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. Susan E.

    Barak is going to win large here in NC, mostly bec. not all of us white people hunt squirrels in the mountains and drive pick ups with confederate flags. Lots of us are the latte sipping PhD's and bankers and M.D's with good jobs and healthcare, who would like to see all those poor folks up in the PA rust belt, and in the mountains here have the same fine health care and job opportunites that we do. We aren't too fond of presidents who threaten to "obliterate" countries, just to impress certain influential voting blocks. See, we've lived with a president who said things like that for the last 7 years and its been rough. We want someone smarter and more thoughtful than that. And we really really want out of Iraq now, so we can bring our soldiers home and start trying to patch up the ones that have been chewed up and spit out by a military that could give a rip about them.

    Maybe Hillary can run as McCain's VP. I think they'd both like that, since they each seen to think so highly of each other.

    Obama! Oh, yes WE can!!

    April 30, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. Sharon

    Please! Rev. Wright didn't just surface with Barack Obama. You must have forgotten the REAL facts that BILL & HILLARY CLINTON invited Rev. Wright to the White House, to be by their side when Hillary's husband was going to be impeached for his inappropriate acts in the White house with Monica Lewinski. Isn't it odd that Hillary ISN'T SQUAWKING ABOUT REV. WRIGHT....SO THEY BOTH HAVE A CONNECTION TO THIS MAN!

    April 30, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. AJ

    Obama is finished. Period.

    April 30, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. Bill

    Obama thought he was " untouchable ". THANK GOD it was someone in his own race that did this. We won't have to hear about it until 2060 saying Whites did this to OBAMA. Although, it does not give Al Not So Sharpton much to talk about.............hmmmm.

    April 30, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Jeanette TN

    I am sick and tired of reading all of these racist remarks. All of you Hillary supporters, you need to take a look in the mirror at yourselves. You are so busy talking about Jerimiah Wright. You are not realizing the hate you are spewing. You all are not ready for a black man to be president. But you need to face it. He will be the nominee. And I hope at that time you can put your racially charged remarks behind you, and pull together to help get a democart in the office. It's people like you who are helping your candiate and Jereimah Write pull this party apart and I must say again I'm sick of it.

    I started out as an Obama supporter, and I will remain an Obama supporter. And for all of you former Obama supporters, I feel that you were never loyal. If you can let the words of a man who's name has never been on the ballot change your mind about the person who is running,so be it. Go support a person who ducks and hide from snipper fire when there was none. Remember those were her words not the words of someone else.

    Obama 08

    April 30, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. Dmitriy

    I still think Dream Ticket is possible with Obama as first African American VP and Clinton as first female President.

    April 30, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |

    All I need is someone to give me 2 cents today and I will vote for them,


    The media can continue to spin like that bat, Hillary is the candidate if they want to. There is no way in hell, I would vote for McCain or Hillary, both whom have demonstrated that they could care less about the future of our children. Wow, get a grip. The smear campaign didnot distract us from the fact that Obama is what this country needs right now.

    April 30, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. honesty

    Will the real Barack Obama stand up please???

    April 30, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Mike G

    Barack Obama has had everything INCLUDING the "kitchen sink" thrown at him and has come out on top. These poll numbers will be much better and he has handled Rev. Wright will all the other onstacles and will be our nominee.
    This Country is in dire need and we have to have a President that can take a hit and come out a winner.
    The negativity of the race and the Rev. Wright have many times taken the focus off the ISSUES- but they're still there.
    He is the one for this time.
    Obama 08!

    April 30, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  10. Dan Peters

    I will certainly say "WE DO NOT DESERVE" Hillary. The baggage and lies are to much for the American public. Democratic voters will not support her in the general election.

    April 30, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. Joy O

    Thanks to Rev. Wright, Obama can only dream of the days when folks thought he was a Muslim. If only Obama had come out as strongly the first time as he did yesterday, he might have recovered. Now, I think it's too late. Many call Obama a Messiah figure. I don't know about that, but he certainly has found his own personal Judas, ready to sell him out for 30 minutes of airtime.

    April 30, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Sarah Smith

    Just like real life

    the DARK SIDE is rising !

    early onset Alzheimer's REJOICE!

    Unscrupulous unethical unconscionable!

    Boogey boogey boogey

    HOPE falters and dims, grim gruesome REALITY sets in!

    the ordinary human becomes a statistical impediment!

    What is the purpose of life? for Bill to get another $800 haircut?

    April 30, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. Jan E

    I am offended by Hillary and her supporters. I think they are just the right people for the Obama education plan. I hope Hillary wins, I really hope so .. because we always wanted move our family to Canada as this country keeps sinking and sinking to zero education level. Hillary is a guaranteed way to get it there, people who support her haven't got a clue. Good Luck!!

