March 21st, 2008
07:15 PM ET
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Poll of polls: Obama's lead narrows after tough week

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Wright controversy had an impact on Obama's poll numbers last week."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - After tapes of inflammatory statements made by Sen. Barack Obama's pastor came out last weekend, it appears to have had some negative impact on the Illinois senator.

Nationally, Obama's lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton narrowed in a poll of polls - which included CBS News, USA Today and Gallup.

The polls, taken between March 14-18, show Obama with 49 percent to Clinton's 43 percent.

"I don't think there is any doubt that the [Rev.] Jeremiah Wright controversy played a role in the 10-point drop in his favorable ratings," said pollster Terry Madonna.

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–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. EconomyInTrouble

    We need to create new jobs, to balance our budget, to lower our national debt, to lower the energy costs, to have better health care, to have better education, to have better care for our veterans, to have better standing in the world and to have better economy. I don't think beautiful words will do, we need urgent solutions to all the problems we are facing. The only candidate has the determination to fight for us is Hillary who is a true fighter. Hillary for President!!!

    March 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Paul Miller- Kissimmee, Fl

    What strikes me is that CNN protects, defends, patronizes and make favors numbers for Obama since the beginning ! and the numbers are different from Fox News. Is CNN is doing this for free? Hum !!!

    March 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Ronald

    Could CNN do a special investigative report on the First Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees freedom of Religion? Could you mention that, thankfully, there a relgious test for holding elective office is illegal? Could you further explain why CNN is continuing to beat this dead-horse-of-a-story when it's over?

    CNN, you should be ashamed . . . and shamefully, you won't post this comment because you know it is right.

    March 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Gene

    How long can Obama's camp attack Clinton through the media before people realize Obama is running a typical political campaign? What change is he talking about, because it certainly a political change as he likes to suggest.

    March 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. voice of reason

    the man sat in the pew for years and years
    brought his family to sit in the pews.
    now all of the sudden he doesnt believe in what rev. wright was saying
    fellow americans its time to wise up
    we find out alot about obama's character today
    it's time that we all take down this love affair with barack obama
    and finally realize that the only person that we can trust to lead america
    is John McCain

    March 23, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Independent

    CNN how long are you going to run this story? It's been weeks now.

    If you plan to continue to run this headline throughout the campaign, could you please people with the full text of the sermons, instead of the selected excerpts. Thanks!

    March 23, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Jack Robertson

    Race would never have been an issue in this campaign if Billary and the Clinton News Network hadn't decided to make it an issue. Although I am white, I agree 100 per cent with what the Rev. Wright said. He may have made many people uncomfortable but he spoke the truth. Unfortunately, Obama was forced to repudiate Wright to appease the racist fearmongers who are trying to set the agenda in the dying days of Clinton's losing campaign. Racism may not be dead in America but it is NOT Obama or Wright who are trying to fan its dying embers. The blame for playing the race card can be laid squarely at the feet of Hillary and Bill.

    March 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. king from toronto

    i keep hearing the phrase"throw under the that case you guys are no support someone when there up.but dont when there down."hmm'.and why is the ticker sayin narrow lead??instead of still leading.face it'it's over for the clintons.

    March 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. jsa

    We're finally seeing Obama's real values and judgements. How anyone could subject himself, his wife, and his children to such hatred is beyond me. Hang on, people. I'm sure more of his real self will come out.

    March 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Eleanor Newtown

    I'm confident that despite what the press is predicting the silent majority of Americans will begin to engage and create a ground swell for Hillary Clinton.
    We need Hillary in the White House to hit the ground running (not waiting 2 years) to stop the stupidity of war which is devastating American families, fight for affordable health care instead of sending a million dollars a day to Iraq and Afghanistan and to help Americans who are loosing their homes and struggling to take care of their families with the increased cost of living as a direct result of the escalating cost of oil.
    We need the former president Bill Clinton, to act as a statesman overseas to reconnect with our allies and to repair/build relationships with our adversaries.
    The future of my children and grandchildren depend on it.

    March 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Obama - NEVER

    Did the add say no experience necessary?

    He has done nothing for his state.
    Nothing for our country.
    Never owned a business.
    Been a public servant for a very short time.

    So far this man has been lying a great deal...

    March 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Jane

    20 years of hearing his pastors sermons and now after it made "some" of mainstream media he rejects it...? A little to late!

    Obama should dropout! He could NEVER win against McCain now!

    March 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Sarah

    America can't be this stupid. CNN can't be this stupid. Listen to the speech again. All of you.

    Obama 08

    March 23, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. Will

    Each person who says they are 'not voting for him now' is lying, or severely confused

    He has not done anything wrong. People who are switching their vote are just demonstrating some deep seeded racism

    This issue is completely a non-story... I feel like CNN is just going wild with it to keep the election close... and preserve good ratings. Pretty disgusting

    March 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Will

    WOW Each person who says they are 'not voting for him now' is lying, or severely confused

    He has not done anything wrong. People who are switching their vote are just demonstrating some deep seeded racism

    This issue is completely a non-story... I feel like CNN is just going wild with it to keep the election close... and preserve good ratings. Pretty disgusting

    March 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Susan

    So glad to hear it. Mr Obama does not deserve to get the nomination. It would be terrible for this party and this country. The votes in Michigan and Flordia must be counted. I will never vote for or accept anyone who is elected simply because millons of people did not have their vote counted.

    March 23, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Hasmore, CA

    Yes, it's over and Obama won.

    Hillary will have to lie, cheat, and steal which would be difficult for someone with integrity, but Hillary doesn't have integrity.

    The WHOLE WORLD is watching and if she makes a mockery of the DNC Convention they will not only see the hypocrisy of the DNC, but our Constitution.

    So now it is Hillary against America, and make no mistake about it AMERICA will win.

    America 08

    March 23, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. Yvonne

    This pastor is over the top nuts. Obama is starting to show his true colors. If Obama wins I will either not vote or vote for McCain, God Forbid,

    March 23, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Liz

    The voters in that poll of polls have yet to see the Easter Sunday ranting by Wright's replacement.

    March 23, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Hillary Supporter

    What happened to my comment? Why was it not on this blog?

    March 23, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Don Fitzgerald

    You must have polled Senator Clinton's workers. Senator Obama will win the nomination and the Presidency and the world and America will be a much better place.

    March 23, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. mary

    Lou Dobbs on CNN again with the same sound bite about
    Rev Wright. Lets talk about the economy and get over this obession or what ever. By the way who put this together in the first place. is a part of one speech and part of another and on and on .

    March 23, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Michael

    How many times one of your own families offends you or you offend them during your entire life. Did you ignore or deny them that they are anything else than one of your lovely family?

    Leader’s integrity is essential of their intelegancy.

    March 23, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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