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. Mohsen Janatpour

    We don't want change for change's sake. We want change because the current policies are heading our country in a wrong direction. We need to change in order to get to the right path. And Obama knows the way.

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Brian Seattle

    To Pam: I guess your slate is clean then if you will NEVER ...PERIOD vote for Clinton. Wake up already. Politicians are Politicians. Don't be fooled by "Change" and "Hope".

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Dan in CO

    ""The only way Obama beats McCain is to keep stoking the flames of racial division. Thats not a win-win, folks.""

    Good. Then I can expect the Clintons to lose-lose.

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Ilene MI

    That is only because the Republicans are voting for her to drive up her numbers. They know she will be trashed in a general election because not only do the Republicans hate her, half the democrats hate her. I do mean hate. They also know Obama will win over McCain. I would vote for McCain over her and I pray it doesn't come to that. Anyone voting for her is dooming the election and another republican will be the next president. Her lies and evilness just do not support her for president.

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Gabriela

    The fact that republicans want Clinton to win the nomination is the BEST reason to vote for Obama!

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Joe

    It was only a matter of time. Change will happen with a new administration. Hope only lets you dream. The reality is Washington is a game and someone needs to play it right to help the people of this country.
    Go Hillary!

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Just because the poll today shows her having a better chance of beating McCain doesn't mean that tomorrow's poll....or next week's poll...or next month's poll will be the same.

    And here come the Clinton supporters to justify the polls – polls are great if they say what you wanna hear!

    Bottom line – if she doesn't win Indiana (cuz she's gonna lose North Carolina) no poll in the world will matter, she'll be forced OUT.

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. pat

    you guys and your polls, have you been right all year, stop trying cnn
    it does not matter what the polls say, she cannot win only way if you give it to her so stop this bul cnn, i know you guys do not like it get used to it President Obama....

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Rob

    some said that Clinton will need the black vote and she wont get it now after all the "racial" comments. yeah right. i want to see the black people voting republican. would be something new. hehe.

    Hillary GO...

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. cree

    Oh yeah, so when the polls show obama in the lead-should the super delegates pay attention to that as well?
    i guess clinton supporters will then say-oh polls don't matter like they usually do.

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Voter

    charlotte

    Then do the same for Hillary! Unless your a total fake as well!

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Kate

    Thankfully I have interest in the elections again. I was beginning to think it would be obama vs. mccain and I would be torn on which loser to vote for. Hillary 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Grif

    She has so much personality. She Beam's...

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Priscilla for Obama

    Obama has a better chance of beating McCain. Those polls are not accurate. Oh, by the way, CNN is biased.

    Go Obama!

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Gino

    I am glad,people starting to recognised the electavility issue, Obama is not prepared YET too many contraversial question, He know everything about Hillary,too many un-answer questions about Obama

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. The Freedom Gnome

    That means nothing but rather many Clinton supporters were chosen for poll radomly. Trust me, if Clinton is the nominee, McCain will be president.

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Karen from PA

    Na na na na na na na na hey hey hey goodbye Obama!

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Critical Eye

    HRC has done what needed to be done: Expose that fraud Obama for what he, his wife and preacher all are: Extremists who blame America first. HRC has proven herself worthy of the nomination. Obama and his running mate, Wright, have proven themselves unworthy to even hold office.

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Chicago Democrat

    Americans are finally seeing the light. Hillary is the true uniter. She's the one who has worked across party lines, reached out to Republicans, made tough compromises so that we can work together again. She's in the best position to bring the country together. She was the brunt of Republican attacks for years and yet she has the integrity to put that behind her and reach out to them.

    Go Hillary!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. James Mitchell

    Obama can not win he is a flawed canadate him and rev wrong need to exit the stage we are not listening to this race divider. He is trying to win over the white americans and the catholics and jews but the bottom line is we do not trust him to be in charge of our country. As a demacrat we would voye mccain over him any day. At least mccain will protect us from terrorist and not be friends with them.

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Paula

    Hillary has never been vetted - Bill has!! Is anyone out there paying attention?
    See what Tom Hayden from California had to say about "her past" this week-end. We need to go forward not reach back in time for another Clinton president.

    April 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    POLLS,SHMOLLS ... The most hated politician of my lifetime.
    She would never be elected.

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Peter in Canada

    The polls are meaningless...here's why:
    Preface the scenario of Hillary being the Democratic nominee without having won the pledged delegate count and the result will be vastly different!
    If Hillary wins the nomination at this point, it will be seen as illegitimate by the vast majority of rational persons!
    If the Democrats think they can afford to alienate the African American vote, the youth vote and the Independent and Republican vote, then the crack cocaine problem is bigger in the US than I thought!
    The Democrats certainly must realize that if you lose the AA vote in this election, that they may very well never achieve the presidency again in 30 years and that the Republicans will welcome them with open arms!

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Miky

    wish you would have highlighted afew weeks ago the same way when Obama was up by more than ten points!!! why the double standard ?

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Anita

    Clinton beating McCain is such an absurdity. Do you know how many people believe this polls are not credible?

    Disenfranchise those millions of voters who voted for Senator Obama and see how far Senator Clinton gets.

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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