May 1st, 2008
06:52 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll of polls: Obama losing ground

 Obama now leads Clinton by 1 point nationally.
Obama now leads Clinton by 1 point nationally.

(CNN) - The Democratic presidential race is tightening nationally, according to a new CNN average of several recent polls.

Obama's lead is now down to 1 point over Clinton nationwide, 45 percent to 44 percent, in CNN's "poll of polls." That margin is down 3 points from another CNN poll of polls conducted two days ago. In that analysis, Obama led Clinton 47 percent to 43 percent. The margin is also considerably lower than an April 18 poll of polls that showed Obama with an 11 point lead.

The poll of polls consists of three newly released national polls from Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, Gallup, and Newsweek. There is no margin of error on the poll of polls.

Both the Fox News poll and the Gallup poll were conducted partially after Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, made a fresh round of controversial comments earlier this week.

The Fox News poll also appears to show Obama no longer has an edge over Clinton among independent voters. In head-to-head match ups, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain wins independents by a 4 point margin over Clinton (42-38 percent) and by a 10 points over Obama (47 percent to 37 percent).


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  1. Vince - Phoenix

    Wright is like a bad case of food poisoning..... always seeping out and coming up at the wrong times!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Tangie

    WHO IN THE HELL CARES ABOUT FOX POLLS?

    April 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Jedi Knight 08

    Hillary will not stop until she destroys the Democratic Party. She does not care about damaging the Democrats' chances of winning come November because it is all about her. Either she is the nominee or else. Hillary is no better than Karl Rove; she has taken good notes from the Republican playbook.

    SENATOR OBAMA, DITCH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT. HOWARD DEAN IS USELESS AND HAS FAILED THE PARTY AS A LEADER. DOWN WITH THE DNC. LET'S START A PARTY FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN, NO MORE RICH PRICKS IN THE WHITEHOUSE.

    April 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Carrie

    Two good candidates for the Dems, I'd support either one, but I'm hoping Obama wins, because he has a better chance of uniting this nation and bringing about change.

    Obama is a once in a generation leader!

    April 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Bridget

    It took Obama 20 years to come to the decision he had bad judgement on his Pastor. He's not the President I want answering the phone at 3 AM.

    April 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. outsider

    I am not surprised this is a piece from Alexander Mooney. Before I finished the story, your name already came to my mind.

    How about having your title "Obama is leading in polls" or "Obama is still leading in polls"?

    Do you know what fair and truthful?

    April 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Jamaal Kansas

    well unfortunatly the nomination is not decied by polls it is by delagates or have the media and Hillary Clinton changed the goal post again

    April 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Nathan

    Am I allowed to say "Americans will get the leader they deserve?" As a Canadian, it totally astounds me that Americans are willing to consider turning to McCain in preference to either Clinton or Obama.

    What I see, as a Canadian, is the "fear card" being the major factor in electoral decisions ever since 911. Clinton will beat Obama because she is willing to show bin Laden in her advertising and remind Americans how afraid they should be. But McCain will beat Clinton in any election because he will be more able to scare American citizens.

    That's my view from Canada

    April 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. stay nice

    Hillary supporters... stay nice.
    Keep to the issues.
    Do not get suckered into talking trash, going nasty, being vulgar and viscious, by all the Obama posters who constantly bait us.

    They post illiterate garbage- and then call US ignorant and uneducated.

    So what? We know who are the hypocritical boasting liars in this campaign pretending to be BETTER than they actually are. They are just following the example of Obama.

    April 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Mark

    Maybe he could make a comeback if he throws Michelle under the bus along with Wright and his grandmother!

    April 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. V in CA

    And his slide will continue. The American people cannot be bamboozled for too long...

    Sen. Clinton is far and away the best candidate.

    April 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Chris in Va.

    If the Peter Paul vs. Clinton scandal was reported Hillary would be through. How about it CNN?...........(crickets)..........

