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. KE

    Has Obama found his voice yet? When all the people jumped on his wagon I bet only few knew exactly what they were getting into. Obama is not comfortable with himself yet. He avoids real debate, instead he uses race card when the tough get going. I cannot think of any African American person who will not want to debate if they are running for President (or any other Arab Americans?).

    Barack Obama is most comfortable when he is quoting something straight out of the textbook, different meat for different folks, he pick and chooses. He thinks he is clever, he appears confident. But I think he overrated himself for this task. “He looked like a man in a hurry,” a foreign leader described about Barack Obama. That says a lot.

    I wished the Hillary campaign called on Obama every time they played the racism and the sexism card. But when they did, it turned out uglier (I call that ugly campaign by the Obama camp). But Hillary proved how the majority of American people supported her by finishing the race. She found her voice and she proved it right to the end. Has Obama found his voice yet?

    August 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Darrel from Denver

    Mindless lemming Republican robots who would vote 40% for a pet rock should be taken into account in these polls. Throw on the false dirt and smearing to give those mindless spineless wimps left and you have McCain's numbers explained.

    He has no substance, no platform, and no argument than ' vote for me, I am not Obama .... and I was a POW and am therefore qualified to be Commander in Chief.... my age is my no attention to that other man behind the curtain cleaning up my gaffes...'

    What a joke McCain and the Republicans are...

    August 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Joseph McCullers

    The polls mean nothing. I know the vast majority wants Obama. He may not be as experienced as McCain...we ALL know that. McCain is ancient. McCain is one of those old senior citizens that forget stuff and think everything they represent is the only way for you or I. McCain is ignorant...Obama gives us ALL hope. If we vote for McCain he could die (he also takes many meds including Viagra)...he is 72...he's friends with Bush (red flag!), and he's Republican. What is America thinking? I guess we have MANY ignorant people who are satisfied with the way this country is...if you vote McCain nothing will change. If you don't want Obama don't vote for McCain just don't vote at all.


    August 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Snerdly says

    Vote for McCain and you wont feel the pain.

    August 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Steve

    Obama, you need hillary!!! My vote counts on it.

    August 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Penny

    From a former Democrat....I wonder if the SUPER DELEGATES now wish they would have cast their vote for the right person, Hillary Rodham Clinton! She is and will always be the people's choice, the right choice and the future President of The United States...! Go Hillary 2012....!

    August 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. I Hate Barack Hussein

    Obama is like a weather vane. If the wind doesn't go his way he invokes the status quo (i.e., the race card) he is a racist and relying on his black race because he knows he can just calim that is being targeted because he is black and white people will lose immediately and will lose their careers and jobs. There is not equality in America! Blacks rule and they know it.

    August 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. tdub

    Oh, the media horse race coverage has begun again. Different polls (with a margin of error) reveal a slight percentage change from one day to the next and the press attempts to paint it in broad terms of a "change", a "trend"-a headline....

    Quite frankly, if the citizens of this country are so stupid as to elect McCain with his entrenched, almost mirror-mage Bush ruinous economic policies and neanderthol foreign policy, then I guess we get what we deserve. All because Obama is perceived as "arrogant" (how many humble Presidential candidates have you known?) and because he is a "celebrity". (oh and there is always the fact that many people in this country would NEVER vote for a black person, but of course, never accuse them of being racist) Well, nothing has changed, sadly this is a nation of idiots and the press is just as vapid, shallow and stupid as many of the citizens.

    August 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Bill Kelly

    Barak Obama will be our next president. Thanks George Bush for making it easy for Obama, because McCain is really not the way to go. Too old and and does not understand the issues at hand. Go OB!!

    August 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. jay

    What a joke! middle age americans are not at home on Thursday & Friday. These are nursing home polls!!

    August 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Obamawontwin

    Are all you Obama supporters on CNN's ticker blog actually under the age of 16??? Sure sounds like it. Seems like anytime something negative is reported or said about BO, you resort to juvenile name calling. Plus, a lot of what is written is misspelled.

