September 11th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton holds strong lead over Obama

Clinton remains on top in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – New York Sen. Hillary Clinton remains the clear national frontrunner over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic race for the White House, according to a new CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday.

Clinton garners 46 percent in the latest poll, while Obama stands at 23 percent. A similar poll in August had the candidates in virtually the same position, with Clinton at 44 percent and Obama at 24 percent. (See full poll results [PDF])

Meanwhile, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards comes in third at 16 percent, the exact same number he registered in August. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is now at 5 percent, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich is at 3 percent, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden stands at 2 percent, and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel registers 1 percentage point. Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd registered less than 1 percentage point.

The poll, conducted on September 7-9, surveyed 456 registered Democrats and carries a margin or error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Amy, FL

    I wish Joe Biden would get more media attention. He is strong on defense, tells it like it is, has more than enough experience, has specific plans re: Iraq and our national defense, and could actually win in the general election. Hillary is too polarizing at a time when we need unity. Biden could pull in many disheartened moderate republicans as well as independents.

    Democrats need to focus on winning the general election so we can change the crazy, dangerous road this country has been on the last 6 years. Hillary can't do it unfortunately. I am leaning heavily towards Biden (not that it will matter because apparently Florida won't have a say in the primary thanks to the DNC).

    September 11, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Anne B. - Arundel Cty.

    Hill is the predictable winner in Dem primary, but will get trounced in the general election by ANY conservative who will close the borders and show some restraint in controlling Congressional spending.

    September 11, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Providence, I am going to take great enjoyment in cancelling out your vote during the "Genetal" election.

    Anybody but Hillary 2008.

    September 11, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Roberto, Tampa, FL.

    Obama is the best candidate we have right now, and he will win the nomination. Let Hillary and her supporter rest on those poll numbers while we canvass, raise money and spread the word about Barack. Gobama!!!

    September 11, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. JC, Motor City, MI

    Hillary is ethically challenged.

    September 11, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. Earl, Ohio

    I was just looking through Hillary's closet, and this skeleton popped out:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitewater_(controversy)

    Oops. Someone should shove that back in there along with the $850,000 in donations from the criminal Hsu.

    September 11, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. Aidyn, NY, NY

    I am not suprise, Hillary is smart and she cares about the country. She will be a great president.

    September 11, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. JR, Wichita, KS

    She needs to go back home (ARKansas) and keep her eye on Bill.

    September 11, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Juantito, Washington, DC

    Hillary is a foreign policy expert?
    Since when??

    So CNN polled 456 registered Democrats and used that data to tell America that Hillary is in the lead? LMAO...too funny. I just took a look at the actual PDF document of the poll, and it shows that 23% of those polled either haven't heard of Obama or have no opinion of him yet, due to not knowing him.
    Hillary is in the lead because of name recognition...I wish the media would tell people that.

    September 11, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Hey, CNN...you're polls are meaningless. Isn't the man in charge of conducting your polls a big supporter of Hillary Clinton?? What a coincidence she always is ahead. Hmmmm....

    September 11, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. will, framingham, ny

    I agree with Anybody but Hillary '08. Her voice alone is like a mother-in-law and nobody likes mother-in-law voice.

    September 11, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. Tyler, Salt Lake City, UT

    If people wanted seasoned they'd vote for Richardson. If Hillary were a man, or if Obama were white would anyone be payning any attention to them? Richardson, a great candidate, is getting overshadowed by these celebrity politicians.

    September 11, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. Sharon & Jeff Koperek, Housatonic, MA

    Hillary is the best candidate this country has...and she has more guts and strength than most of the male candidates running for president...
    Hillary all the way......She has my vote and my husbands!!!
    Hillary for 2008!!!!!

    September 11, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Uma, mpls, MN

    I can't wait to vote for Hillary; as a woman i will be very proud to see Hillary as the president of the USA. I hope some of Macho man in this board will recognize and accept Hillary's knowledge, intelligence, experience and passion to work for people and stop to hate her.
    These Obama supporters are basically haters, stop hating dudes!!!!!

    September 11, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. Tapera, Toronto

    CNN doesn't have America at heart otherwise they wouldn't be pushing for Hillary

    September 11, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  16. GeoSpark

    We're the most advanced economy and the only superpower left on the planet, yet we're still discussing whether a female can be president?! We sit back and call other nations "developing countries" or "second world nations" yet we can't get run an election with a black man or white woman in it without making it about their race or gender. Like Miss South Carolina said, we're "U.S. Americans" a duh. Jeb, get the pick up.

