The first presidential debate did little to change the dynamics of the presidential race, new polls show. (Getty Images)
(CNN) – Nearly 60 million Americans tuned in to the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain last Friday, but national polls released this week suggest the square-off did little to change the dynamics of the race.
The new polls are bad news for McCain, who with only five weeks until Election Day is quickly running out of opportunities to shake up the race for the White House.
In a new CNN poll of polls consisting of surveys conducted entirely after the first presidential debate, Obama holds a 5-point lead over McCain, 48-43 percent. That's exactly where the race stood immediately before the two candidates kicked off the presidential debate season in Oxford, Mississippi, four days ago.
“The ruling on last Friday’s presidential debate is in, and it’s a split decision,” said CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “The debate changed nothing. Obama’s supporters aren’t shifting to McCain, McCain’s supporters aren’t shifting to Obama, and undecided voters are still undecided.
But the poll numbers come even as surveys conducted by several media organizations immediately after the debate showed most viewers thought Obama had won. However the polls also showed the debate viewers appeared to be more Democratic than the overall population. (Related: CNN analysts grade McCain, Obama debate performances)
"Unfortunately for McCain, a continuation of the status quo favors Obama," Silverleib also said. "The pressure is increasing on McCain to find some way to change the fundamental dynamics of this race. He can’t afford to walk away with a tie in the remaining debates.”
McCain and Obama next square off October 7 in a debate that features a town-hall format - a set up that McCain favors. VP candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden have their only debate on Thursday.
PK – It doesn't "favor McCain"...McCain favors it...i.e., he just likes it better, that's all. Obama will win again. It just won't convince all the racists and conservatives already voting for McCain to vote for him, because they'd vote Republican if you put a toad on the ticket before they'd vote black or liberal.
Oboma knows nothing about foreign affairs.
Come on CNN get with it!!!
"In a new CNN poll of polls consisting of surveys conducted entirely after the first presidential debate, Obama holds a 5-point lead over McCain, 48-43 percent."
IT IS TIME FOR THE AMERICA TO WAKE UP, DIGEST PREJUDICE AND WORK THINGS OUT.
ahhhh....1 day closer to ending this mccain stain. GOBAMA!
Palin's idea of foreign affairs travel is any trip outside of Alaska, including to any of the lower 48 where she can order pizza for her family instead of blubber.
McCain/Palin ticket is a circus act. These folks could care less about the economy theyre clueless ont he subject matter. The ecomony and McCains pockets are fundamentally strong as far as he's concerned. Elitist!!!!!!!!!!!
is that why he is gaining in N.Carolina and Virginia?? Can you explain that?
CNN is working HARD to keep the facade that this race is close....
One of the most liberal media outlets conducted a "poll" of the most liberal polls and claims "Obama holds a 5-point lead over McCain, 48-45 percent." Obama supporters blame John McCain.
Hard core republicans will always see evil in anything left of right. McCain could be replaced with a door knob and will still get 35% of the vote.
Please, the polls don't take into account all the newly registered voters. Obama is going to crush McCain. McCain / Palin can take their lies and sick politics back to Alaska.
Obama / Biden '08
Reading the article I see 48 to 43% that is a 5 point lead
Um, "Obama holds a 5-point lead over McCain, 48-43 percent" is pretty straight forward, even if the "Straight Talk Express" isn't.
Obama is "ahead" because no one is pinning him down on anything. He lies, panders, is vague and he gets away with it. no one seems to care. McCain's failings are front and center in the news. Obama's are simply ignored, and few voters actually put the time in to research it – they just do what the loudest pundit says.
If you vote for someone who is lying to you, you will get a liar in office.
Vote Green Party instead of corporate suits.
It's beyond me how Obama can only have a 5 point lead considering the meltdown of McLame and Caribou Barbie. Every day brings new comedy as they out-do themselves, but it would be tragic for the country if voters continue to blindly follow the Republican line.
I just hope that come November 4th, that rational independent voters turn out in force to prevent a tragedy from occurring.
Just say NO to Bush 44 and Caribou Barbie.
The polls only say what CNN and other Democratic favoring news media want them to say.
Go ahead, keep trying to sway votes to the man who wants to send major money over to Africa.
Read his website, Obama wants to send more money over to under privledged countries in the face of our country going into depression.
My poll will speak its voice on Nov 4th,,,,,
Obama did some good repeateing his polished lines feed to him. McCain kept him painted in a corner.
Oh but Thursdays debate will.
Of course If it goes on.
The polls do not poll new voters what about newly registered voters?
It seems like top gun McCain is top none!!! However, CNN I must dissagree with you, something did change and it is the Electorial count which now has Obama +40!!!!
Unfortunately for Obama independents rarely swing toward liberals.., and the undecides still have enough votes to decide this election.
I am anxiously waiting for Thursday night. All old Joe has to do is state his viewpoints on the topics and stand back and watch the pit bull self destruct.
John McCain is a dangerous man!!!! If the american people make the same mistake again (like w/Bush) we will all be in bad shape. I respect him as a man, but I don't respect him as a politician. This man will do anything to get elected. I don't trust his temperment.
CNN's poll of poll. Who do you believe. Who does CNN poll. Nothing but African Americans or flip flop Democrats who wouldn't know a qualified politician if they saw one. Please don't give me any more poll of polls. If we believed in CNN giving out the truth then there would be no need to go to the polls come November. Just let Obama walk on into the White House and let's get our misery over with. Let America fall as it surely is going to. We have not had but One solid President since Harry S. Truman and I certainly don't see one in the near future.