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
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  1. Nathan,

    The reason Americans don't get it is because despite what everyone wants to think racist fears still persist in this country. IF Obama was a white man with the same ideals, policies, charisma this election would be over before it started. Any white man who could walk and talk at the same time would defeat John George Bush Mccain hands down. We can walk around and act like we've turned some corner in this country but we're no where near the corner. I'm African American and I'm not just blameing whites for where this country is in race relations. After 8 years of Bush and the Republicans how could anybody be in a close race with a candidate who is morohing into George Bush right before our eyes. This just means that some people are less scared of 4 more years of what has turned out to be the dark ages of American History than voting for a black man. Blacks aren't exempt from this criticism. We flocked to Obama from a former friend who had never shown one bit of racist attitudes towards us. We didn't do this because she was so much different from Obama in policy. We did it because he was black and she was white. We could have shown our love for Obama without showing our contempt for people we saw as friends until thay had the audacity to run against a black man. The fact is both candidates will use the race card in this election because they know that is the one issue that will stoke people's fears and pride. They won;t do it because they're racist. They will do it because they know it works.

    This past week the SCLC and Joseph Lowery endorsed a white candidate for the democratic nomination for the US senate in Georgia against a Black candidate. The white candidate was more in tune with the adeals of the organization than the black candidate. Every once in awhile we're able to look past race and focus on character. Unfortunately these moments are too few and far between.

    Obama is young, smart, idealistic with different ideas about how government should be run.
    Mccain is old, militaristic, a flip flooper and worst of all a man who thinks that Bush has done a good job. Yet this election will be close.

    August 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Henry n New York: An engine is often referred to as a power plant.

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

    Wow, today is Friday and they are now saying that the boost from Obama's trip has now faded. However, on Monday they said that there was no boost. CNN just shut up! I see if I want to know what is really going on I need to watch John Stewart!!!

    August 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Coe

    Please, no one called me and asked me how I was going to vote. Enough with the polls already! Obama will win in the end because people are fed up and McCain is coming across as a grumpy old man.

    August 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. doug

    hey cnn, how about a disclaimer explaining to the average ignorant american that the "poll of polls" is a statistically meaningless number used merely to bump up what is otherwise a slow news day...

    August 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. CrazyHusseinObamabot

    I wouldn't even remotely worry about this, McCain got coverage in the country, even though I still have yet to relate to anything he says. In the meantime Obama was overseas. From the convention on is when the polls will actually carry weight.

    August 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Steve Peterson

    At age 66 and having vote republican in every election since I was 21 I must now say that John McCain's campaign is just more Cheney/Bush incompentency . I will be voting for Obama as there is no other choice. Anyone who has been in Washington more than two years should be sent hom

    August 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. William in Illinois

    A negative McShame campaign and the whining about the media coverage have helped the McSame gang. The democrats have plenty in their arsenal. Lets see according to President Bush and VP Cheney, Wall street got drunk and but they failed to take away the keys from Wall street when Bush claims that Wall street got drunk. Bush claims and admits Americans are addicted to oil, so Bush/Cheney are going to push primarily for more oil so that our oil addiction problem will be solved in America. The (2)two oil men in the White house know that all profits for the oil industry are good only for the energy corporations of the oil sector of America. Will Americans keep defending America in foreign lands so that the oil profiteers continues to think or care less about the struggles of Americans. No doubt that terrorism is a threat to America, but bullying Americans thru patriotism so that oil corporations profit during war times is not America... and I will not vote for McBush!

    August 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. John, Boston

    Hey Jasmine....can you name me one of these accomplishments??????

    Please do because I have asked every Obama supporter I know and not one can?????

    August 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. G

    Seriously people we don't need an update on the polls every other day. The polls have been like this since June. Up by 3 down by 2 we get it.

    August 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Just goes to show ...

    Just goes to show how little influence the media really has when it comes to swaying public opinion. Thank God most Americans can think for themselves instead of turning ga-ga for the liberal media's golden boy. McCain will win handily before it's all said and done ... and America and the world will be better for it.

    August 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Congratulations, you're trailing!

    August 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Donna

    OMG..not 3 WHOLE POINTS..what will Obama do???

    This would matter more if Obama's lead was HUGE and McCain cut it down to with 3 points...they have been close the whole time...who cares???

    Seriously, what will it take to have ONE day of no polling stories???

    August 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Chris

    Refusing to post my earlier comment pretty much reflects the arrogance of the USA and it's refusal to accept valid criticism from outside. The truth hurts. No wonder the world hates this country.

    I truly feel sorry for you people as you head down the slopes. As went the Roman Empire so will go the USA. The only thing you will have left are your "nuculear" weapons as Bush would pronounce it.

    CNN is clearly losing it's credibility to the outside world.

    August 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. A Canadian

    Why no blogs on what McCain is saying or about his campaign rather than what he is saying about Obama? No wonder McCain is gaining in the polls as nothing he says is scrutinized by the press, while evry move or statement Obama makes is.

    August 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. anyway

    This just goes to show We are not running on the issues. We are running against the black candidate. It is a sad day in America. They never report on all the mistakes McCain makes. He does not have to be better than Obama he is white. I tell you PUMA people one thing for sure. Hillary will have no chance of winning in 2012. We will not vote for her. If we forget the Republican attack machine will surely remind us how Hillary injected race and made sure that everyone knew, that rural white America is voting for her. She stayed in a race she knew she had no chance of winning. She stayed in and divided the democratic party. Even tried to bring Florida in Michigan backin for her own selfish tactics. Even she voted it would not count and said as much. So why did she stay in. We will find out in 2012. God bless us all to see it. Hillary will go down in smoke so get ready for another 8 years with the GOP. I can handle it.

