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. Suzanne

    McCain is not presidential. He has a violent temper and loves war. Thus his singing bomb, bomb, bomb Iran to the tune of Barbara Ann. He also lacks sound judgment.....what he does not want to get out is his attack on Chelsea Clinton 10 years ago saying her father was Janet Reno. This was a supposed joke he told to a large gathering of Republican. He lacks sound judgment and is a war monger.

    August 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. lil

    Now I know why mccains camp accused Sen Obama of using the race card.
    It was because he is using shouting black people in a political ad and
    with religious over tones and and spiritual music playing in the back
    ground saying he is the one.

    mccain is race baiting and if you dont believe me go to the website.
    I knew something was up yesterday when he accused Obama of
    playing the race card.
    To mccain and his campaign black people are to be use as cards in
    a poker game. Thats all the race card mean to them they have never
    been discriminated against so they dont under stand what using the
    race card mean.
    Pay attention people and watch the video.
    The people on MSNBC thought it was funny, but I sure didnt.

    August 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Sane John


    Thursday of last week, Obama was at 44% and McCain was at 41%.

    No real change!

    The only difference is that the number of undecided is steadily shrinking.

    August 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Jeanine G

    McCain is not the man I thought he was.

    I had, at one time, considered voting for him. But he is the same old dirty politics & empty suit the rest of the GOP is. They'll favor the wealthy, promise the moon & in 4 yrs we'll be further behind in trying to wean ourselves off of oil & paying $7.00 a gallon. He will toe the party line, he will continue to declare the economy's woe's to imaginary, & he will be sabre rattling to distract us average joes into believing that fighting the growing definition of "terrorists" is more important then families losing their homes and companies moving overseas.

    While McCain tries to lie his way into the White House, I won't be fooled. I want Change. I want OBAMA!

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. trevor

    Your 15 minutes of fame are coming to an end, Barrack Hussein were right about one thing: you're overexposed and have nothing to offer.

    Go, McCain 08!!

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Paul

    Fasten your seat belts Obamatrons. This isn't going to be the easy landing you thought. PUMAs for McCain!!!! or anyone but BO!

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Mark n Nebraska

    Obama's campaign slogan of Change we can believe in is just that. He changes his mind and flip flops on more issues than Bill Clinton ever dreamed of. American's are waking up to this realization. The closer we get till election day, the more the polls will swing to McCain. It's not the McCain is that much better than flip flopper, but in a time of war, people don't want a leader who thinks he knows more than the experts in the military, and someone who doesn't change his position as often as the sun coming up everyday. That's why we see the polls shifting and moving in McCains favor.

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |

    It's temporary!

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. CM

    I like that some 'informed' posters on here say that the older voters are weighing in and seeing the light. Are these the same older voters who voted for Bush twice but can "see' that Barack is a phony?

    Why do Obama's attackers here keep saying he's all style and no substance when anyone (read the news) who has read his plans can see there is a lot of merit to it. You guys need to look at the issues rather than believe all the scare tactics coming from the GOP.

    But then again, you probably won't. Just like 4 years ago you decided to stay the course and look where we are now.

    This goes for the voters against Obama as well. Where are you planning to live once McCain keeps draining our economy to support his wars.

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Harvey in Va

    and this is just the beginning....DNC BIG MISTAKE with Obama and an even BIGGER MISTAKE not having her on the ticket..

    McCain 08


    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    I do not trust Obama with our National Security and he and Nancy Pelosi and Reid are to close in thinking. I want to see someone that will work for our National Security. Lots of things I don't like about McCain. BUT with those 3 in power our country does NOT stand a chance be it Security or economy or supporting the military or oil independence or getting out from under being dependent on other countries. . I do not want to loose the USA as I have known it for 69 yrs. So this is back to figuring out the lesser of 2 evils. Hopefully in 4 yrs we will have someone with out the visions of self importance and being the saviour of the world and the cocky attitude. I have had candidates scare me before but the three worst were both Bush's and Obama.
    Even way more so than Nixon and Carter. May god help the good ol' USA.

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. 62 year old white woman

    To all you Hillary supporters – If you think that Hillary's baggage would not be brought out in full force by the Republicans, you are living in a bitter, whining dream world! THEY WOULD BE HAVING A FIELD DAY WITH ALL HER NEGATIVES, INCLUDING BILL!!!!

