June 13th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Polls: Obama ahead by 4 over McCain

Obama's ahead in CNN's latest poll of polls.
Obama's ahead in CNN's latest poll of polls.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama holds a 4 point lead over John McCain, according to a compilation of the latest national surveys.

Forty seven percent of registered voters are backing the senator from Illinois in a new CNN Poll of Polls, released Friday, with 43 percent supporting the senator from Arizona. Ten percent of voters are unsure when it comes to their choice for president.

Obama’s lead is down one point from the last CNN Poll of Polls, which was released on Wednesday.

“It’s increasingly clear from our ‘poll of polls’ average that Sen. Obama holds a small advantage over Sen. McCain as we head into the general election,” says CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Time will tell whether Obama’s lead is a temporary bounce resulting from the end of the Democratic nomination fight, or whether it is a more permanent reflection of voters’ desire for change this year.”

This latest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of four new national surveys, a Gallup poll taken from June 9-12, an NBC/Wall Street Journal survey conducted from June 6-9, a Diageo/Hotline poll taken from June 5-8, and our own CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey conducted from June 4-5. The CNN Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. John, OH

    Old man" John McCain is just a "tool" for lobbyist. McCain has no control over the RNC. Look how Obama took control over the DNC.

    June 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    4 points...and just starting....can you imagine what will happen when the HRC supporters actually read the positions of each candidate? (wait....they didn't read Hillarys many positions...so...maybe he will just win by 4 points)

    June 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. ObamaYes We Can

    Laura- We are not counting chickens as you are for McIraq gee you dont need to start counting now McSanes can be added in minutes by hand .
    We will be counting votes after they vote and so you will know ahead of time Obama will be the WINNER with land slide .
    \\
    Dont veto Beer
    Glad he brings along whispering Lieberman /Graham his right and left elbow guys

    June 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Raymond Duke

    I figure with everything else that Obama says" that is not what I or Michael said" or that is not the person I knew" I figure that "fist bump" really turned people on. I'm sure that is the reason for the four point bump.

    June 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Jaime

    Yup, Laura is right. I'll see you in September.

    June 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Empty suit, empty promises

    Obama's chickens will come home to roost by the time November comes around in spite of the love affair with this phony "Diety" by the media especially MSDNC.

    Usually in polls their is a fudge factor of 5, where if it is that close it could be seen as a tie, but not when it is our savior.

    I was and still am no huge fan of Hillary, but I did learn a lot about her during the campaign at the debates and she has a real grasp of the issues that absolutely BLOWS OBAMA AWAY, not even CLOSE.

    Take this phony media driven "Diety" away from his teleprompter and speech writers and he can't put a sentence together if I spotted him the subject and predicate.

    When he loses in November, remember this at "excuse time" when it will be said race was the deciding factor, YOUR PARTY HAD THE BEST, SMARTEST and most intelligent candidate and you listened to the media and went for the sizzle and not the steak.

    The fraud will be shown up and Hillary will be back in 2012 in the meantime we will get 4 years of McCain and as Nelson says "ha, ha".

    June 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Polls do not matter til October

    If you are like me, you are primaried out No need to go hot and heavy with McCain and Obama – plenty of time for that after Labor Day and a relaxing Summer. So chill out folks.... enjoy the Summer - and let's not get too crazy until October. Six weeks is plenty time to make a decision. In the meantime, Obama can go spend another $150 million if he wants, but I think that is over the top.....likely indicative of his tax and spend mentality he would bring to the office

    June 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Jeff in FL

    Vote McCain in 1908!!

    June 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Pete

    The amazing thing about this is how small a lead Obama has despite all the hypes. Apparently half of the population is dreaming with Obama. He is unknown for fact. We will be taking a huge risk with him. Change he can, with all the good intentions. But it could end up to be change for the worst. He has a lot of new ideas. But nothing proves that they will work. To believe that all the ideas will likely work is day dreaming. Hillary was right that he is 90% talk and 10% sustenance. And that was why Hillary won over McCain by a larger margin, and consistently. Experience does count! A lot of the Obama supporters are Bush haters. Over 90% of the black voters like him because he looks black. So how many vote for him because he is the best presidential candidate for the country? I think the percentage is about half of what he gets–23.5%. That is a very low number. On the other hand, most of the McCain voters truly believe he is the right man for the job (simply because he is not an exciting candidate). That is sad about the politics. We do not elect people with our heads, but by our emotions. When emotion prevails, we always come back to regret it.

    June 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. AG

    IT IS CLEARLY TO EARLY TO TRUST POLLS OF WHO KNOWS WHO THE POLLSTERS CONTACTED .IF YOU TARGET A CERTAIN GROUP THEN YOU WILL GET A POLL THAT IS BIASED JUST LIKE THE MEDIA WAS AGAINST HILLARY. IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN WHETHER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL VOTE FOR A PATRIOTIC CANDIDATE WITH EXPERIANCE AND INTEGRITY OR AN OBAMINATION!
    FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTER FOR MCCAIN 08!

    June 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Polls do not matter til October

    And please Roland Martin, take off your Obama Sweatsuit and lose the pom poms -- hardly fair and balanced ...

    June 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Nick

    Kerry was not ahead of Bush.

    June 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. E POP

    JUST WAIT UNTIL THAT FIRST DEBATE. OBAMA IS GOING TO CRUSH MCCAIN.

    June 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. peakarach,des moines,IA

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA TOP 10 RUNNING MATES 08!

    1. OSAMA.
    2. MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD.
    3. KIM JUNG-IL.
    4. FIDEL CASTRO.
    5. KHALED MASHAAL"HAMAS LEADER".
    6. REV.WRIGHT.
    7. LOUISE FARRAKHAN.
    8. BILL AYER.
    9. TONY REZKO.
    10. PFLEGER.
    ===========================

    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    June 13, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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