August 6th, 2008
06:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama holds on to edge over McCain

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s advantage over John McCain remains unchanged – but some voters for both candidates seem to be slipping back into the undecided column, the latest CNN Poll of Polls suggests.

CNN Election Center: View the latest state polls

The presumptive Democratic nominee still holds a 5-point advantage over the presumptive Republican nominee in CNN's average of national polls, 46 to 41 percent, with 13 percent of voters surveyed undecided. On Tuesday, Obama held the same edge, 48 to 43 percent over McCain, and 9 percent of voters said they were unsure of their choice.

CNN’s Wednesday survey of major national polls consists of the CBS survey conducted July 31 to August 5, the AP-IPSOS poll conducted July 31 to August 4, and the Gallup tracking poll results for August 3-5. The CNN poll of polls does not have a margin of error.

soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Independent

    I'm sure not voting for that white haired dude!!!!

    August 6, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. CE

    Mauri, I agree. There are a lot of Democrats who will NOT vote for Obama but they are not announcing their intentions in public.

    McCain will win every swing state and will maintain his red states and Obama's supporters will continue to say he lost because of his race. I guess it is too hard for those people understand they picked the least qualified candidate to support and his loss will have nothing to do with the color of his skin!

    August 6, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. Vicky Avare

    The evasive, illusionist Obama is a falling Super Star! A flash in the pan, who is wearing out his welcome, the more we get to know him, the riskier he appears! His beguiled smitten groopies etc., will follow the great mouthpiece over the clift; enjoy him while you can. Once America wakes up to the pending Obama nightmare, he's toast! Disillusioned ex Democrat

    August 6, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. Gary from Madison, WI

    There is a reason Obama has not shot way ahead of McCain in the polls: the Media. Sorry, CNN, this means you too. The media is constantly reporting on Obama in the hopes that he will make a mistake and the simple fact that he is more newsworthy than McCain. Obama's press is also considerably more negative than McCain's as well.

    This is what keeps the polls close and makes the news more exciting to watch. Very sad. If the media hounded McCain in the same way as Obama, the polls would be alot different. Here are some McCain examples:

    1. He hasn't paid his taxes on a San Diego condo in four years.
    2. He volunteered his wife for a beauty pageant in Sturgis. (the pageant is topless and sometimes worse)
    3. He did a commercial supporting nuclear energy in front of a nuclear plant in Detroit that almost destroyed that city.
    4. He doesn't really have a plan for anything, except to say that it is Obama's fault.

    My advice to you, CNN, is go ahead and cover McCain equally with Obama and see what happens. The polls would probably be 60 – 40 % in favor of Obama within a month.

    August 6, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Vig

    Soon the headlines will read Obama holds onto the ledge, not the edge. This is what happens when all you have to sell is yourself. I think people would give an inexperienced candidate, even an arrogant one, a try if they were convinced there was some meat on those bones. But alas, what you see is what you get – performances.

    August 6, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. gene

    These polls are just getting ridiculous...every day the same thing... they're becoming so trivial now that not only do I not consider them newsworthy.. they're not even worthy of mention.

    I will say this... the rest of the world already sees us as oppressors and morons because of Bush. If we vote in McCain... the world will see us for what we would really be as a nation.. an uptight, overly conservative redneck warhungry racist nation. Obama is our chance to show the world that we're progressive and forward thinking. If we vote McCain.. the world will look down upon us like never before.. and I will truly say that for the first time in my life... I will be truly NOT proud of my country.

    August 6, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. texas DEM

    vice president clinton.

    August 6, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. With Much Concern

    Senator Obams's polling percentage would be much higher if he were not a man of color. Let us be real about this thing. I watch C-SPANN and I hear people making all kinds of excuses as to why they can not support Senator Obama or vote for him. They know all that they want to know. They know that he is black. If he had 20 years of experience in Washington, then they would make the excuse that he is too much of an insider. Let us cut this out! It is time to come clean!
    Stop the madness!

    August 6, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Puzzled

    But he's getting worried and testy.

