May 28th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll of Polls: Obama, Clinton both leading McCain

(CNN)–The CNN general election national poll of polls now shows both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton leading John McCain McCain by two points: 46 percent to 44 percent.

The last general election poll of polls - released May 15 - showed Obama leading McCain by five points (48 percent to 43 percent) and Clinton leading McCain by four points (48 percent to 44 percent).

Full poll results after the jump


May 15-27

Voters’ Choice for President

Obama: 46 percent

McCain: 44 percent

Unsure: 10 percent


May 15-27

Voters’ Choice for President

Clinton: 46 percent

McCain: 44 percent

Unsure: 10 percent

*The national general election “poll of polls” consists of three surveys: Gallup (May 22-25/27), Newsweek (May 21-22), and Reuters/Zogby (May 15-18). The poll of polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. Sherri

    We have 2 candidates that can beat McCain. That is great news for the Democrats. Now Democrats, are you going to defeat yourself by jumping ship and voting for McCain? Please think about it before you saddle our nation with a third term of Bush and company. Neither Hillary or Barack would ever want you to do that.

    May 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Hillary | Pinocchio 2012

    What now, Bill?

    May 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Huh???

    To those who say they won't vote for Obama because he won't win... What kind of a dumb reason is that? Do you only vote for winners?? Maybe if you vote for him he will win!!

    May 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. OBAMA is our BEST hope!

    To all the "fed up Dems" and "white women for McCain" Not a chance do we believe a word that comes out of you! Obviously you’re a ploy by the right wing nut jobs to suggest the Dems offer something other than a positive change for this country!

    May 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. cool

    hillary i thought u r the only one that can beat MCBush but i guess u have lied to ur support again wow and u guys want someone like that someone that voted for war ????? i dont get it yet u guys always say she has exp??? whats the whole point of hvaeing exp when u dont no how to use it or dont learn anything new ?????

    May 28, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Edith Arkansas

    They say that Senator Obama can't beat McCain in November how about those sweet apples he is now leading in the poll of polls McCain only staggering defense against Senator Obama is he is not experience to handle Iraq. He is more than have the expertise to handle all of the Commander In Chief job. If McCain is so experience why did he support the Iraq decention in the first place. Former Bush PRESS spokeman Scott McCelland has now spilled the beans and they are scrambling on how to make it go away. I don't think it will. This news will most likely call for an investigation and the truth will come out. Those democrats would be direlict of duties if they didn't investigate. It has got to be more truth than not I don't believe he would write a book like that if he could not back it up. The GATES OF BUSHGATE IS NOW OPEN an is now on the table..

    May 28, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. NickNas

    So much for Clintons argument eh??

    She is out of this conversation and has been for weeks. Obama and McCain are running against eachother and she is attacking Obama. Hillary is over and yelling like a child at two people in a fight and she is on the sidelines calling names.

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Not sleeping at the switch

    WOW Look at the second post down...on a thread that is about the FACT that Obama can Beat McCain it says Remember Obama Can't beat McCain

    How Can A Hillabot be so uneducated that they can't READ but they can TYPE?????

    I worry about the mental health of these people

    May 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Boered1

    Obama Will Smith Lose May 28th, 2008 4:32 pm ET

    If Obama wins the Dem Nomination:

    All of the uneduacated simple white Democrats that you, Howard Dean took for granted, will be voting for John McCain for President.

    While that might be true if Hilldog steals this selection from the one who has played fair and won it despite all the racist moronic sexist attacts against him by shillaries campaign all us educted, reasonable, thoughtful independants, who KNOW that the prosperity (good times for you clintonistas) of the Clinton years had less to do with Bill clinton than they had to do with Bill Gates will vote for Mre. McCain, even though we do not like his policies we trust him, somehting we cannot say for mrs pantsuits, and we will trust in our government of checks and balances to keep him in line. So we will vote for Jonny boy and a democratic legislature. no way will we allow this lying b**ch of a monster into our whitehouse!

    May 28, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. carolflowery

    these polls are false anyway, because do your really think, repubs and indepents are gonna post anything here LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    May 28, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. Debbie

    The fact that the polls are so close given the negatives that the Republicans have brought to this election cycle is not a good sign in a year that the polls should be showing the Democratic challenger up by at least 20 points. But that's okay. Let's disenfranchise FL and MI and then let's be condescending to Hillary's supporters because they'll all come around and vote Democratic because they are Democrats. Keep dreaming. Give us issues with specifics and substance instead of mirrors and illusion. Give us respect as voters that quite possibly we are doing a little of our own research and haven't sipped the kool-aid. November may be very interesting.

