August 5th, 2008
01:02 PM ET
10 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
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  1. Felicia

    Funny how this poll came out after the media kept going on and on about a statistical tie.

    How much did Obama and the DNC pay for this poll?

    Any fool can see thru it!

    August 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Bob, Austin, TX.

    No republicans... No way! If you voted for Bush, you are part of the problem. What makes you think your opinion is any good this time around?

    August 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Sheri

    YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Obama 95

    So what your saying in your CNN round about way is Obama has been falling for some time now.... got it.

    Why... because he's a joke and America is starting not to laugh!

    Obama 08... A joke we can all believe in

    August 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Frankie

    This election is looking a lot like the last election with John (The Trader) Kerry. The pre-election poles said he would win, the entry poles said he would win, the exit poles said he was going to win. The press was behind him, Hollywood was behind and I seem to remember the same kind of mean spirited comments but in end look what happened.
    I can’t decide if you all will be more disappointed if Obama doesn’t get elected or that if he does get elected that nothing really changes and all you are left with is your Prom Dress on the floor, he’s gone and you realize all you got was screwed.

    August 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Tony Leibert

    Has anyone ever questioned McCain as to how he was captured in Vietnam? My finding is that the only way a person could be captured during war is by waving the white flag or putting their hands in the air and yelling "I surender." Mind you, I am aware of many soldiers who took their own lives, rather than surrender in Vietnam. Furthermore, the military code of justice has a clause that reads "I shall never surrender to the enemy." For Mccain to accuse anyone of wanting to wave the white flag in Iraq I find is very hypocritical, given the fact that he waved the white flag in Vietnam. I believe that a U. S. prisoner-of-war should never go around acting as an American hero. There is nothing heroic about surrendering to an enemy!

    August 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Dem

    That's it? Only 4pts. With a margin of error or what 4-6pts.
    Just goes to show the smoke screen has lifted and Obama's real self is showing. A flip flopper with no real ideas of his own.
    He doesn't even have it in him to debate McCain.
    There was so much talk about how when Bush was debating, he wore a special mic and earpiece that would feed him good answers and statistics. Maybe Obama should look into one for himself so he can debate McCain.

    Anyone but BHO

    August 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Frank Ferina

    I think its time for Obama to have another "free" concert before his speeches so the left wing media can report on the crowds he draws
    and leave out the reason why so many people show up.

    John McCain

    Pro life
    Pro military
    Love for this (USA) country

    August 5, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. biffington, biff


    also a bomb at the box office.....

    August 5, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Marc PDX

    So smug, CNN! So smug.

    August 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Obama supporter: Bipartisan Intelligence in Gov't

    Like the primaries were about delegates, the national election will be about electoral votes.

    How much did past president elects actually lead in the popular votes??

    August 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Realist

    Maybe that "smug" smile is really because Obama knows something you don't....

    You really think McCain is prepared for what Obama is about to unleash during and after the convention? ... let alone, the legions of voters that will be coming to the polls in unprecidented numbers this fall to back Obama?

    The GOP October surprise for 2008 will be, unfortunately, something they have cooked over the past 7 years - a revisit of the '87 crash. It will be a wicked reminder to the public that, in the end, it is all about the economy... and McCain nor his advisors have a clue how to resolve the mess the GOP got us into without reversing their position on a protracted Iraq occupation or tax cuts.

    No doubt, GOP gets a serious *** whooping this fall

    August 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    Well polls are not fair, like the last cnn polls they can give the American people the wrong impressionof what is going on. Now how can 2500 people speak for 150,000,000 people. also how many were European American (Caucasian) or Black American. Mexican American, Hispanic American, or Asian American or difference age groups so polls can be misleading for both Sen Obama and Sen McCain 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. What dose this mean the CNN poll of polls does not have a margin of error. cnn only ask a few peoplle

    August 5, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. SAT

    I've often wondered if there is any truth to these poll numbers. The poll numbers didn't always prove to be true during the Democratic primaries.

    Overall, I do think the race will be close. There are pros and cons for each candidate. I like McCain but his age concerns me. The job of president is tough. It seems to age the person. For proof, look at photos of both Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr before they took office. Then, look at their pictures about a year later. McCain is not a young man. Can his body hold up against that stress? Yes, we all know he was a POW. However, he was "much" younger when that happened.

    I'm not sure what to make of Obama. Because he is the "new kid on the block", the media has embraced him. People seem to be drawn /intrigued by him for whatever reason. The major question is does that translate into votes. Guess that remains to be seen.

    Not sure which candidate will get my vote. My parents and youngest sister are Democrats and plan to vote for BO. My middle sister is Republican and plans to vote for JM. However, she is concerned about his age as well. She will be watching his VP pick very closely.

    August 5, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. no obama, please

    True, the polls at this stage don't mean a lot and much will be determined after the VP announcements are made. But you have to wonder about the split decision so far in so many polls despite the rock-star status of BO. Given the media adulation and the horrid brand value of the GOP, he should be concerned. Perhaps it is time to bring back Hillary and allow the Dems to reclaim the White House. This loser will cost us the election.

    August 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. jason, tx

    It's pitiful that anyone would even bother voting for McCain. Obama should be winning by a landslide, but many Americans are apparently not smart enough to get it.

    August 5, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Sarah

    I find it simply incredible that things like stupid ads can so easily sway American voters. You people may actually vote another republican into the white house. That really reinforces the global opinion of Americans like nothing else ever could.

    August 5, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Mike Philly

    I've posted yet another comment which CNN's unfair & biased moderators refuse to post... I guess you're asking me to give up on you I guess that's what I'm gonna do.

    August 5, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. BJ from NC

    Will be so glad when the Presidential debates show the American people what they have to choose from. Maybe McCain will be able to hold his "maverick temper" in check. But, the truth is I really don't care. John McCain will be put on the spot and without any Obama campaiging to respond to and his camp being able to give him some talking points 2-3 days after Senator Obama having made a speech, he is toast. McCain does not have any substance, cannot tell the American people what they need to hear, and does not have a plan to move America forward. Can't wait for the debate!!!

    August 5, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Enough

    If we stand any chance of overcoming the diasterous policies over the past eight years, we have to give Obama the opportunity to reverse the damage. McCain will deepen the wounds of a horrible economy and continue the never ending republican war in iraq.

    August 5, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Italy

    Is not true Obama is losing polls today polls was Mc Caine 44 and Obama 46. only 2 points all Obama supporters you where tha one how said Obama will do great , what I see is every day is losing a number. Dreemers

    August 5, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Tony Leibert

    My previous comment set forth on lines eight & nine should read "military code of conduct," not "military code of justice."

    August 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Mike Philly

    Real cute.

    August 5, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    CNN give us a break! poll after polls no clear differences.

    August 5, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. AP (ATL)

    We can only hope this is a realistic sign Americans are slowly moving in the right direction. I also plead to the die-hard supporters of Senator Clinton–do not cut of f your nose to spite your face. If you are a true democrat, then please support your party and it's mission to usher in a newer, stronger America for the 21st Century. The rules have changed and we need someone like Senator Obama–someone NOT apart of the old establishment and willing to do things differently in order to address real issues facing our generation and generations to come: health care, housing, education, foreign policy and energy, to name a few.

    Please don't waste your vote on McCain. If you support him because he is a war hero–give him a plaque and a medalion and then go to the polls and vote for Obama and let's move our country forward...

    Obama '08.

    August 5, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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