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. What if?

    TO....................Brian Knoxville, TN June 12th, 2008 9:53 am ET

    Hillary is living her millionaire life style, while voters like you sit staled in time, concentrating on the and. buts and what if….Oh by the way, she has been working on “health care” since she be ginned as the first lady......The world is moving forward with or without You......


    June 12, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Enlightened Voter -

    BTW mcwar said yesterday he agreed with the vote the repubs in the senate made yesterday AGAINST extending unemployment benefits even though over 350,000 people lost their jobs since january. Thanks mcwar for being true to the repub agenda of not caring about middle america. But go ahead and continue to agree with gwb to cut those corporate taxes. Does anybody else see something wrong here?

    June 12, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. JAS

    Facts are stubborn things. Bush has wrecked the economy, our security, the environment, health care, and our position in the world, and has engaged in unconstitutional and contemptuous behavior worthy of a traitor. He's no patriot. McCain is a soldier still, incapable of any other thoughts. Get real people. Obama's the real deal! We need his leadership and intelligence, period. OBAMA!!

    June 12, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Len Smith

    Just shows you that the American public like the sizzle and not the steak.

    June 12, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. rick

    drink the Kool Aid.... it's good to have some hope again....

    yes we can !!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Mary

    Why do you Hillary supporters keep using the word "honesty" in the same sentence when you refer to her. She was not honest during the campaign and never will be honest. McCain doesn't even know about being honest cause he doesn't even remember what he has said.

    June 12, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. america

    Does anyone really believe a liberal CNN poll???

    June 12, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Michelle

    Only the electoral college matters.

    June 12, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Ron, LV

    The pool bounce for those previous candidates you mentioned happened after the convention, not when they had clinched the nomination. Compare apples to apples. Polls don't mean much now but they still are interesting as a means to see where things stand now. Also, I don't very many people decide on who to vote for based on polls. If they did, Hillary would be the nominee. And for those who think the nomination process was not fair, you need a lesson in civics. Nothing was stolen from anyone and the process was far more democratic than the Republican process. Instead of complaining get to work and do something and educate yourslef on the process and democracy.

    June 12, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Axis of Evil - OBAMA

    Who Cares. He will not win. Look At Kerry.

    Without Hillary we will never win.

    June 12, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Brooke

    Do polls this far out really matter? At this point in the Democratic race Hillary had a commanding lead over Obama... As more and more Americans get to know Barack Obama they won't like what they see, a good talker, sure, but someone who has few specifics. My wallet and my civil liberties couldn't afford an Obama Presidency.

    nObama – keep the change

    June 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Raymond Duke

    If anybody would believe a cnn and msnbc poll after the shananigans and baises they showed then you idiots will believe anything. I don't think all these women and blue collar workers are going to fall for any of their B.S. I wonder who they selected for that poll. I personally know about 25 men and women who are not going to vote for Obama or any democrat that supports or endorses that man.

    June 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Wait til the next several weeks !!! Wait til his return after his Overseas visit. This guy and the Democrats are going to be at their greatest high since the early Sixties. Truely a great time to be a Democrat !!!! Political history has been made this Election Year like "NEVER" before. Thanks Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton. we are SO proud of both of you !!!

    June 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. whathefunk

    Vote McCain and Die.
    Vote Obama and Live.

    June 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Chris from NY

    It's going to be a bumpy road but it's one that we are ready to ride. If the right wing doesn't instigate attacks from America 's enemies Obama will win this election. My concern as well as many other Americans is that someone somewhere will like to bring back America's worst fear, which is an attack or threat of an attack on us. And that will drive many people to the right as if the left doesn't know how to fight terrorism.

    June 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. dyinglikeflies

    Gee, that's about one half the lead Dukakis had at this point. Maybe Obama will only lose the election 60-40% instead of 65-53%.

    Another poll- 55% of all Americans think Gilligan is responsible for the wreck of the Minnow (14% blame the Skipper, 3% Ginger).

    Any other meaningless polls?

    June 12, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. David in Chicago

    To: James, NY

    Fear mongering doesn't work either! Put your big boy pants on and be diplomatic instead of shutting the door on everyone. If you close the door on people you disagree with you'd be alone for life!!!!

    June 12, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Ryan

    Michael said:

    "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?"

    You missed the case in 1992 when Perot and Bush both led Clinton 🙂

    But the point is valid, even though the evidence is selective. Polls before the conventions are basically meaningless.

    June 12, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Darlene

    i don't get where they say "older white women" won't vote for Obama....i have been a registered republican all my life and as a 65 year old woman i changed partys this year so i could vote for obama in the california primaries.....he's the only one out of the whole bunch who gets it right.........goooooooo obama ....we are with you.......

    June 12, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Enlightened Voter -

    Judging by these blogs people we are coming together. Obama has inspired greatness in us and for that I thank him. It is a beautiful thing.

    June 12, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. brad

    That's nice and all, but at this point it meaningless. especially with no vp on either ticket. And I am an Obama supporter. Lets stick to the issues.

    June 12, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Charles

    I've been out of work for months,and there are mornings when Obama's rise in polls and popularity is the only thing that cheers me on.

    June 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Russell Hammond

    From LIZ - "I will not vote for Obama who can't even speak on his own without someone helppig him. He has no plans or experience to run this country. There are even rumors of terrorist organizations supporting him~~~ I don't completely believe in it but a rumor is enough to change or draw my vote the other way!!"

    Some people should not be allowed to vote.

    June 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Lynette

    It is far, far too early to get reliable polling data. I would take all polls wtih a "bag" not a 'grain" of salt at this time. I would be more likely to trust the results of polls taken after the first Obama/McCainTown Hall Meeting or the first Obama/McCain Presidential Debate. Right now people are responding to raw emotions and personal biases. We must not become consumed by polls. Polls do not vote, people do.

    I would like Senator Obama to consider Representative Robert Wexler of Florida as his VP. I admire Rep. Wexler's fire. The people of the 19th Congressional District of FL are blessed to have him. He would make an awesome Vice President . I checked out Rep. Wexler's record of public service and his educational background. He is well qualified. Obama/Wexler 2008.

    June 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. balthus

    The richest 1% of Americans have 38% of the country's money – a privilege largely enjoyed because of the luck of birth. (i.e. contrary to Republican dogma, most American millionaires are born rich, very few people rise to that income level through their own efforts).

    The rest of us – the 99% of us who weren't born into wealth – get to divvy up the remaining 62%.

    McSame wants to extend tax breaks for the 1%, so they can enjoy an even larger slice of the pie.

    Obama wants to lower taxes on those of us earning less than $250,000, so we can have a little more to spend on the ever increasing costs of gas, health care, groceries etc.

    Which group do you fall into – the 1% or the 99%? Are you going to listen to the usual distortions, distractions and smears used by the Republicans to dissuade you into not voting in your own best interest?

    It worked for Bush, and look where it left you.

    Don't let McSame pull the same wool over our eyes.

    Obama '08 Yes, We Can!

    June 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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