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.

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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. stacy

    Hillary – Hillary – Hillary, please where are you?

    August 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Canada supports Obama

    Americans seem POLL OBSESSED. Polls are misleading, divisive, counter productive and only serve to kill airtime and create discussion.

    Obama will win this by a landslide and that only takes a 5 pt. margin.


    Obama has proven many things in the past few months. He's intelligent, had excellent judgement, common sense and best of all he's a REAL FAST LEARNER.

    August 6, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Debby, NJ

    If McShame has all this experience THEN WHY ISN'T HE AHEAD IN THE POLLS !!!???

    August 6, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Angi's mom

    How about a poll to show if we're sick of polls?

    August 6, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. RJ, CA

    I really always agreed that "black is beautiful," but witnessing Obama's sleazy politics - I now have a problem with that statement .

    August 6, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. jeb

    i knew there would be a obama burnout and its because this early start to the election campagn that was carefully crafted and staged to deflect the attention away from the iraq war. not only obama but the whole process is beginning to be very overwhelming. there is alot of green w/ envy people over baracks run for president. and the way the nation is divided along color lines shows white folks resebt the fact that a black is so close to 1600 penn ave. white s are showing there TRUE COLORS polls don't lie about the nation being slipt along racial lines

    August 6, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Bill

    You can poll all you want, meanwhile Obama's foot soldiers are spending endless hrs knocking on doors and recruiting voters. The campaign just shipped 40 workers to Alaska.
    Obamas cool temperament hides the ruthlessness and efficiency of his core, he will win big.

    Watch this space,

    August 6, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. mike s.

    Thank you, Mad! I couldn't have said it better myself.


    August 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. David

    Obama is beating McSame by a much larger margin than that. Who are these people polling?

    August 6, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Change is hard. Some people chose to stay in bad marriages because they fear change.

    The choice is so obvious... I boggles my mind how people can be so indecisive.

    August 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Bayou Joe

    Capt. Smash are you saying if we don't vote for Obama we are Racists. So he is half black and half white, so am I a White Racist or
    a Black racist. That is one stupid comment.

    People like me who fought for this country and are neither White nor Black don't give a crap what race a candidate belongs to or claims as his heritage, we vote on principles and political ideology. Me and my family reject him for not serving our country, not supporting our country and for not telling us what his real agenda is for our country.

    My sons are in the military and I don't want Barak as their commander in chief. I don't trust him and don't trust his followers, including you.

    August 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Steve Harrison

    Cpt. Smash wrote "August 6th, 2008 7:34 pm ET

    "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 " Dude that's racist.

    August 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. RB

    Why is it so hard for white America to accept the fact that this race is close because Barack has brown skin? That's the truth folks. Admit it and try to fix it. Don't wait until the election is over to walk around in a daze trying to figure out how McBush won! It's OK to vote for a black guy. Besides, he's 50% white.....

    August 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. victorhill

    McCain’s insisting we have to drill now is very reminiscent of Bush’s insisting we had to invade Iraq now. It is about time we had a president who analyses situations, draws a conclusion and acts. What we need is an energy policy. If there is to be drilling which even McCain has not said will significantly lower oil prices, its time to to pas that legislation along with other measures to solve the energy problem. For eight years Bush did not look at the entire problem and now McCain wants to do the same. Only the oil companies have benefited from Bush policy.

    What is going on here, why the rush and what is all this shouting about? McCain is acting too much like Bush to give me comfort. If he thinks that the problem is that urgent then he should be seeking to trade oil reserves with the national repository. But that is not what he wants. It is time to take a deep breath and listen to Obama. He wants to treat the problem and not make a splash with some quick action. An action whose outcome will help big oil but may do the people little good.

    Its time to start with projects for alternative energy and to initiate gas efficiency standards that are higher than at present. If we allow drilling in the same legislation then we can get a bipartisan support for what this country needs.

    Thanks Ron M

    August 6, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. America for Obama

    Good. This lead will only increase come election day. It will be a landslide.

    August 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. John "USS Forrestal" McCain

    not for long since McCain now endorses Obama...

    August 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. Will, NJ

    Pick a side already all you independents! The reason our country is in this crisis is because of indecisive people.

    August 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. David

    Mad, you are such a racist. How sad, as a country filled with people of different background, we are still having issues with race. Obama is a qualified candidate regardless. He can be black, white, or tang with a hint of purple. It doesn't matter. This guy has the right ideas.
    TO ALL THE SO-CALLED CHRISTIANS: How can you call yourselves Christians when you are running behind McCain simply because he reminds you of your uncle or father. And you look for any silly reason NOT to vote for Obama. But deep inside the Holy Spirit knows the real reason.
    TO ALL THE WOMEN FOR HILLARY: I understand your desire to see a woman in office, however to simply not vote for Obama when McCain is against everything you believe in is insane. I love my children too much to let my own petty feelings blind me to the real issues.



    OBAMA '08
    OBAMA '12

    August 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. Que Quedas

    Chuck pull your head out of Hillaries A55 ......the Clintons have a child her name is Chelsea......and she would like her clothes back

    August 6, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. John "USS Forrestal" McCain

    why are my comments not being posted?
    McCain endorses Obama with bumper sticker posted on the straight talk express

    August 6, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. Too much Barack?

    Gee whiz..first people bag that they don't know enough about him, that they would like to know and see more.. now they have too much exposure..what is it going to be. What a bunch of contrary people.. of course Bush did win last election so people were pretty consistant with that now weren't they? I think Barack should take his beautiful family on a week vacation.. give HIM a break .

    August 6, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    The main thing is that Senator Obama is leading. As well known as Senator McCain is should be leading handliy but ist not. It seems like a repeat of the primaries to me.

    August 6, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    The pollsters and punsters make one sick. Don't you know how the voters will vote once they get behind closed doors. No one knows what happens behind closed doors. Hopefully the voting booths will have door closers.

    Now for the news: I heard Obama decided to have a Muslim coordinator. I am sure many of his supporters are Muslim and that is okay. I think bam is a closet muslim himself. He quit his Christian Church and for what reason? Who knows? By the way, I just heard Bwana threw the new coordinator under the bus with his grandma.

    BTW: Paris and obama are celebs without a portfolio. Both are famous for being famous for accomplishing nothing.

    Obama is risky so is Paris; Obama has a funny name so does Paris; Obama sounds foreign, duh so does Paris.

    Two birds of a feather if you ask me.

    August 6, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. Independent

    The poll can't be right wait until after the GE. There are a lot of voters around the country that they know who they will vote for but never a word.

    August 6, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. Dan, TX

    McCain is a traitor.

    August 6, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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