October 29th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll shows surge for O'Donnell in Delaware

(CNN) - A surprising new Senate poll in Delaware shows Republican Christine O'Donnell may be in striking distance of Democrat Chris Coons.

According to the new survey from Monmouth University, the surprise Republican nominee is only 10 points behind Coons, drawing 41 percent of the vote. In a previous Monmouth poll conducted two weeks ago, O'Donnell trailed by 19 points.

But the latest Monmouth survey differs substantially from two other recent polls, including a Farleigh Dickinson survey released Thursday that showed a 21-point advantage for Coons and a CNN/Time poll released earlier this month that indicated a 19-point lead for Coons.

The latest Monmouth poll surveyed 1,171 voters between October 25-27 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Check out the latest polls in the CNN Polling Center


Filed under: Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Polls
soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. Phil Sandifer

    The poll shows a ten point gap with a margin of error of three points. That is not striking distance. That is "definitively losing." Beyond that, when one poll is miles out of line with all of the others, the correct and responsible thing to do is to treat that poll as an outlier, not to conclude that all the other polls are wrong. So basically, you are reporting on outliers as though they are mainstream results, and then flagrantly misrepresenting those results anyway. This isn't even journalism. This is just lying.

    October 29, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Dave

    People Delaware – Do you really want this certifiable moron as one of your Senators? Seriously? I'm thinking that all of the money that went into healthcare should be reinvested into education...

    October 29, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. rs

    Only blithering idiots would vote for this candidate- so unless the state of Delaware had a collective lobotomy, I doubt this polling data.

    October 29, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. cw

    Polls are taken via land line. Most voters 18-60 primarily use cell phones. I don't answer the land line unless I know the caller. I'm white, male, 55, independent, and an engineer and the Repubs will never get my vote as long as they dismiss the needs of the American people. "How's the hopey changey thing working for ya?" 401k up 41% in 2 years after 28% loss. "How's the trickle down voodoo economics working for ya?" Near collapse of the world economy, Palin and O'Donnell may not be nut jobs, but they sure lack basic intelligence and education.

    October 29, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. streetsmart

    Striking distance? With all 3 polls considered its more like STRIKING OUT DISTANCE!

    October 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Borysd

    All you tea drinkers are voting for a idiot.....and she is going to save the country? How? by witchcraft?

    October 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Too little...Too Late
    She should have started the voodoo doll treatments sooner.

    October 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. tcusa

    hey, anything is possible, look at who's in thw White House now!

    October 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. detada

    No poll will change a candidate from an idiot to something else.

    October 29, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. ART

    Anyone who doesn't see this woman for the idiot that she is is just as stupid as she is

    October 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Democrats get out there and VOTE NOV. 2nd!!
    We did not fall for the media hype in 2008 putting our candidate down in the polls.
    DO NOT fall for the media hype again predicting doom and gloom for us Nov. 2nd.
    Just VOTE!!!

    O'Donnell is truthfully too stupid, and corrupt to hold office. You can't claim ignorance like she does and get away with murder.

    October 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Spiker715

    Left leaner...regardless of someone's gender, we need to be able to recognize it when someone grossly unqualified for a job. I'm a good liberal/progressive however, I don't care if someone is a man, woman or something in between. If they are dumb as a rock, can't name one single Democratic senator and they aren't even aware that the sepration of church and state is in the constitution, then they should not hold any office at any level of government!

    October 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. zzlash

    There is no way this mental midget will come even close to winning this election.

    October 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. carlos

    tea, and soon to be, dodos.....

    October 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Peter E

    I wonder if a win by her would be more a slap at democrats really than republicans. It was amusing to see the total animosity towards her by her own party, the very party who first attacked her for being a 'witch' and who to this day refuse to endorse her or be associated with her.

