June 12th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Polls: Obama extending lead over McCain

Obama us ahead in the latest CNN poll of polls.

Obama us ahead in the latest CNN poll of polls.

(CNN) - Barack Obama is continuing to extend his lead over John McCain in a head-to-head matchup nationwide, a new CNN poll of polls indicates.

Check out the latest polls in the CNN Election Center

The Illinois senator now holds a 5 point lead over McCain among registered voters, 48 percent to 43 percent. In a CNN poll of polls conducted earlier this week, Obama's lead stood at 4 points, and in an average of national polls shortly before Hillary Clinton dropped out of the presidential race, Obama only held a 3 point lead over the Arizona senator.

The poll of polls consists of three recent surveys by Gallup, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and CNN/Opinion Research Corporation. The CNN poll was conducted entirely before Clinton formally gave up her White House bid on Saturday.

soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. tim g

    I'm pretty sure mcsame is gonna do pretty well (Never) ha

    Obama 08 lets go!

    June 12, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Wow, that's quite interesting CNN. Jimmy Carter also had a significant lead over Ronald Reagan after he secured his nomination in 1980.

    Why don't you expound more on polls that will have little to do with the reality of Election Day??

    June 12, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Shelly in IL

    Nice to know!

    June 12, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. TO

    Fantastic! Go Obama!

    June 12, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Obama didn't lead McCain, crazy youngsters play computer but elder people don't, that's why polls may show Obama's lead. Wait and see in November, votes will be totally different with polls. I will vote McCain and most of Hillary supporters will vote McCain too.

    June 12, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. James, NY

    To CNN:

    Stop dreaming--Obama loses in a landslide in November. No woos/appeasers allowed in the White House. If Obama is allowed to negotiate and give in to Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Iran, we'll be dodging roadside bombs on our way to work and putting flak jackets on our kids. Appeasement has never worked.

    June 12, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Michael

    Big deal. Anyone remember the lead Kerry had, the lead Gore had, the lead Dukakis had, the lead Carter had, the lead Mondale had? And remember which party won?

    June 12, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Kenneth M.

    That is because Republicans want to make the race about Obama's Baby Mama and not the issues. A little advice: if you dont like Obama's tax plan, or healthcare plan, that is what you should harp on. Loop his plan like you did Rev. Wright. But talking about his wife will not help your case. It will only make you look like you care more about her then you do bread and butter issues. I can almost see Obama saying I will kick you with this foot on that side of your face, and there is nothing you can do about it.

    June 12, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Caryn, WDC

    This is good news and I really hope that Obama's numbers continue to go up. That McCain is doing as well as he is (given the current climate of the country) says a lot about the American people...they want change just not enough.

    June 12, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. The real Rush Lim shady

    Attention all operatives posing as disgruntled women,

    we are unable to make inroads into the democratic party. On the other hand, Ron Paul is threatening to wreak our case. Kindly go to his website and let loose all chaos.


    June 12, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Matt

    Wow, another poll supporting Obama.

    Is this what we can expect from CNN the next five months?

    Every other day releasing a poll showing their desire for Obama?

    It'll be just like Kerry, you can tout all the polls all year long, then when you lose, and cry in your latte because Obama didn't win, you'll claim the election was stolen because the polls said otherwise.

    Polls mean nothing. They are just a measurement for the media to determine how much they are influencing you.

    Apparently CNN, you are doing a good job with your love of Obama.

    June 12, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Julio

    I was a Hillary supporter and vowed to vote McCain if Obama was the nominated. However I didn't pay a whole lot of mind on what I would really be doing... I just can't do it. Cannot risk to another 4 years of Bush administration. Eight years was already too much. I'll have to go with Obama.

    June 12, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Paul

    Can you stop the polls? Let people actually decide on there own instead of based off your polls...

    June 12, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. White woman for Obama

    Good news for Barack! I hope the rest of the country jumps on board.
    We all must remeber one thing. "Are we better off now, than we were 8 years ago?"

    June 12, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. martin

    keep climbing that ladder,one rung at a time.

    June 12, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Barack the Vote

    ... and it will only continue to go up!

    Barack Obama will be the next president. so jump on board!

    Obama 08 & 12!

    June 12, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Venus

    Way to go Bam! Just stay focus and let McSame keep running his mouth.... it always backfires on him!

    I now understand why McSame likes townhall meetings... he can only get about 250 people to listen to him. Just check out the small crowds for McSame!

    You can tell if there is a crowd because the media will show people. If there is no crowd...

    Keep up the good work Obama! I am with you all the way!

    June 12, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Obama


    Welcome to the right team! I wish there were more Clinton supporters like you!!!!


    June 12, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. NJ Republican

    So, as usual CNN, you are putting information into the media that is not a true reflection of the American people. How can you say Obama has a lead if the lead is not based upon crucial infomation pertaining to who is actually running for the office of which you conduct your poll? A MAJOR canidate dropped out!!! Maybe some of Hill's voters jumped over to McCain....Guess we will see in November.

    June 12, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. Renee Las Vegas

    Quite frankly I believe alot of Republicans are having buyers remorse
    with McCain.
    And I don't even have to say why... because it's So obvious!

    June 12, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  21. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Thank you Julio. I hope more supporters like you want what's best for the country. And John McCain would be a disaster for America.

    June 12, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. martin

    thanks julio.you wont be disappointed.

    June 12, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. JS

    McSame is about as exciting as a light post and nowhere near as bright

    June 12, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. sarah

    once more women realize that McCain has voted against *every single women's health initiative* since he's been in office, the lead should grow even more. let's keep our rights!

    women for Obama 08!

    June 12, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. David

    Tell us something that we don't know. The REAL general election was during the Democratic Primaries. This here is for sheer entertainment. McCain vs. Obama is actually quite funny. Let's just save tax payers' dollars and give Obama the keys to the White House right now.

    Yes We Will, Yes We Can, YES WE DID!
    Obama 08

    June 12, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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