January 6th, 2008
05:49 PM ET
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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. linda, OKC OK

    wow....cnn posted something positive about OBAMA !?!?!?!?!?

    OBAMA for President 2008!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. Susan


    January 6, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. joyo

    I get tired of people saying non-experienced Obama, I want a strong leader for the regular citizens, not a sell-out to benefits future generations of the Clintons, and then bill spewing that the media isn't being fair to Hillary, what a crock, the media didn't even mention Baracks name until his numbers start growing in Iowa.
    and then to riducule the citizens of Iowa, after they weathered the cold weather and bleak conditions to excercise their american right was the lowest blow of any presidential candidate, Bill ought to be glad the media is not playing that clip over and over again

    January 6, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. stan

    Clinton has been running a national campaign and that is what will land her in the White House ultimately.
    It's good to see Obama's fresh face and theatrics injected into the stew...he is appealing to idealistic newcomers, and "Independents" and that' s important...but i wouldn't get too fired up about NH's relative importance, one way or the other...If the Nader supporters in NH had voted for Gore in 2000, Florida wouldn't have even been in an issue. Those few electoral votes made all the difference. Now the "Gore is the same as Bush" fools are the "Clinton is the same as Bush" fools...Was that Pete Townhend who sung "Meet the new fools, same as the old fools" or something akin to that?
    They fell into the 'gore is the same as bush' stupidity hyper-idealistic frothing and gave us two dubya administrations, and the resultant murderous racketeering and greed warlord killings that have bankruped our nation and forfeited any respect in the rest of the World.
    Now they will rush to the lastest flavor, Obama is intelligent, a great orator, has an attractive young family, and works the same old political machine with the same old baloney...It is the American Idol generation after all.
    he IS cute. snore.
    This is the most important election of ANYBODY'S lifetime in the history of the country, as the Constitution has been effectively kiled...I will vote for the Democratic nominee whoever that ends up being at the end of the primary process...will the new idealists?? or will they be, like NH in 2000, essentially Republicans, as that was where Nader's idiot ego ride was directly financed...?

    i suspect they will follow Iowa like sheep; but that's not going to stop Senator Clinton's effort. Thank goodness. She's a good woman and the smartest player in the bunch, and the toughest. and the one most ready. yes she can have a flat sonority to her delivery...i guess she's not your dream date for a beer or rock star pizazz;
    If you want to elect a tv star...and you do, such is the vacuos decline of the American intelligence, thanks in no small part to CNN, FOX, NBC and other enternatinment divisions pretending to be 'news' outlets...

    ya'll new voters, y'all 'progressive' voters...will be responsible, but not take responsibilty for it, ala NH or Nader himself...for once again, Repubs snatching victory. The new Nader will not fly.
    Dems always shoot themselves in the foot. Obama's flash and snotty hypocrit techniques are obvious to the more experienced observers; his twisting of other people's records and votes to a dumbed down electorate who salivate for this kind of ugliness; totally unbecoming.
    I"ll vote for the democratic nominee no matter who it is.
    Will the new vivacous Obama supporters? or will they turn essential Republican after if their candidate takes an overwhelming licking by the time the primaries are over?? there's the test.
    What goes up will come crashing down. The pop charts change every week.
    Clinton is vetted and ready and already knows 3/4 of the world's leaders and their countries...
    WE need to win this one in '08...and the 'hate hillary' thing is so pervasive that you idealists will inherit 16 more years of murder, war, insane explosions of violence, a recession, maybe even a depression, and will be ruled by people who hate you and hate themselves. Tha'ts what Obama means to me. Martial Law after he loses, if nominated, which he won't be. He's a rapturous orator but will be outmanuevered and slapped around by the real powers that be...
    They won't play that with Hillary because she'll nail them high and leave them bloody.

