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. Mini-Me McSame

    So, McSame still won't win, and if he does pack your sons' bags because they're going to Iran. McCain is a small minded intolerant man who's green with envy that Barack is getting press attention.

    It's a long way to November but we will survive.

    Obama 08

    August 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Sheri

    McCain is a very dirty, and nasty politician. He plays the DIRTY GAME

    August 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. I'm Disgusted ... Maybe God will Forgive Him

    McCain's "The One" ad shows the disrepect that McCain has for those Democrats and Republicans of deep religious faith.

    We've always known that McCain does not truly know the Lord and therefore has been uncomfortable whenever the subject of his faith comes up.

    What we didn't know is that he would be the leader of a flippant group of jesters that think it is in anyway appropriate to parody biblical symbolism for politics. Sorry, John, we don't appreciate your humor and if you TRULY were a devout Christian, you'd have shown some semblance of good judgement.

    August 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. indy

    It's hard to read too much into a poll this early. If anything, it means it will be a tight race to the end – which is expected anyway.

    August 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Troy, Seattel WA

    I'm a Hillary supporter for McCain.

    August 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Monica, Texas

    and yea I just saw McCain in an interview and he could not remember the question and on the difficult questions he stammered through it he really had a hard time and should have second thoughts about wanting to debate Obama......He should be careful about what he ask for...Let's see how the media will play this tape I bet it will edited. It took him forever to try and answer the question...

    August 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. anonymous

    So Guess you

    August 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Mindscape

    Finally, the cream is rising to the top. I'm glad the American public is waking up and seeing this race for what it is. Obama is the biggest political phony I've ever seen. If this country wants an experienced, intelligent, pragmatic leader to be the White House, they will vote for McCain.

    McCain 2008

    August 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Karen,

    I'm still waiting to get a call from the polls. Why would you believe a poll that calls one thousand people out of hundreds of millions. Give me a break.

    But, if they're right and America wants to go from a C student to a D student, go right ahead!

    Stupid is as stupid does!

    See you at the soup kitchen!

    August 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    It's time for Obama to go negative. Drop the gloves and punch the old man in the mouth.

    August 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Hana

    The polls are useless at this point, and the media knows it. This is nothing more than a rating's ploy and, essentially, an effort to gain the attention of the hardcore, cult-like followers of Hillary Clinton. They claim she'd be ahead by 20 points conveniently forgetting that Hillary Clinton has extremely high negative numbers.

    PUMAs should get a life; your current one is tiresome. And, the media should focus on issues not a horse race but, as mentioned, it's all about ratings. If you believe these polls, take a seat in Wolf's Situation Room.

    August 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Foreign Observer

    Obama's an elitist while McCain traipses around in $500 Ferragamo loafers... you guys are unbelievable. What a farce.

    August 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Joe

    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 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Republicans Rock baby!!

    Mack is back
    Mack is back..Attention all NASCAR dads and security moms, Mack is back and he is the man! The country is moving towards Mack! Red White and Blue all the way with Mack as our Commander!

    August 1, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Frank, Missouri

    If that is true, we the American People, deserve to go down the drain. Nothing is easier than not voting for an idiot – we failed twice. Third strike and we are out !

    August 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    To all my puma friends,
    no matter how the fall election turns out (and I pray Senator Obama is the winner), Senator Clinton will not be the next President.
    So, if you want to shoot yourself in the foot, go right ahead. But in looking closely at some numbers, the ONLY reason Obama isn't further ahead is because Dems haven't totally jumped on board vis a vis the Kerry election. Every other demographic studied shows Obama up. The exception is Dems.
    As soon as you come to your senses, Obama will win this thing and restore our dignity in the world.
    Or, you can have all of what Mccain is offering. Which so far this week, is just to talk about Obama. So, if that's the case, why not just vote for Obama anyway? Think about it people.

    August 1, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Mallory, AK

    McCain will need a lot of help. He's old and intolerant and doesn't have the patience to do what a president needs to do. You'll see, when he goes overseas, just like George Bush, no one will care.

    Americans will wake up when he sends their boys to war. This man is a maniacal panderer who doesn't have the tolerance or the strength quite frankly to run the country.

    Obama 08

    August 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. flbill

    Despite what all of the Obama "believers" want to believe, there are significant number of Americans (apparently 44%) that prefer John McCain. I have nothing against Senator Obama I just don't think he has the leadership experience nor do I agree with his policies. I thought that was what America stood for – the right to express your opinion and have a "different" opinion. In my humble opinion, the Obama Minions who think the world will come to an end if everyone doesn't agree with them are just flat out wrong and they do no service to their candidate.

    August 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. anonymous

    Go Mccain

    August 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. ArtNYC

    Tired of people saying McCain will be a continuation of Buh. That is far from the truth as it can considering McCain is the one Senator that has always gone against Bush on lots of big issues. You guys just keep spewing the same things you are told to say....

    How can someone vote for a guy that wants to tax us more, increase the size of the govt. Socialize everything, end fair markets, etc. The second coming who's so full of himself that one days he's going to fly. Also, just because he's good for France doesn't mean he's good for US. Wake up people.

    August 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Jason, MI

    Hell, I want to see John McCain go off before he becomes the president. He would like nothing more than to take some reporters mike and throw it at them.

    The man doesn't have a heart, and does't need to be president.

    Obama 08

    August 1, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Josh from PA

    Obama contiunes to show an elitist attitude wherever he goes. Unfortunately for him, all Americans have a great deal of pride. This equation will never work out... We don't want anyone, especially a presidential hopeful, looking down their nose at us. McCain on the other hand has taken a humble approach to his campaign and he WILL capitalize on the Democratic party's mistake.

    As a registered Republican, I came into this year with the intentions of voting for a Democrat. Not one Democrat (I attended a Clinton rally and an Obama rally – both in State College, PA) has given me any sort of comfort on many seperate issues. It's like they're just trying to hit the right key. They're only trying to get elected. Puppets of To make a long argument short; they're plans are unrealistic.

    It's too bad that there isn't a true stand-out candidate of any age, race, gender, or party out there somewhere.... some day.... some day....

    August 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Shannon

    I don't recognize these polls as valid. I don't know the percentage of voter groups that they're polling and honestly don't care. Perhaps the cable commentaries require polls but, I don't. The only poll that counts is on election day. For those of you reading this, please make sure you can vote. Each state has their own rules for voting and believe it; whether your democrat or repubilcan, the voting rolls will be reviewed and could affect you.

    August 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |

    This is the America we all know and love. Stupid.

    Obama 08,12

    August 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Marie in California

    I agree with Kongtooth.....Hillary would have had a 20 point lead over McCain by now and would be running away with the election, right to the White House!

    As it is......McCain will continue to close the gap with empty suit, socialist, inexperienced Obama.....and then take the lead, all the way to the White House.

    And Obama will have to go back to the South Side of Chicago.

    I can't believe the DNC was stupid enough to hand the nomination to Obama on a silver platter! That, after Hillary repeatedly said...."Look for the candidate that is most electable!" They sure didn't listen.....they just had their own agenda, win or lose....and they WILL lose with the loser they chose!

    If not Hillary, then McCain!


    August 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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