    May 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. voter

    Of course it's unlikely that Clinton will get the nomination, you sexist elitist pigs running the Democratic Party will see to that. What would be the reaction if we had racist remarks at the level we get the sexist crap? What if someone referred to Barack's organs or put out a tap dancing doll? I bet you boys would be all over it. I'm voting McCain because he hasn't yet revealed anything like the misogynistic views of Democrat "king" makers. If he turns out to be a woman hater, I'll vote for Nader, or I won't vote at all. I don't give a flying one what happens to the Supreme Court, Iraq or the economy. I've lived through these things for most of my life, and I'll just keep on going.

    May 28, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. William, Ca.

    In this election, is there any doubt of the out come.........Be careful, of what you wish for......It could get worst.............................

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. aw

    I honestly thought I was going to vote for a democrat no matter what this year, but If Clinton ends up with the nomination based on Florida and Michigan, I just can't bring myself to do it. It is dishonest and unethical for those votes to count when everyone had agreed that they would not early in the election. More Clinton dirty politics.

    May 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Boered1

    John May 28th, 2008 4:42 pm ET

    The Obama supporters and pundits should not hang on blaming everyone,inorder for Obama to win the nomination.It is true both contenders are doing everything to win.That is typical presidential election process.It is unfair when one contender who has been given a easy ride,turns around to blame the opponent of doing everything to win.

    I agree except you have one tiny little word wrong in your tirade it SHOULD read " The CLINTON supporters and pundits should not hang on blaming everyine, in order for Clinton to win the nomination..." hey but other than that it looks okay.

    May 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Abraham

    The reason I choose Obama to be president of united States america is that he didn't vote for war of Iraq,he knew that Bush didn't have enough evident that can justify WMB in Iraq.Get my vote Obama08

    May 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Nick

    I just want to know what polls Clinton is looking at. She said Obama is more likely to lose vs. McCain. Is she polling her rallies? Quit trying to ruin him. You said, Senator, you will support the Democratic candidate, do it. I will say it and won't go back on it, You are looking desperate.

    May 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    May 28, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. 35 Southbound

    Party Divided, sad!!! She will take it to the convention, lose, and run as an independant. She is not planning her Primary exit stratedgy, she is planning her Party exit stratedgy. Seriously think about it, if President Clinton is accusing the idea of a Cover Up, to go as far as to hurt the party. I used to preface all my blogs with a "I will vote for Hillary if not Barack," but I can't do that anymore, you all make me sick, both sides of the house, I will never vote for so and so or I will stay home or I will write in or I will vote McCain. You people are ridiculous, this is the biggest election of our lifetime and to think Clinton is at this point driving it apart. She doesn't have to get out but at least try to play fair, which is a stretch. Some of her recent days say to me, she will go for the White House, Democrat or not. I am frustrated and dare I say becoming disenfrachised, again. All you negative, nasty bloggers, grow up or live with the consequences!

    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Helena

    So much for Hillary proclaiming she's ahead in all the polls. For a breakdown of all polls go to Obama is leading in all categories.

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    All you Hillary folks act like you are hurting Obama by not voting of him! Well the fact of the matter is Obama will be OK. He would have achieved what only a few people have and he has raised hundreds of million of dollars. He doesn't have to worry about sending his kids to college, paying his mortgage or getting an abortion. So go ahead and vote for McSame all you won't.......I bet you will feel the results before he does!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Patrick

    Folks. We need a join ticket. I am an Obama supporter. You guys aren't thinking clearly. The party is split 50/50, neither has a majority. Imagine what we can do together. This country is in deep deep trouble. All of this talk about voting for McCain if Obama or Clinton do not win is absolute nuttiness. Think about it. You can kiss abortion rights good bye, gay marriage? What's that? 4 more years of war, gas prices, home foreclosures, food cost increases, how many republican administrations does it take for America to get a clue? OBAMA CLINTON '08. Let's heal. Lincoln brought on his rivals. I know Obama can do the same. They both want great things for this Country and love this Country. I KNOW for a fact I am right about this. This is a split electorate. Like it or not, we need a dual ticket. We don't just need to win this election, we need a landslide, largest in history to show the Republicans that what happened the past 8 years is NOT Ok.

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Bill, Florida

    These polls are pointless. The popular vote doesn't win the general election, the electoral votes do! Although undemocratic (as our nomination process is), that's how the system works! A new Gallup poll shows Hillary performing better in the crucial battleground states. Hopefully the super delegates will see this, and act accordingly, lest we endure 4 more years of President McBush.

    Hillary '08 & '12

    "It took a Clinton to clean up after the first Bush, and it'll take a Clinton to clean up after this one!"

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Jim

    National polls are meaningless...... "IT's THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, stupid!"

    Obama will not beat John McCain b/c of Ohio, PA, and Florida where the demographics (including 1/2 of DEMOCRATS) rejected Obama

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Voice of Reason

    Hillary may be a good candidate, but she's a lousy campaigner. She had a lead in all the polls last year, and she lost it to Obama. The Superdelegates will make a big mistake if they give her the nomination based on 'electability'. She may be leading McCain in some polls now, but based on her 'experience' as a campagner, she's liable to blow that lead too.

    May 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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