June 13th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
6 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. Sean Lloyds

    HRC Supporters are actually hate filled racists is disguise...chew on that !

    June 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Jan from Boca Raton, Fl.

    Wait and see how that changes in the election, that when the Clinton supporters are going to cross over to McCain.

    We don't want to hear the bull about 100 years in Iraq, Obama isn't
    going to bring our troops home in 6 months, he's a lair.

    McCain is Not another Bush, but Obama is another Rev. Wright

    June 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. T-Bone

    Seems these polls change every day. Who cares? Republicans are probably too busy working and being productive to take these ridiculous polls.

    June 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. MD

    CNN's own poll shows 5 points as of 6/11.

    Having said that, who cares about polls?

    Lots of times candidates have been up but didn't win or v.v.

    Remember Clinton was up by 30 points at the beginning of the primary season? Where is she now?

    June 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Bradley effect will be present in november-

    As will the 18 million voters that voted for Hillary he will likely need over 90 percent of us to win this.

    We will remember come november !

    June 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. IndyVoter

    MD – The six point spread that you are talking about was on a Wall Street Journal poll NOT the CNN Poll of Polls. This article is talking about the CNN Poll of Polls which is the average of all the polls. So its not a surprise that its lower. Please get your facts straight . Obama will not implode. Remember the grave you dig for others might just be the one you end up in. Godspeed.

    June 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Kenneth M

    THAT IS BECAUSE HE IS STICKING TO THE ISSUES WHILE THE GOP IS GOING AFTER HIS PERSONAL SIDE. IT IS THE OLD RUBBER AND GLUE SYSTEM

    June 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Sasha Cha

    The leader os the Sexist is dead, Hillary Clinton must be crying her eyes out.

    June 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Daily polls will drive people crazy. At least do this on a weekly basis at most!

    June 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Ready For Change

    Well you got what you wanted, Obama as the nomonee, now you can live with him and huge "bump" when you ran Hillary out of the race. If I were here, I would tell the DNC and Obmama to KMA when they asked her to support and help him. You ran her out cause she was making Obama look bad by beating him, now all I hear is Hillary better get busy getting her supporters to back him or he will lose. LOL give me a break. I hope Hillary does not show up till August. Her supporters aren't going anywhere after all.

    June 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Rico in Arkansas

    obviously a poll done every day is going to rise or fall by a piont just depending on the sampling (the people polled.)
    why not do a poll every week or every to week or even every month like someone else said.
    looking at this is like buying a stock and watching the market everyday on pins and needles as it rises and falls.
    PLEASE!!

    June 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. al

    ******************************************************************
    IT CANT BE TRUE.....................HES WAY WAY AHEAD THAN THAT.
    STOP THE MADNESS. VOTE OBAMA.

    June 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. shelly

    Fired Up.........Ready to Go................ Obama'08

    June 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Phyllis in Texas

    Robert NYC
    How do you know Obama will not win in Nov?? Are you hoping for a back room deal to make sure McSame wins. Of course you are.

    June 13, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Ahead or behind it doesn't matter.

    Both two major party candidates will not seriously change anything as they both owe their allegiance to party radicals and the influence of each parties unique special interests groups.

    For those who feel left out by both of these guys there is a third option.

    The Libertarians–2008
    Bob Barr -2008
    Real change–not just lip service with fingers crossed in their pockets.

    Got Liberty?

    June 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Marty

    He better enjoy the lead while he has it!

    June 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Dave

    I prefer biased news! What's wrong with it? With the other kind, you have to decide what to think for yourself!

    June 13, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Agnes

    Why no margin of error? Could it be the result shows less than favorably for Sen. Obama? Lets face it, the American people would rather have experience and trust than an unknown. Sen Obama is an unknown. What does he stand for? Change, what change and how will it be accomplished? Hope, we all have hope- hope for a better future but the hope Sen. Obama offers is empty without a plan of action. He has spoken and many have heard the riveting call but now what? I'm tired of empty promises and high handed politics. I saw the best hope of the democratic party thrown aside and now I'm supposed to vote for the less qualified person for the job??? The democratic party does not speak for me while I'm making the singly most important national decision. The vote must go to the most capable and qualified candidate. Hillary has my loyal support not the DNC!
    NOBAMA!!!

    June 13, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Michelle June 13th, 2008 2:40 pm ET

    How does the electoral college map look?

    That's what matters."
    -------
    Even the electoral college map doesn't matter yet, because it's going to change this year.

    What really matters is: How many democrats are going to vote, vs. how many Republicans?

    So far it's two to one, Democrats.

    Can you say "landslide"?

    June 13, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. tom, boston

    4? where does CNN get their numbers? they must poll their families.

    just about everyone i've talked to so far, across the country and the world, want Obama over McShame any day. now you can take that to the bank.

    June 13, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Ted (NC)

    Just like the Celtics and the Lakers in Game 4...

    McCain down by 24 points... comes from behind in the biggest upset in US Presidential Election history.

    McCain has nothing to lose. He's not suppose to win.

    Obama has TONS riding on his shoulders. How can he lose?

    If he does there goes his political future.

    June 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Nova from NV

    I call on all other bitter supporters of Hillary to vote for McCain in Nov. We have been treated with such disrespect from our party and the Obama supporters. If they think our votes do not count, they should wait till November. The Obama supporters are very divisive and arrogant. Let's show them what we can do!

    June 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. fight the liberal media!

    THIS IS A LIE

    EVERYONE KNOWS THAT SENATOR CLINTON'S SUPPORTERS HAVE SEEN THIS MAN FOR WHAT HE IS A STREET THUG FROM THE INNER CITY WHO STOLE THE ELECTION FROM HER BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN

    No woman who is proud to be a woman can support him.

    McCAIN 08! OR WRITE IN FOR HILLARY!

    WE CANT LET THIS BULLY TAKE HER VICTORY

    NO ONE REALLY VOTED FOR HIM BUT THE BLACKS AND THE MEDIA!!!

    June 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Jim D

    Mr. Obama and the Democrats have a laughably naive and therefore dangerous view of the world's oil situation. Basically, they seem to think that the US Government can endlessly "whip" on the oil companies and they will fall in line. The actual case is that these are global companies, and they are selling oil in a global market.

    On the global scale, India, China and Asia are growing exponentially and are buying fuel as fast as they can get it, without ponderous environmental, regulatory and refining and exploration restrictions/red tape along with threats of punitive taxes. Think about it, when it reaches the point to which the oil companies can sell more oil in one month somewhere else than they can in one year here, and with greater ease, then why would they even want to be here?

    The day is approaching when Congress will demand that the oil companies do "this and that" if they want to do business in the US, and the answer will be "Fine, then we do not want the business".

    June 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Shiloh WA

    It scares me that I live in a country where so many people could vote for McCain!

    June 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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