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. Obama is about change

    He changes his mind for about every issue he stands. He is changing every time things don't go his way! What an empty suit and shame on blacks for voting for him just cause he is black. One should vote for character and beliefs of the candidate not because of the same race.

    August 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Marc

    I saw this coming.... McCain will be president cause NObama is a rookie and he can't win in the eyes of America. Hillary could have beat McCain.
    Dems are losers.... again. LOL...LOL.

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

    They want you to get upset and off balance! As my pastor always says... the devil is a LIAR..... Yes Mccain claimed he would run a clean campaign but the truth is, this is not about America... This is about greed, hatred,and an evil spirit. This is not about honor it is double talk, lies and tricks from enemy....

    The more dirty his campaign he draws out the worst in the human spirit. He uses the young, women, wounded and God for his purpose.... Be careful what you wish for!

    August 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Jerry

    Who cares about these lousy polls I bet these polls taken by republican party, in the long run Obama going to win

    August 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. sh

    I was going to vote Mccain (not any more) but I am disgusted by race issues brought by MCBUSH but on the other hand this is America and whoever think that Republicans have changed from their racist past is dreaming. You do not need to look any further than go back to 1960's. What a shame wolf in sheeps clothes.

    August 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Kongtooth


    "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".

    That's interesting... could you post some examples of the "Caucasian community bring up his race?

    It's a nice crutch... and Obama is good at using it... but if you think he isn't the one brining it up... you're simply not looking. It would be political suicide for McCain (or any politician) to introduce race into this. He's never done it once... and you can't find a single example when he has. Same goes for Hillary... when he started pulling the card in the first place. He's a joke... and can only get elected this way... empty suit with scripted ideas... nothing new.

    August 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Debra

    The drop in the polls is only representing the Clinton people leaving Obama after Clinton was not picked as VP.

    August 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Morgan

    I guess this means more McCain mud flinging to come? He's right. Britney and Paris are really popular. Look what they've done for their old man. (I hear they're both Republicans).

    August 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Unshrub

    I am ready to votge for McCain, but as court jester..

    August 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Vince -- California

    A "Land of Sheep" ............

    August 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Barack Obama 08

    He has not offered very much in specifics that I have seen," Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said about McCain's Social Security plan.

    Riedl, however, was nonplussed by Obama's level of detail when it comes to spending programs.

    "Obama's website has page after page after page of very specific [entitlement] increases, specifically within Medicare. It doesn't take political courage to specify the goodies you're going to offer voters."

    "You can't judge campaign numbers the same way you'd judge a president's budget," said Bixby. But he added that the McCain campaign's budget proposals — including a promise to balance the budget by 2013 — were notably short on specifics and often didn't appear to add up.

    Even many of the economists listed on McCain's site endorsing his budget plan stressed they were agreeing more to the principles of lowering taxes and cutting federal spending than to the specifics, such as they were.

    "The McCain goal is quite responsible," said Bixby. "But I can't see any way he could get there under the policies they've been proposing. There's a disconnect there."

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. wayne

    "NOBAMA" in 2008

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. kelly WI

    hate to bust the Obamamaniacs bubble but a President does not set prices or create private industry jobs.
    Things are going fine in America today. No recession. Still growth.
    Of course if Obama gets his way we'd all be taxed out of our jobs, more taxes on gas, oil, coal, nuclear. Any place for a tax he would do it.
    He's a communist coming from a polygamist father and athiest socialist mother.
    And who's for baby killers any way.? Oh, ya. I know, dem women who don't want to be inconvienced and too lazy to see they didn't get p.g. in the first place.
    Have you inflated your car tires yet? Obamas answer to the energy crisis. What a nit wit.
    I'm not into wearing burkas either. If you want that move over there.
    McCain 08

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Rob Johnson

    This will be a close election, closer than it probably should be, but Obama will pull it out. You try running for President as a black man named Barack Obama and see how well you do.

    Once the debates happen, Obama will look strong and Presidential, and McCain will look like a grumpy old man who forgot to take his medicine that day.

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Pam

    I have come to the conclusion that the majority of American people are stupid. Otherwise Obama would have a double digit lead.

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. Chuck

    Marc PDX:

    Oh please. Obama was challenged by some Black youths asking what he is going to o for the Black community. He very calmly and with respect asked them to sit down and to be couteous and he would take their questions. They did and he did and that was that. If that would have been Mccain he would either have cracked some stupid joke or had the youth's removed.

