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.

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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. nobama-nobama-nobama

    When you get the nomination like Obama by appointment by the DNC and send the weaker candidate you get results. once again America looses. You can keep calling me stupid and every word in the book I will not vote for anyone unless I am sold on the candidate. Not Hillarry, Nancy or Howard Dean... Obama will not get my vote and race is the least of his problems....
    McCain gets my first republican vote!!! Go ahead keep calling us names, there are a lot of us and the arrogance of BO and his campaign will doom it.

    Funny that Dr. Dean was told we'll be singing Kumbaya by now.... never, never take away the votes away...NEVER!!

    August 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. gotcha

    No you cant
    No you cant
    No you cant
    No you cant\
    No you cannot
    No you cannot
    No you cannot
    No you cannot

    August 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Right Winger

    McCain 2008!!!

    The least repulsive Democrat!

    August 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. m

    The rich and powerful standing Right Now on the back of the poor and average America is Obama . He is asking poor and average American people to keep giving money $10 + first for himself and then for Hillary .
    He knows people don't have money for gasoline but he keep telling people to give it to him.
    Also, he is living in a house of 1.6 million dollars home! He is very very rich men in comparation of average and poor ppeople.
    He is arrogant .

    McCain never ask the poor people to give him money.

    August 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. The Truth

    If we elect McCain, this country will be the laughing stock of the planet. In all honesty this race shouldn't even be close given Obama's clear superiority as a candidate.
    Can anyone tell me what McCain even stands for or what his plans are? All he does is talk about Obama.
    Hillary supporters need to get over the primaries. Voting McCain is only hurting yourself.
    If this poll is accurate it only indicates that a lot of Americans are ignorant, uneducated, close-minded and that racism is still alive and well.

    August 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. KE

    Obama wafts in the air above everybody now. He needs gravity that only comes with experience.

    “He looked like a man in a hurry..." He is running from people with real experience.

    August 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Ken

    If true, this shows America's voting IQ tumbling to the levels seen in 2000 and 2004. That so many people keep falling for this neo-nonsense is a disturbing sign for America. There are some VERY unbalanced and brainwashed people out there.

    August 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. yeahRight!

    Sorry – this speaks for the poor education in this country and the bought and corporate news media. between the two they will run this nation into the ground.

    August 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. tony

    Americans better wake up and vote for Obama otherwise this country will go down the drain.

    August 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. nobama-nobama-nobama

    When you get the nomination like Obama by appointment by the DNC and send the weaker candidate you get results. once again America looses. You can keep calling me stupid and every word in the book I will not vote for anyone unless I am sold on the candidate. Not Hillary, Nancy or Howard Dean… Obama will not get my vote and race is the least of his problems….
    McCain gets my first republican vote!!! Go ahead keep calling us names, there are a lot of us and the arrogance of BO and his campaign will doom it.
    Funny that Dr. Dean was told we'll be singing Kumbaya by now…. never, never take away the votes away…NEVER!!

    August 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Edwin

    I love how Sen. Obama's supporters are so high on their own message that they can't understand why people think he's smug or don't support him.

    For those of you who know your mythology, Sen. Obama's sin is hubris.

    McCain '08 – Clinton '12

    August 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. bonna

    Carl Rove, Canney, Bush and Bush daddy, will do anything to elect someone that shares their veiws. BUT GUESS WHAT BUSH WILL NOT BECOME THE NEXT BILLIONARE OF THE OIL CHAIN FAMILY!!!
    NOOOOO MORE OF THIS MONEY HUNGRY PEOPLE.

    August 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. kelly WI

    And just who writes the bills and spends the money? Couldn't just happen to be congress job could it.?
    You can thank your dem congress for that. I see nancy won't let the vote come up on energy. Went on vacation. She knows her anti-drilling stance would fail. She's busy playing Mother Nature saving the planet role along with Obamas Father of the World savior role.
    McCain 08

    August 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Frank

    DNC made a fatal mistake and now they and rest of us democrats have to pay for it! If you wanted a black President, that is wonderful, but at least bring someone that has experience and is not an egomaniac and an empty suit. We have a lot of intelligent, experienced black politicians that would have been fantastic, but we had to have Nobama with his hateful wife Michelle!!! Great job DNC!!!

