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. Amber

    One more reason Obama should be Clinton on the ticket. 18 Million of us will go to McCain and the "tie" will be broken.

    June 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. David

    Looks like anybodys ball game. So will Nader/Barr/Paul pull a spoiler for one of these puppets? Main stream media and the elites win again.

    June 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Norb

    Give me a break! The people who run these polls probably are the same ones who said that a minority would NEVER become it's party candidate. Who's running these polls? Karl Rove? When Obama is bringing in thousands to hear him speak and John McCain maybe a hundred paid photo opts, who do you really think is going to win this November? John McCain is just a token candidate for the Rebulican's this time around as they know they are going to get beat up pretty good this coming November. Does anyone in their right minds actually want four more years of the Bush fiasco? Only way John McCain can win is if he gets Putin to show him how to stack the ballot box!

    June 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. HyperD

    Senator Obama is a person of good moral principles. McCain is surrounded by lobbyists and interest groups' money. How can he claim "a leader you can believe in"? A self-called leader that is backed by oil companies (among others) and is using public money for his campaign? He has no ethics! You can truly believe that he represents Bush's third term, you can be sure about that. Vote for McCain and don't complain about gas prices and more senseless wars which will take the lives of more Americans in order to make his fellows richer! Hillary supporters: she or Obama are either of them far better than Bush's comrade! Is time to turn the page and move on. America cannot wait four more years! Obama can and will beat McCain! Obama '08! DON"T BE AFRAID OF THE REAL CHANGE..!

    June 5, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Kurt C.

    Obama will be worse than Jimmy Carter. You people better start packing your basement with non-perishable foods.

    June 5, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. FAYE MOGHTADER

    THIS MESSAGE IS FOR HILARY SUPPORTERS.
    IF YOU CANOT THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOW,THEN YOU ARE NOT AN INTELLIGENT VOTER.
    WE VOTE WITH OUR HEAD NOT WITH OUR EMOTIONS,I AM OBAMA SUPPORTER FROM DAY ONE BUT IF THE PARTY WOULD HAVE CHOOSEN MRS CLINTON I WOULD VOTE FOR HER.BECAUSE WE CNNOT AFFORD ANOTHER BUSH PLAN FOR THIS COUNRTY.THE REASON THAT PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST SUPPORT OBAMA,IS THEY SEE A RATIONAL MAN,AN INTELLIGENT MAN THAT THEY CAN TALK AND RESOLVE THEIR DIFFERENCES.BELEIVE ME MY MESSAGE TO OUR JEWISH VOTERS. A RELATIONSHIP WITH IRAN,DIAOLOGUE WITH HAMAS,WILL PRODUCE A MUCH SAFER NEIGHBOUR FOR THE SAFETY OF ISREAL.HAMAS AND AHMADI NEJAD ARE DIRECT RESULTS OF NOT SPEAKING AND BOMBING.
    FAY MOGHTADER FR. VA

    June 5, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Citizen

    Due to the length of the Democratic nominating process, many Americans have not had a lot of time to hear anything that John McCain was saying; which was a hugh benefit to the Republican party. Now that Hillary Clinton is leaving, it is only a matter of time before most Americans will realize that John McCain is boring, bumbling and incompetent. McCain will make George Bush look like Einstein and the sad part is that the Republicans know it. In fact this election will be another Bill Clinton versus Bob Dole, which was no contest.

    By Labor Day Barack Obama should be up by about 15%-20% points; he will have that hugh lead despite all of the dirty tricks that the Republicans will pull. By the time the election rolls around Obama might be up by 25%-30%, not because he ran an excellent campaign, but instead it is because McCain is a terrible candidate, in fact the Republicans could not have made a worst choice. By election night there are even going to Republicans who admit that they voted for Obama, because a McCain Presidency is too scary to anyones imagination .

    June 5, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Jeff

    //June 5th, 2008 10:38 am ET

    HILLARY WAS FORCED OUT BECAUSE OF SEXISM!

    THIS IS SAD, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF YOUNG GIRLS AND WOMEN WATCHING, INCLUDING OBAMA'S DAUGHTERS.

    WHAT A SAD TIME FOR HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS.
    I WILL ALWAYS STAND BEHIND HILLARY, AND HOPE THAT SHE RETURNS IN 4 YEARS TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY//

    This is not about Man or Woman( SEXISM) for Precidency. I can say about racism too (Hillary and her daughter also watching it). Any way keep all these this aside.All matters to US is good to win election in Nov.

    June 5, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Llama

    Sexism? Please, if you are using media coverage to base your voting decision, you do not deserve the priviledge nor a soap box to spout off your ridiculous arguments from. Everytime I see the word "sexism", I see a sad projection of one's self – and the inability to create what rational people know as a valid argument.

    June 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. OH

    According to this poster and many others:
    HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!! June 5th, 2008 10:38 am ET

    HILLARY WAS FORCED OUT BECAUSE OF SEXISM!

    THIS IS SAD, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF YOUNG GIRLS AND WOMEN WATCHING, INCLUDING OBAMA'S DAUGHTERS.

