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. bingsky

    have you forgotten the hostage crisis in Iran in the late seventies? it happened when america had a democrat president. on the eve of reagan's inauguration, if i am not mistaken, iran freed all the hostages. does this mean anything to you american folks.

    June 5, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. j williamson

    This underscores Barack's shakiness – he's only "even" with the weakest Republican candidate since Bob Dole (1996) in what should otherwise be a stellar year for Democrats. Obama's people have had their way, but remember that old adage about being careful for what you pray for. See you in 2012 Hillary!

    June 5, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Alex in TX

    Given the timing of this poll, I think it is higher now and will continue to grow especially as Hillary supporters come to grips with the fact that while there candidate didn't win, Obama is the next best alternative.

    June 5, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Elly

    anyone who would vote for McBush deserves to *wallow* in the same misery America has been wallowing in for 8 years and thats SAYS it all ...!!!!!!!!
    Obama 08 for change peace and prosperity!!

    June 5, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. TESAP

    Observation about Clinton supporters............ wow the polls are right, uneducated v educated.................. She Lost get over it, No VP for her..... she couldn't even walk away with her dignity, NO SEXISM

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    The next set of polls will show BO having a larger lead....now that he has the nomination in the bag, he will get a bump in the polls....

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. GP

    'Hllary Can Win in November' you say that Hilary losing is somehow going to discourage females young and old from the political process, I disagree. Females and minorities can finally believe now that they have a legitimate chance of becoming leader of the USA. Hilary and Barack have done the USA such a service that will change the course of the country for forever for better.

    Democrats 08

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. SANAA



    OBAMA 08

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain has become more dillusional. Now he's saying Obama is like George W. Bush in an attempt to distance himself from Bush. This is totally crazy.

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Generation X

    WH- Oh and you know above anyone else here when our troops are coming home? Do you see into the future? EVERYONE WH can see into the future! Another question...how long is "anytime soon"? Please impress all of us with you wealth of knowledge and your superhuman strength of "seeing into the future"

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |

    Received my email from Hillary this morning. Too bad she will support obama. However, I will not. I still feel this man is completely unfit and the biggest liar I've ever heard. The only thing he does well is steal other's ideas and words and tell people what they want to hear.
    To put this racist man and his racist wife in the white house would be a shame. My family will not vote for this clown.

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Don't ruin Hillary's career

    If Hillary's supporters deflect to McCain and Obama loses, she will never win in 2012. Fair or not she will be blamed for fracturing the democratic party. If she can not lead her own supporters to stay true to our party, how can she lead the free world? By voting for John McCain you will make Hillary look like an impotent failure. YOU WILL RUIN HER POLITICAL CAREER FOREVER!

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. NC voter

    LOL juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust wait 🙂

    from Hillary to MCCAIN 08

    June 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Quincy

    MCCain represents an administration of the past and the Republicans have proven readily that they are not capable of leading the American nation in a way that protects us both Economically and from Terrorism. Iraq is Cheney and Bush's war, not a war for the American people and trrops are dieing without cause or reason

    7,000 + Americans have died on the Republican watch and 1,000 more from Katrina and mismangament of Federal relief efforts.

    No more Republican mistakes. No more loss of Americans for personal greed and mismanagement. And McCain supported this administration step by step. Blood is on his hands as well.

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. White, Female, & Republican for Obama

    Clinton supporters, consider this: If Obama wins 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!

    I'm a Republican who HATES to think of paying MORE taxes with democrats in the White House, but I truly think that Obama is awesome and will make a change for our country! I am willing to vote Democrat for the 1st time!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Kelly Joyner, Warner Robins, GA

    This is a call to all Democrats – a call to rally for the cause. Today is the day after the final primary, and by all accounts, Sen. Barack Obama is our Democratic presidential nominee. Now is the time for the party to come together, regardless of who will be his running mate.

    We have heard the speeches regarding the economy, the housing situation, the war in Iraq and health care, among other things. However, this presidential election is not just about these issues. Whoever is elected, especially if he is a two term president, may very well have the opportunity to appoint one, if not two, Supreme Court justices. These appointments will be a lasting contribution to this country that will have far reaching effects years from now.

    Sen. John McCain has already indicated that if elected he will continue in President Bush's wake by appointing far right conservative judges. These judges have a few agendas, overturning Roe v. Wade, allowing religion to have a larger role in our government process and expanding the powers of government agencies and decreasing individual rights, (many of them despise Miranda).

