July 24th, 2008
04:18 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll of polls update: Obama ahead by four

(CNN) — Barack Obama holds a 3-point lead over John McCain in the latest CNN poll of polls.

The new average of the three most recent national surveys of registered voters shows the Illinois senator at 44 percent with McCain standing at 41 percent. About 15 percent say they are undecided.

The margin between the two presidential candidates has dropped by half over the past week: in a CNN poll of polls taken July 16, Obama and McCain were separated by 6 points.

Election Center: Check out the poll of polls trend

The latest poll of polls includes recent surveys from Gallup, Fox News, and NBC/Wall Street Journal.

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Ron

    McCain served in the military and i respect him for that. But sitting in a cage for 5 years does not make you a war hero or expert

    July 24, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Ron Nebraska

    There is absolutely no way this race is even close, I refuse to believe that the American electorate could possibly be that ignorant, but if they are then this country deserves what ever dysfunctional, immoral, corrupt government you can imagine.

    July 24, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Vig

    I'm waiting for CNN to headline Poll of Polls when McCain swings ahead because the American public is sick and tired of the media deciding this election.

    July 24, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Griff

    I just caught Obama, invading my Porch. I can't stand Hornet-Nest's. I poured disinfectant on it. Can't do with Pesky's, they are so anoying...

    July 24, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. E.C.Coleman

    Any Poll Released by CNN is questionable.

    July 24, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. TheTruthHurts

    I love reading the posts that say Obama isn't a leader. He's just a bunch of words. Hype, that's all.

    Here you have a man born to a Kenyan Father and American Mother, who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law, was editor of the Law Review, ran and won for state and US Senate. But that's all words and hype. What have you done?

    Now he has gotten the Democratic establishment, millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Europeans to support him and his vision despite ridiculously poor odds – Yet he's not a leader. What is a leader then? Give me one leadership quality that McCain has that Obama doesn't. Remember, experience is worthless without the judgement it should support.

    He's just words and style, yet those words and style have led to unprecedented ACTION in voter registration, platform meetings, political donations, etc. that this country has never seen. Yet it's just words, style and hype.

    The reality is that one key measure of leadership is FOLLOWERSHIP. Another key measure is VISION. He has these in spades. You may not like his vision, but people are following. If you want to hate on anyone, you should be hating on the followers, not the leader. If you hate on the followers, you are hating on a plurality of Americans (if judged by polls) and of Europeans as well. That's your choice.

    July 24, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Sarge in Florida

    Is it funny that McBush decided to cancel a campaign stop in Louisiana today because of bad weather. Just goes to show you how he would react to another Hurricane hitting there. Or maybe his push for off shore oil drilling was not such a good idea when 12 miles of oil in the Mississippi river is floating...Wake up America seems like you want another 4 years of BUSH policies.....

    July 24, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Sherry




    July 24, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA




    July 24, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Glen

    Since April 29th, CNN poll of polls have placed Obama's voter percentage at between 45 and 49 while McCain's has been between 40 and 44. The graph looks like Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" CO2 vs. mean global temperature chart for up until about 50 years ago, steady and unshakeable. When is the media's approval rating for Obama going to trickle down to the general population? When are the percentage points going to diverge like the respective buzz of our presidential candidates?

    July 24, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Typical White Person

    So why isn't this a statistical dead heat? What's the margin of error?

    July 24, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Cheryll

    Obama 's media circus has done nothing but drive me away from this pretend messiah. I am sick of this guy and the media! No chill up my leg, just disgust! If the media and Europe want his guy, then let the media and Obama move to Europe.

    July 24, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. mjaber6113

    What's that old dudes name again, McSame or McBush?

    July 24, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. jason

    man. conservatives sure take a long time to learn a lesson...

    July 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Sue/PA

    If Fox is included then it is NOT a true poll

    July 24, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Naomi, TX

    All politicians wish they had the kind of charisma and appeal Obama has within the US and abroad… McCain included. Love or hate Obama, let’s face it, the man has a gift that comes once in a lifetime.

    Whether it will translate into great leadership we can only wait and see. We can’t expect the man to have as much experience as McCain, he is not as old.

    Let’s face it though he has managed to do what McCain himself as a freshman senetor back in the day could never have achieved with all his stripes on his side! Let’s not fault the man (Obama) for what he has without trying too hard. He’s got it, it’s his tide and he is surfin’ on it… really well. It’s not his fault he is more pleasant than McCain in appearance and demeanor

    July 24, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. luggar

    We are life-long democrats but have always voted our own choice. While Obama gives wonderful speeches and we are impressed,and
    he seems very congeinal. There is an underlying unease about him. He seems too perfect and has too pat answers or his spokespeople do. With the media fawning all over him that also makes us aware that someone else is trying to cast our vote for us. The saying goes : If it sounds too good to be true it is!! We are very much afraid there is no substance to him !! Just another smooth talking politican. McCain will be our choice.

    July 24, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. Annie

    So once you consider the margin of error...McCain and Obama are still pretty much tied.

    The polls continue to show that the Democrats are still not embracing Obama as the nominee.

    As a lifelong democrat I can understand why.

    NO O B A M A

    July 24, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. susie

    With the way the media is swooning over Obama, maybe he could be their king. The people have no where to turn to with the way the media is acting. Hopefully, Obama will commit to debates so that us voters will beable to make a sound decision.

    July 24, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Geoff

    Uh, the headline is wrong guys. He's ahead by three, not four.

    July 24, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. Willy

    Seing that BHO connect well with the Euro trash abroad why don't he just stay there and rule Germany.

    July 24, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. mk

    Your link still says 6. Other polls are showing much more.

    July 24, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. Hwan Kim

    I do not question Obama's intelligence, I do not question Obama's willingness, however I do question his abiltiy to be Commander in Chief of, what I presume to be the greatest Nation in the world, America. How is it even imaginable that a junior Senator, not even completing his 1st term, will be able to effectively manage the difficult challenges facing the President of the United States of America, especially during these pressing and volitile times? What foreign policy experience does he have? What experience does he have in dealing with our complex military? In dealing with our current economic predicatment, what fiscal experience does he have? These are just a few of the many things that concern me about Obama's bid for the Presidency. A great sayer is not necessarily a great doer, I believe Obama is an outstanding speaker, however I'm afraid that his actions will be limited by his experience, and lack of. In a word, Obama's bid to be President of the United States of America, is a prime example of the proverbial, putting the cart before the horse.

    July 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Va. Boomer

    You know...., your polls suck. It's a random sampling usually between 500 and 1000 calls to people. But it does not represent the whole of America, which at last count was about 304 million. How can you even report that kind of skewed results? That's why the news media gets a bad rap for incorrect reporting, just to get the scoop on the other news organizations.

    July 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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