June 12th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
7 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.

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  1. KFo

    Polls in June..now they really matter don't they? haha same way Gore was beating Bush and Kerry...

    NOBAMA '08 what change?

    MCCAIN..a LEADER we can believe in

    June 12, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. 3 Million Americans having problems paying mortgages

    Meanwhile, McCain wants your money to go to Iraq.

    Repubicans continue to veto bills that will HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    KEEP OUR MONEY IN OUR COUNTRY!!!

    VOTE DEM!

    June 12, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Kevin

    Ladies and gentlemen................................................................................ The next President of the United States, Barack Obama

    June 12, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Jackie

    This will be a close election and it won't be because of the issues. Bottom line racisim will play a huge role in this election. There is a still a huge amount of the American public who are terrified to see a black man as a president. I believe in the end Obama will win but make no mistake it will be a close hard fought election.

    This coming from a 50 year old white woman.

    June 12, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. susie

    That's not a very big lead considering how many people go to hear his speeches

    June 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. think people

    Also re: Liz– Actually, it is proven that he wrote the race speech he gave entirely on his own–something very few politicians, much less speakers, do in this day and age. I won't dignify your ridiculous and gullible reference to terriorist links with a response.

    If you want to be taken seriously, at least pretend that you are even the tiniest bit informed.

    June 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Sabrina

    Let see 47 to 43 4 points ahead, is that not in the margin of error? Where is is 15 to 20 point bounce, after he was selected by the DNC and the media????? Not for Ocarter, my vote is for McClinton!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Grant - MD

    Polls at this stage are not serious – it's lonly June. Thepublic is ficle,candidates make realgoofs, attitudes change and in 1988 GHWBush won after Dukakis started with a big lead proclaiming the elsection was about competence.

    Right now, the polls notwithstanding, I predict a landslide for McCain.

    June 12, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. DFoster

    "you all sound like a bunch of old bitter hags... your girl didnt win... get over it. between barack obama and john mccain, u'd choose mccain just out of spite? or not vote at all??? wow!!! mature, educated women... lets unite the country instead of grabbing our marbles and running home. what if african american's did that every time they felt disinfranchised in America, or Latino's? this country would fall apart. come on ladies, its time to move on and grow up"

    Big Girl

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

    ...Because McCain became the Republican candidate by default. He just happened to be the last man standing from a weak field of potential Republican nominees for the office. Most Conservatives aren't too fond of him and independents and moderates have become more cautious.

    He's out of touch (ala his comment that "the date when soldiers leave Iraq is not important"). And he won't win, not if he is campaigning on the failed policies of the Bush Administration even slightly.

    Democrats 08'

    June 12, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Alba

    Hillary Clinton should have been the nominee but now that Obama has won through politics as usual the Democratic party does not get my vote this November. Obama supporters feel superior to the rest of us but fortunately we live in a democratic country that is not governed by Democratic primaries.

    June 12, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. King of NJ

    you call this a big lead wait till the First debate!!!
    Mccain will be exposed
    Obama 08!

    June 12, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. MD

    Can anyone supporting Obama please tell me what his positions are that are DIFFERENT from the positions taken by democrats in the 1960's. As I recall, their "change" didn't work out so well.

    And please, stop simply saying that the US needs to get out of Iraq. All politician agree (even McCain and Bush). The question is a matter of timing.

    Aside from this, does Obama stand for anything? I've checked his website and there is nothing "new" there.

    June 12, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. robert m

    i was a hillary supporter. will be voting mccain. and polls dont mean much. both gore and kerry lost.

    June 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Down with Obama

    Protesting the Election of 2008.

    The 3 reasons to protest are:

    1. The blatant unfairness and bias by the DNC in stacking the deck for Obama over Hillary;

    2. The unrelenting sexism and hatred from the media against a distinguished US Senator running for office;

    3. The failure of the DNC and public officials to take a firm stand against the despicable treatment of one of their own best candidates and leaders.

    puma democrat

    June 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. What if?

