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. Anonymous


    June 20, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. betsy

    not a surprise to me.

    June 20, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Belle

    I am not surprised.

    Next week he might lose two points because of this week alone.

    Obama tells a lie to hide his lie. In Feb, 2007 Obama CHALLENGED McCain to take public funded money only because that was a principle he believed in. Well...he couldn't just say "Wow...I never dreamed I'd be able to raise so much money on the internet, so I am opting out of the Public Financing....after all....money talks."

    THAT would have been more honest. Instead, he claims the system is broken because McCain and the RNC are funded by PAC and Lobbyist money. That LIE incites anger and voters to excuse Obama's bad behavior. The RNC less that 1.1% lobbyist and PAC money...McCain...less than 1.7%; THE DNC 10%. Of course, Obama did not call for the DNC to stop taking money until after the PRIMARY.

    He certainly is too "slick" for some out there to realize what he is doing, but he does not have the wool pulled over everyone's eyes.

    He flips on NAFTA. He's not going to drill for oil because it is smarter to let China and Cuba drill for oil 50 miles from Florida...but HAS no explanation of how he would stop them...

    This is not change...this is totally unbelievable! I would be surprised if you post this.

    June 20, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    oh yeah,
    we who like Obama are exited cant wait to go to the polls
    people voting for McCain have to hold their nose and vote
    the turnout will crush McCain

    June 20, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Winston Bailey

    after the DNC crown him (OBAMA) Will beat mccain by 15 pionts in november. GOD WILL IT TO BE SO AND NO ONE CAN CHANGE THAT.


    June 20, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Eugene

    Obama is a flip flop liar. He is the same old politician. He flip flop about Public Funding and NAFTA. During the primary, he said he did not aware of his staff talking to the Canadian about NAFTA but look at his position about NAFTA now, it is exactly what his staff said to the Canadian that time. He lies to Americans to get votes. This is change that you can expect from him. Also, at the Al Gore endorsement Obama rally, when the Governor of Michigan mention Hillary name, Obama's supporters boo her rudely. This is the Unity that Obama promise you. This is another change that you can expect from Obama. After all of this, I suggest all Americans do not ever listen to anything Obama say but look at what Obama did instead. He will never get my support or my vote no matter what Hillary say to convince us to support him. I simply can not support a flip flop liar.
    Obama will go down with his flip flop lies like Kerry had been in 2004

    June 20, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. pam Eugene OR

    I will wait for the polls in early November thank you!

    June 20, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Derek in Seattle

    Why no mention of the newest Newsweek poll that has Obama up by 15?

    June 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Jen, CA

    The truth (or, rather, lack of truth) about Obama is beginning to sink in!

    By the way, the June 20-27 AOL straw poll,” with 20,685 votes, shows McCain 64%, Obama 36%.

    These are REAL people voting, NOT some remote “Quinnipiac” poll at some university, with 600 people and a lot of +/- thrown in!

    June 20, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. discerner

    Do you think we can be influneced by these polls? 4 pts, 5pts...these are useless. If he is 15 pts ahead, it really means nothing. All depends on October.

    June 20, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. rumpusgoopus

    You're seriously reporting on a change of 1%? There's no way that's outside the margin of error.

    June 20, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. ted


    _Are you better off now than 2 years ago when you voted for C H A N G E....?

    ___GAS-20006 $2.25, GAS-2008 $4.25
    ____FOOD PRICES up 30-40%

    ________GAS + FOOD = BROKE

    ___OBAMA = more "C H A N G E"


    June 20, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. jean

    I just a saw poll that had Obama leading by 15 points over mccain.
    wow-cnn has to put something negative on obama on their site everyday.It's like they have a vendetta.

    June 20, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Obama Oyee

    For each one percentage point we lose, we gain two more. I am not worried about that. Finally America has someone who can protect us at home from home. Go Obama!!

    June 20, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. donald

    What?That one doesn't count because it's too big a lead and discounts cnn's poll?
    Cnn always showin' their true colors

    June 20, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Uncle Sam

    After crazy-pastor-gate, flag-pin-gate, Michelle-gate, sweetie-gate, aragula-gate, Florida/Michigan-gate, and with numerous bitter Clinton-istas out there....

    McCain should be leading by at least five points right now.

    But McCain is not leading, because America is sick of Republican rule in the White House.

    June 20, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. HUH-HUM

    ...and this article matters GREATLY in June for a NOVEMBER election because....why?

    June 20, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Loretta from California

    It is really to early for these polls. I'll start looking at your polls this fall.


    June 20, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Cree


    June 20, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. And it will change next week and the week after!

    Polls change regularly CNN, you know that just as well as I do. Sometimes it pretty much how a person feels that day or whats been blared across your tv or computer screen.

    June 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. wes

    I know you won't post this cnn but anyway.


    June 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. David

    I think CNN needs to hire a statistician. Do you understand anything about what significant changes are (hint: 1 point fluctuations are not newsworthy when they're based on the sample sizes you're dealing with).

    June 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Tell the truth

    state by states polls should only be used. That is the only way to see the truth and Obama is winning the state by stae races. Only thing that matter. We did not go by the popular vote just ask Al Gore

    June 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. RyanD.

    Obama is up FIFTEEN POINTS according to a recent Newsweek article.

    I don't know what polls CNN is looking at, but Barack just got a HUGE bounce and leads in all swing states as well. The race is hardly "tightening".

    Obama 08'

    June 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    When McCan't starts comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter, I am reminded to compare McCan't to Bush-it, and, well, I'd take anyone over a Bush-it.

    Even, Carter.

    June 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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