    August 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. CW4Barak

    Well all I can say is, if America votes for John McCain (Bush/Cheney/Rove puppet) then we deserve higher prices at the pumps, all our jobs being shipped overseas, not being able to afford food, clothing or other expenses, no health care, not being able to attend or send our kids to college and watch the rich getting richer while we are living like 3rd world citizens (who in some cases are living much better than a lot of Americans), while having the Rupublicans telling us we are just whiners and our sufferings are all in our heads.....we deserve it all.....but any country who voted for Bush twice will vote for a McCain.....so I would not be surprised if they somehow con the American people again for a third time and win the election. But if they think Obama and his family will suffer or anyone of the Democrats in congress they can think again.....Obama and his wife can make more money not being a President than being a President. So it is all up to the American people, who somehow has never moved in the same direction as the rest of the world, but wonder why the world is not following! MAY GOD HELP US ALL!

    August 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Justmyopinion2008

    Poll of Polls does not reflect the reality! There many voters that are not cover by these pols but if it makes "Songbird" McCain and his supporters happy, fair enough. Come November you will recieve your live's shock!

    August 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Shiloh Wa

    Jews and Christians should be appalled that McShame is using the image of Moses to attack Obama! This is sacreligious. Using Moses for political purposes and to judge a fellow canidate is so low I hope both the Christian and Jewish community protest this. First it is a video comparing him to Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton , now (on U-Tube) to Moses. Does this also mean Mc Shame is comparing Moses to Spears and Hilton? Blasfimous! Low! Desparate!

    August 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. mike

    Enough with the daily polls!!

    August 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Agnes

    Hope, I have hope just not the audacity to blindly hope. We need more than words; we need someone who knows how to do the work. What work has Sen. Obama done? Sen. Clinton has 30 plus years of real civil rights leadership, actual gains that has allowed the disadvantaged to have a voice and that has allowed for this very discussion of Sen. Obama’s candidacy. What has Sen. Obama done for America? Local community outreach and state senatorial voting record of present are not enough to say he is experienced. And as the chairman of the Subcommittee on European Affairs with jurisdiction over NATO’s operations, he didn’t call a meeting in two years, two years! Is this how we can expect him to execute his office? It is the Executive branch not the legislative branch I’m concerned with- as the President is the top executor of the country.

    Change, what change and by whom? I want change, truly I do, but how will that change come and by which path? Since Sen. Obama was instilled as the DNC’s puppet over the people’s choice, can anyone tell me what the change will be? (Say what you must but Tammany Hall is live and well in Chicago and in the DNC; it’s been lurking, waiting to raise it’s ugly head since FDR.) Is this an example of the type of administration we could expect from Sen. Obama? Strong arm tactics. What a glorious way to capture the nomination. It's not about the journey but about the end results.... RIGHT? Will this be our legacy to the future?

    August 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Frank

    Perhaps the American people are finally waking up! Geraldine Ferrera
    was correct with her statements in regard to Obama's entry to the Democratic primaries. As a voter, I want a president with government
    experience, other than neighborhood organizer and speech maker. Obama is a figure of media and social phenom. The country needs a
    figure of substance with experience, and not a creation built by Ophra.

    August 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. To Danny

    Yes Danny:
    I think America needs anothe Scalia... America Deserves one

    August 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Jon

    McCain chooses to be a Republican, a member of the party that has savaged the United States out of greed and fundamentalist bullying. They are wretches.

    August 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Scott L

    Voters are going to PUNISH THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY SENATE AND CONGRESS IN NOVEMBER.

    When will you people wake up and realize that DEMOCRATS have OWNED the senate and house for the last 2 years and they have done NOTHING! I voted for Kerry in the last election but am tired of Pelosi and her people making empty promises (like Obama) about solving energy problems.

    Republicans at least have a plan. Environmentalists may not like it, but they have a serious, short term (5-10 year) plan.

    Democrats as always have nothing. McCain is going to get things back to the middle where they belong...not right winger like Bush and not radical liberal like Obama.

    August 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Ed from PA

    Polls are irrelevant. 88% of Americans know that!

    curious why my first attempt at this was erased...

    August 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. chuck

    Obama will go down as one of the biggest jokes in political history.
    What an incompetent phoney.

    August 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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