April 18th, 2008
05:18 PM ET
6 years ago

Two polls show two different stories

(CNN) – Where do Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stand among Democrats nation-wide? It depends on the poll.

In a just released Newsweek survey, Obama has opened up a 19 point lead over Clinton nationally, 54 to 35 percent. But in Friday's daily Gallup tracking poll, the two Democrats are only separated by 3 percentage points.

In a CNN average of those two surveys as well as ones recently released by ABC News/Washington Post and Reuters/Zogby, Obama holds an 11 point lead over Clinton, 51 percent to 40 percent.


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  1. KIM

    Speaking from Florida (who has no say), to Obama supporters, you can not win it alone. You will need Clinton supporters or everyone will lose. Remember, Republicans are turning coat now in order to vote in our elections, but come November, they'll turn back to Republicans and vote for McCain. Don't be fooled...remember, don't bite the hands that may have to feed you. Only together, as Obama and Clinton supporters, can we beat McCain...TOGETHER.

    Nobody likes a sore winner....stop gloating...because those who laugh first, cries last.

    April 18, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. Desmond

    This contest is over, i am not sure why we are even talking about it, Obama wins and Hillary give it up it's over.

    April 18, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. KE

    There are two races going on at the same time, Hillary vs. Hillary and Obama vs. Obama, the battle in the air and the battle on the ground.

    Hillary for president 2008!

    April 18, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. Char

    Real, true-blue long time Democrats with years of history and experience working to diminish the Republicans powerful hold on our country are not vexed with the Obama cult. Hillary is the candidate who can deliver. These cult-followers are focused on some other odd self-serving goal of "proving" that they can keep Hillary out of office, and nominate an inexperienced, vulnerable young candidate in the position as our Democratic nominee. In doing so, you are keeping a Democrat out of the White House again If you were really looking for the change that is your mantra, then you would look at the bigger picture, and see that Obama is not ready or experienced enough for the mess we are in! God Bless America.

    April 18, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. Spider

    Amazing that the article doesn't spell out who leads the Gallup poll, just says three points separate them. But if you look at the averages the calculated it's obvious, unless of course you are an "educated" Obama supporter, that Hillary leads in that poll.

    April 18, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. NH Mom

    Hillary is a far superior debater. She is ready to president. Obama is absolutely not ready to be President. This NH voter is voting for Hillary in Nov. If Hillary is not the nominee, then I will write her name in on my ballot. I have always voted for the Democratic candidiates but if Clinton is not the nominee then in this general election I will vote her as a write-in candidiate. I am tired of the Democratic party sticking us with loser nominees. Middle America and key swing states are not going to support the liberal candidiate they need someone who is more moderate and who understands and respects their values. I am tired of my party picking the more liberal candidiate without giving consideration to who can actually win the vital swing states (Ohio, Florida, TN, AK, OK, NH, NM, MI, and PA).

    Write-in Hillary in Nov. if Obama steals this nomination.

    April 18, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. Ratgurl

    Enough with the polls. Let's get on with the vote!!!!

    April 18, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. one nation under god!!!!

    they need to eliminate all polls and all political parties.

    April 18, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. sandra

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY CNN IS SO NEGATIVE TOWARDS HILLARY CLINTON? THEY HAVE SHOWED OVER AND OVER THE REMARKS WHERE SHE MADE YES YES YES OBAMA COULD BE PRESIDENT BUT NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON EXCEPT LOU DOBBS HAS SAID "WASN'T OBAMA ASKED THE SAME THING OF HILLARY"? THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE ON THERE ARE ALL OBAMAS SUPPORTERS AND I FEEL IT IS VERY SAD TO WATCH CNN EVERYDAY AND KNOW THAT ALL YOUR GOING TO HEAR IS HOW GREAT OBAMA IS. I THINK EVERYONE BETTER STOP AND LISTEN TO WHAT DOES GET SAID AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK. LISTEN TO LOU DOBBS BECAUSE HE SAYS WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID NO MATTER WHO IT IS.

    April 18, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. morrow

    It's not surprising that Obama leads in some polls, after months of mischaracterization & hate from the Obama campaign, left wing radicals, most of the main stream media, and pretty much all of the left wing media.

    Go to You Tube & look at Obama campaign chair Jesse Jackson Jrs. comments after she won New Hampshire. He said that they analyzed her tears & her win and they noticed people started to see her as a person (and by the way that he didn't see her show emotion for the victims of Katrina). Every since then it's been full court press to provide a charicature of her and avoid any discussion of issues, since she wins on those.

