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. george

    Last I checked most undecided voters trend towards Hillary. Check Mate!!

    May 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. John

    Playing with numbers of our deceased heros and heroine is sad.These are our sisters,brothers,fathers,uncles,sons,daughters etcetra etcetra.Not voting for the war,then does not make one more patriot or a better leader.They sacrificed their lives.Please leave them out of the silly politics others have dwelt on,since the campaign set off.

    May 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. SpiderMan

    If HRC supporters have there way and get MCSame elected in then honestly I might be able to survive another 4yrs of McSame but thats wrong of me not to think of our troops. They want out of this bogus war.

    Do Something About IT

    paid for by the DEMS 08

    May 28, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Dan, TX

    Last I checked most undecided voters trend towards Barack, Check Mate!!

    May 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. mary, Dallas, Tx

    I guess I will vote for McCain because Hilliary supporter are such liars and are willing to believe anything. – NOT.

    Why would you be so stupid as to vote for someone who will continue to make your living conditions worse? I say to those who say that they will not vote for Obama, then don't vote for him. Who is it going to hurt. Not Hilliary, Bill, Michelle or Obama but it may hurt you, your family and your friends. Let's take a step above stupid.

    May 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Now I See

    Hillary's plan is really very straight forward. If she stays in as long as she can one of three things will happen:

    1) She gets the nod from the superdelegates
    2) She divides the party enough that the only way to beat McCain is to add her as VP
    3) She muddies the Dem waters enough that Obama doesn't beat McCain thereby fulling her prophesy and setting her up for a run in '12

    She has never been about what's best for anyone but her.

    May 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. scdemocrat

    paulie_nj, YOU ARE A PROPOGANDIST AND AN IDIOT. If Obama is a Muslim, then I guess the Rev. Wright issue was just made up. GET OVER IT CLINTONITES, Hillary LOST and will NOT be our nominee. Time to get to the business of beating McCain. To all the Clintonites who say the Obama supporters are mean, maybe you should read the posts on here from your fellow Clinton supporters and re-think your opinion on that matter.

    May 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Ify from NY

    I have said time and time again Obama is as much competitive with McCain as Hillary is. And tha's just because Obama is new to the national scene while Hillary and McCain are old cargos. Give Obama time to present his case to the American people and he will win this election come November but only if Hillary can get out of the way.

    May 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Joe Reg

    Mcain's approval is the same as Bush.

    26% for Mcain.

    The Bush republicans Mcain are shaking in their boots.

    May 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |


    poll of polls

    hillary is 13 % behind obama


    May 28, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Dan, TX

    The Clinton supporters are saying they'd vote for McCain over Obama.

    That's why McCain should be killing Obama in the polls.

    Once Hillary endorses Obama, he'll have a 10 point lead. Any fool knows this.

    May 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. T L

    The problem of Obama is that a lot of his votes are in smaller states. Those votes will heavily collide with McCain's for a smaller number of electoral votes. That leaves typically democratic states vulnerable. The % is there, but the votes more localized in the states in which you can't win, those votes won't get you the electoral votes. Even if you win those red states, you give up the blue states. Clinton has less of those votes, her number is more solid. By winning OH, PA, and FL, plus AR, that almost guarantees the white house. Polls may not be entirely accurate, but they do reflect something. Look at NC, Obama blew Clinton by 14 pts in the primary, but he most recent survey for general election shows that Clinton has a much better chance to win NC than Obama. It doesn't help if you can't get the votes from the other party. Clinton can get more women from the GOP to vote for her, there just aren't many African Americans in GOP for Obama. That's why Clinton keeps claiming she's more electable. Both Obama and Clinton are playing dirty, just Obama has his aides did the dirty work, the Clintons say things themselves. Clinton is desperate and hungry for power, but she does have the knowledge and a more thoroughout plan. Among the 3 candidates, she is the most capable to turn this country around. Inspiration just won't do right now. Change conservatively is the right move at this point.

    May 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Karen from Texas

    This sounds like an Obama victory!!! I will never vote for anyone who voted for the war. I have lost several family members on a war that was based on deception from the start.

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Proud American

    To Republicans:
    Nananana... heyyyyy goodbye!! America lets take back our White House!!!

    May 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. AZM

    Hear that...

    The pitter patter of 20 Million people staying home on election day... should swing that 3% difference....

    May 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Chris In California

    Well, I'm glad to see CNN corrected this article – and finally decided to add to the article to now include Hillary Clinton instead of leaving her out as was earlier done.

    May 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Patrick

    Everyone needs to remember, HRC critics included, that the election is based on a state by state result, not a national result. One could have a greater national vote, but still lose the election – case in point – Gore in 2000. If Obama is unable to win Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida as the some current polls suggest, he can't win the election. Those states have 85 electoral college votes – 30% of the total needed to win, whereas the states that people think Obama may capture from the red column have very few electoral college votes – less than 5% of the electoral college votes. Obama fans should be concerned that he only won the equivalent of 221 electoral college votes to Clinton's 303 and it takes 268 to win. That is the reason why Clinton has a valid point.

    May 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. John

    The buck stops at the President who started the War.Not the voters-yes or no!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Debby

    McCain is a moderate/Hillary is a moderate. Maybe some just don't want to vote far left. Kerry/Gore perfect examples and they both lost to the same man now how bad is that.

    May 28, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. obamamama

    He never sponsor any legislation,never had any hearing on a subcommittee he heads,3 month after winning his senate seat he runs for another office.other than that I have no problem with Obama.he is great at his job..don't let this empty suit fool you.not been to Iraq in 2 years? no problem,a speech can solve where is that speech.
    Time for an independent run for Hillary,i'LL DONATE THE TO THE MAX FOR THIS.
    HILLARY 08

    May 28, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Hank Wilfong Jr.

    Hillary Clinton is "history". She will NOT be on the ballot in November. So why the insistence on polling how she "would" poll against John McCain?

    Tell you what. Since we're hypothecating, why not see how George W. Bush would poll against John McCain. Clinton has as much chance of running against McCain as does his partner in policy, George W.

    Also, why not take a poll to determine whether she ought be his McCain's running mate. Her and her husband have been kneecapping Barack Obama so much already. Why not make it official?

    May 28, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Poll of Polls vs Reality

    CNN everytime you quote your Poll of Polls, I go look at the real data. What I saw on Real Clear Politics is Obama leading Hillary in EVERY SINGLE MAJOR POLL.

    Numbers are numbers...facts are facts. Opinions are a dime a dozen so just quote the facts please.

    May 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Chi4Obama

    To ALL of the HRC supporters that will NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA :

    This must mean that you are in support of:
    1) A never ending war that has cost us over 4,000 lives.
    2) A candidate that admits he doen't "know much about the economy"
    3) George Bush (squared)
    4) Non Universal Healthcare
    5) A 71 yr. old candidate, that on occasion resembles "Mr. Potato Head".

    Just keep these points in mind, when you plan to vote against Obama in order to spite the Democratic party.

    May 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Proud American

    to FactCheck:
    Kudos!! Way to shut up the spinnsters. High Five!!!

    May 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. obamamama

    Those who don't understand the electoral college don't understand Hillary's argument.She wins the Electoral college though they both might poll the same numbers.Obama might get 100 percent AA votes and lose by lesser margin in red states with large AA DEMOCRAT voters.But Clinton can win the bigger states and win the election even if she losses by a wider margin in the red states..

    Hillary run as a third party candidate,you have my vote and wallet.don't let the loudest segment of the party take this party hostage.

    May 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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