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. anonymous

    Good! I hope he keeps gaining! The trip across Europe and
    the race card comment–unbelievable. And still we don't hear
    a specific to be had by Obama, yet his adoring fans blindly
    Go McCain.

    August 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Frank, San Francisco

    Now can we all admit that he needs Hillary Clinton as his VP candidate...Frank

    August 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Latinos for Obama

    This doesn't surprise me since Bush was voted in twice (once really). It goes to show how ignorant some Americans are. But wait and see how they will complain IF McCain wins.

    I for one never voted for Bush and no matter what I will vote for Obama. This way my concience will be at ease.

    August 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    These polls are junk. Dont believe them. How many of you have been polled?
    I am not buying this crap. The fix is in. Pollsters are all Repugs polling other repugs. I am home all day every day. Registered Dem.
    contribute to Party. Nobody wants my opinion. They just ask to speak to the male voter.
    Bah Humbug!

    August 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. California Voter

    If these polls mean anything, I think the pattern is clear. Obama is unable to break that 50% level over McCain. What's more I think as people continue to listen to Obama they are finding that he really does not have the substance (experience), character and judgment they would like to have in a President.

    August 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. William

    I'd like to see a poll of cell phone users. The polls are not accurate. McCain negative attacks are despicable and if people buy his lies, they will all be kicking themselves in a year.....

    August 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. James

    this country will not elect a black man.

    we have not evolved to that point yet.

    sad but true. either way obama has made it less difficult for the first black president.

    Call it injecting race, call it race baiting, call it whatever. I am a very successful black man and I know the perceptions i had to fight to get there and that i keep fighting to stay there.

    sorry folks it is what it is. and its not like i am one of those who hang out at trinity either. most of my very good buddies are as white as it gets. . .

    that is the america we live in.

    good news is that it is changing and this year a tremendous leap forward was taken. and that as cheesy as it sounds, keeps hope alive.

    August 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Ron democrat turned independent

    obama tells you what we need to do and mccain tells you how he will get it done. obama's all show, mccain is all go.if it's time for change will somebody please help him with his rhetoric. we had over a year of my daddy left home when i was we are going to have to listen to, i have a funny name, i don't look like those other presidents. what does that mean you don't look like those other presidents on the five dollar bills. i thought the elections were in nov. presuming a lot aren't you.

    August 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Listen Up...

    I don't buy it. I've never been polled nor has anyone I know and we are definitley NOT voting for McCain!!!

    August 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. David Orbach, New York, NY

    If we are dumb enough to elect him, we get what we deserve.

    August 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Tennisguypitt

    Well still have a little over 3 months left. It's too soon to start worrying.

    Obama '08

    August 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. name callers

    "Rock star" "Egomaniac" Blah blah. Is that all you got? Its so tired.

    I dont care about these buzzwords, as long as he can run the freggin country. Older people who vote for McCain will be dead long before his policies ruin this country more so then Bush's. Im young, a nd I want to be able to LIVE in my country, not just survive.

    August 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. James

    Why haven't I ever been polled?

    I don't believe these polls at all. They mean Nothing !

    August 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Mike

    I don't get it. I have yet to see a single sign, bumper sticker or button for McCreepy yet he is this close in the polls? It's amazing what financial influence can do. McCreepy should be thanking his lucky stars that America is full of crooked corporations willing to sell their own grandma for a buck. Yall need to enlighten yourselves. If you wish to experience some truth, research zeitgeist the movie. If you only watch one movie in your life, this should be the one.

    August 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Tennisguypitt

    Oops, typo!

    "We" still have a little over 3 months.

    August 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Lynn

    Keep spouting your gutter talk Obama groupies. The truth is your as Obama supporters are running a much worse dirty campaign and saying much worse things then McCain ever has.

    August 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Uncle Sam

    You guys must think we are not educated. On Monday, Obama's lead widens and by the end og the week, it narrows. Doesn't mean a thing!!! Next subject!!!

    August 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. nancy

    Right. When do I get polled?
    Didn't this same baloney happen in the last election when we all though (according to Zogby) that John Kerry was in the lead – and VIOLA! We are stuck with 4 more years of Bush.
    Don't believe everything you hear ~ the repubs are sneaky, and not to be trusted.

    August 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Rob - WA

    PUMA folks seem to forget that Hillary WILL play a critical role in an Obama administration byt she WON'T get the same from McSame. Sad. They also forget that turnabout is fair play. Your sad sap attitude and attempt to create a democratic loss will slap your face come the next go around should Hillary run again. Don't you forget that.

    August 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. cedric

    I love these polls man! Even though I am an Obama supporter and he will have my vote, i do believe he needs a good close election to make him earn that spot in the white house. The American people are tired of Bush, but that doesn't mean that a democrat is just gonna breeze through the election.

    August 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Marie

    The bottom line is if Obama does not win this election, it will be solely for the color of his skin. And that's SAD America! Because we all know that if we would have wanted McCain in the White House, he would have been there years ago.

    August 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Debra

    Obama is pulling the race card because public opinion in the US now is against racism. By him continually bringing up that he is an underdog because of his race, he is trying to make people think that somehow he is being discriminated against if someone doesn't vote for him or if he loses. That is not true. He is just trying to make his race work to his advantage.

    August 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. xddy4u

    The news media has kept us riveted. Between the primaries and the conventions is lull time. To keep the audience and their JOBS, they cover and make a mountain out of a mole hill to keep us frustrated. They don't want us calm. They want us frustrated to the highest degree, and they are doing it. We all by now should know that Obama is stomping McCain. That's why he is in the panic mode. McCain would have a calmer demeaner if the polls are as close as they make out. People common sense should kick in sometime.

    August 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Terri in Fl

    If McCain were being questioned by the media the same way Obama was, I'm not so sure the polls would be looking like this. I've not once seen one of the anchors grill McCain the way Tom Brokaw grilled Obama. T

    I wish the media had the nerve to find out what McCain's stand is on Bush's doctrine of pre-emption. I'd also like to know what solutions (other than military) does McCain have for closing the deal in Iraq (he'd need to understand why the Sunni's and Shia don't get along to figure out the political solution, but he can't even tell them apart!). I'd also like to know how McCain intends to deal with Iran – or was he serious about bombing them. In addition, I'd like to know how he plans on supporting the Israeli/Palestinian peace process.

    McCain is never held accountable for his views on any of these things. But if it were Obama, the media would be all over him. If McCain wins this thing, I hope CNN et. al. are prepared to send their loved ones off to Iran (yes I said Iran) to fight McCain's little pre-emptive war!

    August 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Rick FL

    Please keep these polls in perspective. Who are they polling predominantly in the middle of the day with landlines? Senior citizens. If Obama is doing ok with them, he should be fine, considering many of his supporters only have cell phones, which are not included in these calls.

    The polls also do not include the large number of new registers, which favored Democrats in the primary. Lastly, third party candidates are generally excluded in these polls, unjustly so. It keeps the media from suggesting a tight race, since it has produced double-digit leads for Obama. Stay positive & VOTE.
    Obama '08

    August 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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