June 13th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Polls: Obama ahead by 4 over McCain

Obama's ahead in CNN's latest poll of polls.

Obama's ahead in CNN's latest poll of polls.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama holds a 4 point lead over John McCain, according to a compilation of the latest national surveys.

Forty seven percent of registered voters are backing the senator from Illinois in a new CNN Poll of Polls, released Friday, with 43 percent supporting the senator from Arizona. Ten percent of voters are unsure when it comes to their choice for president.

Obama’s lead is down one point from the last CNN Poll of Polls, which was released on Wednesday.

“It’s increasingly clear from our ‘poll of polls’ average that Sen. Obama holds a small advantage over Sen. McCain as we head into the general election,” says CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Time will tell whether Obama’s lead is a temporary bounce resulting from the end of the Democratic nomination fight, or whether it is a more permanent reflection of voters’ desire for change this year.”

This latest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of four new national surveys, a Gallup poll taken from June 9-12, an NBC/Wall Street Journal survey conducted from June 6-9, a Diageo/Hotline poll taken from June 5-8, and our own CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey conducted from June 4-5. The CNN Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Tonybel

    And that lead will only continue to grow.

    June 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |




    June 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. NH, Texas

    Daily polls are exhausting – once weekly is bad enough! Ofcourse things will change! I would prefer once every two weeks or monthly even – sheesh...

    June 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. go away mongers-ventura ca

    The polls will change daily- and hopefully by the time November rolls around the electorate will be ready to usher in the much needed change that Barack Obama's Administration will bring!

    June 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. bk

    Its clear that the DNC and Pelosi chose the weakest candidate.

    June 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. jason

    obama will win this nomination and mccain will lose. Obama 08!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |

    Really ? By the cnn poll good for dogs to PPPPPPPPPPPP-on

    June 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    To ALL Democrats – moderate or liberal, educated or uneducated, men or women, straight or gay, black, brown, or white, urban or rural, Clinton supporters or Obama supporters, and those in between:

    Please recognize the importance of putting Obama in the White House and keeping McCain out of it. This is hugely important on so many levels. Please vote with this in mind.

    June 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. JIM...TX

    Poll of Polls! So thats what it is today huh? Not sure why CNN even bothers with them unless you polled thousands an thousands of us. Give it up till election time.

    June 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Alice

    how can anyone want to keep the Republicans in power? what they have done to our country the last 7 years is beyond anything we could have imagined

    June 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Elmo

    Yes Sirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

    June 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Jean, NY

    I am supporting Mr. Obama and I hope the fox news would lay off his wife!

    Mccains wife stole drug and she never gets attacked. Mccain is still getting a free ride like the last three months after he sealed the nomination.

    He want Obama to do town hall meetings and come to his tuff because he want Obama not to inspire people into politics. Just like Clintons who said, just speeches. Now Mccain has gotten the same talking points. He will go down just like we did with the clintons.

    June 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Andy J, NY

    The major media outlets (excluding fox-gee i wonder why) have all crowned Obama the winner. They made sure he got the nomination, and they are so pro-Obama..

    You make him look like a victim, you perpetuate the idea that whites who don't vote for him are racist, and you have absolute zero objectivity if you look at the news coming from you in general. %99 of the news is focused on Obama.

    June 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Marie

    CNN get some news will ya! So much happening in the states and throughout the world. Tracking this nonsense daily is just plain stupid. Poll of Polls, show your audience how you derive at these polls. I look at the ticker to see if your programs are worth watching. Today, there is simply nothing to see here.

    June 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Cathy in MD

    Barack Obama will be our next President. OUT WITH THE OLD – not as in old age, but as in old style, ineffective – AND IN WITH THE NEW – not as in new/young age, but as in new style, effective … and a breath of fresh air! Obama ’08. Michelle will make a superb First Lady, too. Hurry November.

    June 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Glenn

    An excellent example of CNN's blatant bias. Look at CNN's "POLITICS' page and check out their ongoing poll report:

    Date Obama McCain
    6/02 46% 45%
    6/05 47% 45%
    6/10 47% 43%
    6/11 48% 43%
    6/13 47% 43%

    What is CNN's take? Obama is down one percentage point. Does anyone else notice that McCain is down two percentage points? Just goes to show you how CNN constantly slants their news in a biased manner. From the time (June 2) that CNN started the polls on Obama versus McCain until today (June 13), Obama has actually gained one percentage point and McCain has lost two percentage points What biased reporting! What a bunch of clowns!

    June 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. JJ

    Is a new poll going to come out daily? I sure hope not! 😦

    June 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Concerned Canadian

    McCain has had several monts to sell Americans on his version of what the county should look like and the direction that he wants to take it in. Considering the vast lead he has had, in terms of time, to deliver his message, he should be well above Obama. It is quite telling that Obama has been able to hold a lead over him. I, for one, believe that Obama has yet to hit his stride. When he does ... watch out!!! MaCain will feel like he's been hit by a very large, very energetic truck.

    June 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. jason

    McBush will lose this time. He doesnt care about our troops or country why should i vote vor the Hitler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! obama 08

    June 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Jim

    God these polls are so worthless...

    I'm for Obama but these polls are misleading and pointless, it should be outlawed for news networks to be allowed to conduct these polls it could influence voters to stay home.

    June 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. mike

    I can't imagine casting my vote for the same guy as Farahkan, Wright, Phlagger and Ayers. Most Americans will not.

    June 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Timber

    It is a long way to November, I still predict a McCain win. As an Hillary supporter, I think it is sad that we screwed ourselves out of the Whitehouse AGAIN. Anyway, life goes on.................it is not the first or the last time we destroyed ourselves.

    June 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. xddy4u

    It's sad that the rest of the world sees a man that can not only bring change to this country, but to the rest of the world. Why can't we here in America see that? I'll tell you why. We have too many prejudice rednecks for our own good. The Civil War is over. Do away with those Conferate Flags and join the rest of the world. Obama should be leading McCain by double digit numbers based on the negetive feelings the world has about us. We are a sad Nation Obama '08

    June 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Anna, Ohio

    How is he only ahead of McCain by 4 ???

    McCain hasnt done anything or proposed anything different yet !!!

    Obama needs to do something bold and figure out how to get those Clinton supporters.

    June 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Franky

    I know right, there's still a lot more time to go, huh? I gotta say, this year, ain't that bad....

    June 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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