(CNN) - In what could be an ominous sign for Barack Obama just days before he is formally named the Democratic presidential nominee, a new CNN poll of polls out Tuesday shows the Illinois senator's lead over John McCain has been cut in half in recent days.
According to CNN's average of several recent national surveys, Obama's lead is now a slim 3 points over the Arizona senator, 46-43 percent - half of his advantage in a CNN poll of polls one week ago, and down from a high of 8 points in mid-July.
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The latest poll results come amid increased attacks from McCain on Obama's readiness to be commander-in-chief and the re-emergence of national security worries among voters in the wake of the Georgia crisis.
“Over the last week, we’ve seen Sen. Obama’s lead in the poll of polls cut in half,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “This change was likely driven by a renewed focus on foreign policy after Russia’s invasion of Georgia, as well as by Sen. McCain’s willingness to launch more aggressive attacks against Obama on issues such as off-shore drilling."
A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll out Tuesday evening was the latest national survey to indicate Obama's lead is dwindling, putting the Illinois senator ahead of McCain by only 2 points, well within the poll's margin of error. The CNN Poll of polls also includes new surveys from Quinnipiac and Gallup.
But the recent downturn in the polls for Obama may not last - the Democratic White House hopeful is headed for a week of what is likely to be overwhelmingly postive coverage as he names his running mate and officially accepts his party's presidential nomination.
"The big question now is whether Obama can successfully regain control of the campaign agenda as we head into the Democratic convention," Silverleib also said.
And who are they polling? Just wondering, I've asked over 500 people randomly at three different malls, on the street, at 9 different churchs, all multiracial poll. Obama 418 and McCain 82. That's my poll and I think it is just as reliable as yours, so there.
CNN give us the people the methods used in these polls like land lines use vs cell phone use; locations,locations,locations; # of people polled? We then can make up our own minds. Not everyone wants to be spoon feed only the outcomes. For people out there open your eyes and ears we need Obama and the Democrats now more then ever; so you land line users get on board and don't listen to all the lies.
Vote Obama and only Democrats.
CNN do a poll using only internet users.
Only a matter of time until things get EVEN worse for Obama. His time in the lime light is over.
Obama lead was cut because he is making the same mistake Kerry did, underestimating the power of negative Ads. In some states he is hitting hard but not nationaly. I am not a political genius but every one can sense the shift. Come on guys hit back, Hit back. Or simple you will loose.
This is just a poll of not even a percent of the registered voters. Plus not very many people these days who would vote for obama have land lines, its those old people who get scared when they see a black man, lol! Come november, McBush will be behind again. I cant belive people think McBush has a better economic understanding over Obama. I think cnn polled those who make over $250k a year(the ones that will get a tax increase) and lets face it people, Nothing is free and the current administration spent so much more money than they had its just pathetic of course look at who spent it, Bush a complete tard! And why are people so focused on drilling, even the oil men are saying its not a solution and the analysts are saying it could be 30 years before it makes any differance. Im sure we can develop an alternative fuel for cars in the mean time. Why dont people use there brains?? McBush would be nothing more than another 4yrs of Bush's ideas and we dont have 4yrs. Plus did anybody see last saturday when McBush was being interviewed by that church guy, All McBush really said was WAR WAR WAR and talked about his STORIES. That should of confirmed a lot for the swing voters that McBush is nothing more than a senile story teller!!
Seems that the more US voters know about Obama the less interested they are in voting for him. If you look below the surface of "Change Agent", view his Illinois and US voting record – he isn't the person that he claims to be. Most likely, his ratings have just begun to plummet.
The Democratic Party screwed up big time.
All you fools that think McCain will win I STUPID. Obama will win. The figures just show a close race because they want you to believe that Oamba is losing ground and McCain is gaining. I have not seen McCain ahead yet. Just wait until they both annouce their VP and then watch the poles going up for Obama. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OBAMA all the way.
I love how Obama fans cant stand that McCain is ahead. Sore losers if you ask me.
he will lose in nov. the writing is on the wall
The only reason this poll reflects a close contest is because the election would be less newsworthy if it wasn't close. Other smaller, more independent news outlets predict a much larger victory for Obama. But if this election was portrayed as a landslide by CNN, then no one would be interested in their coverage.
When Obama was having a huge lead, Obama supporters were so happy and were so relied on polls, but now that Obama is going down the hill, the Obama supporters are trying to blame CNN and all other medias that they are pro McCain and so on and so fourth.
Frankly, how can we have a president that stutters for minutes and doesnt know what he is talking about: mmmmmm,hmmmmmm,uhmmmmmm,ahmmmmm,ohmmmmm
Sad that My democratic party is having such a candidate... I am really unsure if I can vote for him.
heres a poll for you .ask all the white voters who left detroit , gary ind , liberty city , st louis , etc ... see who they are voteing for .....
Who are they polling?! Where are they polling?! I do not know one Republican who will vote for John McCain and I do not know one Independant or Democrat who will not vote for Barack Obama.
The media has shifted it's focus from Obama to McCain, that is all. Everytime the media decides to fall in love with one candidate over another suddenly the "polls" swing in that candidates favor. It happened with Clinton, then Obama now McCain.
Anyone who believes the hype that the media shoves down our throats is a complete fool.
I have been on other blogs and we all agree. We don't think these polls mean squat and the media is stirring this up and over exaggerating the issues with Senator Clinton supporters to make ratings and interesting reading and news reporting. Who is at home during the day to receive these polling phone calls? What woman would TRULY support John McCain when his voting record on issues concerning American women is poor?
The Gallup poll had the two Senators tied, 44% on Friday. The Real Clear politics poll, which averages 7 polls or more, had Senator Obama up by 3%, his largest lead in that poll all Summer! The other polls go up and down and makes you wonder who is being polled and where. Here is a poll to watch for, November 5th! Watch for that one.
Obama has the media fawning over him and is spending tons of
money and he STILL is tanking. LOLOL
Barry's bad week:
Wipe out at the Saddleback forum
Caught in big fat lie about his extreme abortion voting record
Barry, Barry, Barry.
Gary, you consider yourself an intelligent voter, whao! Just like McCain is intelligent, right?
Oh no! Now Obama is beating Mccain by less than he was earlier!
Using a quote from the Grail Knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The superdelegates chose.....poorly.
We just had a real world 3 AM moment in Georgia, and Barry failed open. His waffly indecisive comment about both sides needing to show restraint was right out of the liberal play book. America wants a decisive leader. That's McCain. After Pear Harbor, Obama probably would have said both sides needed to show restraint.
Oh, and CNN needs to ditch Jack Cafferty and Roland Martin. Both act like they are on Obama's payroll. What ever happened to impartial journalism?
Hey, here's a crazy idea CNN: How about instead of inane articles about polls, more polls & polls of polls, let's take a close introspective look at the scripted right-wing policy replies by McCain at Saddleback that should lead you to remove "independent" and "maverick" from your adjectives when refering to the Arizona senator. Or would that require too much work on your behalf?
No experience and vague evasion just doesn't impress voters. Obama may well still win, but he can't do it unless he shows something more than the ability to dress well and read a teleprompter.
It's proving to be an interesting race. Both candidates will probably help bring respect back to America, so we'll see what happens come November.
I am personally upset about all the negative ad's run by Mcain or should I say McBush.Obama is going to win but of course in Washinton State by the time our polls close we have already have a projected winner.If McBush wins heaven helps all.
These polls not surprised me
Even Bill Maher disappointed by Obama
If Obama wants to win he has to do lot of work
Better he get advice form Clintons
Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08
who cares about polls?they're never right.