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. Al

    If America votes democratic for Obama and for all their senate and congressional seats going for relection
    You will get what the majoity of americans want , an end to the war, good economy etc bc the dems will have the majority needed to get votes thru the house and senate
    REMEMBER that in november at the polls!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Clinton Supporter

    We will NEVER UNITE behind Obama and his racist wife!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Party Crasher

    Uncle Sam,

    Don't disprespect that name. Find some other name, maybe Newphe Sham or Niece but not Uncle Sam. He was a patriot and you are not.

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    For feminists who want to vote for McCain, do some research and find out how he treats his wife, and the names he calls her. Obama treats his wife like a queen. He is NOT sexist and has never made any sexist comments. (Don't bring up the "sweetie" name – I call my male friends sweetie!) Don't blame Obama for a small number of idiots. No one ever said all voters were smart!!

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Dr.G. P. M

    Please no Hillary as VP, she could never be trusted to be the person taking oders from Obama and remember how she said he was not ready to be President.

    Anyone but Clinton!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. This Time . . .

    Hillary supporters will NOT vote "party." THIS TIME they will vote for what is best for the country they love - and that is NOT Obama.

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Mike

    I'm sick and tired of the Hillary supporters. You all are pathetic!!

    Why don't you read about Vince Foster before you claim that Hillary would have beat McCain.

    The republicans would've had a field day with Billary!!

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. William, from Cali

    How can that be? With all the dislike of the Republicans, and their "Failed Policies", how can that be? With the War in Iraq, the Economy is disaray, and such. Only in America, could this happen. And I, for one, ask why is this? Could it be Race! Again......................

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. char19145

    Not the landslide, sure thing, got this all wrapped up, the DNC was banking on. Serves each and everyone of them right.

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. KMAN

    McTuselah has been running a general election campaign for months now and the best he can do at this point is a tie ... doesn't look too good for that old relic of the past!!

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Hard Working Martha

    Will someone please help me understand how Hillary was forced out of the nomination? I have watched this campaign from the 1st debate to now (recording when i'm not home) and I just don't see what others are seeing. In New Hampshire, she stated MI and FL would not count and had no worries about the voters in those state at that time and when she fell behind, WOW, how they mattered. What happened? WOMEN, what on earth is going through your heads? I am a hardworking, college educated FEMALE who really cannot understand why everyone is saying she was forced out. In her own words (letter to her supporters today), she understood what she was getting into when she entered this race. Also, what rule state that a FEMALE candidate her FEMALE supporters should be given special attention? One thing, this race shows, FEMALES are very selfish and think. This is something I try to tell my daughter, look at the issues not the person, male or female. I really think it's all about being the 1st female is what the HYPE is all about. I don't care if the next President is male, female, black, white, red, blue etc. as long as the President is a DEM. So my fellow FEMALE voters, LISTEN to your candidate, she's endorsing Obama on Saturday. Listen to her AIPAC speech on yesterday. She was not forced out, enough FEMALE voters did not vote for her and she LOST! What happend at the DNC committee on last Saturday would not have helped. Please pay attention to ALL the details. We elect on delegates and NOT popular vote which I think should be changed, but in the meantime, we have the delegate votes in places.

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Hillary Supporter

    Here's to the three new picks to help pick a running mate...too funny!

    As far as focusing on the Jewish vote....Why don't we get Caroline Kennedy to help us ........now- whats was her married name again???....lol
    To you Caroline Kennedy S......... guess who your very much admired & respected mother- would have endorsed????

    OH the fannie mae guy ..... remember that little scandal regarding school loans..... ..same fannie mae???? To all you educated supporters that had to get loans to get educated (like most of us)... now having to pay those student loans.

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

    I am glad Hillary is out. I just hope the votes will see through the speeches and realize that the Dems will raise taxes, giving less spendable income for us all, and that pulling out of IRAQ could be the worst mistake of our lives. Pulling out could spur more terrorist attacks and more oil price hikes. I did not agree with the war, but we are there now and if we give up, look out.

    June 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Turnabout is Fair Play

    GO HILL! June 5th, 2008 10:39 am ET

    Everytime I get to a point where I could stomach voting for Obama, the CNN "best political team" opens their mouths and bash Hillary. They have made my decision for me, NOT to vote for BO, and it just confirms the bias and sexism I have seen against Hillary since last year.