    Months and months of no real issues and now he's worried about half a debate?

    April 18, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. MV

    After reading many blogs from DEM, REP, LIBERALS, and CONSERVATIVES, Here is my humble opinion:
    – Look at the candidates' behaviors? HONNESTY, SINCERETY, ..
    As we all know, politicians made mistakes like all of us.
    – The HONNEST politician will ADMIT THEIR MISTAKES.
    – The "NOT HONNEST" will "DISCUSS" OR BLAME someone.
    – That action is more than dishonnest, THIS IS BULLY!
    – As in a civilize society, we respect each other voice, however, you must have SELF RESPECT!
    – We all want to have our country back on track and earn respeact around the world! This is not for you and me but for many generations to come.
    – Remember all 3 candidates are possible to be our leader!
    – Choose a wrong one then you are part of the problem!
    – NEITHER ONE OF THE THREE CANDIDATES IS A PERFECT ONE and NEITHER ONE OF THEM CAN SOLVE ALL THE EXISTING PROBLEMS, SO THE CANDIDATE "PROMISSES" YOU ALL THE ANSWERS IS THE "NOT TELLING THE TRUTH"
    – How many of us are saying that I should vote the opposite in 2000 and 2004?

    April 18, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. nate

    Forget who I support. I am astonished at the anger, bitterness sexism and racism I see on these posts. Is this the best our country has to offer? No wonder your children cant stand you. You people should be ashamed of yourselves.

    April 18, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. MT for Hillary in 08

    America is beginning to realize more and more what a liar Obama is. There are only so many times you can whine about how you misspoke. How naive and stupid do you think we the public are? Not quite as stupid as you apparently. Obama has NO way of winning come what November. Those who are loyal to Hillary will never vote for Obama. Many people would rather vote for McCain. Those polls don't reflect that now do they??

    April 18, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. Edith Stafford

    By the dirty underhanded, twisting issues out of context by Hillary Clinton against Barack Obama if the voters would be honest about it Senator Barack Obama should be 99.9% in all the polls against Hillary and McCann. These two candidates is the dirt slanging in its worse form. and both Hillary and McCann have way more baggage than Obama. Obama is not perfect, he is the first to tell you that he is not, but he he is far better candidate than H and McC. Some talk about he is a whinner he is not a whinner he make good sensible point and fact, he just want to stick to the issues that effect the people everyday way of life. Those who can't comprehend that needs to be born again with a new spirit. Some of you appears to be so blind I am disappointed to find that Americans are so out of it make you wonder what are they drinking or smoking something is awfully wrong when one can't admit to wrong doing inopposition to what is right. You are giving this great country a bad rap. STOP IT ALREADY COME BACK TO BASICS You know that Barack Obama is a better candidate than the other two C'om on now for God sake be honest less your soul be damed by God. God has given us a candidate who has already demonstrated he can bring people together and the devil keep putting obstacles in the way of good. They are working overtime to put the light of goodness out and keep on promoting darkness and EVIL You shall know them by their fruits. Don't DESPAIR. VOTE OBAMA ALL THE WAY BABY!!! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

    April 18, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    gary, your doctor is looking for you.

    April 18, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Kris In PA

    Another thing the mainstream media refuses to cover because it just so happens to be good new for Clinton – former New Jersey Governors Jim Florio and Brendan Byrne pledged their support to Hillary Clinton today, after being chosen Thursday as add-on superdelegates. Their show of support comes the same day US Rep. Betty Sutton announced she too would support Clinton as a superdelegate.

    Three superdelegates in one day. But all the press can say is the SDs are moving toward Obama. Apparently not ALL of them are moving that way.

    April 18, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. richard

    It is disturbing to listen to the age bias comments from people who lament racial or gender bias. Whether McCain is the best candidate or not is ot based on his age but what he has learned during his many years.

