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. AS

    Go Hillary!

    Thank you for staying in the race and fight for us.

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

    Another four years of Bill running rampant in the Whitehouse, I don't think so.

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Stephen

    I'm a proud Hillary supporter and generally fall to the Democrat side when it comes to issues. During the weekend we talked about the different options for president and we all agreed on one thing. If Hillary didn't get the nomination we were going to vote ro McCain. Many might say it's because she tore the party apart but we all just agree that Obama isn't ready for the position yet.

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. jeremy

    these polls are silly. so after obama wins IN and NC, i'm sure it will say he has a better chance.

    the election process has been completely taken over by the media.

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. drz

    Another poll by Rasmussen shows her losing to McCain by 2 points. The poll was taken during the same time as this AP poll. I hate how the reporting of these polls focusing on one poll. Check out pollster dot com to see the all of the polls side be side.

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Missy M

    Finally! I think the nation's high school crush-like infatuation with Obama is finally fading away. Maybe now we can start to focus on the real issues in this election like soaring crime rates, joblessness, homelessness and all the other problems that needs the attention of a strong democrat in the White House.

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Amber

    Why do people hate Clinton so much? B/c she is a woman, let's just admit it. People CAN'T stand a strong, successful, ambitious woman. It scares the hell out of them and offends something deep down. People are not objective in this country. They're ruled by their prejudices and fears.
    Looking at her versus McCain, and looking at their proposed policies only, she is by far better for this country right now: affordable/free healthcare, environmental protection, measured approach to Iraq, tough on defense, protection for children.

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. noble

    OVERSTATED. NO ONE BELIEVES THIS ARTICLE.
    SHAME ON YOU ALL.

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Pam

    I read a comment by somebody saying that Hillary's experience as first lady is not real experience. I say to those of you who may feel this way: You have not done your homework. Hillary has accomplished much in her life, way before being first lady. She has done so much for the poor, women, children and under privelidged. I think so many of you out there would be astounded by her contributions. I know I was shocked once I started doing my own homework on each of the 3 candidates.

    I think it would be wise for each of us to really research each candidate before making a decision on who we really think can get our country back on track.

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Dorothy

    I am tired of people saying if Obama win the nomination they are going to vote for McCain, What about Obama supporters what make people think if Hillary is nominated we will not do the the same thing,
    Some people seem to think they have the monopoly on voting for others if they candidate is not nominater this is a two way street people

    April 28, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. brandon

    Go Hillary....yes she will!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. commonSense

    people's votes in primaries would decide by june3, who is better to face McCain and not the polls or cnn or the clintonites speculations

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. m,aca

    Obama please drop out !!!!!

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Liz

    The media is lying to Clinton supporters by trying to show that hillary has a chance of winning the dem. nomination.

    She cannot catch up in ELECTED DELEGATES at this point. This is what WINS elections, not POLLS.

    If you don't believe me, then just ask Al Gore, who won popular vote, but LOST elected delegates.

    This lie needs to stop now.

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. George from Minneapolis

    LOL.... these polls CHANGE EVERYDAY. People say believe the polls when they are doing good in them, and the polls dont matter when they are not doing well in them.

    If you are swayed by a poll that changes everyday than I would question how much common sense you have.

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Casey from Canada

    Whose rating won't fall after long weeks of barage of negetive press and campaign. Men, this guys have had it from everyone, from Clinton, McCain and Wright. What do you expect. but I think it is a good thing for him to be down now and after the storm and if he can win both Indiana and NC. Watch the tide swing again. This is politics.

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. honesty

    Substance is what Hillary offers. She offers this PLUS, energy, enthusiasm, grit, stamina, knowledge, experience, intelligence and a sheer determination to work hard to get the job done from day one. What does the opponent offer?
    You have heard it a million times – words and hope, (his record is mediocre at best!)
    I am tired of rhetoric and tired of empty words. For someone who has chosen "words matter" as his platform, we sure have seen that some of these words have shown his disconnect with so many AMericans. Unfortunately for him, not even in his platform of words and unity he can deliver effectively. It is time for all Americans to rise up and elect the Democratic candidate that can and will do the job for ALL of US!!!
    Let substance prevail

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Betina

    Obama will have the most popular vote and the most delegates in the end. If the superdelegates take away an earned nomination from Barack Obama, Shrillary will lose in November. Period.

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. countingcrows

    Clinton won't get my vote. Can't stand the lying, cheating, stealing, manipulating woman. Her political background is shameful.

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Mike from Jersey

    Common sense prevails. Liberals are only interested in symbolism. Democrats must be focused on one thing – winning in November. Obama is inexperienced, and unelectable. True, he is the most inspirational out of the 3 but is also the most inexperienced.

    The consolation prize for the rude Obama supporters will be this – Clinton will be forced to put Obama on the ticket by the DNC – even though in my opinion that would still be a mistake. Obama should have waited until he had the resume before running. Too ambitious or as some might say – blind ambition.

    Hillary will beat McCain in the fall, or McCain will defeat Obama.
    Democrats must decide.

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. hemnebob

    i will vote for whomever wins the nomination but i am still supporting obama. the mudslinging that the clinton camp seems to want to continue slinging really takes alot of credibility away from her and she is a very intelligent woman...i used to respect her way more than today. it seems like she is trying to curb it but there are the fringe groups that align with her and they continue in the slinging... i worry that if she is the candidate, we will once again have a republican in office. for every woman that votes for hillary because she is a woman, there are 2 people to vote against her due to bill's past behaviors and just the fact that during his two terms, the media portrayed her as an ice queen and that residual is out to sink her ship.

    April 28, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Jeff, Minneapolis

    The only way Hillary can win is if the Superdelegates ignore the results of the previous 40 nominating contests. If the Superdelegates overturn those results, neither she, nor any other Democrat in any race will get my vote come November. CNN: stop spinning for Hillary.

    April 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. jeff

    All I can say is that if Hillary gets the nomination, I will be forced to vote for McCain. It looks like the Clinton's back stabbing, lying ways are working again.
    50 year old college educated white Texan for Obama.

    April 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Voter

    Hillary is a FAKE!

    Wake up Hillary supporters!

    If the remaining superdelegates split 50-50 then Hillaty needs to win EACH state with 66% of the vote!

    April 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Steph in Pa

    I tend to agree with the artilcle. Unfortunately for Sen. Obama –many things are now coming to light regarding who he actually is as a person. The 'bitter' gun toting comment did not help situations and many small town rural Americans are even more skepticle over Rev. Wrights recent appearences on TV. Although Rev. Wrights appears to be well educated and informative; unfortunately his very negative attitude toward white americans appears to be more than apparent (such as his UNWILLINGNESS to appologize to America for very diragoritory comments made after 9/11).

    Electability is a very, very serious concern right now and I for one believe Sen. Clinton is seeming more electable than Sen. Obama.

    April 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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