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. oil rules

    Why doesn't the democrat news network just go ahead and proclaim and certify Nobama as the winner and new messiah? We shouldn't even bother with the vote. And that article on McCains daughter, useless. But all the mean-spirited attacks against her by the leftist bloggers were certainly revealing.

    June 12, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Kristen

    While I like to see that Obama is ahead, I have to agree that it's a little early to be obsessing over the polls.

    June 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. DrMan

    What is the purpose of these weekly/daily/hourly polls? No one cares who's ahead months before the election. It's just fodder for pundits to have something to discuss.

    June 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. James Parsons

    Let's build on this lead! Justice for the Texas Mafia and end our war for profits!

    June 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. One Love!

    landslide in November folks...

    Barak '08!

    June 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Brian Knoxville, TN

    I have been a Democrat for over two decades, since before I could vote and since before some of the Obamabot haters were even born, and I have been so constantly loyal to my party and its principles that I can only now be furious with its failed leaders for having turned the Democratic Party into an undemocratic party and for having betrayed us all (including the Obamabots, who don't even know that they and the principles of their party have been betrayed).
    And the failed leaders of the undemocratic Democratic Party did it in exactly the same way that Bush and Karl Rove would have done it!
    How the Obamabots cannot see that the principles upon which we the people speak to our leaders and chose them have been so completely stepped on, spat at, and tossed out with the trash BY THE SO-CALLED LEADERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, I will never know.
    We will never forget the way the failed leadership of the undemocratic Democratic Party selected a nominee and robbed us of our voices.
    Party Unity, My Azz!
    Kiss it, Pelosi.

    June 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. voter from CT

    Also Hillary supporters be careful, there are republicans acting as Obama supporters trying to piss you off more to split the party, please don't fall for it! If an Obama supporter says something smereing towards Hillary supporter, it's a republican trying to lie and smere the democratic party, that's all they know how to do because they have no issue of substance going for them, don't fall for it! Not this time!

    June 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Enlightened Voter -

    Julio, you are an enlightened person. Thanks we welcome you on board.
    BTW, by november mcwar will be at 0% to Obama leading by 100. We can't afford mcwar or any more repubs. Also, yesterday the repubs in the senate struck down a bill hosted by the dems to extend benefits to the unemployed, those unemployed who were among the 350,000 who lost their jobs since january. I honestly don't know how anyone could vote repub. They could care less about the average citizen.

    June 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Swampy

    "Paul June 12th, 2008 9:33 am ET

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

    Don't be ridiculous, Paul. Those who allow poll figures to sway their votes are incapable of deciding on their own anyway. Campaigns use the polls to hone messages, focus on particular voter demographics, solicit contributions, etc. Voters use polls demean either the other guy or the polls themselves, depending on who's in the lead.

    News media use the polls to sell stuff.

    June 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Jim

    Polls give some indication on who is leading and maybe why. Anyone who decides how to vote dependent on the results of polls (I'll just go with the leader????) just does not understand the process.

    We can not afford another four years of Bush policies. Notice that he is not gaining friends for the USA according to demonstrations in Italy or the general opinion of the Moslem world.

    June 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Coby Texas

    These Obama-haters keep mentioning elections from 2 and 3 decades ago. Obama is not Kerry, Gore, Dukakis, Carter, or Mondale. Get off of it!! This is a new age campaign. Obama hasn't done anything similar to any of these campaigns. This is a new day people!!!!

    June 12, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. james

    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

    June 12, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. scat398

    People are starting to see that Mcain is way out of touch with the average american, His economin plan cuts taxes on the rich and leaves the poor holding the bag.

    He says stopping soldier fatalities in Iraq is more important than setting timetables for withdraw. I got an idea, if you withdraw you won't have any fatalities!!! It's this lack of clear thinking that has me convinced that McCain doesn't have the mental capacity to be leading this country.

