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. Glendell Latham

    Obama supporters. You are not very smart. You trash our candidate
    and think we will stand side-by-side with you cheering for that
    "empty suit" candidate of yours. We feel the same about him as you
    do about Hillary. You think the shoe can't be on the other foot?
    Come November, you will need most of us 18 million Hillary voters.
    We don't need you. Keep bashing Hillary. Keep it fresh in our minds
    when the general election comes. I chose McCain over Obama. At
    least McCain has done something he can be credited with to help
    the country.

    June 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. anon

    i can't vote, even if i could i would not vote for obama because the better candidate was marginalised by the dem party because it was smitten by obama. this is like the middle aged guy dumping his wife for the prettier, younger wife who did not raise children, put up with him through his eccentricities but yet gets the benefits of the hard work of the first wife. Who wants to support such a party? Even if Mcain would be the prez bydefault.

    June 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. VictorSX

    This recent CNN article and it's analysis of the poll numbers is flawed. When there was no Democratic nominee yet, the polls used before asked these questions:

    Obama vs McCain or
    Clinton vs McCain

    and not: Obama vs Clinton vs McCain

    The first set of questions had almost similar results, indicating a prospective voters preference of Democrat vs Republican.

    So now that it is only Obama vs McCain, we should expect the same polling numbers.

    People should be more critical of the news. The same should go with their government and elected officials. Trust but verify.

    June 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Belle

    For all you Obama fans who believe the posts from Hillary supporters are not really from Hillary supporters-read this article one more time.

    June 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. EDW

    TIMELINE:
    Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996.
    Outwardly opposed the war October 2002.
    Elected to the US Senate by 70% vote in November 2004.

    June 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Ric

    Clinton Democrats for Mc Cain '08
    (Something wicked this way comes and it’s hailing from Chicago.)

    June 17, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Denise

    Women are so crazy. They will burn the house down just make some toast.

    I don't care about petty, spiteful women. Barack will still win and Hillary (who said she will work hard for Barack, which I don't believe because she is so selfish and self-centered) will never be president.

    Obama, not your Momma Hillary, 08

    June 17, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Mary

    The thing that saddens me most is the fact that all these fools that supported Hillary Clinton and now claim to support McCain won't be anywhere to be found when McCain loses. Four years from now, after Obama's first successful term is over they will have all claimed to have been his supporter all along. But we will know who the original F.O.B.s (Friends of Barack) were!

    June 17, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Just Words

    *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.”

    Obots....Can you ask your Messiah to repeat what he said a few months back ....Does he still 'know' he can get Hillary's votes????? LOL!

    How about a poll on how Pelosi and Dean will FIRED from their positions soon??!!

    PUMA Democrat – "Keeping Democracy Alive"

    June 17, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. L

    I am so irritated with those of whom claim that they were supporting Clinton and now going for McCain. GROW UP! You are all acting like 1 year olds. Shame on all of you. For those who were going for McCain the entire time, I can respect that you are sticking with your candidate despite the fact that I totally disagree with your choice. I have to say that I was actually rooting for McCain in 2000. I am a relocated Arizonan and used to think of him positively. I now live in Michigan and am witness to an area that Washington has seeming forgotten. I am very wary of him this time around because unfortunately he seems to have lost most of who he is and what he really stands for. I also do not think he has the best plans as far as how to recharge our economy, our foreign policy, and our future. I ask that people open their eyes and start to think of what is best for our country. You may disagree with Obama for one reason or another, but he seems to be able to surround himself with good advisors and seems to have the common sense to absorb the information given to him and expend it into good outcomes. He has been the only candidate to keep his campaign not only afloat but to make it prosperous. I think that can only translate into good things for this country.

    June 17, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Black Out

    Yeah, Hillary will never be elected either. She needs the black vote and she will NEVER get it. There were racist remarks made by both the Clintons and they will not be on top ever again. Black people put Bill in office, and black people will keep Hillary out, and Chelsea for that matter.

    June 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. P Berry

    For all of you female Hillary supporters who claim you will be voting for McCain no matter what here's a tidbit about McCain's friend Clayton Williams who ran a fundraiser for him.

    "While running unsuccessfully against Ann Richards for governor, the Texan was overheard comparing rape to the weather: "As long as it's inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it."

    If you are true Hillary supporter and especially if you a woman you should be truly offended by this. If not vote for McCain.

    June 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Phil-Little Rock

    All of Hillary's supporters are like kids anyway: you have to tell them something more than once before they comprehend it.

    June 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Anton

    To all those Obama supporters...who claim that one is a racist if you vote for McCain...I'm voting for McCain, cause he aint a liberal. Simple isn't it?

    June 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Just Words

    I will be "clinging to my religion and bitterness and LMAO" come November when O-Waffle man gets trounced!!

    It's about the VOTERS "Sweetie bots", ....trust me these Poll numbers are MUCH, MUCH Higher for McCain.

    June 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Jaun

    Clinton had just sounded off in endorsing Obama...she had alreaaaaady destroyed the party...and had not asked them to support Oabma, crush Denver and let florida and michigan follow the rules.
    She is faceless.OBAMA WILL DO IT WITH OR WITHOUT THEM.
    AMERICA FOR OBAMA...GO BAMA
    OBAMA 08

    June 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    The problem is that the polls are no good. Who are these people polling? If they are doing it the old fashion way, they are only polling those with land lines. Let's face it, the people who will more than likely vote for Obama have cells. With the economy being what it is, most people have given up land lines in favor of cell phones. Pollesters are likely talking to the same old people and not taking into account new voters or those who only have cells.

    June 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Steve - Minneapolis

    Obviously the problem is in the way in which the Clintons closed out their campaign. Anyone watching or listening could read between the lines. There was no true endorsement of Obama. Why else was the campaign "suspended" instead of "ended". The fact that Obama is even ahead after all this Clinto inspired confusion tells me he is going to do well.

    What a mixed up political party. It's a darn good thing that Obama is a strong candidate because his party certainly isn't doing him any favors.

    June 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. scott lymann

    I am one of the people who supports Hillary and will not support Obama until she gets the respect that she deserves. Why can't his campaign see that? There are 18 million of us who feel this way. At least offer Hillary the VP spot and see what happens.

    June 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. NickNas

    Relax CNN the game has just begun. But nice try selling your favorite Candidate into the VP Job AGAIN!!!

    June 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Ready for Change

    McCain and Clinton both voted for this war in Iraq and Obama did not. Why is that?? Because he went with his gut and did what was right by oposing it and not what everyone else was doing. That speaks volumes to me and many Obamabots as you like to call us.

    Obama/Whoever '08

    June 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. MP_Pennsylvania

    That is the effect of prolonged primary. Hillary tried to win people by going very negative on Obama and people who voted her because they beleived what she said about him. Now just by telling them to support him wouldn't work. Above all republicans are using her in their adds. So it reminds voters what she said during the primary. And the way she ended the primary did not look good either.

    Anyway, it doesnt matter, Obama will win this november.

    Those so called democrats who do not vote him and vote McCain will have to pay the price (guilty ride) if McCain get elected.

    June 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. Gabriela

    Obama's latest trick on HRC, naming patty solís, is the straw that broke the camel's back. No way we can vote for him.

    June 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. peg

    GET THE NUMBERS FROM THE RED CROSS FOR THE 9-11 VICTIMS

    June 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. yns

    To PAT IN CALI

    Yes, we will exercise our vote. We will vote for who we want to vote for. NOT for someone who is being shoved at us!!!

    June 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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