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
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Puck

    Polls are meaningless.
    Obama by a landslide.

    August 5, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Jim (age 63)

    I think voters will gradually learn to appreciate Obama's intelligent solutions, ethical integrity and leadership skills. It took me a few months to do so. That is why the polls move slowly.

    This election is about leadership, intelligence and Amerca's future direction, not resumes, images or mudslinging.

    In many ways, this election resembles 1932. Voters then had to choose between an experienced Herbert Hoover who offered failed policies, negative campaiging and patriotic slogans; versus Franklin D. Roosevelt, who brought intelligence, hope. bipartisan reforms and pragmatic solutions to the nation's problems.

    August 5, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. PUMA 4 HILL

    Not counting the PUMA's are you? Just wait...
    Nothing like payback.

    August 5, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. H-ROD

    COME ON WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE TAKE US FOR? A SLIGHT EDGE OVER A BUSH REPUBLICAN WHEN CHENEY CAN'T EVEN SHOW HIS FACE AT THE CONVENTION WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE SMOKING!!! MORE LIKE A SUPER WIDE GAP( YES OBAMA CAN!!)

    August 5, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Jeb

    The polls are vastly inaccurate for 2 reasons:

    -They do not poll first time voters.

    -They do not call cell phones. Only land lines.

    That knocks out a substantial number Obama supporters.

    August 5, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Francisco in NY

    Yes we can – keep WhamBama out ! The real voters are coming out now and America is speaking up – NO to the lying flip flopper WhamBama !!!

    August 5, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. JM for SC

    Fella for Chicago, It won't be his smile turned upside down, it will be yours and many other Americans who have been tricked by McCain's service to our country years and years ago.

    August 5, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Smell the coffee

    People are so angry. Thanks to the much needed intelligence that apparently lapsed over the last 8 years, we are better positioned with a intelligent candidate like Obama than the old, apathetic, spin master called McCain or Hillary.

    August 5, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. A. Boston, MA

    YES WE CAN!!

    August 5, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Raul Martinez (Latinos for McCain)

    The Republicans say: We have George W. Bush, Stevie Wonder, Bop Hope and Johnny Cash.
    And the Democrats say: We have Obama, no wonder, no hope and no cash !!!

    August 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Raul Martinez (Latinos for McCain)

    OBAMA asegura……...vamos arriba en las encuestas:

    Según el Diario Aminowanna de Zimbabwe (Muy Serio por cierto) dan al Candidato Demócrata Barack Obama una amplia ventaja de 10 Pts. sobre su mas cercano competidor... el Republicano, McCain. Obama considerado como peligroso para el bienestar de la Sociedad Americana.

    August 5, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. jorge lopez

    Obama if you pick Hillary for VP you will win ......

    August 5, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Chris

    Obama, is probably leading in the polls by double digits!!! You people just really don't get it. Since Bush cheated his way in office, our voting process is a shame!!! The media, big corporation etc... are all in on it. These poll numbers are nothing more than to let the gullible Americans really believe that when it comes time that McCain wins the election it will look as though he did it fair which is far from the truth. The electronic voting machines are rigged!!! Don't be fooled!!!
    We have been tricked in the last two election by the sham that is going on in this country when it comes to the voting process. Do you folks really believe Bush actually won back in 04 given the lies and crap his administration pulled in his first term? Come wake up folks!! The American election process is no better than a third world country run by a dictator. In this case ours so happen to be the media, the GOP and big business!!!
    I mean just think about it, if a Democrat gets in office do you really think they would want him uncovering all the lies Bush has been feeding Americans about this War?

    I'm a Democrat all the way but, I see what is really going on here and you folks need to see it too!!! Wake up!!!

    August 5, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Mike, FL

    I guess people are starting to realize that the McCain campaing has solution for the slowing economy besides calling us a nation of whiners. I want to hear what McCain will do about the recession and not why I shouldn't vote for the other candidate.

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

    well he's up since the last time they did this on Friday, db, so the headline is correct.

    4 points = 100 EV margin.

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

    db is right. The media is biased. They focus all attention on Obama and only talk about when he does better in the polls. We always see him up above McCain, never below (how do we really know they aren't lying) and always show how great he's doing. Great for you Obama, but when you lose in November you won't be smiling.

    McCain '08

    August 5, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Sue

    You people better remember that if BO is elected, you have to live with the consequences just like the at least 1/2 the country that despises him and his talk/talk/talk.

    August 5, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Melanie Jones

    Today's daily tracking poll shows Obama leads McCaine 47 to 43, however, nobody is citing this poll today like they normally. Why not.
    Maybe it does not fit into the narrative they are trying to spin.

    August 5, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. john williams san diego, ca.

    This is welcome news for us socialists. Raise all taxes except for us people that don't work. We shall overcome.

    August 5, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. aliou FL

    Who are you polling? I have never been polled. and I am on cnn almost every day.

    Britney and Paris will vote for Obama. so are more than 150 million americans. McCain puts me to sleep. I will vote for Obama because you can actually make sense of what he says. McCain's speeches are just an old man's mumbling full of lies and unuendos.

    Please republicans, can you ask McCain to change smiles? that twick he has when he pretends to be laughing is horrible.

    August 5, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    Overall polls don't matter. Look at the electoral college state by state. McCain has his work cut out for him. Based on REPUBLICAN-skewed state-by-state poll of polls, Obama has an electoral college of about 322 to 216 for McCain. Good luck there Johnny. So do you think you can swing Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. If not, so long.

    August 5, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. gc

    I wish CNN would give this result as much attention as the one day tie they were in. Many republicans think McCain is ahead. Obama has been ahead consistantly. The gallop poll excludes young and urban voters. Obama08 it is.

    August 5, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. judy, Wisconsin

    It would be very interesting if they could factor in the opinions of people who solely use cellphones.

    August 5, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. NO MCCAIN!

    I trust Obama.
    Mccain is more of the same ... dirty politics and favors for his lobbyist friends. Take our country back people.

    August 5, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. clarity

    Taking the Low Road won't lead you to a high road- never again, not this year.

    This run for the presidency of the US has smashed the old way of gaging the thougths and beliefs of America. Polls are not the answer. There is a political machine paradigm shift in the works. Obama is going to win!

    August 5, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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