August 7th, 2007
02:12 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll shows Clinton widens lead over Obama

Clinton has widened her lead over Obama, according to a new poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has notably widened her lead over her closest competitor in the 2008 Democratic presidential race, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, according to a new national USA/Today Gallup Poll released Monday night.

The survey, following a high-profile spat between the two candidates over who is better suited to handle foreign policy, shows Clinton at 48 percent - a 22 point lead over Obama. Clinton's support is up 8 percentage points from a similar poll conducted three weeks ago, while Obama, at 26 percent, is down 2 percentage points. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards stands at 12 percent.

"[Voters are] taking a good hard look at all the candidates and concluding that Hillary has what it takes to be president and what it takes to take on the Republicans," wrote Mark Penn, a top strategist to the New York Democrat, in a memo to supporters Monday. "They know that Hillary Clinton has the experience and strength to bring about real change."

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  1. sonya, atlanta, ga

    So there is no primaries anymore. Just a general election to nominated a Democrat? I'm getting sick and tired of the Clinton News Network. I noticed how they buried the Iowa, NH and SC poll numbers.

    August 7, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Gerry Castro,Scotch Plains, NJ

    This is idiotic. People are afraid of change. Obama is the future. The time for a Clinton presidency was in the past.

    Obama '08!!!!

    August 7, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Armin Baur, Litchfield, CT

    You say Clinton has what it takes to lead America. Nothing can be further from the truth. Americans wake up !!!!

    August 7, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. VanReuter NY NY

    Won't be long until someone again calls CNN, the, "Clinton News Network", for having the gall to post this piece from USA Today.


    August 7, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Pasquale, Huntington Station, NY

    While I'm pretty sure I know who I am goind to vote for in the Democrat Primary [Hillary], and ultimately, in the National Election [Hillary], I am just stunned as to how this presidential campaign has started so early – nearly 2 full years before the actual election!

    August 7, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    Puke; I'm moving to Beirut.

    August 7, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Anon.

    What this story does not say is even more important. The actual poll of 1012 people showed that 49% of people have an UNfavorable view of Hillary Clinton vs. 47% that were favorable to HRC. The numbers provided by CNN are misleading. 55% of those polled were democrate leaning voters.

    August 7, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Lord Omniscient

    I think it would be cool if Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama divorced their spouses and married each other. Then they would be a lot nicer to each other. Especially since they would both have a better shot of going to the White House.

    Also, it's easier for Barack Obama than trying to marry Rudy Giuliani.

    August 7, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. James, Austin, TX

    And why, exactly, does this post not note that this poll is an enormous outlier? Every poll taken since the debate and subsequent discussions (I've read at least 6) showed Democratic voters overwhelmingly preferring Obama's positions to Clinton's. And yet, this poll shows the exact opposite without a single word noting the strange anomaly. Wonderful reporting, CNN.

    August 7, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. La'Goro, Albany, NY

    Ladies and Gentlemen, join me in welcoming the 44th President of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton. A lot of history has been made: First woman president of the US, first first-lady to become President of the US, the first first-gentleman Bill himself, the first first child Chelsea of the US for the second time. Dayimmm, these must make the grumppy old Republicans madder and grumppier.

    August 7, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. enock

    Hillary is the best candidate from both the Democrats and Republicans. I believe as the process goes on she is going to silence all the candidates. She is just smart. Go on baby Hillary. I love you.

    August 7, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Henry W, Milwaukee

    Is this really what we must choose from??

    Hillary (continuing the Clinton/Bush Reign
    Obama (from his comments it's clear he is still completing on-the-job training on foreign issues)
    Edwards (pretty face but one-note johnny on poverty)
    Giuliani (conservative in name only)
    Thompson (unable to declare or decide)
    McCain (missed his shot in 2000 – can't keep a campaign staff)
    Romney (flip-flops like Kerry)

    All the other candidates (Paul, Tancredo, Kucinich, etc) don't garner enough support.

    I wish there were either a moderate (Lieberman) or independent candidate that would do the right thing with Iraq (set a time-table to get our troops home and let the Iraqis know they must step-up), Set an AGGRESSIVE national agenda to rid ourselves of oil dependency investing heavily in alternative energy and fuel, balance the budget, equalizing the tax-code to be fair for all Americans, enforce laws protecting our borders, and if resources available – help provide a basic level of healthcare for uninsured.