    January 6, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. rose

    You in the media have come to the conclusion that we are electing Obama...Excuse me, I haven't voted yet, and it is my understanding, that I do get to vote....I have listen to him speak...But I'm pretty tired of the line "Together we can change America" that is what my vote is for...you change it, I'm to tired after trying to figure out the bills, worring about my son who's job went to Mexico, the cost of my insurance just going up another 49.00 a week, and putting food on the table, and gas in the car....You are all so busy fawning over him, no one asks him any questions, real questions...kind of reminds me of Bush Sr..."Like a thousand points of light." Any of you remember that one? So why don't you ALL DO HIM LIKE YOU DO TO EVERYOTHER CANDIATE simply ask him 'WHERES THE BEEF?" I would really like to here what every candiate has to say, I would like them all questioned. In the media's mind, and what they are feeding the American public is "don't bother to vote, we have figured out who is going to run, and we have figured out who is going to win..." Obama and McCain are running, and Obama is winning...we are not lambs to be lead around by the nose, we have minds of our own, for one, just one election cycle, could you all just report the news, and not tell us who we are voting for????? How about this one, leave the polls out of it, just report who stands for what, and what the have done before this, or haven't done on both sides of the aisle???? Good luck to all the candiates, on both sides, may they ALL be put under a microscope for all of us to see and make up our OWN MINDS...

    January 6, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. k. scott

    Obama's success ensures a Republican victory in November. Go Obama!

    January 6, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. rose

    i have to agree with michael and kevin and the rest of the people who see through the haze of what the news people and oprah and republicans want us to believe..I think he may be a good candidate in a few more years BUT not now.it seems that people are so swayed by the media they will believe anything, Hillary has to explian in detail etc. about her future plans but barack is vague ,just being able to speak in the manner he does just isn't what its all about. i read that he takes funds from corp. that he criticises hillary for,also excuse me, john edwards is a what?. I think we need experience and if people would read and find out hillary has been in helping minorities and the poor since she was in high school ,and who do they say barack caters to? he seems more elete than the rest. The republicans are counting on us losing the election again by running an inexperienced man against their guy ,which if its john macain ,he'll lose to bigots! carl rove isn"""t just sitting in the background remember he and his gang manipulated the lastt two elections with a guy all the genuises on the news said the people wanted bush because he was the one people most wanted to have a beer with!!!!!!!!!!! wake up!

    January 6, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. H. Cannon

    Go OBAMA...

    As a 63 year old white male, CEO of a reputable company in Atlanta, I can tell you that it is refreshing to have a candidate like Obama in the race. I really would have voted for Giuliani or Thompson but neither can compare to the message Obama is preaching. It resonates so well with everyone. Truly we will see a better america if he is elected President Obama.

    January 6, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Eric

    You need plenty of experience to bring about meaningful and constructive changes. Rhetoric won't work in Washington, DC. The president is the commander in chief of this country and it's imperative for us to choose a strong and determined person with experience to lead us at this critical, possibly turning point of this country. If NH voters fail to realize that Obama's lack of experience will cost the democrats the presidency, all I can say is "Good Luck". We need the most qualified candidate, not the nicest one.

    January 6, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. rose

    mike??????????? where did you get your information

    January 6, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. Mr. B

    What a country we live in, a country that allows the various comments posted on this web blog. A country built by deception, lies and hatred. A country where a half a century ago banned a persons right to vote or even be counted as a citizen. And now when this country is losing it's popularity and respect to our foreign alies because the lies are being discovered and trust is being lost Americans again must make a decison. Whether to stay the course or make another change?

    As an American citizen, I too want the best candidate for the job as President. I have to admit for awhile I was undecided about who in my opinion would be the best candidate, democrat or repubilican, old or young, but I never said experienced or inexperienced. When a citizen calls 911 for help do they tell the operator to send an experienced officer, no they just HOPE he is capable of handling the situation and they know if he can't do the job there's a team of officers that will back him. When a new company is started such as Microsoft or Google, it is because of it's leaders belief in a product and they hire like minded people to sell the product and make it work. Both companies have exceeded expectations and are now powerful and respected businesses world wide. As we can tell from history it is the belief of one or two people and there sacrifice and support towards their belief that has changed the country, not experience. For the last eight years we trusted experience and a name, and now we have over 5000 dead soldiers, and we lost the respect of our alies.

