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. FL for Obama

    Come November Florida will send a very loud and powerful message to McInsane...."NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN". FYI..... We Floridaians across the panhandle down to the keys are satisfied with the DNC ruling. We know that the Republican Legistation violated the DNC set date, therefore we knew prior to going to the polls. Everyone across the state is saying no one came out and protest on Jan.29th if they were so strongly against the DNC ruling it should have been petition then and there way before 01/29/2008. You noticed the Republicans are not upset remember they too were penalized with the 1/2 vote decision. Democrats unite!

    June 5, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. JJ

    You should not count the news week poll because it is always slainted toward obama. Bush is at 25% and obama tied with mccain, what does that tell you . The DNC ditched their best choice "Hillary".

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Scott C

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

    18+ Million people (more than voted for Clinton) DID vote for Obama.

    McCain wishes he could say that he got 18 million votes in the primary season, when in fact he can't even say he got half that.

    If you think all or even a big part of the 18 million that voted Clinton are going to stay home or vote McCain then you are delirious and suffering from delusions of grandeur.

    You are in the small minority of Clinton supporters who aren't going to back Obama.

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Chris Woltman

    First of all, I'm beginning to realize that as an Obama supporter, what I thought was insane Hillary bloggers are actually most likely Rush Limbaugh style Republican operatives inciting me to hate HRC and her fans- which I will put all of that behind me now, and follow Barracks enlightened example, whoever they are and WHY ever they are that way. SECOND: I am an Independent, and I just need to say to all of you Democrats, slow down with congradulating yourselfs, DO NOT FORGET THE LESSON OF 2004. I dont know how yall lost to Bush twice but this is far, far from over so be smart. GO OBAMA !!!

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Ed

    How long will it be before the Obama supporters start clamoring for McCain to step aside and concede the election? Certainly before November. Can't you see it folks, this is destiny, or savior has arrived.

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Axel

    I am coming to the conclusion that the US is a nation of idiots. 45% honestly want more of the same ? REALLY ???

    Shocked, in disbelief. Time to look for a new home perhaps.

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. YES WE CAN! YES WE WILL

    This will all change once we start focusing on McCain, for so long now no one but his supporters have been paying him any attention. Soon even his own will get to know him better and soon we will be adding them to our numbers. This is not to be spiteful, but really a truly McCain is worst than Bush in so many ways. All he knows is war and he really don't understand today's war needs, so much about the world has changed since he was in over 30 years ago.

    Wait until more is learned about his economy plans and WHO is advising him and WHY! His adviser is Graham a lobbyist who works for a foriegn bank who wants the our mortgage policies to be UNREGULATED by the govt. That means that banks can do as they please, Graham is partly responsible for the mortgage crisis we are now in. OH! It gets worst. When McCain gave his economy plan this is what he was proposing ALL FROM GRAHAM. REMEMBER THAT NAME AS MORE IS FOCUSED ON THIS!

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I think 60% of Americans or more should by now realize that neither the Democratic or Republican parties are capable of cultivating a candidate who will offer any real changes.

    The GOP is stuck in replay mode..with the military defense industry and big business.

    The DEM's are stuck in replay mode with social special interests, and socializing traditionally free-market entities (healthcare, utilities, energy companies).

    We need a third option now more than ever.
    Libertarians–focused on returning liberty and self-governance to the electorate.
    Bob Barr 2008.

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Mar

    I see that Michelle Obama is going to be hosting the View. Can't wait to hear the racist crap that comes out of her mouth. She is bound to show her anger within the first 10 minutes. Barry will slowly go down in the polls and in August he will be the biggest joke the DNC has had since his buddy Teddy.

    June 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Anna

    Com 'on Hillary supporters get over, and unite, we can't afford 100 year war. No one lost because of sexism or racism. we are in 21st century, all those days are gone where women and blacks were trated differently. now only talent wins. only capable person bcome president.

    June 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. CB

    McCain is more war, more money gone, higher gas prices, no health care, no GI Bill, free rides for lobbyists and corporate tax CEOs. MORE OF THE SAME 8 YEARS.

    If you care about our troops at all, you cannot vote for McCain who will send them out for more and more tours of duty. He says he cares, but his actions don't prove it.

    This from the Independent News:
    "The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq's position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country. "

    I KNEW IT – BUSH WOULD TRY TO CLAIM "VICTORY" BEFORE NOVEMBER

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/revealed-secret-plan-to-keep-iraq-under-us-control-840512.html

    June 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. al

    Stop the madness. Vote democrat.

