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. Bond_Dallas

    CNN is so biased, but it doesn't matter now. The voters have spoken.

    Bottom line is Obama is leading in all contests; delegates, states won, popular vote and yes, the national poll. And by the way, she will not catchup however you guys try to spin. This is over and please feel free to spin that.

    And just in case you didn't know, Clinton knows she is not gonna win, so she is damaging Obama, so that his chances of wining the general election are ruined. That way, she can run again in 2012. Thanks for trying to help her CNN.

    March 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Sharon

    Words matter...

    March 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Amazed

    BTW – thank you CNN for actually publishing Martin's piece that placed the overly played sound bite in its actual context. I have yet to find another news organization with the same courage.

    March 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. joan

    From some of the comments here, I cannot believe why Obama's supporters always
    bash Hillary for everything and play victims.
    Come on, the pastor's vedio
    was broungt into public's attention by fox news, not by so called Clinton machines. I suspect that Obama's campaign is hiring people
    to post hateful words towards Hillary. How can we say Obama is an uniter, while his supporters are so divisive and full of hatred,
    just like his pastor?

    March 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Mike Ryzak

    And we wonder why there is still a strong divide between the races. I have never in my life been to a prodominantly white church that ever has any uterances such as that. If anyone can brush those types of ractial angers and strive to bring the nation together in spite of his or her background, i feel needs help to get there.! He still has my vote.

    March 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Edward J. McDonald

    For obama to use the double standard " I can say it but you can't." Is an insult to his supporters. "Typical white person" anyone else would have been long gone. Jimmy the greek told an historical truth and he was fired. Even my close friends can't avoid a misspeak like " Typical --- What finish your sentence. Sorry he's not ready. Whoever used the term Liberal white guilt is on to something.

    March 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. james

    I believe the Clintons are the one who started this rev. wright controversy. There is a saying that goes,
    "you can fool some of the people some of the time but you cant fool all the people a ll of the time". "What's in the dark will always come to light". The clintons will be exposed as the wicked people they are. Obama has handled his 3am phone call moment very well.

    March 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. D

    American people, we are becoming nasty and harsh with some of the comments and some are even ignorant when calling people names after making his/her comment. This is a person's opinion so don't critisize one for this. How can one judge Obama because something his paster stated? Yes, it was a disgrace and his behavior is not tolerant.

    March 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Alice in NC

    I think that Senator Obama’s supporters will realize in November that maybe they should have given Senator Clinton a chance.

    First of all, all the old people in Florida who got their votes taken away from them will probably not trust their grandchildren’s future with someone as inexperienced as Obama. Secondly, who knows what other things the media will find about Obama’s connections with Rezko, or other scandals not known yet. Unfortunately the media got so swept away with Obamamania that they forgot to do their job until Clinton was basically forced out of the race by the unfavorable media coverage.

    As a new mom, I have a hard time putting my child’s formative years in the hands of someone with such little experience in the face of a recession, war on two fronts, and numerous other challenges.

    March 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Sean

    Define irony: "As a loyal democrat, if Obama is the nominee I will surely vote for Mccain" You are truly not a Democrat if you will jump parties because in the middle of the election there is some infighting. What happns when Hillary drops out and supports Obama? Will you still jump ship? Instead of saying you're a "loyal Democrat", be one!

    March 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. TF

    The Poll in question ended right before his speech. The numbers will improve by a few point and even more once the true dirt comes out about Hillary.

    I don't see how so many people think she is not a phoney and a liar. She flip floped on the FL and Mich. votes counting, and now there is proof she was involved in talks supporting NAFTA prior to congressional approval. The Clintons will lie and have lied and this country has had it with the last 8 years of lies.

    I predict her tax records will be delayed just before PA. But when they do come out this country will see the real Clintons and WHO will really be running the White House if she is POTUS.

    March 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. kanate soumahoro

    I hope America does not believe that Barack Obama is only for them.
    that man belongs to the entire world.Even if ,Bill clinton was candidate I Would have still voted for obama. He gives hope to everybody.I have been having a bit of problems with my other half over him lately . I must admit the obama power was taking control of my family time as we call it in my household.I am sure you got my point.
    One last point ,why people never mention the fact that he is related to Cheney .

    March 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. adele

    I watch from the other side of the world in horror as the American people attack Sen Clinton relentlessly ..This expose on Obama's 20 year relationship with the radical Pastor must be a huge concern to the 'average person' . I would wonder why your media has sat on this knowledge for so long?..Obviously you all have to blame Sen Clinton for this latest debarcle..I am not surprised that corruption is alive and gaining strength in American politics....Dissapointed that the New Mexico Gov decided to do a flip flop after he proclaimed that he would stand behind the nominee his people voted for?? Go fugure...
    I guess no matter how much spin you put on this race for the Democratic nominee at the end of the day let the people decide..God Bless you Americag ...

    March 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. We Get It !!!

    Wright has a 20 year Influence on Obama . He can't reject him !!!
    Can you imagine the fall out this would bring from Rev. Wright towards Obama ? . All The dirty dealings and favors that would come to light , Obama would never win an election for dog catcher from Wright's district . If Obama rejects Wright , he be digging his own grave .

    March 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Ian, Maryland

    Um, wasn't Gallup showing Obama behind earlier this week? Wouldn't that mean he's regained the lead after a tough week?

    Also, Anna, until your state learns how to vote, don't complain. Your state Democratic party decided not to have a revote, not the Obama campaign. You can't seat delegates based on an election that BOTH candidates agreed to not honor. Hillary agreed to that too, until she needed Florida to steal the nomination.

    March 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Charley

    Obama '08 for America.... Just Believe it..

    March 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Grif

    There's nothing else here!! In Politicker...

    All made out to Excuse Obama. CNN So Pro... Obama...

    Who's running the show today????

    March 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. JB

    Rev. Wright served the US in the military for 6 years. I'd like to have seen President Bush or Vice President Cheney serve that much.

    March 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. OAS

    Thank God for the American Youth of today. They really have their heads on. The Bible says "A child shall lead them," and if it weren't for the youth discerning between the real deal and a bunch of old school politicians, we would end up on the same old train going around in circles to destination nowhere! To the youth in Pennsylvania...Get the vote out! Obama '08

    March 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Jim, American in Paris

    Let's go for 39% next week and then straight on to 0% after Pennsylvania!

    Obama can take all of his pillows and go home now.

    Long live our next President, HIllary Rodham Clinton!

    March 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Jessica

    Shouldn't the title of the article be changed to reflect updated information showing that Obama is back up in the polls since his speech? Otherwise, the title of the article is misleading and represents misinformation.

    March 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. Renee

    Just a bump in the road, for "President Obama'

    March 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Edochie. U

    Obama will bounce back. Americans are too smart to ignore the fact that he is in a league of his own. He has no competition and it is apparent. I do not know of any politician that would have taken the risk of addressing such a sore subject at the expense of his or her political career but he did and the world took notice. He handled it very well. Come november the republicans can play these silly bites as long as they like but it will be nothing but old news. We are not stupid.

    March 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Steve

    SinceCNN must put the Barack and Wright always together on their front page, and since that is all CNN is talking about, instead of the war and the economy, CNN already has their answer. This network is more racistthanany other. Balanced news indeed!!!!

    March 23, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Rosa

    Hillary is a has been. Obama is young. McCain is Bush in different clothing.

    So who in the heck do I vote for – not one of these three!

    Maybe Pluto or Mickey Mouse would like to run the country. If they pull some dufus off the street, that dufus will be better than any of these including queen Hillary BTC!

    March 23, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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