    August 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. JIM...TX

    Anyone who votes for McSame is an idiot...If by some DIVINE INTERVENTION he should win, the rest of us won't want to see any of your blogs in 4 years whining about how bad things are. And they WILL BE WORSE! McCain is a Bush clone an that means the same old crap in a different package...old package at that.

    August 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Jason - Arizona

    If Senior McCain wins the general election and is sworn in as President of the United States, I am going to renounce my citizenship!

    McCain is WRONG for America.. Mostly because he is Pro-War and will not stop until he starts WW3 with Iran.. He wants more oil wells in America... wants to commit more troops and have them stay for 50-100 years in Iraq (thats called an occupation) McCain can't even remember that Iraq and Pakistan do not share a common border. Also he cant remember that Czechoslovakia is now the Czech Republic ( 2 times he made that gaffe)... McCain is unfit to be President of the U.S. .. Just watch the videos of him walking down stairs or steps and you'll see the nurse Cindy has to steady him by holding onto his elbow. Just say NO to McCain..

    Its a shame that this is the best America has to offer anymore!!

    August 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. sh

    Shows how the blue collar workers still think Rep will bring prosperity to them. They have lost jobs, houses. It shows how ignorant these voters are after 8 years they do not get it. Well their is asying "YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE". And whoever thinks Obama being black is not a factor are living in adream world. Look at the lifes of these rust belt states what had happened their states and they still like Rep.

    August 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Bill from ALabama

    Obama has hit his ceiling,and nothing is going to change that. The only smart thing that the Dem. Party can do is acknowledge this ,and have the delegates and super-delegates revote,and put CLinton in the Nomination spot. It is ,truthfully,the only shot the DEm.s have this time around. They are throwing this election away with bith hands.

    August 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. k

    I rememebr the disbelief I had when Bush II won the election. I thought: "there is NO WAY that this idiot has become President"! I guess I may be making the same proclamation again.... There are Americans who would rather see the country fall than to, well, I am not going to state the obvious. If ANYONE, other than a person of color, was running against ANY Republican right now, they would be so far ahead in the Polls!!!! On the surface, people state that race doesnt play a role, but these poll numbers speak to FAR more than an "ego" issue......

    August 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Hans-Erik Iken

    I am extremely disappointed in John McCain, and to a ccertain extend in the voters.

    McCain promised a clean campaign, and having suffered from the dirty campaign that Bush (Rove) ran in 2000 one would have expected that from him. McCain was man that always at least kept his integrity, was willing to be a straightshooter, even if that cost him favour with the powers in the party.

    Alas, no more. McCain has given control of his campaign and its messages to the same corrupt, dirty, underhanded crooks that are , in part, to blame for the state that the USA is in today.

    The electorate seems to be buying all this crap as well to a certain extend. I guess the GOP is right when they claim you can never overestimate the stupidity of the voters, at least a large part of them.

    What other possible explanation can there be when people actually belief this nonsense they are putting out? The negative attacks, the constant focus on Obama instead of the real problems the people are facing these days.

    How can anybody in his or her right mind still support a candidate that has lost control over his campaign to these political criminals? How can anyody still believe that John McCain can be a good president?

    This race has lost its appeal when one of the two candidates decided he would rather win then keep his integrity. I hope Obama can resist the pressure he must be getting to go negative as well.

    At least we will have the hope left alive for a better future with better politics.

    August 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Janet

    Obama will be our next president!!!!!
    Yes we can!!!!!!!

    August 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Steve

    Henry in New York, I hate to burst your bubble, but your statistics are WAAAAY off. Nuclear weapon accidents (warheads on the ocean floor) do not equate to nuclear power plant accidents. Apples and oranges. While both types of accident are terribly dangerous, you can't use them for the same statistics.

    And Navy ships DO have nuclear power plants on board (I ran one when I was in the Navy). Nuclear power only differs from conventional power in the heat source. For coal/fuel fired plants, the fuel heats water, which turns to steam, which turns turbines which generate electricity. For nuclear powered plants, it's the same deal, except you use the heat from nuclear reactions to boil the water. On a naval ship, the nuclear heat source uses steam to turn turbines, but instead of turning an electrical generator the turbines turn the props. And actually, the steam generated also turns other turbines on the ship to generate electricity.

    Naval power plants are even more secure than land-based plants, because they need to withstand the constant motion of a ship, and need to withstand the shock of combat. In the US there has only been one serious nuclear power plant accident. Three Mile Island. Chernoble was a completely different design than US plants, and the design was incredibly accident waiting to happen, that finally did.

    France has had dozens of plants running in their country for decades without a serious accident (their plants are very much like those in the US).

    The problem here isn't plant safety. The problem is what do do with the highly-radioactive waste from these plants. THAT problem is the one that we should be focused on.

    August 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Enlightened voter

    How could this be? Polls are great when it is showing Obama favor, but if it slants toward McCain it is bad and part of the republican lie machine. HAHAHAHA, these must be the same people that refuse to take responsibility for their own actions and want the government to take care of them until they die. Polls are useless anyway, there is still a long way to go before the real vote takes place in November.

    August 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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