January 6th, 2008
05:49 PM ET
8 years ago

Poll: Obama jumps ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire


A new CNN/WMUR poll shows Obama has a 10 point lead over Clinton. (Photo Credit: AP)

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Two days before New Hampshire's Democratic primary, Sen. Barack Obama has opened a double-digit lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton in that state, a new CNN-WMUR poll found Sunday.

Obama, the first-term senator from Illinois who won last week's Iowa caucuses, led the New York senator and former first lady 39 percent to 29 percent in a poll conducted Saturday and Sunday - a sharp change from a poll out Saturday that showed the Democratic front-runners tied at 33 percent.

Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina is at 16 percent in the new survey, down four points from Saturday. Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is in fourth place, with the support of 7 percent of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio at 2 percent.

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  1. mike

    Who is Barack Obama?

    1- U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama

    2- Born in Honolulu , Hawaii ,Father: Barack Hussein Obama,

    Sr., a black Muslim from Nyangoma-Kogel , Kenya ;

    Mother: Ann Dunham, a white atheist from Wichita , Kansas .

    Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii .. When Obama was two
    years old, his parents divorced.

    Father: Returned to Kenya ..
    Mother: Married Lolo Soetoro, a radical Muslim from Indonesia .

    3- When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to Indonesia ..

    4- Obama attended a Muslim school in Jakarta . He also spent two years in
    a Catholic school.

    5- Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim . He Is
    quick to point out that,"He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended

    Catholic school."

    6- Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that
    Obama's introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this

    influence was, temporary.
    In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya Soon after the
    divorce, and never again had any direct influence over His son's education.

    7- Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham,
    introduced his stepson to Islam .

    8- Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta . Wahabism is the
    radical teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now

    waging Jihad against the western world.

    Since it is politically expedient to be a Christian when seeking Major
    public office in the United States , Barack Hussein Obama has joined the
    United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background. Let
    us all remain alert concerning Obama's presidential candidacy. Please
    forward to everyone you know. The Muslims have said they plan on destroying
    the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest

    January 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. K

    We may have another Republican in the White House.

    January 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Matt

    Hilary Clinton has not publicly stated the she is a socialist, but do not be deceived from one who holds hands with her husband and looks like she is in a "happy marriage" with a president who lied to America about having sexual relationships with multiple women. She is a fake. She will do whatever it takes to appease to the American public to get your vote by flip-flopping .. issues such as the War in Iraq, illegal immigration, and social security. Do not be deceived.

    Hilary, who does not care about America and it's constitutional principles it has set for how to govern this country. All she wants is too see the whole world hold hands which is total idealism. We are a country founded and most commended for the land of opportunity where the best person works his best to get the job he or she wants and receives the profits of his labor. According to a recent speech on her economic vision last tuesday, she would love to see the day where everyone is equal, quoted in saying, "special privileges for none," even though you are proven to be much more qualified for the job than anyone.

    She wants to take away everything you earned from your proven knowledge and labor and distribute it to those who don't even deserve it in the first place. She wants to keep you from doing that to limit your freedom and expand governmental control, which is totally opposite of what our constitution states. She want's shared prosperity throughout the whole world and does not care for your individual rights at all. She want's to create a "common bond" between all nations which is unrealistic and has been proven by history from the last century to leave 150 people dead and leave many more in an impoverished state of welfare.

    So cut the rhetorical crap Hilary Rodham Clinton because it's not going to happen.

    January 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Wil

    YES , GO OBAMA!!!!

    January 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Josh

    AS Obama continues to win, so will his support in most, if not all of those other states!

    Obama 08


    January 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. America Rising

    Obama Supporters need to proceed with caution. Read the Boston Globe's article outing him from poaching from John Edwards...

    Do you want a candidate so disengenuous and dishonest? If he cannot even come up with his own platform, then how in the world do you expect him to make any of it happen? Get real.

    Yes, he has a tidal wave going right now that will lead America into destruction if the American people don't stop riding the "feels good" bus...

    January 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Bob, Memphis

    It's as easy as ABC.... Anybody But Clinton!

    January 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Martha Hayes

    Barack Hussein Obama's church website has the following page describing their strict commitment to a homeland that does not include the homeland that gives them the opportunity
    to freely exist (www.tucc.org/about.htm).......I'm thinking if a white congregation proclaimed the same exclusivity on behalf of whites ONLY, that someone out there might scream racist vulgarities at them.

    Mr. Obama America was not built upon, nor will it be sustained by such racial exclusivity to which you are a member!

    Let's see if CNN "deems" this as appropriate for posting.......

    January 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Wynter

    One poll doesn't make it so. And with a five percent plus or minus leaves a pretty wide margin of error. This poll is just another rough indicator that they two are going back and forth in the polls.. nothing more and nothing concrete.

    It all depends on "who" gets out their vote best on Tuesday.

    Simply told,

    January 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. phyllis

    I am so happy Obama is pulling ahead in the polls. I hope it continues thru the USA.

    January 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. DC, Calif

    I am happy for Barack.

    What I am not happy about is that your website mixes projected delegate counts with genuine delegate counts, i.e., you've got Hillary pegged as the Democratic Nominee even before the votes are counted and delegates won. Please separate, un-mix, your polling projections from real results. Please be reporters versus purveyors of biased propaganda.

    Let the voice of the people ring!

