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. Molly

    YES – The MILLIONS of Hillary supporters WILL UNITE – we WILL all Come Together – AGAINST OBAMA – and the DNC!!!!!!
    Obama is NOT qualified to lead our country and will NEVER be elected President. The GOP – together with the MILLIONS of Hillary supporters will make sure that McCain wins. We do NOT vote Party – we VOTE Country – and will NOT vote for obama.

    June 17, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Robert

    Why does no one ever mention rasmussen reports which actually has more comprehensive data than any other source I know. They are the only other source I know of that does daily tracking and they also regularly track each state. It's the most polling information you can get from any one source.

    June 17, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Scott

    The Democratic establishment may have forced Hillary to make a speech but hell will freeze over before I support this candidate whose resume is so weak and who consorts with terrorists, anti-american crazies and criminals.

    Hillary Supporters for McCain 08!

    June 17, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. David Goldman for OBAMA

    WE NEED A QUIRE OF SLAMMING RESPONSES TO

    MCSLEAZY ACCUSATIONS & CRAP. THINK TONE HER.

    SOME FOLKS DON'T EVEN PONDER THE WORDS,

    JUST THE TONE. WE NEED A BUNCH OF FOLKS THAT

    CAN DELIVER THE TONE. JUST THINK ABOUT IT.

    MCSLEAZY TRUMPETS HIS DEFENSE CAPABILITIES.

    NO ONE HAS DONE A WORSE JOB OF IT.

    GAS PRICES A BUSH POLICY CAUSING THE INFLATION.

    WE PAY $55.00 FROM THE SAUDIS THE BALANCE GOING

    TO SCUZOS, MAKING MONEY.

    June 17, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Joe Six

    Obama has maxed out on his support. Come November, people will vote their pocketbooks. When they see all the new taxes from Obama, and all the spending on other people, they'll run to McCain.

    June 17, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Ben

    We need the Clintons.........we need unity in our party. The Clintons need to extend a "good" hand of friendship to the Obama team by coming out to speak to her supporters. I know that the Clintons are good people and are working hard behind the scene to ensure that Obama defeats McBush.

    June 17, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Frank

    Not sure why so many Democrats just don't want to believe why Clinton supporters don't vote for Obama!!!! It has nothing to do with the man but rather with his lack of experience, what he stands for, and what he has not been able to deliver, i.e. concrete plans and ideas on what he is going to do once in the office! I am sure if we had another person running, who could prove his capabilities, that ALL democrats would rally behind him/her! Why do we have so many ignorant democrats???!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Ready for Change

    Uh OH, guess he needs Annie Oakley to come to his rescue.

    June 17, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. peg

    EX DEMOCRAT/PUMA MEMBER

    I AM VOTING FOR MCCAIN LIKE I SAID I WOULD. DOES NOT MATTER IF HILL IS PUT ON VP SLOT. NOT A THING WILL CHANGE MY MIND. I TELL EVERYONE I KNOW

    June 17, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. McBush

    we are going to win and bring the country togather as one. Obama 08!!! Mccains war plan is too expencive and he doesnt care about our troops coming home so we need a President that cares about our country and our future. Obama 08

    June 17, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    HE IS JUST GETTING OVER A HORRIBLE PRIMARY.

    GETTING ORGANIZED & THE BEST IS YET TO COME.

    June 17, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Jozee

    These polls mean nothing at this point in time, whether he is ahead or behind by 20 pts. The only polls that matter are on election day when the voters reject Bush's 3rd Term in John McCain.

    BTW, Hillary, get your behind out there and "campaign your heart out" like you said you would!

    GO OBAMA/RICHARDSON

    June 17, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Margi

    Consistently been ahead of McCain week after week for about four months, that is the story here. He is winning.

    June 17, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. abby

    To- CD – NO we will NOT be staying home!!!!! The highly educated Hillary supporters/VOTERS will not stay home – a VOTE for McCain is actually a vote AGAINST obama – and we are organized, united, and ready for November. The DNC has selected the WEAK candidate that is not qualified – so.... we will have to Elect McCain for our next President. United WE Stand – Divided – obama falls!

    June 17, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. ???

