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. issa

    Great news..But Obama should continue the work he is doing.He can't
    afford to take a rest.he got to be on the news 24/7.Remember that people don't really know this brillant man.Issues after issues he has showed the best judgment as a junoir senator.We love him here in New York.
    OBAMA 08

    June 12, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. lovable liberal

    Do we really need a breathless polling story every day?

    June 12, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Still for Hill

    NBC and CNN contributed to the poll. I'm sure that's unbiased.

    June 12, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. we are one


    June 12, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. New Day

    Not sure how going up one point in the polls with 5 months to go qualifies as news but...

    On a side note: I am disappointed with the tone in this election. I was rooting for McCain v Obama because I thought it would be a more civil election. We have a lot of serious problems in just about every aspect of our lives and there are more important things to worry about that dissecting every little thing the candidates or their friends do or say.

    On McCain: We all know that McCain is a true patriot. Given the option, he would prefer to not be in a war. That being said, I think that him not voting on the G.I. Bill will hurt him. I dont think that the McCain we see on the campaign is not the real him. He has got a daunting task this campaign. The Republicans have a smaller base and that base feels ambiguous about him. I think he would love to be more centrist but, if he loses his base, he will lose the election worse than Mondale did.

    On Obama: I am happy to see someone try to be as "good" as he wants to be. Unfortunately, he is in politics where everyone delights in shooting people down so they dont feel guilty about how scummy they are. This whole issue with his vetter is silly and wouldn't even be an issue if it werent for the standard he is setting for himself.

    Regardless of their policies, they are both good men. Let's keep these campaigns and news agencies honest by making them stick to the issues. If we do that, we will all be better off.

    June 12, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Anonymous

    McCain all the way. Obama has no track record or experience compared to that of McCain. American has no way to predict what kind of President he will make.

    June 12, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    America Wakes Up and drives the neo-con fools who want endless war off the face of the political map! About time after letting THE FEAR and rigged Diebold voting machines deliver another 4 years to the Clown Prince, who by letting the dollar fall in value and allowing his war-profiteering pals to stel from the U.S. Tresury through no-bid contracts to Blackwater and Halliburtion have bankrupted our country...A milion houses in foreclosure, $4 a gallon gas that a mere month ago, Dumbya lashed out at a reporter who, momentarily broke through his bubble....Sayonara, Reptilicans! You won't be missed!

    June 12, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Army Wife

    =====no mcBush====

    if you care about others, you would do the right thing and wont vote for

    June 12, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Jewish Women for Obama

    Yes We CAN!!!

    Just wait until the first debate when all the angry Hillary supporters get the chance to realize what they would be doing if they voted for McCain just out of negative emotion...

    Once the dust clears, I expect Obama to hold a steady 10-15 point lead over McBush. The remaining unobjective people who will still prefer McBush at that point are either those who
    1. Want to see China emerge as the world superpower while we waste trillions of Dollars on senseless Middle East wars.
    2. Are benefiting from the Bush Economic policies (remember Bush has been a good president for the wealthy)
    3. Heirs to Big Oil fortunes
    4. Dogmatic Republicans who refuse to think outside the box
    5. Racist

    June 12, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. james from brooklyn

    We still have major work to do because mccain isn't going to be easy to defeat despite what the media say, but it's great to have a growing lead.

    Sebelius has way more experience than clinton. clinton is just known nationally and has the clinton last name. I HOPE Obama give sebelius the chance to let the country sees that there is another women out there that is better than hillary.


    Let The Good TIMe Rolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

    June 12, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Holly

    Wake up America - CNN is so full of liberals they will say anything to get this idiot (OBAMA) elected. If he is just wait for more terrorist attacks, cause they will be flooding in, so dont complain about him not doing anything because you were too busy hugging a tree!!

    June 12, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. rick

    yes we can!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Gerald London, UK


    Good to know there are still people like you who refuse to be overwhelmed by their sentiment. Commonsense will prevail in the end !

    You are welcome with open arms !!!

    June 12, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Kiah

    McCain supporters if you're not a little bit nervous over his chances you're in strong denial.

    Which coincidentally is EXACTLY what happened with Clinton supporters, LOL! Get used to being behind and losing so that come November it won't hurt as much!

    Obama '08!

    June 12, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. Cemuni

    Due to Mc Cain's, track record, his lies, his flip-flops, his controversial dealings with the Keating five, his questionable role in the USS Forrestal, his questionable war-hero record, his possible giving secrets to the enemy, the cover-ups by his father, his poor graduation record, his ethnic slurs and temper tantrums and his reckless views or foreign policy, he does Not deserve to be running for any position let alone president.

    June 12, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Helene

    Julio, you are right ! McCain/McSame is a dangerous old fool who confuses the issues and will deliver 4 more years of Bush. Obama is the logic answer !

    June 12, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Sheri

    Good news, good for our country
    Thanks folks, lets move on even further.

    June 12, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL



    June 12, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Jonathan June 12th, 2008 9:40 am ET

    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!
    Aaand the Repugnican maggots posing as angry Hillary supporters have started up in here. Knew it wouldn't take long, why don't you take it False News or better yet, take it to John McWalkingstain's website, hmmm? The demographics of the country were different from when Kerry ran, idiot. The point is, the greasy, wrinkly, creepy-when-he-smiles geriatric patient known as McInsane has doomed it for the Repugnicans; I mean, you have an old 1931 Studebaker against a sleek black Lamborgini Diablo.. gimme a break, McInsane can't even get an original motto. He had to steal from Obama's "Change we can believe in" and calls it "a Leader we can believe in" Oh BROTHER!

    Obama/Sebelius or Webb '08

    June 12, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Steve, AZ

    These polls usually have a margin of error of 3% or more. So why report on the fact that Obama has increased his lead by 2% over a previous poll? Don't you understand that is meaningless?

    June 12, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Dan - VA

    I refuse to vote for a man who left his crippled first wife–who waited for him all those years he was in Vietnam–for a rich blonde floozy. The man didn't even have the decency to wait until the ink was dry on the divorce papers before turning around and marrying Cindy. Family value, yeah right!

    June 12, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. voter from CT

    Dems be careful, a lot of republicans are messing around acting as disgruntled Hillary supporters, don't fall for it, and don't treat Hillary supporters badly, because it's not them, it's republicans acting like them, I have friends that are doing it and laughing showing me the havoc they've caused, don't fall for it! This is the republican way, they have nothing substantial to go on so they'll lie and smere and mess around because that's all they know!

    June 12, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Teri

    And it all comes down to the individual states and the electoral college. How's he doing when you match Barack up against McCain in the individual states? As someone else mentioned, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry, Carter... come on now! The only Democrat elected to the Presidency in the last 30 years was Clinton. And his first win was helped by Ross Perot.

    Good Luck Barback – you are going to need it.

    June 12, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |

    Great news

    For the remaining dying breed of Hillobots and McGriper Supporters check out this new web site and get on the Obama Train.



    June 12, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Jason S.

    CNN fails to mention what the margin of error is for this poll.

    June 12, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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