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. Hank Chapin

    Why do we have an army if not to protect the vital interests of the US?
    Our military is doing just that in Iraq and is also getting better knowledge of new and advancing weaponry and tactics against all manner of opposition. Don't be foolish and try to cut the arms off our military. They are the best in the world, and they need to stay in command of all the military maneuvers in the world.

    If the US brings our troops home without a clear victory, it will destroy the reason the military strives as earnestly as it does. Our highly trained/experienced military members will quit the service if we disrespect their efforts and the advancements they have made for us in the Middle East as well as other parts of the world. Can we really think Obama's smile will stave off our adversaries who have taken religious oaths to destroy us? Stop being foolish. Stay strong and resolute instead.

    June 5, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    Listen, CNN folks... you don't have to publish this comment, since you already published my other one, but I want y'all to listen to me:

    What you are doing with this "Poll of Polls" crap is misleading and wrong. Beyond that, it is based on no other science than an average. You talk about these polls of polls, however, as if they're scientific fact. It is incredibly misleading to your viewers, and I think it would be very, very beneficial if, before saying anything about your Poll of Polls, you added a disclaimer each time that this is an AVERAGE of polls and is NOT SCIENTIFIC.

    Thank you.

    June 5, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. la

    im a Hillary Supporter who will not vote for Obama simply because the way she was treated during the primary season. The DNC ruling on Saturday made me go out and change my party and the Dem. are suppose to be the most liberal party. No just horrible. The DNC neede to listen to what the people were saying..

    June 5, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Ken

    I think it is totally hilarious that all of you people who couldn't wait for Hillary Clinton to get out of this race and continuously said that she should just go away are now being so nice to her supporters in the hope they will vote for Obama. Well, I'm a supporter of Hillary Clinton and, at the moment, I have no intention in voting for Obama. What exactly does he stand for? I want a few questions answered: 1) he has never fully explained why he remained a member of a church for 20 years when the reverend made disparaging remarks about whites, jews, etc., 2) this "epiphany" Obama had in quitting his church came at a very convenient time .... why now?, 3) he speaks with a golden tongue, but exactly how does he plan to get this country out of this financial mess we're in ..... and the questions go on and on.

    June 5, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Matt in Cleveland

    too slider how dumb could you be? while the dems control congress any order to remove troops needs to be approved by the prez who would veto such measure and there wouldnt be enough to overturn that veto

    gop supporters are so stupid

    June 5, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Jane, College Park, MD

    The truth is, If Sen Obama can run the country HALF as competently and superbly as he ran his campaign, America will be a super power again. Because right now, Russia and China are the two super powers.

    June 5, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. JJ

    I think this number will change once Hillary makes her announcement this weekend. If she campaigns hard for Obama like she did for herself, the Dems will take back the White House this fall.

    I don't see 18 million voters going against the party because all of them felt that Hillary was slighted. I can see some people voting for McCain out of spite but not all 18 million.

    June 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Nancy

    America is ready for a change.....We've been on the wrong path for too long now....McCain would only give us more of the same leadership we've had for 8 years.
    The majority of Americans are smart enough to know that another Republican term would be detrimental to our international image. We need a change. To the Hilliary Clinton Women.....Move on and stop acting like "cry babies". You're making women look bad !!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Praetorian, Fort Myers


    Unite behind what?

    He still hasn't stated what he's actually planning to do and who will sacrifice so all the poor socially disadvantaged can share in the American dream.

    He hasn't even explained what HIS vision of the American dream is!!!

    I know...it's all the rich people ( according to Mein Obama) give a little more to all the poor people ( even if they are drug addicts, cons, and clinically insane).

    Thanks Democrats–your nose rings are showing.

    June 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Sue

    We all know CNN is liberal-tilted. Therefore, to get the polling results they want, they poll mostly liberal areas. I wouldn't believe a single thing CNN spouts. Use Fox instead for a Fair and Balanced status.

    June 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Chi4Obama

    Does your "Poll of Polls" take into account al" of the likely voters in November. I've seen a lot of discrepancies in your so-called accurate Poll of Polls before.

    Keep in mind that Obama has (and will continue to) register thousands of new 1st time voters who will of course be voting Democrat... I bet that these new voters are not reflected in your projections.

