November 5th, 2007
04:01 PM ET
15 years ago

Poll: While still dominant, Clinton's support slips

Sen. Clinton campaigned in Iowa on Sunday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton continues to dominate the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but after coming under pointed attacks from rivals, her lead has shrunk from a month ago, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday.

The New York Democrat is the top choice of 44 percent of the likely Democratic voters interviewed for the poll. Her closest rival, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, was the top choice of 25 percent, and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina has 14 percent.

All other Democratic candidates were in single digits. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was was backed by 4 percent, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware by 3 percent, Sen. Christopher Dodd by 2 percent, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich by 2 percent and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel was at 1 percent.

The poll involved 467 interviews conducted on November 2-4 with Democrats or independents who lean Democratic. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    When the margins between the candidates narrow, it will become clearer that the Wellesley Whiner cannot win 50%, Obama can win even less, and no one but Edwards can beat Rudy or whatever rough beast slouches out of the GOP. It's all about numbers and winning. Rhetoric and policies matter little. Sad but true.

    November 5, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Dave, Evergreen CO

    Hillary Clinton meet Howward Dean

    Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton

    November 5, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. diane l. machesney park, IL

    268 Iowa republicans agreed to caucus for Obama. this is why Obama is not showing his real strength. it is because of all the indies and republicans who support him are not counted.
    Not to mention all those disaffected voters who did not vote in the primaries the last time or at all.
    These are people committed to coming out and voting for him in the primaries.
    I doubt Hillary has that kind of support.
    but, I do believe she has lost support from her behavior of the past week.

    November 5, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Raman, Plano TX

    In the months ahead the Sen. Clinton support may erode further.

    Out of issues such as Abortion, Health Care, Immigration, Iraq, Environment the issue of Immigration is bound to gain traction and become one of the top three issues (Iraq, Immigration, Healthcare) for the Americans.

    Her support for illegal immigrants does not bode well, given the fact that after the primaries close out, the major media networks are bound to beat the illegal immigrant drums in a big way, since this issue is closely tied to security and jobs.

    Recession is around the corner and has a creepy way of surfacing in an election year and this does not help Sen. Clinton's support for illegal immigrants either.

    November 5, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Sarah

    The beginning of the end.

    Thank you.

    November 5, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Global Citizen Linda


    Your comments are concise and so much fun!

    Thank you very much for highlighting why those of us who have listened to and researched Barack Obama regard him as the US's and the Soio-economic, Civil Rights and Political Messaih. If voters took time to evaluate what we is out there, the majority would agree us rabid supporters of Senator Obama that he is the candidate that has honesty, personal intergity, high intellegency and the greatest potential to change the policies and transparency of this government. Votes like him the more they get to know him

    November 5, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Rose Hann New London, CT

    That slip will be short lived. She will rise ahead. Wait until the next debate. Sh'ell be ready!
    Go Hillary, the 44th president. The Clinton's hace just begun.

    November 5, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |

    I'm not even going to comment on her 'Dominant' position, let Bill keep it secret for a bit longer.

    November 5, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. Michel, Los Angeles

    You poor suckers who still are saying Obama will bring the country together are as naive and inexperienced as he is. Obama will never win the general election; he is just too weak a candidate. Clinton is the only one of the Dems. with a backbone who can win a general; duh…why do you think the repubs. are all after her??

    November 5, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  10. Greg, Laguna Beach, CA

    I'm a conservative, and registered Republican, so I won't be voting for either Rodham-Clinton or Obama. But, I have to say, I have a lot more respect for Obama than Rodham-Clinton. Actually, I have little or no respect for Hillary. I doubt I'd vote for him in the general election, but if he won, I wouldn't move out of the country like Streisand and friends did when Bush won. (what? they didn't? they promised!!)

    November 5, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. A Non

    Its not the fact that she is slipping in the polls. Its the "vast right winged conspiracy" against her.

    November 5, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. Robb, New York

    It might not sound like much of a slip, but hopefully this marks the beginning of the ascent of a new frontrunner on the Democratic side. Maybe, just maybe, the Democrats are starting to wise up and starting to seek a candidate who can answer a question.

    November 5, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. Jen, Gainesville, FL

    Slip? This is only the beginnig. The collective intelligence of the American people can not be underestimated, once they start to listen, read, and think. By the way, I still do not believe in polls. But I do believe that Hillary's ground is more shaky that what those poll numbers tell us.

    November 6, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  14. Anonymous, VA

    Latest poll has Hillary down 11 points. Let the trend continue and we'll see just how nasty the Clinton spin machine can be.

    November 6, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Obama has nothing to show, that's why just attackd Hillary so he may get some attention from people. Obama told public he doesn't care about polls, so why Obama supporters are excited about polls? They are not trustworthy just like Obama.

    November 6, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Ryan Indianapolis

    Hillary has been Exposed....Her poll numbers will continue to decrease. People read "TARGET", by Kathleen Wiley , the Clintons are murders and are one of the most corrupt people in politics this country has ever seen.

    November 6, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Cory, Pennsylvania

    I'm happy to see people are starting to see straight through Hillary like I have for years. She is worthless and will not change one single thing in Washington.

    Obama '08

    November 6, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    With any luck she will continue to slide. Her support for illegal immigration has made her incompetent to lead this nation. I guess the Latino vote is more important than doing what is right.

    November 6, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Randy Boll, Dayton, Ohio

    I would just like to interject a small dose of reality for John Edwards. He talks about being so much more truthful than senator Clinton and about not being hypocritical, but this is coming from the same man that led a campaign against poverty and lives in a 10 million dollar mansion. Also, he also made a business venture in New Orleans that helped deteriorate the already destitute economy and moral of the people. Although I am a republican I would vote for any democrat before I would ever vote for John Edwards.

    November 6, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Terri Tacoma, Wa

    Democrats are seeing "Candidate Clinton" and beginning to realize she is more slippery than Bill... they will FLOCK to Obama.

    News stories already are emerging of independents and republicans embracing Obama. At LEAST with Obama – you get a person who is forth-right, authentic, and not trying to continually divide our electorate.

    And when Hillary slips more and more ... THEN America will see the Clinton machine attack. Hell knows no fury like Hillary scorned!

    November 6, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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