    October 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. XWngLady

    @ Tsunami Warning: who said, "The leftist DemocRATS have shown just how despicable they are with their treatment of women in all these races."....OH PLLEASE! Sarah Palin and her "mama grizzlies" (indlucing O'Donnell) have clearly been coached disrespect and to attack men's manhood. Palin talking about Obama's cajones, Angle talking about "man up" and O'Donnell telling Castle to "man up" and "put on your man-pants", and others making similar comments. First of all, it is extremely rude, unprofessional and inappropriate. It certainly isn't ladylike, conservative or family-values oriented. And any woman with any sense and respect for men knows that questioning a man's manhood., especially one that you don't have a familial or intimate relationship with, (especially IN PUBLIC) is WAY OUT OF BOUNDS....You reap what you sow. Don't go around insulting other people if you don't want that type of treatment in return. If any of these men wer questioning their womanhood, they would be the first ones on TV crying tears about 'sexism' or how the male candidates were "'beating up' on women" I am a woman and these womens' comments are offensive to me. ONE NEEDS TO GIVE RESPECT IN ORDER TO GET RESPECT IN RETURN!

    October 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. VTevaD

    You would have to be legally insane to vote for this woman. Seriously. :(

    October 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. A. Goodwin

    Christine "I have no idea what the 1st Amendment is or what laws the Sureme Court has passed" O'Donnell is a sham. Anyone who believes this crook has to be smoking something. The rest of the US thinks DE is a joke in that you've even considered to give this nitwit a chance. @nospringrl – Yeah, Obama and Dems have been trying to save the Country here for the last 18 mo....where the heck have you been. Oh yeah, listening to the likes of Beck, O'Reilly and Limbaugh...so basically, sitting on your duff doing NOTHING. Thanks alot – now why dont you fools start to do something...the rest of us are sick of watching you say "no'!

    October 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Spiker715

    Left leaner...regardless of someone's gender, we need to be able to recognize it when someone grossly unqualified for a job. I'm a good liberal/progressive however, I don't care if someone is a man, woman or something in between. If they are dumb as a rock, can't name one single Democratic senator and they aren't even aware that the sepration of church and state is in the constitution, then they should not be able to hold any office.

    October 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. ramtruck2500

    amazingly stupid Americans I tell ya.

    October 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Realistic

    And 11-3 can not come soon enough! Once 11-3 comes, maybe will take off their DUNCE hats and start thinking again. This mid-election has made many people look silly with their actions and words. No wonder Americans are tired and fed up with all politicians from both parties. No issuses discussed and no details given except when dabbling in negative attacks. Yeah, no wonder no smart, capable person would think about getting into politics. According to Palin, we, the American people, may not even be fit to tie Joe Millers combat boots..And people think in the republican party that Palin is a good candiate to lead this great nation when she thinks we are not even fit for........Can someone tell Todd P to muzzle S.Palin for the sake all Americans Pysche.

    October 29, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Poll taking is like taking any other statistics. You collect enough information to support your predetermined conclusion, then discard the points that do not fall into your neatly established line graph or bell curve as outliers. That is why there is the old saying, "there are lies, damned lies and statistics." To that I would add telephone Polls. Did they try to establish any statistical reliability by ensuring the percentage of Democrats to Republicans to Independents who are all likely voters matched the same percentages of the state's population? I sincerely doubt it. Therefore, they picked a number of phones at random for this selection. Had they tried to match the voting populace (age, gender, and political affiliation) they would probably find she lost ground.

    October 29, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Laurie

    To think that people would vote for someone who really didn't know that the 1st amendment has the establishment clause in it (the government shall establish no religion) is scary at the least and dangerous for our country at the most. If you think she is an example of what we wish a leader of our country should be, uneducated about the most basic of our constitutional rights, I just don't understand you. To watch her react to the mention of the separation of church and state and the establishment clause, just go to the debate with Coons on YouTube.

    October 29, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. MS

    I'd hardly call ten points behind within striking distance especially considering there are only a few days left.

    Come on CNN where's that liberal bias everybody accuses you of?

    October 29, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. robontiveros

    @Tsunami: Are you serious right now? After we've seen teabaggers stomping on women's heads and 72 year olds punching 23 year old girls? Really? Are you high?

    October 29, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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