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. Jonathan

    You would think all the koo-aid Obama drinkers could come up with something besides McSame or McBush. But then, just like their rock star nominee who lacks substance, they'll have to wait for his speech writers to come up with another empty slogan, so they can all blindly follow suit.

    I can see it now at the Orwellian Democratic Convention – all of the Obama followers blindly chanting "Change, Change" No McSame or Bush Third Term! Change

    Do any of them know what is 'change' means? Not really...they're just blindly following their rock star.

    Can't wait to see your faces when you rock star loses big time! America has 5 months to realize obama is an empty suit with a great speak writer.

    June 5, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Mike in NC

    I would like to see some state breakdowns in these polls. The national polls do not really tell us anything since the election is 50 state elections, not one national one.

    Either candidate could be ahead nationally by a substantial margin and still lose the election due to the way the states play out.

    CNN, how about commisioning some polls in battleground states like Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Virginia, Penn, Georgia and Colorado, to see if the Obama strategy to turn some Red states holds water.

    June 5, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Voting McCain

    After Hillary losing out to Obama, I will switch to McCain. Obama 's background bothers me. Rev. Wright pushed me over to the red side. Also, any Hillary supporters should vote for McCain so in 4 years, she will win.

    June 5, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. The rest of the world

    I honestly think the rest of the world would fall over for a second if they see Mccain win, and another Bush term ahead...they will loose all hope in America and we will be known as the dumbest country ever, seriously we will be considered a joke if after 2000 and 2004 we still haven't learned...and some of the Clinton fanatics (i respect Clinton but some of her fanatics are amazing...) are gonna help make that happen...I for one will start saving to move to Canada, let the fanatics enjoy their spoils as gas price's continue to go up, healthcare continue to rise, economy to implode, and China practically will own us...

    June 5, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Ozzie in Fl

    To all the Hillary suppoerters, I keep reading that Hillary Supporters are angry at Obama for remarks made by his supporters and are choosing to vote for Mcsame in result of it. I ask you one question is it worth it to throw your vote for a canidate that goes against everything you beleive in just because some kid or some angry ol person had some mean things to say? I ask you to just look at the canidate themselves, Obama never said these mean things about Hillary. So when it comes time to vote i hope you make the best choice and vote for change and not the same. Thank you.

    June 5, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Spirit of America

    After clinching the nomination, Obama is LOSING ground to McCain.
    That should be a wake-up call to the Democratic Party. It still has a chance to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by nominating Clinton. That's the only way Tony Rezko and Jeremiah Wright will disappear from the presidential election.

    June 5, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Nwamaka

    Hilary has fought a great battle. She is truly a formidable force and has blazed a new trail for women. As a woman, I have the utmost respect for what she has accomplished.

    However, Obama is our nominee and we should all rally behind him now. People should vote for the candidate who shares their ideology. If this is the case, no Democrat should be voting for John McCain. Experienced or not, he obviously has completely different ideas for where this country should be headed. He says that the democrats will raise taxes and spend too much money. Yet the last republcan we've had has spent a staggering amount of money on a war which was waged for obscure and apparently dubious reasons.

    Vote with your head, your heart and your pocketbook. Vote Obama!

    June 5, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Party Crasher

    Ms. GA June 5th, 2008 10:43 am ET

    McCain is getting Clinton's supporters and that's really sad.
    ===================================================

    Most of them were republicans from the very begining.

    June 5, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. rajah kahn

    This is REALLY and TRULY a GREAT country. Every perspectives of human qualities, and progression are with Americans, who have worked very hard to Build this POWERFUL country, from all diversities and in every possible way, together as REPUBLICANS and DEMOCRATS, with so much opportunities for all. I love this country and will die for it. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Daniel

    Well, it happened. Even though Hillary won more votes than Obama, the Powers That Be gave Obama the candidacy. I supported Hillary years ago and I didn't stop supporting her just because her skin color didn't broadcast "change," whatever "change" really means. McCain is now going to win in November, for many reasons, mainly his uncomparable resume. Another Democratic loss, due to another Democratic party officials' blunder. Even I, as a long-time Democrat, am considering voting for McCain. I believe a vote for Obama is a vote for the crazy apparatus that robbed my state of the votes it was due this primary season.

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Skeptic

    This is exactly the flaw of the U.S. system. We elect persons, and not party. Is it an Obama White House or is it a Democrat White House? We already saw Bush led the nation into the dump, and there is nothing we can do about it other than waiting for his 8 years to expire. That is just stupid. If a CEO is leading a company into the dump, we dump the CEO, but we are willing to sit in misery because of our stupid political system. The Brits are a lot smarter. With a vote of no confidence and there goes the Prime Minister. A nation should be able to move like that, especially with 300 million people's well-being at stake.
    That being said, can Obama (or the Democrat) say no to Clinton? If they say no, they are playing with fire, and they are not looking at the party's interest, but their own prejudice.
    This is the election math. Now Obama and McCain are running neck and neck. Clinton has 45% of Democrats support. Say Obama and McCain now have 100 votes each. When 10 Democrats jump the fence to vote for McCain because Clinton is not picked, the numbers are McCain 110 and Obama 90. That 10 votes turns into 20, that is 110-90=20. If Obama picks Clinton, people that don't like Clinton but like Obama will vote for Obama, and people that don't like Obama but like Clinton will also vote for Obama. It's that simple. When Clinton is not picked, Obama risks alienating that 45% of Democrats and risk the Democrat's chance of winning the White House. That would be the biggest mistake of the century, because Republicons will have picked the entire Supreme Court justices during the next 8 years.

