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.

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  1. Wade

    Anyone voting for republicans must be an idiot.

    And Liz, you got it all reversed. All those things apply for McSame,
    don't pose as Hillary support you are repuclican.

    Go down with that freak.

    June 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Ben

    This year is different because of Iraq, gas and a black candidate on a major party ticket lets not pretend otherwise.

    If Barack were John Edwards I doubt Hillary's supporters would be thinking of voting for McCain. One thing you disaffected democrats ought to think about: anything you can do, can be done to you. So if you want to see the Republicans own the Presidency from here on end,go ahead and vote for McCain or write in Hillary. We will not forget.

    This year the contrast could not be more clear. If McCain wins this election it will mean either mean we have not learned anything in 8 years or we are so racist we would are willing to cut off our collective noses.

    McCain is a war hero but his point of view on the Iraq War is seriously flawed. For him it is the War that is key in the term Iraq War. He wants to continue fight the war he was in and will see ANY foriegn affair issue we are in in that light only!! Now he MAY be able to successfully prosecute another war but the problem is will he be able to resist another war...I think not!

    So its clear. A vote for McCain will guarantee another decade of WAR and mismagement at home...he said it himself he 'did not know anything about the economy'. The choice is clear

    June 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. David in Seattle

    McCain is destroying his own chances....Obama doesnt have to do much more than watch.....He hasnt got a clue about the situation in Iraq, he doesnt understand the history, the culture or even who is training who over there. He talks about supplementing our energy needs with Nuclear energy, and says that the navy has been using nuclear powerplants in their ships for fifty years without incident....so I guess he doesnt remember the Thresher or the Scorpion incidents, which by the way is US history. He self admits that he is not too sharp at economic issues, and then he says something really stupid like "It isnt really important when the troops come home from Iraq." On that note, I am a vet, and I cannot think of a more demoralizing and dishearting thing to hear when you are out on the battlefield hoping to God that you just live long enough to get home again...living for the day that you can leave it behind. I am appalled that a veteran would say such a stupid thing. McCain for president? Cant the Repubilcan party do better than that? Crap, the man cant sort socks.

    June 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Hillary Supporter

    Russell Hammond is so hypocritical. McBush is the person who gets prompted and corrected by aids like Libermann on facts all the time.
    McCain just said he is not comfortable talking to crowds not Obama. how on earth shall he address the American people let alone discuss with world leaders in front of world press?
    Wake up guys. We need a President who can deliver facts intelligently and make good decisions without thinking about military might as the first option.

    June 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. John

    There is too much pressure on John McCain to march in-sync with the Republican party. Trickle down econmics is a rich mans fairy tale, Mr. McCain!

    June 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Marie

    Do these polls include the exact amount of race and gender and age?
    I doubt it very much. Remember the polls in the primary that suggested Obama was ahead of Hillary, but she won them.
    I do not trust these polls at all.

    June 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Down with Obama

    I hate to break up the celebration...but most candidates that just clinched??? the nomination, usually have a 10-13 point bounce.....Obama had a 3 point bounce....does that tell us something?????

    June 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Jan

    Obviously, a poll conducted by CNN–I do not think for a minute, that people will be so ignorant as to vote for your candidate–If they do, I feel sorry for all working people who will be stuck with paying higher taxes and looking after everyone who does not wish to work. And that includes paid Obama bloggers. Politics as usual by the far left radicals pretending to be "above it all".

    June 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Quick

    McCain will win in the end, wait and see. All the garbage has not come out yet on Obama and when it does McCain will win BIG. What is wrong with all you people? Can't you see what kind of person Obama is? He will and has already divided this country. All the terrorist countries would love for him to win, if he win's they win and they know that...................

    June 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. cheekbrown

    Wow, look at all the haters who are posting to this blog.

    Obama '08 and '12!!!

    June 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Kevin

    Barack Obama is looking more presidential as the days go on. If John Mccain wins this election, this country is more wacko than I ever imagined.

