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. Charles Los Angeles

    I still can't believe half this country is dumb enough to vote for more of the same. Republicans crap on the rights of Americans left and right and yet we still we come crawling back? What is wrong with these people? Do they not realize that personal freedoms mean absolutely nothing to this party? I am not saying Obama is going to revolutionize the way politics are done, but he is a much better choice than the living dead (mccain).

    July 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Heather Seattle, Wa

    okay so the headline should say three not four???

    July 24, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. Huh?

    You should change the header to read Obama up by three.

    July 24, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Matthew

    You guys use such a weird system. Why don't you emulate Electoral-vote.com or fivethirtyeight.com? You forgot the other polls that were released today by more reputable companies.

    July 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Todd

    14% of Americans don't have land lines. Who polls them?
    Don't believe the hype!!!!

    July 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Nevada

    One of the sources for the Poll of polls includes a recent survey from...Fox News? If Fox News is involved, I won't put much faith in this poll....

    July 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Just Observing

    If Obama is so great and his trip so inspiring, why hasn't he got a bump in the polls from the trip? Looks like America is slowly waking up to the real Obama

    July 24, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    i'm gonna take a poll on how many polls there are and how often they're inaccurate.

    back in junior high we learned that you cant consider a poll of 1500 people adequate to represent ANYTHING!

    not to mention they dont call cell phone users, and WHO is it that has cell phones only--young people, you know the ones who are sick of living under neoCONs and will vote overwhelmingly for obama!!!!

    July 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Truth Hurts

    I wonder who is called in these polls. I have never met anyone who was polled.
    The 41% for McCain must not have heard him lie yet. Everything out of his mouth is made up. I think he is suffering from the "mad cow" disease.
    According to McCain the surge began before the extra troops got to Iraq. Get it together old man.

    July 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Scott

    This isn't a poll of polls. Fox, Gallup and Wall Street Journal are all owned by a Republican called Murdoch. These are all Republcan leaning polls!!

    July 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. jason, tx

    Probably has a 40% margin of error that would show Obama by a landslide ;).

    July 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. K.T.

    Does CNN have editors?

    [Headline] Poll of polls update: Obama ahead by four

    [Text] Barack Obama holds a 3-point lead over John McCain in the latest CNN poll of polls.

    July 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. arsben jennings

    polls in europe are running 30-60 points ahead and in the racist hateful mean evil wicked united states polls are running 3-6 points ahead of john mccain. that is a total complete lie and distortion polls in america are running barack obama anywhere between 20-30 points ahead of john mccain you know it john mccain knows it and people overseas knows it so stop lying. you are just trying to make this race competitive when you already know it is over with for john mccain if the election was held today barack obama would win by a landslide.

    July 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. rom, NY

    cnn please dismiss the fox news polls, they are so partial
    u should know fox news' polls are biased

    July 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Andres

    At least these polls are weekly and not daily. Talk about irrelevance.

    July 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Lance Haun

    "Poll of polls update: Obama ahead by four
    Posted: 04:18 PM ET

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


    July 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. bj

    The populace is starting to see through the DNC "Gimmick" (putting a fast track black with no credentials in the white house). They should have stuck with Hillary.

    July 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Big D

    I can't emphasize this point enough – the media has done a terrible job in covering this election. They've overanalyzed every aspect of Obama, often casting it in an unncessarily negative light. The media has sometimes even made up their own negative stories (is Obama shifting his stance, when he's not). But they don't do nearly the same level of critical analysis on McCain, so he gets to coast along without all of his negatives being aired in public. The net effect is a distorted view that makes it look like Obama is struggling, rather than McCain. (And yes, there is ridiculous tabloidy coverage of Obama that annoys everyone, including his supporters.) I really believe that Obama would be much further ahead if the media did even an adequate job of critical analysis of McCain and his campaign. And until now, the media's analysis has been unprofessionally lopsided.

    July 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Texan for Progression

    To those of you who claim Obama is a socialist, what do you feel about the government bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac??? How about Bear Stearns??? A "true" republican who understands the economic implications usually supports these proposals (to be clear, that "true" republican comment was a shot at you PUMA idiots). How is this not BIG GOVERNMENT??? Obama simply wants the Government to be proactive in preventing crises where bailouts would eventually be required. They are called rules and regulations!!! We have them in every walk of life and where they are lapsed or insufficient, caos is sure to emerge. Cases in point, 1. today's mortgage melt downs (lack of regulation on lending practices); 2. gas/oil prices driven by speculation and hedging instruments that are backed by no tangible commodities (absent regulation).

    July 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Anna

    The polls are closing in because this European dog and pony show turns a lot of folks off.

    He is supposed to be running a campaign for the American vote.
    Germany is already an ally. They are not likely to turn against us in the next eight years. He needs to be convincing the American people that he can solve the problems we face in these times.
    The media moguls, the celebrities, the politicians, and, yes, the Obamas, can well afford it if things to get a bit worse.
    Actually, they can afford for things to get a lot worse!

    But millions of Americans cannot.

    And this charade is an insult to many of us who want someone to earn our vote by talking in real terms about the issues that matter.

    Take Heed: It's gonna take more than the Diaper Vote to Win this Election!

    July 24, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Raphael Texas

    Will someone tell Obama when he gets off his world tour that the Presidency is not a game or reality show. It actually takes a person with good judgement and experience to run a country.

    FACT: Obama did not support the troop surge in Iraq, and said "it will never work."
    FACT: Barrack Flip Flop Obama now says the surge has worked but not due to the hard working U.S. Troops????????What???????

    FACT: McCain A Leader, A war Hero, a man who actually has and will put his Country first.

    July 24, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. David Newport, OR

    stupid poll...just like I said last week...and the week before. All that matters is the number 270. Maybe CNN will someday wise up and stop trying to "create" news and instead just report it? Doubtful.

    July 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. haha

    Which is it McCain network.. 3 or 4?

    July 24, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. oldsoldierboy

    The troops will never allow McCain the win this. CNN must be only polling the rich.

    July 24, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. EDW

    Since they are not polling people on their cell phones and not taking into account Nader and Barr this will be ignored by me.

    Dems '08

    July 24, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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