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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soundoff (1,279 Responses)
  1. John

    I think pre-election polls should be outlawed. It's not news until it happens. They're also dreadfully inaccurate, as we have already seen. And every time a new one comes out, I wonder where they get those numbers because I have never been asked to participate.

    April 30, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. lynette

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!! THE MEDIA IS TRYING TO PICK OUR PRESIDENT AND SIDE TRACK US ABOUT NON-ISSUES, all they care about is ratings, I am convinced. I haven't heard about a single issue in days, only Rev. Wright, good Lord you would have thought the man was a former president of some great nation all the attention a preacher is getting, it is pathetic.

    April 30, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Alex in TX

    Calling all fellow hillbillies, uneducated, women and elderlly....unite behind our girl Hillary!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Rob

    temporary blip – Obama will prevail in this. It's expected by the pile on that has occured for how many weeks now? MSM, Clintons, Repugs can't keep a good man down for long.

    April 30, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. fred

    Alex in TX....don't think so..."we the people aren't that stupid!!!

    April 30, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. zac

    this week has been dominated with negative news about obama, come to think about it this whole month has been dominated with negative news about obama so this is expected. whats impressive is he still has a lead over clinton even after her 'tide turning' victory... she has no hope!

    April 30, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Twende

    Obama will drop the race next week..Inside Obama's campain team.

    April 30, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. fred


    April 30, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Take me back to '68!

    This country makes me sick sometimes. We're so fickle. Nothing but a bunch of over-stimulated cry-babies. Pathetic.

    April 30, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Bit, Alabama

    Of Course Fox New Polls will show that because they are all anit-Obama.

    Please, this is nothing new with the Fox News Staff.

    April 30, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Anthony

    Finally, The tide is turning....GO HILLARY

    Avoid the Drama!
    Stop Obama!

    Got get 'em Hillary

    April 30, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Ross in MD

    Funny how Obama loses ground rather than Clinton gaining ground.

    Any gain Hillary has is a function of Obama losing support rather than appeal on her end.

    April 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA






    April 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. candi

    Why do we even think about what the polls says anymore. They give us hope one minute and then tear up down the next. I say let them report what they want as long as Obama win.

    April 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. marianna

    Things are finally getting back to normal after an inflated popularity of sen. Obama, due to the liberal media frenzy was blown out of any reasonable proportion. Back to normal, but not quite there yet.

    While losing ground, Mr. Change tries to distance himself from rev.Wright (rev.Wrong) , but as one commentator has said – the train has already left the station.

    Hillary 08

    April 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. UR

    Fox News! That says it all. Why would one believe anything they say or do.

    April 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Mike

    Obama will never win in the general election because Florida and Michigan will have their votes counted, plus 30% of Clinton supporters will back McCain. Delegates need to pick the Democrat who can win--Hillary!

    April 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Ed

    Ob ama brings a fresh view to politics. Hillary represents the doom and gloom of the past and the do anything dirty to win mentality. If Hillary is nominated I am one of many Democrats who will vote Republican in November

    April 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. look byond

    What do you call experience?

    8 years in the white house as a housewife.

    Even Bill Clinton lacks experience when he took office.

    The President of the United States or any other president around the world are surrounded with solid and intelligent cabinet members inorder to function as a president no matter their educational background.

    So please lets talk about the main issues.

    April 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. A.M.

    CNN is really trying very hard to somehow elect 'Hillary' now. Your efforts are not going to work!

    Obama will survive each and every media tricks!

    Houston, Texas

    April 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Tell It Like It Is

    Obama was led like a lemming

    He is fit to only lead lemmings

    April 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. geez cnn

    you got your information from FOX NEWS WOW WOW WOW THE ANTI OBAMA NETWORK

    April 30, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. John Zeger

    When you look at state polls in hypothetical head-to-head contests, Clinton leads McCain 281 to 247 electoral votes whereas McCain leads Obama 280 to 243 being tied for 15 electoral votes. If you were a superdelegate, would you vote for a winner or a loser?

    April 30, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. from Boston

    Obama, so how come you haven't apologized to Hillary Clinton, our former First Lady for giving her the finger and laughing about it, all because you couldn't handle the ABC debate? So now you're outraged about Wright. – all because it became personal against you – when he said that you were a politician and say what you need to say – hmm – that's right, it's all about you, Mr. Narcissistic – and only about you.

    CNN – why don't you post my comments?

    April 30, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Sorry..... TRY AGAIN!!!

    Hillary is all about POLLS!

    hahahahahaha. Maybe she should ask Bill for a cigar.

    April 30, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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