attending a church in which the religious leader was preaching hatred and anti-American would any of those candidates still be in this race? Is there a double standard that is in existence right now? The candidate would be asked by its party to step down immediately! So, why has BHO not been asked to step down?

    How can anyone make a claim to good judgment when he chose to sit in a church for 20 years and listen to this hatred and then expose his children to this hatred? How can someone say they are not being influenced when listening to this for years – almost half his life?

    By donating thousands of dollars and attending this church for almost half his life, isn't Obama just perpetuating the hateful rhetoric and maintaining the divide?

    I am glad to see that people are finally waking up to see what is hiding behind all the rhetoric! I hope that more people continue to wake up and see what is really there! The list is getting longer.....

    Hillary '08

    March 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Ravi

    We get it CNN – the Wright controversy has hurt Obama. That's about as controversial a statement as saying Former Governor Spitzer may have messed up with the call girl scandal. Isn't it about time news networks let this one go or at least leave it until the general elections? I don't see a new angle emerging to the controversy.

    March 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Becky in In.

    The American people better wake up and realize this affects all of us, this man is Obama's mentor. If we think the repubs won't exploit this in the gen election we are sadly mistaken. The dems will lose in the fall if Obama is the candidate. No one is better at making us afraid than the repubs. "Think"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 23, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. It is a 50 state plus Electoral Process - Unity & Mandate

    Obama won't shy away from controversy, but will seek opportunities to utilize real moments as teachable moments: that is what genuine national Leadership calls for today. He is the real deal and will help LEAD us ALL through a national transformation to a much better place than we are today.

    March 23, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. JFK

    Mr Obama can claim he disagrees with the Reverends views and change his story a few times but the Rev. Wrights sermons are disgusting. How a person could sit in a church of all places for that long and listen to a Reverend with these obvious views is beyound me!? If I had any inkling of the mans views I would probably switch to another church ESPECIALLY when its the Reverend who preaches. I have some serious doubts about Mr Obamas company he keeps! Along with his slumlord friend, seems Mr Obama does not have a clean past either.

    March 23, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Mike

    Why would you elect anyone president that would throw his own grandmother to the political wolves to distract from the Rev. Wright issues and then even call your own grandmother a "typical white person"?

    Obama needs to quit, he has already sold out and hurt the ones that love him. He may be president some day but a what cost.

    The bible says; "What does it gain a man to get the whole world and lose his own soul."

    Obama is trading his soul for politics.

    March 23, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Maggie

    I see that Obama refused to exclude himself from his pastor. That shows that he has very poor judgement in his choice of mentors. If he is showing such such poor judgement in something like this then I deifintely would not like him to hold the highest official position in America.

    I find the Obama campaign complains about everything that goes against them. They want to be right all the time and nobody should question the things they do. Always using the race card to everything. If you cant stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

    As for the endorsement from Bill Richardson.....well he is a turncoat and maybe he was offered the VP position if Obama is elected the nominee. People like Bill Richardson should never be trusted. If he can treat a friend like that, imagine what he will do to his enemies. I hope the latino people turn against him and if he ever tries to run for office again, they should vote against him.

    Anyway, Clinton is the stronger candidate and she will win even if these turncoats go against her. When she is elected, she should totally ignore these kind of people because they are untrustworthy even if they are democrats.

    March 23, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Jennifer Werther

    Honor – doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching. Talk about your honor, Senator Obama. Were you lying? Did you speak up in Church when the Reverend went on his rampages? When the news first came out about the Reverend, Senator Obama said that if he was present in the Church and Reverend Wright said something that he did not agree with, he would have spoke up and said something. Now in this latest speech, he said that he has been present when the Reverend has spoken this way. So, Senator, what did you do? Did you tell the Reverend that you did not agree? Not now, but then, when it happened?
    Also, you cannot talk about racial stereotypes and then say "typical white". That is outrageous from anyone in this day and age.
    I am a Retired Navy Chief who has worked side-by-side with people of different nationalities, races, religions, gender, and sexual orientation. It is really crazy to see that military Americans are more accepting and tolerant than civilian Americans (civilian = civil ????)

    March 23, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Rob

    I used to be a Hillary supporter, but I'm disgusted with the way her campaign has used every slimy , devious tactic in the book to denigrate Obama. Her endless "fighting" might go well with some people but to me it's playing into the hands of John McCain. I have concluded that if you take into account the disillusioned Dems like me McCain will win 60%-40% if she 's the nominee. Well done indeed! Great bit of work!

    March 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Angry and Disillusioned in Michigan

    The problem for someone who relies on speeches and not on substance is when something attacks your appearance it has a HUGE effect on your numbers. All flash no substance and it shows when things like this happen. The People like how Obama talks but when you scuff the silver man it shows.
    Its time for Democrats to stop being pie in the sky. If we are going to take the White House we need a leader who isn't afraid to get down and fight. We need someone who has had 15 years of vetting and we know what to expect from the other side. Hilary Clinton can win the country and its time to unite behind her. Allow the Florida and Michigan people to vote again and Hilary will win.
    Who knows what they will dig up next about Sen. Obama?

