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. MD

    Down from 6 points yesterday. Where is Hillary? She's catching her breath and getting ready to re-start her campaign when Obama implodes.

    June 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Herman in LA

    The only poll that count is the one in November...

    June 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Proud1of 26% in WV

    It is like I read earlier ,why do this daily?Why not monthly?

    June 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. stacy

    all the excitement, energy and hope is gone from the election
    thanks to DNC and superdelegates with the miserable two left
    standing to lead the country to who knows where.

    June 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Robert NYC & Miami

    Please... you have posted that same piece of news every single day this week.

    IT DOES NOT MATTER! OBAMA WILL NOT WIN THE ELECTORAL VOTE!

    GO PRINT THAT IN CHINESE!

    June 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. rom, NY

    so what CNN?

    Obama 2008 and forever !!!

    June 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Raghu

    Ivoted for Jimmy Carter, didn't vote when Ronald Reagan was their or Bush Sr. I voted for Clinton 1 term. Didnt vote next term. I didn't vote in 2000, but voted for Kerry in 2004 because I was sick of it. I will vote Obama, and mark my words CNN, he will become president.

    McCain:" he's older than his wife, and he's younger than his mama, hes old enough to be 1` and a half Barack Obamas.

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Rod

    This appears to be excellent news.
    We need change. That is clear. Mccain is too old to understand that.
    Obama 08 is the clear choice for me.

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Down with Obama

    Sounds like he is dropping!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. shannon

    It is June...who cares what the polls say.

    June 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Michelle

    How does the electoral college map look?

    That's what matters.

    June 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Matt Canoga Park

    Because the same polls were so correct through out the Primary season I am sure this one is correct.

    Ever notice political polls have as much accuracy as a Daisey Air Rifle?

    June 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Bryan NY

    “Time will tell whether Obama’s lead is a temporary bounce resulting from the end of the Democratic nomination"

    Try–"Time will tell whether McCain's precentage is a temporary bounce resulitng from the Democratic in-fighting"- Now that the fight is almost over we will see if McCain can maintain his precentage once Obama locks horns with him.

    June 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. New Day

    I am so happy we are soooo poll-driven with 5 months to go. :(

    June 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Esther from Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    last night I did a poll for the first time in my life. It was from the Quinnipiac university and will be ending on monday. from what i was telling her and she responed to my answers Obama is going to have a high averages on monday. i am very excited to see the results. funny to I am in the older woman votes for Obama.

    June 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Uncle Sam

    If that's all the bump that Sen. Obama received from winning the Democratic nomination, it looks like he's in for a bumpy ride.

    June 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Stud

    McSame's numbers will drop more each day/month. America doesn't want an old warmonger geezer with comb over to represent them.

    June 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Stud

    "With a comb over", I meant

    June 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. rj

    interesting.... Hussein's lead dwindles while ole man McCain cant seem to get out of his own way. The Dems have picked a loser. Too much baggage. NO-Bama in '08 or EVER.

    June 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    Soon enough Obama will BLAST Caney-Cane out of the WAWA.

    June 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    This Gap Is Sure To Increase In The Next Few Weeks! Morale Is Low In The Republican Camp! Deep Inside They Know They Are Going Down! Its Hard To Smile With A Fat Lip!

    June 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. martin

    polls/shmolls.obama will win by much more than this.he wont veto beer.

    June 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Obama will trounce McStain soon, he's just getting his ducks in a row with moving the DNC to Chicago. Just wait, there's a lot of good things going on that will come to light soon. :-)

    Obama/Sebelius or Webb '08

    June 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. wen

    CNN is not trust-worth. Actually, it is so biased that it is fair to call it Cable News Nonsense.

    June 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. aware

    Vote for John McCain 08! This American hero is in touch with mainstream America! :)

    Obama has become petty and boring! He whines too much! He won't do joint-town halls because he is not good in an unscripted format up close and personal. And, it is now obvious that his change theme was just a come on.

    Also, there are a lot of disillusioned Democrats who are not happy with the extreme left-wing Obama or the extreme left-wing Democratic party.

    It is a long way to November, and Obama is in trouble already with his poor judgment and lack of impromptu speaking ability! Barack's thinking out loud with long awkward pauses is difficult to listen to! :(

    June 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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