    So the question I am faced with is who do I believe? The only candidate that has preached the same message from the beginning and asked for his team, the citizens of the United States to believe in it's company's product (A United America for change) is Senator Barack Obama. So by voting for him I am willing to help this company called America change and not just look for an individual to make the decisions for me. We just had eight years of that. Thank you America for giving me as well as the others on this blog the freedom to choose and express ourselves.

    God Bless America!

    January 6, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Princely

    Obama represents change. We cannot ignore the realities of today. Americas leadership thrust in the world will be greatly compromised if another Clinton is elected. One thing the US needs is a global thinker and change agent. Barack Obama represents this, he is the hope and change America needs at this time.

    For those who think Obama cannot beat the republicans, you got another bomb coming. This guy is the fire the US needs. We can be part of this change now !!!!!!

    January 6, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    After Ingrid's blast, I'm wondering who she will vote for? McCain who hugs Bush and wants to continue the war in Iraq or Mitt who looks presidential and is obviously the Change Candidate since he changes his position on all issues from day to day. Or will it be Rudy with his family values, with tax payers charged for walking his girlfriend's dog and whose best friend is facing ethical and legal challenges. Maybe she likes Mike who believes the earth is 6000 years old, pardons thousands of criminals, many who back to their life of crime and murder and wants to lead the country back to Christ with a flat tax.

    After watching the debates, any one of the Democrats, in any order have so much more leadership skills than the whole Republican slate put together. ... which is why twice the number of Democrats in Iowa came out to caucus.

    As for the nasty dig about Elizabeth Edwards, she has a life to live and is doing so by doing what is important to her and her family ... and just for the record, Ingrid, you are dying too ... are you planning on just sitting around home until you pass on?

    Bottom line: The GOP had a complete dictatorship for the past 6 years and pi$$ed it away in weekly scandals and lies. They had their chance and they blew it. They need to go away for a while, reflect on their sins and shortcomings and think about running in 8 -12 years.

    January 6, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Rita

    I will not vote for Obama...We need to give Hilary a chance. Let Obama gain some experience in the next 8 years in the Senate, maybe he will be ready and we will know more about him. what is his middle name? Hopefully Hilary will give us peace of mind...Social Security for our children and grandchildren....end the war...take careof illegal immigration...

    January 6, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Gloria Devendittis

    I want a President that is intelligent, civil, looks out for the constituents' interests, and offers hope. Would you want someone like Hillary dealing with foreign diplomats, when she is divisive and represents the establishment and special interests?

    Forget the experience issue. What former president had PRIOR experience as a PRESIDENT before entering office!!!

    As a feminist and senior citizen, I am grossly disappointed in Hillary.
    She had her opportunity.

    I want someone who will do the "right" thing, and not vote politically.
    If Hillary is divisive now, what do you think she would do as President???
    A tiger does not lose its stripes.

    Many of you are correct: Hillary is not likeable; she is divisive. The fact that her husband Bill is likeable does not mean Hillary is. Experience as a senator is not enough for me. We need someone who will represent the people.

    Barack Obama is intelligent, uses common sense, and does offer hope.

    January 6, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Andy, New York, New York

    If Obama beats Hillary for the Democratic nomination, right now improbable but not impossible, he is going to win the Presidency.

    Never before has a black or minority gotten so much early white support in a national race for the White House. And this can mean only one thing: the MESSAGE is more effective than the MESSENGER, so more and more people are resonating with the message by recognizing the messenger is the embodiment of the message.

    Republicans have their work cut out, but if enough Democrats, including Reagan Democrats and Bill Clinton Republicans, join with the large body of Independents and youths who are energized about politics because of Obama, this election could turn out to be the nation's biggest shocker.

