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. Cowboy Jack

    Sen. Obama: please drop out of the race for the good of the party!

    April 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. CJ

    The illiteracy of people blogging on this site is appalling! Education needs to really become a bigger focus in the election to come.

    April 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Meindert

    Can anyone tell why the democrats are doing this to themselves? Isn't it time too say that you can't choose and they need to go both....

    Greetings from Amsterdam.. (btw I say Obama..)

    April 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Neil K, Lake Forest CA

    "Polls! Polls! Polls! Nobody does more polls than us! We have the poll of polls here! We tell you what everyone thought two days ago!"

    This is April 30th. It's a long way to go until November.

    April 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. mj

    After the last few weeks of information. I wanted to stop reading about politics. I was very tired of it.

    I want to vote for the next president based on facts. However I have a BIG problem when I just read negative news from one candidate and not the other (s).

    If I read just the facts, the one with more negative information is the one that I may vote.

    But CNN is not helping to have a fair statement of news. It is like you want one candidate or seems "pro Clinton".

    Do we all want a better place to live, for our kids? Why then spread more news about what someone else said, someone that is not even a candidate, who cares about it? (except the media). Our country needs to stand up to the global community as a number one nation in the world, create jobs, better life, be the dream country for generations to come. We need people with new ideas with strong skills to make everybody looking at one goal. Politics are not going to change but WE should be able to do something for the future generations to make their lives better. Let's put our 2cents to change the world. Is this fair?

    April 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Evelyn

    There is one thing that I will never understand about politics, and that is WHY are we so quick to condemn Obama for something that someone else said about him, and yet when something negative is said about Clinton, we seem to "let it go by". For instance, her own husband said that she is 60 years old and forgets things, late at night when she hasn't had enough sleep. How could this country even think of putting her in the White House? What is going to happen if she happens to answer that red phone @ 3:00 am and sends the military to the wrong country?????? We need someone younger in that office who can think and act with today's young people, and get started on healing this country for our children and grandchildren. And that old woman is not the person. By the way I am 68 years old and have more wits about me that she does.

    April 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Nichelle

    Why do you all keep looking over what Hillary has done? She said that Obama should have left his church...I say, she should have left her husband. Hillary was for the she's against it. Indecisive. She said there was sniper fire...there wasn't. Indecisive or just a flat out liar. Howcome these things can come from her own mouth and she not be 'crucified' for it? But on the other hand, Obama's pastor can say things and Obama's taking the blame? You all are twisted! At first Hillary wouldn't comment on what Obama's pastor was saying but just as soon as she lied, she opened her big mouth against Obama to take the attention off of her own lie. Hillary is power hungry and she will do any say anything to play everyone's heart strings just so she can have the power. Think people! Please!

    April 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Sylvia


    April 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    He may think he has put Rev. Wright to bed, but there is a monster in his closet. Quit blaming everone else for your poor judgement?

    April 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Nope

    Ahhh....the poor Obamaniacs are in a hissy. Wahhhhhh.......


    April 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Indiana Joe

    Obama is finished. He did it to himself. He lied when he spoke in Philadelphia about his 20 year relationship with the Irreverand Wirght. Now he has to publicly condemn the same statements that earlier in Philadelphia he said were taken out of context. Yesterday, there was suddenly no context issue. Obama was simply accused by his 20 year Pastor of lieing about his relationship with the Chicago Church. The Pastor obviously did not think Obama was telling the truth and said so. He said Obama was just a politician saying what he needed to say to get votes. So much for truthfulness out of Obama.

    April 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. John Smith

    People are so stupid.

    Bill did not fix the economy of this country in the 90's.

    For those with bird brains, have you forgotten:

    1. The INTERNET outbreak and flood of income?
    2. The sound economic packet from the Republicans in teh Senate and House (which Bill lost during his tenure) who forced Bill to raise taxes?
    3. The sound economic plan of people who are now supporting Obama, like Rice and Richardson?

    Hillary or Bill had NOTHING to do with teh economy of the 90's; only the "conditions" that were present. The Clintons were impeached, and stole from the White House our previous treasures. Bumb! Bumb!! people are dumb!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. milli vanilli

    If American light people were not so racist, Obama a half light man would not be slipping in the polls. Light people were looking for an excuse, other than skin color to not vote for this man.

    You can be a dam lier, and a fornicater, but as long as you are so called white, which no human is, this country does not feel comfortable with non-light leaders.

    You can tell this is the case because Obama has not expanded his lead in the polls. That is only in part because Obama is not pure light-skinned. God bless Obama 08.

    April 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Pat in Cali

    Some of you are so full of hatred. You are the one who voted for a second Bush term. You elected the worst president of all time a second time. The War in Iraq is about the oil business (him and Cheney's business).

    Now you want somebody to lie to you (dodging bullets in Bosnia). You want somebody who can't think of original ideas. She latched onto the gas tax after McCain suggested it. Copy cats never think it through. A tax cut that's bad for America, but sounds good to you people who are desperate for 18.4 cents. See where Bush has gotten you.

