June 27th, 2008
04:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Polls: Obama up by 5

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/27/art.obamapoll.ap.jpg caption="Obama is up 5 points in the latest CNN poll of polls."](CNN) - Barack Obama holds a 5-point lead over John McCain in the latest CNN "Poll of Polls" - a slight decrease for the Illinois senator from previous CNN polls of polls released earlier this week.

In an average of three recently released national surveys, Obama stands at 45 percent among registered voters while McCain is at 40 percent. Fifteen percent remain unsure about who they will support in November.

In a CNN poll of polls released Thursday, Obama held a 7-point lead over McCain, and the presumptive Democratic presidential was 8 points over McCain in a poll of polls released Tuesday.

But CNN's Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib notes McCain's support has consistently hovered around 40 percent.

“While Obama’s lead in our average has fluctuated by a point or two over the last week, McCain has been stuck at 40 percent,” he said. “Heading into the July 4 holiday, McCain is clearly trailing. He has his work cut out for him in terms of changing voters’ perceptions of his candidacy.”

The latest CNN poll of polls included national surveys from Time Magazine, LA Times/Bloomberg, and Gallup.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Fella from Chicago

    I'm trying my best to eat into this guy's lead for you John, but many of the people of this good country have their hands over their ears and won't listen to reason. So sit back and weep for this country's future along with some of the disillusioned Democrats and wait and hope we still have a country left when this self-centered, self-serving so called Great Orator is finished using the wherewith of the Oval Office to proclaim himself a god. And Hillary, for god's sake start wearing a different color suit. I'm so tired of that teal color you wear everywhere. You would look so good in red.

    June 27, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. NC Voter

    This headline is misleading. "Up by 5" suggests that Obama has increased his lead over McCain, when in fact his lead of 5 points is a decrease. Once again CNN takes a story and tries to give an pro-Obama spin, but this shouldn't be surprising since the Obama campaign now employs former CNN staff.

    June 27, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Down with Obama

    LOL, he is going to go lower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 27, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Natalie

    Democrats UNITE!!!

    Also, I will post this on every blog that has an opening CNN so you can continue to delete my comments if you want to. The PUMA Pac founder, Darraugh Murphy, is a Republican!!! She donated $500 to McCain's campaign in 2000, voted for him in the MA Republican primary (have to be a Registered Republican or "unenrolled" to do so), and did not contribute financially to any democratic candidate's campaign. All the while she claims to be a lifelong democrat! Who's drinking the kool-aid now PUMA people? You've been bamboozled by the Rush Limbaugh in a dress!!!

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 27, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Mike

    These polls are not reliable at this stage of the race.

    Go McCain!!!

    June 27, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Will in Richmond, VA

    Watching these polls is like watching a heart monitor.

    Watching it doesn't do much good, but somehow you can't seem to look away.

    June 27, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. jfs Memhis, Tn

    All these Polls are kind of early. I feel that they are at their best after both conventions. There will be a lot of water under the bridge by late Aug and Sept. Even though I support Obama its too early to get involved with these polls and try to even count supporters. That 15 % Undecided going one way or the other ....closes the deal for the Presidency.

    June 27, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Rob - WA

    Please STOP with these "who is ahead every minute" polls!!! Lame idiots!!!!

    June 27, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Ian

    One more day... one less chance McCain can pull it out over Obama...

    Obama 08...

    June 27, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Casey in CA.

    I think the increase in Obama's favor is the independent and female vote deciding that Obama is a better choice that McCain.

    People don't want an angry, old man with the same tired policies running the country. Just look at the polls that show people not identifying with that party. The brand and McCain, are damaged by the past 8 years of TAX and WAR NeoCon idiocy.

    June 27, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Will in Richmond, VA

    Now that Hillary is throwing her full support behind him, expect to see that gap grow a bit. I'll expect 60 to 35 by November.

    June 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Jimmyapolis

    McCain called Carter a lousy president. Well, let me say that McCain is a lousy not-going-to-become-President. He's gonna lose by a landslide. Americans are too smart to vote for someone who promises to continue Bush ineptitude.

    June 27, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Rob indetroit

    mccain is so weak with that james bond ad, please your old and out of step.

    June 27, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. John

    You know, CNN, you could at least TRY to not be so blatantly biased for Obama. This article is about a mere 5 point difference, Obama slipping 2 points since Thursday and what does CNN have to report about this: “While Obama’s lead in our average has fluctuated by a point or two over the last week, McCain has been stuck at 40 percent,” he said. “Heading into the July 4 holiday, McCain is clearly trailing. He has his work cut out for him in terms of changing voters’ perceptions of his candidacy.”

    Holding steady is not a bad thing. Dropping is not a good thing. You don't understand this concept?

    Are you getting a kickback from the Obama folks, or are you like MSNBC whose only mission is to "make history" at all costs and get the first black man elected president with no care in the world of whether he is qualified or not?

    When this election is all said and done, I honestly hope that CNN and MSNBC take the time to step back, look back at all the coverage and clips and see just how foolish and unprofessional they have acted during this campaign. They are not trustworthy.

    Are you going to post this?

    June 27, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Matt, Canoga Park

    Tax you into the stone age Obama? No thanks. Get your hand out of my face begging for money and your other hand out of my pocket.

    June 27, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Alex

    THey did a poll (Time Magazine) on only 805 people. How can you do a national poll on 805 people?? 805 people u do a town poll.

    June 27, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Hazel

    I hope Obama loses. Not that I'm for McCain, just want to see Obama go down. He's to stuck on himself for me. Guess I'll vote for Bob Bar.

    June 27, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Rob indetroit

    Forget the poll's people are tired of the same old crap maverick is the same as bush. untrustworthy.

    June 27, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain thinks Bush is a better president than former Jimmy Carter, he must be totally senile. I don't think we'll see much progress coming from McCain, nothing but regression and he probably can't help himself. The Republicans ought to be ashame electing this elderly man knowing he has already reached and past declining years.

    June 27, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Realistic

    What happened to the old double digit lead? How could it disappear in a matter of hours?

    June 27, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Dan

    a poll everyday now?!?!?!

    June 27, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Clearthinker

    This is just hilarious....I hope you realize that Democrats outnumbered Repbulicans 60-40% in the LA Times/Bloomberg poll: that kind of makes it hard for 5 points to be a respectable lead.

    Romney '08

    June 27, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Women In California For Obama

    Only until HRC's debts are paid off. Then, it's business as usual. Right PUMA's? Purely, Unethical, Mixed-Up, Amorals.

    June 27, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Concerned Independent

    McCain is weak. He is a weak communicator, weak in understanding of economy, weak with foreign relations(just because a guy served as a POW doesn't mean he can run a country), weak on health-care, weak speaker, weak with technology(he can't even search on Google, work a computer), weak on immigration laws, weak on what to do about oil(he flip-flops around like a fish out of water), weak in his on spirituality, just weak.

    Weak = McCain

    June 27, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Larry-Minn.

    The change is coming...people are coming to their senses .. Nobama
    Democrat for McCain

    June 27, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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