May 28th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Poll of Polls: Obama, Clinton both leading McCain

(CNN)–The CNN general election national poll of polls now shows both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton leading John McCain McCain by two points: 46 percent to 44 percent.

The last general election poll of polls - released May 15 - showed Obama leading McCain by five points (48 percent to 43 percent) and Clinton leading McCain by four points (48 percent to 44 percent).

Full poll results after the jump

NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION POLL OF POLLS*

May 15-27

Voters’ Choice for President

Obama: 46 percent

McCain: 44 percent

Unsure: 10 percent

NATIONAL GENERAL ELECTION POLL OF POLLS*

May 15-27

Voters’ Choice for President

Clinton: 46 percent

McCain: 44 percent

Unsure: 10 percent

*The national general election “poll of polls” consists of three surveys: Gallup (May 22-25/27), Newsweek (May 21-22), and Reuters/Zogby (May 15-18). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. Ryan L

    Hillary Clinton recently called this a 'historic election.' Its only historic to her because she's in it. She states she cannot understand all the pressure to quit when even least politically savvy can see its really hurting the dems chances in November. She says she's more electable and yet this poll and several others show both she and Obama beating John McCain. She says the math is on her side when the average fourth grader could tell you differently and be correct. And now when even her closest supporters cannot make any of their so-called facts (fabrications) add up to her nomination, they announce its all a conspiracy against her.

    Time for a reality check. Not for her, for us. I think we've had enough of a President who cannot accept the truth when it does not suit their agenda. We've had enough of fuzzy math and false reports whose only purpose is to hide the truth. And I think we've had plenty enough of a President who only surrounds themselves with advisors who ardently support such policies regardless of the facts and whom only say to the President what the President wants to believe. Lets turn the page on these administrations. Its time for us to move on with our common agendas and put all of these divisions behind the American people. We owe it to ourselves.

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Ay

    I agree with you Jb. I couldn't have said that better myself!

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Tim

    3 Days until the FL/Mi outcome prevents a path to the nom for Hillary
    3 Days until the HRC campaign goes nuclear, taking it to convention
    6 Days to nomination of BArack Obama when he wins SD, Montana
    6 Days to watch the Clinton Supporters twist in the wind in denial
    6 more days of McCauliffe pulling imaginary rabbitts out of a hat
    6 more days of dwindling arguments for why she should stay in
    7 Days until the Superdelagates come out for Obama and end this
    7 Days until Hillary decides to go to the convention and destroy the dem party

    tick...tick....tick

    May 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Vera Richardson

    There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary will reject any resolution proposed by the DNC on May 31, 2008. Bill and Hillary will not only reject the resolution but also seek court intervention. Therefore, the only way to prevent the total destruction of our party is for the undeclared superdelegates to end Hillary's blind ambition for her.

    Senator Obama played by the rules and won this race fair and square. He won more state elections and most importantly more pledged delegates than Hillary.

    Obama needs to reach the current 2025 or 2026 number of delegates needed to secure the nomination before Bill and Hillary Clinton file their legal challenges in court and/or Hillary executes her planned nuclear option. You can't wait. Democratic Party leader and undeclared superdelegates must pledge their support for Senator Obama before May 31, 2008.

    Senator Reid, Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and Shelia Jackson-Lee, Governor Edward G. Rendell, President Carter, and Al Gore PLEASE endorse Senator Obama today and unite this party. The urgency is now. Again, I say you can’t wait until May 31, 2008.

    Democratic Party leaders please don't wait until May 31, 2008, or for the primaries to end on June 3, 2008, to declare that Senator Barack Obama is the Democratic Presidential nominee. The urgency is right now!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Nevada

    Berat, Park Ridge, IL May 28th, 2008 4:02 pm ET

    YOU CAN'T POLL POLLS!!!!! ANY scientific poll must have a margin of error. You are once again misleading the public!
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    Though it is true the "Poll of Polls" has to have a margin of error, the error applies to all three candidates. It doesn't subtract (for arguments sake) 3 from Obama and add three to Clinton... although I am sure that is how Clinton would "calculate" it...

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Josh

    Obama's success is bringing out two things, racially, in this country:
    1. It shows how far we have come in the last few decades, but
    2. It is also bringing out the nasty racial prejudice and bigotry that still exists. Here in Nebraska, I have overheard someone making disparaging racial comments about having an African-American president.

    Obama is not only inspiring and very intelligent, but he is "tested" and "ready" - just as much as HRC, really. Race and gender should have nothing to do with it, but I guess they still do for a lot of ignorant Americans.

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Tim

    Julie said: "What about taking a poll of my vote. It's for McCain if Obama gets the Democratic nomination. If Hillary gets it, I vote for her. So add one more count for Hillary.
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    Got it, jot one more down in the Moron column. Julie, we dont care anymore, you are just a statistic now.
    Vote how ever you want. Dont care.

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Lyle C Holmes

    Margin of error mean anything to anyone?

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    I THOUGHT THAT HILLARY WAS COUNTED OUT?
    SEEMS LIKE BY THESE POLLS SHE IS NECK AND NECK WITH OBAMA?
    HMM?

    WHY CANT OBAMA PULL AWAY?

