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. rafael otero

    i will never support or vote for obama

    June 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Tony, Miami

    Mc Cain will win and the troops will be in Iraq the next 100 years. I suppose you are saying this is because you have no family member, no friend in Iraq. Good luck to you

    June 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. solar3ooo

    There are americans friends, family and loved ones who are being killed in a very unpopular war. Lets help settle this mess and get the U.S. back on its feet. This is more than politics and a game, its about peoples lives. The U.S. is lagging behind in the world and up and coming countries are just waiting for us to crumble and SPLIT!!! We have to come together.

    To all you people blogging, make up your own mind. Do some heavy legit research and stop listening to the media. Its either DEM or REP now, who do you want????

    June 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Math Teacher, Texas

    tg and other upset bloggers,

    It's time to unite and stop complaining. If you choose to support McCain, so be it your choice, but that does not discredit Obama's bid for presidency!! He has just as many supporters as any other candidate and he has inspired millions of people here and abroad!!

    Let us have our moment in American History regardless of who you support!! America has come a long ways, but we have a long ways to go!! Obama has a right to run for president as anyone else and he has raised 260 million dollars to prove it!!

    Why can't we be for someone without being against their opponent? I can respect McCain and Hillary, but I support OBAMA!!

    Can we have peace...please???

    June 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Amazing that so many people are fooled by someone with a good stump speech and zero experience. The White House is no place for someone on training wheels. At least in the General Election, the DNC can't pick the President in a back room deal. This is a choice between experience, and none; between a war hero and no service, between integrity and Rev. Wright's philosophy, between being proud of america all the time, or only when you win, between defeating terrorism or having them over for drinks.

    June 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. park more

    No Obama and big NOOOOOOOO to Michelle but we will wait for Hillary on 2012

    June 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. kellie

    it is very clear that Hillary supports don't want to support Obama clearly because he is black. she hate that she lost to a black man. peolpe when does it end. this economy is the worst it has been in 20 years. why would want to support mccain if he want to continue bush polotics? the rising cost of gas & grocery, loss of jobs due to high cost of fuel, the weak $$$. what shell are you living in!!!!!! we can't afford another 4 years of bush...it handed on a silver platter from mcsain. hillary did not get the nomination for president. i will vote for obama beacuse we can't afford mccain. i like hillary even though her campaign sucked. we need obama for president and hillary for vp. it would be good for AMERICA. we are already the most hated country and the only way to reslove some of this problem is to make peace. for every hillary voter who is struggling like me please vote for CHANGE!!! Vote OBAMA and Clinton.

    June 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Valentino Lopez

    McCain won't last he's too old for this race, Obama has more potencial and credibility to wins the elections....

    GO OBAMA!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Setemup

    McCain is a liar, an adulterer, and an enabler (helping his wife get off the hook for falsifying PERSCRIPTION DRUGS in the name of her emplyees - yep she got of free as a bird people)


    June 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    After the 2004 election, a newspaper headline overseas asked "How Can Americans Be That Dumb?!"

    These poll results refelect why and vindicate the headline. Or, as I suspect, the race card is in play here!

    If Americans want four more years of failed foreign policy , vague references to domestic policy and BushLight intelligence, then I suggest all the GOP form their own country and put McCain in charge.

    Someone still needs to tell me how it took almost 100 years for oil to get to $28/barrel, including two years into the current president's reign of terror, yet in 5 short years it is now at $122/barrel?!?!?! (The fact that Bush and Cheney come from the oil industry is pure coincidence, too, right??) Yet McCain can not address this issue!

    McCain – 2008 = Dole – 1996

    To quote the swim coach in the movie "Back To School" – "Hey, Mellon.......we need ya!!!"

    June 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Joseph


    Sad to say, but I want Obama to somewhat lose to prove to the DNC they made a HUGE mistake.

    Yes, it was historic for him to gain the Democratic Nomination as the first African-American to do so ((clap, clap)), but it clearly wasn't his time, and this is where McCain will prevail in Nov.

    June 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. rafael otero

    it's the only way to give justice to flo and mic voters

    June 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. FactCheck

    Please go ahead and vote for McCain you sad and bitter Hillary supporters. After 4 years of continued tax cuts for the wealthy, increased foreclosures, cuts in healthcare/medicare and outsourcing of jobs under the McCain regimes, I seriously doubt many of you will be around in 2012. Obama supporters are well off and can handle another 4 years like the last 8.

    June 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Erika, KS

    You can't vote for "change" if you don't know what that change is. Obama never says. It will be too late. It's really a sad day for this country. Obama and his wife are the racists. You actually want them in the White House? Be careful what you ask for. You might just get it.

    June 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Pete Bowling

    The Clinton's can't/won't release their financial records showing where the millions of dollars for bill's library came from...she won't be VP over it.
    And you question Obama over Rezko….Wright…..Ayers……Farrakhan……Phleger...Ayers was never even tried for anything by the way.
    Wright and Phlegar compared to Hagee look like boy scout counselers...
    Get real,get real issues.

    June 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. JC from NJ

    For those few Obama haters…what is he going to do to our country? Maybe he will wreck the economy, Drive us to a pointless war, Run up the deficit, Make us hated around the world? Been there and living that. Should I continue...
    Now stop your hating and do what most countries in the world are doing at this moment and admire Barack Hussein Obama because whether or not you all like it I and a lot of (ignorant) people are going to do whatever it takes to hear a State of the Union address from this man. How's them apples!
    PS All McCain supporters should be drafted first and if they are women they should be present and cheer on the day when he and his appointed judges overturn a woman's right to choose.

    June 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. trainmaster25

    McCain has experience -political- military – and for us older folks age of wisdom – Obama has limited experience as a politican let alone aworld leader. I'm still a evil republican who'll vote for McCain

    June 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. sanger, tx


    June 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. NWindependent

    it is the inexperience of Obama we need to worry about. As History has show if You negotiate with a Dictator the best example is ( Adolf Hitler & Arthur Neville Chamberlain) the famous phrase I saved world peace Little did he know and i am sure he believed in what he did. But id shows You can not negotiate with a dictator without strenghtening his position. Obama is not experienced and does not understand the impact of his statements. He is dangerous for our country and for the whole middle east peace process. Please think of "Arthur Neville Chamberlain i saved world peace" when You go to the election I urge You

    June 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Amit NYC

    McCain is so wrong for this country on so many levels, it would be suicide to elect him. Vote with responsibility and hold the Republicans responsible this November America!

    June 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Wow, fake names suck

    I can guarantee that some of these "Nobama"..."Dave" and "gregg" comments are coming from the same person. Why? because they share the same IP address. lol

    June 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Media control

    McCain for president!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Bill

    The pure nastiness of the Obamies, toward anything not Obama, just turns my stomach. How do they expect to govern after disrespecting everything that's not Obama? I hope they don't get that chance. At least then all we'd have to listen to is how their guy was cheated out of the presidency by (fill in the blank)..

    June 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Obama Sucks

    Obama Sucks.....America is about ready to fall....look up the eastern sky is about to split

    June 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Darryl Miller

    Keep the faith and stick to the issues;

    All Democratic must stay positive and focus...

    Too many of american or suffering from the rise in gas and home forclosures.

    Too many servicemembers are dying and a senseless war.

    Send John McCain to the funeral of every dead service member family member and let hime explain why this war is important to the parents and wives and children....

    June 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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