June 10th, 2008
02:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Polls: Obama up by 4

Obama leads McCain by 4 points, according to a new CNN poll of polls.

Obama leads McCain by 4 points, according to a new CNN poll of polls.

(CNN) - Barack Obama appears to have increased his lead over John McCain in the race for the White House, though the two presidential hopefuls continue to be locked in a close fight, according to a new CNN poll of polls.

According to an average of four recent national polls, Obama holds a four point advantage among registered voters over the Arizona senator, 47 percent to 43 percent. Ten percent said they remain undecided.

Watch what's next for McCain and Obama

A CNN poll of polls taken last week showed the Illinois senator with only a two point advantage over McCain. But three of the four polls were conducted before Hillary Clinton formally dropped out of the race on Saturday, and may not fully reflect the current state of public opinion.


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  1. Jeff Radun

    I do not understand.
    The dems have everything in their favour.
    and after 17 months of Obama and Hillary on TV 24/7 that is all Obama is up by 4 points.
    Go McCain

    Hillary 2012

    I keep hearing how Hillary has to step up to the plate and help Obama win in November.
    She gave her best endorsment every demicrate was happy with it. She does not have to do any more for Obama
    This is after her party did everything it could to sink her bid to be president.
    She ows the party and Obama nothing more. The actually ow her

    June 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. john williams san diego, ca.

    Hillary has no chance of fulfilling her quest for power. 40% of democrats despise her and 90% of republicans hate her (well deserved), but then again democrats have supported pathological liars since they elected Bubba.

    June 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Maxine

    We the American People are not going to be fooled by the Republicans They are for the Big Corporation not for the middle hard working family who are suffering trying to make a living and trying to pay for gas. Results of the Ecomomy is from the failed Bush Polices and Mccain will do more of the same. don't be fooled American people by voting Mccain remember Mccain will embrace Bush Polices this country is going down vote Mcain we will be sorry just like we are sorry that some of us vote Bush don't make the same misstake again Please people wake up,

    June 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Peter

    As soon the former Hillary's supporters get through their grieving it will be just fine. In the next two weeks the margin will rise to 10+. But please make it easy for Hillary's supporters to recover and to All Democrats you will win in November. I just read that the old man McCain said something about vetoing beer I think it cant get worser. What a roller coaster ride you guys have in November. Don't screw it.

    June 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Obama should make his own choice

    To Kathy.
    PLAN C

    Kathy please go ahead vote for mccain.Your vote is your own personal
    choice no one is trying to change you mind. Just let Obama pick his
    own running mate he is the person who have to work with that person
    not you.
    A vp running mate is kind of like a wife I am sure you wouldnt have
    wanted Your mom to pick you mate would you or to buy your mate.
    Because you are the one who would have to look at that person every
    day.

    June 10, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. BT, Houston, Tx

    Comedy Central..I would have used anotheir name also if I said something as stupid as that..take that women libs stuff and stick it......

    June 10, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Jim

    Polls don't mean a thing. Just like large crowds didn't mean much. McCain words of advice. Say that we can drill for oil here. Obama will become dust. Right now gas is on everyone's mind. Pump here pump now.

    June 10, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Rob in Calif

    Anyone not voting for change (Obama) is making money off the current system of fraud and back room deals. Or they are just plain ignorant of the realities of how the good ol' U S of A's politicians work these days.

    1000's dead and oil prices are through the roof.
    10's of Millions of poor people and we spend Trillions on weapons.
    Starving, abused, neglected children in every county across america and we build bridges to nowhere.

    End the system of fraud and abuse, Vote Obama 08.

    June 10, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. CW4Barak

    ...and it shall continue rising....but will go over the top as soon as Obama starts debating McBush!!

    Obama '08!

    June 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Nobama

    Strange that CNN Polls show exactly what is happening opposite in the real world today..

    Obama who lambasted Washington thurout his campaign, is now playing in the hands of Washington power broker Jim Johnson.

    Sen Obama, you have such a nice array of qualified people you know for 20 years, why need JJ's help...pick from Rev Wright or Rezko.

