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.

soundoff (543 Responses)
  1. Laura

    I just hope the Clinton supporters, can move on. We have a important election to win. Families lives are a stake. Let's just unite. Obama is a great man and Hilary is still going to be in the picture.

    Let's get excitied and behind Obama. I'd like to put a rumor out there and hope it gets spread. Perhaps taken into serious consideration, my only thought would be this great man, might not want to be VP a third time. But here's the rumor- What about a Obama-Gore ticket! Now that excites me, Gore is popular and well-loved and admired. He won the Noble Peace Prize, he got the world to listen to his message about global warming!

    What are your thoughts! I'd like to know.

    June 5, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Observer

    I can't BELIEVE that he's selected Caroline Kennedy to be on his
    3-person selection commitee! Where's her credentials?

    Obviously he's just adding "BLING" to his campaign – not KNOW-HOW!

    Reminds me of Bush's "GOOD JOB, BROWNIE." after Katrina -
    and we all know how that turned out.

    And CNN... How about printing this.

    June 5, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. JOSH

    i will vote mcain if hillary is not on the ticket.PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Pete Bowling

    S.Wright,how's ENRON doing ? Here we have the most hypocritical,dishonest Senator in America,whose campaign is being run by the dirtiest lobbyest's in DC and you have the nerve to bring up Rezko ?
    I believe that's a debate we're more than willing to have.
    The "straight talk express" is the biggest joke in modern political history.
    Have we embraced Bush lately ? Or Hagee ? Too stupid to check out the insanity of Hagee,McCain chased him ,wanting to have his own right wing loonatic fringe preacher,so he got the most dangerous man in America after Cheney.

    Right on McCain..."my friends."

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. bk

    I find it hard to believe that 45% of Americans want the same old same old (McBush). Recent polls show 80% of Americans think we are heading in the wrong direction under the Bush administration and give him a 30% approval rating. A vote for McBush keeps us traveling down the road to nowhere. Wake up sheeple!

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Stephen

    Just 2 hours ago, Obama led McCain by 6 points.
    polls = nonsense

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Sean

    vic nashville,Tn: Get over it! Hillary is going to concede, and you're going to have to vote Republican. Too bad for you that you'll once again be supporting the losing cadidate.

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. dorothy

    Hillary supporters, have you been listening to your candidate? She is "suspending" her campaign and supporting Obama. Supporting Obama....supporting Obama. Accept this reality. How then can you blast Obama. Are you democrats or republicans?

    I can understand your disappointment. I can even understand your need to grieve, but Hillary has her place in history. I cannot recall in my lifetime every seeing a woman compete so valiantly with the BIG BOYS!!! She has been competing with them a long time and has won many times.

    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?

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Ziaur Rahman

    GO GO McCain....We will vote for you.......we are supporting Clinton....since she is out now we will vote for.....10 more votes for you McCain from our family........so good luck....

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Have to change

    More of the McSame....NO NO NO>...three more of our troops shot to death yesterday...how much longer can many of you say you want more of the same??? We need to get out and soon...they do not want us in Iraq (the people) Unite and vote Democrat....

    I use to be republican but can no longer put up with this BS!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Geo AR

    Democrats are going to learn the hard lesson for not Including Hillary.

    I can see Obama's fall and Mccain's rise

    Hillary all the way

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Democrat

    DO NOT QUIT HILLARY. DO NOT QUIT. I will not vote for Obama. I will hold my nose and vote for McSame.......

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. mike in florida

    Hillary supporters who say they'll vote mccain..

    Frsutrated dems who didnt like Gore made a statement and voted for Nader....the last 8 years have been wonderful havent they...

    if you vote for mccain then you deserve what the us gets...true dems are more intelligent than to put their candidate above what is best for the country and the democratic party

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Olivia

    Rezko....Wright.....Ayers......Farrakhan......Phleger
    Too many unanswered questions.