    August 6, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. TonyinKentucky

    This experience debate is red herring, especially when tied to Bush. Bush was a two term Governor of one of the largest states in the union, had run a baseball team, and he had been a CEO...That's ton of executive experience and honestly there is no way to acquire anymore without being President, a Chief of Staff, or a Department head such as Secretary of State, etc.

    The problem Bush had is that he is a ideologue with closed ears, who thinks he has all the answers and has nothing to learn. He also lacks intellectual curiosity, honesty, and any connection to the common citizen.
    McCain is an apple from the same tree.

    Folks experience only matters if you've learned from it and it should be crystal clear John McCain knows little to nothing that the average voter doesn't and that all of this experience has failed to teach him that you're only as good as the people you have around you.

    McCain for his wealth of LONGEVITY is still putting dimwits and inept people around him. We cannot afford to gamble on McCain's vaunted experience because no honest person can say there is any indication that this guy has been around the block.
    You strip away that longevity and it's too easy to see that Barack Obama is more fit and capable to handle the job than McCain ever could be.

    August 6, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Independant Thinker

    Any way you look at it, Obama's 9 point lead from the other week is starting to evaporate.

    And given Bush's bad rating amongst Americans and Obama should be up 20 – 30 points like most other democrats at this stage of the game.

    It will be another close race in November.

    August 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    Lanette, HI

    I think that there might be another reason why McCain is always talking WAR, WAR, WAR, and BOMB, BOMB, BOMB.

    I really believe that JOHN McCAIN IS HOPING TO START SHARING OUT SOME OF THE WELL PUBLICISED TORTURE THAT HE SUPPOSEDLY SUFFERED DURING HIS DAYS AS A POW!

    JOHN McCAIN WANTS PAYBACK, AND HE DOES NOT CARE WHO IS ON THE RECEIVING END!

    August 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. Ron Nebraska

    CNN should be covering the story of the white house forcing the CIA to forge documents justifying the invasion of Iraq, DO YOUR JOB CNN 'JOURNALISTS'!!!!!!

    August 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. President McCain

    I wonder which candidate all those undecideds will end up voting for?

    August 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. J.C.

    Why hasn't Obama debated McCain any time soon?
    They both sounded very courageous.
    Let's get going with it so I can decide.

    August 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. JB illinois

    Is it true that the Muslim coordinator quit? Was that after the people from Palestine dropped off there donation to the campaign, you know thousands of dollars? Well I guess all that will come out later. or NOT!! Maby the polls will reflect this situation the media wont.

    August 6, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    Dr Vincent J Petrosino
    ==================

    I agree with you 1000%. The polls are completely ignoring the inaccuracy created by polling ONLY LAND LINE VOTERS, they are also taking POLLS OF LIKELY VOTERS, AS OPPOSED TO REGISTERED VOTERS, who knows whether THESE LIKELY VOTERS ARE EVEN LEGAL. People should really treat these so-called polls carefully.

    As far as I am concerned, the only POLLS THAT MATTER are the ones on ELECTION DAY. There are so many things that can have an effect on the polls, for instance, do you really think that PEOPLE WON'T SAY SOMETHING TODAY, AND VOTE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT IN NOVEMBER, I can think of a number of reasons why they would!

    August 6, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. Foreign Observer

    "holds on to edge" and "squeaks by" on the home page - this is insulting our intelligence. Obama's lead has been steady, and variations in the numbers have CONSISTENTLY been within the margin of error - statistically, there's been no change. I understand the pressure CNN as a 24h news network is under, but those of you who run the ticker and create the headlines should ask yourself whether you are acting responsibly and ethically. Realize what is at stake here - the economy, Roe vs. Wade, the environment - and act as citizens first, please. I've raised similar points consistently - I don't know whether that's why my last ten comments haven't been posted.

