January 11th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Poll: N.H. win rockets McCain to front-runner status

 John McCain is now the national front-runner, a new CNN poll out Friday found.

John McCain is now the national front-runner, a new CNN poll out Friday found.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary appears to be paying off.

The senator from Arizona is now the front-runner in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the first national poll taken after the New Hampshire primary.

McCain has the support of 34 percent of registered Republicans in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Friday. That's a 21-point jump from the last CNN/Opinion Research poll, taken in December, well before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary earlier this month.

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  1. Bill Blake

    I like John, but I am very nervous about his association with Lieberman. Let's face it, America's problems with the Muslim world are mostly due to our unconditional friendship with Israel. Sadly, the Israelis are not as committed to our survival as we are to theirs. Americans are dying while Israelis are living a relatively peaceful life. And, they continue to provoke the Palestinians by building on their lands and treating them as slaves and aliens on their own lands.

    Lieberman, as far as I am concerned, is more committed to the preservation of the jewish state than America. As such, he discounts the spilling of American blood for Israel: He will do his best to have Americans fighting for Israel. With that in mind, I don't want someone in the White House who will be beholden to someone like Lieberman. And, if McCain gets elected, Liebermen will feel like something is owed to him. Worse yet, McCain might take him on as a running mate! Such an eventuality would probably mean the end of America.

    January 11, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Allan Jones

    "McCain could hold his own against tough debate partners and Huckabee's rhetorical gifts would allow him to dance around his opponent. Neither has any significant negative baggage."

    "Neither has any significant negative baggage"? WHO ARE YOU KIDDING!!!???

    A much better ticket would be Romney/Thompson. Now that's a winner.

    January 11, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    NO. NO. NO. He is not the frontrunner. Romney still leads in total delegates. John Mc Liberal is the darling of the left wing drive-by media and they are promoting him to the hilt, in order to sway voters away from Romney. Well folks, it isn't going to work. The non-independent voters (Republicans registered) were SOLID for
    Romney in New Hampshire.

    January 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Ian

    What's the definition of insanity? Voting for the typical "front-runners" every election and expecting different results. If you are truly concerned about the economy and the value of our dollar (which you should be), why not vote for the only guy that is a ranking member of the Domestic and International Monetary Policy? Someone who actually understands economics.

    January 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. karen

    The best candidate is MITT ROMNEY !!! If the economy is starting to go downhill now, it's best to have someone with a business degree who knows how to run the country. A POW degree will not help in MCCain's case, even though he seems to know about other issues..As for the Democrats, a change degree doesn't help the economy either. Most of the rest of the candidates have a mouth in Masters Degree anyway..

    January 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. China Moon

    Frank Lauderdale, then give Romney a chance to prove to you that he can do it.

    January 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. rachel lanore

    What does all this say about McCain's character? These blurbs are from goggling his wives.... Carol, Cindy... wow...

    According to the newspaper, McCain returned to Jacksonville in 1973 after more than five years as a prisoner of war to find that his wife was a different person. Carol McCain, once a model, had been badly injured in a car wreck in 1969. The article recounts that her injuries "left her 4 inches shorter and on crutches, and she gained a good deal of weight."
    By 1979, McCain was concerned that his Naval career was not advancing and pondering his future. He met Cindy Hensley, an attractive 25-year-old woman from a wealthy Arizona family. McCain courted her and married her in May 1980 - a month after getting a divorce.
    Carol McCain waited for the return of her husband from his Vietnamese captivity for five and a half long years; as McCain idolator David Grann put it in the New Republic, she was "a kind of modern-day Penelope to McCain's Odysseus." She carried her burden with nobility, and resolve, staying faithful to the man she refused to believe she had lost – even in the face of her own tragedy. It was Christmas Eve, 1969, while driving along a snowbound street, that she went crashing into a telephone pole: the impact hurled her through the windshield. She lost her left leg, ruptured her spleen, and went through a long series of agonizingly painful operations. Before the accident, she had been a statuesque beauty who worked as a model; she came out of it with four inches subtracted from her height, broken in body – but not in spirit. Her love for her war hero husband forbade her from letting him know anything of her condition: he knew nothing of the accident, and she refused to write him about it since it would only make his burden heavier.

