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. Charles

    The polls get closer at the end of every week. On Monday Obama has a big lead and by Friday the lead has shrunk. Are our attention spans so short that we don't see the pattern and have to pull our hair out every weekend?

    August 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Kevin

    The game has not started. Mccain is using up all his weapons. After that he will have nothing left and Obama will surely carry the day.

    August 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Maurice

    This is my prediction.
    Come November Barack Obama will become the next President Of The United States.
    Yes it is going to be a hard fought race (Obama knows this) and he is up to the challenge.
    In the end the goal will be achieve.

    I know we are very stupid at times (we gave Bush two terms) but sooner or later a somber mood before the election will come over us and we will make the right choice to elect the right man for the job (Barack Obama).

    Mark my words

    August 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Janice

    Jasmine – get over the race thing -

    August 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Enlightened Voter

    I just watched mccain on cnn live. What a spectacle. First he couldn't remember the reporters' questions who just finished asking it and then he out and out lied about supporting the MLK holiday which we all know he voted against. This man is a sham and anyone who votes for this deserves the america they get.

    August 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. OFFWALLST WALL ST. NY

    THE HONEYMOON IS OVER !!!

    DID YOU THINK CONSERVATIVE AMERICA WAS GOING TO STAY QUIET FOR MUCH LONGER ....AND LET THIS SOCIALIST DICTATE HIS CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN BS.!!!

    BY LABOR DAY AND OCTOBER.......MCAIN WILL BE IN THE LEAD AND NEVER GIVE IT UP.....

    OBAMA LANDSLIDE!! YEA RIGHT!!!........REMEMBER 1980...1984...19888.....

    August 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    It means NOTHING!! They have to keep the ratings up because they no people are tuning in everyday..... If it was inevidable folks wouldnt be as engaged. Don't Worry, McCain is going down like Frazier!!!

    To all you Haters....

    OBAMA 08

    August 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. anonymous

    Hey wake up American people don't you know that every election we the people seem to be side tracked by all the gossiping talk that is never true. Don't you hear gossip about everyone. I bet there is gossip on you and it is not even true. So why go on, believing what all the negative of people that comes out. Can't you be an individual and make your own minds up. Don't believe all the gossip. Vote for the strongest of the two. Haven't you heard that only the strong survive? Well wake up H E L L O!!! Vote for McCain as he tells it like it is. Guess no child likes to hear the truth. This country needs a strong leader. Do Not forget that President Bush has had to put up with a group of democrats that will not let him run the office like he wants as they always vote against him. Well just for the record when a democrat get in maybe we will have all republicans telling him what to do SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

    August 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. mike

    we reap what we sow, america deserves john mccain

    August 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Lourdes

    I think it's pretty sad that Obama isn't coming out and attacking McCain just as hard because he thinks the American people deserve better. These polls show that maybe we really do deserve what befalls us.... a McCain presidency will be just as if not more disastrous as the Bush presidency was, but half the country was foolish enough to reelect him in 2004 anyway. I'm tired ignorance deciding elections.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!

    Just look up McCain and contributions from oil companies. McCain and policy reversals. McCain and NOT SUPPORTING THE GI BILL!!!!! Please, America. Don't vote out of defensiveness.

    August 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. fella from Chicago

    Whether I agree with President Bush on his policies both home and abroard over the last eight years or not, I respect the Office of the Presidency and those who sit in it and must make decisions affecting this great country of ours almost on an hourly basis. Right or wrong this President like the ones before him whether Republican or Democrat have made decisions that would cause most individual's to crack. John McCain is an older individual than I would like see running for the Office of the Presidency, but I feel the same allegience toward him as I do toward President Bush (both) or Clinton, Party doesn't matter, the individual does. I don't have that same warm feeling toward Senator Obama. I just can't perceive him as the President. In my heart I know he's not good for this country.

    August 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. matt

    Barrack Hussein Obama never has won an election and never will win an election. Slick Chicago politics may get him appointed to Senate, but lack of true substance will be his downfall. He evades every question just as he evades McCain when challenged to town hall open forum meetings. The man is all fluff and no stuff. How arrogant Barrack is to push his own agenda on offshore drilling instead of what 83% of Americans want. What happend to government by the people for the people. You elect this virus and pretty soon we will rename the country USSROA United States Socialist Republic of America. Freedom to go as far as you want to go is what America is all about.