    Just wondering........

    August 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Americans are a bunch of big dummies. Especially middle America and the hillbilly southern folks. They believe anything you tell them, trust me. I used to live in Jersey but now live in Florida and there is a HUGE difference. These people are backwards down here.

    Put your game face back on Barack!

    August 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Matt: honestly

    It is funny how you all think this poll means something. It doesn't. They only call people who have house phones. How many people under the age of 30 have house phones? Not me, or anyone I know.

    August 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Timothy

    Anthing that is negative about Mccain on this Blog they will not post it. this blog is for our comments Post our comments because we are the American people and this is what we feel, Post our comments about Mccain Please. If it's something negative about Obama you all would be tripping over yourselves to get it post it. Some of us American people are not fool easy. Some of us American People will show that we are for Obama come November to make sure he is our Next President because some of us American people want change and we understand that change comes when Obama is President for all American people

    August 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Barack is right. McSmallMan has nothing good to say about himself, he's allowed America to see his true colors and man are they ugly. So instead of McBash talking about his policies and ideas for the future of America, he bashes Barack– day after day.

    I get it; this is really what the American people want. They want someone that doesn't focus on their needs, their struggles, their economic pressures, their concerns, yes, we want more bashing.

    McCain, this has truly been a disgraceful week for you ‘my friend’ or should I say McLowBlows.

    August 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Snerdly says

    Always believe the Polls and eat your oat meal too.

    August 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. norb

    Please! Enough with the phony numbers game. These poll results showed how inaccurate they were in the primaries and will show how inaccurate they will be come this November. Obama in a landslide! 51 thousand unemployed this past month. Gas at 4+ dollars a gallon. A war..........for what? Inflation, recession. 4,000 killed, thousands injured, disfigured. And.........the list goes on. Does anyone in their right mind really going to pick McCain after the past eight years of Bush/Cheney? Get real.

    August 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Janice

    All I know is neither one of them would of been my choice. This is based on their politics not their age or color. I am one of the undecided and not really sure which way I am going to go. Say what you will but I have done the research and both of them are scary.

    August 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Really

    Once the windfall profit tax is put in place, I hope the oil companies layoff thousands and jacks the prices up to make up for their loss. Obama is not just the Mesiah, I guess he is also Robin Hood too. We should just set a ceiling on all profits. Lets say 2.5% and see what happens to the United States economy. Walmart – your next.

    August 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. lol go away

    Kongtooth August 1st, 2008 3:45 pm ET

    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!

    Oh really, hillary would have had 20 points lead now ???
    because you really think Obama supporters would vote for her if she was PICKED over him, after he won on all accounts...


    August 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Funny how nasty the Obama fans get when they feel threatened. Scary.

    August 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Stephen in Red Bluff

    This trend will continue until Barack Obama and John McCain meet, face-to-face, in debate. People today are not really paying attention to the details and are letting the media (news outlets, sound bytes, campaign ads) shape their opinions, which is, let's face it, all we really have to go on at this point.

    Once we get these two men together on stage, fully able to go back and forth in person, America will see just how out-of-touch McCain is and how wrong his ideas are for America's future.

    Don't panic. It's only the first day of August! Polls mean NOTHING!

    August 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. P, CA

    Marc PDX: Go back and watch the heckling again. Obama handled it reasonably, and the only hesitation (not frustration) was him trying to speak over the crowd.

    McCain is the one with a notorious anger and temper. Everyone knows it. And Hillary? She just got snippy. Want another pillow, Marc?

    *buzzer* WRONG. Try again. You're spinning so much you've dizzified yourself into believing your own wrong answers.

    August 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. t

    McCreeps insults the Christians and evangelicals.

    August 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Silence Dogood

    "Just goes to show how dumb America is where what they see on Television directs how they make their decisions! "

    AND this is precisely why an Empty Suit can get so far. Act like a rock star and tell people what they want to hear without actual details and you are good to go.

    Empty Suit or McWar – we are the laughing stock of the planet.

    August 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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