May 1st, 2008
06:52 AM ET
7 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. Eric Esq

    Obama navigated one of the most treacherous areas of American culture and still holds a modest lead over his political rivals. He handled the crisis presidentially. He used his oratory skills to put Rev. Wright's irreverant rants into their proper context. Obama touched upon sensitive issues, rarely discussed publicly. He achieved something positive out of Wright's the ridiculous remarks made several years ago. But when Wright renewed his ignorance, Obama stood up for America and denounced his former pastor. I think he showed his true patriotism by choosing his country over his religion.

    April 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Adrian

    If the MSM would stop overblowing stupid comments made people who are not even Obama things like this wouldn't happen. If they are going to take that route though why has nothing been mentioned of McCain's pastor yet?

    Perhaps that's to be saved later for the general election.

    April 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Obamaphile

    All of Hillary's supporter are poor, white, uneducated hillbillies and old women. What do you expect? It's no wonder they're racists and wouldn't vote for Obama even if he were the best candidate out there. It's the uneducated who pay attention to the distractions like Wright rather than the big issues. If Hillary wins, it's because the US is filled with uneducated racists.

    YES WE CAN!
    OBAMA 08

    April 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. AMK

    have we all forgotten that BO was running his campaign on sound judgement???? i guess he isn't playing that card anymore....

    April 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Suzanne McGuire

    OBAMA HAS ALREADY WASHED HIS FACE – HE HINKS HE IS WHITE!!!! HOWEVER HIS WIFE, IS TOTALLY, DESTRUCTIVELY, NON-COLOR

    April 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Christine D

    I don't think the media can keep bailing Obama out of trouble until Nov.
    I think the democratic party is in big trouble.

    April 30, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. ron

    The GOP now say they would rather run against Obama but yet they have been doing everything possible to beat him up and have made no mention of Hillary lately – something doesn’t add up there. Look as much negative attention that has been given to Obama over the past month and especially the last week – of course his ratings have decreased and will probably barley win on May 6 but trouble don’t last always, just ask Hillary – she has definitely had some low moments but rate now she can do no wrong and say no wrong, that’s just how it is.

    April 30, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Terry

    The Republicans must be thrilled that Hillary is getting John McCain elected....I know I wont vote for her and I am a life long democrat.2 months ago I would have voted for her but her true colors are shining through.It was Hillarys people who arranged the press conference with Rev Wright.

    April 30, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. let's be real

    Angus, it's not Hillary that's throwing the punches now. It seems that Obama is hurting himself.

    April 30, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Sally

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's the most competent, knowledgeable, intelligent, hardworking, decent, experienced candidate–it's time to unite and help her win the presidency. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. tonybanderas74

    wake up people!!!!!!!!MR.OBAMA is no longer elctable.he screwd up,not HILLARY.REV.WRIGHT is here because of OBAMA,super delagets must be true to this country and vote to win.

    April 30, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Unreadable

    Hillary is happy to be used by Republicans for their gain, and her misguided sore-loser campaign has the sole purpose to hurt Obama.

    Let's understand this and not let the Clintons deceive us into voting them into power again. Bill talks to Rush Limbaugh, Hillary talks to O'Reilly, what's next, a brunch with David Duke?

    'Coz that's what the Republicans are about. It's a party of Hoover, Nixon, Jesse Helms and David Duke, Larry "Wide-Stance" Craig and child-abuser Mike Foley. It's a party whose presidential advisers shoplift at department stores while the president dupes the country into a war that will benefit him financially once his term expires. It's a cynical two-bit con operation, nothing more. See that party for what it is, a cynical racist, criminal two-bit con operation that dishonors our country by its very existence.

    Vote Democrat, the only choice for any sane, reasonable person.

    April 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. Ria

    Obama is the best and the brightest of the 3 – and the most eloquent and charismatic man I have heard since JFK and Abraham Lincoln. He is also the most sincere and grounded person of the 3 candidates.

    Americans need to stop being swayed by the media and start thinking for themselves for a change.

    You elected Bush 2 in a row although he was just no good for the country – I think America and the world needs a real change for the better – Barrack Obama is clearly the right man for the job!

    April 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. JAX, Florida

    I AM SO PUZZLED ABOUT HOW MCCAIN CAN ARGUE HIS 100 YEARD COMMENT. NO MATTER HOW YOU PUT IT, IT SUGGESTS THAT WE WILL BE IN IRAQ WITH NO END IN SIGHT. IT COULD TAKE 10 TO 100 YEARS TO END VIOLANCE IN THAT REGION. HE SAID IT; THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO SPIN IT.
    HE SAID UNLESS WE ARE NOT IN A COMBAT SITUATION AND OUR PEOPLE ARE NOT BEING SHOT AND KILLED. WHEN WILL THAT BE???

