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. Thi Le

    Because Senator Obama keeps confuse people and make them jump back and forth. This shows that he has ability to talk and making people jump! (Even Senator Hillary Clinton finally has become his toy). He must be a guy with great abilities then.

    June 27, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Mary, IN

    Regarding McCain's comment on President Carter:

    I respect President Carter. I think he was so much smarter than the office he held.

    John McCain's problem is he wants to paint Barack as another President Carter, but a lot of people, especially the young people can't remember the Carter Administration. So John McCain has to first define President Carter, in order to define Barack Obama.

    It won't work, and McCain is still going to lose in November. He will lose, and it will be hard for him to accept, but he will have to face facts.

    Obama 08

    June 27, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Reality check

    5 points today, 13 yesterday, New Hampshire for Obama, and what do they all mean? Absolutley nothing. Anyone can find a group of people who distort the actual mood of the moment. Anyway, does anyone believe that Americans are going to reward Republicans a presidency after enduring almost eight years of an imbecile president?

    June 27, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Well...

    I've never understood these poll of polls. So oh well...

    June 27, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. White woman who was raised in a slightly racist household.

    What a dream come true this is turning out to be and I am dead serious, I would not want my kids to be faced with the same issues I was growing up! Hopefully this can help racism disappear we need to realize we are all Americans, it's not about skin color!!!!!

    June 27, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Ratgurl

    All these polls relate directly to who is being asked the questions & the wording of the questions. If the answers can be manipulated due to ambiguity, the polls are irrelevant.

    June 27, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. UP UP AND AWAY!!!!!!!

    CNN) — Barack Obama holds a 5-point lead over John McCain in the latest CNN "Poll of Polls..........OK!..........STICK with the ISSUE McSAME .......YOU ARE all over THE place talking TRASH ,KEEP it real, We DON'T like all That TRASH TAlk and disrespect .........NOW ......GO .BRUSH your teeth

    June 27, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Lawrence Usher

    I am an Obama supporter, but Polls mean nothing this early in the election. Obama is aware of this and will continue to push. hard and diligently.

    June 27, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Michael

    Has McCain had even one vaguely inspiring thing to say during this campaign? His entire strategy reeks of desperation. After an 8-year presidency marked by a war based on lies costing $1 billion PER DAY, crippling energy prices and the onset of a major recession (just to name a few), people want hope and idealism. McCain is yesterday's man in more ways than the obvious. The Democrats must be absolutely smelling blood... they just have to be careful not to draw so much of it so quickly that McCain gets a late sympathy boost. Given time and opportunity, McCain will do himself in.

    And the attack on Carter.... good god. Couldn't McCain come up with something more relevant and meaningful than that? No, Carter's was not a great presidency. But, he did manage to forge a peace treaty in the Middle East between two historic foes who have been trying to kill each other for most of recorded history - and which has somehow held for almost thirty years! True, Clinton's early coup de grace (Arafat and Rabin) fell apart, but he brought a lasting peace between Israel and Jordan. I'll take those Middle East accomplishments over Dubya's contributions any day.

    Obama '08

    June 27, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Ohio John

    Senator Obama leads by 5. With no doubt this this is good for him and his supporters White House aspirations.

    To his credit, he has endured a grueling "ebb' and flow" campaign vs. Senator Clinton, Rev. Wright's fiasco, so-called questioable comments by his wife, etc. etc.

    With his ground breaking candidacy has come a higher than normal polarization media frenzy, and it still just late June. One potential issue with high polarization, is the potential for ONE big mistake. The news networks, the web, and local papers will eat it up. Sometimes, the glamorous fall to the gutter and wonder what happened. Remember Dukakkis.

    He and his staff have orchestrated a superb job thus far. Campaign funding, media appeal, and although some call his oratory "just speeches" they have invigorated many potential voters.

    Baesed on policies, experience, and what I perceive the country needs right now. I am not going to vote for Senator Obama in November. I will however, give credit where credit is due. It is too easy to jump on a blog and cast negativity.

    Polls in this election year will be more fickled than in any other year that I can remember. I live in an inter-racial marriage and have stayed away from the racial aspects pertaining as to where my vote would go.

