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. Party Crasher

    peakarach,des moines June 5th, 2008 10:51 am ET

    I think all 18 million of us strong must unite and vote for McCain in the fall,so we can send a strong message to the party leader,Hussein Obama and the whole media not to mess with Hillary and her supporter.

    Go team Hillary!
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    Yea, do just that so she can be blamed and drummed right out of the Senate. Go ahead I dare you!

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. election watcher

    Obama supporters won't vote for Obama if Clinton is the running mate??? I've heard of sore losers, but sore winners??
    (Maybe that should be sore "whiners") Maybe this is an unhealthy foreshadow of an Obama presidency.

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. alvaro

    John macain all the way! Barack Hussein Osama is OVER!

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Kevin

    Hillary LOST. Now, either be a Democrat and support Obama, or sit at home mourning the destruction of the Clinton "Legacy".

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

    Has anyone ever bought a new car that they really couldn't afford because they wanted it so badly that they let their desire to have it overwhelm their commen sense? Did any of you get sucked into a subprime mortgage with no money down and are now on the brink of, or are in foreclosure because you wanted that house so badly you really didn't think it through? Did that car salesman or mortgage lender at the time make it all seem to good to be true? Did you find out later that it was? Remember there is a price to pay for everything we say or do. Nothing is for free. And never loose site of the fact that when you're made promises that seem to good to be true they generally are. Think about how that may apply to the candidates and then make the best decision you can.

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Stephen

    If Hillary's supporters will now look at who comes closest to what they supported Hillary for and not make this personal against the person who beat her, this poll will definitely widen.

    Each Hillary supporter will have to determine for himself or herself if the anger and disappointment is worth voting against your own best interest.

    In 2000 I paid $1.35 per gallon for gas ($35 for a full tank) and yesterday I paid $4.07 per gallon ($90 for a full tank).

    I ask you, is the anger and disappointment worth voting against your own best interest?

    For me the answer is no. It’s Obama with or without Clinton as VP

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Kurt Matthews

    Obama cannot "win over" those segments of the population who strongly supported Sen. Clinton. His only hope is that these people would rather have a Democrat in the White House rather than a Republican.

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Clara

    I do agree that the media has been very harsh to Senator Clinton. There are so many comments that are just personal opinions throw out to your audience that are not based on true facts. I have been offended by the punduts who are so critical when it appears they are just expressing a bias against both President and Mrs. Clinton. As a listener, I just want to know factual information not spinning!

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. BRIAN

    WHAT ARE DRAFT RULE.

    June 5, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Allen Richards

    Don't forget about the Libertarian party. They will probably take a small percentage of McCain's voters. I'm surprised the news isn't mentioning then yet.

    June 5, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Scott, Wichita

    hey, "Voting Obama"

    you said "No more republicans. Stop the drama and vote Obama!! "

    but we're not the ones that took six months to figure out our candidate.

    It's funny that the overall polls are so close, but 90% of these comments are screaming about how awful McCain is.
    We've been trying to convince the world about the liberal media for years, and everyone says we're wrong.

    By the way, the spread is about 50-50 over on Fox News right now, a little closes to that split down the middle, and you claim that they are Conservative-biased...

    June 5, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Bob Stephens

    Let's wait until the campaigning for the election really starts, for a poll. If McSames speech the other night is an example of his campaigning skills, Obama will roll over him like a tank.

    June 5, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Seth

    Watch out for Republicans commenting here.

    Anyone saying they will "switch sides" and vote for McCain is most likely a Republican hoping to continue our party's in-fighting to help McCain in November.

    Democrats have strong values and we vote values. No Democrat will be voting for McCain. He goes against every single Democratic value that we hold dear.

    The Republicans are going down, and this country will be back on the right path!

    June 5, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Al

    How about a new poll and take it now AFTER the nomination!!

    not only americans are excited for Senator Obama
    they showed the bars and restaurants in my city ....country Canada..
    and the people were going crazy!!!!
    Senator Obama is not only liked and respected in America but all around the world
    Its Historical ...very Historical
    Obama 08

    June 5, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Party Crasher

    JOSH June 5th, 2008 11:31 am ET

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

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    Josh, get back into your Republican closet.