    Further, these judges often view the Constitution and Bill of Rights as a static piece of paper rather than as living documents that must be amended as times and situations change. While our forefathers were very progressive in their way of thinking and how they established the government of this great nation, it must be realized that America has changed dramatically in 200 plus years.

    After the past eight years America has regressed in many ways, and as such we have lost international respect and admiration as a shining example of what a government should be. As we continue to move to the right and toward a theocracy, we will continue to lose individual rights and freedoms. (See other countries who are ruled by a religious faction).

    Please, Democrats, come together now as a party and educate yourselves as to the true importance of this election. Regardless of which candidate you supported in the primaries, it is now time to stand up and try to bring this country back toward the middle.

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Didine - Maryland

    I don't have any doubt that President Obama numbers will go up and he will lead our country in November. We are all bless to have this smart man in our country.

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. S. Wright

    Hey, Obama, how's Tony Rezko lately?

    Funny, you said that this wasn't the Tony Rezko you knew. Really? Your mentor? You also said the same thing about that racist preacher.

    I wonder if Rezko will be as forgiving as the reverend.

    Probably not.

    Don't worry. While the leftest mainstream media is still getting tingles up their legs, like that moron, Chris Mattews, some independent journalist will get the story of how close you two were in the past.

    Check your boots, son.

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. John in Ohio

    Charismatic young professional against crazy bitter old white guy... yeah, I have no idea how this election is going to go.

    Obama is going to win by a landslide.

    The biggest reason Obama will win? It has nothing to do with policy or political positions, and everything to do with the way Americans think. Americans love to feel like they are part of something historical. Our first black president would be a historical event indeed, and a majority of Americans are going to want to tell their kids and their grandkids that they supported and voted for our first black president. Luckily for me, I agree with Obama's politics and positions. I feel bad for people who are being dragged kicking and screaming into this, having to futilely fight the inexorable current of history.

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. David from Ohio

    Hillary supporters can stand behind her by heeding her call to put Obama in the White House this fall. Whether as the Vice Presidential nominee or other important role, Hillary Clinton will have a prominent place in the Democratic Party and its future. I urge Hillary supporters to help Obama take the White House this fall. He will return the favor when she runs again. It's time to close ranks and send John McCain back to the Senate where he belongs.

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Bob (Pittsburgh, PA)

    I'm not sold on either one of them. I don't know what's worse: having a bad plan (McCain) or having no plan (Obama). Although, if you look at the 2004 election, America chose Bush's bad plan over Kerry's no plan.

    I look forward to their debates.

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. jimbo

    Political Scientists will tell you that this is not good news for Bam Bam. He should be up by many more points at this point in time with al lthe rent happenings and all this supposed "excitement" over him being the nominee. 2 points tells us alot and they will go down as events progress and more Obama dramas surface. Heck of a job DNC, heck of a job !!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Independent in Iowa

    If he denies Hillary – he's lost her supporters as well. Popularity polls do not elect the president, the electoral college does. With his loss with ALL of the major states, he's in a lot of trouble this fall.

    He should beg her for help...even that might not be enough.

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Truth Over Lies

    I find this hard to believe.. There are many more poor people than rich people. How could you vote for McCain when he cares nothing about your finances, health, job, home, or children. If your child is currently serving in Iraq, he will be there until McCain says when have acheived victory. But what is his definition of victory. To eliminate all terrorists? How can you do that when thousands of them exist, and hunderds more come into the fold, probably every month. Our war is breeding even more furry against our country. So, McCain was right, we will be in Iraq for a hundred years.
    Democracy's aren't created over night. Especially when the people do want it and are resistant to it. So, McCain, speculating and saying 100 years, is actually more closer to the truth of how long it would take to set up a strong democracy. And suppose we do, by luck, actually help the people of iraq actually achieve a sound democracy. They will also have militant groups opposed to it and it will always be under strain until it falls. A majority of the people of Iraq has to want it, an overwhelming majority. And, I for one, do not think that they do. So, why are we sending our troops over there Bush and McCain??

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. anthony

    How can you possibly compare Obama to McCain? Obama has the youthfulness and strength to lead the country. He draws more fired up crowds showing that he is very likeable. It had to take McCain to pause and laugh the the other day to draw applause from his audience. Compare that to Obama's victory speech, people were fired up throughout

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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