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. Dinesh

    I'm glad that another mans comments didn't hurt him more than necessary, it's good to see that Americans can judge a man for who he is.

    March 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Carl

    I'm with Hillary all the way!!!
    drop out Obama ! racist imbecil with no shame!
    Hillary all the way!!!!

    March 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Southerner

    Obama is toast. It's only going to get worse.

    March 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Marc

    Foreign media would have less biased coverage of the election then you do CNN. Anyhow why do people care Obama is a politician he will screw everyone over once he gets in the white house and no poetry will help him pretty up his image in the international community which is already looked upon more poorly then Clinton or McCain.

    March 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. AJ

    What this poll of pol fails to show is that McCain is ahead nationally against both democrats. That gap will widen as Clinton supporters like me jump ship and vote republican rather than vote for Obama. I will do anything in my power to defeat Obama, and if that means voting republican, I will do so. Bill Richardson is so eager to bite the hands that have fed him? I hope the rest of his career goes down in flames. He is a dispicable, rotten human being. It's no wonder he couldnt gain any traction in his own quest for the presidency. The American people could see what an ignorante and rotten human being he is.

    March 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Go Hillary!!!

    And he only sat there for 20 years....and knew absolutely nothing about the guy was preaching...what a hypocrite, just like Richardson turning his back on the Clintons...birds of a feather flock together...

    March 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Gail

    People need to hear more of the Reverend Wright and not let it drop. It is substantial in the way Obama has been thinking for 20 years.

    March 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Donna

    The more time goes by, the more Obama looses his spark. Imagine how he would be perceived 4 years from now! What a disaster. I am with Hillary Clinton all the way!

    March 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. andrea benini

    I believe when all is said and done Hillary will emerge the winner.

    March 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. John in NC

    Why is CNN covering this thing like it is still a contest? Obama won 11 straight contests and then won the Texas caucus to seal the deal. There is no way for her to overtake him and there is no way that the Super delegates will override the will of the people, even for a Clinton.

    Clinton supporters, now is the time for democrats to put away the attacks and come together behind our party's candidate, Barack Obama.

    Yes We Can
    Obama 08

    March 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Alston

    The race for the democratic nomination is OVER... period!

    March 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Djcuecontrol

    Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah
    Cnn get off this topic it is not relevant news anymore !

    March 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Liz TN

    Obama is a huge mistake for those who have already voted for him. Thank GOD there is a general election. If he is the Demo nominee we will all PRAY for a sound defeat. May GOD help us!

    March 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. stacy

    no to Obama presidency.

    March 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Eugene

    I agree with a poster from yesterday. Don't think I can vote for Rev Wright for president now. With all this media coverage, he must be a candidate.

    March 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Addy

    Its quite funny that some people who comment here are so dogmatic and unrepentant.Obama is not the originator of the pastor's comment but because clinton knows well that she and her supporter are fighting a lost battle they are ready to spoil the character of a great president come fall.One thing is certain if Obama were to be in Clinton's shoe today there would have been a greater pressure on him to back out.DNC please put your house in order otherwise John Maccain is coasting to victory.

    March 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. j Clark

    Once again,'s commenting system shows that the Hillary supporters are really crazy. It's like the Borg hive-mind, but with irrational hatred replacing cold logic.

    March 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Michael in MO

    Obama is an empty box with nice wrapping. You shallow fools who scream his name and tout his rhetoric, like it was some revelation of change. Hillary Clinton has been in this when he was in diapers, and a true advocate of CHANGE THAT WORKS FOR ALL AMERICANS. Unlike Obama, she is not just the latest pop-culture flavor – the latest American Idol winner. She is steadfast, a true leader, and our next president. This race is not over – not by a long shot. Divide the country if you and your followers will Mr. Obama, but this country will have its say before August, and it will not be you.

    March 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Natasha M. in KY

    His lead is now widening....He represents real leadership and not the 'I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine' politics of the Clintons. He tells it like it is regardless of if its not the most popular thing to do, such as he did in the Rev. Wright situation.

    Obama '08

    March 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. william

    If he wins the nomination i will end up voting fora republican the first time in my life. I think the super deligates should really think long and hard about what he is doing to the party based on race. He can sit back and make speachs but he still has not urned his back on this man nor will he. What kind of leader will he be. A poor one. I will vote for McCain before I vote for him.

    March 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. david

    see how CNN is trying to play the same thing again again. all democrats shold be aware of this thing. CNN is going to endorse Jhon Maccain in the general election.Omaba should not accept any CNN debate in future. i thik Obama knows what CNN is doing. yes you can do it. Obama said in his speech. what a nice answer to CNN like establishment. CNN, 3 million people have wathched his speech so far and it is not necessary to repeat it over and over hare. If Americans wnat to watch what he says they can visit YOUTUBE and form their own opinion.

    March 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. DDS

    CNN needs to hire some people with expertise in statistics. Most of these polls have margins of error of 4-5%. Clinton and Obama have been within this margin for most of the race. You can't claim that there is a statistically significant trend when your "poll of polls" show fluctuations of a few percentage points. Stop misleading the public.

    March 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. ttfrenzy

    We must put these Polls aside and unify behind the candidate who will inevitably be the next Democratic nominee. Enough of this incompetent Republican Rule, we need to unify behind whomever the Dem Candidate will be, put aside his/her respective flaws and go to the polling stations to prevent another 8 years of Bush. Obama/Edwards '08

    March 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Chad

    I believe CNN has decided to campaign against Obama. I observed that CNN has been really emphasizing negative things Obama the last four weeks hoping against hope that Clinton will make it.

    March 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. colene

    americans are so use to scandals that i think we have stooped to an all time low. we cannot get enough of this and the news media is really playing it for all it's worth. stop beating this dead horse please move along to something else.

    March 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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