    Can this exist?

    August 7, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. musonda chikala

    CNN....i mean what is it about obama ???? why do u folks continuosly seem to be so is clear you are from your headlines...and from the way your articles are so so disappointd in CNN...what a bunch of hypocrites.

    August 7, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I wonder why the media pays attention to polls when Clinton or Giuliani are in the lead but when Ron Paul wins, the media ignores it?

    August 7, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. ReadBtwthlins

    Its clear to see who CNN wants to win.

    And to see that this media is deeply involved in the culture of corruption. These latest hits on Obama are very similar to the orchestrated media attacks on Dean's "anger" in 04.

    CNN is promoting a presidential candidate.
    Lets hold it up for all to see, so we, on all sides, better understand its intent.

    August 7, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Marc, Briarcliff, New York

    Unless the polls start to somehow, regardless of expense, branch out towards those that use cell phones or only have internet access, the polls cannot truly be trusted. Obama has much of his support from the younger generation of America, most of whom use cell phones. By concentrating on land-lines, the polls mostly get heads of households and what not. Now, I'm not saying Obama would be leading, but the gap between him and Hillary, in my opinion, would be significantly reduced. No matter what, as David Plouffe said, people can clearly see that Obama's strength is growing–if you need a reminder, simply look at the number of donors as well as the amount of money he has already raised (more than any Democrat). As an aside, hopefully, news sources will soon give a fair shot to Obama and not be as pro-Hillary as they appear now, including CNN (but I won't count too much on that).

    August 7, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Wallace, Philly, PA

    Just as David Plouffe suggested, these polls mean nothing! Obama 08'

    August 7, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Andy Austin TX

    Why are the only democratic runners that you list always Clinton, Obama, and Edwards. Their are other candidates. Why are you pushing aside the other runners. You should lend a voice to them too. Especially Gravel who is speaking the truth and not letting special interest speak for him. He seems the only worthy candidate to offer change. Looks like the same old thing with Clinton, Obama, and Edwards. If this is choice I probably won't vote this time around. It's rigged anyway!

    August 7, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Pat Norman California

    That's impossible ... Obama has so much more going for him. Hillary is part of the establishment and is taking special interest money. The American people know who she is ... She'll never make it and Obama is a breath of fresh air the American people need and want. Give him some time!

    August 7, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. MS Johnson City, TN

    I am amazed that anyone pays attention to these polls. Even more amazing is the fact that people get paid for putting out this garbage. About 132 million Americans will vote in the next presidential election. We are expected to believe the trend set by less than 500 voices on the other side of the phone line. That is about 0.0004 percent.

    And they say that in the Internet polls where Ron Paul is beating all the Republican candidates is not scientific.

    We know how fair the media is. Don't we?

    August 7, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Michael James - Illinois

    If you relied on the headlines or sound bytes to understand the recent exchanges on foreign policy, you might well buy in to the incorrect assumption that Obama is too inexperienced.

    In contrast, the people in the early primary states, where Barack is more visible and people are paying more attention are clearly seeing that he is the best candidate. If you look at the polls in those specific states, the key point to make is that Obama is gaining or leading.

    If you want to discuss national polls, what about the ones that show Obama would beat any of the Republicans, but Clinton does not?

    August 7, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Joe Memphis, TN

    Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Giuliani are front runners because the media says so. Right now the presidental race is a popularity contest. Be honest most Americans are not paying attention. They are too worried about their bills, church and their families. Let get real.

    August 7, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Roger, Red Creek, NY

    I've had enough of the "family play" in the presidency. Clinton will not be a good president. She is a push-over on foreign policy and national defense (I personally watched her stutter and babble in front of ADM Mullen & Gen Cartwright at the Senate Armed Service Committee), and she is just the next in a long line of corrupt politicians.

    Get out and vote! Obama will lead this nation like no other candidate has the ability to.

    August 7, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Linsey Furry Portage MI

    "...a critique that may have struck a cord"

    It's chord, not cord.

    August 7, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Eric, San Diego, CA

    Who takes these polls, and why don't they ever call ME?? I think Obama is the right choice on all levels.

    August 7, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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