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. TC

    HRC needs to start repairing the damage she has done if it is going to happen.

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. poyoray

    I think Obamas numbers will drop, This is going to be a terrible election for him. Kerry was ahead of Bush 17 points after he was nominated and look what happened.

    I think Obama and Mccain will be working hard to get Hillary supporters, they have already been proven that their vote can not be bought no matter how much money Obama has.

    The only thing that Obama can offer Hillary that Mccain cannot is VP, but I don't think she wants it unless she thinks it is for the party's sake. Mccain already said he is willing to have a bipartisan cabinet.

    HILLARY will be the key to this election. She has more power now than if she was nominated. If the Dems don't treat her right from now on, they will be broken this year.

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Anyone who votes for McSame out of spite truly does not have the best interest of the country at heart or mind...

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. ED

    Hooray for Obama!He is the new JFK.Now let's hope all the smart people vote democrat this time.Mc Cain reminds me of another famous person who talked thru both sides of his mouth-Eddie Haskell from Leave It To Beaver.I bet Mc Cain took lessons from watching Eddie on tv.He's the new Eddie Haskell-phony smile in your face and cutting you down behind your back!

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. jake

    Bitter Hillary supporters,

    This election is not about you or Hillary. This election is about correcting the huge errors the American people have made in the past 8 years (e.g., invading Iraq, voting an idiot into the WH twice, stopping stem cell research, reversing progress in civil rights and education, ignoring climate change). Take a look at the larger picture. Progress with these issues, esp. women's rights, cannot possibly be made with Republicans in charge. If you think women are going to be better off with McCain as President, you're nuts!

    jake
    Sykesville, MD

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Damian Salter

    When the Dem Primaries started Obama was 30+ behind Clinton.
    Now it's the Start of the General he's already Equal with McCain.

    McCain doesn't have a hope in Hell.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Dexter, Houston TX

    When I read comments from Hillary supporter I feel so much hatred, anger and selfishness. Because Hillary has shown us that!

    When I read comments from Barack supporters I feel the unity and hope for a brighter future for all Americans. Because Barack Obama has shown us that.

    I don't I want to be apart fo the Haters!!!

    Thank you Barack
    Dex
    in
    Tex

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Brando

    Barack ain't gettin' 270 EV in Nov. At the end, the only number that matters is 270. Leave it to the democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory…once again. It's all about the electoral college, stupid. When would you (finally) learn lessons from the '00 & '04 presidential elections? (rhetorical Q of course)…

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. 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 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Terry, Alpharetta GA

    This is why the Rebulican party is SO effective – they would never allow a nominee race to go on so long. They back a single candidate for better or worse – it is thier greatest strength.

    You know I have heard a lot of Clinton supporters claim they have been mistreated by Obama supporters and vice versa.
    In what capacity were you mistreated? on the INTERNET?

    You have NO idea who is speaking when you read commentary on the internet – for all you know they are paid neocons trying to cause a division in the Democratic party. If you want to judge a candidate, examine what comes directly out of thier mouths, how they vote, and the personal actions they take – not unsubstantiated commentary from the internet.
    Take your information with a grain of salt and God please allow critical thinking seep back into the conciousness of this country.

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Tori

    To HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!:

    From a female youth voter please don't vote for McCain. My
    Dad has already been to Iraq twice. Those that vote for McCain out of spite for their candidate not winning are as horrible as Bush. Thats right I said it.

    To say that this was a sexist campaign is to ignore what people have done in the past with race. In the history of the Senate there has only been 3 black senators. There has been 15 female senators. HOW DARE YOU SAY IT IS SEXIST. DONT RUIN THIS TIME FOR THE 911 GENERATION TO HAVE THEIR VOICE BE HEARD OR ELSE I WONT PAY MY SOCIAL SECURITY THAT GUARANTEES YOUR SURVIVAL.

    Also by the way if McCain wins he will complete the NeoCon court and Roe V Wade will be overturn. If Anything this should show you what could happen under McCain.