    June 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. velmeezee

    For all these people that keep demanding for Hillary Clinton to be Obama's running mate, please get a grip! What are you going to do when he offers it to her and she REJECTS it? What makes you think that she even WANTS that? Just because YOU want that does not mean it's in the plan or that it is the best choice for our country.

    I don't understand how people can claim to love senator Clinton so much while being so quick to stab her in the back and vote Republican. I've read some comments using "revenge on Obama" and "proving a point" as justification for this, but really, what if McCain does get into office, what would that mean for Democratic ideals, goals, and values? What revenge are you getting? What point are you proving? Revenge on yourself for being so petty? Proving the point that you really don't care about our right to choose, our children's education, our troops in Iraq, our country's standing in the world? What's wrong with Obama '08 for Clinton '12? That's what I hope for because I like Obama AND Clinton, and I'd NEVER vote for a Republican like McCain or Bush.

    June 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. WILLIS, Texas

    Gallup Results – Obama 48, McCain 41

    Rasmussen Results – Obama 50, McCain 43

    June 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Check 2 Check

    kathy, you sound like JOB's wife....Foolish!

    June 10, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Ray in NC

    I hope dems wake up and unite. This isn't American Idol. There are serious ISSUES voters must decide on. Obama and Hillary had a tough primary, but they've been able to come together and will work together in the future to meet their common goals. McCain is on the other end of the spectrum on the issues AND would continue many of the policies of the current administration. Dems, think! Too much is at stake.

    Dems 08

    June 10, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Suziku

    I read that Obama is "up" 6 points. Why is it that ClintonNewsNetwork always has lower poll numbers for Obama?!
    By the way, Wolf Blitzer really sucks.

    June 10, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Chi4Obama

    National Polls mean nothing at this point. As we all know, the President is not elected based on "the popular vote".

    The only Poll that (will) matter is the Electoral College in November.

    Democrats '08

    June 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Bishop

    Dems DON'T want TRAITORS!!! If you are going to vote for Republicans because Hillary lost, STAY with the Republicans!!! We DON'T want you back!!! You where supposed to be voting on the content of their character and not the gender of the candidate. True Dems FOLLOW RULES and PLAY FAIR. It was only obvious that ALL the candidates SHOULD have taken their name off the ballet, but not Hillary. She says that they all know that the votes won't count...so why leave your name on the ballet, Hillary. Was she trying to scheme or plot? To think that NO ONE would have voted for Sen. Obama in Michigan is preposterous. Either you are for UNITY for ALL, this includes BLACKS, WHITES, FEMALES, GAYS, YOUNG, and OLD, or you want to revert back to SEPARATISM. As a bi-racial man raised by a white women I am disgusted with some of those "SUPPORTERS". I think my mother would return from the grave simply to throw up! Grow up people. She still going to run, DUH!!!

    June 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Polls are useless

    What was the question asked? What party did the people answering the question belong to? You numbskulls that read news like this and actually believe that this is an acurate reflection on the American nation as a whole need to be whacked upside your head with a sock filled with bricks.

    Of course CNN doesn't include the small facts like :

    90% of the participants are democtrats
    60% voted for Obama in the primaries

    Polls are worthless but I can see why you libs hold them so dear ... cuase there isn't going to be much to cheer about come November and a Republican is still going to be in office for 4 more years.

    McCain > Obama

    June 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Ed

    This is hardly anything to cheer about. Face it- with the embers of the historic Democratic primary slowly fading away from our memories, people will learn more and more about what Obama is about. For one thing, he can't do a single thing about gas prices. In a blatantly pandering move he is proposing to send out 50 billion dollars for another (useless) stimulus, increasing our taxes, increasing our debt... He is a tax and spend liberal of the worst kind and the conservatives will be out in record numbers to make sure Obama is prevented from having the chance to throw our economy off a cliff.

    June 10, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Mary WA

    In two weeks he'll be up by ten.

    June 10, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. RW

    Why Bill Clinton and Mrs. Edwards have not endorsed Obama yet ??!!!

