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. Joanne

    Lisa, your comments were the best:
    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.

    Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.
    Adlai E. Stevenson

    April 30, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. George

    CNN has been in favor of Obama in the entire Primary so far. Now people know more and more about Obama and he is losing ground. And the Obama’s supporters started to blame CNN for his loss. What an ironic thing! Be fair CNN!

    April 30, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. nancy sabet

    Obama is finish! let's just accept that and close the deal for Hillary. Hillary showed that she is a better candidate and more electable.

    April 30, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Indiana Dave

    The media coverage of this race stinks. Obama is up 30 states to Hillary's 15. He leads her in pledged delegates and the popular vote. He, not she, is the reason we've seen record democratic turnout and new voter registration. And even amid the Wright flap, he has continued to attract more SuperDelegates on a daily basis.

    The fact remains... he's going to win this nomination, and all Hillary continues to do is foil the democrats' chances in November.

    Painting the picture any other way is a tremendous disservice to our nation, and the only reason the media continues to make this look like a legitimate race is to sell ad space.

    April 30, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. Allison Marie


    Clinton all the way!


    April 30, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. sharong58

    I think this is a bunch of propaganda invented by the media, backed by either Clinton, McSame but more than likely Bush because he wants his buddy to win. It is very ironic that polls say Barack Obama is losing ground just before the Indiana primary! Sounds like the work of HIllary Clinton to me! She will do anything to win.
    Just like last week there was a ficticious Donate to Barack Obama site asking for donations of up to $2300. that suddenly went up for sale the same day Hillary announced she'd made $10 mil on the Internet! They traced the site to some guy in the state of Washington.
    I'd be real interested to know if this guy had any connections with anyone in the Clinton or McCain campaign!!! My vote remains unchanged . . . Obama in 08!

    April 30, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Rhonda

    I would love to know who all of you morons are? You know who I mean. Are you really Democrats or trojan horses, sent to do your damage with these hateful posts. Your blind hatred of HRC is hilarious!! Of course she and Bill are secret partners with the Reverand Wright. Of course she is secretly a republican. And my favourite is "well she is stealing the election" from the rightful winner. Give me a break! And one more thing, please learn to spell.

    April 30, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. Viva los Primary

    Obama had a good point......I hope it sticks....and I also hope...he stays in politics, but only with a clean, good record!....4 years in a corrupt Chicago political life, and we wonder why he says don't take money on the up from lobbyist............. When you can take it in the Down Low, with criminals....Change we can believe in!

    April 30, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Ty

    I can't wait for Obama to get the last laugh!

    08BAMA we got you!!

    April 30, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. Helen

    I wonder if the next catholic candidate running for any office will have to denounce his or her priest as well as the pope himself for their crimes against children? That is why seperation of church and state is what America is supposed to be about. Since when is religious preference a qualifacation for public office and why does the white media feel they can even comment on sermons or religious preferences which they have actually never experienced?

    April 30, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. McShame

    to :Michael Moore Dissed Obama And Others?

    how about those innocente Palestinians that are dying because jews are killing them? hun? about them???

    April 30, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. Brandi

    You people make me sick. If you actually cared about the ISSUES and not all of this ridiculousness that the media focuses on..... I have backed Hillary and will continue to do so for as long as possible........but if Obama gets the nom, I'll vote for him. You can't possibly care about anything worth anything if you're willing to vote republican or not vote at all and throw your little temper tantrum because your favorite didn't get it. Regardless of what you think of Hillary or Obama, EITHER would be a million times better than McCain. Please, don't let my brother get sent to Iraq for a 3rd time and get lied to by the army for the 100th time...... please remember what is important and quit all of this petty arguing!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. nancy sabet

    "We don't deserve you."

    Excuse me ? perhaps you deserve him, but not America. America deserves the best, and that's Hillary.

    April 30, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Bob

    Barack Obama is simply the right person for the job. Hillary Clinton is simply a person who is insincere, who lies, conivies and is a bit of a war-monger! Do we want a President and a world leader like that? No, we don't. We deserve better.

    We deserve Barack Obama. Barack Obama is simply the right choice.

