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. Don

    Yes, the truth will set us free. People are coming out of their Obama-stupor and seeing reality.

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

    Enough with the polls already!!! They change on a daily basis depending whose spin is turning the media. Just the facts please.

    April 28, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Nathan Chapman

    Who cares about a nationwide poll? Anyone remember this little thing called the Electoral College?

    April 28, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Marcosxp

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    __♥ HILLARY CLINTON is the best! We love HILLARY CLINTON. 100%

    April 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Jim, Indiana

    Great! This is what so many of us have been trying to make people realize. Obama would never win Florida with the hispanic & population age votes going to McCain, but Hillary certainly could win it.
    The southwest is Hillary country and Obama didn't win one state there plus McCain is from Arizona. Ohio, Pennsylania, New York, California, Texas are all states where Hillary won and would be very likely to win against McCain.

    April 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. That's Reality

    If Clinton could ever beat McCain it would prove that this nation is in dire straights . A nation who would elect a president who lies would surely suffer consequences for it's own stupidity.

    April 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. intodc

    i don't know how the polls can say that clinton can win. she will need the black vote to do that. and, that ain't for sure anymore, if obama doesn't get a fair shake.

    i think the clintons can hang it up if they steal this election with lies, bigotry (yes, they seem to be playing the race card!), and deception.

    who would or could believe that she is a shot sluggin', beer gluggin', shotgun carryin' annie oakley constantly under sniper fire - a total insult!

    April 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Chipster

    Obama won't win on his debating skills, that's for sure. He has a very weak record simply because of his inexperience. Clinton has a history of defending children, women, and minorities. She actually was a law professor, didn't just playing one during the campaign, and has the endorsement of more than Generals and Admirals who believe she has the right stuff to defend our nation.

    If you disregard all the gossip, rumors, and exaggerations about her, she's clearly the most qualified candidate.

    April 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Mark VA

    I know Clinton will have a better chance at McCain. Clinton ensures a win in PA and MI, and puts FL and OH in play with a real chance of winning at least one. A Democrat cannot win the White House without holding on to PA and MI (Obama will have a much harder time winning these two, especially after denying MI a revote), and then need one more battleground State like FL or OH. OH will go for McCain before it would go for Obama, and FL is not a Obama loving State.

    April 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. JM

    Why can't black people vote for Hillary?
    Why do they hate her so much??????????

    April 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Neutral

    For months, the base of the Democratic Party have known that for a long time, but koolaid drinkers can't accept the FACT their rock star is a plain LOSER! nuff said!

    April 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. L. Tran, TX

    I really like to see the match between Karl Rove-Fox News vs. Hillary Clinton.

    Bill Clinton already beat Fox News. Unfortunately, Obama did not fight when he got the Fox News interview.

    April 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Toni

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

    April 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. JM

    She will lose the Black vote. How sad

    April 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. ABC '08/12

    Barack or McCain but I will never vote for Hillary!

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

    Of course Clinton will beat McCain in November! Why does the DNC think Obama will when he's taking states that never go Democrat in a general election? He also has a lot of anti America, white and Jew (to name a few) problems. Clinton supporters can vote McCain very easy! It's simple! We don't want Obama.

    Obama : Disgrace to America

    April 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Pam

    So says today's poll. Do they ask the same people everyday? Don't think so. Check back tomorrow.

    April 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Obama is the guy

    They said last week that Obama was leading. They will say again next week that Obama is the guy.

    April 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. charlotte

    Yes, she can. That is the main reason for my support. I would rather have 4 years of McCain then 1 day of Obama. I spent the weekend listening to that racist Rev. Wright and I judge Obama by the company he keeps. The matter of Rev. Wright will play heavy in the general election We will lose a very good chance to take back the White House if Obama is the nominee.

    April 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Jerry

    Nader has a better change than Obama.

    April 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Reza, tx

    I thought the speech was excellent. It will also show up those in American who are really prejudice. This man is not a racist. He loves America but he is able to tell the truth about America's ugliness. Any one that can't see that simply doesn't want the truth.

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

    Well, it's good to know that she doesn't need the African American vote. It's good to know that none of the democrats need that vote anymore. It's a relief.

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Jay

    I guess when the poll is on Obamas side then his Cult is yelling it from roof tops. But a poll comes out that puts Hillary on top then it means nothing. Ya'll Obama freaks are crazy!

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. THE REAL CHERYL FOR HILLARY!

    YOU BET SHE IS!
    SHE IS THE BETTER CANDIDATE!
    SHE IS STRONG AND SMART AND CAN GO TOE TO TOE WITH ANY MAN AND WIN!!!!!
    I THINK SHE IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL WOMEN!!!!!

    YOU GO HILLARY! YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT!
    INDIANA AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY WANT A WINNER NOT A WHINER!

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. matt in austin

    So we should elect Hillary because she pulls the racist white demographic? Wow, what a progressive country we live in (sarcasm).

    If the Super's buy into this and overturn the election this country is lost. We would knowingly be electing a liar and a cheat.

    She is not winning in any cat. even w/ FL. and Mich. The popular vote doesn't count caucus votes. Which is fine w/ HRC but not according to the rules.

    End this NC and In. Prove to the world that America is not a lost cause.

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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