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
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  1. THE KID

    All of the wishful thinking people are looking at the polls and thinking Mccain has chance. Keep wishing. People say "race" has entered the picture, they are absouletly correct, if Barrack was a white man , it would be no use in having an election it would be over. A blind man can see that Barrack is100 times better than Mc cain. Buts that 's what our parents and grandparents taught us anyway, we have to be 10 times better, so we get it, no problem. We must now focus our attention on the actual voting day, to make sure people are not disenfranchised, and what I mean by that, is no tricks on election day.
    We will allow not Fla.2000 in 2008, it's not going to happen. And to all states that have significant amount of African Americans , please order a lot of ballots, you're going to need them, because we are going to vote this year like you have never seen us vote. And that is what going to help Barrack win an democrats take the Senate and House big time. This election is going to be about turn out, period.
    We not be denied, call us racists or whatever make you feel good, just don't forgret to call us winners,all Americans, even the haters.To all the haters we love you and there is nothing you can do about it. I am The Kid and I approve of this message.Peace Out.

    August 5, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Chris from NY

    Thank God almighty. At least the undecided have started to recover from McCain shock and awe. They are now beginning to see each candidate for who they really are.

    August 5, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. proud army and navy mom

    I am sick to death of polls. If our citizens were as smart and patriotic as they think, Sen Obama will win by a landslide.

    Come on people let's show everyone that we are smart, honest, good people who are the envy of the world, not the world's enemies.

    Yes, we can.

    August 5, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. SS

    Negative always weakens one's position, McCain!

    Obama '08

    August 5, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Gary Chandler in Canada

    This is humoress. Obama didn't think McCain's tax gas holiday was a good idea, only 40 dollars; so he comes up with a 1000 dollar gas tax break, which McCain doesn't like!?

    August 5, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Hill is the best

    Because Bill and Hill are BACK.

    Obama needs them.

    Too bad they don't play dirty like he did and just let the racist demogogue sink and drown in his inflated ego.

    August 5, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Why can't McMatlock close the deal?

    August 5, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Nicole, Beverly Hills

    Obama can't pull away-he has fundamental problems which unfortunately will bring him down in November.

    By the way, Hillary is doing as little as she can. Obama did not get her debts paid off so neither Clinton has any use for him. She's doing just enough so the Dem leadership can't point fingers at her and ruin her chances for 2012.

    She really doesn't care who wins between Obama and McCain as long as their presidency is a disaster.

    August 5, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Puma Stench

    Why don't you puma mental midgets please just join the McCain camp? You have no interest in what is best for America or American workers, and you should represent yourself accordingly.

    August 5, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    It's time to hammer McSame back ten-fold!

    There is no better way then contrasting Obama's pollicies with McShames failed policies of the last 7 1/2 yrs.

    Yes, we can!

    August 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Clintons Rock

    Bill is back and Hill will campaign- they are the lifeblood of the democratic party.

    THEY are the story- NOT Obama.

    Obama is a fool instigating racial hatred and intra-party division for his own personal gain.

    The Clintons are uniters.

    August 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Vickie, Maryland

    even with all the attacking from the McCain camp and McCain himself. Obama still stays in the lead. I tell you the proof is in the pudding, the American people are sick and tired of the "way things are done" in Washington. Obama's lead, week after week, proves it!

    August 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Hillary power

    It is the Clinton pull working for him.

    It is the Clintons we love... not the Obama.

    August 5, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Richard

    NO Hillary NO Obama!

    He is a lying arrogant snake. Just like his supporter, CNN and the rest of the news media. They treated you horrible let him fall on his face. Hs is totally un-American.

    Hillary supporter for McCain!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Mindscape

    So what? Obama's slight lead over McCain at this stage of the game means nothing.
    Come November, Americans will see Obama for the true, inexperienced politician that he really is and McCain will win by a landslide!!!

    McCain '08

    August 5, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. NotFallingInLine.org

    The fools who love the King of Fools. If they had thier way, McShame would be king.

    August 5, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Canada supports Obama

    The polls do not reflect the majority of support that Obama has abroad or the vast majority of younger voters that can only be reached by cell phones.

    I'm thinking the real advantage is more like 7-10 pts. in Obama's favor.

    August 5, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. dollorbil

    I wish CNN would quit having these posts. You can read the posts from yesterday or a week or month ago they are all the same. The same stupid people without anything worthwhile to say just venting their biased and descriminatory diatribe. Why can't you people come up with an original thought. You all gag me

    August 5, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    People, the polls change like the wind. That stooge McBush has tried everything he possibly can and he's still down. Come November, Obama will win BIG TIME!

    YES WE CAN!

    August 5, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. DEBBY, NJ

    Why Is It That OBAMA'S Lead Is Always "SLIGHT" CNN ?
    Why Is It That MCSHAME Has NEVER LED ??
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!!

    August 5, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Least worthy candidate

    Obama can not even out poll McCain....

    HOW sad is that?

    Obama should be 20 points ahead.... he could sleep walk his way into the white house... remember?

    So HOW bad a choice IS Obama that he can not even effectively oppose McCain?

    August 5, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. John, Boston

    oh the weekly selection of polls by CNN...where is the rasmussen one CNN?

    August 5, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Ronnie, New Mexico

    A 4 point lead is a statistical tie in a national poll.

    It's the race issue that is bringing Obama down which is why it's ironic that Obama was the one to bring race up with his talk about how he doesn't look like other presidents on the dollar bill.

    August 5, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. CNN

    Forgive me if I "puke" – you took out my comment for the 100th time. What is your problem anyway. No wonder your ratings are down – when this election is over you will virtually have no viewers left you are so one sided. Your love affiar with Obama is going to deflate by November – go FOX

    August 5, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Willow, from Iowa

    This just shows how the polls go up and down, depending on who they are polling. Polls will be different in different areas of the country. One thing that has remained the same, Obama is still ahead, pretty much throughout the country. Even tho some places show them 2-3 points apart, and some places show 9 points apart.

    August 5, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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