    April 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Teresa of Newport Bch

    Ms. Murphy you just don't feel comfortable with yourself. Clinton: Evil is, what Evil does. Thats what Clinton is all about. It's about her pride now, nothing else. She lost this race back in February. No matter what she does the math speaks for itself. The more Superdelegates endorse Obama the higher his delegate count goes. I can feel the change happenning already. Clinton supporters are shaking in their boots...Indiana and N. Carolina will back Obama up...She doesn't have a chance. Go away Clintons no more Billary/Lewinsky drama.
    No more Bush/McCain drama.

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    April 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Jason from Colorado

    We're considering FOX an actual source on accurate polling information? I wouldn't trust FOX if they said the sky was blue, let alone trust them on a political poll.

    April 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Persio, NY

    Your messiah attitude and the looking down at regular people that doesn't vote for you or doesn't share your views have dissipated. Too bad it took a scandal like the Rev Wright fiasco to bring you more down to earth. In my opinion this is "TOO LITTLE TOO LATE OBAMA" When i compared what you said in your now famous race speech and what you have been saying for the last few days, and believe me we all notice that you keep changing your tune everyday, it all sounds phony. Judgment and Honesty are two important things in a candidate. The bottom line is that no politician is honest enough. When someone like Obama comes out preaching to voters of a honest, new politics, positive campaign, it's sickening to see how he tries to deceive the voters into voting for him, when he's just like every other politician.

    April 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. Matt from L.A.

    Cindy Murphy - Sen. Obama would love to have been on the ballot in MI. But the MI primary was in violation of DNC rules, and he merely honored those rules. Sen. Clinton remained on the ballot, but she did sign off on the primary being invalid and the votes not counting. She only changed her tune later when she saw how close the race was. I understand your feelings in these hard times, but Obama did not abandon MI. You have a right to be angry (I would be too!), but I think you should be angry at the MI election commission for holding the primary earlier than DNC rules allowed, rather than being angry at Sen. Obama or the DNC. If MI had held it's primary at the proper time, the votes would have been counted, with all eligible candidates on the ballot.

    April 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Sharon

    OK, Chris, seems you are not able to read....so I will spell it out for you......CLINTON IS A VILLAGE IN MID-UPSTATE NY!!!!!!!!! That is where the pastor story is from.......You really are a FOOL!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Nick Mann

    Funny all the Fox bashing and they are one of the only networks that have treated all the candidates fairly. Hillary gets bashed by MSNBC. If you don't think that Rev. Wright has hurt Obama, then you are drinking the left wing wacky Koolaid.

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. tb4obama08

    THE PEOPLE ARE CRAZY. YOU GUYS ARE LETTING THE MEDIA AND Corporate AMERICA BLURR YOUR VISION. IF MACCAIN OR HILARY WIN THIS ELECTION, THIS COUNTRY WILL NOT BE IN A SLOW DOWN AS YOUR PRES. BUSH SAYS, IT WILL BE IN A STOP.. SO GOOK LUCK TO YOU ALL

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Mos

    Yes. She. Will!

    Hill in '08!

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. pakuna

    Obama is filing suit on Hilly's campaign for something HE did Several weeks ago, when his campaign used the group in its own fund raising appeals, sending supporters a plea for donations that pointed to actions by “Swift Boat-style groups and smear campaigns.”
    The audacity of his hope is no body noticing the lies and deceit he has been bombarding on the public.

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. lostin ohio

    you hiil dems are so stupid. do you even do any research if you take the 18 cent who, will repair the bridges and road this money is taking for. on a full tank of gas it will only save you 3 bucks give me a break. and buy the way why dont they try to make it permanent. what a big fat jokeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. D.Kimbro OHIO

    I don't understand the motives of CNN. It is obvoius that you are truly the Clinton News Network. Some of these stories are just ridiculous. It is amazing you focus on this now when none of you gave him a chance in the beginning. How is that over by Super tuesday working out. So now every primary tuesday has become super tuesday. PATHETIC!!! This will probably not make the post either, but it should.

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. sazzylady in Indiana

    voice of europe:
    Until you become an American , stay out of our elections .
    We have elected Presidents for a long time without checking with you first.
    What makes you so great anyway , You elected HITLER

    April 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. Caly

    So what did the Clintons promise you CNN ?

    April 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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