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. ZAREH

    Only Hillary Can Save This great Nation--YES SHE CAN

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Jim

    Give it a rest. Obama is the one. Polls are a brief snapshot in history and the fools that vote for Clinton have to have a moment or two to savor in a race that is pretty much in Obama's hands. Go PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Matt

    I don't buy this.. maybe for democrats she beats McCain by nine points.. but unless this poll was taken in Vermont or some other lib hideout– I don't buy it.. she has the strongest negatives in history. No one I know wants her in the Whitehouse. No one I know wants Obama either.

    Dems – this is your election to lose.. if you lose this one.. you should just give up.

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. southdakota for positive change

    at least thats what the polls say today....
    if the democratic party could stop bickering with one another maybe they could unite and defeat McCain in a landslide.
    unification don't pay the bills though.

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Dorothy

    she cannot win the election with out black votes so go ahead an nominate her and she will not win in November OR in 2012 because if Black people have not forgotten 400 years of in justice do you really expect them to forget 4 years after the nomination is stolen. The democrats will not get in for the next 400 years!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Tanya, GA

    Who are these people polling? I've never received a call. How about you?

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. JD

    I find it strange that we're paying attention to general election polls before the primary season is over. I don't think we'll have a clear view of the match up until the nominee on both sides is chosen, and the real debate begins.

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. marcia

    IF YOU ARE SELECTING WHICH COMMENTS TO POST, HOW COME MOST OF THEM ARE PRO HILLARY? AMERICA DOES NOT DESERVE SUCH OBVIOUSLY BIASED JOURNALISM

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Dale Wise

    Apparently polls have become nothing more than a reflection of the results of the most recent primary/caucus. After Obama's huge NC victory, the poll will shift back in his favor. People are too fickle and too easily manipulated for polls to have any meaning whatsover.

    The only important number is:

    Who has won the most delegates?

    Answer:

    Barrack Obama

    Unless Clinton can get more delegates, then none of these other numbers mean anything. And, the fact of the matter is that it is IMPOSSIBLE for her to do so.

    Let's end this farce already so we can unite the party.

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Marcia

    Alex in TX.... I so agree with you!

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Peg

    Polls come and go.......but Rev. Wright isn't doing Obama any good at this point. There is some concern out there, but I think it is still probably too late for Hillary.

    Bottom line, neither candidate is perfect, but we can't allow one candidate to demonize the other. Supers, make up you minds, will you please?

    April 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. king from toronto

    notice what the so call polls say???she has a better chance,does'nt say obama cant win.nice try media.guess this is hillary last attemp to nowhere.lol

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Jamey Columbus

    Obama needs to focus on winning reelection as a Senator... he better walk away soon for Hillary to have a chance...

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. mike

    It is real shame that elections are still subject to the racism that persists among americans. Worse still is the media's (ie CNN, MSNBS to name a few) acceptance and use of it in defining a candidate's electability. It is clear that Dr. King's dream is far from realized

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Marty

    Of course Hillary has the better chance of beating McCain. She is the better democratic candidate. The more Al Sharpten and Rev, Wright talk, the worse of a chance Obama will have.

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. What?

    How often has Hillary "disagreed" with polls? Many many times Hillary has come out to talk all about how "polls don't say anything".... oh wait that's right... that's only when the polls DON'T favor her!

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. JFD

    Finally, the Obama hype is fading. GREAT.

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Tim from Buffalo

    All a single poll proves is what the individuals polled felt. You need far more than one poll to indicate a trend and far more than a trend to be accurate in interpreting the results. No matter what you think of Clinton/Obama this means nothing (though CNN would like you to think differently as it gets you to look at their website so they can sell their add space for more).

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Oh please.

    Have any of you Clintonistas done any actual research on your candidate? Any of you???? Other than what's on her website? You all are in for a sad awakening. Her scandals are way over the top and she has not been vetted whatsoever this election cycle. She'd lose by a landslide because believe me no one will vote for her. People that I talk to have remembered all the scandals she was involved with and believe me there will be more. I can not believe she's going to have to testify in November right when the election is happening! You people are so blind.

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. JayP

    Never mind that Obama has been in a strong lead all along? Are we to interpret that the opinions expressed in the new poll will remain unchanged from now to eternity? Come on, give me a break!

    A concernd citizen

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Mark

    First Poll in ages that shows Clinton doing better than Obama – get right on CNN :-/

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Joe Green

    Vote FOR you candidate, not AGAINST the other.

    If you are picking your candidate based on their ability to beat McCain, somethign is wrong.

    The argument that "my candidate has a better shot at beating McCain" falls on deaf ears for both Hillary supporters and Obama supporters.

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. chuck

    AMERICA IS WAKING UP. WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT NORTH CAROLINA AND INDIANA ARE AWAKE, AND NOT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMANIZED

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. josh

    Look... It doesn't really matter. The dems have a big problem. A screechy old lady or a racist black guy. Either way McCain wins.

    April 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Voter

    This is CNN CRAP!

    Obama vs McWar is around 46/47% to McWars 43/44%

    A differnce of a few percent!!!!

    The margin of error can bring these numbers to Obama having a wider margine!

    You have to be compleatly stupid to use these numbers for anything!

    Who is the hack that wrote this anyways!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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