    June 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. The Lord's will

    It is quite cheering! With out sentiment Obama seems more calculative and will restore to America that her leadership role in the world that has been been so much eroded over the years by agression, though provoked by 9/11 incidence.
    The best way to lead is not by reactionary or beating every desenting voice to shape.
    Leadership by pragmatism and articulation is always the best. Finally if God is in this, no man can change it.

    God bless America.

    June 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Jeremy

    Can someone please explain (with specifics) why these Hillary supporters are saying they'll support McCain? They are polar opposites. She threw her support behind Obama for that very reason.

    As far as I can tell, it screams of extreme stubbornness or racism.

    June 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Matt

    I love all the losers who think Obama is actually going to effect their pocketbook. Yes, that's right...when Obama gets elected, he is going to take from the rich and give it to you, so you are rich! Keep dreaming.

    June 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Fight the liberal media!

    why don't you report on the pact he has made with Hamas to to give away 95% of Isreal! Thats the real story but no one reports on it!!

    Vote for McCain or write in Hillary or you are not really American you are a terrorist!

    June 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Buddy


    June 12, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Filipino - Americans for Obama

    We are supporting Obama because we want CHANGE that works for all of us!

    God bless and revive the United States of America!

    GO Bama GO!


    June 12, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. fairandstraight

    Russell Hammond, I hope you were looking in the mirror when you said, "Some people should not be allowed to vote."

    A lot of people won't vote for Sen. Obama but millions will as the have already. This election is really making people crazy. Have any one been seen helping Obama speak? I stood in front of him and he didn't skip a beat with his speech. It's only when they are asking him some thing stupid like the Johnson case that he really does not care to comment on. Questions like that will make anybody speechless because you really want to tell the person asking the question where to go.

    Obviously, the man got the good rate on his loans because he is credit worthy. If a loan officer offer you a good rate, who in their sane mind would refuse it for a higher rate. I don't think Obama should have to worry about what interest rate his supporters are paying on their loans.

    Afte all, when you don't have any real dirt to put out on a good candidate, you have to create things.

    June 12, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. JK

    The is shaping up to 1996. McCain is stuck in the low 40s while Obama gets as high as 50 percent. Expect to see Obama win this year by 10 million votes plus.

    June 12, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Ron B

    Who are you polling? I work in a small business with 22 co-workers. Not one is voting for OBama.

    June 12, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. MD

    It must be the blue background (jk).

    Well, no matter how hard McCane tries to distance himself from Bush, his sordid policies speak for themselves.

    It also didn't help that he USED Bush to raise money, only to criticize his handling of the war and Katerina. That shows how "old Washington" McCane really is.

    June 12, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Joan

    You've got to be kidding! Obama's post-primary bump should have been at least the average of what occurred in the last 5 primaries...and that's 17 points. At the time that our Republican President has the lowest approval rating (excluding only Nixon), ANY Republican candidate should be so low in the polls that ANY Dem would surge way out there in the polls.

    Obviously, the people don't like Obama as much as they liked Clinton when compared to McCain; and also obviously, the people don't dislike McCain as much as other Republicans. This does not bode well for America at a time when so much needs to be done.

    June 12, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Mike

    This is not just CNN. Go to Real Clear Politics:
    Oba McC
    Average: 06/02 – 06/10 47.2 42.6 Obama +4.6
    NBC/WSJ 06/06 – 06/09 47 41 Obama +6.0
    Gallup Tracking 06/08 – 06/10 48 42 Obama +6.0
    Rasmussen Tracking 06/08 – 06/10 49 44 Obama +5.0
    IBD/TIPP 06/02 – 06/08 43 40 Obama +3.0
    CNN 06/04 – 06/05 49 46 Obama +3.0

    June 12, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. LOL

    dems for McCain 08

    June 12, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Janet Wilcox

    I was a hillary supporter and now my friends and I are supporting Obama,
    It's really sad that women will go vote for McCain, who has always voted against issues that Women really care about.!!

    June 12, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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