October 16th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Thompson fades, Clinton rises

Fred Thompson's support in the polls has slipped.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fred Thompson got into the Republican race with great expectations. And sure enough, just after he got in last month, polling showed Thompson and Rudy Giuliani were just about tied for front-runner.

But since then, Thompson's taken a lot of flak for a lackluster campaign from party activists in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Support for his campaign has also wavered. The new CNN poll by the Opinion Research Corporation released Tuesday shows Thompson's support dropping - now at 19 percent, down from 27 percent in September.

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Filed under: Fred Thompson • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Why does every "poll" say Clinton is so far in front, yet every real person I hear from says they won't vote for her and are sick of her and her husband? I've never been polled. Nor has anyone I know in real life. So who are they polling?

    October 16, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Mike, Iowa

    Out of 14 political ticker articles, 5 are about Hillary Clinton. How about giving the other leading candidates some air time? Barack Obama just outlined some policies for rural America today. How about you put that up? I mean, I guess she is "leading democrats choice at 50%" but considering most people get their political information from the news media, don't you feel some kind of responsibility to keep people updated about at least all the top-tier candidates?

    October 16, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    If Clinton rises any further she just might be on the moon, or maybe Mars. Maybe that's what Guiliani was talking about when he said he would defend us from Martians if the need arises.

    Have you seen Hillary lately, she looks sort of like a Martian, with that alien laugh and those death ray eyes.

    They can all rise and fall like the heaving breasts of their trophy wives, (or husband as the case may be).

    I'm voting for Barack Obama, and I'm gonna work my butt off to see it's Obama and not Clinton sitting in the White House in 09.

    October 16, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. txleadhead Orange,Texas

    Either way we lose. An actor against an actress. Fred will do you with viagra and Hillary will bring the strap-on. Any direction we turn we're not going to get any vasoline.

    October 16, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Kathleen, Fort Pierce, FL

    My thought is he is just another typical politician with a "bimbo du jour" wife. If these "old" men had wives somewhere near their age, people might take them a little more seriously. I don't care how "intelligent" or "well-connected" these women are, these men didn't marry them for that reason!! They wanted someone that "looks good" next to them in their political "cartoons!"

    October 16, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Dan Dean Orlando, Fl.

    Fred Thompson is about as droll and dull sounding as you can get. Discovering his Watergate connection is enough to breed contempt too!

    October 16, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. uriew, CA

    Mike from Iowa. I understand your frustration with the media, but believe me we will win starting with your home state, IA. No matter what the media does Hillary is not going to pull this off. There is a peoples movement out there that will triumph

    October 16, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Darryl Schmitz, St. Johns MI

    Random sample of 1500 likely voters surveyed in front of the Giuliani and Romney campaign headquarters.
    Let's view these polls with at least a bit of skepticism.

    October 16, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    You hit the nail on the head Mike.

    This "fair and balanced" network (yeah right) puts out when Shrillary wakes up and goes to sleep (alone) like it is a story.

    While other candidates put out ideas that are good and not stolen, but they get ignored.

    Every move or non-move she makes is good for 5-7 spots on a 15 spot ticker.

    No problem, she will not be our next President, no way.

    October 16, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. VanReuter NY NY

    Why does every "poll" say Clinton is so far in front, yet every real person I hear from says they won't vote for her and are sick of her and her husband? I've never been polled. Nor has anyone I know in real life. So who are they polling?
    Posted By Bill W, Coatesville, PA : October 16, 2007 4:35 pm

    People who are less biased, I guess.
    Why you think your anti-Clinton unanimity is MORE representative than the polls is the real question.

    Television shows are being canceled as we speak, based on ratings from a small sample of viewers. Are you a member of a Nielsen family? Do you believe that TV ratings are, "fixed"?

    The aren't, and you and your small circle aren't representative of the electorate. Hope that answers your question.


    October 16, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Phyllis

    Fred Thompson kind of looks like an older Homer Simpson, don't you think?

