August 6th, 2008
06:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama holds on to edge over McCain

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s advantage over John McCain remains unchanged – but some voters for both candidates seem to be slipping back into the undecided column, the latest CNN Poll of Polls suggests.

CNN Election Center: View the latest state polls

The presumptive Democratic nominee still holds a 5-point advantage over the presumptive Republican nominee in CNN's average of national polls, 46 to 41 percent, with 13 percent of voters surveyed undecided. On Tuesday, Obama held the same edge, 48 to 43 percent over McCain, and 9 percent of voters said they were unsure of their choice.

CNN’s Wednesday survey of major national polls consists of the CBS survey conducted July 31 to August 5, the AP-IPSOS poll conducted July 31 to August 4, and the Gallup tracking poll results for August 3-5. The CNN poll of polls does not have a margin of error.

soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. TheTruthHurts

    These polls are ridiculous. The election is about whether the public can trust Obama not to make big mistakes. We'll see how they vote. McCain's policies and party make him a guaranteed big mistake, but obviously that's an opinion.

    McCain/Obama 2000 would have been an OK ticket.

    August 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Let's see what would happen if they added Hillary back to the polls.

    August 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Lanette, HI

    Let's face it after 5 years of being captured, McCain doesn't have a sense of humor. Would you? That's why he wants to go to war all the time.

    August 6, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    mcSHAME needs to campaign with Paris Hilton and also with his Cindy when she win the forthcoming beauty contest.

    August 6, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Lanah, MD

    Hey, my sisters and I are going to Denver. We can't wait to vote for Barack. This is so exciting.


    August 6, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Mad

    Ok I can predict the future: There will be a lot of comments with no use of young/black people saying McShame/McSane or something like that!

    Oh yes its true! I could be a psychic!

    Oh well a good Democrat should already be 10+ points ahead in the polls

    If McCain keeps the negative adds up he will surely win

    And Obama's supporters will cry about not having a public speaker in office

    Where is Clinton when we need her...

    August 6, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Joe Kiloz

    The headline should be : despite outspending multi millions for a period of time, Barack Obama cannot improve his standing and is losing some in some categories

    August 6, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Dr. Vincent J. Petrosino

    HOW ARE THESE POLLS BEING CONDUCTED? I have asked this question before and I will ask it again! If they are conducted using land phone lines, the results are skewed and they are vastly inaccurate. Why? Because the younger generation who are voter eligible only use cell phones and many, in fact, the vast majority have no land line phones at home. How are the poll takers taking this fact into consideration? Is there a national cell phone directory these pollsters can use?

    August 6, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Tejano

    Keep up the good work CNN. Keep Obama on top until Denver, so that the Democrats can't substitute a real winner for the general election. I got polled and told them Obama is my candidate, but when I get into the booth in November, I can vote for whomever I want and it will not be Obama.

    August 6, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Obama will win.

    August 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Carolyn

    Because young people for the most part do not have landlines, they are not polled. Never hear you mention that CNN when you
    are always asking all your pundits why he is lower in the polls than expected. You wouldn't be misleading now would you CNN?

    August 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. J.C.

    We need more information or conviction.
    Let debates begin.

    August 6, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Ron Nebraska

    Rational people vote for the smartest candidate, ignorance votes republican.

    August 6, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. lance24portland

    Does anyone else notice that by polling only landlines (which I suppose is the only way you can poll) you are missing Obama's biggest supporters??? The young and ethnic minorities. I don't know many people my age that use anything else but their iPhone or Blackberrys so these polls are always going to be skewed. Also, if McCain is still behind among the older people who have these landlines, he needs to really worry about this election. When college starts back up in a few weeks, it's gonna start to become clear that the young are really a force this election and i wonder what McCain will do then. Hopefully he'll have people that will let him know that Paris is no longer relevant in pop culture, Britney's been out of the tabloids for months and that fake Facebook pages just make us him!

    August 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Perspective

    Those 13% undecided should lean OBAMA, he does well there. People who still trust the Republicans need to reflect, can you really trust these guy? Are you better off today then you were 8 years ago as McSame suggests? It is the same old lies we have heard for decades. Some people are just too good to believe that people would take advantage of them on the grand scale the Bush's and company have. It is all too just unbelievable. In reality most people can not be trusted even politicians and add in unchecked power and it is Rome and Greece all over again.

    August 6, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    I have asked this question before cnn. How is it possible for senator McCain to get these people support when he can't fill up campaign events?

    Is it not funny not many comes out to support him and yet you the media have always put McCain either ahead or very close to Obama!

    Please do a real polls, go out there in the major street or major cities and conduct your polls.

    August 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Sherry, Atlanta

    Senator Obama will hold the edge-right on through Nov. 4, 2008

    August 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. mb--texas

    Obama leading in state polls,leading in national polls and
    cnn says slim lead maintain.then if McCain leads by one in a polls
    McCain gaining.McCain had a good news cycle last week all you could see or hear was McCain.If any Obama news would be McCain
    critizing Obama or daring him to call Pelois to call congress back
    to Washington.McCain went to South Dakota,Sturgis and was all
    over TV pointing his finger and says drill now drill now right here.
    Polls are too many.

    August 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyMan OffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    Just wait until the debates. There won't be one undecided voter after Grampy's "nucular" m-e-l-t-d-o-w-n.

    August 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. independent now

    Your not kidding, undecided absolutely about these two candidates. WE ARE UNDECIDED BECAUSE WE DISLIKE OUR CHOICES... I AM VOTING FOR HILARY CLINTON. SHE IS THE ONLY CHOICE

    August 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Alan Boyer

    the real question is why isn't the white, well known war hero beating the black, unknown empty suit? Everyone keeps asking why Obama is blowing McCain away. The onous is on McCain.

    August 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. aware

    That will change as McCain surges! 🙂

    August 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. Mauri

    The poll watchers and pundits are now saying there is no way to tell which polls are really a true picture of how people are going to vote because too many of voters are not telling the truth. Seems not everybody wants to admit they are not voting for Senator Obama, so they just say they are. That skewers the polling system, making it very unreliable. I happen to fall into that often-mentioned category of voters who is a senior, white, female Hillary supporter who has no intention to vote for Barack Obama. As I've often said, I just don't feel like sending another inexperienced maverick to the top office at the White House. As a fellow Texan with George W. Bush, I knew he was not qualified, had not the needed experience, and would be a disaster. I failed to convince my fellow democrats, both times. And look what we got and where we are. I seriously doubt this country can withstand another term of such inexperience. Obama may be younger and quicker at turning a word. But John McCain has been on the stage longer, and knows his business. I know there are plenty like me - and I just wish the pollsters would call me sometimes.

    August 6, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Lets face it some Americans will never vote for someone of color know matter who he is.

    Lets just face it some people think that we do not want a man of color to be president.

    August 6, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Shannon

    Here's another interesting statistics, 1/3 of Barry's donations come from big donors, it appears that it's not the little guy giving Obama all his money, it's the rich fat cats. According to the article he made more than McCain and Clinton from the so called big donors, so much for his story about not taking big donor money. This man is such a phony.

    August 6, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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