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. nate

    CNN? Please...You cant hold a candle to MSNBCS coverage or team and you know it. Matthews, Scarborough, Todd, MItchell, etc vs umm Wolf Blitzer? Campbell Brown ? Are you kidding? You wont print this but you'll read it.

    April 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. Risky

    At longlast people have realised that all that glitters are not gold, that was a deep sleep for those who buy the grab of Obama ( the innocent man) , ok guys , the devil you know is better than the angel you don't know.
    Hillary is the best and she can't help it that her husband was once a president. It is a fact that, she can do the job , to bring peace, to generate the economy to suit the common man and live a healthy life by her health insurance package, and if this is good it reflects to the rest of the world for stability in the markets, job creations ,investments etc,,,,,,,,Please Hillary can do much to save USA than one think.

    April 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. After All This Drama

    After all this drama Hillary STILL can't put him away! She is a weak candidate. Republicans will not vote for her and Independents don't want her. If Hillary was in this position she would be crying by now.

    With the right wing media , bill, Hillary and Rev. Wright all attacking him , he still keeps his composure – NOW THAT'S PRESIDENTIAL !!!

    Go Obama, show them how a man stands tall through adversity !!!

    April 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Juanita

    Why is CNN covering up the Magnequench story?

    Hillary is running an ad in Indiana that she knows is an outright lie.

    Bill Clinton was the president who allowed Magnequench to be sold to China. Evan Bayh campaigned targeting Clinton for letting this company be sold to China in 1995.
    Both Hillary and Bayh have changed the year, knowing it is a lie.

    Andy Albers, a former vice president of Magnequench, said he received a phone call from Clinton's campaign to go over key details of Clinton's Valparaiso event before it happened on April 12.

    "I told them all the truth, but it didn't go anywhere," Albers told ABC News. "Evan Bayh and Hillary Clinton are living in some false reality here, making all these false accusations."

    In Piittsburgh on April 14, Clinton told voters that "not only did the jobs go to China, but so did the intellectual property and the technological know-how to make those magnets."

    Why does is the media covering up a major, major issue?
    This is the biggest issue that has come up in the campaign and CNN is not covering it.

    April 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Martin

    Alas for all the Clinton fans, the CBS News/New York Times poll just released show the following national numbers: Obama 46, Clinton 38.
    I guess that blows a hole in all those gleeful anti-Obama arguments doesn't it?

    April 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Politically Speaking

    I can't believe the media and fellow Democrats are tearing this man down over what his pastor said. This is ashamed. He is losing ground not by what he has done, but what another man has done.

    April 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. brina


    April 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Phyllis

    It seems to me that the thing with Obama is no more worse then the Civil fraud Case against Bill Clinton in Los Angeles,where he is charged with defrauding a Hollywood dot com millionaiare to help Hillary Clinton obtain more than $1.2 million from him for her 2000 Senate Campaign,Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz ruled on Friday April 25 that Hillary Clinton would not be required to testify in a sworn deposiotion as a material witness until after the November Election!
    So while this is far worse then Obama and the pastor.

    April 30, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. mario

    Go Hillary , Croatia and Europe is with you :)))

    April 30, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Carl in Bama

    To the earlier,... it is not her stuff, IT"S HIS OWN STUFF! Clinton didn't tell him to go to that church for 20 years!!!

    April 30, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. brandon hayes

    hillary said Wright would not have been her pastor, But Bill sent him a letter in 1998 thanking him for his prayers and concern during the crisis known as Monica, and Wright was even invited to the white house...look it up for yourself, don't expect bigoted CNN to tell you

    April 30, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Tim from Ohio

    I wouldn't touch Obama with a 10 foot pole. If he wind the presidenct I will move to Europe. He is a disgrace.

    April 30, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. Mike

    OBAMA supporters will not support Bill Clinton!!!

    April 30, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. Keith

    Registering Independent is looking better to me every single day. Rollercoaster polls, negative ads, backstabbing, fighting, the Rev. Wright controversy, endless debates, etc. I can't wait till this year is over with already. They promise you one thing and they do another. Obama, Clinton, McBush. Politics is a dirty dirty game.

    April 30, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Sen. Obama, please go back and raise your girls and honor your wife and be the best senator for Illinois you can be.

    We don't deserve you.

    April 30, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. kim

    For those of you who don't like Obama guess what God loves him so it doesn't matter if you don't. What has he done to you evil acting people. He hasn't run a bad campaign, he hasn't been negative to Hillary. He has been on point with the issues including the terrorist in Afghanistan getting stronger that report came out today. Just face it you have an issue with the black candidate!!! May God bless you in all ways Barack.