    Cher
    June 17th, 2008 4:22 pm ET

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

    Even if we weren't awake, there's nothing that can change the fact that this election is Obama vs McCain and threatening not to vote Obama isn't going to magically put Hillary into the White House.

    By the way, those that will vote McCain to "teach Obama supporters a lesson" may want to think about the consequences. Do you want Hillary to stand any chance of ever getting elected? What goes around comes around.

    June 17, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    yeah VAL.... your cool...

    A socialists? Really? Everyone in the Country Benefits from SOME program that the Government (we= taxes) pay for I.E. USPS

    we as a U.S.A. have some "socialist" tendencies...... DO SOME HOME WORK....

    & just look at what the two are offering.... I can go on forever on the differences between the two.... But for instsnce... Obama wants HealthCare to be AFFORDABLE for every american.... but he is NOT asking for it to be MANDATORY... this would mean... you have a choice not to take it....

    A SOCIALIST would FORCE it on people... this is also seen where we have FEDEX & UPS to our USPS....

    Comprende?

    -V

    June 17, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. yns

    I AM NOT AFRAID OF MCCAIN! You Barrack Hussein Oblahblahblah supporters will not shove him at me!

    We still have a Demoncratic Senate and House. That will provide the checks and balances our forfathers intended for our political system!

    June 17, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Rick FL

    These polls do not account for first-time voters or individuals with cell phones either, who predominantly voted Democratic in the primaries.

    This spread will only continue to increase when Clinton begins actively campaigning for Obama.

    Please remember ("PUMA"): even if Hillary might not be picked for VP, Obama could choose her for Supreme Court justice. Imagine what a great champion for women's causes she would make on the court, which is a lifetime appointment. Please think about the bigger picture. This election is too important.

    Dem '08

    June 17, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Ted

    Obama was very gracious to Clinton during the primaries. Enough sexist anti-Barack blather, really.

    June 17, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. OBAMA BACKER

    The women of the women of the Clinton camp will come over when they learn that McCain doesn't support any of womens issues. Roe v Wade, equal pay, and even takes money from men that think abuse of women is like the weather "if it's inevitable just lay back relax and enjoy it" If Clinton supporters vote for him they are truly not about the issues.

    June 17, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. What if?

    Let's be honest Clinton knew what she was doing when she said all those negaitve things about Obama, even when she knew she was going to lose as nominee. She been in Washington long enough to know how the good old boys play the game.

    As one formal Clinton supporters stated: I was afraid that Obama was to inexperienced, to green, that he was all fluff and cotton candy as you say. But I've heard he's getting the cream of the crop economists and his ideas about how to get out of Iraq seem about right from what I've read in New Republic magazine. ....I supported Hillary for far longer then I should have. Her behaivior towards the end of this primary season was atrocious. I heard she was trying to use any legal manuevering she could think up to steal this nomination.

    Maybe you are right, Senator Dole......at least you never pretended to be a democrat, before we had Obama became our winning nominee.................

    Senator Dole said the “Democrats had to choose between one candidate who said she’d obliterate Iran and another candidate who said he wants to invite Iranian leaders over for dinner and then maybe a chat after dinner with a good cigar—Cuban. I’d imagine. I DON’T want EITHER of those TWO answering the White House telephone AT 3 o’clock in the morning”.

    Obama 08

    June 17, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Larry from LA

    DON'T PICK HILLARY AS THE DEMOCRATIC RUNNING MATE. OBAMQ WILL LOSE ALL CREDIBILITY WITH HIS CORE SUPPORTERS.

    June 17, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. sarah

    this arrogant idiot is going to get clobbered in nov. congrats dems. you blew another election with your left wing liberal who has zero experience. we the people do not want another trainee in the white house. say hello to president mccain.

    June 17, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Nova from NV

    Hillary Clinton supporters for McCain in Nov! This should teach our party for not respecting our votes!

    June 17, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    If Hillary and her stounch supporters would do what she said she would do months ago and put her suport behinde Obama, should he become nominee as well as quite her staunch supporters who are the force behind the PUMA's, writeHillaryin, and other anti Obama sites...then we wouldn't have to much of an issue. But that's alright.. time is on Obama's side

    June 17, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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