October 16th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Poll: Thompson fades, Clinton rises

Fred Thompson's support in the polls has slipped.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fred Thompson got into the Republican race with great expectations. And sure enough, just after he got in last month, polling showed Thompson and Rudy Giuliani were just about tied for front-runner.

But since then, Thompson's taken a lot of flak for a lackluster campaign from party activists in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Support for his campaign has also wavered. The new CNN poll by the Opinion Research Corporation released Tuesday shows Thompson's support dropping - now at 19 percent, down from 27 percent in September.

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Filed under: Fred Thompson • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (47 Responses)


    October 16, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Lance in Monrovia CA

    This is a joke. I've canvassed for Barack and spoken to maybe 250 registered Democrats. I'm being very serious here. NOT ONE OF THEM said they solidly support Hillary. Frankly the vast majority said they're still completely undecided and not even paying attention yet.

    October 16, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Rhys Paul Hovey

    I have some suggestions on how you can take out strawberry shortcake,. (Hillary Clinton). Bioelectromagnetics, and Madison ave. The advertising companies on Madison ave are up to some REALLYYY sick stuff these days,. and that's her home base. They are playing ultrasound of gay pornography at people's houses, and may even be doing experiements on children trying to make them more homosexual from puberty. I have had these exeriments done on me if your are interested, and I can be a whitness. I am a computer scientist from Canada, who was living on a TN-1 Visa in California. She may even be using their satalittes to cheat and such. Her husband was very aware of these neurlogicaly invasive tehnologies. If the NSA stands in your way,. just say the name "RHYS HOVEY" and you may have some good ammo against them, personally I would love to see J.W bomb fort Meade at the momeny becuase of the neurological survielance that is being done, and if they are not on top of securing the nation, that we need a new more honest and open, and up to date national security system (CIA, NSA) they are putting our lives at risk. They are lying left right and center on FOX about survielance tech, trying to steer away from 3D SONAR biometrics, and the advertising community, measureing the genitils of little children, in shopping malls, playing gay remarks at shoppers, of gay men commenting on the looks of people. If you do not belive in the ultrasound, projectors, look up Joseph Pompeii and Audio Spotlight from MIT. We need STIFF JUSTICE NOW,. and an expansion of the constitution to cover biological privacy. The science is there in PLAIN SIGHT, the victims are everywhere, Canada (Robson St, Vancouver) is like a ginue pig farm. Please help. Whip out your conventional polygraphs and start touting around the name RHYS HOVEY and see what happens.

    October 16, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Janet, San Francisco CA

    Call it in, Fred. Call it a day and throw in the towel, you old tired sad old man

    October 16, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. North Carolina

    I don't need to be polled for my choice. I "THINK" therefore I know the truth! GO HILLARY 2008!!!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Sam B, Kansas City, KS

    Finally people see that Frankenstein's monster has no clothes.

    October 16, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. MS Johnson City, TN

    They poll 1,212 individuals in a nation of 300 million and expect to come up with correct results.

    Come to 1st District TN and see for yourself, Ron Paul is talk of the town.

    Just ask a simple question: Which presidential candidate has most bumper stickers and lawn signs?

    Ron Paul, of course!

    October 16, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Bill perhaps in your concentrated, local circles; no one supports Hillary, the fact is that with 200 million voters, not everyone will, if you don't agree with her Ideas and with the perspective that she could be a good choice for president then you have made up your mind... but let me ask you did you ever give her a chance? or have you always felt this way? if you did then fine, perhaps all the people you know share the same political views, but this is a big country and there are more views other than just yours, I hope you do know that. Vote for your candidate of choice, but vote as that is what makes this country great. if you don't like the polls then become more active in getting your candidate exposed, is the best service you can give to your country. I believe Hillary is a great choice, I support her and I hope she is able to be our Democratic candidate.

    October 16, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. jacob,nashua,nh

    I am sick in my stomach about Hillary leading. I think we have other well performing to be leaders out there!

    October 16, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    I decided to vote Hillary Clinton long, long time ago.
    44th President of America is Hillary Clinton. We need her more than ever.
    Go, Hillary Clinton!

    October 16, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. FT Doylestown,Pa

    Hey Folks....The Same Media that Brings Us All the NEWS ...they Want to tell us ....is the Same Group giving you the results of the Polls!!!
    I haven't met 1 person yet that is voting for Hillary!!!? How come every day I have a least 5 email jokes about the woman? Sounds a Little ...BIAS!
    Ya Think!

    October 16, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. laurinda,ny

    Bill W... Of course you've never been polled..nobody has ever heard of Coatesville.

    October 16, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    National Polls are too wishy washy at the present time. I think the better option is to look at what the candidates are actually doing, sate polls are the polls we should be looking at, and they say that Mitt Romney is the frontrunner, now thats good politics.

    October 16, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Frank Honolulu Hawaii

    Gaugh....lee Andy' what a surprise. Repulicans were desperate to try another superficial actor. America is tired of phony representitives. It's taken a few decades but people are more aware now and know the difference between TV and reality because it's all the same thing! You can't hide between snipits of events to create a psudo-reality for the public anymore.

    October 16, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. Just Curious

    Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky:

    Would you mind giving us just three reasons why you "decided to vote Hillary Clinton long, long time ago?" I bet you won't even be able to come up with one. I am sorry for you, but you sound like you are Hillary's blind follower.

    October 16, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. Liberal Chic

    Bill W, Coatesville, PA :

    Well, I assume you hang out with other like-minded Hillary-haters. So it isn't surprising that "everyone" you know is so different from a sample population.

    Just look at how many people are polled in one of these political polls. For Iowa, it's around 600 out of a population of 3MM. So most everyone that everyone knows will not have been polled.

    There are statistical formulas which ensure that a sample size is big enough to fairly/unbiasedly represent the population. And I am going to assume that pollsters use statisticians to make sure their polls aren't totally crap.

    So, you and your friends may hate Hillary Clinton and no one you know may ever declare support for her, but I am going with the bet that the polls are accurate.

    I don't want crazy people to start talking about Howard Dean in 2004. His Iowa numbers started going down the toilet as Iowa primary day drew near. So Clinton may not win Iowa or the Democrat primaries, but her strong numbers now does not mean she won't. She just has to keep up the hard work until January (and the rest of the early primaries).

    October 17, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  17. Chris, Middletown, CT

    maybe its because he's a right wing candidate....pick any of the others....they are all the same...except Giuliani – we need a social liberal and fiscal conservative....he's the only one running on either side....(watch...heres where the wacko left attack....get some popcorn....the rhetoric is always fantastic!)

    October 17, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Jim, Topeka, KS


    October 17, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Zach Louisville,Kentucky

    I have to say I agree with what some people have wrote on here. Everyone I have talked to says there voting for obama. I don't know where they survet people at but it certainly isn't anywhere that matter's. But what do I know I live in Kentucky and the last time we saw a canaditdate was umm let me think 1800. Maybe even further back. This is stupid you know these little states vote to and yet no one fouces on them.

    October 17, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Devon

    Clinton is just plain unelectable and I've heard the Republicans are covertly helping to fund her. Smart move. Nevertheless, the Democrats will run Clinton anyway then scratch their heads when she loses. It's embarrassing being a Democrat.

    October 18, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. JC Topeka, KS

    Three reasons to vote for Clinton, hmmmm. McCain, Rommey, Thopson, good enough for you.

    October 18, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Boise, Idaho

    All you people out there who say that there is a problem with the poll need to go back to school and take a statistics class. Any one know the MOE of Clintons latest %? Go Obama!

    October 18, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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