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

Polls: Obama, McCain locked in dead heat

Obama and McCain are neck and neck.

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.

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  1. Pat-Pittsburgh

    I was just polled and told them I plan on voting for Obama, but seriously am I? hmmmmm

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Phil

    It's been said, but, no to Hillary for VP. She doesn't "own" 18 million voters, they can vote however they wish in the general election.

    A good chunk of them are going to vote for McCain or stay home out of bitterness, no matter what happens. So they are essentially dead weight and shouldn't be considered. Another grouping of them will vote for Obama out of loyalty to their party and nation and not give in to spite.

    So that number is inflated and bloated. There are 110 million voters coming up in the general, losing 10s of millions to appease a loud minority of her voters is just plain bad math.

    Fortunately for Obama's campaign, they don't seem to have a problem with math.

    Barack Obama / Bill Richardson 2008

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. gregg

    as a democrat i will vote Mcain.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Brian from New York

    Thanks to the Democratic Party Hacks Obama is the nominee.
    He should be 20-30 pts. AHEAD of McCain at this point considering how low Bush's approval ratings are.
    Once Voters see how LEFT-WING AND RADICAL Obama is and who his advisors are and what his policies will cost the US....
    He'll be drummed out of existence in November

    I'll be back to tell you.....I TOLD YOU SO ......IN NOVEMBER!

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Ron, LV

    Please get over this sexist idea. Hillary lost because she ran a bad campaign until it was too late. A lot of the female super delegates went for Obama, are they all sexists? Remember Hillary's statement to Obama, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen". Because heat was also applied to Hillary, that was somehow viewed as being sexist. If anyone played the sexist card, it was Hillary herself.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Morena

    This is a moment that should be glorious: an African-American nominated candidate for the presidency of the United States. It is so sad this was achieved by trashing one of the best presidents in US history and by conducting incessant misogynistic attacks against the by-far-best-qualified individual running for the nomination.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Interesting

    For all his experience, McCain gives a speech like a 5th grader.

    How is that possible, to be a politician who can't give speeches?

    So much for experience.

    Imagine state of the union addresses by McCain? The union would dissolve.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. JJ

    To Kelly Joyner, Warner Robins, GA, Sorry, No Hillary, No obama

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Andy J, NY

    It is absolutely hilarious that there are obama supporters who are complaining of bias because of the pictures that accompany this article. You are so childish.

    If you opened your eyes, and this is what makes me question your support for Obama, you would see that there are at least 5 times as many stories about obama, most of which prasie him as some sort of messiah, and there are virtually none featuring mccain.

    You liberal elitists socialist cry babies. I would love to see Obama lose just to hear you cry how us white folk are honkey racists.

    Is CNN bias? You bet. But its not in McCain's favor, you can be sure of that. Open your eyes, are you that blind, stupid, and naive? bahhh bahhhh, say the sheep.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Former Cllinton/ Now Obama

    I supported Hillary now we must work for Obama! Nuff said. We can't let Mccain continue the Bush Legacy!! He is against a women's right to choose, for continuing the war in Iraq, no progresson helathcare and he even admits he doesn't know that much about the economy. Wake Up former Hillary Clinton Supporters, This election is too important to turn back the clock

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Reality bites

    Obama for Pesident –

    the first step in making this country the third world hellhole that the far left and a large part of the world wishes it was.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Ironman

    June 5th, 2008 11:10 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I dont believe HRC can undo what she did, It might be too late. Hopefully the history books will be kind to her and not call her the Great Devider of 2008. What do you call it when Democrats that support Hillery become bitter and want to just prove a point?

    What do you think the History books will say about HRC?
    read below Hillerys word

    Hillery said "My differences with Senator Obama are SMALL compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans."

    Don't ruin Hillary's career June 5th, 2008 11:01 am ET

    If Hillary's supporters deflect to McCain and Obama loses, she will never win in 2012. Fair or not she will be blamed for fracturing the democratic party. If she can not lead her own supporters to stay true to our party, how can she lead the free world? By voting for John McCain you will make Hillary look like an impotent failure. YOU WILL RUIN HER POLITICAL CAREER FOREVER!

    Nuff Said
    Democrats 2008

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Tully

    HAHAHA- everyone who thinks Obamarama is going to lindslide McCain have another thing coming. McCain will completely expose Obama in debates. Believe it or not people, not everyone reads CNN and think Obama is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Veronica,nj

    I as a latina (uruguayan) also an amercan citizen.We'll work with my father to get the spanish vote for our next president.....BARACK WE LOVE!!!

    let's get Obama in the white house!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. JC

    I think their V.P. choices will matter in November.
    I hope they can come up with the best choice for each party.

    June 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Mark

    History making year not only with the presidency but a triple crown winner you heard it hear first

    June 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. John in Ohio

    Anybody else amused that the McCain campaign commercials make him sound like he's running as a Democrat?
    Green Power promises? Check.
    Corporate Accountability promises? Check.
    Affordable Healthcare promises? Check.

    But these are all empty promises, and nobody will be fooled. If it comes down to voting for a Democrat, and a Republican who has to run as a Democrat-sounding Republican, the Democrat will win.

    Obama O8

    June 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. J.R. Werthington

    Keep fighting Hilary and Obama supporters. You are always welcome with us Hilary supporters, our freedom isn't free and neither is complete world domination, we will take the entire middle east then begin to topple the resource rich regimes of Africa. Lets make sure America is powerful, prosperous and the rest of the world cowers in our mighty shadow for hundreds of years to come.
    MCCAIN '08!!

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Brian, San Antonio, TX

    Lib Democrats, please tell me – what is the draw that socialism offers?

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Brian

    Al,

    I doubt it is republicans posting as Hillary backers posting on this board. Most of them have jobs at this time of day, which begs the question about the rest of us?

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Marie from Canada

    Hillary supporters are appalled at the way their candidate was (and is still) being treated by the media and the Obama campaign. On top of that, Obama is a nobody from nowhere with no concrete plans with a scary wife and even scarier church. No way anyone not in the throes of some weird cult infatuation would vote for this guy. Like CNN will post this, like any of my other posts, right? HA!

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Dave

    GO MCCAIN,
    We don't need a RACIST COWARD running our military!!!!!!

    Ex-Clinton

    GO MCCAIN

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    YOU CAN'T POLL POLLS, CNN!!! They are inanimate objects - you can only poll PEOPLE! Additionally, you are once again misleading people by saying that there is no margin of error. THIS IS NOT SCIENTIFIC. YOU ARE MISLEADING YOUR VIEWERS!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. Larry of Boston

    Without Hillary on the ticket to get the Democratic core, McCain will win and Hillary will run in 2012.

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Democrats Lets Unite

    To Hillary Supporters, I know you are mad as all get out, I would be to if it had been the other way around. Go ahead and vent but at the end of the day McCain and Hillary have absolutely nothing in common except the color of their skin. Voting McCain is not doing Hillary any justice. Example Health Care: I think this is the issue closest to her heart. If you think McCain or any republican White House is going to take 1 look at Hillarys universal plan think again. A vote for McCain or even a write in for Hillary is a slap in her face because it means you didn’t believe in what she stood for during her campaign and nothing she has fought so hard for will see the light of day. I know she got 18million votes, but 18million write in votes for Hillary will not win her the general election it hands it to McCain. Dems we have got to pull together if not now then when?

    June 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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