    Hillary Clinton should preserv whatever trace of self-respect and dignity that she has left and admit defeat and just leave this campaign with her ignorant supporters!! No matter what, Barack has this contest wrapped up and he is definately the number one choice!! Hillary, you and your supporters should just accept that the best candidate beat you fairly and move on!!

    Barack Obama is the future President of America and the leader of the free world!! You have my full support, sir!!

    April 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Justme

    I was going to support the Democratic candidate, no matter who won the nomination of the Party. I will no longer do so. As a direct result of the Reverend Wright events, beginning with YouTube and being told by Senator Obama that the 'soundbites' had it all wrong, through the the Philadelphia speech with Grandma and the typical white person, I will vote for John McCain if Senator Obama is the nominee. You can't have it both ways, Senator. Lookout, Grandma.....

    April 30, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. Ken, Plano, TX

    Obama needed a way to put Wright in his place, yet leave him a place. Black liberation theology expresses some legitimate concerns, that Black Americans are still disproportionately poor, poorly educated, uninsured, and generally accorded a lesser place in society because of the history of our society. These concerns should be acknowledged, and should be addressed in their proper place. The constituency Wright represents should have a place among the many constituencies the President of the United States must represent, no more and no less.

    It's essential for a president to know what's important, and the things Rev. Wright has been saying should not have been so important to Obama, should not have provoked such an angry repudiation. Something like: "Yes, Wright was my pastor, but I know the president's job is to act on behalf of ALL the people, and I will never be influenced by his or anyone else's radical perspective; rather, I will humbly serve ALL THE PEOPLE of the United States of America."

    If Wright's recent speaking appearances were a test of how Obama responds to pressure, I don't think he handled the test especially well.

    April 30, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. Cowboy Jack

    Sen. Obama: I thought you were untouchable??

    April 30, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. sakki

    I don't trust CNN poll. Continue with your false report...continue to be Hillary Clinton's puppet. Good luck. I hope when she lose this nomination, make sure you stay with her since you are so loyal to her. Don't come with your fake likeness when OBAMA win this nomination.

    April 30, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. George

    Well, that's what he deserves. Now he turns his back on his life time mentor; I guess he'll say anything just to get elected. Next he will disavow his own mother. WTG Obama

    April 30, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  20. Jim

    Gee, I'm shocked at Senator Obama's recent dilemma...He was going to bring us all together to where we should be...Latino and Asian and Black and White...all of us to where we want to go...I mean this guy was a Community Organizer and everything....

    April 30, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. ellianna

    Biased CNN!! You are on the same level of honesty and truthfulness as the Clintons!! This information is COMPLETELY NOT ACCURATE!! You know there is an old saying: "You can fool some people some of the time, but YOU CANNOT FOOL PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME!! Americans are smarter than YOU might believe us to be. And one last comment: You might think that your CNN interview this evening with Michelle Obama was going to yield some more "spin" for your media station and ALL of the rest but your reporter, Suzanne Malveau certainly met her match tonight: MICHELLE OBAMA WAS BRILLIANT - SEEMS THAT IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY!! Michelle Obama certainly was professional tonight and was high on the bar!!
    It has been very apparent for a very long time that Suzanne Malveau and ALL of your newscasters are BIASED TOWARDS CLINTON!!
    Tonight, Michelle Obama certainly showed ALL AMERICANS what integrity and honesty are all about!! GREAT JOB MICHELLE OBAMA!!

    April 30, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. Spin

    It's funny that people don't realize who is who.

    Obama supporters are the people who spin everything.

    April 30, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. Del

    People read well! It says "Obama losing grounds" it didn't say "Hillary leading". Those are 2 dff statements with different meanings. Remember Hillary was loosing grounds in PA, from double digits to single digit and she still was the winner. So winner remains winner wether they loose grounds or have single digits! Does that make u upset! if so then Politics is not for your stomach.

    April 30, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. Aces full of Kings

    to Brad in Missouri, you think Peter Paul is a joke? You wanna play pastor wars then how about William Procanick. Hillary's pastor sentenced to 3 years in prison for child-sex abuse. Or Norman Hsu, fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, sentenced to 3 years in prison for investment and campaign fundraising fraud! Don't go there.

    April 30, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. Spin


    You are great spinner!!

    April 30, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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