    THE PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY WANT HILLARY!!!
    THIS IS WHY SHE WINS THE BIG STATES NEEDED IN NOVEMBER!
    OBAMA WILL NOT GET THEM!!!
    IF OBAMA GETS THE NOMINATION McCAIN WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. jp/michigan

    I have 3 choices come this November. 1. write in Hillary as the nominee for President! 2. vote for McCain. 3. stay home and do not vote. Obama is not a choice.

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. minerva62

    Hillary only shows strength in how ridiculous she can be. She's giving the Dem. party a bad name. This, "I can't quit" or "fighter" mentality of her's only works with Bill because the public is ready for this to end. She isn't looking at her actions realistically. She would like to say that people want her to continue her fisght and thats only because she's staying away from the news. She should accept that she has lost and stop shaming herself , have some pride. The public has a long memory, she may forget but we won't.

    May 28, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Richard

    When the democatic primary is finaly over Obama's numbers will go way up. McCain is an old fool, anyone who listens to him speak knows that.

    May 28, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. Vegas Dave

    Hillary is the candidate to beat McCain. Obama's only advantage is that he' black and has had a free ride from the media thus far.

    May 28, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. Y

    I thought Hillary said she was leading Obama in the general against McCain. I guess she was using her customized calculator again.

    May 28, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. minerva62

    Before anyone start sling mud again, check this out.
    Presidents with no military experience:
    John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Burean, Grover Cleveland, William Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolridge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton . PRESIDENTS WHO WON NEITHER THE POPULAR VOTE NOR THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE, but still ended up as president. John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson

    May 28, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Y

    @ Chris,
    A better way to say it would be;
    50% of Loser's supporters may not vote Winner
    30% of Winner's supporters may not vote Loser

    May 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. An American in Canada for David

    Hey Reggie

    If Obama steals the nomination McCain will get over 10 Million of Clinton votes.

    And we will never ever support Barack H. Obama that is for sure.

    You Obama supporters, just do not seem to understand for all of your pseudo-intellect (LOL) we will never get in line.

    We will all become Independents and vote for McCain, better a strong senior man than a weak younger person such as Obama.

    May 28, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. SlapStick, FLORIDA

    Someone better tell this to Clinton because yet again at another Rally she is still smoking the Wacky Tacky saying that sources shows that she is the stronger candidate. I am still searching polls to find out where is she looking.

    McCain 08

    May 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. David from Ohio

    Hillary loses some of the states that Obama wins based upon current polls. Obama also wins most of the big traditionally blue states. My state is filled with idiots, so it goes red in November. Clinton's claim that she is more electable is ludicrous–if she manages to steal the nomination as she plans, she has zero chance against McCain in the fall.

    May 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Coquelicot

    I'll bet a $1,000 she will continue to repeat she lead Obama and McCain forever. After all in her delusional state of mind .....

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. SlapStick, FLORIDA

    Hillary has not strategy or argument other than her exit plan.

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Turnabout is fair play

    "gary May 28th, 2008 4:39 pm ET

    OBAMA WILL LOOSE AGAINST MCCAIN WITHOUT HRC. THAT IS THE FACTS. THE HATE THAT HIS SUPPORTERS HAVE DID TO THE CLINTONS AND HER SUPPORTERS ARE GOING TO HAUNT THEM IN NOV. IAM PRAYING THAT HRC GOES INDEPENDANT AND SAYS THE HELL WITH HELPING O.B. O.B. HAS BEEN GIVEN THIS NOMINATION BY THE MEDIA, DNC, AND SUPER DELIGATES. ITS BEEN A FIXED RACE AGAINST HRC. SHE WINS A STATE AND THE SUPER DELIGATES GO TO HIM. HOW FIXED CAN YOU BE. IF O.B. DOSN'T PICK HRC FOR VP. IF HE IS NOMINATED ,BECAUSE OF HIS HATING SUPPORTERS, HE WILL LOOSE IN NOV. MCCAIN IS MORE QUALIFIED TO BE OUR LEADER. US CLINTON SUPPORTERS WILL MAKE SURE HE WINS."
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    See, this is the kind of uneducated backwoods idiot that Hillary attracts, fools like "gary" here who post in all caps cause he doesn't know how to turn CAPS LOCK off and then spouts brainless crap like an outhouse-born retard. Is saying Barack Obama's name as "O.B." supposed to be some sort of slander against him because it's lost on us educated types like myself. Hillary will NOT go independant because it will effectively end her political career when she does and Bill will not let her do that. You are as ignorant as Hillary hopes you and millions of other easily led sheep are and you fit her demographics perfectly. You and all those idiots who keep threatening to vote for McCain against Barack Obama better remember one thing, if you do that to him now, we WILL do the SAME THING TO HILLARY in 2012. You better think hard if you have half a brain because turnabout IS fair play.

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    May 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Mary WA

    Why are we still talking about Clinton? She doesn't respect rules, voters, or the Kennedy's.

    May 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Colette

    And this woman thinks she can unite the country. What a joke! When Obama got the majority of the pledged delegates, she should have left graciously - a word she does not know obviously. She is as stubborn and more arrogant than President Bush - quite an achievement!

    May 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Agnostic Democrat

    Again, Hillary's argument out the window and totally baseless. Primary results and current "polls" reflect nothing upon the general election. Look how many contests McSham lost to Huckabee in the south after he was the "presumptive" nominee.

    May 28, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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