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

soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. G

    This should read... 'Obama regains the lead despite tough week'... He was behind all week. Objective reporting. Is that too much to ask?

    March 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Vince

    I saw where the Gallop Poll had Hillary ahead of Obama and McCain both.

    Does CNN manipulate the polls to show hat their favorite is head??

    March 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Denise

    Obama is a good man but his speech does not explain why he sat through these sermons for so many years. He questions Hillary Clinton on judgment and he has not made good decisions. He wants to change the page but most of his advisor's worked for Bill Clinton.

    March 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. julie

    Americans are NOT falling for the arrogance, the flat out lies, the flip-flops.the I can do or say anything I want because I'm better than you Obama, No thanks...

    March 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. 24 caucasian male

    This was already reported a few days ago on the ticker. Except the fact that Obama's speech caused him to regain ground and tie Clinton in the polls was included in the story. What's up with reposting this article again with only half the pertinent information?

    March 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Edgar

    Sicko are you then voting for McCain! Or Nader? And to anyone but Hillary are you for America or against America?

    March 23, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. brigitte sanz

    His lead will get narrower and narrower as the days go by. People will realize that he is just another politican spinning his spin. GO HILLARY !!!!!

    March 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. jd

    OBAMA/08 thats it!

    March 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Edgar

    Barak is not for America because he prohibits a revote in Fl & MI. He plays politics, is that change. "I will follow what the DNC decides."

    What change is that stand up with courage and accept the revote – primaries not cacuses!

    March 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. What is really happening?

    Hillary Clinton is singlehandedly destroying the Democratic party
    when she could have doubled it's strength and power by taking the high road!!! Regardless of what happens from this day forward, hopefully it can be repaired and once again be productive to and for our great country. Hell has no fiery like a scorpio woman! Heaven help us all.

    March 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. deaftisim

    Clinton's are fighting so hard to get this nomination by deploying dirty politics and with the help of press who support there promotion,also the have succeeded in turning this race into racism,what happen after she got nomination,I can see democratic are doomed,Rev wright is only obama support is not obama,my friend is a thief doesn't make me a thief.

    March 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. brigitte sanz

    Barack Obama says he has good judgement. His pastor and good friend, Jeremy Wright certainly proves that point. Lol !

    March 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. BL-NYC

    Senator Obama simply can not be trusted... This on top of the fact that he does not have the experience that we need to Govern our Nation, I think it is safe to say that it would be one of the biggest mistakes in history to put him in office!!!
    If he gets the Democratic Nod... I am turning Republican...

    March 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Obama/Richardson

    The more the networks talk about Reverend Wright's comments, the more times people either view or read Obama's speech from Tuesday and the stronger Obama's support becomes.

    Keep it up Fox and CNN-keep running those 30 second clips-America is smarter than that.

    March 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Ricki

    Hillary needs to win...we need her!

    March 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. G.N. Penley

    Race and faith seem to have taken center stage in the Democratic race. How about morality? I'll bet the Clintons wouldn't care to debate this subject.

    March 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Muhammad

    It is mostly White people questioning why Obama maintained a relationship with a Church and Pastor that espoused such divisive rhetoric. Well, White folk act as if they have all severed ties with any and every one of their friends and family members that have ever made a racist remark. If that was the case, racism would be minimal at best.

    March 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Matt

    What if McCain had gone to a Church where the pastor said everything that Wright said but just used the phrase "Black People" instead of "white people?" He would certainly be asked to leave the race. Im a moderate and considered voting for Obama, but the fact that he exposes his children to this kind of hate speech makes me not even want to vote! Ther eis no way you could be expected to be elected President after being a member of a place like that.

    What is so swiftboat about attending services that insight racism toward anyone?

    March 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Bubba

    The Democratic Party does not have anything to offer the country.

    March 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Dave from SC

    Anna from Florida,

    Why don’t you complain to YOUR own state government and governor? Neither Sen. Clinton nor Sen. Obama made the decision to change the rules!

    March 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Kiki

    Obama is unelectable.

    March 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. mark

    Clinton is done, lets move on. McCain is loving this. Obama is not perfect but bush,clinton,bush,clinton come on. They are done let turn the page the story goes on.

    March 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Djools from the Netherlands

    How long will this race between Hillary and Barack continue? It makes no sense at all for the Dems. Is there any leadership in the party? I can't see it.

    March 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. chris

    it's all irrelevant, hillary does not have a path to the presidency. To win the nomination from here will mean destroying the party, and losing in november.

    She should have got out after the texas and ohio ‘firewalls’ still left her way behind in the popular vote and delegate race. Hanging around since will be proven in the end as being incrediably selfish and damaging the party.

    March 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. Hilton

    Can the American people really elect such a weak and deceitful character as Obama? I hope not!

    March 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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