July 24th, 2008
10:02 AM ET
14 years ago

Poll of polls update: Obama ahead by four

(CNN) — Barack Obama holds a 4-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 47 percent with McCain standing at 43 percent. About 10 percent say they are undecided.

The margin between the two presidential candidates has narrowed slightly 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, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and ABC/Washington Post.

soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Phil, FL

    What's the matter CNN? Your ratings dropping in favor of the more radical news stations that stir up more trouble?

    You'll get the attention, but not everyone is included in your polls.

    July 24, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. ali

    not commenting on anymore polls .they're dumb and innaccurate.

    July 24, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. John Smith

    The US is crazy, but not insane enough to elect Barack Hussein Obama. When it comes down to it, complete landslide victory for John. It will be looked on in the future as "what were the dems thinking" Crazy man gore, kerry socialist, and now this. The horror, the horror.

    July 24, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Texas Voter

    This "polling" system would seem a little out of date in the cell phone and internet age.

    July 24, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Carl from MI

    I smell a landslide...just give it time!! Hey, did you hear about how well McCain's doing with Latino voters?? Not so good....

    July 24, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Matt-NE

    The gap continues to narrow, the undecided numbers continue to grow.

    McCain will slowly take the lead by 10 going into the election.

    Once McCain wins, the leftists will cry foul after all the media praise made is seem that Obama was unbeatable.

    McCain '08!! Country over Party

    July 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Anonymous

    I thought Obama was up by 20 by the coverage he gets!

    How could Obamas Latino support have gone up by so much if his poll number drop? The media is doing everything it can to prop up this guy. Thank God people vote not CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, NYT and Wahington Post.

    July 24, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Understanding the Metrics

    To be fair, these polls SHOULD include the other parties in the election – green, independent, etc

    When you do that, Obama's metric stays the same... McCain's drops precipitously. That's because those who are voting AGAINST Obama, aren't necessarily voting FOR McCain...

    Polls mean little unless they include everyone and don't use "loaded" questions.

    Casey | Tecumseh, MO.

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Independent

    I really don't think these polls of polls matter much, It's the state and battleground states that really tells the story.

    July 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Ian

    4% ahead when it comes to flip-flops?

    July 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Watermann

    Fully understand the mainstream polls. Keep people under stress and always show a tight race/result. Not a bad tactic but widely known. LOL

    July 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Tony, Miami

    I am waiting for the polls of October so far it's too early to have real numbers

    July 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. McCain Lies!

    Ask yourself why a known man (mccain) with all his supposed credentials and so called 'experience' has not led Obama in one poll since Obama, a relative new comer, became the nominee?

    July 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. BR

    It can't be....not everyone is drinking the BHO flavored Kool-Aid. Maybe not everyone wants to be in a cult and change their middle name to feel cool. How can this be??

    July 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Julie

    I think the next round of polls will be much more telling than these. These were done at the start of Obama's trip – I'm much more interested in the results following the trip.

    July 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    2, 4, 6, 8 who do we appreciate....

    John McCain. He may be old, he may be grumpy–but he isn't an idiot and he'll ensure that America won't continue to bear the entire financial burden for the war on terror–like Bush and Obama policies will require us to do.

    Go John. Force western (industrialized and wealthy) europe to step up to the plate and not make the worldwide war on terror an "American affari".

    I'm so tired of these snobs on the sidelines ridiculing our efforts while reaping the rewards in their own security!!!

    McCain 2008
    We need someone who is really going to change things in a MEANINGFUL way.

    July 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Kim A.

    Bring Clinton on as VP and watch the numbers jump into the double-digits.

    July 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Terri

    What matters is the poll on November 4.


    July 24, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. JD

    Let me ask, if Mr. Obama wins, will all nonbelievers be rounded up and sent to re-education camps, or will they just be, um, "rendered unviable"?

    July 24, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Tess, Dallas

    Thanks CNN for being honest!
    Sorry! Obama's 5-day trip to Middle East and Europe this week means nothing to most of us! His rating is dropping like rain in the forest....and the polls have narrowed over the past days between John McCain & Obama. One can tell why!

    July 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. therealist

    Objectivity has been replaced by biased news coverage and Obama is still in a statistical dead heat with McCain??

    Now that's news..

    July 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Hillary Backer for McCain

    I smell a Mc Rally baby..soon Mac will be up by 5% then double digits..first we will take OH, then MI, then FL then PA then NH and on and on...woooh!!!

    July 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. mary

    Is this a daily poll taken on July 16, because the weekly poll is still attached to the link & it shows Obama up by 6.

    In any case, go to Zogby.com and look at the interactive map – it's showing more purple states today.

    July 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Cindy Hussein McCain

    Regardless of what the polls say, Obama will win by a landslide!

    July 24, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. fairandstraight

    1,2,3,4,5,6 points. It doesn't matter as long as he comes out ahead.

    July 24, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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