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. Uncle Sam

    There are millions of concerned Americans, and their numbers are growing, who see through the media hype and Sen. Obama's empty promises. We will not be fooled.

    June 12, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Jon S.

    I'm surprised the lead is not more, but it is only June. I think once Americans reallize that McCain doesn't support affordable insurance for all Americans, and supports the same old Bush policies of helping the weathly over the interests of most Americans, his deficit will grow quite large and he will lose in a landslide in November.

    The only wild card is Americans' unspoken racism, which looms large. They tell pollsters one thing, but in the voting booth, their bigotry comes out.

    I read that in a poll of Kentucky voters, 20% said they would never vote for a black candidate. I guess we can at least give those voters credit for being honest in their bigotry.

    June 12, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Steve - Minneapolis

    Unfortunately I have to agree that it is too soon to get excited about Barack's numbers in the polls. At this point they mean nothing – we need to wait until after the conventions.

    In the mean time – how about all of you Clinton and McCain folks doing some research. Turn off CNN, ABC, CBS and Univision and go to the Obama web site. Read the detail on his positions regarding health care, energy, education and US infrastructure. Read a book or two. Find out for yourselves what the differences are between these candidates.

    This election is far to important to let the new networks make decisions for us.

    Obama 08

    June 12, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Robert

    I think it's so funny how McCain supporters celebrate the fact that their further back. The lucky thing is we still have this broken system of the electoral college. McCain actually has a 40% shot at winning that but you can absolutely forget about the popular vote.

    June 12, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. The Truth

    I can't wait until November. The American public has continued to elect these idiots into office. This race is pretty clear cut and Obama is obviously the intelligent choice. If by some miracle that senile old guy gets elected I'm moving to Canada. At some point I believe Americans will smarten up, now is the time.

    And by the way if you are one of the "if not Clinton then McCain" people, you are clearly a racist and not voting on the issues. You need to take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself am I voting the issues or do I have issues I need to work out.

    June 12, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Susan, PA


    Isn't it normal that Obama should lead, especially now that even Hillary is backing her?

    No more same 4 years.

    June 12, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Herbert Nyoni

    People like polls when they go along with their view and despise them whem when they do not. I think thats hypocrisy!!! Those who vote on issues see Hillary and Obama in the same light than with McCain.

    June 12, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Cyrus - NY

    To James, NY:

    Please put down the neocon trash that you are reading and check out American history. Here are a few suggested historical topics to see if "appeasement" worked or not:

    – Nixon and China
    – JFK and USSR
    – Reagan and Lebanon, Iran
    – Bush and USSR

    Stop reading NY Post and pick up a history book.

    June 12, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Tim

    Oh, that's too bad. If the republicans don't win, we won't get to allow the market to correct the healthcare crisis...and after all that success the market had correcting gas prices, the mortgage crisis, and the success it had with companies like Enron, Tyco, Worldcom, and Countrywide...pity.

    June 12, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Gadissa

    Kids are going to win this time. Do you have a problem?.

    June 12, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Karrie

    Bill Clinton had no national experience when he entered the White House, and he's my favorite President. If these “experienced” politicians were so on the ball, then why is this country in the mess it is today? Everybody doesn’t vote in the primaries….like me. I’ll be voting for Obama in November.

    June 12, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. jtk

    The poll numbers you show on the supplementary site are 47% and 43%. If I do the math, that's FOUR points.

    June 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. America

    TO: James from New York

    LOL!!! That was a good one GOP member! You guys really are quite clever with all of your appeaser comments when you don't even know what the word means like your hero georgy boy. Listen up, if you would just spend all that energy, that you spend pretending to be a concerned citizen on the internet fighting for justice, instead on volunteering and spreading joy and truth then you would be much happier and the world would be a much happier place. The republican party is a cancer on the face of democracy, but don't worry, Obama is the cure!

    OBAMA – VP of choice 2008!!!

    June 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Mike

    I respect people choosing their candidate on principle and platform, but can someone explain to me how a supporter of Hillary (whose platform diverged from Obama's, say, by "20 degrees") could switch to McCain (whose platform was almost "180 degrees" different)? What did/do Hillary and McCain have in common beside authorizing/funding the Iraq war...and being white? Hillary herself has stated she will put her full support behind Obama and noted that if you share her hopes for America (especially for the majority looking for decent wages, adequate health care and education, and reduced gas prices) Obama would work more effectively than McCain to achieve them.

    June 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. mike

    Has anyone noticed that since the democrats took control of the legislature that the economy has gone south and gas prices have gone north. Just an example if obama gets into the white house. The tax and spend democrats will ruin our economy with their pork barrel spending and free give aways to the illegals and the lazy.

    June 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. j

    And it should keep widening & growing... or so I hope.

    June 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. PATSY

    As a Hillary supporter, it is now time for me to throw my vote behind the next President of the US........... OBAMA. We can not afford to have another 4 years of the Republican party in the big house, the stakes are much to high! Besides Mccain scares the hell out of me. I realize sometimes change is not necessarily for the better but I am willing to take that gamble in this case. Again the stakes are much to high.

    OBAMA 08

    June 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. shannon

    I think that is great I am tired of the republicans bringing down our country, we need Obama to fix the mess they have made!!!! How ridiculous that we are all as citizens struggling because of a mentally ill president who is trying to bury us alive. I say bring Obama on!!!!

    June 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Welcome Hillary Supporters!

    that's what you all think…
    Hillary supporters, for the most part, will NOT vote for the creep

    We won't forget, we know what really happened, I was at two caucuses and what a JOKE. If it wasn't for the crooked caucuses Obama would have lost.

    Clinton supporters UNITE to teach the rabid Obama supporters and the DNC a lesson.

    McCain '08 for Clinton '12


    Sorry, James – we've all wised up the Republican hacks on the Ticker. You guys haven't made any difference – the Obama Express is headed to the White House.

    Nice try guys!

    June 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. McCain=the draft


    Google McCain on womens rights and issues. Do you really want a man like this in the White House?

    Obama consistantly votes in favor of women and their rights, McCain does not.

    June 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Robert Barga

    So he wins the popular vote, it is irrelevant in the argument that he would win the EC vote

    June 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Nik, Florida

    Wow CNN, you really are biased. Do you know that other media sources are reporting at how "slim" Obama's lead is? 5 points is nothing when accounting for Clintons speech and Republican unpopularity. Why are you so one-sided? Are Cafferty and Brazile aiming for VP?

    June 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Mr. Spock

    The needs of the many, outweigh, the needs of the few.

    June 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. mike

    "Dewey Defeats Truman," a headline once read....

    June 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Madison

    Sorry to see the anti-Obama drones are still at it-I thought we asked you to just go away and use your ample free time constructively.

    June 12, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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