    WHAT A SAD TIME FOR HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS.
    I WILL ALWAYS STAND BEHIND HILLARY, AND HOPE THAT SHE RETURNS IN 4 YEARS TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY!

    May question to you and all the other persons who so incline to talk and act in this manner. Can you please become UN-AMERICAN?

    With people like you, we don't need enemies, you are already too taken up with hate and hate is what gets us all down.

    June 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Terry

    This article should clearly point out, early on, that the difference is within the margin of error!

    Thank you!

    June 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Manny

    Crazy McCain at least had the guts to defend our country which is more than can be said for 95% of both parties' politicians. Maybe you should be grateful there are people willing to defend your rights and keep your mouth shut.
    And notice how Barack has changed his tune about the troops. Six months age they would all be home a few months after he took office. NOW he says (as per HRC) we must take a measured look and not rush into anything. What a PHONY,pandering flip-flopper.

    June 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Sylvia

    Now that Obama cannot whine about Clinton all you ZOMBIES will see how weak he really is.....McCain is going to make mincemeat out of him....we cannot handle anothe WEAK man in office!!!!
    We had our chance with a STRONG woman but all you fools went toward the man with the silver tongue....FOOLS!!!!!!
    I will NEVER EVER support the Domocratic party EVER AGAIN......I am now an "independent" for McCain...at least we know he can handle conflict without crying like a baby

    June 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    The polls change like the wind. Next week or month, it will be something totally different.

    OBAMANATION '08

    YES WE CAN!

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. White, Female, & Republican for Obama

    Clinton supporters, consider this: If we rally behind Obama now and the Democrats win in November, we will be out of Iraq and ready to set a course of rebuilding our country and defending AMERICAN soil...not every place in the world that McCain seems to think shotgun democracy will work in... If McCain were to win, we will continue our muddling and middling in the Middle East..

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Spoon

    McCain wins if Hillary becomes Obama's V.P. That combo would be a disaster!

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Matt

    This will all change as more and more Americans realize Obama is nothing but a propped up manchurian candidate.

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Concerned American

    WAKE UP AMERICA. You are about to mess up and mess up bad. Obama is unfit to be President of the United States. This is the worst screw up I have ever seen with a person that has a character in the gutter as Obama. We at least knew what we were going to get with Clinton. This is sick and hopefully Jesus will return before this election takes place. You want the terrorist in your back door–you are preparing to get them. He is gutless and a Muslim if you read your Bible.

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. dfd@fd.com

    We know how polls work..things change everyday...

    The polls do not consider facts that could throw polls out the window.....wait until Obama has to answer critics about his wife's hatred towards America and the Americans. Wait until he has to answer his allegiance to a church for 20 years....a church that hates America and Americans...wait until he has to answer the lies claiming that he did not receive any $$ from lobbyists only to be proven wrong by Lou Dobbs on CNN....wait until he shows signs of inexperience wanting to sit down and negotiate unconditionally with Iran and other thugs....wait until he shows his ignorance claiming that there is no Al Qaeda in Iraq only to be proven wrong by BBC and other International news channels....He is not ready for 08. Let's not risk the country in the hands of an inexperienced man with issues surrounded by family and people with issues...

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. NoMcSame

    Not for long.Go Bama GoBama. This is how we do it. Time will heal us and bring us all together. The ones that are going to vote McSame were not with us anyway and they have no brains. McSame will send their kids off to that war to DIE and think nothing of it. Their right to their own body wii be gone. This is serious business and some act as if it is some childs game where they can take their toys and go home.
    I hope that after the dust clears her mind and heart will too. Boxers fight hard in the ring trying to win because that is the name of the game but after the fight they hug and or shake hands and move on to the next battle and ours is John McSame.

    June 5, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. ben

    If the owner of fox news the most biased network in the business says
    Obama will win in a landslide,I think that should wake up some of you
    who say Obama can't win. This is one of the richest men in the world
    and he didn't become so if he wasn't smarter then you or I.

    June 5, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Steve

    Obama should receive a "bump" in the polls with his nomination. However it appears the general election is going to be close again. As it was in previous elections the Democrats need the big states to win. It seems the more things change the more they stay the same.

    June 5, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Latigo

    Obama talks a lot, but never says much. He just repeats and repeats and repeats and repeats and repeats... the same old line.. Change we can believe in. He never says what that change will be and can't make up his mind about what he'll do from day to day., i.e., Iran and Rev Wright, etc., How will he run the country? Terribly. It'll take him at 4 years to figure out why he was elected and who he has to pander to next..

    June 5, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Karl Gross

    The only polls that matter are those amongst "likely voters" in the "swing" states. National averages are worthless. So what if Obama wins by large margins of the popular vote on the coasts? The Electoral College results will be determined by a handful of states that could go either way. Do proper polls (i.e., amongst "likely voters") in those states if you want to make predictions that are meaningful.

    June 5, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Unite

    Supporters of Hillary, stop being nasty and follow her lead, we will endorse Obama on Saturday. Even she understands that the party is more important than her hurt feelings. I am re-gaining a little respect for her although I do not think that she should beg for the VP position. Who wants Bill looking over one's shoulder all the time? Obama has to show his strength

    June 5, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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