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. supa

    OBAMA 2008!!

    June 17, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. GR

    We know what it is. If Hillary gives another speech I can still hear behind her voice that "he is all we have so vote for him." Seems that we have no choice.

    June 17, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Sweden

    The whole world wants Obama...!!! He is the only one who can change the negative image of US.

    God bless USA

    June 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. abby

    WHY does the PAID obama blog group say that if we don't vote for their guy we are racist???? – We will NOT vote for obama because he is NOT qualified to lead our country – has nothing to do with Hillary, race, or spite. That is WHY we have 2 candidates – and the Hillary supporters will VOTE for the Qualified one!!!
    Also – stop with the Roe v Wade – we are NOT concerned – McCain will not over turn that – and it is obama that has voted for partial birth abortion – DISGRACE!

    June 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Down with Obama

    Apparently the decidedly divisive tone of the primary season has had a major impact on the ability for our Democratic party to heal itself. We have got to get beyond the attacks by supporters of both Clinton and Obama so that we can defeat the true enemy, John McCain. Obama is a good man and will provide solid leadership that we make this nation proud. God bless Obama and the Democratic party!

    Obama '08

    June 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    This isn't news, we all knew it and so did Hillary – which is why I think she did what she did...she just wants to run again in 2012 and win, regardless of the costs. If she wants people to not think this, she needs to do something drastic.

    June 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. John Q

    polls schmolls

    June 17, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Brian Knoxville, TN

    There's a vast left wing conspiracy to use my name to defame me on this blog! Stop using my name Obama and Axelrod! I know your laughing at your computyr right now! Well laugh at this: I'm voting McCann and I'll make sure he wins even if I have to split the entire democrats in half!

    PUMA PNAC!

    June 17, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Independent (Ex-Democrat) in IA

    We have minds of our own. We wont just fall in line – Obama has to earn it.

    He didn't earn my vote in January so why should he automatically get it now? This is the reason I left the democratic party. I can think for myself.

    June 17, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Robin

    I hate to burst your bubble, but not all people that are not voting for Obama are old or white. We are very diverse, and embrace our diversity. We are old, young, black, brown, yellow, red and white.We are MEN and WOMEN. We will not support a party that no longer supports us. We will not vote for someone that is selected and not elected. He would not stand up for MI and FL then, why should they stand by him now? This has been a set up from the beginning. It will be settled in November. He will not get our votes. He is not our chosen one. See you at the convention.

    PUMA DEM

    June 17, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Splurge

    This continued hatred of Hillary – who isn't even involved in this story – is yet another reason I will not vote for Obama in November.

    June 17, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Jennifer

    Get Real,

    You are the reason the deal will be sealed for McCain. Haters really back Obama, why?

    June 17, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Glen from Los Angeles

    The contest between Obama and Clinton wasn't so much one of issues as it was personality and gender. Clinton supporters are upset on more an emotional level than a thoughtful one. Of course it will take time for Clinton supporters to base their future vote on issues that matter to them rather than frustration over seeing their candidate no longer in the race.
    I believe Obama will by November, be more attractive to Clinton supporters than will McCain.

    June 17, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Obamagirl08

    I agree with "supa" and "get real"

    Only stupid people would vote for an idiot like McCain at a time like this. And "SHAME ON" the Hillary supporters who have not supported Obama and decided to either do nothing or vote for McCain instead. You are not a true Hillary supporter or democrat if you would do something that stupid!! You are truley a sore loser and a selfish person if you can't help the greater cause as a democrat.

    GO BARACK OBAMA

    June 17, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Molly

    The educated Democrats will have to vote for McCain – they simply cannot vote for obama – he is NOT qualified.
    McCain will be 2nd choice – but – much better for our country than obama – he is far too radical and his background too questionable to ever be elected.

    June 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. John Smith

    If Hillary supporters are MORE interested in the Candidates than the Major Issues facing this nation, let the "bitter voters" go ahead and vote for Mcain! Some of us will NOT be willing to listen to those "bitter voters" when:
    1. the price of gas hits $5,oo plus
    2. our people remain stuck in Iraqi
    3. when Hillary is off with Bill enjoying their $109 million
    4. when the supreme court is finally loaded with conservative judges
    5. when we are burden with the invasion of Iran, and the list goes on.

    No one, not even Obama, should beg these "bitter Hillary" voters; let them go ahead and vote for McCain and the Republicans!

    June 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Lynn

    The polls will change daily. I cannot believe if Obama loses it would be all Hillary fault. You people are always making excuses. She got out of the race in June. How can it possibly be her fault. I can't help it if you picked a loser. I thought he was a candidate to bring people together, but another arrogant slap – Patty Doyle.

    June 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. GREG FL.

    This poll also means McCain got zero bounce when he became the GOP nominee.

    June 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. tj

    CNN, plz post this.
    You can dream about Hillary supporters voting for Obama.
    You just cannot understand that our unwillingness to vote for him is not only because we are outreaged by unprecedentally unfair of primiary by DNC and media.
    We just completely don't like Obama and don't trust him.
    And we are going to vote for country, not party.
    Such party (DNC) who betrayed us – it's core base – is just dead for us.
    Though we don't like McCain much, we consider McCain is less evil than Obama for this country.
    McCain 08
    PUMA

    June 17, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Vince

    CNN logic does not make sense. When either Hillary or Obama is compared against McCain there was a 3-4pt margin. Now that Hillary is out of the race does not mean there are more Democratic voters. Where would the bounce come from other than voters switching parties. If anything this is very good for Obama – even with PUMA voting for McCain, Obama's lead is growing.

    June 17, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Brian Knoxville TN

    To Uncle Sam:

    You're and idiot. Make up your mind about who your support moron!

    June 17, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Vince

    CNN logic does not make sense. When either Hillary or Obama is compared against McCain there was a 3-4pt margin. Now that Hillary is out of the race does not mean there are more Democratic voters. Where would the bounce come from other than voters switching parties. If anything this is very good for Obama – even with PUMA voting for McCain, Obama's lead is growing.

    June 17, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. jan

    hillary will suffer next time when she run for election please remember this all you hillary people who are spreading hate dont forget peolpe will remember her for all this she cause she could do much better than what she does tuesday june 3 2008 .she support all the mess up to the end.

    June 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Michael

    I am tired of these silly polls, they mean very little if anything, they are nothing but a snap shot in time and can change. These numbers are just something to give the pollsters and pundits to talk about, sauce for the goose if you will.

    June 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Matt

    If Hillary is not the nominee, my vote goes to McCain. Hillary supporters, don't be tricked by Obama and DNC. They already have done their damage and it is time to teach them both a lesson. A lesson of history so they don't make this mistake again and jam an inexperienced person down our throat. McCain 2008.

    June 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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