October 29th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
3 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. jm from sc

    It's no longer about left or right. we are down to sense and nonsense. How can a candidate become poplular for showing their lack of knowledge. Palin, O'Donnell and Hailey need to return home and try checking in to a Political Science class before attempting to enforce their wild ideas on this country.

    October 29, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Mike

    Delaware should be banned from the United States if they actually elect this clown.

    October 29, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. jg

    Proof that there is no amount of crazy that is TOO crazy for Republicans.
    These people are just plain dangerous.

    October 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. ildie

    Enough of these polls. We might as well declare all winning candidates based on polls, and save election expenses. Polls have bombarded the electorate with so much statistics as who will win, that shaded the electorate the inform choice to whom honorable candidates are they voting. Media and pollsters are laughing with their moneys to the bank. Should the Dems become minority, do you think that only the Repubs have the monopoly of stalling good legislative agenda? Every action have its consequences. In politics when you do not have the majority, now its 60 in the senate, expect no smooth ways ahead. Please wake up, this is the reality!

    October 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Sharon

    News media attacked O'Donnell–her opposition made her appear to be stupid–but the real story is on the incumbents trying to get back to Washington! Yesterday I became enlightened about Obama Health Care Reform–after speaking to Social Security-Medicare-my employer (where I am currently on disability)–I found something that I am still having trouble believing–but this is true!

    Obama Health Care does DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THE PEOPLE LIVING IN AMERICA! There are exemptions in compliance to the new law for Obama Health Care–

    MUSLIMS/ISLAM-some POLTICIANS–President Obama- are on the LIST OF EXEMPTIONS! Pg 152 of the Obama Health Care Reform has a word in it–DHIMMITUDE excluded–(this is Muslims/Islam)–

    Blacks-Latinos-Jews–are not EXEMPT!

    When it comes to disability–my employer has me active in their system–being on long term disability-eligible for discounted premiums–BUT OBAMA CARE HAS CLASSIFIED ME AS A RETIREE–Age 61--Received a letter stating due to the new law which goes into affect January, 2011–YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN UP FOR MEDICARE!

    Called my employer and it was confirmed– my insurance premium for the past year was only $62 a month! NOW IT WILL BE $164 a month–THEN MANDATORY MEDICARE (since Medicare doesn't pay for everything) premium is determined by your income–my income below $40,000 will be $110 PER INDIVIDUAL–making my insurance premiums $274 a month!

    I say to every American–no news network work explained that certain Americans–certain citizens–illegals–will be EXEMPT!
    Latinos-Blacks-Jews-illegals-some politicians EXEMPT–

    Every incumbent VOTED TO PASS THIS BILL–CLEARLY EXEMPTING SOME PEOPLE-CLEARLY DISCRIMINATING AGAINST THE REST OF AMERICANS–KICK THE INCUMBENTS OUT–MY GOD THIS IS UNFAIR–THIS WAS CLEVERLY WRITTEN IN BY OBAMA–AND NOTHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT–If you are not associated with the RIGHT GROUPS–you WILL NOT BE EXEMPT! This is a crime–Pelosi-Boxer-Dirty Harry–pass the word across this land via phone–let people know this horrendous act by our Govt!

    October 29, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Jorge

    We don't need terrorists to destroy America when we have the Tea Party right here, right now.

    October 29, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. DrX

    She is one hot witch.......

    October 29, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Steve

    Do I like her? no.
    Do I think the Dems have anything materially better? no.
    So I'll vote for her as a vote against Obama as I do think his policies are harmful. FYI I voted for Clinton both times and hated the Republicans for how they went after him for what I thought were inconsequencial actions.
    Obama and Pelosi now have me going right down the Rep. column on Tuesday

    October 29, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Firey Buddha

    If we get more than two tea partiers in senate, i may have to move.

    she's SOOOOO not qualified.

    October 29, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Knipfty

    The choice could not be more clear. If you are for Cap & Trade, More stimulus spending, and ObamaCare, then vote for Chris Coons. Otherwise vote for Christine.

    October 29, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Patti in Dallas

    willard bullock wrote: "Im belived that musilims are keep dangerous with terroist please congress must watch prwesdient obama what happened about musilims"

    What?!? What exactly does that string of gibberish MEAN?