    August 6, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Ron democrat turned independent

    i think once voters realize that sen. obama's energy plans is to spend billions of dollars to compete with the private sector on energy, like wind and solar power already being developed by investors like t boone pickens.makes little sense. that money could be used on more useful projects. the same is true on hybrid automobiles the auto industry is busting their behind to be first in alternate fuel vehicles. why should we invest again billions of dollars to duplicate what they are better at than any government sponsored agency could ever be. this of course goes under bad judgment, along with using our oil reserves in a time when one of our main supplier is threatening to cut off supply. adding these errors in judgments will I'm sure make people reconsider the selection for president and should be seen in the polls in the near future

    August 6, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Ron democrat turned independent

    if the debates allow telepromters how will we know what sen. obama really knows about the issues to be discussed. debates that have pre arranged question that the candidates can practice answering tell us nothing. using teleprompters like obama is just repeating someone else's thoughts. why don't they have an open debate with voters asking their own questions. no set ups to make them look good.then we could really know who the real candidate is

    August 6, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  21. Jon151

    Anyone who votes McCain is a traitor to America!!

    OBAMA 08'

    August 6, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. Ron democrat turned independent

    who rented a 757 done up jet and rented an NFL stadium to promote himself? who hired and invited all that extra media personnel for his overseas trip?.why is the truth negative advertising. why is it not negative when sn. obama or his whole party for that mater constantly ridicules his opposition. that is one of the reason i stoped supporting the democratic party i got sick of how he constantly laughed and made fun of hillary and bill clinton and tore the party apar doing it. mark my words when this is done obama will be the cause of the destruction of the democrats.

    August 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. jimmy velman

    OBAMA IS TAKING A VACATION DURING THE BEIJING OLYMPICS. AND HILLARY WILL BE CAMPAIGNING FOR HIM IN NEVADA AND FLORIDA , WHERE SHE DEFEATED OBAMA IN THE PRIMARIES.
    WE REALLY DO NOT KNOW WHO IS OBAMA'S FINAL CHOICE FOR HIS VP. IT HAS BEEN NO SECRET THAT HE HAS RULED OUT
    HILLARY FOR THE VP SPOT ON THE NOTABLE OBAMA ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE HAD CHOSEN HILLARY TO SPEAK
    ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION.
    BY TRADITION THE VP HAS USUALLY BEEN GIVEN THE SPEECH
    MAKING THE DAY BEFORE THE FORMAL ACCEPTANCE BY THE NOMINEE, THE LAST DAY OF THE CONVENTION. HAVING SAID THAT , THERE IS CERTAINLY A POSSIBILITY THAT OBAMA MAY CHANGE HIS MIND AND PICK HILLARY AS HIS VP RUNNING MATE
    WHICH WOULD CREATE A DRAMATIC EFFECT AT THE CONVENTION. BUT WE HILLARY SUPPORTERS ARE NOT COUNTING ON IT. WHAT WE WILL BE DOING IS HOLDING OFF
    MONEY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN FROM NOW UNTIL THE CONVENTION OR UNTIL OBAMA ANNOUNCES HIS VP CHOICE. WE THEREFORE URGE HILLARY SUPPORTERS TO HOLD OUT CONTRIBUTIONS TILL THE VP IS ANNOUNCED BY OBAMA..

    August 6, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. fonzi

    Obama's edge over McCain is no surprise and is deservely so. McCain with all his "experience" has been wrong on all foreign affairs issues to which Obama have been proved right, over and over gain.

    McCain taunted Obama for not having travelled, Obama responded and received overwhelming reception to the dismay of McCain's camp.

    Lately, McCain has become vain, brandishing the "beauty" of his wife as if the office of the first lady is a beauty contest.Cindy on the other hand has become very distracting, either parting her hair or adjusting her dress in the full glare of the camera. How low and vain can the McCain'sbe. "Beauty" is in the eye of the beholder.

    August 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. Alice in Florida

    LOL! Such a HUGE EDGE!!!!!! OMG!!!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!! Keep spinning, CNN – completely ignore where EVERY OTHER Democrat was at this point in time – LOL!!!!! Every OTHER DEMOCRAT who did not have the HUGE advantage of 7+ DISASTROUS years of George W Bush!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your God is doomed – so sorry to disappoint you

    The stuttering CLOWN STILL hasn't debated (guess Hillary scared the private parts off of him – oops, no, Jesse got them :))

    Can't WAIT for the debates – psst, Hillary, even IF you give him the answers – he'll screw them up – maybe you can write him a speech that CNN will swoon over – ROFLMAO!

    August 6, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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