    April 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. Brenda White

    Who is Rudy to comment on moral issues, based upon his his personal life style choices. Hillary, shame on you, you panderer. I have lost all respect for you as a woman and a candidate. Reverend Wright is not running for the presidency, yet you dignify O'Reilly's questions by responding. Enough of you and Bill. I, a loyal Democrat, am ready for a change. Enough of you Clintons, Bushes. and McCain.

    April 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |

    One more thing, if Hillary was to become the democratic nominee, it is over, because the Republicans are gonna rip her a new one.

    April 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. Sreeja Nair

    We dont blame churchgoers for what the priests "did "to young altar boys in the Catholic churches.. Why are we so preposterously blaming a churchgoer Obama for what an"eccentric and delusional minister" who has serious hang ups ,by the way, chooses to say .
    Why are we giving this so-called minister any credibilty at all?

    Is it within Obama control what his pastor chooses as beliefs?
    Perhaps in atttending Rev.Wrights church it may have indeed taught him how NOT to be as a the experience is not a wasted one. We can learn a lot from zealots sometimes even the misguided ones . Obama 's comments earlier in Pennsylvania, to that effect that its tempting to blame or scapegoat others but that does Not serve anybody nor solve problems is highly insightful into the issue of racial divides..Perhaps he was referring to people like Wright also....
    Lets Focus on the Candidate himself & not on everyone who may have crossed his path...Are we up to the task of evaluating a man on his own merits rather than what some misguided preacher is raving on about?

    April 30, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. jeannie N.C.

    FINALLY.. People are waking from their obama coma's. Head on back to your corrupt friends and your church in Chicago obama. Your rhederic is over.

    April 30, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. nancy

    We will soon be getting rid of the worst president in history.!
    I like Mc cain but no more republican at this time.
    I will vote for Hillary.she is the only one that can beat Mc cain in this race.
    Obama seems to appeal to all the blacks and the young people who have never voted before.

    April 30, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  19. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Isn't it amazing that another man of Obama's Race is destroying Obama's political status and campaign? This is an horrific statement for mankind, honest moral value, and religious values. This is the very first time that a Black Man has the chance of being President, and his PASTOR, Jeremiah Wright, will be taking down a member of his Church who is running for the Nomination of President. ' White Folks' Obama likes to mention.....are Certainly NOT Responsible for Obama's Declining Poll Numbers.

    April 30, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. John Smith

    Are democrats so desperate for a "female" president (or wealth) that they are blinded to the Clinton scandals of the 90's?

    Let us face it, Bill was NOT responsible for the economic fortunes of the 90's. Hillary was too busy with a "failed" health-care policy!!

    Have you forgotten the INTERNET burst?
    Have you forgotten the Republican Senate that forced Bill to raise taxes?
    Have you forgotten the sex scandals (finger poiting and lying)
    Have you forgotten the items that Hillary stole from the White House?

    The Republicans are hungry; they want to run against Hillary. I rest my case; give Hillary to the Republicans!!!

    April 30, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. from a distance

    what would come out about YOU if you were to run for office??? anyone?

    April 30, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  22. Kimberly

    Obama drop out of the race... If you love your country and the Democratic party you will do it because you have no shot at winning... you are now a waste of time!

    April 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  23. Robert

    Hillary asks, why didn't Obama leave his church and pastor years ago. Says it calls into question his judgment. Fair enough.
    A question for Hillary: why didn't she leave that two-three-four timing man of hers years ago? Calls into question her judgment.

    April 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  24. liz

    I am sure eventually Clinton will be the elected nominee. Obama does not have a backbone and we need a strong candidate which he is not .

    Just would like to say that I did not know that CNN was having an Obama night. I am tired of seeing and hearing about Obama, Michelle and his family. Time to stop that now and give us some news of substance. Also on Larry Kng, there is Michael Moore with negative things about Clinton. Was this suppose to be a negative night against Clinton? When are we going to see a night of Hillary Clinton and positive things about her? Its about time that CNN does that.

    April 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. Back Stabber Barak

    Barak Obama is a SHAMELESS BACK STABBER. I personally despise the comments made by Rev. Wright, and would never have been a member of his congregation, however, Obama was (for 20 years). Obama described Wright as his "spiritual mentor" and "the father he had longed for his entire life", but when push came to shove, he literally threw him overboard for political gain. Obama USED Wright and his platform for 20 years to gain recognition, power, and validation. This speaks volumns about the deficiency of Obama's character. Barak Obama also knew how outrageous his paster was BEFORE the sound bites were played over, and over on tv; this is why he hid in the basement to pray with Wright the day of his campaign announcement. Proof that he is a LIAR!!!! And Obama waited until the very day of the announcement of his candidacy to tell Wright that he did not want him to speak at the affair.


    April 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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