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. SS

    ***NEWS FLASH****
    The Clinton campaign is RUTHLESS, they paid for Rev. Wright to get up and speak like he did.
    DIrty Pool....Whatever it takes huh Hillary Desperate times call for desperate measures. I see the deceit behind your malicious grin.

    April 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Josh

    Whohoo! Negative campaigning works!!

    Disunifying America
    Hillary '08!!!!

    April 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Judy Barwinske

    Pathetic! After all the base issues we have been forced to
    endure with the Clintons, this one issue over a distant pastor could destroy this honest man attempting to bring a new breath of fresh air to the presidency is pathetic! Anger is hardly a word that could express the feelings of soooooo many Americans! Keep on keepin" us down! Keep on electing the elite, out of touch, self-centered, entitled and "politics as usual".. What more can we expect?

    April 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. The Truth

    Okay.. so the polls are saying Obama is down...AND WHAT...let's think about this for a minute... we all have a little logic left despite what the media wants us to think... Obama is about change. He is the offspring of a White Mother and Black Father...he went to an all black church.. have any of you ever attended an all black church? All preachers talk like Jeremiah Wright...while I don't agree with all of his statements, most of the information he discusses is the truth in the eyes of most black people. I voted for Clinton in 92', I don't think that he was any different from anyone else... I guess the same people who feel Clinton should be president voted for BUSH, which is why this country is in the crap shoot now...

    And Wake Up people.. Get off this.. the black vote and the white vote...can't it be just the vote or do each of us subconsciously think that it is all about race. Let's face it ,most white americans arn't ready for a black president. Its sad but True...but the funny thing about Obama is that he black and white...he know what's its like to be both. Why doesn't this play any part in any your decisions. or is being 50% not good enough in the eyes of White America.

    Im not racist either.. my mother is white and my father is black. I grow up being the lightest person in the room and then the darkest person in the room, I just wish Americans would get out of this daydream and use the intelligence that God gave us to not listen to the media and listen to the person. The MEDIA IS PAID to do what they are PAID to do.. cause controversy...but we as Americans are TOO DUMB to see that...

    April 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |


    April 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. Joe Schmo


    April 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |

    Go Hillary!!! I don't think Obama could stand up under the republican attacts, Hillary can do it.....

    April 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. ferpez

    Ron Paul was's not too late for liberty to reign.

    April 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. America Post Obama

    Angus Mc,

    He has always been in the dirt. You just did not notice it being too busy worshipping Hussein!

    April 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Kari

    I think the media needs to take a hard look at what their role in the election is and/or should be. The Wright controversy won't go away as long as the media continues to play his speeches over and over and over again. Barack has said where he stands and we, the people are smart enough to decide what we think of the situation. It is time to get back to the real issues that we should be using as a basis to choose a candidate. We have a war that needs to end, the economy is a mess and the morale of this county is at an all-time low. Let's see what these candidates want to do to make things better.I find it interesting that Hillary continues to sling mud. If her ideas are so great they should stand alone and she wouldn't need to attack someone else. It is time for the Democrats to go with the person that has the most delegates and focus on the Novemeber election. We have all had enough of this.

    April 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Cally

    As I always believe, Obama is not electable.
    People are not satisfied with current govenment, and Obama just kept saying what people want to hear. He made people believe his campaign is somehow "above politics". The funny thing is, his motivation is absolutely no different than any other politician.

    April 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Jim in California (age 62)

    Sen. Clinton has always had a huge name advantage over Sen. Obama. Voters have come to know Obama better over the past few month time, giving him the edge in delegates, but the process takes time.

    The Wright affair has provided voters a valuable look into Obama's integrity, character and toughness. I agree completely with Indiana Rep. Baron Hill who said: “His [Obama's] comments regarding statements made by Reverend Wright showed me another aspect of Senator Obama’s leadership – a strength of character and commitment to our nation that transcends the personal.... One of the tests of a true leader is his ability and willingness to come to a new conclusion based on new events. Senator Obama did just that yesterday.”

    April 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. no bigot in the white house

    I guess now it will be obama asking for a debate.

