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. Greg, NY

    I'm all for Obama, but a poll conducted now in June means nothing as to what we'll see in November.

    As mentioned by a poster above, all the Democrats that lost were ahead in the early polls. Also, if anyone remembers, Bill Clinton was behind in all the early polls.

    He was even behind Ross Perot at first, so give me a break, save it for August and September.

    June 12, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    I am not surprised. McCain can't win in November, especially with his policy ideas.

    Julio welcome to the Obama camp.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    June 12, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Jonathan

    Poor Obama supporters...he should've gotten a 10-15 point bounce from his nomination...not 3-4 points! Kerry got a 19 point bounce back in 2004.

    Finally...Obama is starting to show cracks in his fairy tale armor!

    Woo-hoo! Don't drink the Kool-Aid in November....vote McCain!

    June 12, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. mollygonz

    "McSame's tax plan favors the wealthiest, analysts say" WSJ...need I say more. Obama's lead will only increase as this fight goes on because McSame's out of touch policies will be revealed.

    June 12, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. randy

    Great news !

    June 12, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. TONY C.

    That is becaues people are FINALLY waking up to the fact the John McCain is a war-profiteering clone of Bush!

    About time America!

    June 12, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. bud in NC

    OK Looks to me like the Clinton holdouts are coming around as well as the sensible Repubs. I am a former Clinton supporter turned to Obama. Hey the rest of you Clinton people, help save America by defeating the Bush clone named McCain. Lets get over our dissapointment and get this bunch of evil doers out of the white house. Do not turn your dissapoint,ment into voting for more war, tax breaks to the wealthy, destruction of our environment, arrogance towards the rest of the world etc, etc.
    OBAMA 2008-2012

    June 12, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. GR

    These polls have not asked me anything. Let's get around to the people who live all over the US. I HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED.

    June 12, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Debbie,NJ

    Michael not this time. Not with McCain's anti people, anti humanity stances. Believing in free trade (NAFTA), against abortion, wanting to privatize social security and health care for seniors and disabled, warmongering. McCain is definitely not for the American people.

    June 12, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. TONY C.

    OBAMA may not be the right choice, but he is the BETTER choice!

    June 12, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. white 49 yr old woman for Obama

    Julio, welcome to the Obama camp!!!! you are making the right choice and we are proud to have your voice and vote.
    Let's get busy! Obama 08

    June 12, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Janet

    I'm a Hillary supporter voting for McCain this November. There are a lot of us out there who haven't voted in a poll.

    June 12, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Billy from Fl

    That lead is never going to hold. I have alot of Republicians friends
    that were going to vote for Clinton, now they are back with McCain.

    As a Democrat and a Hillary supporter I will never vote for Obama,
    but will vote for McCain. I like waht McCain stands for, he's not a liar
    and he is a true American. Most of the people I speak with feel
    the same, they are not going to vote or they are going to vote for
    McCain also.

    So don't let the polls fool you, lets wait and see if Obama picks Clinton
    as VP, if he does that may sway some voteds over to Obama, otherwise he is going to loose to McCain.

    June 12, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Jozee

    Look, CNN, if you would stop plastering stories and pictures of the Clintons all over the place every 5 minutes, we can get on with this GE matchup. Nobody is really shocked about these poll numbers because we all knew that when Senator Clinton finally conceded, the majority of the Dems would return to the party. Many who claim they would vote for McCain over Senator Obama are just Repubs that are trolling as Dems.

    Senator Obama's polling numbers will only improve as time goes by and people really see the HUGE differences in him and Sen. McCain. In the meantime, stop with the Hillary Clinton junk always front and center. She is no longer in the race in case you didn't get the memo,

    Obama/Richardson 08/12

    June 12, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Dan , TX

    McCain has shown himself to be a dishonorable man by lying about Obama. He used to be so reasonable – what happened to him?

    June 12, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Tjstelten

    I really don't believe that polls will influence how people choose to vote. The polls are just an interesting window into the current pulse of the moment. Obama will become President because of his stance on the issues and his vision for change. This is his time and he is the man that can lead us to be better than we are. Just another note: The attacks on Michelle Obama are un-fair and its shamefull and will not work! Cindy McCain can rest easy because the Obama camp will never go after her because they know its wrong! Thank God they have some morals and ethical standards!

    June 12, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    June 12, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Tommy

    As the world learned terribly after the 2000 fiasco–most votes/popularity doesn't matter. Gore got 1.6 million more votes than Bush.

    The electoral college is what counts and that is why the choice for V.P. is crucial.

    Clinton would have easily spanked McBush in the electoral college...it will be closer with Obama. Close enough that it is worrisome.

    The world cannot suffer through another term of McBushonomics and war mongering.

    June 12, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. TONY C.

    I painted the basesboards in my living room last night and then lay on the floor to watch them dry. Believe it or not, it ws much more exciting than McCain!

    June 12, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. libertad

    While this poll is good news, we have a lot of work ahead of us. We all need to work together to change this country and repair the damage of the Bush years. We cannot afford another 4/8 years of madness.

    June 12, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. Anothen Williams

    WeLL Guess Campbell brown wont have anything to run her mouth about , its so obvious she's against OBAMA she cant even say his name with a str8 face.

    June 12, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. AMERICA 09

    Why not? Those in the third world countries are now relating to the same pains of economic hardship. Is this the path the USA wants to take? Another 8years of economic pains, unjust war?

    We won't let MCCAIN do what Bush did. He deceived us and made us suffer. He better focus on Ron Paul now!

    Obama 08

    June 12, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Chipster

    We cannot afford 4 more years of irresponsible "borrow and spend" economics. How long can you get away with that in your household? Reckoning day has come. The bills are due and this foolish, unnecessary war in Iraq is still costing us billions!

    Stop the insanity. Republicans talk about accountability but don't accept any accountability. They talk about fiscal responsibility and borrow from future generations. They talk about smaller government and increase the size while reducing the competence. They talk about eliminating government interference but they only eliminate it for the corporate thieves while they attempt to direct our personal lives.

    Stop listening to what they say and pay attention to what they've done. Stop the insanity!

    June 12, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Heather

    Sorry McSame, this is as good as it gets for you, buddy. Get used to seeing Obama's back from here on out. You had a five-month head start and wasted it.


    June 12, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. An old white woman 4 Obama

    It's the econmy, stupid. There are no jobs, gas is over $4 a gal, my country is falling apart, trash coming into this country from overseas, including food, toys for my kids, laws have been gotten rid of to protect me from sleazy bankers, my kids are dying for a lie, and this media (Wall Street) wants me to believe that the status quo has a snow ball chance in hell of getting 4 more years to do more damage? And don't forget my constitution that has been abused. And my Bill of Rights. And we want another 4 years of the same?

    June 12, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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