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. Bob

    Today, Obama picked up 5 super delegates to Clinton's 4.

    Since the PA primary, Obama has picked up 10 super delegates to Clinton's 6.

    April 30, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. chryssa

    I don't care about the polls. I've been a registered voter for 12 years and I've NEVER been polled about any politician or any issue. Where they're finding these people is beyond me.

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Pam

    CNN is to Hillary Clinton as Fox News is to the Bush administration.

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. tanner, ca

    Hahaha, Fox news is no more biased than any other news organization out there. You only think so cause it's not YOUR bias that they're reporting. And no amount of stomping, screaming or name calling is going to change that FACT. This is why your party is falling apart at the seams. You just can't bring it upon yourselves to open your eyes and see the reality. You'd rather live in your own little universe with your clouded world view.

    Btw- I really have to wonder at the average age of these posters. I would bet my paycheck that everyone one of you who writes McCain as "McShame, McAint, McBush, etc" is under the age of twenty. And if you're not... then you REALLY need help. Peace.

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. mrtulip

    Rita when do you wake up! Keep dreaming!

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Ana in L.A.

    Obamabots only criticize the polls when the polls don't favor them...

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. John from White Plains, NY

    This race is very fluid. I applaud Hillary's tenacity and Obama's resilency, during difficult times. While these two are adversaries, I think Hillary will eventually win the nomination and choose Obama as her running mate. I think this would be a great ticket and would almost guarantee a Democratic win. The Republicans are as exciting as wall paper paste.

    Hillary/Barack '08

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. alice2

    It's getting tighter but I just now heard on CNN that Barack will be the Nominee, in spite of Rev Wright & Hillary. the Panelist on CNN saying that is Leslie Sanchaz Rep. Strategist. I heard that before tho from other Strategists, I believe Barack will win. We are ready to MOVE ON WITH CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

    April 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |



    April 30, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Jay

    tick tock tick tock........Time for Obama to step aside...we are over your lies!

    April 30, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Marty

    It is simple. Hillary is the better choice for president.

    April 30, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. C. C. Wallace

    Why has your ad nausea media coverage of the Jeremiah Wright story completely ignored the Clinton’s involvement with the controversial Pastor? Throughout this media mess nothing has been said about how Wright was summoned by the Clinton’s during the Lewinsky era for guidance– the focus has only been on Obama's relationship with him. We all know that the media can make or break a campaign simply by the way stories are reported, in whole and in part. Be fair in your reporting the news. Don't just take a piece and run it into the ground. Examine both sides. It was the media's continuous playing of the Wright sound bites without the benefit of the whole sermon for weeks that started this fury in the first place. The same should have been done with the Clintons and Wright. Take the responsible neutral approach and tell both sides of the story–then let the people decide–or none at all.

    April 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Charles Savard

    What a gross bigoted demagogic trash this site is...

    April 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Tara

    It is only a matter of time before Obama goes back to his double digit lead. Hillary needs to stop the negative rhetoric and drop out so that we can move on and make sure that a Democrat becomes president.
    It's time for a change!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. ok

    Hillary Clinton – Ready to Pander on Day One

    Hillary Clinton – Bad Solutions not just Bad Speeches

    Hillary Clinton: 35 Years of Experience Making Poor Choices

    April 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Daryl from Seattle

    Nice job Hillary. Way to make the man look muddied and ragged like you and your reputation. Was it so bad to have a new champion for the Democratic party?

    April 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    You Clinton fans must be so delusion to think that she'd have any shot against the Republican attack machine. McCain and company are salivating at their collective lips at the thought of the easiest victory since Bambi met Godzilla.

    April 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Alex

    So CNN reports a poll and all of a sudden they are bias against Obama? Just ask Jack Cafferty, he'll vouch for CNN's Obama bias!

    April 30, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Tom

    Polls dont speak for everybody, CNN is trying there best to hurt Obama with the polls

    Obama 08

    April 30, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. The Corp

    And the little you know about him now, is only the tip of the iceberg. He's like the low key sleeper cell, doesn't command the attention of the Wrights or Farrakhans. But once in power, good-bye Mayberry USA. Stop Him – NoBama!!!!! Keep America intact.

    April 30, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Jebama

    The truth of the matter is that if all of this information about Obama had come out before the voting began, he would not be anywhere near Hillary at this time. Wake up and smell the coffee people. He will not win against McCain and Hillary has the best shot. Stop blaming Hillary for Obama's mistakes. We've had enough of those kind of people in office already. Always somebody elses fault isn't it?

    April 30, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. interested canadian

    Well, he's still ahead – and after the worst week ever, so....that tells us he's doin' pretty darn good, thank you very much. Let's face it, the American people need a change in Washington that only Senator Obama can deliver. Get behind him superdelegates, a new day is coming!

    April 30, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. jenkins

    How in the world can Obama win in the fall Mr. Wright will dog him for the rest of the campaign.

    April 30, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. R.T.

    He's dropping quicker than Enron stock.

    April 30, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Leo in Nevada

    I think I speak for ALL of the Obama supporter by saying that we will vote for Obama no matter how many people he throws under the bus. This man shows great character for abandoning his friends when they become a problem. When under pressure, just talk about other issues to shift the attention. Isn't that what presidents do?.

    April 30, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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