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. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    when you reference the Manchurian Candidate you are talking about a military person captured and then brainwashed by the enemy….hmmmm lets see. John S. Mccain was a POW for 5 years and the Star of some 32 Vietcong Military films, signed anti- American statements…he gave them Military information after the 4th day in captivity, upon his return he left his injured wife ( who would never fit the mold of a first lady after her accident) to marry a women 18 years his JR. blond and attractive (picture of a first lady) after his tor id affair and betrayal of his first wife…oh yeah very rich, used her money to run for Senate, a lot of shady dealings, happens to have one of the highest absent records, ran unsuccessfully several times for POTUS, and now is at 72 running again in a campaign reeking of negativity, confused rhetoric, flip flops, a lot of old Bush campaign employees, and oh yes a whole lot of Big Washington LOBBYIST…5 years under the enemy, bought his way into Senate ( having NO prior political experience) failed attempts to power now BACKED BY THE CORRUPT WASHINGTON LOBBYIST AND EX BUSH CAMPAIGNERS…now all that being said, who sounds more Manchurian?

    August 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. H. Charles

    This is in response to the McCain campaign's new web ad:

    There's a difference between humor and just plain ignorant. If thats how the McCain campaign feels that people see Obama, they should probably be more worried about gathering support than making jokes when there's only 3 months left. What happened to the issues? We've had 8 years of Bush's really bad jokes. I truly feel sorry for McCain supporters. I used to admire John McCain. He's just not the guy we all thought he was. Experience or not, McCain and Obama can do no worse than who we've had for 8 years.

    August 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Boyd@Boston

    To all those McCain supporters saying Obama is making empty rhetorics my question to you is, what is John McBush doing? What has he been doing the past week? All he's been doing is talking about Obama. Obama has gotten into his head. He can't go an hour without talking about Obama. I bet you he'd vote for Obama on election day and not for himself.

    August 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. susie

    Obama is always trying to act superior. Look at his pictures, always looking up towards the heavens. He is such a snob.

    August 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Observer

    Where I live, my wife and I take a walk of the neighborhoods surrounding us almost every evening. There are Obama bumper stickers, yard signs and posters in windows are everywhere. Not once have I seen a John McCain bumper sticker, yard sign or poster. And I didn't think we lived somewhere you would call liberal. Makes me wonder about the accuracy of the polls.

    August 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. kasiasue

    P.S. Does anyone besides me see the forced calmness that McCain is using and predicted smile he pastes on his face during his so-called "speeches?" Underneath that calm facade is a cauldron of tantrums knowing that he can't say what he really wants. In kindergarten terms, Mr. McCain doesn't play well with others. Waaaaaaa.

    August 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. spudmctater

    No more gutter politics, Mr. McCain. What are YOU for? Why should we vote for YOU? Do you think constantly attacking Obama will work? Apparently so... How sad, truly sad. To think I had considered voting for you. No way now.

    August 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Vanessa

    Because we live in the United States of Ignorance and the world knows it. What the heck is a senile Republican going to do for working people? Look at what their cowboy did for working Americans in the last eight years.

    If McCain wins we should change our name:


    August 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Go McCain

    You know I'm tired of being considered a racist because I am white and don't support Obama. Personally, I don't care if he was purple with yellow polka dots–it wouldn't matter. I don't support him because of his socialist, left-wing policies. His policies will cost me more in taxes for no extra services for myself or my family.

    August 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Jimmy

    Also, I am extremely disappointed with CNN's coverage of this election. The only media outlets calling McCain out on his lies and gaffes are the Daily Show and Keith Olberman. In many instances, CNN is only adding fuel to the fire. Elect McCain, America and watch your country continue its steady decline.

    August 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. norml

    why no comments on the mccain 'the one' ad?he makes me mad!i need to vent!thank you,cnn.nothin but luv fer ya...

