November 20th, 2007
09:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Obama, Clinton tied in Iowa

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Less than two months before Iowans cast the first votes of the 2008 election cycle, the Democratic race in the Hawkeye State is still a toss up, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News Poll released Monday.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, is in the lead with 30 percent support from likely Iowa voters, followed closely by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, who earned 26 percent. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards got 22 percent and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson earned 11 percent.

Clinton, the national frontrunner, has seen her lead drop on some key fronts, according to the poll. In July, 50 percent of Iowans thought she had the best experience to be president, but in the poll released Monday, 38 percent said they thought she did. Despite that, 39 percent said they still thought she is the most electable candidate, with Obama in second in that category with 25 percent.

The Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted from November 14-18. The poll surveyed 500 Iowans and had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Adam, Plano, TX

    It is really frightening to me that Iowa would even think of voting for Obama. He is running before his "time"…he is inexperienced and unseasoned.
    How shrewd to behave as though he's being slimmed w/o any proof that it is coming from Hillary.
    We need competency in the white house.
    Obama didn't even show up to vote for the Lieberman amendment and criticizes Hillary for her vote. If you don't show up, what gives you the right to bash Hillary?
    Posted By S. Alexander : November 20, 2007 10:39 am

    have you seen where seasoned got us? or maybe you haven't been paying attention for the last oh, 20 years? considering Obama has more time in elected office than hillary, how exactly is he inexperienced? was john f. kennedy too inexperienced to be president? or abraham lincoln? how about george washington? was he too inexperienced?

    November 20, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Daniel, Dallas, TX

    I can't believe it! By this logic, Clinton is tied for third in Iowa! What happened to Inevitability?

    November 20, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Fair,Washington DC

    At the end of the day Polls are good for the supporters of the candidates leading...I know I could go back and find comments from Obama supporters that when Hillary was ahead in the polls the polls didn't count. Vice versa for Hillary supporters. At the end of the day we'll have our answer when all the primaries are over and we pick a candidate. I hope its Hillary, but unlike the Republicans, Democrats have a good field of candidates and I won't have a problem votinng for any of them in the general election..even the guy that saw UFOs just not as enthusiastically...LOL.

    November 20, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Mark, TX

    If Obama wins the primaries in any of these states, it is a proof that America is a country of immature voters who are falling for sensational and empty words.

    What team would Obama be able to improvise if elected? Presidency is not only about speeches (which doesn't mean ability to persuade people), confessions about teenage years (which doesn't mean political honesty), memories of childhood abroad (which doesn't mean foreign relations experience)and 'I won't tolerate' statements (which means just being bold not strong).

    This guy is an ideologist and even worse one with socialist ideas. I am not surprised Americans don't get it, one has to know a little history and/or travel the world to read behind his lines.

    November 20, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Ben David Meridian, Ms.

    To run this story all day is silly. If I were the pollster for CNN I would be mad. WHY? Because the polling for CNN says something entirely different.Not once during the day did CNN show their poll and others that showed Clinton in the lead and the polls were taken within the same time period.
    From the way this story ran it was like there were no other polls but the one from ABC/Washington Post.
    If I were Obama I would enjoy my one day in the sun with one poll out of 10 saying I was ahead. Now I would like CNN once a new ABC/Washington Post poll comes out within 10 days and says Clinton has the lead I want the whole day covering this.

    November 21, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  6. Olu, London, United Kingdom

    CNN has appalled me with its unparalled bias towards Senator Clinton. Since when does 30% and 26% become the same number. This is very disheartening in a world where many expect examplary and unbiased reporting from arguably the most internationally widely watched news network.

    November 21, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Ed Homer

    When people started to pay a close attention, people would see Clinton's real face. She is divisive, she is calculative, and her experience was only to put up thicker mask. She introduced no major bill in Senate; she distracted Bill Clinton during White House year; and dont' ask why Vincent Foster died.

    November 24, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  8. fred stoner------ Hinsdale NH

    What a HUGE pile of crap CNN is, "Obama,Clinton tied in Iowa" what kind of garbage is this. Every poll that showed Clinton ahead showed clinton ahead, now that Obamas ahead they are tied?????? no agenda here

    December 3, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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