    March 23, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. tomme davis

    as you may have gathered some americans have questions & possibily what may be considered issuses with your news cast(s) for instance as we embark on what many say is history in the making your news agency has not visited would this be possible in the republican party (g.o.p.) a african american male & caucasian woman going for the highest office in our nation and as race has entered into the conversation the historical context that is apparent white woman and black men. and how those prejudices may still linger and how they may be impacting the current presidential campaign

    March 23, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Now if Hillary can just increase that lead to about 75/25, she could (possibly) win the nomination. She's getting close! Also, the moon moves about 1" closer to Pluto every year.

    March 23, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    Obama is a fraud and unfit to be President of this great nation. As a loyal democrat, if Obama is the nominee I will surely vote for Mccain. At least I know where John truly stands, and that he loves this nation and isn't a johnny come lately.

    March 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. rusty

    And it's going to narrow down further more. People are finally seeing who's the stronger candidate. Obama is a conventional politician afterall. Obama's boat is starting to fill-up with snakes, back-biters and rats, and will sink so deep!!

    NOBAMA,NEVER!!

    HILLARY 08!!!!

    March 23, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Ardnuas

    Think of all the things OUR own pastors have said that we did NOT agree with....... Americans are very smart, and understand this. Americans are awesome when we are UNITED.
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    March 23, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Will

    Forgot to mention that it's recently gone back up again. Thanks CNN.

    March 23, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. sw

    The more people get to know Obama, the more people realize his true color; he is where he is because first people thought he is different, he is a new hope who can bring real change to washington politics, but people now knows he is just another dirty politician, if not dirtier; he only want to change what is not good for himself, when he feels the change might not be good for him, he will insist "the rule is rule".

    He no way will win this election, actually because his wrong moves, he has finished as a leader of black community, and another good young black politician will emerge and replace him as the leader and hope of black people.

    The reason he entered this race is just becasue he got some fame in 2004, he wanted to be more famous, he wanted to be more powerful, it is all about himself.

    March 23, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. EDDY J NEYTS

    After " A MORE PERFECT UNION" speech, Bill Richardson endorement why should President Carter, vice President Al Gore wait to talk sense into Hilarys mind. Do they want a Democrat to win in november, I hope so, sometimes as A European I have my doubts. Mr President and Vice President show some guts as Senator Barack Obama did with his historic speech. After FDR , JFK it's Obama time. A high morale profile president on his way, you Americans have waited long enough for such a man. Mr. Carter and Mr. Gore, be brave take a stand NOW.

    March 23, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Monica, Texas

    It's not just about Rev. Wright ..It is how the media played on the fears of some "whites" in this country and how mainly the right wing folks tapped into those fears...Just think about it if Obama was blonde haired and blue eyed his "typical white women" comments would have not been blown up in the media. Many forgetting that for him to dislike whites would be the same as disliking a part of himself. How insane is this....Duh!!!!

    March 23, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Lois in CA

    How can you deny any knowledge after 20 years of exposure? It insults the intelligence. When you refer to your own grandmother as a "typical white" person, it insults the intelligence. We're not stupid, even if we can be misled. Obama has only three years of experience in the senate, but 20 years of experience listening to the his "spiritual" advisor. You do the math.

    March 23, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. FED UP

    I hope you hit rock bottom. You want to say on the one hand, Hillary was only serving tea and cookies as First Lady, then on the other blame her for NAFTA? Which is it? I hope she beats you really bad in the remaining primaries. I will write her in if you are the nominee.

    March 23, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. xddy4u

    Now let's get this straight about the Florida turnout. The main issue on the ballot was a referendum on lowing property tax. Now homeowners was very excited about voting for this referendum, so they came out heavely to cast their vote. The presidential vote was only an add-on. Many young people did not even vote, because they could care less about the referendum. I wish Florida was allowed to re-vote, with the canidates campaigning here. The media would be surprised at the out-come. You have four major colleges in Florida, and countless other colleges.Those young voters want to attend just one Obama rally. Yes you would really be surprised at the out-come. Halliary definately wouldn't carry the lead she had in the first voting.

    March 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Joey Vasquez, Texas

    Well to me Barack Obama is like a tradior to me because if he loves his country so much when he heard something like this he would of stopped his attendence to this church.

    Also Obama has always said we need to get all thise old folks running our counrty out and I dont know why if he has the old folks Ted Kennedy and Kerry. Also what about all the change he even has not done any at all. first yu can start with his campaghin all his advisors are FORMER CLINTON ADVISORS WHEN THE CLINTONS WON WON WON WON THE WHITE HOUSE.

    NOW SHOULD I GO ON!!!!!!

    March 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Alexandra

    Just a minor hiccup.
    Check the polls next week, Obama's lead will widden agian.
    God bless America.
    God belss Obama.

    March 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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