    From Justin's website;
    Any man would be lucky to have such a fierce, unbending love: she stuck by him, agitating for his release, and living for the day of his return. Her devotion was repaid with rejection. He learned of her accident on the plane home, and wasted no time in getting rid of her. He was soon back to his old tricks of playing the field – "just as he had at the Naval Academy," says Grann – and soon sought a divorce. He openly acknowledges that his behavior was solely responsible for the break-up of his marriage, and seems to glory in the macho role while simultaneously professing at least some sense of remorse: "I think she has reason to be bitter," McCain told one interviewer.

    I think this is going to be a problem again for Him, plus the Keating Five

    January 11, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    McCain only has 4 years to give. Period. End of discussion.

    January 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. TJ

    It really is worthless to run a poll result if 40% of the voters will not be republican in Michigan. Romney is winning the Republican base. If anyone undecided will listen to Mitt speak for ten minutes with an open mind they will see that he is brilliant. The dems and media know that Mitt would crush anyone in a one on one debate so they are still talking up Ron Paul and other losers.

    McCain is just another Sr Senator veteran like Bob Dole in 1996. Obama/Oprah or the Clintons would have a very big victory against McCain.

    Now that the news is out that Rudy is low on money, Mitt is the only candidate that can go the distance and win in November. If the people of Michigan do not wake up and give Mitt a win that would make the dems and the media very happy.

    January 11, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Frank

    "Nelson, Colorado Springs Co January 11, 2008 4:33 pm ET

    Sen McCain is almost to old to be president ,71or72 years old, prisoner of war flashback push the RED BUTTON up in smoke"

    Having Hillary control the Football might give "Hot Flash" a new meaning.

    January 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. Steve Blaine Washington

    John McCain is not a natural born American which is required by the Constitution. He was born in Panama. His parents were citizens and he is a Citizen but the Constitution requires the President to be a natureal born American. Additionally he is to hot tempered to have his fingers on the nuclear trigger.

    January 11, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Val Davydov

    NO to McCain and NO to Huckabee please! Republican party is doomed if either one of these men is a nominee. Neither one of them will be able to beat Obama or Hillary in general. Why don't people think about the serious issues facing us in these troubled times (i.e. economy and immigration) instead of blindly falling in love with just rhetoric, folksy tales of McCain and Huckabee. I am very tired of both of them frankly.

    January 11, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  13. John S. Maine

    "I will follow Bin Laden to the Gates of Hell" I believe he would. John McCain what are you going to do for the loss of manufaturing jobs in Michigan. I thought I heard you say they were lost and not comming back. I wish you had Executive expereience you dont. You are just part of the problem in Washington I know many people who are not fooled by your war mongering positions and sarcastic attitude.

    Mitt Romney is the true leader who is level headed, honest and has Great Executive Leaderhip Experience. Another huge plus he was born in Michigan and knows and cares about Ford, GM, and Chrysler. He cares about all the workers and wants to see them prosper with good jobs. He wont give up like John McCain!

    January 11, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. LJ

    That is a sad story about McCain's first wife. He is a sad old man. Go Mitt!

    January 12, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  15. veronica

    It will be Clinton versus McCain in November.
    These are the two candidates who have strength and substance.

    January 12, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  16. steve, albuquerque NM

    I posted this on another site but I feel its important to post here:

    This CNN poll shows me that when it comes down to electability and winning elections the republicans get it and sadly, many of the of Dems don't.

    The Republicans are in "survival" mode right now, in a year when they should be in real trouble in the presidential election. Polls pitting dems against republicans and often show McCain faring the best and even winning some of the matchups. Republicans have noticed this, and this is why, despite some repubs reservations about McCain, he is now leading in many of their polls. The repubs are willing to back a candidate they see as having the "best chance" to win, even if its not their first choice because they want to WIN the election

    Unfortunately for the Dems, about 30-40% of Dem faithful are letting 1990s Nostalgia and their fond feelings for the Clintons blind them to reality – that Hillary will have the hardest time winning the general election out of all the Dem frontrunners, and could quite possibly lose. In some polls, she is even losing to McCain in traditionally blue states like Pennsylvania and Maryland

    As a Dem, I like Clinton, don't get me wrong. But her supporters need to understand that a candidate needs to GET elected in order to enact all their great ideas. – otherwise, great ideas are just that – ideas that never come to fruition. All of her "35 years" of experience she touts won't mean a thing if she can't win the general.

