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. ZagGo

    That's alright ... all will be well Nov 09 Go OBama 08!!

    June 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Who gives a rat's rear? McSame and the warmongering Reptilicans are going down hard!

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. darren

    if so-called Democrats aren't going to vote for Obama, fine. No one's begging you to vote in your own interest. This is the same silliness that got Bush re-elected, you fools.

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. GARY

    A FIVE POINT BOUNCE THATS ALL HE SHOULD BE AHEAD BT AT LEAST 15 POINTS BECAUSE OF THE WAR IRAQ AND THE ECONOMY REMEMBER NIXON COINED THE TERM SILENT MAJORITY THIS GROUP WILL SEND JOHN MCCAIN TO THE WHITE HOUSE

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Sweetie

    The Polls are trying to let you know that even in a year when the Democratic Candidate should be way ahead of the Republican Candidate, because of the mess we are in right now, He isn't.

    Obama isn't a viable Candidate.

    McCain will win the election this year by a landslide.

    McCain 08

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Ralph

    The party was not expected to unite after a speech. It will need at least a month or two to do so in a meaningful way. You will see the point spread become greater and greater, until McCain is landslided in Nov. McCain should work on his, "we knew we had a tough fight going in" speech.

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Cher June 17th, 2008 4:22 pm ET

    We told you we would NOT vote for Obama. WAKE UP!"
    ---------------
    Nobody cares who you vote for. Now go back to sleep!

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. lois

    Cher
    YOU HAVE TO BE A REPUBLICAN, IF YOU WERE A TRUE DEMOCRATE, THEN YOU WOULD VOTE FOR OBAMA. BOTH HE OR HILARY COULD NOT HAVE WON, BUT ONE OF THEM DID.

    June 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Xena

    Oh yeah, we need one more speech and that will do it. Get real!! Those of us who are not voting Nobama will not vote him EVER! His is an empty suit – we are immune to the pretty speeches that mean nothing. This man cannot hypnotize us!!
    Get strong American, don't fall for this rhetoric.
    Ever notice that all he can do is give jabs to McCain?? Aren't you tired of that?? He never says what he is planning. He only can bad mouth McCain. He will NEVER win!!!

    June 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Houston Texas

    This trend will continue.

    Obama 08

    June 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Val

    United We Can! Together We Will!

    McCain 08! McCain all the way!

    (And NO socialists in the White House!) America is better than that!

    June 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    What did Obama expect? Did he think he could diss Hillary for oevr a year and then have her supporters flock to him? Maybe the fact that Obama's got about 5 minutes of relevant experience has something to do with it too.

    June 17, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Sam

    Hillary all the way. Baracks best bet is to have Hillary on his ticket, if not, he is dooooooooomed.

    June 17, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Dem

    I agree Cher. I won't vote for Barrack

    June 17, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. AER

    I and 18 million others are waiting for Hillary to announce that she is running as an 3rd Party Independent candidate. After how the DNC and Superdelegates treated her, she owes them absolutely no loyalty.

    As a citizen with no Party affiliation, I would like a chance to vote for Hillary in 2008. The Democrats robbed me of that opportunity and under no circumstances will I vote for a Democrat this November. John McCain is not George W. Bush, but Barack Obama is still Barack Obama.

    Hillary in 2008 and 2012.

    June 17, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. MikeH

    Ooooo, underwhelming.

    CNN (stealth Republican Media operative) always looking for a way to attach superlatives to denigrate the Democratic front-runner.

    Why aren't you posting any articles about McCain's lack of awareness of the `Rape Joke" and how he still accepts money from such scum? Why is the ratio of Obama to McCain integrity-questioning articles about 4:1? Why is there a quick move to put some kind of negative spin on Gore's endorsement?

    Don't bother sending me the 'awaiting approval from moderator' message, I have access to several internet accounts and have seen how you mislead someone into thinking their comment was posted, when in fact it did not get posted.

    June 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. hello

    He should start listening to other people then John Carry and Kennedy.
    If he thinks he can win without Hillary on the ticket then he is dreaming.
    He and his supporter's arrogance is going to bring John McCain's presidency.

    June 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Darrel from Denver

    Between Brown and Blitzer and the anti-Obama bias on CNN, I am shocked ANY positive news for Obama makes it on air or in the ticker.

    Even when it is positive, it is defined in a negative manner – that is, it should have been MORE positive, but since it wasn't, it is, therefore negative.

    Clowns and idiots, all of them.

    Obama is clearly the better candidate, is clearly the only one capable of changing Washington, and clearly the more vibrant, energetic, and dynamic person in this race.

    The sooner everyone realizes that, the sooner this race will be over. The Republicans have been resorting to their usual lies, innuendos, and smears. The cable news programs have resorted to their usual biases. AND YET OBAMA IS STILL AHEAD.

    Get a clue, fools.

    June 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Sabrina

    Real Clear Politics have it at 4, the margin error. Which is a average of all polls. CNN,what do you do find polls that will put Obama ahead,a lot of Hillary's supporters will not support Obama, people think we will get over it, but don't hold your breath!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. nick

    NOBAMA CANT!
    YES MC-CAN!!

    June 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Winthorp

    Before all you annoyed Hilary fans tell us you aren't going to vote for Obama, consider this. WE GET IT!! LETS SEE WHERE YOU STAND WHEN YOU START ACTUALLY PAYING ATTENTION TO ISSUES.

    June 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE JAMES CARVILLE & OTHERS JUMPING

    IN UNISON ON EVERYONE OF THE MCBUSH MORONIC

    POTENTIAL POLICIES, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE

    ONES THAT OBAMA WANTS TO DO PERSONALLY.

    A SEGMENT OF OUR PUBLIC HAS SWORN OFF READING.

    THEY NEED A QUICK & CONCISE RESPONSE,FOR A QUICK

    MENTAL DIGESTION.

    June 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Carol

    No, this is a good indication!

    An indication that clearly the Clinton supporters will not so easily just agree to drink the koolaide and jump on the obama train.
    I cannot believe everyone thought we would just tuck our tails and obey, all in the name of party unity. Lord knows we can all feel the result of choosing the wrong person for the Presidency. For too long this has become the vote for the lesser of two evils. We had hope this time when we had Hillary Clinton in the running. The truth is, if Obama was soooo good you would have seen a huge jump in the polls showing Hillary supporters changing sides. Sometimes you have to stand for what is right and not just agree to go with the flow.
    Hillary was the clear choice for President, the DNC blew it.

    June 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Walt, Belton,TX

    And, approriately so.......................................................

    June 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. TS

    This proves Obama can NOT win the general election. I just don't understand the reasont he dems continue to try to shove inexperienced, left wing radicals down the country's throat

    June 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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