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. Gabrielle, Lancaster SC

    On another note, I just wanted say that most people who post on these blogs have already decided who they are going to vote for. It doesn't matter what the story reports, people will find ways to praise and criticize Obama from reading the exact same story. I have a secret though. These posts on these blogs only represent the opinion of less that 2% of the voting population. The race will be decided by people who aren't on these blogs who actually vote based on the issues…

    Obama '08

    June 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Brian, NJ

    If he wins by 5 points and gets to 270 electoral votes, that's fine with me.

    June 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Listen Up...

    That's b/c HRC has not gone all out to support him yet as she said she would. When she comes back from resting and IF she campaigns for him like she said she would AND if she shuts Bill up, then that # can only go up, up up!

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

    It would be a great help if Mrs. Clinton actually meant it when she said she is supporting Sen. Obama. But since you can never take her statements for you know, the truth...she probably won't be of any help to him.

    June 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Ready for Change

    I have some bad news for Obama, it's going to take more than one more speech too LOL. If Obama wants Hillary's voters, he will have to get them himself, something he has not been able to do so far...........

    June 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Sweden

    isnt he still leading? ...thought CNN said it will be close race so why all fuzz??

    June 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. CLK

    It's funny because by all accounts, McCain should be leading since he has been in general election mode since February. Republicans must be scared.

    June 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Brian Knoxville TN

    Anyone interested in dividing the Democratic party and earning $$ in the process, email me.

    All you have to do is pose as a Hillary supporter and basically slander Obama and his camp. Don't forget to repeat that 'the DNC stole the election from Hillary'. End the message with a threat to vote for McCain.

    Rates start at $5 per post. Email me at puma_turncoat @ gop.com

    June 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. jen

    The polls are always misleading. Obama dominates with the youth vote many of whom only use cell phones which are never polled. Val your an idiot....

    June 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    By the way, with respect to the bounce, Senator Obama has been under constant deluge from the Reps for three months now. And that was in addition to the attacks he took on from Senator Clinton.
    But, like in every sport, if you have more at the end of the day (Nov 5), that's all that matters. So, as long as he stays ahead, and wins the Electoral College, Obama will win?

    June 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. TJ Johnson

    Right-thinking democrats will not vote for Obama - they will vote for McCain. Democrats know McCain. They don't know Obama.

    June 17, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. FactCheck

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

    He doesn't need your vote, he is leading. Try taking your own advice.

    June 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Ian

    I don't care if he wins by .1%. In fact, it'd almost be funny if Obama won the electoral college but McCain got the popular vote, especially if Gore was on the ticket. A total slap in the face to the Republicans who gave it to Bush in 2000.

    June 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Suspend? Does that mean Hillary is not coming back?

    June 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. James

    The issue here is the economy. McCain isn't a great candidate but the Dems are worse. BTW, Brian, do you work or just blog all day? I can see why you're a dem. Those of us who work would like to keep our taxes at a minimum. Those of us who do not work don't care about taxes and love to let others pay the way as in health care, retirement, military, taxes, etc.

    June 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Matthew

    Underwhelming bounce for an underwhelming candidate. No surprise here.

    June 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Brian Knoxville TN

    Obama can't win ever!

    PUMA PNAC

    June 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Mike,ct

    What kind of people vote for McCain.

    I forgot racist people.

    OBAMA done nothing wrong to HILLARY .

    Why HILLARY supporters will vote McCain its RACIST.

    OBAMA 08 HILLARY 2016

    June 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. women in california for Hillary

    I am one of the women who is NOT going to vote for Obama....stay strong women, we will win in 2012
    McCain as president and the house and senate as dems should ensure a balance until then, in fact, McCain is going to truly enjoy being the maverick that he, is by crossing the aisle as he has done on so many other occasions.
    If he picked Lieberman for a running mate I would be even more happy and would not feel a pang of guilt going independent until I get what I want....we women don't ever forget when we have been cheated on

    HILLRY 2012

    June 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Matthew, Houston, TX

    Today's polls really mean very little as they do not sample people without land line phones and really are not big enough to be anywhere accurate. A poll of polls is really just a compilation of all of the inaccuracies in each and means even less.

    Remember that in the primaries, Senator Obama consistantly started behind in the 'general polls' and usually managed to pick up anywhere from 5% to 20% by the time the election was held.

    Val, if you can't comment on the article, just shut up. We really don't care.

    June 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Carol

    This Hillary Supporter will, without a doubt, vote for McCain! I would rather go with experience I know, than float down the river of doubt with Sen. Obama. Too many unanswered questions surround him, it's a little more risk than I am willing to take. Besides, let's keep in mind if Hillary supporters help to elect John McCain there is a great chance we will get to see her run again just four short years down the road!

    June 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. peakarach,des moines,IA

    I THINK ALL 18 MILLION OF US HILLARY SUPPORTER MUST UNITE AND JOIN MCCAIN NOW. WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA AND HIS THUGS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE FOR GOOD.
    ====================
    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    June 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Pete

    Obama?? No way!

    June 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Robert

    The problem with the poll of polls is the timing. Gallup itself said there was about a 5point bounce for Obama after Clinton Conceded. If I remember correctly, Obama and McCain were see sawing for a while. A couple of days after Hillary conceded, Obama went up by 7 but his lead has since come down a few notches. The Poll of Poll usually comes out long after the events happen. Hillary conceded on June 7th and this Poll of Polls shows data from a week later. It's not true in this case but the Poll of polls tends to average polls that happen at different time. For example, the 7 point Gallup lead never showed up because at that time, the Poll of polls was averaging it with data from Polls that happened BEFORE the concession. I think CNN should just stick to the individual polls.

    June 17, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. independent now

    OH WELL DID OBAMA REALLY THINK HILARY VOTERS WOULD JUST JUMP SHIP? ITS NOT ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ITS ABOUT WE THE PEOPLE. GIVE US A DECENT CHOICE. THIS ELECTION IS DUMB AND DUMBER. THATS THE PROBLEM. WE DONT LIKE OBAMA , HE HAS NO IDEAS NO SUSBSTANCE HE RIDES COAT TAILS. NOTHING ORIGINAL

    June 17, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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