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Dave

    Obama would be clobbering McCain if not for Senator Clinton's sense of entitlement and refusal to concede in a respectfule manner. The Republicans are thrilled with her behavior. Thanks Hillary, you are an egomaniac and a moron!

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Charlotte

    One other thing, if only 10 million of the 18 million supporters of Hillary Clinton write her name in November, what will that do to the polls?

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Javier

    NADER is just a Party Spoiler!!!! He needs to get out the way since he knows he can't win!!!!

    He was the first Maronite and Arab American presidential candidate in US history.
    Nader has run for President of the United States FIVE times (in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008). – FIVE TIMES, all he is doing is stealing dreams.

    Nader himself recently stated in a live interview that he believes Al Gore won the presidency in 2000 but that it was "stolen from [Gore]... by the Florida Secretary of State and Jeb Bush" and the US Supreme Court.[4] It is generally stated in the media that he blames the Democrats for George W. Bush's victory that year. -Spoiler

    When asked by MSNBC's Tim Russert about the possibility of preventing a Democratic victory in 2008, Nader responded, "Not a chance. If the Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, and emerge in a different form." -You see he knows he will not win!!!!!!

    NO NADER IN '08

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. MarkieBee

    So Hillary supporters are saying they will actively campaign for McCain...so sad and just plain silly. Even if Hillary had managed to steal the election from Obama I would have voted for Hillary. How did the DNC screw Hillary? How did sexism force her from the race? There is only one thing that forced her from the race – delegates! Obama has more of them. Period. He played by the rules and won. One poster said he was not going to vote for Obama because of something CNN wrote? Unbelievable.

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Lars Larson

    I love how people use phrases like, "everyone I talk to" or "all of us" or "many of us"...

    How many is that exactly? 10? 20? 30? Can you name them? In my line of work, I never trust the statement when I hear "everyone" or "many" without also getting names. Otherwise, it could be the speaker and their 10 imaginary friends.

    The reality is, once we get into the general election campaign, people will realize the true differences between Obama and McCain. Some will decide that they simply can't back Obama because of his policies, some will realize they were silly to think that backing McCain is a way to get retribution for Sen. Clinton not getting the nomination.

    In the end, we are on a message board that hold absolutely no weight, and very few, if any, actually use anything close to their real name.

    We'll see what happens come November.

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Dave

    Can CNN be any more biased. It's about 6-1 Obama vs. McCain headlines.

    Do people think CNN is no less biased than Fox? Seriously? Liberal rag.

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Matt

    How in the hell can people still be Republican? They've been duped!

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Diane

    Obama has a lot of work to do. Don't be surprised if McCain wins. He has a lot of experience, works with any party, isn't Bush and is well respected by most people.

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Math Teacher, Texas

    God is in control, not Obama, McCain, Hillary or us!!

    I have spent the last 6 months reading and storing the bias comments that have come from ALL campaigns and media outlets, and I am concerned that ordinary Americans (black, white and brown) are just as prejudice and radical as any extremist organization.

    How can we throw stones at other countries for the way they treat their citizens when we treat each other like dirt?? I wish I could publish these statements around the world!!

    Stop the hate-Obama 2008!! 🙂

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Chi4Obama

    Lets keep things in perspective
    Polls mean nothing at this point. There are still bitter Hillary supporters, who have not shown their support for Barack (YET).
    Once they do so, Mcshame won't have a chance.

    To my Obama Supporters:
    Let's all give the HRC supporters, time to heal their wounds. Hopefully, most of them should come around. Afterwards, we can all gather around the campfire, and sing songs of unity together.

    Obama / Clinton '08

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. North

    American-style democracy is bizarre. And dangerous. Unfortunately the stability of the world rests on your election. I wish all voters would steer away from entertainment news-style profiling and get serious. You have the ability to change this world dramatically with this election. Exercise your right to vote with maturiity and foresight – please. At this point it is unbelievable that the Republican and Democratic party are in a dead heat at the poles. Have the last seven years been erased from the collective memory of a proud and strong and potentially free (again) people?

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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