    June 10, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Kathy, I respect your decision to vote for whomever you choose.
    But, a couple of points:
    1) Senator Clinton has asked you to vote for Senator Obama.
    So you are doing a disservice to her campaign and her legacy by going against what she asked of you.
    2) Senator McCain is the complete opposite of what Senator Clinton stands for. She and Obama vote the same 90% of the time. She and McCain vote the same maybe 20% of the time. I know I'm being a little liberal with that 20%, but you should get the point.

    So, please help explain what policy issues you feel McCain offers for you better than Clinton (oops, I meant Obama since they both vote the same about 90% of the time).

    I can share four areas where I as a man desperately disagree with McCain.
    1) Iraq – War was unnecessary and really unjustified. He believes in it and wants to continue it at a cost of $10 billion per month. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY people.
    Oh pardon me, I forgot to mention, the 4,100 soldiers who've died and the 100,000 who've returned from war permamently disabled in some way.

    2) Judges If nothing else as a woman who doesn't want to be faced with the prospect of being pregnant by someone who fooled you into a relationship, raped you, date raped you, had incest, I'm not interested in havind judged like Altio, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas tell the woman that she's just flat out of luck. Since McCain said three weeks ago that he'd appoint justices like Scalia and Thomas, I'm done.

    3) Economy I just saw recently where former Senator Phil Gramm was cited for working as a lobbyist for UBS, the same firm which was on the wrong side of the mortgage meltdown debate. And, he's now working for McCain. We're struggling right now and I see this country heading down a very difficult path. Not keen on a candidate who says to our #1 issue, "I'm not really strong on the economy."
    Heck, he can't even pick good members of his team with all of the lobbyists he has working for him.

    4) Healthcare I belive in the free market approach. After all, this country is built on the principle of capitalism. But, McCain's approach of giving everyone a $2,000 credit and saying good luck makes no sense. I'm in great shape, thank GOD. And so is my family. But I think about the families that have some health issues. $2 grand will pay for a month's medical bills. A fter that, they'd be forced into bankruptcy.
    Yes, that bankruptcy that was forced through a few years ago which makes it much more difficulty on filers.

    So, there are four reasons right there.
    And p.s., to you and the rest of the Senator Clinton backers (who the Obama team does need to help get him elected),
    1) interesting that a number of her key staffers are already going over to Obama to work with and for him
    2) I spoke recently to a lady who's a delegate to Denver for Clinton.
    Want to know what she's doing next week, heading to a couple of tough spots in the state where Clinton did well and Obama didn't to get people signed up to vote and then educate them on why Obama. She's disappointed that Clinton didn't win, and she has every right to be disappointed. But she told me she'd be even more disappointed that the Clinton legacy would forever be tarnished because of McCain winning this fall and changing the landscape of this country for the next 30 years.
    SO, what cha wanna do? Hopefully in 4 months, you'll come around to see the four points above are crucial.
    And if you don't, well it's your vote and you can vote however you want to. Just don't come back and complain for the next 30-40 years because this election this year will change this country in a profound way. GOD bless you and all of the voters in the fall.

    June 10, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. obama supporter

    don't let those sour grapes of Hillary supporters get you down.

    They rather vote for Bush (probably have) than to have anyone but Hillary.

    After all, they voted Bush so they could see her run in 2008. They might just do it again. Oh well, their vote, their choice.

    June 10, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    What about all those people who use cell phones instead of regular land lines? They aren't included in these polls. Mostly young people. Gee, I wonder who they'll vote for???

    June 10, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Olivia

    Ladies....Obama is now using Hillary's words and ideas and some of her strategies used during her campaign to reach working women. At the same time he may not offer her the vp slot and probably won't. He is also going to ask Elizabeth Edwards to work with his healthcare plan if he becomes president. Hillary's plan, that is so close to her heart. I've been watching him and can only shake my head in disbelief. Watching McCain too.

    The more I see, the more I don't like. Obama says there is very little difference between him and Hillary. Not so....he's just trying to set up using her ideas as his own. This is obvious to me.

    June 10, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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