August 1st, 2008
03:49 PM ET
15 years ago

CNN Poll of polls: McCain gains on Obama, trails by 3 points

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain has cut Obama’s lead in half this week in the CNN Poll of polls."](CNN) - John McCain has chipped away at Barack Obama’s lead this week, the latest CNN poll of polls suggests.

CNN Election Center: View the latest state polls

Obama now holds a 3-point lead over McCain in CNN's average of national polls, 47 percent to 44 percent, down from the 5-point margin he held over the presumptive Republican nominee on Wednesday, and half his six-point margin at the beginning of the week in traditionally volatile summer polling.

The poll of polls includes the latest Gallup daily tracking poll, conducted July 29-31, that showed the two candidates tied at 44 percent after several days of back-and-forth between their campaigns over the McCain camp’s tough new anti-Obama ad, and accusations of racial politics on the trail.

“It appears that Obama received a temporary boost from his trip to Europe and the Middle East,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “That boost has now faded, but the overall dynamics of the race have not. Obama is still in the lead — as he has been since clinching the Democratic nomination.”

In addition to the Gallup daily tracking poll, the CNN poll of polls also included a Pew poll conducted July 23-27, a USA Today/Gallup survey conducted July 25-27, and a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation conducted July 27-29. The CNN poll of polls does not have a margin of error.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. Why????

    What McCain knows about "The One” when he doesn't believe in anything. What is McCain faith anyway?

    Enough of this bull what about this economy, the high gas prices, the unemployment rate, the lead in toys, the food poisoning, the unjust I have endure for many years. What does McCain bring to the table, nothing but a lot of outrages ads? Enough of this bull, let’s talk about the important things that matter in this election. Every other word that comes out of McCain mouth is Obama. Does McCain knows anything about politic? Or is he the empty headed one.

    What about these town hall meetings that McCain conduct. The people that attend just sit there like they are under a spell; what’s up with that?

    The republican have been on top far too long and that is why we are in this mess. It’s time to break the barrels and tear down these walls.

    August 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Joe

    I hope people are not foolish enough to believe that their city will not be
    incinerated if McCain becomes president. He wants war with Iran and he wants it nuclear. The man has completely lost his marbles. He has said it over and over again on tv.

    August 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Democrat

    If Obama does not get elected, I am thinking seriously of moving to a different country. I am a middle aged white woman and I don't think I want to stick around and watch our country go down the tubes

    August 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Democracy itself over loyalty to democratic party

    Obama, his dirty campaign, his nasty supporters and AAs all banked on the success of the same hateful strategy: bash, trash, ridicule, insult and debase HRC out of the running by any means necessary.

    This election year the only thing needed was being the democrat on the ticket in NOV- they all figured the Nation was in such a bad way, and the republican brand SO out of favor, a democratic win so inevitable- that ANY democrat- even the least qualified one could pull a win off.

    Once Obama was the last democrat left standing... his path to the white house was ensured- or so the thinking went.

    So hate, race-baiting, vulgarity and insults were freely utilized to that end.

    They did not count on MORE than half of the party refusing to go along with a fixed primary. They did not figure half the party would forfeit ONE election rather than subvert democracy itself.

    Now see us defend the principles of democracy, justice, fair campaigns and the RIGHT to vote.

    August 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Kool-Aid Man

    Ohhhhhhh yeahhhhhhh!!!!

    Time to rework my Kool-Aid distribution centers!!!

    Not reaching enough of the American people. OHHH YEAHHH!

    August 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Jane Burdette

    John McCain has stooped to a disappointing level with his attacks on Barack Obama this week. Must he resort to dirty politics? I thought he was better than that. Anyone who believes this BS is a very vulnerable and easily manipulated (not to mention unthinking) individual. It resonates of desperation on McCain's can't beat him on the issues so you resort to tacky and extremely distasteful antics. Wake up America!!!! Don't let someone of Obama's caliber get away when we need him the most. He will bring good, solid leadership to our country and regain the respect of the world for the Good Ole USofA.....

    August 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Janet

    I am already tired of McCain's sarcastic, negative ads. I wanted to vote for him in 2000, but no more. He refuses to advertise what he stands for.

    August 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. bk

    Half of the country has already discovered that Obama is a big goof that has to read every word. Now the rest of the country has to wake up. David Axelrod created a movie star with no substance. Obama is more like Bush, arrogant and knows nothing.

    August 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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