June 5th, 2008
11:23 AM ET
13 years ago

Polls: Obama, McCain locked in dead heat

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/05/art.obamamc.gi.jpg caption="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. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    martin you expect his numbers to go up – really? 18 million people did not vote for him the primaries.

    June 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Mike, St. Louis

    I think the key is that there are 10 percent undecided voters. McCain has a nack for getting those those people that are undecided. Don't count out McCain.

    June 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Reggie

    I am hoping now that BO has won the nomination the Democratic party will be united. I really hope that people dont decide that they are going to vote for McCain to spite BO. That's really not a smart move. Will you really suport a 3rd Bush term of war, bad econimic policy, horrible education, etc, just to keep him out. We all know that Hillary will take the VP spot. He just has to take his time because she is forcing his hand in the matter..

    Come on and jusp in for the big win

    Obama 08

    June 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Don Bezler Columbia,Mo

    McBUSH & OBAMA are in DEAD HEAT right now that YOUNG MAN
    has'nt got after the OLD BUSH BASTARD as of now Obama will be the first Democrat in yrs. who WON'T take that CRAP off the Republicans.I THINK OBAMA WILL GET NASTY IF THATS WHAT THEY WANT.

    June 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Independent white woman for Obama

    If people look beyond POW and "war hero" with McCain, they'll see a man that speaks with forked tongue, and has some serious mental issues to consider, such as PTSD and early dementia.

    June 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Wes

    Future side-by-side comparisons between Obama and McCain will not turn out favorably for McCain, and Obama will win in a landslide.

    I supported Clinton in this election, but like a true supporter (not like the angry commenters here who merely call themselves her supporters), I will support who she supports for president: Senator Obama.

    Hello sound environmental policies, healthcare, and a sensible foreign policy!

    June 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Polls are a joke

    Obama will pull ahead of McCain. Obama has been busy trying to win the nomination. Watch Obama will lead again. Besides polls are based on 500 – 1,000 people which do not speak for the country as a whole. They are worthless!

    June 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Debby

    Maybe there were some Hilliary supporters called and they are jumping to McCain. I would think Obama's numbers would have been higher after he won the nomination since the media has painted him the next savior.

    June 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Harriet Christian

    For every woman out there crying about how Hilary was forced out because of sexism, I ask you: What evidence do you have of this? What sources, aside from anecdotal evidence and your own hurt feelings can you cite?

    June 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. peakarach,des moines

    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!

    June 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. MelissaMinneapolis

    Why would you punish Obama and the country as a whole in retaliation for your perception of media sexism? Obama didn't do it. Boycott CNN or MSNBC or whatever news you're listening to. Don't let our country face further destruction because of something that's not Obama's fault.

    Not voting for him is the most sexist thing you can do from my perspective as a young feminist. The next president will appoint Supreme Court justices – I don't want them overturning Roe v. Wade or continuing to increase the limitations on a woman's ability to fight for equal wages as has already begun to occur with Bush's appointees.

    I urge you feminists who are not voting for Obama because of sexism to think again about me, your daughters, and your future grandchildren.

    June 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Glad to be an Independent

    That poll is not relevent. If does not take into account the sentiment of voters after he locked up the Democratic nomination. The post that are going to more relevant is after the two candidates start debating. I believe that Obama will beat McCain in the debates and the general election.

    June 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    his numbers are going to go up, really? Rezno take a poll on Obama friends, contributors and many other things we don't know.

    June 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. catjax

    Now that Hillary was forced out, this Floridian is casting vote for Mccain, because he is honorable and more experienced than the other one, I don't even want to mention his name, because I don't really know him. Is his wife Michelle even more proud of America now?l

    June 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Dan in Chicago

    Michelle is going to lose it for Obama.

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Jonathan

    Someone give me one example of sexism against Hillary, at least one that she didn't summon herself......you can't, because there wasn't any. Why is it that if Hillary had garnered mroe support, it would have been because she was the "stronger" candidate, but because she didn't have enough support, now it's because of "sexism"????

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Nicole in NE


    A lot can happen in 4 years A LOT!
    Don't we know that by now?

    It's time to move on and bring this country back to help the Average American who struggles – NOT the wealthiest Americans, NOT special interests, etc....


    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Charlotte

    How is this possible? The worst adminstration in history and the democrats are not running away with it? Could this possible another Reagan crossover? I will not vote for McCain, I will write Hillary on my ballot in November. The Obama supporters don't need nor want my vote anyway.

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Oxyborb

    Who left the black and white crayons out of the box?

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. realist in GA

    will all of hillary's supporters stop crying "sexism"!!
    she lost by 200+ delegates, how is that sexism?!?!?
    toughen up and stand behind the democratic nominee so we can win this thing in november.

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Tell It Like It Is

    Hidden in Obama's many messages of hope are


    All the rhetoric in the world does not change the facts:

    corporations do not pay taxes. They simply increase the price of their goods and services to offset the taxes.

    free or supplemented services require money in the form of outright tax increase or borrowed funds that essentially result in higher prices

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Dear HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!, Clinton Supporter & GO HILL!

    Isn't it ridiculous the way the Democratic Party's leadership propped up this character?

    They have no right to gamble with the future of the country and the Democratic Party in this way. What the Rules & Bylaws Committee did was horrible. By giving Obama delegates that he didn't earn (especially by giving him 4 delegates that Hillary DID earn) hey totally destroyed the moral highground of "Count Every Vote" that the Democratic Party gained in the 2000 fiasco.

    I remain loyal to the causes of the Democratic Party, but the party's leadership has failed us worse than ever before.

    A moderate Republican and a qualified leader

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Rafi

    Just remember the bad economy position of the country, high gas prices, thousands of soldiers died in Iraq, The harm this war caused to millions of Iraqis, the jobs loss all over the country .... etc.

    Then u will have the answer.... Change, Change, Change.

    June 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. brenda

    Who is running as Green Party candidate? I have major problems with both McCain and Obama.

    June 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Hillary Supporter

    And due largely to the media's undying love for Obama...
    Turned Republican!

    June 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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