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. Stephina

    The media is spinning again. Maybe they should take a look at all the Hillary Supporters who have now joined the McCain for President website and pledged their support to him in November.

    I can't wait for November when the McCain wins and Obama and the Democrats get swept under the rug for good!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Kiah

    Obama WILL win! These polls are being stacked by silly supporters of Clinton who refuse Obama for NOT GOOD REASON other than being sore losers!

    We're not begging for your support but you all need to get on board!

    It's sad when Dems are being pandered to by Repugs and they fall for it because they refuse to vote on the issues and not petty emotional BS!

    Obama '08!

    June 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Jason

    CNN:

    why is your 'poll of polls' always different every day?

    June 5, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. jeff

    People who switch from Hillary to McCain are clearly not progressive thinkers. Good riddance!

    June 5, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. RYAN

    No more Republican liars and propagandas….they will lose this election big time both senate seats and the presidency…We don't care what the bias polls say… No one is going to vote for 100 yrs war, bomb bomb Iran, gas @5.00, unemployment, foreclosures, tax cut for the rich and cowboy diplomacy except those living inside a box….

    June 5, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Seth

    Hillary voters who will now switch their allegiance to McCain confirm my suspicion that there is little to no difference between Clinton and McCain/Bush.
    Is it any wonder she LOST?
    We don't want another Republican, and any Democrat who does not know back Obama out of petty spite and jealousy over Hillary's loss is just a Republican.
    Just like Hillary.
    Good on you America, for seeing this and sending Obama on the road to Washington!

    June 5, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. MarkK

    I can't see why anyone would vote for Obama. George Bush and the Republican party have done a great job over the past 8 years. Even John McCain, who is known for being a straight talker says so!

    "Americans overall are better off because we have had a pretty good prosperous time, with low unemployment and low inflation, and a lot of good things have happened," McCain said in a Jan. 30 debate of Republican candidates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.

    More of the SAME! Vote John McCain 2008!

    June 5, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Natasha in Atlanta

    I am so sick of all these HIllary Supportors speaking Womens rights and women treated unfairly... Well as an African American women. When women were fighting for the right to vote, they weren't considering African American women. We were still fighting for our rights to be recognized as an human being!!!!

    Now that is something to think about!

    All you voting for Mc Cain, because Hillary did not get the nomination is sick. You don't care about your lively hood, your children or your grandchildren. BY NO MEANS DO WE AS AMERICANS NEED ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. WE WILL BE DOOMED.

    Think smart. If Barack lost the nomination, I would have voted for Hillary. I am a true DEMOCRAT

    DEMOCRATS UNITE

    OBAMA 08

    June 5, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. rafael otero

    I will eather write Hillary's name as write in or vote for maccain or
    stay home. Take this punch dnc rule committeee.

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. democrats for '08!

    Whether you like Clinton or Obama...OBAMA is the nominee and the Democratic Party NEEDS TO UNIFY TOGETHER to get Democrat in office. We can do it! With all the Dems united, McSame doesn't stand a chance. Forget personality, think about the politics. We need to unify!

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. James in Oregon

    Time for Democrats to unite , this is about our kids and Grandkids people.

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Forget the Polls

    Obama always does much better in polls than he does in actual vote counts. The polls had him beating Clinton in South Dakota and she slaughtered him.

    If Obama is in a tight race in the polls, he is in BIG trouble.

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Len

    why do my comments always say awaiting moderation and never post??

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. YES WE CAN! YES WE WILL

    WE DO NOT WANT HILLARY AS VP!!! WE DO NOT TRUST HER PERIOD!

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Mr DE

    I wish Hillary will run as Independent, she will beat McCain and Barack.

    Between Barack and McCain, I will vote for McCain...

    To Hillary's supporters, please do not stay home in November but go out vote for McCain.

    I will volunteer to join McCain supporter soon.

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Vik

    Now that Obama has won the nomination, I hope Hillary will become an active member in his administration. I hope that her supporters will come together and support Obama also, because he wants the things that core democrats want. Please don't let these guys who keep posting negative things, with their hate filled rants diverge you from the path to helping put a man who can champion our cause in the white house. We have an opportunity to make something great happen and to have faith in our political system, please let's not squander it.

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Setemup

    General Election: McCain vs. Obama CBS News Obama 48, McCain 42 Obama +6.0
    Obama: Favorable/Unfavorable CBS News Favorable 41, Unfavorable 31 Favorable +10.0
    McCain: Favorable/Unfavorable CBS News Favorable 34, Unfavorable 37 Unfavorable +3.0

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Betty

    Montana Voters Closing Numbers Tuesday June 3

    MCSHAME #3 among repuke candidates – ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. But wait there's more

    Remember Clinton supporters,

    Just because she HAD 18 million supporters prior to Tuesday, well that number has since been cut in half to now 9 million supporters and going down. Because roughly 9 million voters have since cast their support for the Democratic PARTY. Some of us have "healed" already and see that party unity is greater than childish tantrums. Please take note when you post things like "No Hillary then McCain" or "Denver here we come", as Spock would say "this is illogical."

    June 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. chris

    OK ..its gonna be a regular run of the mill election....OBAMA will win NY california..etc..etc...just like ALL democrats do....

    it will come down to TWO STATES......... OHIO and FLORIDA..

    MCcain wil win both of those states.....

    June 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Obama the Anti Christ

    I would much rather support 4 years of McCain then the anti christ forever.

    Like Hitler, who was one of history's antichrist archetypes, he will have great charisma & speaking ability, "a mouth speaking great things".

    June 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. CC PENNES

    MY GOD HOW CAN THAT BE TRUE?? I SHUTTER TO EVEN ENTERTAIN THE IDEA OF ANOTHER BUSH AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE AREN'T AWARE OF THAT, EVEN MENTIONING THEIR NAMES IN THE SAME SENTENCE, IS A TRAVESTY, THIS MAN THINKS LIKE BUSH,HAS A VERY SHORT FUSE, AND MUST HAVE HIS WAY, IS ALMOST AS DUMB AS BUSH, HAS A NEPOLIANIC COMPLEX [as bush} and god forbid he should be Awakened at 3 to answer the phone. HE IS EVERY THING BUSH IS, AND STANDS FOR, AND OBAMA IS EVERYTHING BUSH IS NOT, OBAMA WILL BRING THIS COUNTRY BACK TO SANITY, AND MAKES US PROUD TO BE AMERICANS AGAIN. I DON'T BELIEVE THE POLLS,BECAUSE I BELIEVE AMERICAN ARE NOT THAT DUMB TO FALL FOR ANOTHER BUSH, WE [NOT I] FELL FOR IT ONCE, PLAY THE FEAR CARD AND THEY WILL COME,AND IF ALL OF THE ABOVE IS NOT ENOUGH, HE HAS "ROVE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. robb

    YES everyone vote McCain for 100 years of war. Where can I sign up to go to IRAQ? Who is with me?

    June 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. fred the good one

    how long has mc c been campaining all by himself without competition and, IS BEHIND???? he is a loser, warmonger
    and that smirk will not work this time around with smarter voters, we have an

    UPDATE to make:

    voters for Mr. Obama: millionssssss (check the S´s for more voters)

    those with hatred and racists for mc c: seven

    June 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. YES WE CAN

    All these Republican shills coming on and inflamming internet users by pretending to ditch Dems because Hillary lost the nom are genius. That some of you morons buy it is terrifyingly reflective of our dumb nation.

    June 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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