August 1st, 2008
03:49 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN Poll of polls: McCain gains on Obama, trails by 3 points

McCain has cut Obama’s lead in half this week in the CNN Poll of polls.
McCain has cut Obama’s lead in half this week in the CNN Poll of polls.

(CNN) – John McCain has chipped away at Barack Obama’s lead this week, the latest CNN poll of polls suggests.

CNN Election Center: View the latest state polls

Obama now holds a 3-point lead over McCain in CNN's average of national polls, 47 percent to 44 percent, down from the 5-point margin he held over the presumptive Republican nominee on Wednesday, and half his six-point margin at the beginning of the week in traditionally volatile summer polling.

The poll of polls includes the latest Gallup daily tracking poll, conducted July 29-31, that showed the two candidates tied at 44 percent after several days of back-and-forth between their campaigns over the McCain camp’s tough new anti-Obama ad, and accusations of racial politics on the trail.

“It appears that Obama received a temporary boost from his trip to Europe and the Middle East,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “That boost has now faded, but the overall dynamics of the race have not. Obama is still in the lead — as he has been since clinching the Democratic nomination.”

In addition to the Gallup daily tracking poll, the CNN poll of polls also included a Pew poll conducted July 23-27, a USA Today/Gallup survey conducted July 25-27, and a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation conducted July 27-29. The CNN poll of polls does not have a margin of error.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. RB from NH

    The straight talk express to the gutter will crash and burn...mark my words!

    August 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Tony

    Just goes to show you how ignorant the American people are.

    8 years under a horrific, incompetent Republican Dictatorship and they still DON'T GET IT!

    August 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Fred

    Uh oh

    August 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Henry n New York

    Why have we not heard publically and widely about McCain's most recent confusion of the facts.

    McCain said in a Town Hall meeting this week:

    "I served in the U.S. Navy and there are Navy veterans here who have sailed on Navy ships around the world for more than 60 years with nuclear power plants on them," he said this month in Ohio. "There has never been a recorded case that I know of where someone has been injured, killed or had ill effects of those nuclear power plants."

    "Accidents involving American and Soviet ships, bombers and rockets have left at least 50 warheads and nine nuclear reactors scattered on the ocean floors," The New York Times reported in 1989, citing a report by Greenpeace that counted 799 accidents involving American nuclear-powered ships, subs and aircraft.

    Source: NY Daily News, Greenpeace.

    He would mislead us into building 45 nuclear plants with an accident rate risk of approximately 25%.

    Not to mention the fact that nuclear power plants are not installed on ships. Ships have nuclear powered engines; was the republican candidate confused?

    August 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Heide-Auburn

    Who do the polls call? Only people at home with landlines and listed numbers? I work in a large corporate workplace and everyone is wondering who the polls are calling because unlike past presidential elections – it's not us.

    August 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. MLG

    GO MCCAIN 08

    August 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. CM

    Man, Americans choose to shoot themselves in the foot one more time this decade instead of giving someone else a shot.

    Polls don't really matter now anyway. The same pundits who are trying to draw attention to these polls also said that in the height of summer most people do not have their minds made up or focus on politics.

    After the debates we'll see what happens. I don't think the Republicans will like that.

    August 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Dale, Kentucky

    Is there a poll to tell how acurate the Polls are?

    August 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Allan

    I don't want McCain,but even more I don't want Obama. H.Clinton or McCain.

    August 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. rkd

    Unbelievable that after McCain makes mistake after mistake and Obama shows himself to be extremely popular and capable beyond the shores of the US, McCain is up and Obama down. It seems to me bizarre that people should think that Obama is somehow "too presidental". I guesss that goes along with the idea that we don't want someone too smart as president either. Look where that got us!

    August 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Matthew

    This is remarkably similar to the primary polls. Obama has this ceiling that he just can't get beyond. McCain is inching his way forward. In the end, the undecideds who wait until the last minute will put McCain over the top (as they did for Hillary in many states) and Democrats will have short themselves in the foot again by nominating yet another unelectable elitist.

    Hillary would have been clobbering McCain by now.

    August 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. TJ Johnson

    As Americans are looking closer at Obama and seeing nothing, a totally empty-suit rockstar, we are smart enough to drop support there. Especially older Americans who have seen this type politician come and go before, are rejecting Obama. Thank Goodness!!

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. gotcha

    It was bound to happen. Its a long road that has no turning. People are beginning to see the hollow rhetoric of the Democratic nominee, and are beginning to wake up. I knew deep in my heart he would not win. What a jerk. Presumptous idiot, why did he think for one minute the Republican party would let him win? Go, Senator McCain, my darling!!

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Steve From Dallas

    Finally people are seeing Obama for the egomaniac he is!

    "I am" the change you have been waiting for ...

    get real! He is more interested in being a Rock Star than being president. He will say and do anything to win.

    How about leave 50,000 troups in Irag... flip flop from ... we need to get all our troops out.

    How about voting for amenesty for the phone companies ... flip flop from ... i will never vote to give them amnesty for releasing phone reocrds without a court order.

    You can go on and on and on... The man stands for NOTHING.

    And that is Change we can not afford!

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Matthew

    This is remarkably similar to the primary polls. Obama has this ceiling that he just can't get beyond. McCain is inching his way forward. In the end, the undecideds who wait until the last minute will put McCain over the top (as they did for Hillary in many states) and Democrats will have shot themselves in the foot again by nominating yet another unelectable elitist.

    Hillary would have been clobbering McCain by now.

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Marc PDX

    Barack got heckled today by fellow democrats (another CNN ticker article) and showed his frustration in his response. McCain gets heckled all the time but handles it with a smile and quip. Why couldn't Obama handle it? Because he can only handle what's written on his script. As soon as something new and unexpected comes up he loses the pretty veneer in a hurry and exposes his inner self. Hillary showed us that over the final three debates she had with him – the ones where the interviewers started asking Obama hard questions (after the SNL skit parodying the softball questions he had been previously getting). She outperformed him in each of those three and outperformed him in the remaining primaries over that time period as well. Obama only can work off a choreographed script – that's why he's avoiding DEBATES with John McCain now and that why he lost his cookies when he was unexpectedly heckled today. The inner Obama is starting to come out!

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. anonymous

    Finally!!! People are starting to see the light. NOBAMA is an empty suit and it is coming out!

    Go McCain!!!

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Jim

    Debates don't matter. Remember in 2004, Kerry killed Bush in the debates. American choose stupidity all the time.

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Jack Walden

    Just goes to show how dumb America is where what they see on Television directs how they make their decisions! No wonder, An American cant locate Paris, Taxas from Paris, France on a map. Scary.....

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Barack is having to introduce himself to the country as a real candidate and the big name, well known candidate is three points behind?

    Yes, we will.

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Jim

    HOW IS THIS GUY TRAILING BY ONLY 3 POINTS. COME ON AMERICA. WAKE UP! THIS GUY IS FOUR MORE YEARS OF BUSH.

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    This is unbelievable! The press needs to start accurately reporting McCain's gaffes and dirty campaign.

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Bob

    Absolutely amazing how uninformed the electorate is!

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Just Sayin...

    What do you mean CNN poll doesn't have a margin of error? It totally does. You know whats wrong with politics...polls...and CNN is turning right wing more and more...back to MSNBC for me...

    August 1, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. SADDAM H.

    Some morons on Bary Hussein's camp learn something.

    August 1, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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