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. Paul

    Have any of you that are bashing Obama ever taking the time to look at or read the hole 45Min serman. Please read it I think you will change our mind. Its not 15 sec. over and over again long but that all they let you hear Now that all those papers show that clinton was a good first lady BUT DID NOTHING ELSE So what makes her a good leader

    March 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. james

    about time people are seeing the light, better now than in 2009. dont vote for Obama he can not beat Mcbush jr and we surely do not need another one in office that will be as bad or even close to the same as GWB.... USA -moving toward the dark ages because of this clown.

    March 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Rick

    Vote McCain.
    We know he loves America...

    March 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. jgzeger

    The lastest Rasmussen tracking poll has Clinton ahead of Obama 45% to 44%. But regardless which poll you believe, Obama's support is declining.

    March 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. .ibex

    This is just funny. Last Wednesday Gallup had Hillary up 49 to Obama 43 and today we see the reverse. I think Obama has come back and extended his lead. So why is CNN labeling this story as if Obama is losing his ground. Media Bias.

    March 23, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. The truth

    You will be judged, by the same standards as you judge others. The " Lord" is waiting.

    March 23, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Rita Wagener

    It is Obama running the race not the Rev. Those words did not come out of Obama's mouth.

    March 23, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Ross in MD

    According to the Gallup daily tracking poll, Obama's lead over Clinton has ALREADY recovered.

    Saturating the airwaves with anti-Obama propaganda may have had a small effect, but when people actually looked into his record and heard what he had to say, they supported him again.

    Obama 08

    March 23, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. BG

    Oh my God! Each election I think," the choices can't be much worse", and each time it is. Watch the violonce in Iraq pick up. The insurgents will increase the mayhem so that, they believe, Americans will elect a democrat and hand them victory. if Obama is elected , we are in for an awful 4 years. He will have rascist like his pastor in all cabinet positions. Richardson may be the most pathetic political figure I have ever seen. I hope he doesn't have daughters as he may sell them if he thinks it will get him a promiment post in any Obama presidency. Why did he support Obama? Becaus he thinks he"ll get the nomination.. That's why he waited to now. I hope after this election the people of New Mexico boot hom back to the sewer he came from.

    March 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. concern person

    the media is the only ones bringing the same issue over and over, throw the first stone if you haven't done or said something you weren't suppose to say. cnn, fox, just like to bring out the racial issue, let it go, for pete sake.

    March 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Walter S Hrynkiw

    I don't think that a comparison of Obama's pastor and his grandmother is valid. You don't get to pick your relatives. You do pick your pastor. I do not believe that his grandmother would say G-D America or wish any harm to any Americans. It is a shame to see a candidate bring his grandmother in on a controversy . I wonder if she is alive to defend herself or if he isdefaming the dead.

    March 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Christi

    BARACK or HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!

    I don't care which one. Republicans have ruined our economy, ruined our reputation around the world.

    Its time for a major change. I'll vote for whichever Democrat wins the primary. Both are good candidates with a lot to offer.

    March 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. coco

    There is no way that Hillary Clinton's going to win the election against McCain if she's the nominee; so i guess the question is, how badly does she want to ruin Obama's chances?? She did say before that McCain would be a better president than Obama....

    March 23, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Mia from PA

    Wake Up People. Do not allow yourself to be manipulated by the press. It's unfair to boil 30 years of preaching and teaching and uplifting a community down to these sound bites. Listen to the entire sermons before making judgements.

    There is a reason why people like Rev. Wright has 8,000 members. He challenges his members to think. Think People.

    Since when is it unAmerican to criticise America. If Obama is unpatriotic, then you may be the type of person who might have said that MLK was unpatriotic.

    Proud to Be an American in PA

    March 23, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Moshe Levin

    Obama did not disown Wright as he should have if he wants to win the election.

    March 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Rose Patterson

    Bill Richardson stinks. No matter who you are, you do not turn your back on a friend – he must have been promised something big. He should not have endorsed either candidate is he was as good a friend and he pretended to be to the Clintons. I am very disappointed in Richardson.

    March 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. maynard

    why do people believe these polls. are the general populace that dumb that they can not see thru this. sense when are you held responsible for what your mate or anyone else says

    this is ther media that is making a big deal out of this and bill schneider is at the helm on this one.

    the media is responsible for a lot of things that we hear about in this political arena

    wise up folks and see thru the garbage that is put in front of you

    March 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Moshe Levin

    Where there's smoke there is fire.

    March 23, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. amg

    what about the picture with the rev, in the white house , not much heard on that???????

    March 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. L. Parker

    I thnk Sen. Obama's lead will continue to decline. And, here's my take on the Richardson endorsement–it says more about Richardson, the man, than about Obama. Richardson isn't loyal to those who helped make his career; he sided with the losing candidate in his state; and, he's hoping for political gain. Not sure his endorsement will do much to woo voters to Obama. I hope CNN begins to provide fairer coverage of the Democratic race; so far, it's been the Obama Network.

    Major J.

    March 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. chris

    Cnn stoled our votes by no reporting this earlier in the election cycle.

    If i would have known he would not have got my vote, and will NOT in the general election

    Senator Clinton\Congressman Lewis 2008

    March 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. concerned person

    my last comment awaiting moderation, didn't make it, but again, cnn and fox are the ones that like to dig this dirt on obama

    March 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Mary Jo in Illinois

    I feel so sorry for the gullable and impressionable Obama supporters.
    Signed,
    An independent-thinking Hillary supporter

    March 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. christopher

    Sorry Ann, yet if your state followed the rules your vote would have counted.

    March 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Diana

    CNN you are being soooooooooo sorrid and shameful in the way you report these "stories"
    Say Obama has Most Votes, Most Delegates, Most Money, Won Most States and have the best organization.
    He deserves to be President. Well earned
    Say it CNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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