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Michael

    It amazes me that people cannot focus on the issues, they have to name call, try to divide and basically show their ignorance. Let me tell all of you something, there are far too many important issues facing this country, I strongly suggest people start focusing on the issues. I guess it is not possible to have an adult conversation on these blogs about the issues. I guess we have to revert to name calling, division and the sort, the primaries are over Obama and McCain are the choices. All of the Clinton supporters who want to support McCain need to understand they are a walking contradiction and are disrespecting everything the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton stands for. I guess it was just a popularity contest, the issues didn’t really matter. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. MD

    Oh! the Irony

    I agree with you. People should be voting for McCain because of what Obama stands for, not just because he was able to steal the primary election from a better democratic rival.

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. C!

    GO OBAMA!!!

    DEMS `08!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Scot (Mississippi)

    And so the race begins...however, Obama has a TON of work to do to reconcile the DNC and pray that Hillary supporters will flock to his side instead of McCain's. He cannot win without her support and following.
    The irony here is that if he accepts her support and followers thern his message of change is all smoke and mirrors just to get elected. You can't implement change when you continue with a Clinton on the ticket. He has ultimately placed himself in a tough situation- do you stick with the change message and put someone other than Hillary on the ticket to stand firm in your platform and at the VERY HIGH risk of alienating support from Clintonites and losing this fall? Or do you sell out just to win the election and put Hillary on the ticket which totally contradicts EVERYTHING he has based his platform on the last year. Either way, Obama faces some real issues he MUST explain to the nation bceause he still has not done so and continues to refuse...PLEASE check his voting record and issue stance at Votesmart.org for your self.
    A former Obama 'dreamer' now in reality!!

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Adam

    I have been a life long republican. This year I am voting Democrat and it is because of Obama and his sincere belief in change. He is further left than Hillary so you'd expect me to move towards her more easily, but Obama, you can really tell, believes 100% he can change things. That kind of believe has a power behind it.

    I am at a complete loss as to why ANY democrat would say, "My candidate or I'm voting for the other party." Bad things were said by both sides about both sides. Apologies were issued by both sides. The primaries are over and we need to put that behind us so that we can have a chance of winning. Throughout the entire primary season, Hillary repeatedly said that they were so close on the issues, and they are. One of them has one. First and foremost, we are democrats and that comes before candidate preferences. Time to unite and show the world what the DNC can do to change things for the better. But we have to put aside our petty squabbling first and we have to do it quickly.

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. floridian

    I find it very interesting that in my 47 years of voting age eligibility (it started when I was 21) I have never been polled by any one as to my choice for president. Guess I do not meet the criteria that the pollsters want to hear from. I suspect this is true of many of the polls being used - limit the "voters" to what you want the results to be. So, bottom line - the polls mean nothing, especially since they are within 5%. I would suspect, also, that Sen. McCain will slowly take the lead as the days grow nearer November.

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. bob in L.A.

    Neither is the best candidate- voters arew left with weak choices...again

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Kenneth M

    Lets have no more talk of Hillary. She has dishonored herself, her party, and her supporters by not conceding and falling into the ranks as did Edwards Et Al. She used the kitchen sink, reckless statements, and pouting to no avail. Now she wants to demand the VP position. From now on lets speak only of the issues:
    · End the War
    · Universal Healthcare
    · Turn the Economy Around
    · Fight the Greenhouse Effect
    Vote Obama

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Clinton

    I'm tired of seeing old-time Democrats bash Obama for being too vague about "change". People threw the same criticism at FDR when he ran for his first term under the banner of a mysterious "New Deal" that he refused to comment about. The older Democrats now view FDR as one of the greatest men of all-time. It's time to let the younger crowd have its chance.

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. TW

    How can a man raised by a white mother and white grandparents be racist? There is absolutely no logic there.

    GO OBAMA!

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    If the Obama phenomenon is truely due to all young "first-time" voters...then the post baby-boom generation of parents have truly failed the country in developing " American traditions" in their children.
    Hopefully the next generation will attempt to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of the American dream and the personal sacrirfices of millions to get us where we are today..and not try to create some hybrid societ union of the United States.

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. tj

    CNN plz post my note.
    I am strong Hillary supporter but there is not way for me to vote for Obama even if she is on the ticket.
    I completely don't trust him, consider him as phenomen created by shamelessy proObama's media and corrupted DNC who knows that he is weak person and they hope to control him wheil he is in WH.
    I dropped democratic party and switch to independents.
    We are not voting party, we voting person and Obama is not this person.
    I consider voting McCain and many my friends too

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Tim

    Did you read this guys?

    Obama locked in a dead heat...WITHOUT the overzealous, whiny, crying, temper tantrum throwing Clinton supporters.

    Obama does not need Clinton to win this election. Keep her off the ticket.

    But if she goes on the ticket, then watch a lot of Obama supporters disappear...because we refuse to ever vote for that woman.

    June 5, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. New Day

    Sexism influenced the primaries? Yeah, about as much as racism did. Why can't we just accept that the media is what it is. Its in charge of getting ratings and will report the news in a way that will secure those ratings. Where were all the Hillary supporters when the media threw Huckabee under the bus for not leaving the race early? It's not sexism, its the media getting the best story possible. You may not like what CNN, MSNBC or Fox News has to say but, you still tune in and watch, dont you?

    In any case, Hillary did the right thing and stayed until the end. She gave voters a meaningful election and voters had there say. The voters obviously werent influenced by the media's "supposed bias" since Hillary won the majority of the last few states. They statistically split the popular vote and Obama got 120, or so, more pledged delegates.

    Where is the controversy?

    June 5, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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