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. LT

    The poll doesn't reflect reality. McCain can't win. Period. I'm a republican-leaning independent, but have been absolutely disgusted with George Bush. In the mid 90's, the Republican party started going on the wrong course. Bush took that to an entirely new level. This is so much bigger than McCain...there's nothing he can do. Americans like me are pissed. We no longer feel represented by the Republican party. Democrats have moved in to represent those of us in this "void" that has been created by the Republican party. Republicans better get ready to be the minority party for a while. And the Republican party deserves it. Idiots.

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Stacy Clarks

    let's see what the polls say by next month!!!

    obama is going to CRUSH mcbush!!!

    mister 72 year old, second bush term mcsame! NO THANKS

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Dennis

    I suspect Obama's numbers will continue to improve. First, he is no longer competing against Hillary Clinton. He can focus on competing against John McCain. The longer he is in a race, and the more campaigning he gets to do, the better he does. In addition, as we get nearer to the general election, many of Senator Clinton's backers will realize that Senator McCain is not their candidate. Yes, many will refuse to vote for Senator Obama, and so be it. Second, he'll actually get to debate John McCain. For someone that I used to think came off eloquently and in a Presidential manner, John McCain has slipped in a major way. His speech the other night was awful.

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Kid Awesome

    I really don't understand Hillary supports who are willing to give us four more years of Republican fear mongering and coprorate welfare because they are angry their candidate lost. I question if they are true democates or just victims of the cult of personality. The ideas of Obama and Clinton are fairly similar to a point, allowing another four years of republican rule just seems insane. Are you willing to risk the fate of our country just becasue your nominee didn't win. That is, in a nutshell, what is worng with this country, selfishness and a complete lack of apathy.

    Obama/Whoever '08

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. vic nashville,Tn

    From Strong Hillary supporter
    I believe Hillary will get back to the game and win the nomination
    Republican didn’t open the book still once they open the book Barack Huessien Obama get back to senate
    Obama was playing the game in Home ground !!!!!!!!!!!!! with full support of Media Now it is not easy
    If Hillary not the nominee my vote for Mc Cain
    I am supporting Mc Cain with valid reason DNC ignore 18 Million votes
    In that 18 millions votes 90 % whites
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. joel

    who did they poll? certainly no one in Iraq.

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. HH

    Once the democrats are unified these numbers will be a lot different.

    John McCain should not be ahead by 5 points or less in states like Alaska,North Dakota,South Carolina,Mississippi,Missouri,Nebraska. These are red states, George Bush won these by 20 plus points.

    He does not stand a chance. But WE NEED Hillarys supporters to bring the change Barack and Hillary talked about.-

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. alex richards

    Mike in Birmingham, mmm. Well Mike I am in Mobile, Alabama. I think you are confused about what state you live in. RED=Alabama. Are you sure you arent Mike from Berkley, California writing from atop a tree or Mike from NY or Hollywood. Mike sorry bud, but Obama has no chance in this state or anywhere near the south, midwest or other key Hillary/McCain states.

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. MelissaMinneapolis

    Thank you Pat in NY, as well as all the other Hillary and Barack supporters extending kindness and understanding to each other.

    Unity '08

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. NoMcSame

    America. What a great country to live.
    America will live up to her word.

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Nateru


    Not sexism thing.

    Not a white thing.

    Not a economic thing.

    Not an education thing.

    ...she was just not as strong of a candidate as Obama. Plain and simple.

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Erika, KS

    Clinton might endorse Obama, but she won't campaign for or with him. Michelle Obama will see to that. Michelle can't stand Hillary.

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Jason

    Whether Hillary is VP or not, she will provide a huge rallying cry for Obama and his already formidable support and fundraising will skyrocket, both with her last die-hard supporters and quite a few Republican moderates.

    Together, the Democrats are unstoppable. The media likes to show maps of the country and compare it to 2000 and 2004-well, they're wrong. This will be a landslide as seven years of anger and frustration forge a new path for us to follow. This November we take back our country!

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. sk

    I will not be voting this year. If McCain is down in polls then I will hold my nose and vote for him. I will never vote for Obama even if Hillary compaigns for him or asks to vote for obama.

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Denise P Quinton

    As a lifelong Democrat and loyal Hillary supporter, I will be one Democrat who no longer believes in the DNC, they have failed the people. They failed to remember that this country was founded on the principles of a nation for the people, by the people. Hillary won the popular vote and Nancy Pelosi showed poor leadership in making all superdegates vote for OBAMA.....McCain is a USNA graduate, as is my daughter, and I will vote for him because he is not at all like President Bush, he is a patriot, has served his country admirably, and has so much more experience than the empty rhetoric offered by OBAMA and his black power followers. This is a nation where all people are created equal, that means White people too,.

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Media tried to use polls al through this campaign to justify Hillary staying in the race,now the media is trying to push Hillary into the VP spot.

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Ironman

    Hillery said "My differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans."

    Nuff Said
    Democrats 2008

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. sho

    O' Yes Watch obama fall in November 2008
    The working people of america dont want obamas
    Go Macin you have MY VOTE.
    Clinton supporters.2008

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. KD

    Now that Clinton is out all we have left to choose from is the best of the worst.

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Reagan

    It's really naive to think Obama and Clinton had the same agendas about how to go forward as a leader of this country.. I will not stay on the Democratic party side for someone I truly do not believe in.

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |

    Obama will win as soon as John McCain opens his mouth during the first debate.

    June 5, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. goawaymongers

    This poll show a 2% margin, an NBC poll yesterday showed a 10% lead- but we're just getting started.
    Senator Obama will do in the general as he has done in the Primary- over come the odds and win in November!
    Our party needs time to heal- those sporting Hillary Supporters for McCain stickers will dwindle in size as she steps forward and McSame will be himself. Get ready for CHANGE America!

    June 5, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Party Crasher

    To Go Hill,

    Do you really allow your decisions to be swayed that easily. Why not show some backbone for once in your life.

    If you can not stand by your party out of loyalty to one person you sould not even register to vote.

    June 5, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Brooke

    Polls mean nothing. Remember a few months ago when McCain's candidacy was declared dead and Obama was a mere asterik? Regardless of what Obama's most rabid supporters might think, this is going to be a very close election. I would count McCain down at your own peril. The man is a bona fide war hero. He will not represent a 3rd Bush term anymore than Obama will represent a 3rd Clinton term... McCain has been attacked and pilloried more by his own party than anyone else.

    June 5, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Doug in Philly

    Hillary forced out because of sexism?

    I feel like that is way off base. There are significantly more women than men who are registered Democrat in this country, and women turned up to the polls during primary season in unbelievable numbers.

    Hillary's problem wasn't sexism, it was that she didn't have a plan past Super Tuesday.

    I find it foolish to see Democrats stating that they wouldn't vote for Obama in the fall because Hillary was defeated in the primaries.

    June 5, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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