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. Dandelion.

    We go through this at least three times a week! Barack goes up and down and everyone freaks out and thinks it actually means something. These polls are completely useless.

    August 1, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. H. Thompson

    Every day I am shocked that such a large percentage of Americans are stupid enough to think that John McCain will be an effective leader. He is an angry, bumbling old man who's clock stopped in the 80's.

    August 1, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Noclinton

    Come on now CNN, stop playing up every minor shift in polling data as being statistically significant. Have you guys ever heard of something called "margin of error"? Just in case you haven't, what it says is that a 2% variance in poll data is not large enough to be significant, and thus *does not* qualify as news, and is not indicative of any sort of trend or change.

    More responsible reporting practices, please.

    August 1, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Eric-PA

    There is a God!


    August 1, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Adam in NJ

    The good ol' Republican lie machine hard at work to ensure four more years of the hyper-rich and powerful standing on the backs of the average American...and getting the average American to smile while he does it.

    Please don't let this man become president. This will rapidly turn into a political, economic and foreign affairs nightmare that will make the Bush presidency look like Disneyland in comparison.

    Go Obama!

    August 1, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Jasmine

    I think its a shame how the Caucasian community uses every opportunity to bring up the issue of Senator Obama's race and then accuses Barak of "pulling the race card". Obama made a simple observation of how so many people are trying to find a reason to tear him down just because he is black. We all know that if Obama was a White man there would be no question in anyone's mind that he should be elected the next President. For far too long African American's have been looked at by skin color first rather than their accomplishments and acheivements. When we think of "pulling the race card" we think of someone saying that they are not given a fair chance because of their race. Obama clearly knows that he has the advantage over Mc Cain so there is no reason to pull the race card.

    August 1, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Kongtooth

    The more Obama speaks off teleprompter the more McCain moves up in the polls.

    The empty suit is being seen for what he is... a moron.

    Nice choice DNC... Hillary would have had a 20 point lead by now.

    Four more years of Bush... courtesy of the DNC...

    Thank you... Obama... yes we can... get McCain in the Whitehouse!

    August 1, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Denny

    Unbelievable! To you people who are still angry about Hillary losing, Big Picture! Do you want another Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. I support Obama, but I would have voted for Hillary also. To the rest of you, if you like the way things are going in America today, and are pleased with the way government works in Washington, then go ahead and vote for McCain. Isn't it worth a chance to try someone new, rather than stay with the status quo?

    August 1, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. HM

    Are you kidding ME!!!! These negative adds and inflammatory rhetoric is exactly what our politicians want us to consume ourselves with – Karl Rove among others as master architect. The results are politicians (both parties) that are elected without substantive plans for energy, foreign policy, EDUCATION, healthcare, etc. etc. etc. Get out of your little comfort zone and Wake up! Look at the big picture! The US is facing some of the most crtical challeges in its histroy Our great nation deserves a great leader. It is time that our nation demands someone who is qualified for the job. Look at our President and Congress – can you say disfunctional! Furhtermore, I do not see exceptional skills by either candidate, but until we hold our politicians accountable and stop buying into rhetoric and spin, we are doomed to the same fate.

    P.S. The arguments made in these politcal ads are trival and baseless. Anyone of them could be deconstructed by a high school debate team within 15 minutes.

    August 1, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. ben

    Why do so many people make such an iaaye of Obamas middle name. What is wrong with hussein? It is just a name. Oh wait, it was the name of Sadam Hussein. A man who did us no harm. Had nothing to do with 9/11 We had him hanged! We got the oil we wanted we lost over 4000
    of our young boys and killed thosands of innocent Irakies. If it will make you happy, I am sure a lot of dead Irakies had the name Hussein.

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Josh

    These polls don't mean anything. Majority of the polls a baised to either candidate. Also, these research companies that poll people only call land lines. I only own a cell phone and never been called by a research company. Only old people have land lines majority of the younger voters own cell phones. These polls are baised so don't pay attention to them. I'm preaching to both sides.

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Marty

    Go McCain,
    I am only cheering this man on because Hillary is no longer in the race. She is still my man.

