April 28th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
7 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. Tony

    People forget Obama was not a person but, rather a movement. If Clinton elects to represent the will of the uneducated, racists, and sypathetic white women then she might win the election against the flawed John Mcain but, WE will lose as a country. This country becomes more facist everyday. Most of you Hillary Supporters are uneducated so look up the meaning of facisism then examine your candidate.

    April 28, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. mitch from ark.

    clinton can't beat mccain, because clinton can't beat obama.so who cares about stupid polls,and the corporate media,who are just trying to influence other's votes,and keep the story ,in the news ,for better ratings.clinton can't catch up with obama, so the media and pollsters,try to keep her chances alive,so that they can keep their ratings high,and their pollsters in a job.apparently ,hillary's attempts to tear the democratic party apart,is working to an extent,but, only because she's using negative attacks in conjunction with the republicans' tactics ,that have worked to keep a republican in office,for the last 7 1/2 years.how many lies do the clintons have to be caught in,for their supporters to take notice of it?how ridiculous is it ,that people say they want a better government,then vote for someone that can't tell the truth?sad....

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

    OBAMA'S CHANCE TO SEAL THE DEAL HAS COME AND GONE!!!!!!!

    HILLARY WILL RISE TO THE TOP AND BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!!!!!

    WAY TO GO HILLARY!

    THANKS FOR STAYING IN THE RACE SO THAT WE ALL GET OUR SAY!!!!!!!

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

    What a surprise that CNN cherry picks one poll that is clearly an outlier from other polls consistently showing that they both run about even with McCain or Senator Obama doing better.

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

    This is ridiculous.
    McCain will walk into the White House no matter who wins the nomination because the Dems are too busy shooting themselves in the footses. I will then proceed to put myself in a coma for four years and pray that I have a county to awake to. The most pivotal moment of the campaign season was Romney dropping out for the "good of the party" to maximize McCain's chances. Seems like the best move so far. Think about that one.

    April 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    For the past four weeks, the opposite was shown in these polls. Why wasn't that making the news? Why does this one poll get more attention than any of the others that showed Obama beating McCain while Hillary was losing to McCain? CNN is biased.

    April 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. mollygonz

    Wow, "Addy" in Indy, if you're going to try and use Barack's nickname to be cute, why don't you try spelling it right..Barry???

    April 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Bernard

    Any minor shift in the direction of Hillary is taken as an earthquake in magnitude. A few points and a few wins is called a momentum where she is concerned and so the headlines follow.

    April 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. ohio independent

    People are not getting solid answers from Obama.
    With Obama you asked a question and he asks 5 more.
    That's his answer.
    He's got to give me more than that if he wants me to take
    him seriously.

    April 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Olivia

    There was never any doubt in my mind. To listen to her is to see the striking difference between her proposed solutions and his seemingly shallow rhetoric. She is my choice....I love her strength and tenacity......the qualities needed along with her superior knowledge......to turn this country around.

    April 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Mary

    RULES ARE RULES:

    Obama
    1,491
    Superdelegates
    233
    Total:
    1,724

    Hillary
    Pledged:
    1,333
    Superdelegates
    256
    Total:
    1,589

    Obama is in the lead where it counts. Enough said!

    April 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Steve - Philadelphia

    If HRC gets the nomination, I've voting for Ron Paul.

    April 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. independent capitalist

    ps, by green i mean "new".
    ps, just noticed he picked up another super del. 22 to tie it up.
    I love this new "go green" movement, don't you?

    April 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Susan, MO

    How can you get the popular vote when you are not popular. Also 62% of the American people think she's dishonest.

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

    Obama 08

    April 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. John

    Hillary is vulnarable and cannot beat McCain in November. Monica Lewinsky, 1994 Genocide in Rwanda on Foreign policy, Trip to Bosnia, etc could heat Hillary in November especially on Independant voters.

    John / California

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Concerned Democrat

    I don't understand why Hillary supporters want to steal an election from the obvious winner?

    We know what happened the last time an election was stolen!!!

    It's no way she will be ahead in popular vote or delagates come June.

    Numbers don't lie but desperate politicians do!!!

    Democrat's 08

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Chris from San Antonio

    I read about a poll, called the Primaries, that says the people think Obama is better. But what do polls matter, right?

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Blake

    I think it would be speculative to say anyone is in the lead in a general election that is more then six months away. I would be saying the same thing if FDR, JFK, or anyone was running for president. I take this with a grain of salt.

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Umpire

    There are polls–and there are polls.

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. keith

    Hillary will never win,she is a sore loser and a liar.I hope she never drops out,im having fun watching her cry herself out of the race.Keep up the goodwork Hillary,you are tearing the party apart.

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Gerard

    Nice try!!! It will never happen.
    This is OBAMA's turn....

    Hillary should drop out now while she still have a bit of credibity

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. marcia

    Those who think that Hillary can beat McCain should imagine a likely republican add contrasting the footage showing the war prisoner with that of Hillary narrating in vivid details her war-zone experience as she came under sniper fire in Bosnia. Issues of honor, courage and credibility will be raised and the voter will hear her public admission of having lied followed by the question: can America afford to elect an admitted liar for president?

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Mary

    I will make this short... "IF" Hillary is the winner of the Democratic
    party, I will vote for McCain !!! Lesser of the two evils, ya know.

    GO OBAMA GO !!!

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Sharon

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!
    The world needs her :)

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Donna

    FOX NEWS ROUND TABLE SAID IT BEST AND THEY ALL AGREED.

    THEY SAID HILLARY IS THE BEST CANIDATE !!

    FOX HAS SAID FOR A LONG TIME NOW THAT HILLARY WOULD BE HARDER TO WIN.

    OBAMA WAS VIRTUALLY UNKNOWN BEFORE THIS ELECTION AND IN THE GENERAL PEOPLE WON'T TAKE THAT RISK.WITH EVERYTHING THAT KEEPS COMMING OUT A LITTLE AT A TIME THEY ARE AFRAID WHAT ELSE SO WE NOT KNOW ABOUT OBAMA.

    WE ALL KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT HILLARY, SHE'S FACED IT ALL BEFORE. OBAMA HAS NOT.

    April 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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