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. Frank Canada

    It would be in your country's best interest not to publish polls showing McCain anywhere close to Obama as it tarnishes your image throughout the world.

    I wonder if the American people really understand or know how foolish their country appears to anyone outside the U.S. as you don't have to be rocket scientist to figure out only a moron will support and vote for a moron when their very futures depend on their decision?

    July 24, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Texan

    Hey Obama supporters, what's up with all of the excuses?

    When Obama was ahead by 10, you didn't think the Polls were wrong.

    Obama is going down, people are starting to see how naive and inexperienced he really is.

    July 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. bt

    Appears there is a set up to steal election again?????? How could this man with all the senior moments he has been having, be that close in the polls..you as the media can direct this anyway you want...as far as Obama being afraid to debate McCain ... you have to be out of your ever lovin mind...you will have the opportunity to see a debate and not a town hall meeting...McCain will not be able to remember how to ans any questions and if he does he will quote some off base info as he usually does...McCain is so boring nothing but boring people want to listen to him not to mention look at him...get out of dodge...

    July 24, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Ken

    Can 43% of Americans be so STUPID!? It is absolutely astonishing.

    Our forefathers gave us a wonderful start at self-governing. But one would have to be self-loathing to vote to continue this [R] mess. It is the only answer for why people would vote against their own and against their country's best interests.

    July 24, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Independent

    If you would listen to the media, you would have thought the election was over. All this great coverage, and he goes down. Could it be that the parts of his trip where reporters weren't allowed didn't go so well. I know most Jews are voting McCain. Maybe this is why Germans are embracing Obama?

    McCain 08'

    July 24, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Daisilou-NC

    JESUS could not satify us so how can anybody us.

    July 24, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Jiggles

    I have to be honest- I am both surprised and disappointed to see that he is not further ahead. As someone from outside the US (I live in the UK), I find it incomprehensible that so many people would still wish to vote for McCain- Obama is not perfect by any means but he is at least presenting far better thought out, articulate and sensible policies than McCain, while making far less stupid mistakes/ insulting remarks (i.e. to the Iranians, the French, the poor etc).

    Having said that- Obama is at least polling consistently above McCain in all polls, meaning margin of error talk is redundant (although of course in Polls of polls there is not such thing anyway).

    It seems that fluctuations come from McCain supporters wavering between becoming undecideds and then getting cold feet rather than Obama losing support.

    July 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Debby

    Hmm I guess his oversea's trip isn't getting rave reviews so far. McCain is closing the gap a bit.

    July 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. karen-phoenix

    Republican for Obama!! Would like to know who they are polling? Do they poll cell phones? Do they poll the young people in college? Obama will win by a landslide!!! Peace is Patriotic!!! Yes We Can!!

    July 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Obama-Junkie, IL

    As a song lyric from a hip-hop group from the 1980s/90s goes, "D-Don't ..........D-Don't...................D-Don't..................Don't believe the hype!"

    The media is trying to make this presidential race seem closer than what it is. The high ratings and circulations that the media enjoyed during the Obama and Clinton primary battles were just to irresistable to ignore (and try to repeat) in the general election between Obama and McCain.

    Once you add in Nader and Barr, Obama's lead over McCain is like 16pts! Once Obama comes back to the US and gets back to talking about domestic issues (i.e. the economy, health care costs and the like) in another 2 weeks Obama will be up by 20 pts, but the mainstream media will not let you know this!

    July 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Thomas

    There is only one poll that means anything and that is the poll on 4 November and we all get a chance to participate.

    We are still almost 3.5 months away from the election. Way too early to get so excited about a poll.

    July 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    Maybe the problem is that the Republicans have done such a great job of polarizing this country. Look at the electoral map. There are very few differences from 2000 and 2004.

    The South will probably not vote Democratic (although Obama may break through) and the West coast and the Northeast will not vote Republican.

    There will not be a sea change because McCain is more of the same and Obama is inexperienced.

    Those of you who are waiting for Obama to falter....wait for the VP choices and the conventions. Then, if McCain is actually willing to debate, Obama will take the long term lead.

    July 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. S. Boatman

    Obama Is Still Ahead And Will Stay Ahead Of Mccain! Mccain Gives His Speech In Front Of An Oil Spill While Obama Gives His Speech In Front Of Thousands!

    July 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. candi California

    It is good that Obama is up in the polls. However one must ask what the pol;ls would show if the media would do its job. McCain claims that the press is unfair and they all fall over themselves to prove him wrong. Why is it the media allows him to get away with the mistakes and lies about Iraq adn about Obama. He should be called on these things but so long as the media and significantly CNN lets him get away with errors he will continue to hold up in spite of his deficits. For goodness sake do your job and stop being entertainment.

    July 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Chris

    We are going to see history in the making this November when we elect the first African American President of the US. Not only will it be a demonstration of America shaking off it's unfortunate history of racism, it will mark the resurgence of critical and intellectual thinking, America is tired of cowboy "gut" thinking and blue collar myth worship.

    A new Enlightenment is upon us.

    July 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Don't count those chickens hatching before you get closer to election. It is much to early to significantly predict a lead trend.

    July 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Alison

    Its all about the electoral votes. Check out the state polls....amazing stuff going on in battleground states. Nothing is safe for McCain. Ok well maybe places like Iowa and Virginia. Oh....wait....never mind. He's losing them too.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    July 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Well the country is doing so well that it's no wonder that folks want to continue GW Bush's policies under a McCain administration.

    July 24, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Willam from Texas

    Obama needs Hillary as VP. Watch his points go way up once he picks her.

    If he doesn't pick her, I will write her name in as my choice for prez.

    July 24, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. J

    I'd be curious to know what the sample size was. Also, aren't the pollsters who conducted this poll the same individuals who ran polls stating the Hillary Clinton was going to win the Democratic nomination? If so, why should any pay attention to these polls?

    July 24, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. John Smith 1

    The US people are interesting, 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" Gore, Kerry and now this. Way to be in touch with America. Maybe Gorby, Mandella or Al Frankin can be next on your list.

    CNN..Stop moderating comments you don't like. That will come back to bite you when an issue is publicized. Your job is to have no opinion and report the news.

    July 24, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Deli

    nbc polls put 6 points for obama. And now the latino vote is lopsided.

    true that most younger ones won't have landlines

    July 24, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Calling on Independents, TX

    Hello Independents:
    I am calling each and everyone of you to do the right thing in this election, because I am also an Independent. I can understand why a republican would vote for McCain. I am having a very tough time understanding someone who is a true Independent will have any questions after having seen and heard both candidates. The difference is so obvious that you don't need to spend more than 5 minutes listening to McCain that he should not get your vote. I would have still votted for Obama even if the the candidates had switched their Parties. Come on lets do it!
    OBAMA 08 to bring this country back on track!

    July 24, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Desmond Sequeira

    US CITIZENS WITH INTELLIGENCE AND INTEGRITY, who have the wellbeing of the USA and the world at heart, WILL CERTAINLY VOTE OBAMA.

    My worst fear? Some nasty people will do something nasty to try and sabotage his election.

    July 24, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. ProundToBeDemocrat

    After Obama comes back from his tour and you add Bar and Nader to the poll Obama will holds a 20-point lead over John McCain.

    July 24, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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