July 14th, 2010
05:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: McCain topping primary opponents by wide margin

A new poll shows Sen. John McCain has a strong lead in the Arizona Republican primary race.
A new poll shows Sen. John McCain has a strong lead in the Arizona Republican primary race.

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain is widely ahead of his two primary challengers, according to a new poll.

A Behavior Research Center survey released Thursday indicates that 64 percent of likely Arizona Republican primary voters support McCain, with19 percent backing former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, five percent supporting Jim Deakin, a Tea Party activist, and 12 percent undecided. The primary is scheduled for August 24.

McCain, the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee, is bidding for a fifth term in the Senate.


The poll was conducted June 30-July 11, after media reports that Hayworth appeared in a 2007 infomercial that promised billions of dollars in free government grants. The McCain campaign subsequently launched two television ads that targeted Hayworth's past ties to the company that aired infomercials. The company – National Grants Conferences – has been criticized by the attorneys general of multiple states for deceptive marketing and has an "F" rating from the Southeast Florida and Caribbean Better Business Bureau.

McCain led Hayworth 54 to 28 percent in their previous poll, conducted in April.

Earl de Berge, Behavior Research Center's research director, says that McCain has hurt Hayworth "on ethics issues pertaining to being a lobbyist and so on. Most Republicans just pinch their nose at that stuff, and I think it just turned them off to him. It's the devil you know versus the devil you don't know."

The McCain campaign is pushing out on its email distribution list an Arizona Republic report on the new poll. CNN reached out to the Hayworth campaign for reaction, but the campaign has yet to respond.

The Behavior Research Center poll was conducted June 30-July 11, with 524 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points and 6.5 percentage points for questions only to Republicans and independents likely to vote in the GOP primary.

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Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • J.D. Hayworth • John McCcain • Poll
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Video Guy

    Looks like Cindy is going to buy him another term in Office. I guess it's better than having him around the house with nothing to do but play with her.

    July 14, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. lolo

    He needs to go. He has been in the Senate too long.

    July 14, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    With all that money can't he whiten his teeth (or dentures) a bit?
    All the repugs in AZ are way right but "this one" is, let me kick myself for a moment, seems to be the best.
    If the people of AZ vote repug they deserve to live out in the desert!
    Two words say all about mcnasty – sp – sorry, couldn't write the quitter's name and go have dinner.

    July 14, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    McCain, the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee, is bidding for a fifth term in the Senate.
    ___________________________________________________
    Fortunate for all of us, the people of Arizona are wise enough to keep John McCain working for us in Washington. Thank you.

    July 14, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Marge

    I don't care one way. I still will never ever ever ever forgive him for bringing Palin out to the front. If it wasn't for him she wouldn't be twisting her butt and spewing her crap. And think....I would have voted for him back in 2000 when he got beat or got cheated out of the nomination for president. How wrong I was.

    July 14, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. shooter

    People in AZ: Do not vote for McCain the old crook

    July 14, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Indy

    I could not feel more sorry for Arizona.Anyone that brought the likes of Sarah Palin into the world deserves to never have to make a decision ever again in their life.

    July 14, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Larry

    McCain or Hayworth...what a pathetic choice.

    July 14, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" Economics has only left a wet spot on working America's shoes!

    Wow, that anti-incumbent frenzy is at a fever pitch, right CNN?

    Looks like McCrypt will be around for another 6 years and we will get see him soil his Depends with another temper tantrum and NOT working with President Obama "on anything".

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

    GEEZER/GIDGET 2012!

    July 14, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Ken, AZ

    Perhaps Arizona republicans aren't as stupid as people think.

    July 14, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    I support Senator McCain.
    He is vastly experienced, and his thinking is solidly founded in patriotic and conservative values.

    July 14, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. AZ wins the "what are you thinking" award for today

    usually SC beats everyone, but why are you picking McCain? almost any GOP would be better, and certain a dem, this man has only his own interests at heart and screw everyone else

    July 14, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Smith in Oregon

    I'm not surprised that the Republican's in the State of Arizona would vote for US Republican Senator John McCain. In the near future however, Hispanics in Arizona will be a very large voting block and racist, ultra right Republican politicians and lawmakers in Arizona will be voted out of office entirely. The vast number of American's and States composing America look forward to that day!

    July 14, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Susan

    makes sense: he is the least nuttiest.
    Hayworth is going to sell detergents now.

    July 14, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. JoslynAZ

    I'm running for John McCain's seat and I consider myself the Maverick in the race. What do you think? JoslynforSenate.com

    July 14, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Oh Gawd. The Songbird's wife buys voters again to get him out of her state.

    July 14, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. MaryAnn in VA

    Mr McCain will be reelected in the fall and he should be over the tea party canadiate. Association with the tea party is a deathwish.

    July 14, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Hammerer

    McCain should be the first senator sent home!
    He went in the tank for obama and the dems in 2008 to insure an obama win.
    He is a perfect poster boy for the problem in Washington.

    July 14, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. jt

    GROSS!
    Tell me what to say & I'll say it!

    July 14, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Tony

    It's a sad day for voters when a 'sell out' is more popular then any other candidate.

    July 14, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Beverly - NYC

    Why Arizona Why? Someone who lives there please explain why McCain is good choice?

    July 14, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. scott

    No wonder, the rest are even nuttier than McCain. BTW, are those McCains real teeth or has he had yellow corn kernals surgicaly implanted into his gums. Jeez....Cindy must throw up in her mouth a little bit every time the old cadaver rolls over in bed for a smooch!

    July 14, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. D.

    Of course The Maverick would be leading in the wind of Sarah Palin.

    July 14, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. Rick

    another wasted old man that needs to go

    July 14, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. harold

    I don't believe it..

    July 14, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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