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.

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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. Paula, CA

    Please!! I wonder who they are sampling... Are they pulling from the 24% who actually think Bush is doing a good job?! The same pool of voters that put bozo in office TWICE?! Just goes to show you that "common sense" is not that common.

    My confidence level in these polls: 0, zip, zilch!!

    Obama '08

    August 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. kasiasue

    If McCain used the time spent cutting down Obama and looking for unwitty negative phrases to tack on Obama's campaign on positively improving his speaking skills and talking succinctly in an adult fashion to the voters, he may find that more valuable. I think he realizes he is losing any imagined control over his campaign and is reaching the bottom of his rope - nowadays babbling things that he will do during his term. McCain is a pitiful example of a loser in the limelight.

    August 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Bob, Seattle

    As folks continue to see that there is little to no substance behind the 'hollow-gram' that is Obama this trend will continue. Can you really close your eyes and see this man, who virtually has no experience and really has no legacy as a true 'American', as your President?

    August 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. JONNA

    Don't know what polls they're looking at?

    August 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Jodi

    These polls are flawed. Check out Pollsters or RealClearPolitics for more accurate reads. Not that polls matter – it is only August, lest we forget.

    August 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. John

    I am an American, and I can't believe the idiocy of the American people over politics. Look around, we're doomed if we get another war-mongering, born-again republican that hasn't a clue how to drive this country toward invention. It comes down to what people hear on TV, in church, and race and not what people believe in their own heart and minds. I'm beginning to question if these polls are just invalid data provided by Rupert Murdoch in effort to get us used to the idea of another republican presidency. I seriously don't see how it is possible, but hey you know, I've been absolutely amazed at the stupidity of this country more than once. Namely in years 2000, and 2004.

    August 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. terry maineiac

    This poll means absolutly nothing repeat nothing. The only poll that matters are the individual state polls and in particular the 13 to 15 big states with the 270 plus electoral votes.

    we must all know by now that the president is not elected nationally but by the states and the electors ( or the supreme court ).

    any ways its still summer and people are more interested in enjoying one last vacation before the bush economic house of cards folds for good.

    August 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Ken Pittsburgh

    Obama handled the hecklers in a kind hearthed matter took questions from one one young men and answer his questions get your facts straightn

    August 1, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Enlightened Voter

    Hey Marc PDX – STOP LYING! MCcain throws his hecklers out you moron, we've all seen it so don't try to deny it. Obama answered his hecklers questions, ALL OF THEM and without anger. Please, if your gonna criticize at least be honest but your a repug and are incapable of it.
    And Kongtooth – If Hillary would have been up by 20 why didn't she win???????????????????? You moron! She lost fair and square. Now go help her pay off her debt that she mismanaged and that you can't blame on Barack.

    August 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. A CANUCK


    August 1, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Mandeep

    Obama uses the race card to get people to feel sorry for him. He used it in the primaries with Clinton and he's doing it again.

    GO McCain!!!

    August 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Ratgurl

    I'm surprised to read the number of comments left by paid bloggers. I guess I gave too much credit to CNN for being a place to come for intellectual stimulation with regard to current events. This place is just pandering to the bottom feeders (not ALL of the the commenters, but many of them!)

    August 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Justin

    Keep it going McCain! At this rate, next month you'll be leading by 10 points. The more people hear come out of Obama's mouth, the less they want to vote for him. I love it!

    August 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Joe from NC

    Every other day the poll of polls goes 3 points in Obama's direction or 3 points in McCain's direction. Supporters of the candidate who declined say polls this early are meaningless, and supporters of the candidate who improved say something along the lines of "This increase will continue. My candidate will win by a landslide!"

    Just an observation.

    August 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Michelle

    I can't take another 4 years of this crap! I'll move to Europe if McCain wins.

    You would think after running so many times that he would get the clue to just let it go.

    August 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. jefflz

    It is a capmaign trusism that negativity carefully staged is very effective. Karl Rove's minions slimed their way into the McCain campaign and the champions of the Big Lie and Smear are now managing McCain to keep him on track and on message. The stench that arises from the Swift Boat style attacks on Obama is all too familiar. McCain himself was a victim of this filth in 2000. The fact that he needs to rely on this type of "thuggery" is proof positive of his feebleness as a candidate.