    April 30, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. Bobby A


    Don't let Obama buy the election.

    I don't want 8 more years of training wheels in the Whitehouse.

    April 30, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. sunny

    Any poll older than one day is outdated and useless (except for giving Hillary false hope)!!!! I think the media (and, of course, the GOP) wants this campaign to go to the convention!! So sad for the Democratic Party - please, let's unite now!!!!!!

    Obama '08

    April 30, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  19. michael

    wow – thats funny. i just looked at the polls and saw that Obama is only 20+ super delegates behind and gaining. now – how does that compute to losing ground? especially when this is the only ground Hillary can fight on. she obviously is not winning the popular vote.

    you need to check the numbers before you get bold out of boredom. please do not write articles just to get paid. and especially do not write the headline first and then try to connect the dots. it serves you poorly in the long run. all journalist start with the right mind set, 'i will unearth the truth'. lets try getting back to that.

    April 30, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. JS

    The Rev. Wright issue should be put to rest. HE is not running for president, bur rather Obama.

    I enjoy seeing Hillary supporters urging Obama to drop out. Of course they should be, that is the only way HIllary could get the nomination.

    While I do not support Hillary's tactics, I do recognize that another 4 or 8 years of a Republican administarion will be detrimental to our nation. Democrats, stand by your candidate and your party! No mud slinging is worth losing the white house for another 8 years!

    April 30, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. 2Nurselady

    While Hillary Clinton continues to prove herself, demonstrating her readiness for the Presidency, her competence and leadership abilities, her tenacity, her policies based on experience, her genuine sensitivity to the needs of the people of this country, her willingness to work hard for the causes that are most important to the American people, and her courage and strength in holding her own with interviewers and others who have long been her harshest critics, Barack Obama continues to demonstrate his lack of readiness for the Presidency at this fragile time in our country's history when we need so much more than he is able to offer us at this point in time.

    April 30, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Rise Hillary Rise!

    April 30, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Lewis

    This is just a poll. Hopefully The supedelegates will not overlook all the majority of the states that Obama has won. They will see that the Democrats want and will vote for Obama/Edwards in 08!!

    It is Obama who is running for president, not his former pastor. Wake Up America!!!

    We do not need another Clinton in the White House to bring more shame and lies under oath like the first one did!!

    Go Obama!!!

    April 30, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Jenni B

    Oh C'mon! Can't any of you see that this was a total set up by the Clinton Camp? Obama is being lynched left and right. Don't you think it's just a little odd that Clinton hasn't pounced all over this Wright issue? Even though that's all she and Mr. Cigar Clinton ever do to Obama?

    The last debate was a set up as well. Hillary stood there grinning, literally the smile painted on her face. Just in the last few days, The Clinton campaign has been "hinting" that something was up and they're sure they will win… oh, and then this reverend Wright controversy is everywhere! Seriously it's just been one thing after another. Just like suddenly a tape with Obama speaking privately was "leaked" to Huffington Post just before PA primary, twisted out of context, and PA fell for it! Just in time for Hillary to grab that win.

    Alot of folks are in bed with the Clintons. They are dishonest and as dirty as they come, and powerful. It's so obvious… I really hope someone in the media uncovers how this entire thing just "suddenly" blew up in the media, aimed at Obama's demise, and to Hillary's benefit. It's a smear campaign.

    All of you Clinton supporters are the ones voting for a wolf in sheep's clothing. SUPERDELEGATES WHERE ARE YOU? Come forward for Obama, let's get back on track before the Clintons steal the White House!

    I urge Indiana and North Carolina voters to really look at Obama and the facts. Don't fall for Hillary's lies and manipulation. She only cares about herself and the family dynasty. She isn't the midwestern gal she keeps reinventing to grab votes.

    OBAMA '08

    April 30, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. matt

    superdelegates ideally shouldn't exist.
    what's the point of those back room deals? democracy doesn't work?

    besides, lets be clear, florida and michigan won't count because the DNC canceled them- obama's name wasn't even on the ballot! a lot of people didn't go out and vote because they thought it was futile.

    and i don't get this anti- obama- crowd. hillary's a liar- a bad liar- sniper fire?? i'd like to see one hillary supporter defend her sniper fire comment, or her involvement with walmart, or her support of nafta, or the fact that bread and circus tactics are for republicans....
    the list can go on.

    April 30, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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