    June 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. No Obama

    This is going to be a very easy WIN for McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Josh

    For those who have shouted "sexism!", I have a question . . Do you honestly believe that the sexism Clinton was subjected to (and I readily admit its out there) is anywhere comparable to the racism Mr. Obama is hit by. And yet he has overcome, and Clinton plays the victim. I understand Clinton supporters frustrations seeing how close it ended up, but its time to open your eyes. What did Obama do to you? He ran a fair campaign and he won. It is not an indictment on Clinton, it just wasn't her time. If you are truly a Democrat and believe in those ideals, stop with the threats of voting for McCain. We all know where that will take us (or I guess more accurately put "leave us")

    June 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Concerned Democrat

    If you don't respect McCain's as an American your a fool but, if you use racisim to turn your back on Obama your a traitor to your COUNTRY!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Valerie

    Senator Clinton was not kicked out of the race because of her race. Let's stop this rubbish, and move on. Senator Obama was treated so badly by the media, and I never heard him complained about this being done because of his race. When Senator Clinton lied about the Bosnia incident, it was not aired the way the Reverend Wright incident was aired. I was sick to my stomach to see constant snippets of the Reverend Wright's video. Many of us go church even though we don't agree with everything the pastor says. The Bosnia incident was extremely serious because we want a President who is honest, and trustworthy, yet it was not talked about as much. If everyone were to stop going to church because of what is being said or done, then there would be no one left in the Catholic Church.

    John McCain is being treated extremely well by the media although he has made so many mistakes. If Senator Obama were to make all those mistakes, it would be talked about all the way to the General Election. The media should give equal treatment to all of the candidates. I love to watch Keith Olberman on MSNBC because he is fair, and he reports all of the news.

    June 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Ironman

    I dont believe HRC can undo what she did, It might be too late. Hopefully the history books will be kind to her and not call her the Great Devider of 2008. What do you call it when Democrats that support Hillery become bitter and want to just prove a point?

    What do you think the History books will say about HRC?
    read below Hillerys word

    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 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Independent in Iowa

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    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 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Cathy

    I've been an Obama supporter since before his run for the presidency. I have always had the utmost respect for Hillary Clinton and her supporters. Everyone has the right to believes in their own candidate for their own reasons. But it is now time to unite the Democratic Party and defeat McCain and retake the White House.

    Hillary Supporters: Please do not punish the whole country by throwing your support to a man who Hillary opposes on EVERY ISSUE. I know it hard to see your candidate not the nominee but support the democratic party so we can get our country on track.

    MCCAIN ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS: Also it should be noted that if McCain is elected he is sure to appoint two conservative justices who could possibly overturn Roe v. Wade. No matter who you support Obama or Clinton, no women should want that right taking away!!!

    DEMOCRAT 110%!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Hillary is a Liar

    and a hypocrite....good riddance. And NO its not because shes a woman..sexist idiots make that claim.

    June 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Chris, Middletown, CT

    no they aren't...this is CNN trying to drag this out....makes more people watch....I'm a Republican..who voted for McCain in the primary.....I have also donated to Obama...and will support him in the general election....(unless Clinton is anywhere near the ticket) – Obama is what the country (and the world) needs now...we need to heal

    June 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. karen

    One reason I really like the Obama family. Michelle is a real person! She has worked hard, washed her own laundry. Her mother babysites her girls. She has cleaned her own house and even scrubed her own toliet!!! Michelle can relate to the real America!!! No nanny, no maids. She has had to be a working Mom!!! Amazing! And she's NO "barbie doll"!!! No plastic surgery or drugs. I really like the image she and Barack portray for new up and coming families and a great image and roll model for our children!!! Go Obama!!!! Besides, I like his whole idea of "change Washington". I DO NOT want "experience" in the White House!!! Not anymore!!!! THe old experience has been sooooo bad for middle America!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    David I agree with your comments with 18 million votes on Hillary side, she will play a major role in the democratic party – if she is given respect then her supporter will vote for Obama and he will make it to the WH.

    June 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Kshama

    It is easy to criticize any candidate who has a long voting record. But, one thing is for sure, you know where that person stands on a majority of issues. Sometimes, you make tough decisions that will not be popular. John McCain is known and one thing is for sure- He did not take any "pork barrel" money. How much did a 1st term Ilinois Senator Barack Obama ask for? Quite a bit, if you ask me. This is real "change"? Someone check the "facts" on this and don't let the media sway you, because they have lost all sense of journalistic integrity. They don't report news like they used to. They report like the National Enquirer. A large majority of voting by Barack Obama has been to vote "present" and avoid taking hard political stances. But, his motive was always "political". By they way, I wonder how he would have voted on the Iraq war if he actually had the opportunity to vote and be held accountable for his vote. Because then and only then, would we know his real stance. Anyone can make a speech and "sound" convincing. Remember W when he said he would unite this country and bring integrity back to the White House. How soon the American people forget.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. almagauntlett

    WOW! it's interesting to read all in fighting going on here, hello! remember we're all americans when you get right down to what's affecting us, such as high gas price, people loosing their homes and jobs, young people dying in the war, children graduating still wearing a dunce cap, the list goes on and on, what's done is done, let the best man win. We need change other wise we really will be facing the consequences. We all need to unite and get behind the wheel as it make a turn for better days.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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