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. Sara

    Obama 08, NO MORE CLINTONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Get Real

    Has anyone read Naomi Klein's book, The Shock Doctrine? If not, you should. This whole Democratic primary is just the thing that Repubs love. While we are all focused on tearing each other up, they are manipulating oil prices, food prices and working their dirty deeds behind the scenes. They love it when we go into shock (as in after 9/11 or Katrina) or lose our focus as thinking individuals. It is just another chapter in the dumbing down of America. Get over the Wright thing. This should have been brought out long before this. Wright and Obama had a conversation over a year ago saying there would come a point when they would have distance themselves from each other. This is just part of the plan. Start focusing on what the current administration is continuing to do to the American people. Stop being reactive and start being proactive otherwise things are going to get a lot worse.

    April 30, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Ohio Voter For Hillary!

    He's done for and he would'nt never win to be President away!.....

    April 30, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    Senator Obama will be just fine. The Obama supporters still believe in him in spite of what other are trying to do.

    April 30, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. charles NJ

    Why Obama is not losing more ground:
    1. Media, especially msnbc, is gaga over him. Lovefest is fading.

    April 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. OregonVoter

    Hey "Chief", how about saying something intelligent on here instead of calling names.

    April 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Dylan

    It is truly a sad state of affairs in this country. Soldiers are dying every day in Iraq. Gas is a $4 per gallon. The economy is in the tank.... and the most important thing in the mainstream meadia is Obama's ex-pastor. I am so disappointed with not only the MSM, but also so many of my fellow Democrats who let this garbage influence their views. I thought the Demcoratic Party was smarter than that. I thought the Democratic was better than that. If fear and smear leads to a Clinton candidacy, I leave for good...

    April 30, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Ellie, Byron Center, MI

    YEAH BABY!!!!


    April 30, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Todd, Kenosha, WI

    It's the Delegates that matter. Hillary lost a long time ago.

    Obama all the way

    April 30, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Tubby The Tuba

    If Hillary's campaign is going to use "Swift Boat" tatics on Obama, he should run an add on her stating that she is Pro NAFTA! She was during her husband's presidency, and her husband still supports the Columbia deal as does Mark Penn, her campaign strategist. So just run it. Yeah she said NOW, since running for the presidency, she is against it, but then Obama has a lot of particulars on his ideas and concepts, but they're gonna lie about it and say he has no particulars on implementing his programs for America. Go Obama.

    April 30, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |

    PLEASE! Everyone, go to Electoral vote, click on Obama v. McCain. It shows the true posibilities for the GE this fall.

    April 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. Barack Obama Democratic Nominee 2008

    some of you just makes my skin crawl..Bottom line the Clintons will say and do anything to win..Barack wasn't on the ballot in Michigan and they all agreed the votes wouldn't count..People didn't even know Obama that well.The truth of the matter is the Clintons are well known so why does Obama have the lead in most states one,more delegates one and more popular votes?Barack has one this nominations and its is anything else would be stealing it from him .Remember if Hilary is so right for this country and has so much experience why isn't she leading in most states won,most delegate count and most poplar votes..

    April 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Ryan

    I find it funny that all these Clinton supporters are calling Obama untrustworthy. Hillary Clinton will say or do anything to get elected. Face it people. She's losing in delegates and there's no way she can get enough delegates to get the nomination. She needs to step down but she will keep going and destroy the Democratic party.
    For point of fact, I am a registered Republican but I am giving my support to Sen. Obama. He is the only candidate that can bring both parties together.

    April 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. J.Onofre -CA

    I suspect this is a setup for a comeback opportunity for Obama.

    April 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |

    Not in my book. He will win because America does not want a liar or warmonger in the White House.

    April 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Linda

    As long as Obama has the delegate lead, he has earned the nomination. No one is going to steal this Democratic Party Nomination from the person who has earned it by following the rules. That is a Republican tactic. Oh yeah-that makes it a Clinton tactic.

    April 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. ABC=Anybody But Clinton

    I don't feel comfortable with Senator Clinton lying about EVERYTHING! She has told so MANY LIES during this campaign, I don't think she knows what the truth is anymore. I prefer a candidate that speaks the truth even when it is not what we may want to hear. I prefer a candidate that doesn't play the SLIMY WASHINGTON GAMES like Clinton and MC Cain. DON'T BELIEVE THE HILLARY HYPE and the MCCAIN MCLIES!

    April 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Kris In PA

    There are just too many questions to take that big of a risk on this guy right now. Not now.

    April 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |

    Ok,so now I guess everyone has gotten what they wanted.There are people who was not going to vote for Barack Obama,for a particular reason ( need I spell it out?),but now they can use the Rev. Wright story as their legitimate reason and in turn feel good about themselves................America will get what they deserve in a President,McCain or Hillary................God bless American democracy!

    April 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. ShannonL

    It is pretty simple.

    Wright is a lose cannon and will destroy Obama.

    Superdelegates better pay attention....

    April 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. Lulu

    Hillary made a decision to give up her life as a woman with pride and dignity to stay in a loveless relationship to become president. There is no relationship as intimate as a husband and wife. Where is the judgment in that decision. She chose to stay in a relationship where she has been lied to over and over again.

    April 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. laura

    I think the reason Obama denounced Wright is because he saw he was losing points. Obama had to know about this man 's extremism. This man is still hurting him. Why he didn't do anything about it, is what I am asking myself. Politics is dirty and you have no friends when you are down.

    April 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Sean

    The tides ebb and flow in politics, and especially in this campaign. Overall, Obama is still doing just fine, and is still on track to win the nomination. I'm just going to relax and watch it all play out, and then pull the lever for Obama in November.

    And I'm a registered independent.

    April 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Shannon

    thank god,! Why is it that Obama supporters can't post without calling names and promoting hate. No wonder their candidate is done, that's all he had to offer. Politics of hope and change, I just smile whenever I hear it, it's like FOX saying they are fair and balanced.

    April 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. walt ohio

    I hope everyone inHendersonville is not as ignorant as you PAT. Check your facts before you open your mouth. Since you know so much about Obamas lack of experience, why not name all of Hillarys accomplishments? Gotcha!!! Didn't I. Hillary is only experinced in lying.

    April 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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