    January 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. tbhull

    Hillary is over, yesterday's news. Bring on the bedpans and clean up the room at the retirement center in DeQueen as the Clintons are comin' home.

    January 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, CO

    The United States is coming to the point where citizens will be able to change how politicians think. It seems to me that the only path to the white house in the 21th century is by being honest—even more honest to Americans. We have to remember that if a work has been left unchecked for quite while, it could result in work-unfinished–and this is not what we want. The US is the only country concerning about other countries problems–as a result, honesty is the key to restore our global image.

    January 6, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Jessica F

    I totolly Agree. I think it is a mistake to think that Obama is the best candidate. He jyst talk about change. But I can not see nor comprehend his point about anything. I think Clinton was just fine. So I hope hillary win N.H. If not she can compete all the weay to february 5.

    January 6, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. GoldCanyonGal

    Sample is too small to be reliable..look for the Zogby poll tomorrow ...Clinton will be the nominee and sadly, because Obama's support seems to be overly emotional, Obama supporters will not carry thru to supporting the eventual nominee. THAT'S divisive and a waste of real passion. The general is going to be a tough race...Hillary is one tough character...she can and will be the next POTUS.

    January 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Scott

    It is a big change since tie polls yesterday. To Obama supporters, if Obama win the president and he did not doing a good job or doing a good job then we will be a big screw alike we are currently under George Bush tenure for 8 years.

    What we really need a person with experience and able to bring us out of the problems that we are currently under. Obama does not have any experience and he just being senator for 2 yrs. He will never be ready to be president of US unless he have some experience in office. Political will break Obama as he would be unable to deal with all of stress from America, Military and Political of all US and even Lobbyist. Just keep your eyes open and we may be sorry if Obama become president and we the American fell into bad dark times.

    You people really need to wake up and think about REALITY!! not fantasyland as Obama is aboutl. He wants change that is good but we need person with skills and experience to work out. If Obama win then you all better hope that he is doing better job or we may have to face another impeachment in history.

    January 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. robert

    While Obama quite possibly might have a substantial lead I still don't trust polls...a few hundred people isn't a decent sample size.

    January 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Sayed S.Shah

    It is very much reassuring to note that how the Founding Fathers of this great nations had the wisdom and fortitude to devise such a practical mechanism for the election of the President of the United States of America ,which work as effectively today as it worked almost two and a half centuries ago. Thus, enabling the Americans to be the masters of their own national destiny.

    Look at the humble roots of this young African American,who is going to be the next President of U.S.A,because the people of this country want him.
    While, in none of the socalled Islamic countries such a noble example ican not be seen . It is Islamic in name only ,you have a bunch of demagogues are ruling over the masses without seeking their consent.
    The ascension of Barak Obama,the grandson of a poor goats- herder in Kenya. Good luck Mr.Obama. God bless you.Sayed S.Shah

    January 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. BeckyB

    To all of the naysayers on this post: Once Obama wins New Hampshire, the polls all over the country will swing in his favor! The whole country is watching!! They will want to be a part of history too. As for the experience people, Abraham Lincoln had just about the exact same experience as Obama when he became President. Look it up!! Be informed!! See the train a comin!!

    OBAMA 08

    January 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Message from Colorado

    I hate to see a cadidate who appear to be following Bush-Chenney failed-tactics.

    January 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. hansel2

    Very simple. All Hillary has to do is answer questions directly, be sincere about what she says, come across as warmer, and show she understands what America needs...

    Pardon me, but Is it ANY WONDER she's falling far behind?

    I'm tired of politician-speak. When you're asked a question, answer it or tell me why you can't answer it, but don't change the subject or avoid the question. To me, that kind of rhetoric would be reason enough to excommunicate someone from running for office.

    Honesty is not that tough, but I guess if you spend a bit too much time in washington it becomes a hurdle. Biden was asked once by Randi Rhodes, I believe, if he was willing to call Bush a liar. He apparently found the prospect of that to be the toughest thing he could be asked.

    Excuse me? If you've forgotten that criticism of our political leaders is a solemn duty – not a political football – you should not be allowed to hold public offic.

    January 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Richmond, VA

    I'd like to know why any man here would vote for Hillary Clinton. She is a classic, old-school, man hating feminist. Her politics reflects that (i.e. the only way to change is through confrontation and conflict). There is another way and Obama reflects it. I am a senior citizen and I support Obama!

    January 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. sweetpea

    People are tired of Washington politics as usual. It's so refreshing that Barack Obama offers hope for America. He is sincere, brilliant, caring and has an excellent background in all of his endeavors. Whether it is working for a better life for the unemployed, as head of the Law Review at Harvard. as a lawyer, as a Senator! he's proved he can change peoples lives for the better. He stands for all Americans, whether they are poor, middle class, rich, Independent, Democrat or Republican. We are so blessed that Senator Obama has come forth to run as President.

    January 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Dan, NJ

    Great news for Obama. If he sweeps the first three, he can effictively sweep Edwards out and have all of the anti-Hillary votes on Super Tuesday... although by then, many former anti-Hillary votes may be pro-Obama votes.

    If this pattern continues, when does the DNC step in and make sure no Dems are taking shots at the nominee to be? (Same question applies if Hillary dominates Super Tuesday or Edwards surges from no where.)

    January 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Mo, San Jose, CA

    Kevin, Fl
    Hillary used to lead in NH too, I believed. see what happened? The next 30 states will fall too if Obama wins NH. Its all about momentum

    January 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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