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. brad

    These polls are so worthless. However, with that being said, where can I find this job? Polling? Seems there is no wrong. Has no fault. Perfect. Getting paid with no real repercussion.

    June 20, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Matt.G

    Its looking like Obama is going to win the General election adding Colorado, New Mexico,Georgia and possibly Florida to the mix. This is a Golden Year if you are a Dem!!

    Go Obama 08'

    June 20, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Gollum

    Newsweek ALWAYS has Obama up by 10-20 points.
    A constant outlier...

    June 20, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Sara

    The presidential election is not determined by popular vote, otherwise we would not have had 8 years of Bush.

    June 20, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Just think with the zillions inconsistencies in the obama campaign and all his negative stuff gets out there, wonder where he'll be on the bottom where he belongs.

    June 20, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Elle Nelson

    Not voting for Obama no way, no how. It's hard to believe that Americans would vote for someone who hasn't even completed his first tour as a senator. No experience and i'm not sure who he really is. He seems to become whatever the voter wants at that moment.

    June 20, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. BUSHED!!!!

    Republican for OBAMA!.........This is just scary. Who in their right mind would even consider voting for McCain after all Bush/Cheney have put us through. All the lies, deception, theft, violations, EVERYTHING! ........

    NO McSame
    NO McSame
    NO McSame
    NO McSame

    June 20, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Sean

    And yet the latest Newsweek poll gives Obama a 15 point edge. None of it matters until November anyway...

    June 20, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Hill Girl

    If CNN is even saying Obama is losing points against McCain, he really must be losing points.

    Baby Boomers! All we die hard Clinton supporters! DOn't forget about us. We aren't impressed by that Presidential seal – which very well might be illegal.

    June 20, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. NORA, FLORIDA

    CNN Please do us all a favor and not post anything else about POLLS because we all (Dems and GOP) saw how helpful their were during the Democratic election.

    June 20, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Democrat for Big Mac

    As they say, you get what you wish for.

    June 20, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. FayeinCT

    Jen,CA

    I agree with you 100%. It would be nice if the media put the number of people they polled out there for the public to see.

    A poll is just a poll. You can't read to much into them.

    June 20, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. It's a done deal

    Lose an point, gain a point, lose a point. I guess we just can't make up our minds. Polls are stupid and only serves news agencies, because they can talk about them as though they are meaningful, which the primaries proved again and again, they are not. And that was days before a primary, not several months before an election.

    June 20, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Todd CA

    I think the other 50% of Democrats deserve to have their candidate on the ticket as well! Nobody is going to jump the O ship if Hillary Clinton is Obama's running mate. Go Obama's supporters for Hillary on the ticket!!!

    June 20, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. Rick FL

    And Newsweek just released their polls dated, 6/18-6/19, showing Obama up 15 POINTS!!

    Si se puede!

    June 20, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. Dan

    I love how CNN takes a few polls in June and makes a difference between a 5 percentage point lead and a 4 percentage point lead.

    And Jen, that AOL straw poll is complete crap, and you know it. Just throwin' that out there ...

    June 20, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. Tyler

    ZOMG!!!!!!!! 1 percent!?!!?!??!?!??!

    June 20, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. An Actual Moderator

    Seriously, you call this "tightening"?

    Have any of you at CNN actually taken a course on how this stuff works?

    IF THE "CHANGE" IS WITHIN THE MARGIN OF ERROR, THERE IS NO CHANGE.

    Oh, that's right: Your "poll of polls" is horribly flawed because none of your have the expertise to do an actual meta-analysis of the different polls, so you don't even HAVE a margin of error.

    Jeez, people. Trying to invent a story on a one-point "change" and calling that "tightening" is a little absurd. There's plenty of news to report, and this ain't it.

    June 20, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Yes We Will......Show up in november and vote nobama.

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

    How many people were polled and where.

    June 20, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. It's a done deal

    Chuck, please keep the truth to yourself. CNN need the ratings, and there is nothing like a "tight race" to bring in the viewers.

    June 20, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Shannon

    Huffington Post is reporting that Obama is supporting immunity for the Telecommunication industries in the wire tapping cases. I have to laugh at everyone who voted for this guy. He gets the nomination and he turns his back on everything he stood for, everything his supporters wanted. Hope and change, god what a joke!

    June 20, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Mike

    You could tell a whole lot of racists are online tonight looking at some of the comments that are being made. Down with the white supremist party aka Republicans.

    A white male for Obama

    June 20, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. Barnaby

    It's going to be a good race, but Obama will win. This election season is about excitement and no one can light up a room like Barack Obama.

    If I had to go listen to McCain speak, I think I'd opt for watching my paint dry. Good man, just boring.

    June 20, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. Chandler

    LOL. I get a laugh out of these Democrats for McCain.
    Like any REAL Democrat could ever vote for McSame...

    June 20, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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