    April 18, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Someone for a Better America

    Any Obama voter or Clinton voter who would vote for McCain if their favored candidate doesn't win is a traitor not only to themselves, but to a better America. This race needs to come down to the issues and on the issues Obama and Clinton are closely aligned with differences on degree and implementation. McCain, on the other hand, is on the opposite end of the spectrum in almost all areas. His platform is in direct opposition to Obama's and Clinton's. Why would anyone go against their own interests just to spite the candidate that beat heir candidate? This isn't a game. This isn't the forum to root for another team to beat your rival team. America hangs in the balance. McCain aims to continue many of the same things that Bush did while in office. If you support that then vote for him, but if you do then why were you ever backing Barack or Hillary? You can dislike the man or woman but where they stand on the issues are what ultimately matters. Make a decision on that and not on these trivial side issues or "my guy/girl is the only choice or nothing" cries. If you don't, then McCain wins. And ultimately everyone else loses.

    April 18, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Peter in Canada

    Michael in NC...you are spot on!
    With the negatives that Hillary had from the very outset, she was virtually unelectable!
    With her current negatives, she would be lucky to get 35% of the total vote as the Democratic Nominee and only 12% as an Independent candidate!

    April 18, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. DOUG

    IT'S FUNNY HOW ALL THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS KEEP TALKING ABOUT HILLARY'S LIES AND POWER BUT HAVEN'T EVEN REALIZED HOW MUCH OBAMA HAS DONE THE SAME. TALK ABOUT OPEN MINDED PEOPLE AND HAVE THEY NOT EVEN REALIZED THAT HIS POWER TO THE STATE AND TO HIS SENATE JOB HAVE BOTH COME FROM HIS CHURCH A ND WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT OPINION IS. SO IN COMPARISON BOTH ARE LIARS
    BOTH ARE POLITICAL AND I'AM SORRY FOR THE YOUNG FOLKS IN SCHOOL SUPPORTING HIM FOR THEY ARE STILL LIVING ON THE BACK OF US WORKING PEOPLE BE IT GRANT LOANS AND MOMMY AND DADDY'S PAY CHECK BUT THEY ARE SO DEGRADING OF THE WORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE GIVING THEM THE EDUCATION THEY WANT. OBAMA IS NOT THE COMMING OF THE LORD HE IS A POLITITIAN NOT WHITE NOT BLACK BUT A POLITITIAN SO STOP VOTEING WHITE OR BLACK OR FOR THE MESSHIA VOTE FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVIL CUZ THAT IS WHAT IT IS.

    April 18, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Chris in Va.

    tom des moines- " PEOPLE,IT TIME FOR WHITE PEOPLE VOTE FOR WHITE CANIDATE. HUSSEIN OBAMA CAN HAVE ALL THE BLACK VOTE ALL HE WANT." Another enlightened, educated Clinton supporter, geez!

    April 18, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. An American in Canada

    NEWS FLASH TO MICHAEL, NORTH CAROLINA

    I GUESS YOUR POLLS YOU LISTED SHOWING 58% NEGATIVITY RATING MUST COME FROM YOUR MESSIAH obama PRIVATE POLLS.

    HILLARY WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF AMERICA.

    AMERICANS DO NOT LIKE A WEAK LEADER, A GIRLY MAN LIKE obama AND HE WILL BE SENT HOME TO HIS DOMINEERING WIFE MICHELLE "THE FINALLY PROUD ONE"

    IF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY GETS HURT IT IS BECAUSE HOWARD DEAN AND THE POWERS, THAT DID NOT WANT H.R. CLINTON TO WIN THE NOMINATION WORKED HARD BEHIND THE SCENES AND THEIR DIRTY WORK IS COMING HOME TO ROOST FOR THEM. THEY ARE THE DESTROYERS!

    THIS DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION IS FOR AND BY THE AMERICAN
    CITIZENS NOT BY HIDDEN AGENDAS.

    AND WHEN WE FIND DISCOVER THESE AGENDAS IT ONLY STIFFENS OUR RESOLVE TO GET HILLARY R. CLINTON ELECTED AS THE NOMINEE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    IT IS EITHER THAT OR BUST!

    April 18, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. Teresa W. of Newport Bch, CA

    This is awesome!!!!!! Three endorsements from the Clinton Camp. I wonder how the Clinton supporters are feeling right about now? Let me tell you; stuck on, absolutely, I told you so....stuphuss.

    Go OBAMA

    April 18, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Polls are not really meaningful in this election.

    What is really meaningful is well educate black women, like myself, are more and more rejecting Mr. Obama as a typical neighborhood pimp...

    April 18, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Kirk

    BOB

    You Got It Bro!!!!

    Why Waste 85% Of Your Time Blogging about These Polls , When 15% Of Your Comon Sense Tells You These Polls Are Bogus .

    Hillary 08

    April 18, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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