June 20th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Polls: McCain-Obama race tightening

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama has lost a percentage point in his lead over Sen. John McCain, according to the latest CNN poll of polls released Friday.

Obama now leads McCain by 4 percentage points – 45 percent to McCain’s 41 percent. In the previous CNN poll of polls, Obama’s lead was 5 percentage points.

Friday’s poll of polls is comprised of five national general election surveys: (1) Gallup tracking (June 16-19), Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (June 17-18), Cook/RT Strategies (June 12-15), ABC/Washington Post (June 12-15), and Reuters/Zogby (12-14). The poll of polls does not have a margin of error.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • CNN Polls • John McCain
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    OUUUUUUU!!! AHHHHHHH!!! A whole point!!! Oh no, the world will end and CNN and the rest of the media will have to get real jobs and report the real news!!! Oh, tell me it's not so!!!

    June 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Jtorre

    CNN please wake up!! Latest Newsweek poll shows Obama with a 15- point lead over McCain. Obama leads McCain 51 to 36 in the latest poll done today!

    June 20, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. dara

    Cnn is actually not posting any good posts about Obama leading in the newsweek poll.Leading by 15 points.All cnn does now is side with mccain and good posts about him.Interesting.

    June 20, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Kenneth M

    IN THE WORDS OF COUSIN DICK C. "SO". THE RACE ENDS IN NOVERMBER. JUST GIVE BIG DADDY O SOME TIME TO OPERATE.

    June 20, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. b black

    CNN LIES: THIS IS USATODAY(6/19/08) HA/HA OBAMA HATERS!

    By Susan Page, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama hasn't gotten much of a bounce among voters nationwide since clinching the Democratic presidential nomination, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows.
    Obama leads Republican John McCain by 48%-42% among registered voters in the survey, taken Sunday through Thursday. In a survey taken May 30 to June 1, Obama held a three-point lead over the Arizona senator.

    Among likely voters, Obama led McCain by 50%-44%, an insignificant change from his earlier standing of 49%-44%.

    Obama claimed the nomination on June 3, when primaries in Montana and South Dakota gave him a majority of delegates to the Democratic National Convention, meeting in August.

    The survey of 1,625 adults — including 1,460 registered voters and 1,310 likely voters — has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

    June 20, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. RyanD.

    lol @ an "AOL straw poll" ever being even KIND OF accurate in judging anything.

    Obama up FIFTEEN according to NEWSWEEK.

    Obama 08'

    June 20, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    > By the way, the June 20-27 AOL straw poll,” with 20,685 votes, shows
    > McCain 64%, Obama 36%.
    > These are REAL people voting,

    Wow, your argument has to be the most inane thing I've read all month. Heck, Sanjaya would've beaten McCain 99% to 1% in an AOL straw poll.

    June 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Mikey

    Con'on Chuck, the Newsweek poll is not representative of the electorate. It only includes people who can read. That means most of the shameful 22% in certain states were not included.

    Most of the polls have been remarkably consistent over the past 10 days, with Obama up by 4 – 5%. Must be a slow news day to report a 1% change like it was indicative.

    June 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Mike

    What great polls??? Why don't you just talk t Republicans only???

    June 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. jess

    I saw that newsweek poll just now too that had Obama leading McCain by 15 points nationally.And oh yeah,they asked real people.On AOL one person can vote as many times as they want.
    I don't think Obama can win the election when cnn only reports down stuff about him.So all you Obama haters have nothing to worry about.
    Cnn is on your side.

    June 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. bye bye freedom

    Obama is an obviously self impressed man.

    He is so full of himself that he turns my stomach.

    Give me Hillary back.

    I will never vote for Obama.

    June 20, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. O Shi....!!

    Even with all that money and fancy marketing, Obama can't beat an old man telling the truth.

    McCain 08!!

    June 20, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. b black

    LOOKS LIE CNN IS LYING TO ALL THE MCDRUGGIE SUPPORTERS!
    USATODAY IS MORE ON TOP OF THINGS!
    OBAMA 08!

    June 20, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Scott

    Well within the margin of error. Meaningless. Waste of an article.

    June 20, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. mearhart

    C'mon CNN – 1% = "race tightening". That's pretty ridiculous. And, I guess that Newsweek poll is completely off: Obama 51%, McCain 35%. Sure looks like it's getting close.

    June 20, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. UP UP AND AWAY!!!!!!!

    CNN-.............Obama now leads McCain by 4 percentage points – 45 percent to McCain’s 41 percent. In the previous CNN poll of polls, Obama’s lead was 5 percentage points..........A LEAD is a LEAD!!!!!1

    June 20, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. Matt - Florida

    Give me a break, a 1 percent change in a poll with +/- 5 percentage points is utterly meaningless. Stop trying to make news and go read a statistics book.

    June 20, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. martin

    Actually-OBAMA IS UP BY 15 POINTS OVER MCCAIN.THAT POLL CAME OUT TODAY.NOT ASKED TO ROBOTS BUT TO REAL PEOPLE!
    And women who are for mccain are just plain nuts.Mcain doesn't even think you should get paid as much as men and voted against it,and yet you'll vote for him.You must be sick in the friggin' head!

    June 20, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Haloalani

    You have to follow the money trail to find out the where the real power is, not the polls. Surprise, surprise in this campaign the money actually leads to citizen Jack and Jill. This time the citizens and not political action groups or lobbyists will have their way.

    June 20, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Marlie:

    A pole is not necessary every day. Once a week or so is enough. Not much to write about on a blog with a drop of l%. Can't you get any more interesting subjects to talk about – like McCain's trip to my country, Canada today. We'd have a lot to say about that., as would Americans I'm sure.

    June 20, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Hudson Valley

    Are more people deciding to support McCain, or are fewer people supporting Obama? I keep trying to convince myself I should pull the lever for Obama, because I think he'll be better than McCain, but each day I read and learn more about Obama, the more difficult I find it to say I'll vote for him in November. I'm starting to feel a little sympathy for, rather than anger with, the people who who voted for Nader in 2000, for people who felt compelled to vote their conscience, rather than for the better choice of the candidates who had a real chance of winning.

    - Seriously considering writing in my vote

    June 20, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Winona

    Why would any woman vote for McCain when he voted against equal pay for women.He doesn't even think you're worth getting paid for doing the same job as a man.I guess you agree that woman are not as worthy as men.Unbelievable.

    June 20, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Noclinton

    This just in: CNN is manufacturing news!

    A 1% drift in poll data does not mean the race is "tightening". 1% is probably well within the margin of error of the polls, meaning that really nothing has changed. Nothing at all. Shame on you CNN for trying to create artificial news where there is no real news to be found.

    June 20, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Bob from FL

    Obama is constantly dissapointing me, I still support him but after the Muslimgate incident with the 2 ladies sitting behind him, now the arrogant "presidential" seal, I DONT KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING, he should just fire axelrod, plouffe everyone and get a new campaign.

    June 20, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. valerie

    I REALLY BELIEVE WHITE FOLKS ARE HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT VOTING FOR A BLACK MAN FOR PRESIDENT. NOW THAT THEY SEE ITS POSSIBLE FOR OBAMA TO WIN THEY ARE SAYING NO! NO! – VOTE FOR MC CAIN. HOW SAD IS THIS

    June 20, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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