June 5th, 2008
11:23 AM ET
14 years ago

Polls: Obama, McCain locked in dead heat

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/05/art.obamamc.gi.jpg caption="Obama and McCain are neck and neck."](CNN) - One day after the general election officially kicked off, a new CNN "poll of polls" suggests Barack Obama and John McCain are locked in a tight race for the White House.

According to CNN's average of four recent national polls, the-newly minted Democratic presidential nominee holds a narrow 2 point lead over McCain among registered voters, 47 percent to 45 percent. Nearly 10 percent say they are undecided.

The polls included in the sample were conducted between May 21 and June 3, all before Obama officially wrapped up the nomination Tuesday night. The poll of polls included recent surveys from CBS, Gallup, Pew, and Newsweek.

soundoff (543 Responses)
  1. fran

    I believe Kerry was up by 17 points over Bush before they swift voted him. The problem with Obama is that he is always responding to attacks instead of being on the offense. Being the nice person that he is, he doesn't want to get in the dirt, however, if he picks Hillary as his running mate she can go toe to toe with these guys and he can stay above the frey like he did when his people went after her, yet he stood above it all.

    June 5, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Shame on CNN

    CNN bashes Hillary and is disrespectful

    June 5, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. s callahan

    Actually, you can add my vote for Obama.

    June 5, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Less, Austin Tx

    CNN – you should have a "Common Sense" test for the people to take before anyone is allowed to post their comments.

    I am positive you won't see McCain's name anywhere afterwards.

    June 5, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. dilipkumar

    It is clear to me that we do not have true democratic process. If we can not consider the weight of 18 million votes, but, rather prefer to count the numbers of super delegates and decide who will be our next president. In spite of belonging to a Democratic party, I rather vote for McCain based on his past accomplishment for our country instead of voting for Future change.( I do not have a crystal ball to see the future. Needless to mention that Mr. Bush, our current president has promised me two times for a change in the past, but no accomplishment)

    June 5, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Future looks great

    It is crazy and very funny that most of the comments on this board by so called Hillary supporters are saying Obama ran his campaign on a racial basis. If you really think him (Obama) getting the nomination to run for president isn't history then deeply inside you don't like black people and cant deal with the fact that a black man in November will be the leader of this country.

    I will not beg Hillary supporters to vote for Obama, do what ever your mind feels like doing but one thing i know for sure is, if Hillary supporters vote for McCain come November and this country gets 4 more years of Bush's policy, you will be hunted for the rest of your lives just because, its disbelieve to many of you that a black man is running for president. So think twice before you make your judgment.

    OBAMA 08!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Vince Foster

    CNN is nuts. Dead Heat? Obama may be in heat, but it isn't a dead heat.
    McCain will win by 4 to 1.

    CNN may want him in office, but the country will never vote for him-he isn't nearly qualified.

    Remember Carter?

    What a shame, this is the best the Democrats can do.

    June 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Mr DE

    dorothy wrote:"However, she did not win this time. So stop Obama bashing. Stop threatening to vote for McCain and leave the Democrat Party. If you are truly a Hillary supporter, you will realize that she is trying to unite the party. I am sure she will be back in four years, but RIGHT NOW SHE IS A UNITER….WHAT ABOUT YOU?"

    I personally will vote for McCain in November, regardless what..
    Unless Hillary will run as Independent...she will have more than 25 Mill votes in November... Obama will go on the drain...so McCain.

    The latest Gallup poll
    McCain will beat Barack 46 vs 45
    Hillary will beat McCain 48 vs 45
    (CBS NEWS) Hilalry beat McCain 50 vs 41

    June 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. JDC // Ohio

    Once people start looking closer at Obama, McCain will open his lead!

    June 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Penny from California

    I Agree with Park More...!

    No Obama and big NOOOOOOOO to Michelle but we will wait for Hillary on 2012

    Hillary 2012...Hillary 2012...Hillary 2012...

    June 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. disgusted in arkansas

    A note to those switching their support to McCain:

    If the candidate matters more than the issues, change your vote. If having your preferred candidate is more important to you than the fate of our men/women fightin in Iraq, change your vote. If voting for one woman is more important than preserving all women's reproductive rights, change your vote. If you like our current health care system and have no interest in changing it, switch to McCain. If you liked Iraq, you'll love Iran, so by all means, vote Republican.

    Think about it.

    June 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Patrick Peavy Plano,TX

    Age Discrimination is not a Democratic value.

    June 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Obama=Recession

    An across the board tax increase will only help push this economy into recession., not to mention other flawed policy decisions Obama intends to make, i.e. speaking with Iran, the country who wants to destroy Israel and create WMD's.

    My one advice to you ultra liberals (and far right republicans)....try to think independent about every issue. Neither side of the political spectrum is always correct.

    Stop reading your left wing blogs and start doing your own independent research...or you are just as pathetic as your right wing counter part.

    June 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. MB

    Interesting that they're tied when 24 hours ago Obama was up by 7. I guess Reagan Democrats are making a stand, and regardless of what Obamorons think, they are not leaning to the left. I think they realize if they had to lean that far to the left they would fall over.

    June 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. jason-dt

    Your "poll" is bogus - nothing but junk: worthless and meaningless! This is the same kind of polling junk you've been feeding the public since the neo-cons got into your heads in the 2000/2004 elections!

    June 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. inpa

    It would be nice if these polls broke out the numbers by state......in the end, its the electoral vote that matters, and a total popular vote doesn't tell us what's really happenning....

    June 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. fh

    Get ready to say, "PRESIDENT McCAIN" all you Hillary voters!

    All the Hillary voters I know are either going to vote for McCain -
    or not vote at all.

    Obama would be wise to pick Hillary - and announce it IMMEDIATELY.

    THE LONGER HE WAITS, the more votes he loses...glug....glug....glug,
    down the drain.

    June 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Marilyn from Ohio

    I am a Hillary supporter and lifelong Democrat. I will NOT vote for Obama unless he can explain to me why he called the Trinity people his "friends" – you know, the ones who cheered and applauded the terrible things being said about America and white people. I don't care about Rev. Wright and Pfleger, they are terrible human beings to say the things they did, and Obama stayed in the church for VOTES, plain and simple and he still wants those votes of the people who denounce America. His wife is also a poor example, whining about paying student loans. Cry me a river!

    June 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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