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. jonathan

    Of course she does, she is Superior in every way necessary to lead this country out from the disaster the republicans have gotten us into with the endless quagmire of corruption from the White House down and spreading throughout congress and the corporate world. A war based on Lies, our nations infrastructure crumbling, our economy vaporizing. A Clinton saved us the last time and left this country in brilliant shape, like it or not, it's the facts.

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

    Clinton-Bayh 2008!
    or
    Clinton-Nutter 2008!

    Clinton is Great for 2008!

    April 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Pam

    Bill Clinton is your secret weapon!! You need weapons to win?

    What happened to truth? Justice? The American people?

    Keep your lier weapon.

    April 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Thommy

    Poles do not make a president, but votes and one other thing, the
    ( PRESS) which is trying to prop-up Clinton, Come rain come sunshine next NOVEMBER OOOBAMA IS IN WHITE HOUSE ( IN GOD WE TRUST)

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. ML Holmes in OKC

    If Obama is the Democratic candidate, I would vote for McCain. I will not vote for a flawed candidate. He is so dishonest and he lacks good judgement and experience.
    AMERICA IS IN A MESS AND I WONDER THAT ANY CANDIDATE CAN FIX THE PROBLEMS.

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Marshall in Nebraska

    Cold day in hell before I vote for her.

    McCain before Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Richard

    ALL I CAN SAY IS IM A LONGTIME REPUBLICAN THAT WILL BE VOTING DEMOCRAT IN THE FALL.

    – THE WAR AND THE BAD ECONOMY ARE TO BLAME ON THE REPUBLICANS.

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. matt in austin

    You can have to ignore the popular vote. Obama got 0 in Mich. because he followed the rules. He won Iowa but there is no popular vote. Quit spinning this BS HRC supporters. You guys are lame and as crooked as your queen.

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Debbie

    And next week the polls will say what and which poll will say what, It seems the media has been running this race more than the canddates.

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. southerndem

    To Hillary supporters, WHEN Obama wins NC by 12-15 points next Tuesday AND wins in IN will you finally admit this race is unwinnable for her?

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. keith

    Hillary can't win, she is a sore loser, im a white person,she will never get back the black vote,she is a liar and a crybaby,I

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. norb

    Doesn't make a difference what the margin will be. John McCain would loose to the Pillsbury Doughboy if he were running as a Democrat. An inside the part home run is still scored as a home run in the stats. This one's for you John.

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. aware

    Hillary 1008 and 2012! :)

    Obama needs to step down. He and Jeremiah Wright have made this all about race.

    It is really all about who will make the best president and who can win the general.

    I listened to Jeremiah Wright at the Detroit NAACP banquet after listening to the Moyer interviews, and I listened to him this morning.

    It is now easy to understand where Obama is coming from. :(

    Obama has certainly been influenced by Jeremiah Wright. You can't miss the imprint on Barack and Michelle.

    Obama cannot win the general election but he will hand it to McCain if he is the Democratic nominee.

    Obama and his pastor have injected race into the campaign big time, and it cannot be undone. That plus Obama's ideology slipping out in San Francisco have killed his chances!

    Don't try to blame it on Bill or Hillary. He did it himself! :(

    It is your choice Democrats. Hillary Clinton or John McCain 08! :)

    April 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. shirley

    Hillary needs to address the real issues surrounding her campaign.

    How does she propose the Government collect the premiums for her government mandated health plan and what will the penalty be for those who do not choose to participate? She has said we will have NO choice and will be fined in addition to the premium. Doesn't sound much like Democracy to me.

    Does her mandated health plan mean that billon dollar corporations will no longer be providing health benefits for their employees? This sounds like a big business pay off.

    I believe Hillary supported the Columbina Trade Agreement just as she supported NAFTA because there is no way that Bill and her campaign manager, Penn, lobby for the Agreement without her knowledge, yet she withheld this information from the public.

    April 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Carole

    Hillary is too interested in another debate with Barack. Does she know that is the only way she can get TV attention? She doesn't even feel comfortable standing on her own.

    April 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. TX

    Did they poll any african americans...I think not.....REMEMBER she needs us and contrary to what some might think....we don't forget to easy.

    No black support in Nov....no presidency.

    April 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Jayson

    Gotta love how much all these polls shift from week to week. It is a pretty clear indicatory on how unreliable they are.

    April 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. sue

    Hillary has shown us time after time that she's a tough fighter and she is definitely the best candidate to beat McCain in November

    April 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. The Dude

    These polls never really matter. I bet there's going to be another one out tomorrow that shows Obama has a lead over McCain. The superdelegates will make thier decision based on the remaining primaries.

    ANYONE BUT MCCAIN '08!

    April 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. independent capitalist

    umm. this i see, but her tied or leading mr. obama?
    what "new" poll is this CNN? according to RCP, Politico & Survey USA -who generally favors Mrs. clinton, Mr. Obama is leading still in both states and the Gen El.

    ps, has anyone taken notice of the "green" senator from Illinois...
    ahead in delegates
    ahead in pop vote w/fla
    ahead in contests won
    ahead in financing
    almost tied in supers

    this is a man who is facing a 20 year machine of a former president, a first lady / 2 term sentor/ candidate for pres and all those people who were working for them for sooo many years...

    as far as Mc v Hill, i don't see that happening.
    neither is generally liked by the people not to mention the world.

    good luck to all, may the "green" man win.

    April 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. aware

    Hillary 2008 and 2012!

    Obama needs to step down. He and Jeremiah Wright have made this all about race.

    It is really all about who will make the best president and who can win the general.

    I listened to Jeremiah Wright at the Detroit NAACP banquet after listening to the Moyer interviews, and I listened to him this morning.

    It is now easy to understand where Obama is coming from.

    Obama has certainly been influenced by Jeremiah Wright. You can't miss the imprint on Barack and Michelle.

    Obama cannot win the general election but he will hand it to McCain if he is the Democratic nominee.

    Obama and his pastor have injected race into the campaign big time, and it cannot be undone. That plus Obama's ideology slipping out in San Francisco have killed his chances!

    Don't try to blame it on Bill or Hillary. He did it himself!

    It is your choice Democrats. Hillary Clinton or John McCain 08!

    April 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Thommy

    Polles do not make a president, but votes and one other thing, the
    ( PRESS) which is trying to prop-up Clinton, Come rain come sunshine next NOVEMBER OOOBAMA IS IN WHITE HOUSE ( IN GOD WE TRUST)

    April 28, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Hillary Lies

    You have to be popular to win popular votes. She is not popular and 62% of the population thinks she's dishonest.

    Send her back to Bosnia, and let her protect us from the sniper fire.

    Obama 08

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

    Only a man who's whipped would vote for Hillary. No way in hell I'd ever vote for her. Watch the Independents come out in full force and vote Republican if Hillary is on the ballot.

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

    Obama is the leader and he will be the nominee. Republician will have SNIPER ATTACKS ON BILLARY.

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