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

soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Lance

    Obama doesn't have a prayer in the general election.

    March 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Joe, York Beach, Maine

    I agree with the last comment. Obama's lead is widening. Unfortunately, you guys in the media play with words more than ANY politician could. Your words don't carry much weight anymore and the public is starting to see it. There is no truth in reporting...just biased subversion

    Obama for President!

    March 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Allison Marie

    Yes, the polls narrow and will continue to do so!

    I wonder why Obama doesn't want a re-vote in Michigan & Florida? I hear him speak of rules, but he didn't follow rules when he ran TV ads in Florida, I guess it's different if he's the one braking the rules!

    Uncounted in Florida

    March 23, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |

    yes, america should be focusing on the issues that affect all man besides focusing on race. This country will never ever move ahead if we let race and negativity be the center focus of this election. Hiliary and her campaign staff needs to go somewhere and hide because she and her husband have proved to the world that they only care about having power. Grow up hiliary. angela

    March 23, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Kimberly in Texas

    CNN, please move on and please remove this offensive and divisive picture. You've played the card, it's enough.

    Cover topics important to ALL Americans and move away for this so over topic of Rev. Wright.

    I for one think that it is an absolute double standard that Senator Obama would have o be held responsible for someone else's words...considering you have given McCain/Hague and Clinton/Ferrero a free ride.

    Move on to the economy, healthcare, the Iraq war disaster...things that matter!

    March 23, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Pamela Dempsey

    If you call that widening then I hope it continues. I wish the Obama campaign would stick to the issues.

    March 23, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Ummm May i ask if you are blind? or just plain crazy

    March 23, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. harry grunsky

    its not what someones preacher says but what the candidate thinks!

    March 23, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Leah DiMarco, TX

    Don't be fooled by sound bites and media spin this election year. Do your own research for the full FACTS.

    Obama '08

    March 23, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Cheryl

    It has been said that this race is not about race but all over the news it is being said that Obama must get the white male vote to win. It sounds like you are saying that Obama can't win unless the white man approves, so tell me what does that say about the country?

    March 23, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. BV

    This just in: A Poll of Mathematicians finds thats it is categorically and mathematically impossible for Clinton to win the nomination. Clinton responded today by saying that each candidate has 'fine mathematical skills' but it is the superdelegates, 'not irrefutable math, logic, or reason' which will determine the nominee.

    March 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Rocky

    Obama will keep on playing the same old dogged rusty politics
    of race and all those issues inspite of syaing lets turn a page in history and make me the president.....What a pure HYPOCRITE?
    I am an idependent who tthinks Hillary is a much more desrving candidate for who she is......

    March 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. michael, ny

    CNN, here is your gotch ya moment:

    On last Thursday, this is what you said Poll: Clinton takes national lead over Obama.

    Today, this is what you are saying: Obama's lead narrows.

    Am I supposed to believe that he's struggling?

    Stop playing with the words. This is an improvement from last week.
    Yes, the american people have seen the true story and how the media twisted the story.

    Thanks God the Internet is here, otherwise CNN would have given this primary to the Clintons.

    March 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Ivory Tickler

    I do see that his percentages are dropping somewhat, but I don't see a "huge-drop" or a "freefall." This is just typical. Some "hand selected, agenda based" polls get blown out of proportion on a slow news day.

    March 23, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Fernando

    Perhaps it's due to the fact that, in my opinion, we are starting to see a new side of Obama, a side that shows he is not perfect as some would like to think and he has his weakness, and I have to admit that based on last week, I think we are better off having Hillary to try to beat Mccain. Mccain is going to use this racial issues against Obama and republicans will not like to hear things such as "typical white person" and undecided voters (like me) may not like it either.

    March 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Frantz

    Again CNN is trying to desperately keep this story alive. simply amazing!! Your something else CNN. Its sad to see that america doesnt seem ready to make this huge and monumental step. There are obviously deep rooted issues still within this nation, and most would rather live in denial that they exist. the proof of this is articles like these that keep regurgitating. Who's behind them???

    March 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. America is democracy

    I don't care who the president is Hillary or Obama, I am concerned with my life and how a president can improve my life and the life of other voters. My friends in Pennsylvania are disenchanted with Obama's valiant speeches and voluminous words. They say that people who speak most fail to act/ implement what they say.... I trust them..Obama himself is a very controversial figure
    Support truth use brains support Hillary

    March 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Pat Dietz, San Diego, CA

    The primaries are not over. Hillary is ahead in PA and there are still several primaries to go. At this point neither candidate can win with pledged delegates. The superdelegates still need to weigh in, plus there is still MI and FL to consider. Anything can happen between now and the convention.

    March 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Neil

    Anna, you obviously don't know what u are talking about.. Your own legislature decided not to redo the vote in any way shape or form. Blame your governor for your disenfranchisement by not following the rules not the DNC or the candidates.

    March 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Jane

    The Hillbots have been complaining and endorsing Billary's negative politics from the get-go. The Hillbots will continue to whine and stomp their feet until the nomination is made and whine "unfair" when Obama wins the nomination. Tough luck, Hillbots. This country is smarter than you are.

    March 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. anton

    Meant his grandmother, not his mother as being referred to as "a typical white person"...

    March 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Henry

    Oh shut up CNN. You're so transparent.

    March 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. gman

    You know I read this site everyday...we are so past all of this Obama Wright stuff. So why does CNN keep cycling this crap on this web page. It gets cycled out...then's back on top. Now I'm beginning to wonder if CNN wants to keep fueling this mess. And something come CNN keeps playing Wrights clips over and over. We know what he we have to keep seeing it over and over. I think CNN needs to move on to something else in the the issues that effect Americans everyday...Not this crap.

    March 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Melissa

    Finally, Obama is under scrutiny. It's okay when tough questions are asked about Senators McCain and Clinton. Heaven forbid we ask anything tough or direct to Obama. He is after all only seeking the highest office in the land. I think we should scrutinize him as much as the other two candidates because in all honesty he does have the least experience.

    March 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Ibekeme

    Obama is a man sent by God from above to bring change to the whole universe, there is no doubt about it. If America misses this opportunity there will be no hope of human existence in the next ten years because there are so many crisis in the wolrd today. Let all of us accept this man, vote for him and receive this change for us and our up-coming generation. This Obama is great and there is a quality of unifying the world in him. dont give your vote to some one who is not ready to bring unity in a country.

    March 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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