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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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Suggestion for Obama

    If we create a national sales tax on goods and remove all forms of payroll taxes, then I guarantee you that you will bring in more money in taxes.

    Why? It has been proven that tax revenue is approximately 19.5% of GDP over the past 60 years... even if taxes are raised or lowered or whatever...

    the difference is the more we are taxed, the lower the GDP, which actually means less taxes...

    So my advice... let the rich have their money and spend it on houses and businesses, because you will end up collecting more from them in the long run than a certain "tax rate"

    You can hide money in bank accounts globally, but you can't hide it when you spend it in the open market....

    I have provided a great answer, and a FAIR AND EQUAL tax...

    June 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. JJ

    Love the quote Comedy Central! I wouldn't and didn't vote for Hillary–and I liked her self-aggrandizing exit from the race even less–but arguably, her presence in the DNC's agenda as a U.S. Senator hasn't hurt their cause. For that reason alone, they might have showed her just a tiny bit more "love" in the primary phase of this campaign, and while I have a hard time believing that HRC's voters–all 18 million of them–will find a haven in McCain in protest, $5 says more than a few of them will sit it out in spite altogether. Typically I'd just watch "General Hospital" if I was looking for this much drama. As it is, I hope the hysterics end soon on all sides, and we can return to discussing the issues!

    June 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Monroe

    It seems that McCain and his surrogates are set on framing the debate over economic policy in purely ideological terms and old labels. They hardly have any substance or detail about their policies or why they will work. It comes down to a few bits of rhetoric:

    -Obama is a "tax and spend liberal"
    -Obama will "raise taxes across the board"
    -Liberals like Obama want to wall off the economy, then regulate it, then tax it
    -Government shouldn't tax anyone because they are incompetent with money

    These are all nonsense Reaganite lines, on which Republicans are ultimately terribly hypocritical (esp spending, waste, and budget management). Obama needs to differentiate himself not just in terms of policy, but in terms of being a pragmatist and not an ideologue. I believe this will resonate with many Americans. And with the Republicans talking only in terms of abstract concepts, with Obama inviting the American people to explore real solutions for our economy, they, not we, will be seen as the elitists.

    Obama hits these points on ideology in his book, The Audacity of Hope. He needs to make them a central theme of his campaign.

    June 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. gazela

    I find it APPALLING, that so many people would vote for McCain or any republican nominee after what George W Bush did to this country. I find it SHOCKING that so many so-called deomocrats would vote republican because Hillary (their only nominee choice) didn't win the primaries!!

    All one has to do is listen to McCain to realize that he is sooooooo wrong for the job, that he will only bring about another 4 years of the same politics we've seen in the past 8.

    It's easy to say that Obama has only charisma, and no experience. Was Bush experienced? If he was (considering more than half of this country elected him TWICE), look where his experience has gotten us!!!

    Say what you may, but Obama is a breath of fresh air. The man is highly intelligent, well liked by many people and HE CAN SPEAK!!. I have full faith that 4 years from now he will have us in a much better shape than 4 years of McCain...

    All across the country, make the right decision and help us out of the mess we're in right now!!!

    OBAMA 08!!

    June 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. After further review,Texas

    And these numbers are made up just to give little Johnny and his followers some hope and make the media more money till then.

    June 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. MD

    Polls, polls, polls.

    We have 19 weeks to the general election. What could a popularity poll in June mean?

    CNN sensentializes every aspect of this election. While I appreciate the fact that they have to try and keep people interested enough to sell advertizing, I think CNN has lost some of its edge on "quality" reporting.

    June 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Bess_In_Orl

    Today up by 4 tomorrow up by 40. One graceful step at a time to the White House. I love it.

    June 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. maloney

    My vote was for Hillary, now it is for McCain, period.

    June 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Wayne

    Sorry CNN. Gallup daily has Obama up by SEVEN. The gap is widening fast. Also, Obama leads McCain among women and hispanics according to the gallup poll. No need to put Hill on the ticket to attract these groups. He's already winning them.

    June 10, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    I just hope he doesn't pick Hillary, because she is better then that. Not to mention if something should happen to him, his supporters would scream she somehow conspired to "off" him. I think she should distance herself far away from him and his racist ideas. I will write her name on my ballot in November, I will not vote for McCain or Obama.

    June 10, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Good for him McCain still will hold more electors.I wonder if any of them were taken in red states

    If 10% are undecided and he leads by 4% then this pole shows a dead heat . Want to talk about spin?

    June 10, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. independent voter

    My vote goes to the experienced candidate: Senator McCain.

    Since Senator Clinton, as the most experienced candidate, wasn't chosen by the media, then the next in line in experience is Senator McCain.

    obama happens to be the best orator, but that doesn't make a good president.

    Heaven help us if he gets elected!

    By the way, why wasn't Roe v Wade overturned during the republican congress and republican presidency? Anyone have an answer?

    June 10, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Go President Obama !

    Some of the Repubelican s here need proof for why we call McShame – third Dubya term.They want an explanation from Obama too.Guess what we are smart like the party and the nominee that we support and WE HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH OUR TIME than try to make you MORONS understand.
    Obama will beat the crap out of that old poop in debates ! Cant wait !

    June 10, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Jill American

    Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm once said she had been discriminated against more often because she was a woman, than because she was black.

    June 10, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Jerry in Illinois

    No matter which candidate appears to be ahead in the race any polling results now are baloney. Let's wait until after the conventions or, better yet, after Labor Day to see who is leading.

    June 10, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Bubba

    Obama is GOD

    I guess they won't delete this one ..............huh?

    June 10, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Oren Ovadia, California

    By now, you should have being in a double digit lead. Whats wrong with you Boy? Hillary can't help you now.

    June 10, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. K in CA

    give it one month, that will be 20 points

    June 10, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. harry

    comedy,is it all rubbish

    June 10, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Jaci

    “No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her” -Susan B Anthony, 1872.
    EXACTLY!!! Then why would women vote for McCain?!?!?
    He doesn't even vote against the bill to pay women and men equally!!!!
    He left his crippled and faithful wife and their kids to be with Cindy!
    He's a creep!

    June 10, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. bill from pa

    A poll 6 months out is about as accurate as sniper fire in Bosnia. Slow news day?

    June 10, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Margaret

    He can't win Florida.
    So he won't win the White House.

    June 10, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Emily from Indy

    @Comedy Central- Susan B. Anthony said that at a time when women were not permitted to vote. Now, women are afforded that right and there are many who voted for Obama through out the primary season.

    Being a feminist shouldn't require women to blindly support any woman seeking a higher elected position. Just because Hillary is a woman, it does not logically conclude that she is the best choice for the welfare or the country (and women). I don't know why women would want a candidate that has polarized democrats and has been as deceitful, caustic, and insincere as many of her male political counterparts.

    Women will only be ignored if they are ignorant and vote for McCain, rather than voting for a real advocate for women, Barack Obama.

    June 10, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Ed

    Good Job Sen. Obama stay on point and continue to build your lead then you will have even more freedom to choose your running mate when everyone sees your power without even needing to think about adding anyone who would not be accepted as change to your TICKET.

    June 10, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. julie mn

    How in the world can we believe any polls? they are run by of course obamas camp, what a dictator!!!!!

    obama wants to put an end to free speech!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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