June 17th, 2008
03:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Underwhelming post-Clinton bounce for Obama

Obama is leading McCain in the latest CNN Poll of Polls.
Obama is leading McCain in the latest CNN Poll of Polls.

(CNN)— Barack Obama is leading John McCain in the first General Election CNN Poll of Polls since Hillary Clinton ended her presidential bid.

Obama is ahead of McCain by five points, 46 percent to 41 percent. That’s up one point from Friday’s poll of polls, which showed the Illinois senator leading McCain 47 percent to 43 percent.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said, “Hillary Clinton's decision to suspend her campaign and endorse Obama seems to have produced little or no bounce for Obama.”

The fact that Obama’s lead did not increase more significantly since Clinton ended her campaign and endorsed the Illinois senator is “an indication that Clinton supporters may need more than one speech to rally behind the party's nominee,” said Holland. “Since the end of January, Obama's edge in the weekly Poll of Polls has always been in the low single digits, but it's worth noting that he has consistently been ahead of McCain week after week for about four months.”

The national General Election poll of polls has no sampling error and consists of three surveys conducted between June 12 and June 16: Gallup (June 14-16), Cook/RT Strategies (June 12-15), and ABC/Washington Post (June 12-15).


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. NoMcSame

    PUMA people just do it and shut up. You are like the lost soul on the bridge faking like he is going to jump when all he wants is attention. So, go ahead and take the leap and vote McSame if it will make you happy. Clinton is still begging each of her 18million folks for $I.00 to get her out of the hole but they won't do it. She lost, so get out of here and go cry to her or help her because you are not doing anyone any good on here.
    Obama will win this race without you and it will be better that way so that Hillary won't get the credit for her PUMA people crossing over.
    Obama08 with or without YOU.

    June 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Jim from IL

    This is a good start. Obama all the way!!!

    June 17, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Janet WV for Obama/Clinton

    Congratulations, President-elect Barack Obama!

    June 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Down with Obama

    Why don't you poll real people????

    You keep feeding the Obamabots this bull!!!

    Just wait and see what happens in the general election.

    Will I lmao??? You bet me and millions of others will be laughing!!!

    PUMA POWER!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. big ed

    It's only the more intelligent voters who are able to see past this McCain military smokescreen and vote Obama.

    June 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. indianapolis

    Give it time. The more coverage McCain gets and the more Obama gets to "spar" with him on the issues, the better the democrat will do. McCain's got nothing to run on but more of same.

    June 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Eric

    This election is about issues, big ones, from the war in Iraq, the debt, outsourcing, global warming, constitution, Supreme Court. Let the real Democrats unite among the commun issues and let the rest cast their vote based on resentment, fear or racism. That's plain and simple.

    June 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Obama '08

    Too many polls!

    June 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. CD

    Well well well, this just shows with a little bit more effort to register new voters Obama can win without the Hillary protesters. Oh good Lord please let them stay at home on election day we can't risk them going to the other side. They should just sit this one out and Obama will be just fine.

    June 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. boered1

    yep the clinton news network is still at it, distorting news with subtle inuendo and I quote "Barack Obama is leading John McCain in the first General Election CNN Poll of Polls since Hillary Clinton ended her presidential bid" they then go on to contradict themselves within two paragraphs by saying "Since the end of January, Obama's edge in the weekly Poll of Polls has always been in the low single digits, but it's worth noting that he has consistently been ahead of McCain week after week for about four months"

    They throw in a line that he got no bump from the clintonistas when she suspended her campaign to make it appear that he has no chance.. good try CNN but those whose intelligence is above that of a fly (or a clintonista) can see through your subtle jibs guess you cannot get over the fact that all your lies and distortions and media games STILL did not get the liar clinton onto the ticket, get over yourselves CNN you are NOT really that important to thinking people!

    June 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Loretta from California

    POLLS, SURVEYS-Mean very littlle and are hardly convincing. CNN's poll's are quite different from AOL's Polls. Who can say which poll is correct.

    June 17, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Matt

    Hang on Obama, nowhere to go but down from here!

    American people are not stupid. They are learning more and more each day about how harmful you would be as President.

    no Obama. Never.

    June 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. MLG

    Polls change everyday. McCain 08

    June 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Chris

    Alright Clinton supporters, time to get out there and support Barack Obama for President of the USA like Hillary Clinton asked!!! YES WE WILL!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    June 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Bob

    Yes he can!

    June 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. aware

    Very close race! The anointed one will not win in the end! The gutsy one will! :)

    Most Hillary Clinton supporters have already left the party that canabalized her and anointed their selection!

    And, we won't be back! Vote for the gutsy American hero in touch with mainstream America. McCain 08! :)

    June 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Mary in CT

    Before the Obama haters weigh in: the only reason it would have been potentially any different for Clinton is that Barack Obama would have been less grudging in conceding the nomination, and had not been bashing HRC all along to the point that his followers could not imagine supporting her.

    But, Obama won, and his support is growing. In the end it won't matter what the numbers are now.

    June 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Cher

    We told you we would NOT vote for Obama. WAKE UP!

    June 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Robert in Toronto,ON

    It will take time! Try asking them in October after they've seen a couple of McCain speeches or hear about what he called his wife in public. (...and it's not "Cindy")

    June 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Hillary supporter from Texas

    OMG..........WoW, Obama is leading McCain by 5 small points. Get over your self. If Obama is doing so great, and more than half the country thinks we're going in the wrong direction. Shouldnt Obama be leading by 13 points or more. You know why hes only leading by 5 points........because a majority of Hillary supporters are now supporting McCain.........including me >:P

    June 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. James, SC

    Both of these senators have enough time to prove what they can do for the country. I believe Obama will win in the end.

    June 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Will in Richmond, VA

    Give it time to heal.

    And let McCain keep talking. The more he talks, the more he paints himself into a corner with his flip flopping. The REAL democrats and the hope-ers and the independents and the Obamicans will stand up in November and usher in a new American Golden Age.

    June 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Uncle Sam

    Reasons to vote for Barack Obama: President Bush, Bush administration, Republican brand, Iraq War, high gas and food prices.

    Reasons to vote for John McCain : He is the better candidate.

    June 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. BROOKLYN

    At this point, he will NEVER get our vote... He is sounding more like a dictator every day!!!

    And... Please don't respond with your "get on board and get over it" comments...

    He needs her (and us) she does not need him... And honestly we are sick of all of the disrespect.

    June 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Proud American

    Lets Go Dems!!!!!

    June 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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