    But nonetheless, McCain will get destroyed in November.

    Obama/Clinton '08 🙂

    June 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Lisa-Fl.

    How does the DNC expect us to rally around this candidate & his hateful wife? How depressing!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. T

    What people dont think about is now we have a democrats, Clinton and Obama voters, voting for one person. And Clinton voters who vote for McCain or not vote, are not or ever were democrates. Bitterness is not something that should ever get in the way of America. BE AMERICANS FIRST.

    June 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Scott, Newport KY

    If this poll was taken before Obama clinched the nomination, it means nothing.

    June 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. SC Voter

    Of course they're in a dead heat! Everyone I talk to REFUSE
    to vote for Obama - UNLESS HILLARY IS ON THE TICKET!

    Perhaps he should take note.....

    June 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Bruce

    I can't wait for the debates. All the stalling for Obama is now over. He will have to get into the details and that will be his downfall. Talk all you want about how great his views are, but once you see how much it will cost all of you in your paychecks, you will soon be singing a different tune. I love the liberals in here. They all seem to think they can get something for nothing. for instance, they want universal health coverage for all. Guess who's going to pay for it? And you are going to let the government handle it? LOL What a joke everyone is if they think Obama can get everyone free healthcare and taxes wont go up. You are all living in a dream world. Even with money saved from the war in Iraq if it didn't exist, the US could not afford universal health care without taxes going way up. All this will do is clog up an already overburdened government system and screw it up. The only people who want universal health care are people who don't want to work and live off the backs of hard working Americans. Oh yes, let's not also forget about the millions if ILLEGAL aliens that would also benefit from hard working people. What a bunch of idiots.

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

    How about a Poll on CNN and its coverage ???....

    June 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |

    Obama will arise and shine and walk all over John McCain, aka Dim Wit. This is going to be oh so good to see! At last we will see Obama able to be himself, he can take off the cloth gloves!

    June 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Big gator

    You old bags are not going to hold the party hostage. Go ahead and vote for McCain. Please stop with your lame threats. McCain is probably 10 years younger than most of her supporters anyway. Obama did nothing that none of the other candidates tried to do. Win the Nomination with honesty and integrity. Yeah.... to easy to call her out.

    June 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Eli

    Now I hear Obama supporters cry "Unite". Did you forget all the malicious words that you used about her and her supporters. You don't need us. You said " We Can". Now prove it.
    Hillary 2012!

    June 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Oh! The Irony

    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.

    You're one of the stupidest people I've encountered today. So because CNN supposedly bashes Clinton, instead of you changing the channel, you decide to vote against your political views and vote for McCain?

    June 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |

    I think that old fellow should go home and have some rest.McBush, the road is long and i don't think you gonna make it to the end.

    June 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. WM

    After 7+ years of utter STUPIDITY, MOCKERY, CONTEMPT, CORRUPTION, DEFIANCE, MANIPULATIVE PUBLIC FEAR, AND PURE COWBOY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS from the republicans should anyone be surprised that even though we’re far from the general election the Dems. are already a head? A BIG FAT NO!
    Good by Republicans and congratulations you have made history as the worst ever administration! As for Senator McCain, with all due respect with all the experience you may think you have you will remain the extension of the current administration and no match for Obama, so good luck trying to cloud your way around this fact!!

    June 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Larry in Florida

    Surpeise, surprise!! What did Obama supporters think? That's why Hillary was railroaded out. The republicans will chew him up and spit him out. Especially after this new scandel. Unless everyone considers to ignore the latest scandel as they have so far. Sorry to break it to all you Obama supporters but he is a politician after all.

    June 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Chicago Asian

    To Obama and Hillary supporters: McCain is the complete opposite of everything Obama and Hillary has fought for and stands for. No matter who you support, everyone knows that Clinton and Obama are very similar on their positions on real issues.

    In my opinion a Clinton or Obama supporter now throwing their support to McCain for whatever reason shows that you never really believed in your candidate's position on the REAL issues.

    McCain has nothing to offer this country except WAR, WAR, WAR, WAR HIGH GAS PRICES, DECLINING ECONOMY, END OF ROE V. WADE, WAR, WAR, WAR!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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