(CNN) - For Barack Obama, the Democratic convention and the bump in the polls that is expected to follow couldn't come soon enough.
According to a new CNN poll of polls, the Illinois senator's once-comfortable lead over McCain is down to only 1 point nationwide - potentially troubling news for Obama as he gets set to accept his party's nomination in Denver.
Obama now leads McCain 45 percent to 44 percent, down from a 3-point margin in a CNN poll of polls yesterday and down from an 8-point lead in mid July.
The seemingly rapid drop in the polls could be due to the reemergence of national security issues following the crisis in Georgia, giving McCain an anvil to hammer away at Obama's inexperience. When Russian troops invaded Georgia two weeks ago, McCain vigorously denounced the action and warned of consequences. Obama's reaction was more measured, and potential voters noticed, CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider said.
"Which candidate do voters believe is better qualified to deal with Russia? McCain by better than 2-1," Schneider said. "More experience in military matters and foreign affairs."
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In a year when the Republican brand is reeling, CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib says the Obama campaign officials should be concerned their lead appears to have become so tenuous.
“This ought to be a landslide Democratic year, but right now the Obama campaign is at risk of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory," Silverleib said. "They’ve been slow to respond as McCain has successfully raised a series of questions about Obama’s basic fitness for the presidency."
"The pressure is mounting for Obama to regain the initiative as he heads to Denver for what is certain to be one of the most critical weeks of his campaign
But can the Democratic presidential candidate rely on the post-convention bounce? Maybe. From 1976 to 2004 every major party nominee has gained ground - 8 points on average - in polls taken immediately after the convention. But in the last presidential cycle, neither President Bush nor Sen. John Kerry received any bounce from either of their conventions.
“This ought to be a landslide Democratic year, but right now the Obama campaign is at risk of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory," Silverleib said.
ROFLMAO.... oh how true... the DNC should be ashamed
Polls don't mean anything especially if you haven't been the one polled.
So when they poll me I will agree with the polls.
i'm not surprised. america keeps heading towards a downward spiral because the public keeps letting it. i guess we're on our way to the 3rd bush term
McSame is about as real as the lie that his Barbie heiress is an "only child." His "gaffes" largely unreported by groveling mainstream media are signs of larger mental impairment. He doesn't work on weekneds and limits his appearances to one a day...Do you really think this guy is up to the job of being president? I realize that Dumbya has set the bar pretty low, but America, don't we deserve a full-time, healthy, mentally capable president?
Well, that's ok. There is always ups and downs before the election. Obama will pull away from McCain again and win the election
No worries. Both McCain and Obama will see bumps after their respective conventions. I think the upcoming VP announcements and debates between the two will provide better definition in the polls than currently exists.
Love how you wait to publish poll results when the flucuation get's close. Notice 5 day gaps before..why..They showed Obama with huge leads. Each day the polls will change, so you show what's most controversial. Plus poller's don't poll people by Cell phone and only the old ways of hardline phones. It's a new age. I know you want post this one just like the rest of mine you haven't posted.
What did he expect with that high pay grade comment on abortion and Caroline Kennedy as VP?????
Perhaps the progressive media should try muzzling both Obamas until after November...
???? WHO ARE YOU POLLING????
This is why I voted against Hillary in the dem primaries..
And – I wish they added spell check in here.
Corrections for the record :)
One = Won
Transes = Trances
500,000 most = 500,000 more votes
In spite of all the negative and dishonest attacks, courtesy of McCain, Rove and Clinton, I am confident that Obama will emerge the winner. It is impressive how he has not stooped to the level of these three and their like.
When did he have a comfortable lead? I must have missed that.
The headline should be McCain had the whole field to himself for several days and still couldn't get a head of Obama.
Again, who are they polling.???? I don't believe a word of this.
UNLIKE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, SENATOR OBAMA IS NOT A DESTRUCTIVE INDIVIDUAL, IT'S NOT WITHIN HIS CHARACTER. BUT, I FEEL THIS MAY CHANGE!
MAYBE THIS IS THE REASON THAT WE HAVE A DYSFUNCTIONAL SOCIETY. . .DESTRUCTION SEEMS TO WORK IN AMERICA!
Hang your polls on a pole.
Let's vote and find out. I'm not going to let a poll of polls sway me, let alone any single poll.
Hang up the polls, PLEASE!!!!
Funny how a little dose of reality in the real world pops the Hope and Change and Unicorn bubble. Maybe we need someone who knows what they're doing rather than a freshman senator who is only good when he's reading from a script. And who is apparently terrified of Hillary Clinton and John McCain (Obama: "Debate? No we won't").
If he's so afraid of John McCain, how's he going to deal with Ahmedinejad or Medvedev/Putin? They'll eat him for lunch and his script with him.
Rush was right! Again!!
i dont believe your polls.the one who raises the most money always wins.
Once again after the dust settles and the average voter really looks at how far left the Dems candidate is it makes it hard to vote for him no matter how unhappy you are with the Repubs.
Obama revealed himself as an ultra-racist in his books. Maybe more people have read them and that is why his poll numbers have dropped.
Funny when Obama leads the supporters say shut up hillbots and whatever childish name they can come up with but when he is down polls dont matter hun?
Obama will win.
CNN or any other news outlet do an Internet poll.
would be nice to have a cell phone poll also.
Once again weak minded don't think for yourself people are running from change to the comfort of fear. These are the same people who voted for Bush twice so no change there and they were never going to vote for Obama anyway or for any change unless they are told to by their masters. Sheep only sheep that is what the republicans have now.
So People of the US don't fear the polls. Obama is going to win because there are more nonfeared voters then feared ones.
SAYS WHO??? MARK PENN???? we don't care. Obama will win
Does anybody remember 2 or 3 months ago what one of McCain's advisers said on national t.v.? I believe it was Mr. Blac, right? That McCain would need a conflict of some sort to occur in order to become president. Not necessarily one against the U.S., but somewhere, so he could "demonstrate" that he has more experience on defense issues. HMMMMMMMM how convenient.