August 5th, 2008
01:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll of polls: Obama's edge over McCain grows slightly

The latest CNN poll of polls show Obama having a slight lead.
The latest CNN poll of polls show Obama having a slight lead.

(CNN) – Barack Obama is holding onto a slim edge over John McCain, the latest CNN Poll of Polls suggests.

CNN Election Center: View the latest state polls

After several days of tough new ads from McCain’s campaign, the presumptive Democratic nominee holds a 4-point advantage over the presumptive Republican nominee in CNN's average of national polls, up slightly from the 3-point margin he held on Friday.

A week ago, he led McCain by a six-point margin, a reflection of traditionally volatile summer polling.

The poll of polls includes the latest Gallup daily tracking poll, conducted August 2-4, that gave Obama a 4-point advantage. Late last week, the same poll showed the two candidates tied at 44 percent.

“The Democrats appear to have blunted any momentum Sen. McCain gained from last week’s ad associating Sen. Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Once again, we are seeing that Obama has a small but durable edge over McCain. It is up to McCain to find a way to change the fundamental dynamics of this campaign.”

Earlier: McCain ad calls Obama 'biggest celebrity in the world'

In addition to the Gallup daily tracking poll, the CNN poll of polls also included 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 • CNN Polls • John McCain
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Proud American

    Yes we will!! Put America back on track.
    Obama '08

    August 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Shari, NY

    The ads backfired!

    August 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Surged OUT!

    The only people that will vote for mcsurgeamaniac are the robotic die hard conservative right who believe anything their filthy party says and those extremely uneducated people who mistake tv ads for news. Anyone with a moral center, some sense of dignity, enlightened thought and a conscience could not vote repuglican but will vote for Obama.

    August 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. fella from Chicago

    Come November I'm going to love to see that smug, arrogant, moronic smile of his turned upside down.

    August 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Sherry, Atlanta

    McCain's negative ads are doing very little. It goes to show, AMERICAN'S are AWAITING A POSITIVE DIRECTION.

    August 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. NEVEROBAMA

    He will go down in November!

    Hillary don't help this smuck!

    August 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. db

    So Obama is actually down by 2 points. Funny headline, huh?

    August 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. MBFLA

    How about the electoral points? It seems as if Obama may be way ahead here.

    August 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Candy West Virginia

    Why hasn't the mcsurge maverick who has been in politics for 30 yrs and is well known not beating the new guy on the block? McSurge has 29 yrs as senator, Barack has 8yrs as Illionois Senator and 3 as US Senator. This should say something about mcsurge, a vote for him, is a vote to end this land we know as America. McSurge will destroy what is left of our jobs, country, enviornment, security, peace and dignity. We will be a third world country owned by the oil magnates.

    August 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Joe Kiloz

    CNN's polls are beweldering, and they are a state secret when McCain is ahead or tied, because only CNN knows it and doesn't share it with its followers.

    With Obama's overall lead shrinking nationally, your headline states that Obama is extending gains ?

    Please use an Obama tire pressure gage on the execs who run this wonderful unbiased medium. Insert item where the state secrets are kept

    August 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Minnesota Voter for Hillary

    This is too bad, but then we've got some time before the election. Go McCain.

    August 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. wilfred

    Polls are nothing but BS.
    If polled in San Fran b.o. would be way ahead of McCain
    Poll in the deep south would show McCain ahead.
    If you like the BS vote for Obama he is full of it.

    August 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Non-Believer

    http: //news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080805/ap_on_el_pr/obama

    For someone so critical of Hillary and McCain on their previous votes, this article is such a surprise!

    HIPPOCRIT.

    August 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Sherry, Atlanta

    It appears, McCain's 26 years have done very little to help America. WHY WOULD WE GIVE HIM 4 MORE?

    August 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Tony

    About time!

    August 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Here come the idiots who will claim, "Polls mean nothing!" yet they were the same ones spouting how Obama's losing to McCain a week ago based on the same polls, lol! Obama will ALWAYS be a leader and McWalkingcane will always FOLLOW in his footsteps, an old man yelling at the clouds not to block his Sun..

    August 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Beverly, NYC

    I guess the no viable plan candidate will have to go negative again.

    August 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. vote out dems

    As a former dem, I would not vote for anti-American obama if he paid me a million dollars. the dems are crazy scary.....

    August 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    You know mccain supporters i wouldnt get to happy john mccain very well known, known at one time for being a maverick he should be blowing obama away in the polls not being even and deadlocked.

    August 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. A Nightingale Sings in Berkeley Square

    What happened to the 9 point lead??? It evaporated as quicky as BHO's stance to not allow offshore drilling. Finally, the people are waking up (except for the mind numb Obamabots on these blogs) Is Edwards still in the running for VP???

    August 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Neal

    Considering that most Presidential campaign victories are by much much slimmer margins, Obama's lead amounts to a solid grip on the contest.

    August 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. independent now

    Wait till next week his lead will be lower after all of his racial comments came out. When I saw it for myself Obama using his race to undercut the other, I found it distasteful

    August 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Sane John

    If nobody else has noticed the pattern,

    OBAMA INCREASES HIS LEAD AT THE START OF THE WEEK.

    THE LEAD SHRINKS AT THE END OF THE WEEK.

    THE POLLS ARE MEANINGLESS.

    The only thing you can see from the polls is that the undecided % is consistently shrinking, but the margins remain essentially the same. Typically 5% at the start of the week, 3% at the end of the week.

    August 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Karen from Charlottesville

    Are these polls tracking the under 30 set, who don't have land lines? I doubt it.

    August 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Neal

    John McCain was censured by the Senate for improper dealings during the S&L scandal.
    Other Senators involved were indicted.

    August 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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