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. Lindsay

    Hi CNN!

    Could you please make sure Hillary Clinton gets a copy of this information?


    May 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Eric

    Well, there you have it. Where is Hillary's argument that she is more electable if polls show that she and Obama do equally well against McCain? And don't tell me popular vote shouldn't matter... if it had, we wouldn't have had to deal with 4 years of Bush.

    May 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Susan

    Kind of kills Clinton's argument that she is more electablte doesn't it. Go home Hillary

    May 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Veterans for Obama

    Mccain has betrayed the Veterans.

    May 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Plainsman

    Well whaddya know. Everyones a winner, except for McCain that is.

    It's all gravy ; )

    May 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Chi4Obama

    Interesting. This should be a troubling sign for the Repbulicans.

    John McSane has not even been fully vetted yet as a candidate. He has literally been running "unopposed" within his own party for months. Wait until ALL of his negatives are microanalyzed once the General Election starts.

    Whereby the Democrats have been battling tooth and nail driving up each others' negatives for months. But yet after Rev. Wright, Sniper Fire, and "Bittergate". It's interesting that, both candidates still poll better than McSane in the General Election.

    On a side note, I am just drooling to see Obama rip apart Grandpa McSane in a one on one debate. Can't wait for the General election to begin. I'd say that June 4th would be a nice start date 🙂

    Democrats unite.

    May 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Tell the truth

    The pools mean nothing right now. The Dem or split right now. When there is just Obama aginst McCain this will turn about 10 points for Obama. Obama or Hilliary could and will beat McCain.

    May 28, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. thegoreyears

    HRC: "And based on every analysis of every bit of research and every poll that’s been taken and every state that a democrat has to win, I am the stronger candidate against John McCain in the fall."

    Umm, no.

    May 28, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Army Veteran

    Are there any other Veterans outraged by McCain stab in the back?

    Veterans support the candidate that supports you...that would NOT be McCain....He is a traitor to Veterans!

    May 28, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Concerned Democrat

    Enough with the polls.

    May 28, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Steve

    There you go Clinton's. Here is the cover up.

    May 28, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. fred2..since another stole my name

    LOL Aren't these polls biased????? Where are you taking these polls!!! Most people don't even have phones. So WHO are they asking???

    May 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Go Hillary

    As CNN would say

    THIS IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Ted van Tol

    It seems that Obama can beat McCain and the campaign is
    not even started yet.
    With a litle luck McCain will endorse Barack Obama when he had a few debates with him. Obama will lead America to a better futere and
    the old politics are finely over. Thats not only good for America but it
    will effect a lot of countrys in this world.
    Barack Hussein Obama, black, "no-experience", not even fifty years old and leading the election for President of the USA.
    This man must be something special, and he is!
    Americans you do not realize how blessed you are with your new President. It realy is a miracle and we in Europe are even more
    enthousiastic than you are. But that will change soon I know for sure.
    Be proud and protect this man from evil.
    He will bring change, yes he can!

    With love, from the Netherlands

    May 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. jim t

    of course both clinton and obama are beating mcshame



    OBAMA '08 – '16

    May 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Matt--Nebraska


    Notice the emphasis that CNN puts on Obama AND Clinton both leading McCain.

    But they don't put any emphasis that their margin has narrowed since the last 'Poll of Polls'.

    Dishonest Journalism 101.

    McCain is gaining momentum. After the DNC steals this nomination from Hillary, McCain will put Obama behind him once and for all.

    Responsible, Honest Change.

    McCain '08!!


    May 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Dennis

    And yet, Senator Clinton would have us believe that Senator Obama is losing to Senator McCain.

    May 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Kathy

    My question to the “under 30 generation” who for the first time in their lives “found their voice”… in Obama…..where have you been? Why not until now have you not exercised your right to vote? You place your faith in a man who has not been tested, pocesses little record of accomplishment and little to no experience in international or economic matters. Go back and check the record…Obama released his platform weeks after Clinton released her Solutions For America agenda. His were extremely similar to hers. The Clinton campaign reacted to the release of the Obama platform by saying…”at least his is not that different than ours” So I ask you, what does this man stand for when he copies what it convenient to his campaign? For shame!

    Life to you folks seems rather simple. I suppose in your minds, Obama offers a sense of entitlement both for himself and his supporters - your/his time has come. The simple fact is that if you look past his rhetoric there is little substance. You buy into his chant of “change..yes we can” with little thought or experience as to the complexities involved in bringing about change. Some of you worship him like he is a “messiah”, here to save us from ourselves. He may in fact be anointed the nominee, and you like him, will think nothing can stop you. The simple and relevant truth is……. One can fool some of the people some of the time…but not all the people…. all the time.

    McCain may represent a party for which I may not find a lot of common ground however, I respect his honor, integrity and sacrifice to our country, the scars of which he still bears as a testament to his courage…. And I will place my hope for change in him.-he is not Bush… He has earned my respect and most likely my vote and the votes of millions of others who feel the same way.

    For the sake of our country and that of our future….thank god there are more of us than you, and we will not allow this fantasy to continue past Nov. DNC party chairs and uncommitted superdelgates… either stop this false prophet now….or we will do so with our votes come Nov.

    And to all those, Obama supporters, who have previously responded to my comment, or wish to now I say this…you are being fooled by the joker himself-Obama. Study up on your American history….this man will put up a pretty decent fight, however in the end, he will join the ranks of Kerry and other far-left liberals….bitter and clinging to his religion wondering why he came so far only to have the door slam shut on him.

    May 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. ab

    Here is one thing to remember about all polls..... regardless of whom the numbers benefit. Ask yourself... how many people was in that poll? 100? 1000? 10000? 1000000? Think about this when you are considering the 'polls'. It means very little if the polls were not conducted with the majority of the people voting. By the way.. you are going to get different results based upon demographics!

    Obama '08

    May 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Concerned mother of a 14 yr old!!

    What does Hillary have to say now? This is one poll that says Obama can win against McCain more than she can? Again Hillary, what polls are you referring to?

    May 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Jimbo

    This is more spin from CNN trying to stick up for Obama and show he can win. Realisitic people know he has a better chance of losing than winning and this is a year which should be a Democratic landslide. He is going to struggle to win Michigan and even PA. Michigan is going to come back to haunt him in Nov since he blocked a revote there. He won all the red states which are going for McCain in Nov. It just goes to show you how screwed up the nomination process it. It allows for the nomination of the weaker candidate. It's going to be John Kerry and Mike Dukakis all over again...

    May 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Linda31

    Has Clinton seen this poll??? Oh, I know its not one she well count. Especially since Obama leads by a larger margin.

    May 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Flander Annapollis

    When Hillary spouts about being ahead in every poll, she just lets the people see that she is still lying, distorting, and being BAGDAD BOB

    May 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. noemi in los angeles

    Obama will beat McShame.

    My vote is for Obama. If Hillary wins fair and square, I'll vote for her. However, if Hillary STEALS the nomination from Obama, I'm not voting in this election.

    May 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. LMS


    May 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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