    Regarding deabtes McCain does not want debates. He wants town hall meetings where voters ask only open ended questions that Mccain is able to parry by skirting around the issue. He accuses Obama of refusing to participate in the the town hall meetings when Obama agreed to three and Mccain refused because he wants ten and he wants to be able to control the what, where and who attends. Mcain refuses to participate in the standard stand up debates because he knows he'll be questioned by professionals who ask closed ened questions that he would not be able to skirt and would have to give straight up and accurate answers.

    Why do people like you twist the facts so?

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Mary Ann

    All you idiots who plan to vote for McCain who would sell you, your house and jobs down the river to help his rich buddies deserve all you get if he gets elected. Unfortunately the intelligent people will have to endure another 4 years with a senile old man who can't remember and his trophy wife that he dated while still married to a woman who unfortunately after a disfiguring accident. Don't dare mention morals to us either.

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Justmyopinion2008

    Pol of Pols does not reflect the reality! There many voters that are not cover by these pols but if it makes "Songbird" McCain and his supporters happy, fair enough. Come November you will recieve your live's shock!

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Cindy

    This race has proven ONE thing- Americans are wimps! Scared to give someone intelligent and inspiring a chance!- What wimps! Go ahead vote McCain but don't complain when you can't buy a home or gas or find a job!!!!

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. ginger

    The polls show America is seeing McCain as the most able to lead. He has overwhelming experience. His whole life has been taylor made for this job. Obama is turning out to be cut from the same cloth thst Mohammud Ali "I;m the greatesr".Difference Ali was the greatest.He had planned his career. He didn't take on the world champ his 3rd time in the ring.

    August 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. David Newport, OR

    This is a waste of time...people getting upity about nothing...people getting excited about nothing. It really does show that this country is full of idiots. One more time...polls do not matter. What matters is getting 270 votes. As it is, nothing has changed here. It will exceedingly close because we have 2 Americas voting for 1 president.

    August 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Neutral


    If Americans elect John McCain, they belong at the same level as penguins roaming in Antartica. Mindless wandering while their country/continent deteriorates. I can't quite understand what the American people enjoyed in the past 8 years. I'm sorry, but I wasn't sure that a shattered economy, thousands of soldiers dead, and billions of dollars in the red was what you people were shooting for.

    Yes, it's a risk electing Obama however I fail to see how there is any other choice. The race card is valid because every criticism of Obama has no substance.

    People say, "he's too inexperienced."

    Often times the young buck works more diligently and pays more attention to detail than the veteran who is content with the status quo.

    Then you say, "he's all flash"

    It's about time! I for one would LOVE to see a charasmatic president that the rest of the world doesn't hate.

    "But what about his checkered past?"

    When his so-called "checkered past" is that of the actions of others (which were so over-blown) I'm not sure that qualifies. Meanwhile Hillary supporters fail to mention her "checkered" past is not clean by any means.

    All these criticisms are merely in fear that a black man, yes, an african AMERICAN coule be the next president. If you vote McCain, you're one of 3 things. Ignorant, Racist, or American.

    August 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Right Winger

    Higher Taxes(ULTIMATE people control)

    Government controlled healthcare(and what has the govt ever done well????)

    Gun control(govt doesn't trust citizens)

    No Thanks, Keep the Change!

    August 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Another Canadian sound senseless...
    There will be 4 more years of Bush only if ignorant people like you vote in McCain. While I respect the man for his years of service as a great American Soldier, There is no way America will move forward and clean up their act with him as a leader . He is hell bent on winning an war that should not have happened in the first place .

    August 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Nancy

    This shows you how absolutely STUPID people can be. For those of you who are still talking about Hilary...."GET OVER IT!!" How can you as Democrats even consider voting for McCain with his views. The country as a whole is much more important.
    I guess it is time for Obama to go the low road. He can start attacking McCain's brain (senility), aging, and what about he and Cindy's spending habits? How can any of you think that John and Cindy McCain could EVER in a million years relate to the average American.

    Kongtooth, your words are empty and baseless. Obama is a moron? He graduated from Harvard, could you?, I highly doubt he is a moron. Open your eyes. You sound ridiculous, get over Hilary.

    August 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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