    June 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. GA for Hillary

    As a hillary supporter, I am now voting for McCain.

    Here is to Hillary is 2012!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    You know what sickens me to my stomach? All of this bitterness and bickering back and forth with the demorcats. I swear if I hear one more time about a "Hillary supporter" voting for McCain in November if she isn't on the ticket, I am going to scream! How stupid and ignorant is that? Being bitter and one sided is definitely going to hurt us all in the end. Did we (excluding me because I was smart enought not to vote for him) not learn from voting for Bush for a SECOND TERM? LOOK WHERE IT GOT US!

    Hillary said so herself that her and Obama share little differences when it comes to the issues and what they stand for compared to Obama and McCain. So what is it about Obama that makes the "Hillary Supporters" simply not want to support him? Give me some concrete & realistic reasons besides the same ol, he's not experienced and he dreams too much bs. Some of you just don't want to give the man a chance and would rather vote for a man who shares the same ideas as BUSH. McCain can sit here all day and say that he only agreed with a few of things dealing with Bush but if you do your research you'd be surprise. Please people don't be ignorant, if you want to vote McCain after doing all the research on where he stands (and you agree with what he stands for) then FINE, but don't be stupid and vote because you're angry Hillary didn't make the cut. Think about it.

    June 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Matt

    Obama supporters, I think your past is now going to come back to haunt you. Remember on any state Obama lost, you either made an excuse or said something like "that state it racist" or "bunch of uneducated dummies". I don't think people will want to vote for Obama if they here nasty talk about their state. But I'm sure now you guys will be as sweet as sugar to those states, until Obama loses in the fall!

    McLame is better then Nobama!

    June 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Brian, NJ

    A vote for McCain (or a vote AGAINST Obama in the form of a Nader or write-in vote for Hillary) is a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and a vote for more soldiers dying in Iraq.

    A lot of people thought Gore could come back in 2004 or Kerry in 2008, what happened to them. A lot can happen in four years.

    I never understood how any real Democrat could support someone who voted for the war anyway.

    June 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. ray from nj

    obama, obama ra ra ra!!!!
    God Bless America.

    June 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. We're waking up!!!!

    I DON'T LIKE TO TYPE IN CAPS BUT I CAN'T YELL SO THIS WILL HAVE TO DO FOR EMPHASIS:

    A REMINDER TO US ALL THAT THE MEDIA IS PAID WELL TO DO THE BIDDING OF THOSE THAT SEEK TO MANIPULATE WHAT WE THINK. STAY INFORMED AND DON'T RELY SOLELY ON THE MEDIA FOR INFORMATION.
    THEY'RE HOPING WE'LL EAT WHATEVER "NEWS" THEY DISH OUT. THEY'RE HOPING THEY CAN PROVIDE US WITH ENOUGH DIVERSIONS SO WE WON'T THINK ABOUT MORE PRESSING CONCERNS.
    THEY'RE HOPING WE CAN BE SWAYED THROUGH FEAR TACTICS.

    THERE TRULY IS A NEW PARADIGM SHIFT OCCURING AND IT'S BECAUSE OF ALL US "LITTLE" PEOPLE. WE'RE WAKING UP, TAKING STOCK, STAYING INFORMED AND NOT BEING DISTRACTED OR PRESSURED BY FEAR OR VEILED THREATS.

    INDEED, 'WE MUST BE THE DRIVING FORCE OF CHANGE NOW." AS THE SAYING GOES, "WE'RE THE ONES WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR."

    Peace.

    June 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. becky

    JOSH I will vote mccain if hillary is not on the ticket. PERIOD!!!!

    Go right ahead, I am sure there is a Republican taking your place!

    June 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Party Crasher

    Ziaur Rahman June 5th, 2008 11:31 am ET

    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….
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    So, in the end he will have 10 votes. ha. Even the conservative right is not going to vote for the guy. Ziaur you are a clown.

    June 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Diane

    I still believe Hillary had a good chance at winning. I'll be listening to both Obama and McCain and will vote for the best candidate. That's the way it is and should be.

    June 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Fran

    Hillary supporters stand together and either stay home in November or vote for McCain, please do not let Obama take over the white house, he is a liar and the media won him the nomination.

    Hillary or McCain 08

    June 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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