    August 1, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. E. Scott

    I have to agree that Hilliary would be way up in the polls at this point. Barack Hussein Obama is going down every so slowly.

    August 1, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. bridgette

    If America wants the same then they will vote for McCain. And if he wins then Americans be quiet when we are at war with Iran and even more things are cut and the gas and grocieries get higher. Just shhhhhhhhh and accept what is.

    August 1, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Nick

    Any true Hillary supporter would support her party.

    August 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. shish

    ez y'all ... McCain should have been way ahead by now come on..a new kid on the block, McCain should have destroyed him by now. What troubles me, I could care less who wins, is the attitude people have towards their own citizens..people insulting McCain and Obama, also disrespecting an old person and also the view some have that Obama is not really American, sort of like he is no there yet. It is really disgusting how low people can go.
    Above all, people on the outside looking in are seeing what Americans are deep down.
    It is just politics people, some of you get really wound up here, on both side of the political spectrum. At the end of the day death is the great equalizer nobody is better than anyone else. McCain, Obama, Rove will be food for maggots, we all will so please speak with reason not anger...

    August 1, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Charuhans

    Borat, Ooops Barack has reached the ceiling of 40s. Now, who are these people who are going to vote for him come what may? His vote bank constitutes of anti-semitics, blacks, moslems, misogynists, drug users/dealers and the losers (blame all your failuers on someone else, and Government sounds the best). Thankfully, these groups constitute only around 40-45% of the American voting public (as obvious from the %age he is polling).

    The game changer might be if the majority of the other 55-60% of the American public keeps away from the polls in November. Thats exactly what Barack and gang are hoping/planning for.

    August 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Janice

    Jack Waldan – At least most americans can spell Texas

    And just because someone may not agree with you doesn't make them a moron. People you don't agree with could say the same about you. Its all subjective.

    August 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Aaron Fargo, ND

    Polling for this election is a waste. They rely on methods that ensure little accuracy. The media just wants to make it look like a close race. Obama will win by a landslide at this pace. The more people know about McCain, the less they care for him. Just wait until everyone finds out why he abandoned his first wife!

    Obama '08

    August 1, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Candy West Virginia

    This country is so backwards and we deserve to be after voting in GWB twice and now people don't know whether they want an 'experienced' crook (mccain) in the white house or a man with promise and brilliant judgment. If we let the repugs win we deserve to be a third world country which is exactly what we are gonna be. The repugs are playing with us raising the oil prices and then lowering them nearer to the elections. And all this negativity they are throwing about us about Obama knowing good and well it just isn't true. The problem is he is a good man (Obama) and this country is afraid of electing a black man. So to all of you idiots thinking about voting in the same ol bull don't complain when you drown in it.

    August 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. SHAWN

    I guess next the polls will show that Obama is the true underdog and always has been.

    August 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Ratgurl

    I'm so done with polls. They're all full of shiite!

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. al in memphis

    What do the campaign advisers say to McCain– Here's what the American people want to hear. Let's just call Obama names that people identify with as negative - arrogrant, Dr. No, elitist, etc. After all, that is what they really vote on. They want take the time to did into the issue and the solutiions, which is why we don't have to spend money to developing any.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Puff

    THE DNC HAS NO ONE TO BLAME BUT THEMSELVES. THEY ANNOITED THE MESSIAH, IT HAS TRULY GONE TO HIS HEAD, AND BY NOVEMBER THIS GUY WILL JUST BE A BAD JOKE. THE REPUBLICANS WILL STILL BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND ALL BECAUSE THE DEMS DIDN'T WANT HILLARY. BOO HOO TO THEM. WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUGHT TO VOTE OUT ALL THESE CORRUPT POLITICIANS AND THAT INCLUDES THEIR MESSIAH.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    If those numbers are accurate, then it seems that the same uninformed crowd that gave us the travesty of the Bush/Cheney era want four more years of America being ravaged from the inside out. Mindboggling to think that ANY informed voter would put America's well-being in the hands of someone so poorly equiped in so many regards as John McCain. Problem is, once again the rest of us and the world would have to suffer for their poor judgement, or total lack thereof.

    August 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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