June 5th, 2008
03:18 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Obama v. McCain a tight race

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

(CNN)–Democrats keep saying the same thing about their party. You hear it all the time in Washington and around the country. If they can’t win the White House this year, they say, the party should seriously think about giving the whole thing up.

To back up the point, they note the horrible job approval numbers for President Bush and his administration. They also note that some 80 percent of the American people right now believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. The economy is hurting at home and the war in Iraq remains very unpopular.

A vote for John McCain, they say, is a vote for a third Bush term. He agrees with the President on how to proceed in Iraq. He also wants to make permanent the Bush tax cuts, which he actually voted against back in 2001 and 2003.

All this explains why so many of these very same clearly frustrated Democrats are having such a hard time understanding why McCain is actually competitive with Obama in the most recent public opinion polls. Our latest CNN poll of polls, our average of the most reliable recent surveys, has Obama at 47 percent to McCain’s 45 percent. That is well within those polls' margins of error. Eight percent, by the way, say they are unsure who they would support.

Obama probably will get a nice bump in the polls in the coming days. That’s because Democrats are starting to unite around him. Hillary Clinton, they say, is likely to be effusive in her praise once she formally suspends her campaign.

But remember – polls are only snapshots. They always change over time, and there’s still five months before Election Day.

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA






    June 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Karen

    Tio those who did not belive he could outdo Clinton yesterday and
    those do not believe he could win over McCain today, I say

    Obama will have a landslide victory in November!

    June 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Charles Davis (California USA)

    I have likewise been some what amazed by the close elections and close polls between the two partary platforms.

    I feel that Obama and Clinton shared a united win in that they really shared the same ideas all along, with only minor differences.

    The main differences were in race and gender.

    But the differences between Obama and McCain are a lot more apparent when it comes to policy making, although McCain is working hard to close that gap.

    No one I know was ever contacted by one of those poll takers nor have I been. I wonder if they keep asking the same people who have signed up for that duty?

    I think the polls show that we have a equal gap between those who are well off economically or expect such, and those who are poor or feel they might become that way due to current events. One half wants to secure their economical status and the other half is hoping for a little help from Uncle Sam.

    Religion might be an aspect because it might be half the people feel their religious objectives are not being listened too and the other half does not wish to be controlled by religious objectives – mandatory morality standards or whatever.

    June 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. perfection

    Why settle for a mere, messy democracy with fair elections when you can simply install the perfect Obama?

    June 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. 1926

    Kenneth, go back to school. The word you need is talons, not talents. Stupid.

    June 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Ready for Change

    The Democrats have managed to shoot themselves in the foot one more time. Of course Obama cannot win, do you really think women are going to lay down one more time for the DNC and their crap? Most of us are headed over to join Johnmccain.com. I bet he will be happy to have us along on his team.

    June 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Did not vote for bush- twice

    After months of hating Hillary and blogging on their differences...

    The new propaganda is that since they are so similar, HRC supporters MUST vote Obama.

    Principles over Party.
    Ethics over loyalty.
    Fair and free elections over fixed primaries.

    I did not vote for Bush either time... BUT I'll suffer the 3rd Bush over anointing a dictator.

    June 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Agnes

    And, oh by the way, this 30 year democrat will not vote for Obama just because the DNC chose him over the voice of the people. i found him lacking and he remains lacking. He is still the same flawed, tainted figure he was prior to Tuesday.

    June 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Dawn Berry

    Words of advice to Obama: Speak softly and carry a big stick (now that you have one to wave around)! How sweet of that 95-year young man.

    June 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Still for Hill

    Write in Hillary.

    She is no Bush (right winger)
    And she is no Obama (left winger)

    McCain, ONLY if HRC can not be written in.

    Conscience over pressure.
    Ethics over party loyalty
    Truth over corruption
    Liberty over dictatorship

    June 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. David, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    The polls show these numbers because not every American is a rock star groupie. Many internet users are younger, liberal folks who of course like Obama. Older Americans understand that we need someone in the White House who can actually get stuff done – get programs enacted. Obama probably won't be able to do that. Why? He's the most liberal Senator right now (based on voting records since he started). Republicans will not work with someone like Obama. You may like his ideas, his looks and his speeches, but all that won't count for much next January. Then he's actually got to work with both sides of the aisle to get work done. McCain on the other hand may not have the snazziest ideas, is not the greatest orator and may in fact be an inferior candidate, but he's got at least one BIG advantage over Obama. He's got friends on both sides of the aisle. And he's been there 25 years. He'll get stuff done because he knows how to, and he's got friends. Obama's got none of this. If you want to see things get done over the next 4 years – vote for McCain. If you want a defacto lame-duck president who looks good, speaks well and has some snazzy ideas, vote for Obama.

    June 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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