June 20th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Polls: McCain-Obama race tightening

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama has lost a percentage point in his lead over Sen. John McCain, according to the latest CNN poll of polls released Friday.

Obama now leads McCain by 4 percentage points – 45 percent to McCain’s 41 percent. In the previous CNN poll of polls, Obama’s lead was 5 percentage points.

Friday’s poll of polls is comprised of five national general election surveys: (1) Gallup tracking (June 16-19), Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (June 17-18), Cook/RT Strategies (June 12-15), ABC/Washington Post (June 12-15), and Reuters/Zogby (12-14). The poll of polls does not have a margin of error.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • CNN Polls • John McCain
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Anita from Arizona

    What's with all the polls?

    June 20, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Roger from CA

    Maybe the Latin in his new seal is turning off the "good ol' boys."

    Just kidding.

    But, seriously, CNN: a day-to-day tracking change of one percentage point is completely meaningless. The race isn't "tightening" (at least you can't say that based on this one fluctuation).

    June 20, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. tai

    Im tierd of these stupid polls, let the ppl jsut vote then we'll find out, your polls are always wrong anyways. I have very little respect for CNN and its election coverage.

    June 20, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Gary, California

    Yeeah! McCain in November. Go Republicans!

    June 20, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Obama the Barackstar!!!!!!!!!!

    The man is clearly smarter than his opponent. When the slightest move is made (like a new logo or sign) and it makes headlines and people blog about it on a DAILY basis he is getting all the press not McCain.

    This country is ready for more, but NOT more of the same....

    Keep blogging whether you are for Obama or against...you too will see the light on January 20th, 2009!

    June 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Shannon

    It is still early, I didn't mind the daily or weekly polls during the priamries (to pick the nominee) because the elecetions were within a week or two of the polls. But, the general election is in November, these daily and weekly polls are getting tiresome. I'm not sure If they are helpful at this point.

    June 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Citizen Sane

    polls, schmolls

    June 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Down with Obama

    Yeah!!! He won't be ahead long!!

    Go McCain!!!

    PUMA Democrats for McCain!!

    June 20, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Dj

    Give us a break!

    June 20, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Frank F

    Soon it will be a tie!! Obama better get smart fast and select his VP running mate - HILLARY CLINTON.

    June 20, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Imagine

    Gee imagine that. The race is tightening and McCain is taking lead. Shocker. I'd just like to thank the liberal wing of the Democratic party for insisting on nominating a guy who had no experience and more baggage than a dry cleaning shop to run against a man who served on the Senate Intelligence Committee for 30 years.

    June 20, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Republican for OBAMA!

    This is just scary. Who in their right mind would even consider voting for McCain after all Bush/Cheney have put us through. All the lies, deception, theft, violations, EVERYTHING! They have trashed this country in every aspect. Our economy, our military, the environment, our constitutional rights. All trampled and exploited at every turn! It’s unbelievable! How stupid can you people be to even give the republicans a glimpse of the White House again!

    June 20, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Michael

    As if Obama ever had a "lead" in the first place. It is within the margin of error or close to it and Obama is so cocky and arrogant that he has devised his own seal. How tacky and inappropriate. Someone needs to tell both Obamas about proper protocol and decorum.

    It looks alot like the presidential seal. Is that trademark enfringement?


    June 20, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Right Brain Please

    Poll fatigue ... enough already until the convention.

    June 20, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. tony

    HILLARY BETTER BE ON THE TICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. honestlady

    Some weeks Obama leads by 4, some weeks he leads by 5, and some weeks he leads by 6....so the race is not really tightening. This has been a continuous trend. It just depends on who you poll!!

    June 20, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Enlightened Voter

    I don't believe it for one second. Mcwar is a fraud, a liar and even worse he is a republican. Yuk!

    June 20, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Herman in LA

    Who cares...

    June 20, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Susan, PA

    thats no surprise...........Obama campaign is doing a Hillary now..... Oomph start and then run out of gas.......
    stupid acts such as the new campaign logo resembling Presedential seal will ruin him................

    June 20, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. S.R. Beck

    Considering everything McBush stands for; why would anyone consider voting for this guy? I don't get it. He stands for everything and nothing, simultaneously. Why, because he can't remember what he said, ergo, McFilpFlop. Get a clue, folks.

    June 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. JIM...TX

    Thats EARTH SHATTERING news!!! Loses a point since LAST poll....WHO CARES:) CNN'S polls might start to mean something AFTER the conventions are over this summer. But it keeps Wolf an the writers busy in the meantime:)

    June 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Phil, FL


    June 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Chuck

    The latest and just released Newsweek poll has Obama up by 15 Nationally with an error range of 4. That places Obama up by at least 11. Get with it CNN.

    June 20, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. John

    What's that old saying – cheaters never prosper , guess liars don't either, they drop in polls.

    June 20, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. CE

    Maybe they are finally contacting some of the Democrats who feel betrayed by the party and who are going to vote for McCain in November. The MSM and the DNC like to pretend we are few in number but the numbers are growing every day.

    June 20, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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