    August 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. sarah

    Perhaps McCain doesn't know about the nuclear plants in France that have failed, or the Chernobyl plant. My dad worked at NRC and he was able to read all of the information in the public reading room. Did you know that all of these reports are available in the public reading room in each agency. Perhaps more Americans should read this information, instead of listening to CNN and believing what is being said.

    McCain is too old to be Pres. Not only is he ignorant, he is bringing up the race card. O just said "I'm not one of the guys on the bill" – that is not a racial issue. McCain needs to get his facts straight. Oh, I remember, one of you said he forgets what he said the day before. Senility keeps rearing its ugly head.

    We need someone to clean up Bush's mess, and it can't be McCain.
    Obama help! It is your turn.

    OBAMA 2008/2012 – It will take 8 years to clean up this mess.

    August 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Devil In a Red Suit

    Okay, so this ad is saying he's the Messiah? What idiots, they're really scaping the bottom of the barrel.

    I don't know about you, but there's only one Messiah, and his name is Jesus.

    McCain has to convince me that there's only one devil though.

    August 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. travis, fremont ca

    I don't understand all of McCain's personal attacks and weak over-the-top attempts are smarmy sarcasm. Why doesn't he put out ads talking about his views and politics and what he will do for our country. Instead of all the negative attacks, has he put out one ad that is about actual topics? This is really sad and I hate it!!!

    Okay, everyone, vote for McCain since he's so great and Obama is this prima donna elitist. I want Obama to win and he has my vote. But this campaign is turning 2004, vote for the old man because of this or that. And in 2-3 years when things in this country are still the same as they are now (or worse), you can all have buyers remorse like many do now with Bush. Go McCain, we need more of the same from you, great!! (how's that for sarcasm, maybe I should do a commercial)

    August 1, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Lynn

    Go McCain!! Were all voting all the way for you!!! Send Obama home!!

    August 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. elly

    How sad Americans just love to wallow in their own misery!!!!

    another 4years of another Bush clone and war monger in McSame not to mention his bordering on Dementia with his blunders
    Dont whine when he bombs Iran and brings back the draft to send your kids and grand kids to WAR

    August 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Like Denny, I would have supported her if she had gotten the nomination but she would not have had a 20 point lead. The Republicans hate her even more than they fear Obama. If you're saying she would have because of the Hillary voters, then shame on you.

    Bush attack campaigning, Bush economics, Bush war policies, Bush snubbing your nose at the rest of the world, Bush take care of the rich and stick it to the rest of us, four more years? I can't believe we're going to let this happen. Country wake up! We won't survive.

    August 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. James

    If you vote for McCain, you're a moron. End of story.

    August 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. pam Eugene OR

    Stop with the daily polls
    we all know they don"t mean anything yet!

    August 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Dem08

    Why on most every blog today Obama supporters blame Hillary Clinton for everything???I don't get it. Are you that scared of her? Obama continues to plummet in the polls because he refuses to address the half of the democratic party that voted for Clinton. We want her as VP...without her, his unity and change message is crap and he will continue to falter. An Obama/Clinton ticket is a sure win in November.

    August 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. sacto joe

    Wake up, America – we've come withiin a hair's breadth of becoming the Fourth Reich under the Repuglicans!

    It's time for a CHANGE!

    August 1, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Susan

    He forgot Three Mile Island. How convenient. Hey CNN, the new sutpid ad from McLame, how come you shut it down?

    August 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Mike

    Not surprising; since the reality of Obama's very socialistic policy style is coming more into the light.

    August 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Will in Richmond, VA

    This is simply incredible.

    And another McCain ridicule ad is on the air. And people seem to be buying this!! McCain doesn't seem to be taking the process or the arguments seriously and he's gaining in the polls?!

    In the words of a famous character from American cinema: "Inconceivable!!"

    Maybe America deserves what it gets. We wanted "Dubbaya" so bad for eight years, and we sure got him. Why do we want McCain after everythign this country has been through?

    August 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. kevin from kc

    Please go to and get the real numbers state by state and you will see Obama have a comfortable lead over Mcsame

    August 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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