    Dems need to wake up, or we are going to experience heartache in November, spend the next 4-8 years with a repub in office. Then we'll still be stuck in Iraq, 47 million people will still be without health care, etc. etc.

    January 12, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  17. Aileen Murphy

    Is Steve Blaine's comment accurate? If yes, how is it that McCain is permitted to be President if he as so elected?

    Will someone please explain this to me, because this comment by Steve leaves me very confused.

    Thanks to any one who can clear this up for me.

    January 12, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  18. Paul Thompson

    The media is purely against Huckabee...how did one poll in SC have him at 36 and two days later go to a FOX poll at 18%...

    I don't buy that McCain is leading..Huckabee is leading and hopefully there are enough people who realize that the media is trying to influence them against
    the only Republican that can win....the best person in America for this job!

    January 12, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  19. jill

    McCain in not really the front runner for the GOP, neither is Hillary. They keep changing the electronic vote count. It is no secret to anyone in American that electronic vote counting is fraudlent. The voting machines are rigged and these phony candidates are not the ones voters really chose. Check latest vote counting fraud protests on dennis4president.com and http://www.infowars.com. Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are ahead according to the polls, Voting machines have destroyed the integrity and truthfulness of elections in the United states. The voting machines and those who have made millions and billions from their fraud should be prosecuted for treason against the American people.

    January 12, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  20. Betty Allen, Allegan, MI

    If America's choice consists of Clinton or McCain...

    America's got some real problems ahead.

    January 12, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  21. Barry R

    I caught yesterday's edition of The Situation Room and I could not have been more embarrassed by John King's on the bus interview with John McCain. Every question asked was the softest of softballs, the fluffiest of fluffballs. These are the questions I remember (only slightly paraphrased):

    - It is now one year since Pres. Bush announced the Siege in Iraq. Don't you feel vindicated? Feel free to gloat on camera.
    - In the 2000 South Carolina Primary people played some dirty tricks on you regarding your adopted daughter from Bangladesh. This year you have a campaign brochure that contains a picture of your wife Cindy holding your daughter as a baby in the orphanage. Feel free to say some nice things about your family.
    - You have been a rock-ribbed right-to-life conservative Republican for your entire career. (Take my word for it America, he really has!) But for some reason, some Republican primary voters just don't seem to get this. When do you think they will start to finally get with the program?

    When is the media going to get over their love affair with John McCain ("he let me sit next to him on the bus!") and start giving him the same scrutiny that every candidate deserves? It is no wonder that the biggest loser of the election so far has been the reputation of the media.

    January 12, 2008 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  22. Chucky Brewster

    McCain was born in the Panama Canal zone which was a U.S. territory at the time, so he can be President. Don't you think the Dems would have brought this up by now if it was an issue?

    January 12, 2008 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  23. TN

    I hope like many others that it will be Clinton v McCain for the White House. Then we will have a choice to make between two substantial, intelligent and thoughtful Americans. Lets steer away from those in hock to the fundamentalists who have already ensured that the US is far less free today than 8 years ago and let's also remember that lasting change generally occurs incrementally.

    January 12, 2008 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  24. John Snow

    The problem with rockets is they tend to run out of fuel quickly.

    January 12, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  25. George, Billerica, Mass.

    Here they go again... After being bashed, and bashing themselves, about polls and using them to declare candidates as frontrunners, CNN (and I suspect other media) are jumping on another bandwagon. I don't think the national polls yet reflect the honest, considered choices that voters really will make on their respective election dates. They hear headlines from New Hampshire and, sure, they would support McCain, so they say his name. (66% of Republicans did not choose McCain in the poll, after all.) The media really need to get a grip, and take deep long breaths, this election season.

    January 12, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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