July 27th, 2007
03:48 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain losing ground in home state

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Sen. John McCain is slipping in polls in his home state of Arizona.

According to a new survey from the American Research Group, Sen. McCain had previously polled at 45% in February, and is now at 32 percent in July. His decline appears to be tied to the rise of former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who has not yet formally announced his candidacy for president.

Sen. Thompson received 15 percent of the votes among likely GOP voters in the new poll.

                   Feb. 2007    July 2007
Giuliani             21%            23%
Gingrich             11%             7%
McCain               45%            32%
Romney                2%             7%
F. Thompson          --             15%

Sample Size: 600 of likely Republican voters
Sample Dates: July 23-26, 2007
Margin of Error: ± 4 %


–CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Mike, Huntsville, Ala

    Why wasn't Ron Paul included in the poll?

    July 27, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Andrzej, New York, NY

    Excatly, Where is Ron's name?

    This is a joke of a poll when he is not included.

    July 27, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Scott Austin, TX

    McCain who?

    July 27, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Matt, Coral Gables, FL

    Good question. Also, it only adds up to 84% plus or minus 4%, so who'd that bit go to?

    July 27, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. S Bengtson, Pheonix AZ

    Sen. McCain’s decline is because of one reason and one reason alone, he turned in to a Gorge Bush clone. More bodies is not the way to solve Iraq. And that is what is really hurting Sen. McCain’s run.

    July 27, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Although I'm not a Ron Paul supporter the question as to why Ron Paul, and all the other candidates, are not included in the poll is very valid...and very telling regarding CNN bias.

    If you look at any of the Arizona news outlets you will find multiple mentions of Ron Paul. Many people seem to like what he has to offer, even though his supporter can come across as kooks.

    Polls based on human sampling are, by nature, flawed anyway. 600 people polled out of, oh I don't know, 1,055,252 (2006) registered republican voters are used to quantify how Arizona will vote? Puh-leeeez.

    July 27, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. Ron Bradford, Bowling Green, KY

    Why does the media try to impose their candidates on the
    public? When a poll only adds up to 84%, the real news story becomes, what happened to the other 16%? If my math is right 16% is more than the third place finisher's
    15%. Does the media think the public cannot see that?

    July 27, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. John, Michigan

    16% to be shared by at least 6 candidates who are lucky to get 1% in various polls and the zealots cry foul. The story will eventually show Fredheads losing ground and they will be tickered too.

    July 27, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Disillusioned, Hampton VA

    Bravo to the Ministry of Truth!

    Lets put people into a poll who aren't running for POTUS, and yet ignore those who are.

    July 28, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. LR, Penna.

    McCain is yesterday's news!

    Ron Paul 2008!

    July 28, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Dale, Aurora, CO

    I wouldn't vote for any of these guys, or Ron Paul either, under any circumstances, but I agree with the posters above. CNN lists candidates getting only 7%, but says nothing about who got the missing 16%? Are you trying to influence, rather than just report, the news? And why aren't you responding to these questions?

    July 28, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. MS Johnson City, TN

    The earlier comments about this poll have said pretty much that I wanted to say. One thing I may add is that if Ron Paul supporters come across as kooks, they will be easy to spot, especially as their ranks grow every the day.

    Who had thought that Republican Party would be lucky enough to come up with a candidate like Ron Paul?

    Amazing!
    Isn’t it?

    July 29, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |