February 27th, 2008
11:54 AM ET
7 years ago

Poll: McCain's hard to beat

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A new poll out Wednesday suggests McCain will be difficult to beat in November. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll out Wednesday suggests Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will be a difficult candidate for the eventual Democratic nominee to beat in a general election match up this fall.

According to a just released Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, McCain would be in tight races with either of the remaining Democratic presidential candidates.

McCain is statistically tied with Sen. Barack Obama, 44 percent to 42 percent, and ahead of Sen. Hillary Clinton by 6 points, 46 percent to 40 percent. The poll's margin of error was plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.

The poll also showed McCain with a 61 percent approval rating, a number higher than both Clinton's and Obama's in past polls. (A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll earlier this month measured Clinton's approval rating at 52 percent and Obama's at 58 percent.)

The Arizona senator holds a clear advantage on dealing with the war in Iraq, according to the poll, and holds a 9 point advantage on economic issues over Obama, despite having acknowledged that area is not his expertise. Though the poll finds voters favor Clinton by 10 points over McCain to handle the economy.

The same poll also showed Obama with a 6 point edge over Clinton nationally - a finding that's consistent with several other polls out earlier this week that indicate that the senator from Illinois is the frontrunner in the Democratic race.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (499 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    As a democrat I rather vote for McCain than for Mr. Xerox.

    February 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Di

    If Obama gets the Nomination...I will vote for McCain...Never voted for a republican before for President....This will be the first!!!

    Go Hillary!!!

    February 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. anon

    Only one person is qualified at day one to be Commander in Chief: John McCain.

    February 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Ruben

    McCain or Obama in 2008... two solid characters that can do a lot for this country. Politically, Hillary should just go and ride into the sunset.

    February 27, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Rock

    That is hard to believe especially with the disparity between Democrat and Republican primary voter turnout.

    February 27, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. pat

    McCain will win over Obama, I will vote for him and I'm a
    Democrate. Experience will win.

    February 27, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    Unfortunately, this is indicative of the damage that the continued bickering between Clinton and Obama has done to the chances of getting a Democrat in the White House. McCain's approval has gone up since the Republicans began uniting, while Obama's has gone down since the increasing divisiveness of the campaign. It's time to stop this nonsense if the Democrats really care about having a Democratic president.

    February 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Tim T.

    McCain = Four more years of Bush. If so, America will be a shining light of stupidity to the world.

    February 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Jeremy

    Clinton has my vote... and if she's not there, this democrat will be voting for McCain! Experience v. Empty Hope

    February 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. AJ

    I will definately vote for McCain should Obama win the nomination. I have never voted for a republican in 30 years but I guess there's a first time for everything. I urge all Clinton supporters to support McCain if Obama is the nominee. Obama is a con man and will lead the nation to disaster.

    February 27, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. dhyana

    why isn't the media talking about how big of a lead John Mccain has over Obama on national security and not as big of a lead agaisnt Hillary. You the media have given Obama a free ride–if the Democrats end up with a nominee that hasn't been vetted properly-I WILL blame you !!!!!!!!!!!! I use to listen to CNN but you are so biased agaisnt Hillary that I have to watch FOX NEWS(YUCK) to get fair reporting. All that I ask–please be even with your coverage.

    February 27, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Kathy

    I find this hard to swallow. Hasn't anyone been paying attention to the actual number of votes cast in the primaries? Dems are voting in huge numbers, way outnumbering republicans.

    February 27, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. dirk

    these polls are so dumb. one week you talk about how obama is going to run away with the thing in november and now you say mccain is going to be "hard to beat?" which is it? or is it just which ever story makes more internet traffic?

    February 27, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Mk

    that poll is a little premature don't you think?
    Lets see how McCain measures up when the actual candidate for the dems begins to campaign against him before releasing this kind of poll.

    February 27, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. lppp

    Believe or not, if obama win Dem nominee, he will no any chance to win president. Current poll just give you wrong information (from republic party ). Obama is an american idol. If he can be president, everyone can. Voting with your brain, not gambling

    February 27, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Reality Cop

    McCain is Faux Hillary. Why elected the wannabe when we can have the real thing? The Dems could nominate Mickey Mouse and he'd beat McCentury.

    Polls, schmolls. McCain is un-electable. This article dismissed as wishful thinking.

    February 27, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. N.N.B.

    We are a large family in Louisiana and have decided that we are now Republicans and will change our registration as such this week. We will vote for McCain, no matter what they say about him. I know we are just a small group, but is anyone else thinking this way? By the way, the pollsters have never called us to ask what we think. Who do they call?

    February 27, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. nick

    No way. 100yrs no way. Who did they ask or call? No one that I know.
    Keep putting that crap out so that we will get even more people out to stop this man.
    NBC Anyboby But Clinton
    Obama08

    February 27, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Sherry

    You really can not go by these polls right now. After the Democratic nominee is selected, the two final candidates will end up receiving new votes from those that currently support another candidate. I believe there will be a lot of cross over votes that are not being taken into account.

    February 27, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Dana

    The said Hillary was a 20-point leader when Obama entered the race...

    Nah, these early polls are nice and all but essentially useless.

    February 27, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Observer

    And yet, we seem fascinated by Obama. We cannot win on the war issue with McCain. It has to be "it's the Economy Stupid" Part II, and Clinton is far superior on that. Clinton is our only hope to win in November.

    February 27, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. NC_Democrat

    ...and this was gathered from polling about 1000 people

    February 27, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. CNN???

    The more u support, the worse the situation will be.

    February 27, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Johnson

    So far in this race, Obama has come from behind in EVERY state that he has won other than Illinois. For the general election he starts off with a 6 point lead. The more people get to know Obama, the more they seem to like him and gravitate towards him. I think he is going to be diving into McCains base of supporters as this thing goes on. But the fact that Obama is ahead in the polls already shows that people are leaning his way in the general election.

    February 27, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. Sherry

    You really can not go by these polls right now. After the Democratic nominee is selected, the two final candidates will end up receiving new votes from those that currently support another candidate. I believe there will be a lot of cross over votes that are not being taken into account.

    February 27, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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