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. Abby

    Doesn’t matter. Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security when it goes up and don’t panic when it comes down. Just continue to get the work done.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    August 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Stacy Clarks


    August 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Oh! The Irony

    This is funny. The media is displaying their stupidity daily. Barack's been up by as little as 3 or as many as 6 points several times since June. Every fluctuation isn't a story....just an effort to generate hype and viewership.

    August 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. spudmctater

    The Obama campaign needs to respond in kind to the negative McCain ads. McCain is gaining some serious ground, just check out the Zogby polls out today, which show very bad news for Obama across the board. What are you guys doing? Fight back!!!

    August 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |


    August 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Muhammad TX

    These polls-= nothing, how do you poll a couple of people and say, this is suppose to tell us what all the people are thinking. We know there are alot of folks who never been poll!
    I thought you'll were the know it all!

    August 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Lacy

    apparently america doesn't find John all that funny.

    August 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Mike

    These polls mean absolutely nothing.

    August 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. ex-Republican for Obama

    America desperately needs Obama now!

    August 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    That is because Sen Mc Cain was throwing some very hard charges at Sen Obama and now as they are blowing up in his face yet again the polls will start flowing the other way. I was a campaign member and organizer for Sen Mc Cain in Ca in 2000 but the man you see today is someone who sold out to the radical right that has taken over our party.Now who know what he is paid to believe and by whom he is being paid. I know alot of it is coming from big oil. I fear the radical or extremist right far more than I do the moderate democrats so I will join this this election cycle. I am hoping by 2012 we can take are party back to true republican and true conservative values.

    August 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |

    McCain Supporters,
    Below are only a few position McSurge has changed positions on:
    1. McCain opposed off-shore oil drilling; now he supports it
    2. McCain strongly opposes a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.
    3. McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.
    4. McCain defended “privatizing” Social Security. Now he says he’s against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)
    5. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn’t.
    6. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.
    7. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a “‘read my lips’ candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?” referring to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 pledge. “No new taxes,” McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, “I’m not making a ‘read my lips’ statement, in that I will not raise taxes.”
    8. In 2002 McCain said, it is OK for Bush to detain suspected enemy combatants in Guantanamo bay, without bringing any charge against them. In now (2007) he is against it, and even wants to closedown Guantanamo bay.
    9. In 2006, McCain said he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy.
    In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as “a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”
    10. We can’t have a time-time for Iraq, and It’s OK to stay in Iraq for 100 years;
    ……….. 4 months later McCain appear agrees to an18-month time-table for a withdrawal
    McCain is no straight-talker….so…If you support McCain…. could you tell him to rename his bus/plane….. the FLIP-FLOP EXPRESS ?
    By keeping “straight talk express” on his bus & plane, McCain is insulting the intelligence of every American. Even a dummy, can easily tell McCain is the king of Flip-Floppers
    ……..FLIP-FLOP EXPRESS …. This is a better description of McCain, isn’t it ?

    August 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Mike in MN

    Look like this more recent poll was missed by this article.
    Rasmussen Tracking 08/02 – 08/04 46 for Obama and 47 for McCain, +1 for McCain.

    Are only polls that show Obama ahead reported on by CNN?

    August 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Kev

    Keep on fighting to beat McCain. We can't afford another Bush term.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. 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 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. karen-phoenix

    Yes we can!!!! It is a lot higher because they do not call cell phones!
    Go to and see state by state!!

    We can NOT let McCain win by any amount!!! He is part of Chenney's
    "project for a new american century". Look it up on the internet.
    Global military control. Scary–real scary!!! Our grandkids will be drafted and in wars for 100 years!!!! NO MC CAIN!!!

    Go Obama!!

    August 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. The Truth

    Romney-McCain: Not the Kind of Leadership We’d Want, Either
    Romney: McCain's Record "Is Not Of The Kind Of Leadership You'd Want To Have." Romney said, "And frankly, being a committee chairman is not leading a great organization or making great things happen. And for that matter, you know, what's happened in Washington in the last 25 years? Have you seen the kinds of results that America wanted? Did they get the job done? Unfortunately not. So if he has been a leader, where has it led us? Look at his legislation. McCain-Feingold, that hurt our First Amendment rights? McCain-Kennedy, that was granting amnesty to 10 million illegal aliens? And then now, McCain-Lieberman, that wants to put a huge tax, effectively, on American gasoline buyers and rate-payers? His record is not of the kind of leadership you'd want to have." [CNN, Late Edition w/ Wolf Blitzer, 1/27/08]

    August 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Ryan

    It's a close race....we will see where obama hussein is at in the polls after he "uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uhs" his way thru the debates...

    August 5, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Politico

    It changes so often, and these polls matter so little in the end, anyway. I have no doubt Obama can pull off a win in November, but I won't allow myself to become too comfortable...

    August 5, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Some of the McCain ads are so childish that people are starting to see through them. This is only a limited sample. Polls closer to the election and done state by state will be more accurate.

    August 5, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Vonda

    The false attack ads from McCain' s campaign does not appear to be working! America are at hungering for real positive changes in our politics.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    In other news, Paris Hilton holds a 10 point lead over Britney Spears. Film and hard-hitting commentary at eleven.

    August 5, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Obamalism your 'Poll of Polls' until after the first debate.

    And margin of error? Impossible CNN...

    August 5, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Go Obama...............wait until we have a two week vacation for the olympics. People will get real serious then.............SILLY ads will not play out very well.

    August 5, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Obama 95

    Whatever you do CNN don't mention the other polls showing Obama losing as of this morning.

    Losing ground after the great European tour.... LOL...

    He should have a 20 point lead and is falling... the DNC have nobody to blame but themselves... and after the debates, the off teleprompter Obama will continue to sink.

    August 5, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. wake up all of you who posted about Obama slipping. by the way if John who has been in politics for 26 years, has ran for POTUS before, is soo much more experienced than Obama, is such a great choice....why has he been lagging in the polls? i mean this man had a 3 month head start...didnt he? i guess all of the Millions the oil companies paid for him and the Bush cronies and lobbyist working for him don't get it...John, America is NOT for sale

    August 5, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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