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Bill Kelly

    When a high percentage of white Americans say that they will not vote for Obama because they do not share the same values with him, is nothing more than racism. Born and raised in America, what other values does Obama have that are not American values? I am sick and tired of seeing political pundits and TV journalists act like they don't know why Barak's pools going down.

    I do not care what the people say; come November, I will vote for Obama. Spending so many years in government and not learning anything is not what we call experience. McCain's lack of understanding the economy and his pursue of a failed policy is a clear testimony of his lack of experience and unfit to lead this country.

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |


    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. mark

    Go McCain! Maybe not the best we've got, but a 1000% better than Barack Hussein Obama. Obama is a black muslim in disguise, a black liberation follower and would be the death of us all. Taxes, taxes, taxes and submission, submission, submission. Clearly the Democrats are brainwashed (or brain dead). They could have done better.

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Bobby B

    I would love to know who these guys are polling... seems to me that anyone with an ounce of self-respect and intelligence, would be done with the Republican Profit machine.

    Who is the slave now America?

    I don't feel very free when the government wants to spend my money to make someone else rich?

    Wake up America, the dream is gone... or atleast has been sold to the highest bidder. Teach your kids to speak Chinese so they can understand what their master is saying.

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Former g.o.p.

    Eric-PA: There is a Dog!
    PUMA: Political Underhanded McCain Apparently

    Anonymous: Racists usually remain anonymous

    Matthew: Hannity in disguise

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Des,Toronto

    Am I glad I live in Canada,the land of the educated.Our dollar is stronger and we have universal health care and we do not go around shooting up schools. Any person can be prime minster even if their name is mohammed,even if they are muslim,buddhist,catholic,jewish gay,woman,straight or atheist, and you don't even have to be born in canada just be a canadian citizen.Our sheiks can wear their turbans at work and in parliament. Well then again we are a much older an mature nation. Good luck to Obama,but the republicans and their divisive racist attitudes may still prevail for a 12th consecutive year...unfortunately.

    CNN may not print this but it is the truth!!!

    Obama 08

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Bill from ALabama

    It is funny to me how every other Network has this race at a dead even polling,or McCain is ahead,but at CNN Obama always has a few points on everyone. Then when the election comes,just the opposite is the real case. CNN is ruining it's reputation,if it every had one. You guys need to just hire out your Polling to an impartial group. Your polls smack of partiality. Every other poll has a 12% undecided,but CNN says it's just 9 or less,depending on whatever point they are wanting to make. I have decidd you guys are in the business of making News,and not gathering and reporting News. Sorry! Just my observation!

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Mikey

    SADDAM H. August 1st, 2008 3:18 pm ET
    Some morons on Bary Hussein's camp learn something.
    And to think that some people have the audacity to accuse the Obama haters of bias. Not only does this individual show his bigotry, but his grammer is so poor, you can't tell what he is trying to say, only that he is a dirtbag.

    Nice company you McCain supporters keep.

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Joe, Chicago

    Henry in New York,

    Just because accidents have occurred on vessels using nuclear power does not mean that the accidents were actually caused by the nuclear reactor. Now admittedly, I'm simply replying to your quotations, but on their face, they don't indicate in the least bit that nuclear powered vessels are any more dangerous to sailors than are hydrocarbon fueled vessels. This is apparently was the point that McCain was trying make.

    To everyone else that claims American's are "ignorant" for voting for McCain, I suspect that you know very little about politics, our legal system, foreign policy, and the like. I'm not saying this because you dislike McCain, I'm saying it because intelligent Americans can disagree on policy matters, recognizing that their is no one right answer when it comes to tackling complex problems intertwining issues of humanitarianism, economics, law, foreigns relations, etc. Both candidates have shown their worth, they just have different on ideas on solutions to problems, and some people (a lot of people) like McCain's better. Quit whining about it.

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Donna

    Can we have ONE poll free day???

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. James From Chicago


    It looks like the Rock Star is loosing ground. He is never going to win,
    As a life long Democrat, I will be voting for McCain.

    August 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Barack Obama 08


    August 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Justin (ny)

    Heres the scary thing – this means that these NEGATIVE ATTACKING LYING ADS ARE WORKING


    August 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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