April 28th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll shows Clinton has better shot of beating McCain

Hillary Clinton would beat McCain by 9 points, a new poll shows.
Hillary Clinton would beat McCain by 9 points, a new poll shows.

(CNN) – A new poll out Monday appears to bolster Hillary Clinton's argument that she is in a better position than rival Barack Obama to beat John McCain in a general election match up.

According to a newly-released poll from The Associated Press and Ipsos, Clinton would beat McCain by a wide 9-point margin, 50 percent to 41 percent. But when Obama faces McCain, the two are statistically tied - Obama holds a two point edge over McCain, within the poll's margin of error.

The Clinton campaign has long argued the New York senator has a better shot at beating McCain because of her demonstrated appeal with working class white voters - a demographic that is key to winning several swing states.

soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Barbara

    Hillary is the best to service the people.
    Rise Hillary Rise in 2008

    April 28, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Theresa

    I hope the Super Delegates are paying attention to this.

    April 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. maya

    WHOO-HOO!

    Clinton/Bayh 2008!

    April 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Status QuO.

    Blah, blah, blah polls schmolls. I support Clinton but I hate polls. Here's an idea, let the people vote then count the votes and poll on that.

    April 28, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. AJ, IL

    Re-do this poll in another two weeks after Obama wins Indiana and North Carolina. I can see the poll switching to Obama with a 10pt lead over McCain.

    April 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Mike - Texas

    That's not news, we've known that for a long time.

    Hillary actually has some substance behind her proposals and all OBama has is a lot of hot air about "hope" and "change" but no substance on how that is going to happen.

    Change for change's sake is NEVER good.

    April 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Shane

    FINALLY PEOPLE ARE SEEING THAT SHE HAS SOLUTIONS AND THAT SHE WILL BEAT THE REP.

    April 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Alex in TX

    This is what happens when the electorate falls for the typical mud slinging that they claim to despise.

    It's time for Obama to come down off the high road and play dirty to win. I wish he didn't have to do it but too many voters seem swayed by these despicable tactics.

    Time to start talking about Whitewater, Peter Paul, NAFTA, Columbia, Bosnia, Bill.....lots of ammunition here Obama. Start to load up...

    April 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Ross, Brooklyn, NY

    Clinton's negatives make her a weaker candidate against John McCain. The Republicans have so much ammunition to use against Clinton. Her Bosnia lies and deception regarding NAFTA and CAFTA are invaluable to the Republican attack machine.

    April 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Adam in INdy

    Berry should drop out now while he still has some credibility to his name...

    April 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Jay

    Time to DROP OUT OBAMA!!!! Your time is over..GO AWAY!

    April 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Nicki

    Wow what manipulation by the media. I have never seen anything like this in my life. Hey if this country votes for Clinton or McCain, you deserve everything you get. It blows my mind that people care more about flag pins than they do about whether a person can actually lead us out of this debacle George has created.

    Let's give power back to the Clintons. That is exactly what our country needs right now.

    April 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Tejano

    Clinton is theone to beat, not Obama. Rev Wright took care of that already. He is not electable.....Time for Obama to drop out and let Hillary start putting the party back together again. June may be too late.

    April 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Kel from Auburn, AL

    Too bad the Clinton camp can't claim this because they've already talked down the benefits of polls. They'll probably twist the rules and say this one matters for some lame reason, den of liars they are...

    April 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Pam

    She will NEVER get my vote. NEVER....PERIOD!!

    I will ONLY accept a POTUS with morals and values

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. b-liberal

    Yes She Will!

    At last the people are starting to wise up. The false promises and empty rhetoric of Nobama could only last so long. Everyone is starting to realize he has borrowed most ideas from Hillary. and has practiced negative campaigning and sneaky politics as usual.

    Does the DNC want to win in Novemeber or just make some kind of lame feel-good statement with Nobama?

    Go Hillary – beat Mccain! Nobama in November.

    April 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. John in PA

    Super delegates must consider this. Hillary will most likely have more popular votes (according to RealClear Politics) when it's all done, too. This cannot be ignored – Obamabots!

    April 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Clinton Spin

    Anything to make this race close in Indiana and to make this race go on longer for ratings. Media...stop making this race go on for commercial time.

    April 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. KC

    Funny how she is willing to acknowlege this poll the only Poll to show her having an edge over mccain, when every poll taken in the past month or show have shown the opposite

    April 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. v.ananthan

    Hillary is the best choice to run the country now.....

    It^s not the right time to put trainees in the white house......

    April 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Anyone putting a lot of stock in an April poll for a November election is really grasping at straws. The only elected official with higher negatives than Hillary is GWB. Once Barack officially secures the nomination and is able to focus on McCain solely, these numbers will be more reflective of the true picture.

    April 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Nic

    Enough with the "reporting" on polls. PLEASE. They change pretty much DAILY and every one I see is different, which strikes me as indicating that they might not have a whole lot of meaning at this point. I guess they serve the purpose of letting the media guide us morons in whatever direction they want us to believe the wind is blowing. Thanks, CNN!

    April 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Esther from Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    who talks to these pollests? I get phone calls and I lie to them cause they are just trying to see into the future and I do not wish them to get the long and the skinny from me. truthfully anyone telling them the trust should be hung

    April 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. HP Boston

    Yes!
    Clinton can beat McCain , Barack can not!
    Poor Obama is getting a hole dug deeper and deeper by his mentor, friend and pastor Wright!!!
    Does this man always act like a crazy Uncle?
    He is the gift to Hillary that keeps on giving.
    Every time he open his mouth it is PRICELESS!
    She needs no adds, he just keeps on the road to Obama's demise!
    It gets bitter and bitterer!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Peter

    While most other polls show Obama doing better against Mccain. Polls are poll, one single poll doesnt matter, what matter is the average over several polls. If you look at Realclearpolitics, they have such an average and there Obama is ahead against clinton in the primary by around 6% and does better against Mccain.

    Obama is ahead by 12% against Clinton in NC
    They are Tied in Indiana.

    Do not trust single polls, trust the average of several polls because the margin of error while be smaller.

    April 28, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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