    One of the things we have to keep in mind is that Washington has been in a state of gridlock, especially since the Democrats took over both houses of Congress, and that is why the message of change is so much on everyone's mind and lips.

    January 6, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |

    Does anyone really care what G McGovern has to say?

    January 6, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. Scott, Madison, WI

    So does this mean we'll see another Hillary soon? She can't even make a decision about her own name, so how will she ever make the bigger decisions required of her as president?

    Nice try curiosityhasme and Mike! Bring out the Bush/Cheney fear playbook. And while you are at it, try reading the Constitution and The Bill of Rights about race and religion.

    January 6, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Marvelous

    Barak Obama is the Man to bring freshness to America.To think that putting the same people there and get a different result is insanity.Let the voice of hope ring, let the whole nation be inspired and believe me ,America is great again.This is what we ve been waiting for. Thanks goodness we have it atlast.

    Barak Obama, you will go all the way.This our time of destiny in America.

    January 6, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Janel, St. Paul, MN


    I'm so excited about the possibility of Obama being the Democratic nominee. I just pray that the "Clinton machine" doesn't begin to play dirtier than usual.

    Obama 08!!!!

    January 6, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Mark, Boston MA


    January 6, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Hillary's numbers are falling in all the super tuesay states. A NH win for Obama creates a sure win in S.Carolina where 50% of the Dem primary vote is Black. You think the African American voters are going to stay with Hillary as Barak proves to them he can garner white support? All those big blue states have big black populations. In Illinois the black community is late in deciding and low in polling representation but they sure as hell turn out and support one of their own–Carol Braun and Roland Burris and Jesse White were statewide winners in tough primaries. Barak is the future, Hillary the past. People want change. Barak thus far is running a Reaganesque campaign, long on themes, broad approaches, no need for specifics. He matches the public's mood better than anyone else in either party.

    January 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. keeeeeeeeet

    I have to giggle when I read comments that say Obama is like Bush in the sense that he is inexperienced in Washington. GWB is the poster child for everything that is BAD about the way Washington works–corrupt from the start, rich from birth, handed placement into college, corporate america, and politics that were never earned. Obama is so the opposite.

    As for Hillary, I do not doubt her intelligence, drive, political acumen, etc.......but I don's think she has this same belief and integrity that you find with Obama. She is TOO entrenched in Washington. Maybe too much drive. I am a woman myself, and I don't think I'm being sexist by saying this, but I really don't trust her and I feel like she owes too mush to too many for their support. She is the WALL ST fave, you know. Usually it's a republican. Why is Rupert Murdoch (FOX NEWS) giving more to Hillary than any republican???????? I do not trust her.

    I am not into conspiracy/etc...but I believe we need to sheild ourselves from becoming a complete corporate state, and Hil is not right for that. Bill wasn't good for that either. Probably the best shots are Obama, Edwards, or Ron Paul on the republican side.

    January 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Harold Hensel

    Obama knows where our hopes and dreams are stored. He quietly opens the doors where they have been locked up and coaxes them out. He knew they were still alive even when we did not dare to believe it ourselves. We recognize what has happened after it has already happened. There is no denying it. We like what he brings out of us. We really do love our country and we do want the best for it. We are the ones who have changed and "we are the change". We become automatically involved with our new freedom and our spirit will not be denied. Go Obama and Michelle, we love ya!

    January 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. Andy, New York, New York

    Hey CuriousityHas Me:

    That kind of racist sentiment would have worked two decades ago, but when you see white America resonating with the message of a black American, you have to recognize the message and not so much the messenger. America is hungry for change from politics-as-usual; and this includes racist politics that have made us vulnerable to all sorts of foreign enemies who think that because we are dividied by color we are weak and can easily fall!

    There will always be racists on all sides of the racial walls, but this movement towards change has the support of Americans of all ethnic persuasions. Get a change of heart, get on board or get lost!

    January 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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