    You guys deserve McCain or Hillary. You deserve not to be able to afford a tank of gas or to own your own home. You will be happy when America is reduced to a third world nation and begging China to borrow more money.

    April 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. California Girl

    This is an indication that the American people know who they can trust to do the right thing for our country. Obama is a good man, but he's not ready to take on such a job.

    Hillary 08

    April 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Jim

    Who am I?
    I am a man of color, who was born in American to American parents of color. My spoken language is American. I never learned to speak the “Kings English.” Since the American language is a derivative of an amalgamation of many languages from all over the known world; to say as an American, I am an English speaking person is only partially true. To say that I speak American is a truer statement. For those of us born in America with American speaking parents as a rule, speak American, all others become Americanized or continue to speak their own languages. I believe that every person living in American should be able to speak American or should learn to speak American. I believe that good communication is difficult enough when we all speak the same language. I believe a common language is imperative for us to maintain a strong and united America.

    I believe that those who attempt to steal and enjoy the privileges of being an American citizen without going through the legal process of becoming an American, weaken the very foundation and strength of America.
    I believe that those who are responsible for enforcing the legal citizenship process of our country, and do not; should be considered equal to those who are called terrorist and they aid in destroying the American way of life.
    I am proud to be an American. I believe we have one of the best countries if not “the best country in the world.” My heart became very heavy and I was sad to see in the media certain “so called responsible men and women” attempting to manipulate and mock our voting election process, by encouraging others to vote, not in good faith, but just as a means of distraction in order to attempt to sway voters in favor of a candidate that they believe their party can defeat in the general election. I believe this is one of the most “EGREGIOUSE” acts that an American citizen can perform, and I believe that anyone who has and does engage in such acts of distraction, are not true Americans. I believe they despise every orderly process which is the hallmark of the American way. I also believe that anyone who winks at what they are doing and call it just “political fun” are not “TRUE OR HONEST” American citizens, nor do they care about the general welfare of our country. I believe they are the “REAL TERRORIST” of the American way of life. I believe the only way that America can, or ever will be destroyed (God Forbid); will come from within, caused, by such “SO CALLED CITIZENS” that I have just mentioned.


    April 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. du

    it will be a big disaster if he won, america, wake up!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Hippyscooter

    Oh you fools! This is just a sign that people are swallowing Hillary's BS attacks! Are we really fooled by political attacks? I can't believe people are starting to "question" Obama's electability. He is still the same perfect storm of a candidate he was 3 months ago, he's just been beat to death by both sides of the aisle and the media! I'd love to see any other candidate take the beating he has, and look this good. These attacks are just attacks to try to gain political ground. Neither Hillary nor McCain has any room to be throwing dirt at Obama. He was the best candidate then, and he is the best candidate now. If Hillary's slandering fools the nation out the person with real solutions and real change, shame on her, and shame on us for swallowing it, and not finding things out for ourselves. And by the way, Hillary people, stop trying to say you have the popular vote, because you don't. You make can't make Florida or Michigan count as they were, it was not a fair election. Obama did not campain in either, and only had his name on the ballot in one! Stop trying to say that those states are Hillary's. It makes you sound uninformed.

    As long as

    April 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Boston for OBAMA

    Clinton will not win without the black vote. Many have been turned off by her and former president Clinton during this election. Voters who were for Clinton all along switched to Obama.

    She can't win..............If Obama is not the nominee get ready for McCain.

    It will rain for McCain

    April 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Jonesey

    All the people on this board who are condemning Obama for Rev. Wright's beliefs are losers. What about McCain positioning himself with the Christian right... who are the biggest hate advocates in the nation? Stick to the real issues people.

    April 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. The Queen is dead, long live McCain

    This is what you get when you don't enforce the rules, if the DNC would have just said, "Hillary the rules are the rules and Florida and Michigan DO NOT COUNT!!! PERIOD." This all would be over. BUT NOOO! It would just be too simple to stick to the rules for democrats.

    The one thing democrats seem to do well and consistently is snatch DEFEAT from the jaws of VICTORY.

    I'm rooting for you Barrack, but watch out Hillary might cry.

    April 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. bob

    Hillary can't win, its simply mathematically impossible. This is all very destructive for the party. The Democrats always figure out a way to lose.

    April 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. pat

    i think obama is no more creditable to be president the rev. wright he won his state sentorial seat in ill. by having all his compatition removed. three canidates now how do you do that . its done by the governor, an we all know hes facing trial in chicago, along with rezco, this man will do anything to be elected. hes just a big crook. an you want to put him an his racies wife in the whitehouse. PLEASE NOOOO.

    April 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. who needs a poll

    I don't like polls

    Who needs a weatherman to tell them which way the wind is blowing?

    Bob Dylan said that.

    April 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Last time I checked, polls change over time. Next week, after the elections, I'm sure the next poll will have the winner of the next two primaries as the lead in all polls thus making the next uber poll even more uber.

    April 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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