    This year pollsters can achieve their own personal desired results.

    pollster unhappy – sample more urban vote
    pollster unhappy – go sample more suburban/rural vote

    We will only know in November 5th.

    June 27, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. J Johns

    Up five points against a weak opponent in what should be a blow-out race for Democrats? This can't be good news for Dems – and they have to know it. As a life-long Democrat, I'll support Obama (whom I did not support in my state's primary) but, honestly I'm tired of seeing Democrats finding various ways of losing every four years. There were a few stellar candidates in the Democratic primary field, and a starry-eyed public (and media) chose Obama. Great, you had your way and now we'll see how well Barack's "experience" holds up.

    June 27, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. RyanD.

    The widely acknowledged inaccuracy of Gallup is the only thing keeping this "Poll Of Polls" close.

    Newsweek : Obama by 15.
    Bloomberg : Obama by 12.

    June 27, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. DJ, Los Angeles

    Obama is on a roll...straight talk express has been steam-rolled by the Obama tidal wave of change.

    June 27, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. KJ

    Where's the bump? Obama is unqualified and unelectable. Obama is simply a media driven illusion. He's a fraud.

    The Dems are foolish if they nominate him. Let's hope for a total political implosion of Barack Obama BEFORE the end of August when the Dems actually nominate the candidate. He's just the presumptive nominee until that time. An overly confidant, arrogant presumptive nominee. A day is an eternity in politics, anything can and most likely will happen. Let the long overdue vetting of Obama finally begin....

    We miss Hillary. For us, it's Hillary or McCain. UNITY? NO. NOT THIS YEAR. The DNC must pay for their failure to denounce the terrible treatment of Hillary by Obama and ALL media. The DNC must pay for disenfranchising voters. It's unacceptable.

    June 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Nowhere Man

    For cryin' out loud, it's only June. Do they have to do this EVERY day? Let's see how the polls are after Labor Day when people begin to realize how much money Obama plans to take outta their pockets with his Socialist policies! Then we'll see how he's doing ....

    June 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. George Washed-UP Bush

    For the politically insane:

    I will put Jimmy Carter's administration up against George W. Bush's administration anytime, any place, and anywhere. George Bush is the WORST PRESIDENT IN MODERN HISTORY. And now the world knows he is a buffoon, and history will record him as such.

    Jimmy Carter is still my favorite president because he brought intelligence to the office. Imagine that?

    If John McLame wants to go down this path, bring it on. Carter is a better man than he will ever be, at least he has principles. He didn't cheat on his wife for a younger, rich, vacuous, barbie doll.

    June 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Ron, Racine, Wisconsin

    So Carter was a lousy president as compared to George Bush!! Obviously John McCains role model. At least Carter didnt' start a war. Didn't drastically increase the national debt. Didn't corrupt the Justice department. Give me a break.

    June 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Me too!

    Go get UM, Obama

    June 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Belle2

    Does anyone else see a problem with the heading of this article. Obama's lead decreased; yet, the headline is "Obama up by 5." Bit misleading, don't you think. I can't believe this is on purpose!

    June 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. KJ

    Larry King's show was good last night. The spokesperson for womenforfairpolitics.com was terrific. I agree with everything she said.

    "No self respecting woman should wish for the success of a party that ignores her sex" Susan B. Anthony 1872

    June 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Bishop

    It WILL be close. McCain fans don't get your hopes up!!!

    June 27, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Kell Ca

    Our Next President of the Untied States of America


    June 27, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. The Lady

    "Go Obama O8"

    June 27, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. James

    Mchain is a dangerous man and seems full of range. I'm really praying that GOD should have mercy on AMERICA and helps us in deciding who lead us. I still cannot convinced myself that its safe for our nation to vote for Mchain.

    June 27, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Chris in Va.

    In one week I have seen polls with Obama +15, +12, +6, even, McCan't +8. These polls are useless. Our friends at Nielsen are shipping polling jobs to India. Hairboob Patel will be calling you soon to ask your pick for president. I just can't stand it.

    June 27, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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