    The Obama campaign managers have to take the gloves off and give back to McCain what his Karl Rove handlers dish out. Its time to remind people about McCain's less than straight talk about he Keating Five for example. Many of the younger voters don't know anything about those sleazy dealings. How about his blithering comments about Iraq when Lieberman had to practically wipe the drool off McCain's face as Joe whispered corrections about Iraq into his ear. When the Swift Boaters went after Kerry he stood there like a deer in the headlights. Obama needs to strike back and quickly. The Rove team is counting on his stumbling in in the face of their relentless smears

    August 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Debby

    This is nothing new though. McCain is either 3 points behind or 5. I do find it hilarious that Obama with his message of change isn't clobbering the Republicans. I think the DNC made a huge mistake promoting this guy and downplaying Hillary.

    August 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. joe

    my hussein loosing points.i can't bear it.bring hillary on or you loose.that simple.

    August 1, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Jimmy

    Frankly, I am disgusted by this country if this poll is correct. McCain has completely given up on talking about the issues. His tactics are dishonorable and beneath a man that I used to have respect for... the fact that they are working is an indictment of the ignorance of many people in this country (and no I'm not talking about race.) I also have to concur with Denny's comment. I don't get the Hillary supporters attempts to bring Obama down. We are all Democrats, people! Support your candidate.

    August 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Go McCain

    People are starting to see the light about Obama. Just read today that he wants to raise the national minimum wage to 9.50 per hour. How can we afford that? Raising the wage will just resort in higher prices for everyone or possible layoffs of employees. Obama's policies just don't make sense and Americans are starting to realize that.

    August 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. justin

    Don't worry Obama supporters. John McCain will recieve a temporary bump. This thing will stay deadlock for a while now. Manly because the only people paying attention is the political junkies. Others just see a few ads, and make judgements from there. When people really start paying attention, that's when Obama will seize on it. Let McCain have his fun. This might be the only fun he ever has. Obama will win in a blowout, Mark my words!!

    August 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. marcelo

    The McCain campaign knows that Obama is not arrogant but is in fact rather humble. The audacity of the McCain campaign to do some serious video/sound clip editing to portray Obama in this light just shows me how low/deceiptful John McCain is willig to go to win the campaign. He will SAY and DO ANYTHING to win this campaign even if it means smearing Obama's character and "swifting boating" him in the process.

    I'm tired of these Rovian games... Where are the issues? How come McCain can't beat him on the issues?!?!?!?!? It's because he can't. Obama was right about not rushing into a war in 2002 and about setting a tentative timetable with Iraq (which the Iraqi prime-minister agreed to). Obama raised the issue about the looming mortgage crisis in April 2007... John McCain was in denial about a crisis until March 2008!!!

    Please people, let's us not let the McCain campaign pull the Bush wool over our eyes for another 8 years... I Love the USA and only want the best... as I believe Sen. Obama does as well.

    August 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Ryan

    Right now....somewhere in NY....there's a lady saying..."I TOLD YOU SO!!!"

    Howard Dean is an idiot. Obama is UNELECTABLE!!

    Think of the president as a position in your company. After all he works for the American people (you). Who do you hire?? The more experienced or the less experienced??

    Easy answer. It's a shame the Obamabots haven't figured this out.

    McCain '08!!! Hilary '12!!!

    August 1, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Rich

    McCrank cannot even get 300 people to listen to him talk. I do not believe your poll at all. This guy cannot even find Iraq on a map. Prove the polls!! Who paid for it and what were the questions and who was polled. How about a copy of it CNN or some video of the questions being asked to provide proof of your report or are you just as irresponsible as CBS editing answers. If you cannot prove your claims
    with all the resources you have then I am left to believe you are being given talking points from the pentagon just like you were with the generals on the invasion of Iraq.

    August 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Carl Justus

    It will be a sad day if McCain wins the presidency, he will continue and expand the Bush policies of interfering in the politics of other small countries that have oil so the oil companies can get control of the oil.
    Why are we not helping Sudan, Rawanda, SIMPLE THEY DO NOT HAVE OIL.
    Why haven't we stopped the violence in Somalia, SIMPLE THEY DO NOT HAVE OIL.
    Why haven't didn't we send troops in Liberia, SIMPLE THEY DID NOT HAVE OIL.
    This administration including McCain will not stop violence in any country that does not have oil regardless of the genocide of killing or raping or burning of villages.

    August 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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