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. RML

    I wonder if McCain supporters are familiar with Einstein's theory on Insanity. You know, the idea that we keep doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result... Obviously two Bush terms weren't enough so let's try it again... HELLO!!!!!

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

    You have to love it...if 8 years of dumb-downed politics was not enough, people might rather choose the same dumb-down politician by electing McCain. But I guess if 52 million people could vote for Bush, in 2004, after his disasturous first four years it only makes sense that people would vote for McCain.
    I guess people would prefer the same old-crap. I hear all the time in the State of Florida it's the Democrats fault the state and Jacksonville the city are doing so bad financially and in a lot of other areas as well, did I miss something, Republicans have been in charge of everything for as long as I can remember in the State of Florida, but it's dems fault? Some people are too afraid to open their eyes, look at facts, see reality and make a conscious, intelligent decisions.

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. LindaFerrel

    You people are sick bleeting sheep. It only took one McCain ad to start this 'OBama is an empty celebrity' tirade. How many of you made it to Harvard Law school and the Senate? How empty is that? In what way does that compare to an airheard millionairess?

    McCain's most notable achievements are crashing his plane, not dying in a prison camp, returning home to cheat on his disabled wife, and helping his new wife evade criminal narcotics charges. Bravo Senator! Bravo!

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Bendo

    I think Obama needs an attack dog to go after the repugs, who has the stomach for this: HRC! I cant believe I'm typing this!

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    John, Catholic August 1st, 2008 12:03 pm ET

    You people need to read more.

    (Paraphrased) Adam Smith on the Wealth of Nations, Book 5, Chapter 2:

    "The most fundamental requirement of any economy is infrastracture. By means of establishing infrastructure one may not only employee the citizenry, but one also improves the economic efficency of the state. As such infrastructure is an investment that not only pays the people for the work they do but benefits the state by facilitating economic growth."

    Obama's plan is to get the people to build infrastructure. Which has not been touched since the time of the New Deal about fifty years ago. That will facilitate private industry thus creating new jobs immediately and in the long run.

    sounds good but you forgot to tell about the fact that the new deal was an utter failure and plunged the US even deeper into the great depression. That is the difference between paper economics and real economics. like Markism, it looks good on paper but in reality it left most of the former USSR boiling dirt to feed to kids so they would not starve

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Debra

    Obama could still fix this if he picked Hillary as VP.

    August 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. azu

    McCain is just doing what aching old folks like him do – WHINE!!!

    August 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Hilary also went negative and increased her poll numbers – and lost the nomination.

    August 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    Obama's race has nothing to do with why some Democrats are not very supportive. He has no experience governing and very little legislating. This is no time for a strong rhetorical president.

    August 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. David Orbach, New York, NY

    How is it that Obama, who is a brilliant and charismatic speaker, comes under criticism for reading scripted speeches, while the critics, who are undoubtedly Republicans, think nothing of the fact that our commander-in-chief for the past eight years is incapable of speaking coherently, clearly and convincingly when reading similarly scripted speeches. Bring on the debates, and watch a young, vibrant thinker wipe the floor with a formerly "straight talking" sell out.

    August 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Frank

    If the intent of posting viewer participation is to gauge support for a point of position, then why does it seem everytime opposition is expressed, comments are halted when Obama comments are not favorable? My comments have never been vulgar or offensive, except
    maybe, to Barack Obama and his followers. And I'm a Democrat except
    for this time around!

    August 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Mike

    Hot-headed McCain (who called his wife a c – – t and a trollop, picked a foreign countryman up by the collar during sensitive negotiations, hurled the F-bomb on repeat occasions with his Congressional colleagues, and thought it funny to sing "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran") has a temperament less suited to bring peace in the world. Big Oil and Big Pharmacy (well, except for female birth control) are behind him, which means sticking it to all the rest of us financially for years to come. I believe Obama brings a fresh new approach, and will be ore able to ring more disparate factions within and outside the US together to forge agreements on peace, economy, jobs, sources of energy, environment, health, and education.

    August 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Sad Old Grandpa

    Wow... if gramps is getting this desperate before the conventions have even happened just wait until the debates start. He's going to look like a total fool.

    August 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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