    So what you're saying then, is that you are so weak-minded that you cannot think and decide for yourself that you can vote. That, in fact, you can be lead and controlled to think by the media.. Stop with the bull, you just admitted that you think Hillary was attacked with sexism and bias, the key word here being sexism. THAT'S Your real problem, don't lie and try to hide it behind anything else. It should not even be about sexism, it should be about the ISSUES. Gimme a break.

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    June 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Randy M

    Why would anyone expect differently just 2 days after the end of a grueling primary. As Obama goes to the general election mode now and people will be able to see the differences, the choices will be clear. McCain will get his votes but there is no way this country will put him in the White House.

    If the last 8 years of Republican rule doesn't convince people we need to change direction then there is nothing that can be said here. McCain is Republican doctrine, regardless of what he says. He owes the party and will be their foot soldier. Don't give it to him.

    June 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Jacklyn, NC

    UNITE, UNITE, UNITED WE STAND DEMOCRATS. Please lay down your prejudices and differences and let's not have another G.W. Bush in office for the next 4 to 8 years with John McCain. We must unify as a real party and kick the Republicans butts.

    June 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Will from NYC

    I think congress should interview Scott Mc. November 1st 2008. That would be a perfect reminder of what happens when you give a Republican any authority. McSame is toast.

    I also think any democrat who votes for McSame should just flat out join the Republican't party. At least in the GOP rascists are welcome with open arms...

    June 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Dear HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!, Clinton Supporter & GO HILL!

    Isn't it ridiculous the way the Democratic Party's leadership propped up this character?

    They have no right to gamble with the future of the country and the Democratic Party in this way. What the Rules & Bylaws Committee did was horrible. By giving Obama delegates that he didn't earn (especially by giving him 4 delegates that Hillary DID earn) hey totally destroyed the moral highground of "Count Every Vote" that the Democratic Party gained in the 2000 fiasco.

    I remain loyal to the causes of the Democratic Party, but the party's leadership has failed us worse than ever before.


    June 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Hate in LA

    CNN report this you should shut these blogs down because all they do is let people hide behind computers and perpetuate hate.

    June 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. gene

    The polls that show the race in Ohio, Michigan, Pennslvania and Florida, will decide who the next President will be and it will not be Obama. There is a percentage of us Clinton supporters who will not vote for Obama .I notice how nice some of these Obama supporters are talking today, but I still remember the nasty, mean, demeaning and degrading comments.

    June 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. gp

    It is just begining. Remember where Cliintons were when all this starde.She was sooooooooooooo far ahed . It took him a while but he wisely done his job. Just go on and don't start playing politics, calculate.....all those Washington garbage tricks. You don't need them -neithre Clintons!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Cindy

    Women who support Hillary-–Hillary has worked you up and manipulated you so well. Divisiveness is what she wants and she wants you to continue it for her now that she won't be able to on her own.... But she has built up the hatred in white women so expertly and you women have fallen for it.

    Hillary failed through her own down and dirty campaigning and becasue she changed her persona over and over again once she realized that what she believed was going to be her entitlement isn't... That's why her campaign failed... God's wrath has spoken! he's the ultimate deciding factor!!!!

    Latina for Obama

    June 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Ken N.

    I don't get it. Your own online poll shows Obama ahead by 20.

    June 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Jane, College Park, MD

    To Sen Obama's supporters:

    Please be sensitive to the hurt of Sen Hillary's supporters.
    Let them cool off; If they write anything negative, ignore them.
    It's like what happens when a relationship breaks up , everyone needs time to heal.

    Your candidate won. He was gracious, please let your conduct be a good reflection of the Sen Obama.

    P.S. I am an Independent.

    June 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Things will change....... this is pretty NEW yet. It will take several weeks for the two OFFICIAL Candidates to really see what the Polls will reveal. There will be some DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY fallout for several more weeks. There will be NO COMPARISON between Obama and McCain. Take it from This Republican (my families' choice since 1858). Obama will be the next Great Leader of this Country and the FREE WORLD. WOW , what a priveledge to have the Kennedy's , Regan and Obama in my lifetime !!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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