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. Republican for Obama

    one thing i can't stand is these stupid national polls 5 months before the election. what use are they? they have no use at all!

    another problem with these stupid national polls is that they are based on popular vote, which does not tell us how the electorial map will play out in the end.

    STOP THE USELESS POLLS!

    June 5, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Chris

    Look at South Dakota Polls, he was ahread in that and lost that State. He will NEVER win!

    June 5, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Pat

    Obama, pick another lady to be your VP, not Hillary. she will come with her husband and take the spotlight.

    June 5, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. White Woman for Obama

    Do another poll now.. I am sure that has changed.

    June 5, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Brian Knoxville, TN

    I have voted for Democratic candidates in every primary election, general election, midterm election and recall election (I voted in CA against the 2003 recall of Gray Davis) since 1996, sometimes enthusiastically and other times not so much, and I have donated money to candidates and the DNC since 2004.

    But this nomination is the worst failure of Democratic Party leadership since 1972. I wish pundits would stop saying that Hillary exposed Obama's weaknesses. She didn't. She's a strong candidate with depth. Obama is a weak candidate with nothing but flowery rhetoric and empty slogans. Hillary didn't 'expose' that Obama is sleazy and shallow. He just is sleazy and shallow, and most Democrats who voted in the primaries saw through the smoke and mirrors and saw that he is sleazy and shallow.

    The party's leadership has totally failed us.

    McCAIN FOR PRESIDENT '08
    A moderate Republican and a qualified leader

    June 5, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Bayousara

    I just got an email from a friend who is a Democrat. She and her husband are voting for McCain.

    I was a Democrat until two weeks ago when I became an Independent. I am writing in Hillary Clinton.

    I think Obama has some work to do. I am unhappy because he ran on a racial ticket (as an African American, which is being touted in the press as "historic") and excluded his other ethnicity of having a white mother. I feel this makes whites feel threatened in some ways.

    And as a woman it makes me feel disenfranchised by Obama. I am concerned that women will play a minor role in the Obama White House.

    June 5, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Yeah, I'm sure Obama's daughters would rather see Clinton get the nomination over their father.

    June 5, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. DAN

    Wow after all the media has done to help Obama especially cnn with all the hype of the new messiah and 8 years of Bush we're at a tie, dha is it possible Obama is a flawed candidate and yet his problems are just starting with his partner in corruption Tony Rezko who was found guilty yesterday and another video showing Michelle Obama on a racist rant in june 2004.

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Ironman

    I dont believe HRC can undo what she did, It might be too late. Hopefully the history books will be kind to her and not call her the Great Devider of 2008. What do you call it when Democrats that support Hillery become bitter and want to prove a point?

    What do you think the History books will say about HRC?

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. theprogressivebigot

    Even after all those lame McBush stmts!? Come on CNN! Your not pulling enough weight here!!

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Robert

    Notice the way the cnn.com photo editor juxtaposed a picture of a "grim" looking Obama next to a picture of a smug looking McSame.

    Hmm... manipulation of the readers' minds to make them think that Obama is somehow "struggling" by the look on his face?

    Come on CNN, you can be more impartial than that. You're supposed to simply report the facts, not perpetuate a false sense of strife on stories like this.

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Bri, VA for President Obama

    None of this matters. What matters is that we go out in November and vote Democrat. Whether you're an Obama fan or Hillary fan, we need to unite, because none of us are McCain fans...

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Sean

    These polls are irrelevant until Hillary officially drops out. Then let's see how big the gap is!

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Laidetea

    Obama is taken the fight to McCain....we're going to get the white house and capital hill back for the democrat's. Obama is taken on this fight with approval from a higher authority.

    DEMOCRAT'S UNITE.

    (If the HRC supporters don't want to unite thats O.K. just watch Obama's go up, up, up, the ladder)

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. georgia

    Obama 08 !!!!
    Bushwacking the same with McCain.I t's over.
    Restore USA infrastructure & world leadership & co-partnering relationships =Obama 08 !!!!
    No Billary ,no JMcSame

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. New York Dem

    After months of McCain having no competition, and Obama and Clinton engaging in daily mud-slinging battles, Obama still has a lead. Imagine what it could look like with a unified Democratic party behind him...

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Steve

    Mark my words. No contest. The smart money say's Democrats in a landslide!

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Someone commented that "Hillary was forced out due to sexism!"

    I don't believe it. Hillary was the frontrunner going into this campaign and drove out other established Dems like Joe Biden and Chris Dodd.

    Also, look at the vote in places like Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Hillary pretty much admitted, as did Gov. Rendell, that there are people who won't vote for Obama because of his race.

    So the "ism" knife cuts both ways, and if sexism and racism cancel each other out, you're left with two visions for the country and two individuals promoting those visions. And in that contest, Obama won.

    June 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. RAY IN NJ

    The "deadheat" poll results should be expected. However, as always, once Obama gets out there and is actually "listened" to by the Republicans the numbers will sway in his favor. That is, if truly "listening" is possible for most Republicans who seem to have an inate ability NOT to really "listen" to anybody who doesn't wear a lapel pin or is "different" to what they're used to. I do have faith in America that MOST will at least hear what he's proposing and see the stark differences between McCain and Obama. If they would rather have 4 more years of high prices and misery across the board, they'll vote for McCain. If they want to get on the bandwagon of getting involved in forcing "change" from our local politicians along with the "professional" politicians, then they'll see it makes sense to start this journey of "changing America" with Obama!

    June 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Concerned Democrat

    I expect those numbers will change again and again before the November election. I think the numbers that count are the final votes on that day. Polls are not accurate because of the way the questions are phrased. They can be arranged to say what the pollster wants the outcome to be. I think now that Obama is the presumptive nominee that we will really see whether or not he can carry the southern states as well as the hispanic vote.

    June 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Erika, KS

    Obama is the wrong candidate. The DNC will know soon enough that they backed the wrong guy.

    June 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Uncle Sam

    History will record that in their 2008 presidential election year, the American people were so desperate for change that they were willing to believe almost anything and anyone who promised it.

    June 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Laidetea

    Obama is taken the fight to McCain....we're going to get the white house and capital hill back for the democrat's. Obama is taken on this fight with approval from a higher authority.

    DEMOCRAT'S UNITE.

    (If the HRC supporters don't want to unite thats O.K. just watch Obama's go up, up, up, the ladder) He doesn't need HRC. She is no longer a running candidate.

    June 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Linda From NJ

    I look forward to the first time Obama and McCain have a debate. Obama will blow McCain right out of the box. It will be evident to the rest of the country when you make a direct comparison of the two candidates on the economy, the war, health insurance, and the rececession that McCain will continue to look more and more like Bush and Obama will look like a fresh new start away from old politics. If McCain doesn't have three teleprompters in front of him he can't remember names, numbers or dates. Is this the man you want running the country?

    June 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Jack from Texas

    "Not for long. Remember how many times Obama was 30 to 40 points BEHIND and he came back to a 40 point win!" – NickNas 10:37

    I don't recall that ever happening.

    Vote Nader (dot) Org

    June 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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