    April 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Anthony

    Polls don't mean a thing. Obama will be ahead in the delegate count, the popular vote, and with congressional superdelegates. Once again the MSM is distorting the facts.

    April 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. Michael Moore Dissed Obama And Others?

    I thought Michael Moore supported Barack Obama??? No wonder Barack Obama is losing in the polls.

    Why were the only things Michael Moore could talk about related to Barack Obama about how good Obama plays basketball?

    And, he feels sorry for Jeremiah Wright? What about people of Jewish blood who died in the Holocaust? And, what about Wright's insensitive and anti-Semitic comments about them? Does he think that was all right?

    On top of that, he dissed elderly people and women?

    What is wrong with this man? Who else can he possibly offend?

    April 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. pee-d-feet cause somthing sinks

    ALL THIS TALK AND IT ABSOLUTLY MEANS NOTHING!!!!!!

    Let's get to JUNE 3rd, then we'll see. All this non-sence is for the media. They have to sale advertisment, but then she's done.

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    HE IS VERY ELECTABLE!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Dennis

    GOOD!!! GREAT!!! IT IS ABOUT TIME BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN GIVEN TOO MANY FREE RIDES FROM THE MEDIA>

    OBAMA'S "CHICKENS HAVE COME BACK TO ROOST"

    April 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Tex-gal

    Hattie, you're the one that's got it all wrong. Do you actually believe your logic, that the poor, blue collared workers, the uneducated, and the (Mexican), not Hispanics are the ones voting for Hillary? As a Hispanic, I'm of Spanish/Mexican descent, and our race has resided in this country since the 1600's. Would you believe we're just as educated as any other ethnic race, or any one you would like to compare us with? If you're as educated as you claim, I'm sure you would have phrased your words differently. I'm voting for Hillary because she is the better candidate. Voting for the candidate of our choice is a privilege, Amen.

    April 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. sally

    i think that obama is hoping that the people of nc are so bitter and backwards that they wont come out to vote (or at least that they wont have the gas to put in their pick ups to drive down out of the mountains). he is hoping that they would rather go squirrel hunting than vpte. hes hoping that the voters will feel like their individual vote wont matter so why waste the day waiting in line to do so.

    April 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Janice

    Sorry Lisa we do deserve Sen Obama. He is the most honest candidate running. While Hillary and McCain are running around trying to save us 28 dollars during a 3 month period. Obama is honest enough to try to get people like you not to fall for that. Hillary supporters, open your eyes, look at what you are wishing for. Hillary can't even keep her on campaign financially stable how is she going to help us?

    Obama08

    April 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Brian from Iowa

    "We don't deserve you."

    Really? I would say, we deserve better than you, sir.

    April 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Ryan from New Mexico

    AND HERE COME THE OBAMAN CRY BABIES

    the only thing we all can agree on is how OBAMA essentially Ripped the Democratic Party in Half with his Empty rhetoric

    plus, I am Ashamed to be in the same political party with People who backed Rev. Wright this entire month

    ...then all of a sudden disown him JUST because their DADDY BARACK H. OBAMA SAYS SO

    you people are so AWFUL and reflect what Obama stands for in the first place......!!!!

    Hillary Clinton 08!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Nathan

    John Kerry has been giving Obama flip-flopping advice. "I can no longer disown Rev. Wright than I can disown the black community".... Wait a minute "Yes I can". Wouldn't want to be Obama's friend or family, just keep looking out for that bus cause Obama's already run over his Grandmother and his spiritual advisor and if you get in the way of his self-indulgent, self-important run for the White House, you're um, going, um, to, um, get, um, run, um, over! You suck Barry.

    April 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Outsider Looking In

    WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL VOTING BASED ON THE MEDIA???!!!

    GO READ ON THE ISSUES AND VOTE ON ISSUES NOT WHAT THE MEDIA WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE!!! I AM NOT A CITIZEN OF YOUR COUNTRY AND I DON'T HAVE A VOTE!!!! AND IT IS JUST INSANE TO SEE HOW THE MEDIA IS SPINING THIS ELECTION AND BEING SELECTIVE ON WHAT TO REPORT. THEY HAVE TALKED SO MUCH ABOUT OBAMA'S PASTOR TO BRING HIM DOWN BUT NOTHING ON HILLARY'S PASTOR!!!!!!! CAN'T YOU ALL SEE THAT ITS ALL A PLOT!!!

    MR. OBAMA MAKES WAY MORE SENSE THAN HILLARY WHEN HE SPEAKS AND IS MORE SINCERE!!!!! I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST MR. OBAMA. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND I PRAY THAT YOU WIN THE NOMINATION!! IT IS TIME FOR AMERICA TO STOP BEING RACIST AND OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE BIGGER PICTURE!!

    April 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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