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
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Maxine

    Well I am sure that Mr. McCain will gain points in the polls now that he offered to have his wife show her boobs at a bike ralley. Been there, seen what happens, way to go McCain.

    August 5, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Least worthy candidate

    Shouldn't the ONE be way ahead by now?

    No one wants to vote for ANY republican... We are all sick and tired of Republicans... But Obama is no choice at all.

    Obama is the only democrat that can actually MAKE people vote for the republicans this year.

    August 5, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Simon - NC

    I hate to say it, but as a republican I have come to terms with the fact that Obama is what we need in our country today. We seriously can't afford to continue on exactly the same policies on the economy and foreign policy for even one more year, let alone four. We just can't. Partisanship will come second to country when I go to the voting booth.

    August 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Marie Canada

    For some reason these polls can't be accurate. There is no logical reason why McCain would be within 40 points of Obama regardless of how uninformed the American public is on the issues.

    Of course maybe everyone has become an oil magnate and is reaping in the benefits of the right wing elite.

    August 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. BD

    Nooo..CNN isn't biased at all *rolls eyes* God, could they be any more in the tank for this fool? I cannot wait to see them on election night. Every state will be "too close to call" even if McCain is winning by 20 points with 90% of the results in. They'll be all "We're still waiting on Delaware to come in! It's not over yet"

    Makes me sick, but it'll give me such joy to watch him lose. I can't wait.

    August 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Auntie Coosa, Blairsville, Georgia, USofA

    1- Where is Barry Obama's official certified Birth Certificate verifying that he is a Natural Born US Citizen eligible to run for POTUS?
    2- Why has the Obama Campaign hidden the FACT that Barry Obama has received illegal contributions in illegal amounts from Middle Eastern Arabs? This is Election Fraud.
    3- Where did the one million dollars Barry Obama donated to Marxist Cousin Raila Odinga in his bid to be President of Kenya come from? Private money? Political Contributions to Barry Obama?
    4- Why did Lolo Soetoro enroll Barry in Primary School (twice) in Jakarta, Indonesia, as "Barry Soetoro, Indonesian Citizen, Islam Religion?"
    5- Why did Barry Obama write falsehoods that have since been documented with facts when he wrote his books about himself?
    6- Why has Barry Obama refused to allow his grandmother to be interviewed by reporters? Is it because she knows the answer to question numbers 1 and 4 above????

    August 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Selected not elected

    As popular and inspiring as Obama is, shouldn't he have won over his own party by now?

    August 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. DW, NY FOR OBAMA '08

    That's great news!!! Before its all over Barack's lead will be even larger!

    I knew this would happen because of McSame's negative ads. Oh well before the week is over it'll be even LARGER!!

    Keep up the good work Barack!!!

    August 5, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Shari, NY

    Surged Out: Those are not the only ones who will turn a blind eye to Sen. Obama. Don't forget the Hillary fans who are very upset and who will cut their noses to spite their faces. Sen. Obama has taken a lot of below the belt hits from both his Democratic and Republican opponent and managed exercise restraint – yet people call him arrogant. I would have stood with Mrs. Clinton all the way had she won the nomination but I have accepted the democratic nominee who seems to be quite capable of handling the enormous job he has ahead of him.

    August 5, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. McCheney is still Running?

    National polls give the illusion that Republicans have a chance, but state by state McCheney is getting killed, how about polling out that interactive map again CNN so we can see what a blow out this is at this point.

    August 5, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Obamanation

    White America better listen up.

    If you won't vote for Obama get ready for the race riots.

    We African Americans are sick and tired of waiting... WE will make you atone.

    August 5, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. R.I.F.

    As suspected, the PUMAs are nothing more than lying chakey republicans: READ:

    To my questions, Darragh Murphy was evasive, refusing to answer most of them. And others started questioning her even before I did. They were asking obvious questions. First, "Who are you?" When it was revealed that Darragh Murphy had contributed $500 to John McCain in 2000 toward his efforts to become the Republican nominee against George W. Bush and that she voted for him in the 2000 Republican primary (which implies that she was a registered Republican at the time), she gave an excuse that made no sense, though just enough members of PUMA PAC stepped up to provide better sounding excuses on her behalf.

    August 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. No Obama

    If Hillary is not the ticket we will not vote or we vote McCain.

    August 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Obama is the man

    If the racists won't vote for Obama we will teach them a lesson they will never forget.

    August 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. DW, NY FOR OBAMA '08

    As I said before, Barack DOESN'T need or WANT HRC!!!!

    Go Barack Go!

    August 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. lilacs

    the democrats wanted a candidate that could beat the dirty repuglicans in november, will they picked the wrong candidate. That is exactly want the rethuglicans wanted the weakest candidate and there stratagy work and the got the candidate they wanted. The democrats play right into the repugs plan and the voters followed like sheep to the slaugther. So sad for america.

    August 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Sherry for Obama

    Halleululah...Praise the Lord and thank you Jesus.

    May the results of the polls continue to soar for Obama.

    America will again shine when we have finally ridded ourselves of the corrupt Bush/Cheney regmine.

    Obama will inheirit a windfall of debt that the repubs always leave us in........We will survive and once again prosper.

    Obama 08 and 2012

    August 5, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Bro for bro

    White people better get it together and elect the brother... or suffer the pain.

    August 5, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    If they took a poll of 78RPM Victrola users, McCain would be ahead 100 percent to ZIP.

    They take land line phone polls and it's Obama up by 4.

    Take cell phone phones and it's Obama up 90 percent to 10 percent.

    McCain is for old fogies and the uneducated.

    August 5, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |

    The key word here is "slightly"... All this money spent, all this press and air time and it is a "slight" lead... I think this may be an indication that at least half of the country realizes that the inexperience is something to take seriously...

    The United States is NOT a training camp for political hopefuls...

    August 5, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Will

    I'm am pleased to see McCain taking a lead and hope that he can keep it. I am a democrat but do not trust Obama and wish that Hillary would not campaign for him. After the Florida sitiuation in the primaries and now Obama changing his position on ticket items I don't trust him at all. McCain may not be the perfect candidate but at least we know what we are getting.

    August 5, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |

    Come November I 'm going to love to see the smug, arrogant, moronic Republiscums thrown out on their a–es.

    August 5, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Speak

    Obama's Mantra
    "Please don' t let me be beat me..."

    Obama For President...It's Hillar..ious!

    August 5, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Black the vote

    The racists are reading the writing on the wall... they will be blamed if Obama loses and we will take to the streets.

    August 5, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Watch and See


    We will not vote for Obama. Obama cannot brain wash Hillary supporters like the way he did for his own supporters

    August 5, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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