    TO....James, Michael and the others republicans ACTING as democratic on here.......... A CHANGE IS GONNA COME IN NOVEMBER, OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA!!!!!!........Republicans I have included the information you fail to inform Hillary angry supporters explaining how you really feel about them ...........(If Hillary would had won as our nominee, the republicans would have used the wording inside the PARENTHESES)
    “We’re going to have to fight the ideal that this is a historic opportunity to elect Barack Obama (changed to HILLARY’S NAME)” said Huckabee. “I salute how far he’s (changed to SHE) gone, but as far as I’m concerned, because of his (changed to HER) views and what he (changed to SHE) would do —-he’s (changed to SHE‘S) gone far enough for me this year”. Then Michael Goldfarb wrote on the campaign's official blog that "there is a genuine affection for her (changed to HIM) here at McCain HQ“ "Sen. Clinton (SEN. OBAMA NAME) has really grown on us over here in Crystal City over the past few months," wrote Goldfarb, calling her (changed to HIM) an "impressive candidate" who "inspired a generation of women (BLACKS, YOUNG WELL EDUCATED VOTERS)“ but "fell victim to a vast left-wing conspiracy that resented her (changed to HIM ) generally centrist foreign policy views." REPUBLICAN Senator Dole said this “Democrats had to choose between one candidate who said she’d obliterate Iran and another candidate who said he wants to invite Iranian leaders over for dinner and then maybe a chat after dinner with a good cigar—Cuban. I’d imagine. I DON’T want EITHER of those TWO answering the White House telephone AT 3 o’clock in the morning”.

    PLEASE THINK BEFORE NOVEMBER ELECTION…..

    June 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Grant - MD

    Polls at this stage are not serious – it's only June. The public is fickle, candidates make real goofs, attitudes change and in 1988 GHWBush won after Dukakis started with a big lead proclaiming the election was about competence.

    Right now, the polls notwithstanding, I predict a landslide for McCain.

    June 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. jack

    Obama in the lead??

    I'm a former Hillary supporter until she was robbed of the nomination by my on party the DNC.

    I'm also upset with Hillary Clinton for not having the nerve to continue the fight she believes in. I will not vote for Hillary for her Senate seat!!

    The "Polls" for Obamas lead are ficticious. Come next November Obama will not get many white votes. Certainly not to win electorally. And this is what Obama deserves.

    June 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    That's just about the spread I expect we'll see in November. The polls will go up and down before then, but the surge in Democratic registration, both from new voters and from ex-Republicans, will carry him through. Go Obama.

    June 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Elizabeth

    Great! Obama deserves it! I am so tired of HAWK McCain's sarcasm, hideous smile, etc., etc.

    June 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. MelissaMinneapolis

    Yes we can!

    I'm so glad he put together the website to dispel all the falsities people are spreading.

    June 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. ron

    Your polls are full of it, get svhneider to do do some polls he pulls them out of his @$$. Now you are trying to give Hillary credit for Obama's strong polling NO! She lost , the Clintons lost, she's accepted it why can't CNN.

    June 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. joel

    If Mcain is the shoe-in people are touting him as here??? Why don't they just strap on their vests and head of to Iraq right now??? Stop wasting your breath and go show support for your candidate and his war. Put the pride back in politics and end the hypocrisy of your pro-war yet refuse to serve mentalities.

    June 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Cynthia

    I hope that his numbers continue to grow. The Clinton supporters who are against him because he won the nomination should really think about what is in their own best interest as opposed to voting for Senator McCain just because they are hurt and angry. If McCain wins- we all suffer – not just the Senator Obama supporters – think about it.

    June 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. kellee

    Do u guys not understand where obama's roots are that is like putting osama in office. He has only had not even 2 years in the senant and u want him as our president who are u kiddin. Mc cain is the best person for president and I am a demorcrat so i hope more voters out there feel the same way as I do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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