    June 12, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Ian

    Jonathan, perhaps you did not read the article. All of these poll results have come from surveys performed BEFORE Hillary suspended her campaign and Obama became the uncontested Democratic Presidential Nominee.

    June 12, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Why try 08

    It has become quite evident. The more McCain speaks it is not good for him. There are many people who do not want to vote for Obama. However as they keep listening to McCain stances on the ecomomy and his total disregard for the feelings of this nation when it comes to Iraq, it's becoming harder and harder to stomach voting for him especially if you are a woman.

    When it comes to McCain, the question is not what has he done. His service to America is unquestionable and should be honored and respected. However my problem is with what he is trying to do now.

    June 12, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. It will not be Easy

    The Obama campaign has a tough battle ahead. Polls this early mean little. Obama will address the major issues of the economy, the Iraq war, jobs and the environment in a way that make us strong. He will need our help.

    McCain offers 4 more years of Bush. McCain voted with Bush 95% of the time. McCain offers trillions of unfunded tax breaks to corps and the rich. Obama offers greater tax relief than McCain for all of us making under $100,000. McCain will keep our troops in Iraq and tell us like Bush did how well things are going. McCain means huge spending, big deficits and job losses like Bush before him. Who much of the Bush taxes cuts have trickled down to you?

    McCain is against the GI Bill, womens health concerns, the environment, and our civil and constitutional rights.

    It is time for Change we can believe in.

    Yes we can! Obama 2008/12!

    June 12, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. What if?



    Great News President Obama

    June 12, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Didine - Maryland

    Bravo!!!!!!!!!, Very good news, he will continue to increase that lead. No doubt, Barack Obama will be our next President.

    Obama '08

    June 12, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Heidi

    For some reason I don't feel as if McCain is even worth blogging over. It just won't happen.

    I think I'm feeling that I should respect my elders. Good luck McCain but know that Obama has this one lock down now that the "Monster" has accepted her lost.


    June 12, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. d

    hmmm.where is all this new support for Obama coming from? Surely not all the Republican operatives posting here as disgruntled Clinton supporters...and to all those Democrats who really are disgruntled and say they will vote McCain. Your posts are no longer valid here, no one believes what you say, it comes off as fiction, because your opinions have been tainted by the right wing insurgents who are trying to divide the Democratic Party...but hey, it is only you that they are mocking. Are you sure that is the party you want to support?

    June 12, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Russell Hammond

    Regardless of polls, hope they factored in Dems VOTE less than Reps. Sad but true.

    June 12, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Dave G

    At some point, the issues will start to overshadow the candidates personalities, and that's where Obama will win.

    Those in favor of another 8 years of U.S. involvement in Iraq's civil war – vote for McCain.

    Those in favor of moving troops from Iraq to Afganistan, and finally nailing Osama bin Laden in northern Pakistan – vote for Obama.

    June 12, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. Mrs. Wilson

    You know.......as an African-American female I would vote for McSame if he had Obama's stance on the economy and the war, and I would not vote for Obama if he had McSame's stance on the war and the economy. In other words.....I do not care how Black someone is or not....I just want our troops to come home to their families and I'm tired of spending a quarter of my paycheck on gas.

    ....................Get 'em "O"..............I'll keep the donations coming!!

    Democrat '08

    June 12, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Just Say Georgia

    I understand devoted support of Hillary, but to vote for McCain because she isn't the nominee is beyond my comprehension and totally defeats the purpose of moving this nation into the 21st century with a forward-thinking candidate.

    How can any self-respecting Hillary support put their vote toward a man who is adamantly opposed to reproductive freedom for women after supporting a strong, capable woman like Hillary?

    John McCain thinks HE'S entitled to make reproductive choices for all women, including Hillary and her smart daughter Chelsea. Talk about chilling. If that isn't enough of a difference between the two remaining candidates to prompt a vote for Obama I'm not sure there's hope for the diehards.

    June 12, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. KLEM

    Cnn It's too early to poll !!

    June 12, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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