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. trust

    Most people don't even bother with landline phones anymore, especially the 35 and younger crowd, these polls are flawed.

    July 24, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. JoelWhy

    Soooooo, Obama has a 3-point lead, but he's ahead by four. I'm guessing no one told the journalist that there would be math...

    July 24, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Are you kidding we are supposed to put any credence in polls taken by Fox News and the Wall Street Journal?

    That is just an attempt to show Americans are uninformed and ignorant not intended to represent the true situation.

    July 24, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. Tony, Miami

    You have already published this result this morning and it was 4 pts.???

    July 24, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. TheTruthHurts

    Stop with the polls already. I want to get to the convention, pick some veeps, have some debates and get on with the election.

    As for Berlin, the jealousy is palpable. Any politician should be applauded for gathering an audience to hear his message. Obama added to America's stature and image while abroad and that is good for the country, regardless of who's president.

    McCain has a plane. He can go to Europe or whereever he likes. He's already been to Colombia, Mexico and Canada. Maybe he did a town hall? Good for him.

    July 24, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Mary Wendy Oregon

    Personally, I think pollsters are having a hard time calibrating their sampling to: 1) the influx of new voters, many of whom are in demographics previously underrepresented in general election voting; and 2) the enthusiasm factor which will affect turnout of pro-Obama voters while the hohum factor may keep more McCain voters away.....
    There is little doubt that Obama will clobber McCain at the polls in November....even without the incredible advantage Obama will have as the election approaches and his overwhelming financial advantage and paid media blitz kicks in. This current small percentage behind status for McCain is the best its gonna get ...and may not be that good!

    July 24, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. Kaygee

    Obama's veneer will thin out more rapidly during his trip. Anti-Obama contingents in France may take advantage of the "Puma" brand of sportswear.

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

    Wow! Did you see Obama on TV today? 200,000 Germans show up to see/hear a black American!! That is what HOPE is all about, Mr. McCain.

    I guess if more of us average folks had $100M in the bank and could run up $800K on the AmEx each month, we'd probably share your view on hope, Mr. McCain. You challenged Obama to go overseas and now you're "whining". OBTW, didn't you go to Columbia and Canada to talk up NAFTA?? Were those political trips?? Shhhhhh. Don't say anything else. You're speaking out of your _______.

    America, THIS IS OUR CHANCE to return to glory!

    OBAMA/WEBB – 08!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. K Mansfield, NY, NY

    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.

    continuity check?

    July 24, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. TheTruthHurts

    Oh yeah, for all you folks with your heads in the sand who think Obama has no specifics, just speeches; take a visit to barackobama.com and cure your ignorance. You may not like the specifics, but they are there. When you're done, go to McCain's site and look for specifics. This should be a very enlightening exercise.

    Remember, Republicans have long been the party of simple generalizations, "gays bad, guns good.' The Clintons wore people out with detail. To think that a Democrat has less detail than a Republican is almost laughable. Part of the Republican platform is for government to do less. It shows in the level of detail they provide. Again, you may not agree with Demographic detail, but it's there.

    Ask yourself, what is McCain's plan for healthcare, global warming, education? Now ask yourself if the nice concepts scale nationally?

    July 24, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Steven

    Who Cares! Up, Down, Even, 1-point, 5-p[oints, 20-points, 40-points!

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Dee

    Fox News is used? Wow, I'm not surprised Obama isn't losing:).
    Terrorist fist jab.

    July 24, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. hillbilly,arkansas

    no more comments on polls .they change daily,and obama remains ahead in all of them.now,define 'victory' in iraq,please ?pumas?republicans?anyone voting for mccain is free to respond.

    July 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. Dee

    Fox and CNN are owned by the same company right? CNN's bias has been showing throgh lately.

    July 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. J McFarlin

    I've never been this excited about an election. Obama will make a great president. Our country needs a good leader to help us get through this difficult period.

    July 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Steven

    The Warmongers Are So Jealous Of Obama.
    Bunch Of Cry Baby Haters, Running Out Of Kitchen Sinks!

    July 24, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Independant Thinker

    It is staring to dwindell isn't it.

    In a year where the democrats should be up by 20+ points, it really makes you wonder.

    The thing that I wonder is what would Hillary's lead be???

    I think that Obama is starting to wear thin on a lot of people.

    July 24, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. Straight Talk Distress

    Is it 4 or is it 3??

    July 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. Jane

    I have come to the conclusion that no matter what Obama does, it will constantly be twisted and torn apart at CNN. I didn't hear any comments about the fact that McCain stood in front of the cameras outside a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, picking food from his teeth as he awaited a question from a reporter. Meanwhile, we see an eloquent man speaking to 200,000 in Berlin! May I add, finding fault with his trip being too successful! I don't get it.

    July 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. TerryDo--PumaPac

    WOW !!!

    Obama ahead by three points.

    Shouldn't the presumptive candidate be ahead by at least 12 points at this stage of the race?

    July 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. LatinosforMcCain

    Obama is going down, soon he will fall out the map!!! Latinos open your eyes and ears we can smell a RAT obama is not for the Latinos!!John McCain will do more then OBAMA. he is Pandering to the Hispanic People he is a fake, flip flop on everything, and the AMERICAN people are starting to notice the fruad this man is.

    Latinos for McCain!!!

    July 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Carlton McKoy

    What value is there in the average? The absolute figures would be far more valuable. Let's have them.

    July 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. Dan, TX

    We are all looking forward to the campaign and have begun organizing activities in College Station, Texas. McCain will not win Brazos County, home of Texas A&M and the George Bush Presidential Library.

    P.S. Bob Gates is voting for Obama as is Brent Scowcroft. Ask them.

    July 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Dee

    Didn't McCain give a speech in Canada? Is CNN's bias showing here? Come on report the news fairly 🙂

    July 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Obama is our only chance

    The reason the polls are closing in on you Mr. Obama is because you are not defending yourself well enough. Mr. McCain is attacking you with fabrications and outrageous exaggerations. Obama, you must stop this now. You must start attacking back. Point out McCain's shifts and his lies. McCain is now changing the facts to fit his positions. This can not be ignored Mr. Obama and must be brought to the fore front. If you play it nice the whole campaign you will be the nicest man to ever lose the white house. You must hammer McCain on this surge timeline misstatement and his defence of it! You must get tough now before the American public become brain washed by the Right and their ocean of lies that wash away the truth. McCain and his surrogates have thrown the truth out the window. They have now decided to say anything, regardless if its true or not, just to get the shock value and NO ONE IS CALLING THEM OUT ON IT. YOU must stop this. YOU must take him by the neck and wrestle his lies out into the open. You may think that the public are high minded people and well educated but the truth is most people are sheep and will start to believe anything that they hear enough. Unfortunately right now they are only hearing the smears that come from the Right and McCain. You have the power to stop this and win the election.

    July 24, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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