December 11th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
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Poll: Huckabee would lose to top Dems; Edwards does best

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has doubled his support nationally among GOP voters, a poll says.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - While presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is surging in new polls of GOP candidates, a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Tuesday shows he would lose to all three leading Democratic candidates by double digits in hypothetical contests.

In head-to-head matchups - the first to include Huckabee - the former Arkansas governor loses to Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York by 10 percentage points (54 percent to 44 percent), to Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois by 15 points (55 percent to 40 percent) and to former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina by 25 points (60 percent to 35 percent).

The poll comes on the heels of a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Monday that showed Huckabee doubled his support nationally among likely Republican voters in the last month and is in a statistical dead heat with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. (Full poll results [PDF])

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. AJ, IL

    Thank You CNN. You are finally learning a simple premise, that the Internet can hold more valuable information if you let it. Thanks for including the poll results this time. The interest fact that I takeaway from this poll is that Obama and Edwards pretty much polled favorably over any currently leading GOP candidates (Rudy, Mitt, Mike or McCain). However, Hillary didn't. She also has the lowest margin of victory of the top three Democratic candidates.

    December 11, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Charles

    Huckabee is not my favorite Republican (I thought I might be in a shrinking minority, until I read this poll). That said, this is a very fluid election cycle, and head-to-head match-up polls have oscillated rather frequently over the past few weeks. Just two weeks ago, in fact, a certain poll showed all of the Republican challengers defeating Senator Clinton. Quite frankly, I'm tired of this discussion of polls. The voters will decide what they wish when the time comes. Stop trying to endlessly monitor the dynamic of public opinion. Focus on substance instead.

    December 11, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Kim , Cranston, RI

    Michael of Houston:
    G.W. Bush has killed and maimed thousands of Americans, Iraqis and Afgan citizens; lied to get us into the war; set up his business buddies with huge government contracts through his war policies; condones torture, doesn't believe in evolution, thinks abstinance only education works, and takes Americans for idiots as eveidenced by his flagrant misuse of power-the list goes on. And somehow this is better than a Clinton diddling the intern? I think you'd better examine your definition of corrupt.
    Bush has done more than enough to warrant an impeachment at the very least.

    December 11, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Lucas Roebuck, Nampa ID

    The main problem with this poll is that it surveys "registered voters" not likely voters. Also, they do not disclose what the Dem/GOP affiliation of the sample was. Nothing to see here. Move along.

    December 11, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Doug, New Jersey

    "lied to get us into the war"

    Notice that it is the liberal democrat who believes that one man, Bill Clinton, saying Iraq has WMDs was telling the truth, while another man, George Bush, saying the exact same thing was telling a lie.

    Americans with morals, values and even a remote trace of decency and integrity would never believe that two men saying the same thing could make one a liar and one a truth teller.

    Think of what you support when you vote democrat, are you really this type of person? Do you try to do the right thing? Do you try to be fair? If the answer is yes to either of these, then voting Democrat is in direct contradiction with your values.

    GWB has been a bad president, but that is no reason to support all the worst this nation has to offer. To support the liars, haters, selfish, mean, disrespectful people who live a life that is a negative impact on society? Ask yourself, is this me? I tend to believe that most Americans are decent honest people, therefore no democrat should ever be president.

    December 11, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. joe, Leesville, la

    Dont be fooled by the Clinton News Network People. They want you to think edwards can win, knowing full well he cant, so that he can take away votes from Obama while allowing Hillary to win. they never say that Hillary LOSES to mccain, obama TIES, edwards beats him slightly. definitely within the margin of error. day by day i become more disappointed with the Clinton News Network.

    December 11, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. history repeats

    Doug, New Jersey

    the different between what bill clinton did and george bush did was clinton didnt just attack iraq because he THOUGHT they might have wmds......luckily he made the right decisions while president and didnt start a useless war that we didnt even PLAN to get of!!!

    December 11, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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