March 21st, 2008
07:15 PM ET
14 years ago

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

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  1. Amy, Kazoo

    Maybe it's just me, but I'm guessing if the media didn't focus all their attention on that matter, which has been addressed and has been moved on from, that perhaps the rest of the country wouldn't be so hung up on it and could actually focus on say, ISSUES??

    March 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. christopher

    So again Hillary backers, what exactly did she do while in the Whitehouse. Don't many who lie on their resume eventually get fired. To say that she helped initiate peace in Ireland, yada yada yada. More lies, as one who respected the Clintons I am now on board with Obama.

    March 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Derrick residing in Germany

    It seems Hilary has other personal intentions of fighting to enter the white house because if it was for the interest of the party, she would have given up for Obama.
    Obama might consider her as a secretary but not a VP.

    March 23, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Chris, Orlando, FL


    If Obama wins the nomination, I will vote McCain and urge all Floridians to do the same. Obama, so afraid of being rebuffed by Florida and Michigan, is denying our right to have our voices heard. As such, he has no business asking for or receiving our vote.

    March 23, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Brian

    Bill Richardson has got to be the biggest moron. I Love the "I'm very Loyal to the clintons" comment. That was probably the most moronic thing he could have said. Thats like saying "I'm a very Loyal Yankees Fan but I think I'm going to pull for the red sox". Congratulations Bill Richardson you officailly win the MORON award. If you want a loyal person to back you up give Bill Richardson a call.

    March 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |

    The only "situation" in the CNN Situation Room is CNN's total bias in favor of Barack Obama. Who turned this campaign into a contest about "race"? The media, of course, and what they've done will work to the advantage of the Conservatives. It's a very old strategy: playing the minorities (in this case, blacks, hispanics, women) against each other so that power remains unthreatened. Way to go, you "thinkers" out there.

    March 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Marta, Elk Grove, California

    Sen. Barack Obama's pastor might be a jerk in some things he says – egotistically over inflated – but not as much as some so-called white conservative leaders and talking heads.

    I wasn't voting for Obama but given the choice of another same old stuff bankrupting the people for the sake of the establishment – and the way that Obama has taken all the bs thrown at him I’ve decided: I want someone with such poise and sense as Obama to take that 3 AM call.

    Gov. Richardson, thanks for backing Obama!

    March 23, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Joe

    Why can't the media focus on the what the candidates say as opposed to what people who support them say? That's the problem with 24-hour cable news access. It does increase access to information. But, in the absence of news the media has to create news. That's part of the reason we have a hard time getting quality candidates to run for office. The American people have a real opportunity with Obama's candidacy. Let's just hope the media doesn't spoil it.

    March 23, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. john

    I will never vote for him!!!!!!!!!

    March 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Rob

    OBAMANIACS with total blindness....He will not win the general election...even if he manages to cry race and convnce the delegates to vote him in for the nomination....More than 20-30% of the Democratic base will defect, and vote for McCain....America will not vote in a candidate that spews hate....Its not about Race, its about being American, and Obama does not stand behind American Values!!!!!!

    Hillary or McCain in 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. think people

    By the way– I am not defending Wright's comments, just saying they are more complex in context. Also, those saying he "threw his grandmother under the bus" need to reread or rewatch ALL of Obama's speech. It was frank, brave, and honest–unlike anything we are likely to see for a long time again–and his refusal to turn on someone who is like family with the Minister should echo with anyone who has an older relative with views he or she finds unacceptable. He never heard those specific comments IN church. When he heard them later, he confronted him.

    As to his grandmother, that is the reality of most white Americans of certain generations. He was brave enough to say out loud the unpleasant truth that we all know–so that it can be confronted. Oh–and those of you who didn't watch it–he didn't only talk about black and white people.

    We cannot let this singular opportunity to redirect the course of this country go by.

    March 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. outsider

    CNN is still better than the other media in telling us the facts. But you can tell CNN (or Bill Schneider in this case) is bad too. The fact is Obama is leading big. Can you image if Hillary was leading so big, what these journalists would write. Maybe Obama is over. Hillary wins.

    Obama is real. He is intelligent, educated, knowledgeable, courageous, better than anyone in the running. Vote for Obama is vote for better future. Vote for others might be a vote for the end of an empire. You cannot be on the wrong road too long.

    March 23, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Vista

    Clinton is the best candidate for sure, not Bush-a-like McCain or walkie-talkie Obama!

    March 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. sam

    Democrats and their leaders doesn't have any clear plans . After seeing the Bill Richardson drama and his endorsement to Obama and Sptizer scandal ,an average person loose faith on Democrats and its leaders....Obama doesn't have any electability and the media will switch to GOP side once the Democratic primary will be over.....

    March 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Nobama

    I will vote for McCain if Hillary is not the Democratic nominee.

    March 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. SP

    Perhaps Obama should have been an agent of change in his own church before offering himself as a "uniter" with superior judgment to the American people.

    March 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Glenn

    Florida voted Republican seven out of the last ten Presidential elections. Even Bill only won Florida one out of two of his two elections.

    Florida is a red state and needs no revote.

    March 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Angel

    I guess it's Easter....... So there is nothing to report....
    CNN after Easter report the NEWS not Gossip.. Thank!!

    I know you won't post this you never do!!!

    March 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Enrique

    The media is keeping the Clinton campaign alive. If Hillary were any other candidate, her candidacy would be over. There is no way for Hillary to legitimately win the nomination .

    It is now becoming apparent that Hillary wants to sabotage Barack's chances of winning the presidency in November. Hillary is hell bent on punishing our country and giving John McCain the opporunity to further destroy our miltary and economy.

    March 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. outsider

    How many of you have not heard your brother, sister or parents make bad comments about race, religion or government? Search your brain (or soul), do not lie. Have you run away from them? This is just a pastor. You go to church to meet you friends, study bible, not just listen to that one person. There are many speakers in the church. Why CNN and other media are still running this picture and the story? Because they cannot find real flaws from Obama. Race and religion are the bast way to destroy a minority. This is not good for the country. He is a nice man. He earned his place. What the media should have done is to ask the loser to leave the stage.

    March 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Bryant

    Obama is a cheat and a liar with a hidden agenda. He is not what he represents. More is sure to come that will lead to his downfall. America is ignorant for following the media hype for Obama. He is doomed to dissappoint this country.

    Obama, please quit and save the Democratic party from being defeated in November.

    March 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. Tex

    It's truly amazing the strong Christian sentiment you hear from the Hillary supporters about Obama "shoulda" left his church and renounced his minister. I see nothing but real brotherly love and Christian tolerance and forgiveness among the Clintonites.

    March 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Bayou Joe

    Censored Again. Barak Hussein Obama is not electable.......

    March 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. pc

    Obama had a hard week, but these "hits" are training ground for what's ahead for him. He is the only qualified candidate for the presidency. Hillary Clinton is a "crook in disguise" to those who voted for her. Particularly Ohio. They were completely blinded. Barak will win the presidency and he will change the status quo is Washington, D.C.

    Go Obama!! President of the United States of America!!

    March 23, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Fred

    Boy the Hillary supporters are riding this horse in to the ground. Have you got any thing else. If not help Hillary pack up camp. Its pretty bad when her and McCain team up to beat the best democrat in the party. Because they both know either of them cant beat Obama.

    March 23, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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