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. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    This is great news. McCain's dirty campaign tactics will surely negatively affect his campaign soon. I can't believe any thinking person would even consider voting for McCain.

    August 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Chris11

    Hmmmm.... and both Rasmussen and Zogby have McCain leading! Funny how you never report balanced news.... where's this headline. Don't you think that deserves to be a story as well? or does it just scare you so much that McCain might be pulling ahead... Guess what, the power of persuasion and the labeling theory are not going to work on most of America! You can say that Obama is winning or that he believes in something that he doesn't, but we see the truth and you telling us otherwise is certainly not going to change the facts!

    August 5, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Independent

    With the media bowing to him like the Messiah, Obama should be ahead by 20 points.

    The fact that he isn't is interesting.

    August 5, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. ran

    PUMAS' how come you are not supporting HRC on her helping OBAMA. Isn't she your guy and if you truely believe in her and she believes in OBAMA then so should you; unless your not really true democrats. Put up or shut up.

    August 5, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Dot

    Dear Hillary, I saw with my naked eyes yesterday on Camble Brown and CNN 360 by underson Cooper how some black people have hatred for your family. I watched and witness this man Called Roland Martin saying that black people don't even want you in their churches like they used to. He was making a comment about Bill when he was interviewed. Bill said that he is not a racist but Martin couldn't believe that. According to him, many black people believe that. Suprisingly, Bill was interviewed while he was in Africa helping poor African people where slaves came from. It is un believable that the only and only white man who has given all he can to help the blacks here in America and abroad has ended up a racist. This is what I'm asking you Hillary, these people do not appreciate what your husband has done for them.They will either blame you if Obama loses in November or not even thank you if he wins. Your family has done enough stay away from this, after all Obama is going to lose wait for your turn in 2012

    August 5, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. McSame is scripted

    Has anybody notice that Msame is reading everythings he says from cards. It is so funny. He is not very good at it. You can notice when he gets to unfamilar words or words that make him uncomfortable. This is why he hasn't gaffed lately. All you see is his eyelids looking down at the notes Bush prepared for him.

    August 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. stacy

    We need Hillary more than Obama.

    August 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. ao

    where did you get this – visit pollster, they are tied. geez CNN, at least report facts

    August 5, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. therealist

    The progressive media has made it perfectly clear where Americans should NOT expect to find objective observations..

    August 5, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. bill for barack

    And it grows...and it grows....and it grows.....and it grows........

    August 5, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Rachelraye- MD

    You go Obama divine intervention and nobody can touch you. No even the smart alec sore losers or the anybody but OBAMA. Wait until November. See ya.

    August 5, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. aware

    The arrogant, egomaniac Obama will lose! He is just a left-wing nut case with an unbelievable lust for power and a top priority of political expediency.

    He doesn't engage with real people at all! 😦

    This former Democrat knows that the Democrats are in deep trouble! They are hillarious in their futility! 🙂

    August 5, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Phil in Texas

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    August 5, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Dem

    Polling is worthless... I live in Tx and don't know a single McCain supporter.

    August 5, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Xango

    CNN please give US all a break, this is august most of us in the whole country yes evne the poor people are taking a break from your polls, from the politics, and all the lies

    check back at the end of October
    then report and please report the facts..

    Obama is WAY ahead ....and will be.. it is written, no matter what CNN and the clintons say

    in this election the only issue here is the clintons watch for them ..they wont let it go easy..not even mccain counts... just wait and see hillary will say he had a heart attack

    so i hope Obama, is careful with the sneaky snake hillary and booba

    August 5, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. party unity - not happening

    The DNC broke this Humpty Dumpty and can’t put it back together…

    This is so simple. Obama will not win without the support of all the democrats. It looks that BO is having a hard time selling this one.
    In my view Hillary is the only chance he’s got. There are too many of us that are so unhappy on the shenanigans that went on by the DNC on picking BO that we will NOT support him under any circumstances that do not include HRC. I will NOT vote for someone that was in my view picked by the party leaders and not by the voters. Howard Dean and the DNC mess this one royally and they envisioned that we will all be all singing KUMBAYA by now.

    NOT A CHANCE… UNITY; DO NOT COUNT ON IT. Sitting and giving all the votes back to Florida and Michigan will not fix the problem now. It’s too late in the game for Obama calling to seat the delegations now. You want to talk party unity we need a solemn unbreakable rule from the DNC “ WE WILL NEVER AGAIN DISENFRANCHISE VOTERS.”


    Now go ahead and call me an idiot, call me any name in the book but I will for the first time in my life vote republican. I am not alone!!!

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

    OMG what a moron………….

    Welcome to the Third World America. This is the promise of the media created false Messiah .

    This imposter is clueless, can't hold a position more than 24 hours, is completely unqualified to lead even a McDonald franchise and hangs out with scum like Wright, Farrakahn, Ayers, Ludacris and Rezko.
    He has stated he wished he could rid himself of his "white blood" (read his writings if you dare) and will be eaten alive by the enemies of America. His child-like views on foriegn policy and the economy ensure our descent into also-ran status.

    Great job DNC of "selecting" your candidate over the objection of Michigan, Florida and the will of 18 million Billary voters. Another brilliant strategic plan by Howard (Yeehaww) Dean and the DNC.

    It was great to be on top for so long. Liberals, get ready for a wake up call if this Manchurian candidate gets in…..

    Vote McCain or join the insane………….

    August 5, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    I sure hope McCains chooses that old suck-up Joe Lieberman, for his VP. Joe has been on the Marijuana systems for quite some time now, so he certainly deserves to be the new Rotten Repubs VP. You know how the MJ system works, "The harder you suck, the higher you get," Now go JOE.

    OBAMA 8 for the sake of DEMOCRACY and world credibility restored

    August 5, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Harley Rider

    I ain't voting for a Elite Racist with a Muslim Name and an Angry Black Wife ....... I would vote for Collin Powell or J.C. Watts in a New York second

    August 5, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. DAVID





    August 5, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Hold UP!!1

    To NEVEROBAMA........He will be the President with or without HRC and we don't want or need your support

    To db........ the presumptive Democratic nominee(Obama) holds a 4-point advantage over the presumptive Republican nominee According to CNN

    August 5, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Terry

    I am not going to follow any poll numbers until every polling company discloses how they come up with their findings. Do they poll people with cell phones? Why are the polls numbers so different from the various polling companies? Is there a standard methodology of polling? These are the questions that I seek anwers to. I would also like to see CNN do an investigative report on the polling process for the 2008 Election.

    August 5, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Joe Regis

    Even some Repubs think the repubs are bad for business this year.

    No more Repubs in the White House this year.

    Obama 08/12.

    August 5, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. PJ, New York Independent

    Obama will lose HUGELY in November. I can't wait to hear all the mindless drones (Obama supporter's) cry. I think it's so funny that his supporter's actually think he can win. Most (especially the young voters 25 and under) don't even know why they're supporting him/what he REALLY stands for or understand politics in general, for that matter... it's so pathetic.

    Was for Hillary, now for McCain. Yes, John McCain will be the next President of the United States... get used to it.

    August 5, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Larry

    The only poll that has any meaning will be taken on November 4 08

    All others are like racing odds ... no real meaning at the finish line

    Obama shall win

    August 5, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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