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. Erika, KS

    You cannot vote for someone just because he speaks well! I'm so sick of this. Obama will not "blow McCain out of the water." Obama has not once talked specifics. He can speak all he wants. It's action that I want to see. So far the only thing Obama has demonstrated is all fluff. What substance does he have?

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. The Only Way

    As an Obama supporter, I feel that the only way we will get the white house is for Clinton to be on the ticket. 18 million votes can not be ignored. without Clinton, the road will be very long and hard. We need to unify our party and make it happen! Lets stop the Bickering and come together before we blow this thing! So to the Clinton supporters, I embrace the idea of a joint ticket...We are One now!

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. t-bone

    Gee, what happend to your whole "Obama is leading" thing? What happened to all of those polls, ha?

    You dems aren't real bright. Tried to tell you that Clinton was the one to pick, but no.....you had to support the new guy with all the charisma and no experience. And I'm not even a democrat!

    Quit following blindly.

    Too late.

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. jimmy 6

    Get real people,the Dems are going to win some seats in the house and senate. However Obama will lose the WHITE house to a real American.

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Theresa

    To Hillary Can Win in November and other Clinton Supportors:

    I am an avid Obama supportor but only have been since January. Prior to then, I was for Hillary.

    I completely understand that you are upset that she lost. It's not about sexism. That's a cop out. It was a very, very close race and she lost it.

    Barack Obama has not done this to her. Actually, try as SHE might, she was unable to do to him what you are accusing him of doing to her. He has been more than gracious to your candidate and embraces her and her life long fight for universal healthcare. He has said that she will play a pivotal role in seeing universal healthcare become a reality. He is considering her for a VP slot. He wants her help and he's done nothing to discredit her. They WILL work together.

    I was opposed to the idea of the "Dream Ticket" but am open to it now. I feel it is up to Obama who will be VP. He is a very fair man and he does respect Senator Clinton. I'm sure he will give her ANY job she wants in his administration. Why? Because she earned it.

    In his speech on Tuesday, he celebrated her. I was there. In our moment of excitement for OUR candidate, we gave yours a standing ovation. This was a crowd of 18+ thousand with just as many standing outside the Excel Energy Center. There was no disrespect for Hillary – only praise.

    Obama supportors PLEASE stop putting salt in the wounds of Clinton supportors. Be gracious winners – Obama would expect and appreciate it.

    Democrats in 08

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Sean

    Never Obama: Do you really expect 18 million people to cross parties just to spite Obama? Do what you want, but don't think you speak for the majority in any way, shape or form.

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Obama is trailing by 2 before a general election AND I'm sure that survey included bitter Clinton supporters. After some debates, some rallys, and the some (not all) Clinton supporters get behind the Democrat nominee those numbers will go from 2 down, to 4 up, to 7 up...and by the time November rolls in Obama will be favored by at least 15.

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Obama's campaign is a rare phenomenon, frictionless machine that runs with the energy of an insurgency and the efficiency of a corporation. His team has lacked what his rivals' have specialized in: there have been no staff shake-ups, no financial crises, no change in game plan and no visible strife. Even its campaign slogan — "Change we can believe in" — has remained the same. Now that’s “Leadership we can believe in”.

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Shelly in IL

    If the polls are corrects, this does not look good for Senator O. Maybe he will be able to pull through, if not, it's fine because he ran a mangificant campaign and I am proud of Senator O.

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Slider

    Dems are still thinking a Dem in charge is gonna get us out of Iraq, huh?

    Who's been in charge of Congress lately?

    How successful have they been?

    Useful idiots, indeed.

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. jackson

    How is this possible?! After the last eight years?! Seriously?! People, please wake up!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Linda

    All the RE PUB CANS who voted for Hilary, some will go back to McCain.............Once Hilary is out lets see the new polls!

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Will P.

    Hillary should run as an independent! The war will go on for at least
    another four years no matter who is President.

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Brian

    To be truthful, many Clinton supporters feel so put out by the Obama supporters that we will not vote, or will not vote for Obama.
    This was brought on by the nastiness by all of the Obama supporters. Good luck trying to get us back.

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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