May 1st, 2008
06:52 AM ET
14 years ago

Poll of polls: Obama losing ground

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Obama now leads Clinton by 1 point nationally."]

(CNN) - The Democratic presidential race is tightening nationally, according to a new CNN average of several recent polls.

Obama's lead is now down to 1 point over Clinton nationwide, 45 percent to 44 percent, in CNN's "poll of polls." That margin is down 3 points from another CNN poll of polls conducted two days ago. In that analysis, Obama led Clinton 47 percent to 43 percent. The margin is also considerably lower than an April 18 poll of polls that showed Obama with an 11 point lead.

The poll of polls consists of three newly released national polls from Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, Gallup, and Newsweek. There is no margin of error on the poll of polls.

Both the Fox News poll and the Gallup poll were conducted partially after Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, made a fresh round of controversial comments earlier this week.

The Fox News poll also appears to show Obama no longer has an edge over Clinton among independent voters. In head-to-head match ups, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain wins independents by a 4 point margin over Clinton (42-38 percent) and by a 10 points over Obama (47 percent to 37 percent).

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  1. Niel, NY

    Fox News poll?!
    Are u kidding CNN? I do not trust any media now. All are afraid of BCs (Bush-Clintons). Including CNN.

    April 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Simcha

    Hillary Supporters,

    No matter what weird, uneducated, math you are using, Obama is winning this nomination race. There's no spin that can reverse that fact.

    And once this kitchen sink strategy Hillary is using fails you'll have to eat your words and vote for the best candidate, Obama.

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Mike from Texas

    Obama will be our next president.
    Hillary's supporter are must be nut since still hoping to win.

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Obama for Emperor of the World

    The real poll of polls is when the primaries and elections are over. So forth most of the polls have not even been within their own margin of error. It's one thing what one says what they are going to do, and another what they actually do when nobody is watching.

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. jann


    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. ERD

    Don't listen to pollsters Barack; they're just trying to give you HIV

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Mike

    Time for another comeback! Clinton is what america needs and what the american people want! LETS GO!

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Oregon for Obama

    I can't believe that someone has not written or spoken these words yet. "PAY DAY"............ Only who paid Wright? McCain or Clinton?

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Sherry

    Hillary Clinton will not win the presidency this year or in 2012. Once those tax returns are released, I think all of you will be singing a different tune. Wonder why they have not been released? These people lack integrity.

    Obama '08 and 12!!!!

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Ardnuas

    Voters.... If YOUR pastors told YOU want he really feels instead of telling you what you WANT to hear.... YOU would be shocked!!!
    Alot of pastors say stupid things!!!!

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. James

    Ever since Super Tuesday, Barack Obama has been outscoring Hillary Clinton big time when it comes to picking up support from the superdelegates. The Wall Street Journal suggests he's close to taking the lead, and that if he doesn't stumble badly in Indiana or North Carolina next week enough of them will break his way after June third to give him the nomination.

    Seems simple enough. He leads in pledged delegates and she can't catch him there. He's won more states, has more popular votes, is a much better fund-raiser–very important consideration–and has shown he can appeal to Independents and Republicans. Piece of cake. Just run out the clock and get ready for McCain

    Ah ha ha ha ha Hillary Fanatcis eat that

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Em Hunt

    Thank God, America had woke up! Hillary is the most qualified, sincere Democrat candidate for the Presidency and SHE WILL WIN! She is strong, smart, intelligent, well grounded POWER and hard earned too. God bless America. Hillary will make America better, stronger, prouder and calm She can do it. Obama is a waste of time, a distraction from the real winner, Hillary. The blacks showed their ugly color during this Democrat primary election, they are investing their votes on Bro Obama, to grab power from the whites. No, nobody would let you. You are ugly and nasty already, do not add more ugliness and nastiness. You blacks hate America, you think America treated you unjustly, THEN GO BACK TO AFRICA LED BY STUPID MICHELLES OBAMA AND OPRAH. AMERICA IS MUCH MUCH BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOUR RACE.

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Daniel

    Obama is fizzling out like a firecracker. He's losing his spark. The Most Honorable, Royal Highness Reverend Wright is snuffing it out but also showing us who the REAL Obama is. Thank you, Rev. Wright! Does your church accept donations from the Nation of Islam?
    A White Man Who Does Indeed Understand The Black Church

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. GloriafromPA

    Hillary, do our party and country a favor and drop out. You have already lost and are only in it for selfish reasons in 2012. Everyone, but your suppoters know it. Quit using them.

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Ernest

    Probably Rev. Wright is working for the Clinton's now. After all he was a confidant to fmr. President Clinton.

    Regardless, Senator Obama will be the next President.

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Neutral

    The BIGGEST constituents of McCain are INDEPENDENT VOTERS, a surge for McCain is down for Obama. A concrete example of that was NEW HAMPSHIRE. Polls were saying Obama was ahead of Hillary in NH 24 hours BEFORE their primary election. McCain won NH, Obama LOST against Hillary. Obama do NOT have the support of Democratic base, majority of his support is from independent voters. Green Party supporters are now supporting Hillary Clinton, moderate republicans are supporting Hillary, including a portion of independent voters also in support of her plus latinos and asians. Where is Obama's solid and reliable support in GE? Only one sector, black community. In NC right now, Hillary is gaining support from black community.

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. O-blah-ma

    Obama is burnt toast!! He can thank his Spirtual Mentor for losing.

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. S from Detroit

    Obama is gone.. he should withdraw,.

    go hillary!

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. CNN is on hillary's pay roll

    to CNN,

    Why is that you never ever talk about Peter Paul???!!!!!!

    Peter Paul case vs. the Clintons

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Somewhere in Texas

    You Hillary Clinton fail to realize that she can't win without Obama. there aren't enough of you to overtake McCain. As an Obama supporter, if this nomination is stolen from him, SHE CAN FORGET IT! What's four more years of the Bush doctrine?

    April 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. DemoRep

    Mimi get a life. Obama is toast. Hispanics will not support him. Our Redneck friends in Texas and La. will not support him. He is not proven and now he is disgraced by his affiliation withRev. Wright. and

    Sayonara. Goodbye, Adios, Choa Obama and good riddance to the left wing groupies.

    April 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. RG

    If we add another Clinton to this Bush, Clinton, Bush presidential pattern, the political system is done. It's all but mafia-run at this point, with both sides able to manipulate and pillage as they please.
    I don't want to see either family near the White House ever again. They BOTH showed that when they were in there, it was all about going for theirs at whatever cost. If a practical person ran a business such a way, they'd either be broke or in jail, yet these fools get put on a pedestal like they're some model of excellence or patriotism we should bow down to?

    April 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. This election is out of control

    With all the negativity from Rev. Wright, Hillary still runs negative ad's.
    Wooowww!!! no wonder she was running out of money. talk about mismanagement of money.

    No one can pull dirt on Obama so they find petty things to throw on him when it doesnt have anything to do with him. What about when Hillary LIED. Yeah that's what it was, a lie. Now who would you want answering the phone period?

    April 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Dee- Columbus, OH

    Since when did CNN start citing Fox News as a credible source on politics. It makes me wonder how balanced and fair CNN"s coverage of Senator Obama's campaign really is.

    April 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Jerry Brown

    I hope the superdelegates will nominate Hillary. She is vetted–she has a clear plan–she has the base vote–she has the experience. I hope the Obama supporters will support her also. Obama is just too big a chance after this religous/race fiasco–we cannot lose the General Election. Go Hillary!

    April 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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