    September 11, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. Bernard, Scotch Plains NJ

    The sad part about CNN and MSNBC choking us with their obvious endorsement of Sen. Clinton is that they fail to acknowledge that Obama and Edward's support also comes from millions of us who only carry cell phones, and for those of you who don't know, they don't call cell phones to poll. I can imagine how different the so called "solid polls" would look if this was the case. It was funny how the same news organizations polled the country and said the Democrats would only win the house and not the Senate.
    Trust me, the polls will look very different come January and February.

    September 12, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. Jim, Providence, RI

    CNN, the Clinton News Network

    September 12, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  19. David, Roseburg OR

    How sad for those of you that are going to vote against Hillary with your statement of "anybody but her". You give zero reason for voting for another person, your only reason for voting is to make sure she does not get elected, get a clue, this is not a high school student government election, grow up and give some backbone to your choices.

    September 12, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  20. Lyons Steve

    /***
    Hill is the predictable winner in Dem primary, but will get trounced in the general election by ANY conservative who will close the borders and show some restraint in controlling Congressional spending.
    ***/

    HAHAhahahaha. Who do you think has been the BIGGEST SPENDERS IN HISTORY?
    George W. Liar and the Republican Congress!

    Anne be drinking again.

    About Hillary getting trounced: Maybe you've forgotten: criminal Republicans everywhere, some of them homosexuals who voted for hateful legislation against homosexuals and spoke in biblical phrases about the wrath of god, all the while waiting to get caught practicing homosexuality.

    The war. It's in all the papers. A criminal enterprise if there ever was one.

    Cheney. Single-handedly has returned Hitler/Mussolini-type fascism into U.S. politics not since McCarthy in the early 50s. Biggest criminal currently in government, what with Halliburton, outing a CIA agent, lying about intelligence and getting us into Iraq singlehandedly.

    Torture author and Attorney General Gonazales. Karl Rove. Rumsfeld, international reputation destroyer. Condi "Iraq Lie Chief" Rice.

    Zero domestic policy, except to enrich large corporations at the expense of ordinary workers. Tried to destroy Social Security, have convinced weaker Americans that it's like welfare when, of course, WE paid for it. The workers.

    The spending of $2 BILLION A WEEK ON THE IRAQI WAR, when 45 million Americans are uninsured.

    Wherever have you been, Annie? Not paying attention, that's for sure.

    If you're lucky, any stupid religious conservative nominated by you elitists
    will only lose as bad as Goldwater, the last real conservative.

    Goldwater lost in a landslide.

    September 12, 2007 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  21. Lyons Steve

    /***
    CNN doesn't have America at heart otherwise they wouldn't be pushing for Hillary.
    ***/

    You're right. They should be pushing Barack and Obama as well.

    Can't blame them for no Repub coverage, tho. Except for Ron Paul, what you have are a bunch of religiously deranged rednecks. Not a brain in the bunch.

    Who needs coverage of hog swill? Why, Fox News, of course. Bet you don't have any fight with those John Birchers, do ya?

    September 12, 2007 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  22. Lyons Steve

    /***
    Doesn't surpise me – people see her as "seasoned" , and let's face it women see this as "oooohh we've GOT to have a woman president !"
    ***/

    You keep pissing off that women vote, Cary.

    And geez – can you blame them? We have a eunuch as president with a corporate criminal, traitor and fascist as the real prez in Cheney – if that's the type of male presidents Americans elect, you're damn tootin' we need a woman – especially one as intelligent as Hillary Clinton.
    Obama, John Edwards – also would be good prezzes *or* V.P.s.

    Hope you enjoy it all :-).

    September 12, 2007 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  23. Lyons Steve

    /***
    Clinton that is doomed to fail in general election if nominated.
    ***/

    Um...to whom, exactly? That series of clowns masquerading as Republican presidential candidates? To quote our Worst. President. Ever.:

    Bring it on.

    September 12, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  24. REAROSE,MTN. VIEW, CA.

    HILLARY IS THE EBST WE KNOW IT -SOME PEOPLE REFUSE TO ADMIT IT- THIER JELAOUS-THOSE PEOPLE VOTE FOR REPUBLICAN ARE DESTROYING THIER COUNTRY, THEYRE THE PEOPLE FULL OF HATE.THATS WHY AMERICA IS CRUMBLED NOW UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    September 12, 2007 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  25. Mrs. America

    Posters seem to be getting so mean spirited. I read on the republican tickers and people seem to be mean there, too. Guess it's the season. Ah, well.

    September 12, 2007 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
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