    October 29, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. magna42

    Listen.. She's going to follow in the footsteps of her mentor Sarah Palin. Get a celebrity gig where lack of knowledge is a virtue. I'm sure FOX NEWS can find a slot for her.

    October 29, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. juius

    10% behind merits an "only"? and it may be within stiriking distance? and it's one poll, while 2 others show around 20%
    *yawn*

    October 29, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. what a joke

    i love hearing dumb republicans try and slam democrats on these messages like having someone like Odonnell in the Senate should be something they should be proud of? what a joke! this woman is as sharp as a plastic knife and so are her ilk!

    October 29, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Brian

    It's seems the more debates Tea Partiers lose, the more popular they become...I guess anti-intellectualism really is the new conservative fad

    October 29, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Marg

    How in the world could she possibly gain any ground at all, any p-brain can predict that! Of coarse, theres alot of P- Brains out there??? What a dangerous thing for our country!!!!

    October 29, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. JSullivan

    I've been reading the 'willard bullock' entries for months now and I can't figure out if this is a joke (satirizing how incredibly ignorant and illiterate some people are nowadays) or a truly stupid person who has somehow gotten ahold of a computer in the day room of the loony bin. Which do you think it is?

    October 29, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. CathyinAZ

    Who did this poll – the ones (plural) I saw and read about yesterday had him WIDENING the gap. IF the people of Delaware elect her, you get what you paid for and the rest of the senate will help pay that price.

    October 29, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. AGeek

    What I'd really like to know is who's supporting this freaking loony!?! My primary need for this information is so I can steer clear of that large a concentration of stupidity.

    October 29, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. John

    I follow the political races closely and really try to be objective. If this person beets Coons and the other Tea Party endorsed win, the country is cutting off its nose to spite its face. If you listen to them answer questions that delve deeper into the issues, they really are very unsure and simply regurgitate rhetoric we've heard for decades. The country is slowly turning around and no thanks to the Republicans. Give the Dems two more years and then evaluate......

    October 29, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Hey Palin '12. It is very uncharacteristic for you neo-morons to want "substance". The very name you use to label your post screeches "no substqance". But you asked for it, so how about the utter [R] failure of Bush/Cheney for 8 years, and the resultant near-depression to our economy, for "substance". So the "substance" is: what we have now in the remnant [R]s currently in Congress and in the newly hatched Tea-tards are entities that spout a partisan NO to improving our country, even as they promote the stale policies that look more like Bush/Cheney on steroids. The very definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again hoping for a different result. And next Tues. could be the start of the next round of [R] insanity that will only end up harming our great nation.

    Most name calling did end in the 3rd grade. But that's because most 3rd graders grew up. But for those of you who didn't, you deserve the 3rd-grade name-calling. You certainly have proven you have no clue about the substantive evidence that has surrounded you for the last 10 years.

    October 29, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Tino

    If O'Donnell actually wins it will go down as the biggest joke in election history... and Delaware will become the new "dumbest state" in America. The fact that she is even close just goes to show how ignorant/stupid the American people are! She has no plan... no ideas... no intelligent thought... but yet she is still looked upon by a percentage of the people as a viable candidate is beyond comprehension.

    Americans are dumb. They have no concept of memory... and all they want is instant gratification. They want change NOW... any sort of delay in getting it now and people lose focus. They have no memory anymore on how long it actually takes for things to change!

    Delaware... if you actually vote for O'Donnell it will just prove the fact that Americans are idiots. Use your brains... THINK! I know that is a difficult concept for some of you to grasp, but try it sometime... you may become a better person for it!

    October 29, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. George

    CNN I am trying to let people know for the ones on the new Heath care what we have to look forward to. The many already signed up for the new healthcare what will they do if they are looking at what they will fund and what they will nut fund. So please post my other post.

    October 29, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Rod from Indy

    Anyone stupid enough to vote for this clown gets what they deserve. Unfortunately, the rest of us would be inflicted with this idiot.

    October 29, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Ivan Bial

    she wins. I will leave the U.S.

    October 29, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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