    October 16, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Is this another CNN poll of 647 people out of the 300 million people who make up the United States?

    I really get a kick when the media takes a "poll" of .0003% of the country and uses those numbers to predict a national election

    October 16, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Not only is Thompson fading, so do Giuliani and McCain fading from their highs.

    For those people who wonder why Hillary is more often in the news than other candidates, I like to draw the example of Tiger Woods.

    People also complain why the TV broadcasts kept focusing on him, instead of other golfers, in the PGA tournaments. The simple answer is that Tiger Woods is #1 and was winning that day. There is no much interest to see the golfer who is 10 over par?

    Ditto for Hillary.

    October 16, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    All that glitters is not gold and distance lends enchantment. Up close, and under scrutiny, all the shortcomings come out. This also apply to Giuliani.

    October 16, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Darryl Schmitz, St. Johns MI

    P.S.: College students, these polls are created especially for you.. to make you stay home on Primary Day. Will you?

    October 16, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. James, Phoenix AZ

    CNN – you're a shining example of the the mainstream media. Here is a summary of your ticker:

    – Democratic Strategist Carville suggesting Jeb Bush running (Jeb said he wasn't running)

    – Obama ~ Cheney related (bad for Obama)

    – Thompson losing ground, Hillary gaining ground

    – Obama tries to assure voters ok to vote for him despite their fears he might be hurt

    – Clinton discusses her struggels of balancing family life (awwww how sweet)

    – Reid Letter condemning Rush on Ebay

    – Who is a real Republican (questioning all of the candidates' credentials)
    – Republican Hutchison won't seek re-election

    – Hillary's huge $35 million war chest

    – Republicans – can they take back the house or stay in the loser category?

    – Republican Brownback can't break $1 million in donations

    – Hillary – how hard it is being a woman candidate (awww poor hillary)

    – Sen Craig – another story about sex sting

    – Guiliani ready for martians

    – African Americans for another Clinton Presidency

    – Bush – windshield cowboy?

    FACT: Fox has beat CNN consistently in cable news ratings for 4 years. Considering CNN's clear biased approach, no reason to think CNN will be gaining any ground.

    October 16, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Milo Janus, Dunellen, NJ

    "Dead" Thompson should go into business selling beds... or perhaps go into hypnotherapy for a living. He's great at putting people to sleep with his lumbering speech, antiquated conservative ideas and lazy work ethic.

    October 16, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Mrs. America

    By the number of comments here, I guess if looks like Thompson has faded.

    October 16, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Looks like ol' Fred Thompson is getting a good reality check. Did he really think he could just waltz right to front runner status without all the legwork done by the others?

    October 16, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. SD, NY, NY

    Bill, Mike – stop whining

    October 16, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. George, Billerica, Mass.

    These national polls are misleading. This is a primary campaign. Huge numbers of voters who "lean" Republican or Democratic will not even be voting in States where they cannot according to party rules. And, as someone before already mentioned, I have NEVER been polled. I too am curious who these randomly chosen persons are. Or am I just incredibly unlucky not to have been chosen? Ever?

    October 16, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Will CNN hold themselves accountable when we all work for the government and get our meals in soup lines?

    October 16, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    I thought Hillary Clinton changed the rules so that now only one person can run. Hillary is going to declare herself the only participant and by then she'll be polling at 125 percent, if you include the Martian vote

    October 16, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    I have never been polled and do believe that Hillary would continue the divisiveness in our country. I would like to see unbiased reporting on the "top-tier" candidates.

    October 16, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Rodney Dallas TX

    Because Bill W in PA, you surround yourself with friends who think the way you do. If they choose Hillary, you suddenly have nothing in common. I for one am a strong supporter of Hillary. Would you and I be friends? I doubt it! That's why you don't know anyone who would vote for her. I myself do not surround myself with Republicans so I can't say I know of anyone that will vote for Romney or Giuliani or McCain.

    October 16, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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