    April 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. CHUCK

    Obama will be the Democratic nominee, given the risk of his not being the nominee. He is also damaged goods, as no reasonable person could believe he sat in that church for 20 years and did not inculcate the hate of that "minister". The Democratic Party, moreover, has shown itself to be incapable of moderating the left-wing hate groups in general. Good luck in the election whomever you choose!
    My prediction is the Republicans will trounce whomever the nominee turns out to be by 54-44 with the balance to Ralph Nader and a few screwballs.

    April 30, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Selby Hope

    This is for Mr. Lou Dobbs and many more like him,their are know more difference than Rew.Jeremiah Wright ! You all guy are very BIAS and connot stand to hear the truth


    April 30, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Barbara L. Giles

    CNN, I am beginning to lose trust in your reporting. There are crucial criminal issues that face Hillary; however, you do not report this. It seems to me that a person has to be a criminal in order to get respect. Lay off Obama, and dig up more dirt on Hillary. It is very amazing how timely your reports are too-just before major primaries. Sometimes, I wonder whether you, Hillary, and McCain are collaborating. You are entrusting our country to a pathological liar. I would never leave my children with someone that I do not trust. When will you realize that Obama is the best man for the job? Even economists agree with Obama concerning the suspension of gas tax issue. It seems like he did his homework here. McCain and Clinton are trying to score brownie points that are backfiring in their faces. Obama 2008!!!

    April 30, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. no bigot in the white house

    hey bill pike, you want another lincoln, you need to vote his party...

    April 30, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Matt

    It is really funny to hear Hillary supporters telling the one WINNING THE ELECTION to step aside. LOL.

    April 30, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. Cyril

    Here's what the Clinton's are doing. She knows she can't win the nominaiton but she's hell bent on making sure that Obama does not win the Presidency in '08. Why is she doing this you might ask. If Obama loses to McCain in '08, it opens up the door for Clinton to run again in 2012. But if Obama becomes the next president, he'll definitely seek reelection in 2012, locking out HRC from running for the white house until 2016. By then she'd be too old to even matter politically, so she figures she damages Obama bad enough that he doesn't win in '08.

    Yes, this is how the Clintons are. They would rather see a republican as President than another democrat not named Clinton.

    April 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Contribute!

    This is the time to send Hillary over the top. Contribute to her campaign NOW - I just did - again! It's the best investment you can make in the future of your children, grandchildren, and our beloved country! And IN and NC - now go and do the right thing - cast your vote for Hillary Clinton!

    April 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Brad IL.

    Once again the Obamaites want to read the polls to fit there candidate. That's ok , the rest of us can read the polls and can tell that Hillary is winning. I hope the Super-delegates can read the polls also. Hopefully they are not as blind as the Obama camp. Time will tell who will be President, ( Hillary Clinton or John McCain ) . It is really up to the Democratic Party to make the right call. Hey with all the Money Obama has why don't he just start a new Party. We got this nut job running our Party ( Howard Dean ) why not make Rev. Wright his Party leader. With all this support he says he has he could be the shoe-in or not. If this Party wants to win the White House they better choose Hillary or expect John McCain to win. That is the truth.

    April 30, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. Ed

    Hillary is our best option to beat the Republicans.

    April 30, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. Quentin

    So let me get this straight. The Clinton's can flat out lie about Bosnia, NAFTA, CAFTA, and among other things, Pander like crazy and gain votes and support. Obama is honest, doesn't run from any problems, faces them head on and deals with it like a man. Tries to do the honorable thing with Mr. Wright and when he's stabbed in the back by the man, He confronts him and his words. He doesn't go negative on Hillary which we ALL know, there's a textbook full of crap he can use, because he respects the democratic party and doesn't want to full the Republican attack machine and all the while, he loses support for this!!!

    I'm sorry Kiki...but you're wrong. People aren't waking up. They're not even close to waking up.....

    I hope CNN posts this comment as all of my other attempts seem to fall by the wayside. 🙂

    April 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Lynn

    Go Hillary!!!!

    April 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. BushMustGo

    As we have all learned, polls shift. Senator Clinton's truthless, negative and recently most divisive 16 year Entitlement Campaign to the U.S. Presidency, has convinced me that Senator Obama is our only hope of defeating the Republicans. OBAMA 08

    April 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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