January 7th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll: 9-point lead for Obama on eve of N.H. primary

The CNN Ticker

Barack Obama greets an overflow crowd at a rally in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Monday.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Barack Obama has a nine-point lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton in the state, according to a CNN-WMUR poll out Monday.

Obama, the first-term senator from Illinois who won last week's Iowa caucuses, led the New York senator and former first lady 39 percent to 30 percent in a poll conducted Saturday through Sunday evening - a sharp change from a poll out Saturday that showed the Democratic front-runners tied at 33 percent.

Preliminary results from the poll released Sunday night. now showed Obama with a lead of 10 percentage points.

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  1. E. in Dallas, TX

    Obama has inspired many to get involved in this political process and to contribute to whats going on in America. How many politicians lately have moved people to do just this?

    Obama '08!

    January 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Jack K.

    So whats that...about 180 New Hampshire voters?

    Gimme a break!

    January 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Gary

    I think the Clinton team would be much better off to understand the current wave of support for the ' change' candidates. Americans want the face of Washington to change. They want government to work and act differently . This hurts the 'establishment' candidates. If I was Clinton I would be changing her tune that she has already ' done' change. What America seems to be saying...is that they want government to be ' changing' its ways of governance. She has yet to address how she would do that...perhaps because her support comes from the very seem people whom she needs to sever with , to ride this new ' American wave '. She is got a battle now. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the larger states that generate the larger number of delegates. And does the ' wave' carry momentum to the undecided or 'swingers' at those larger primaries, say on Super Tuesday – Feb.5 ?

    January 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Daniel Kratz

    GO OBAMA!!!

    You will win new hampshire. The real hillary came out during the ABC New Hampshire debate when she got really angry when questioned on her past experience. Obama is intelligent and a fresh face. Hillary has accepted more money from lobbyists than any demoractic or republican presidential hopeful. Vote Hillary if you like the status quo.

    January 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Jamie, New Orleans, LA

    I think that too many Americans have become so discouraged by the present administration, that it has made them vulnerable to Obama's seductive illusion (delusion) and rhetoric of empty promises that he can't deliver. Remember, he opposed the Iraq War from the start. Yet, when he got to the Senate his first act wasn’t uniting Republicans and Democrats to end the war, it was beginning his campaign for President. And he was so fundamentally opposed to the war that he voted to fund it over and over again. He’s gonna be for change, change, change. Although no one is paying attention to any real issues, if you look at his record, he is so far left he almost wraps around to the right. How is he gonna bring people together when his views are so out of step with the central majority of the country. Maybe he intends to pull a rabbit out of his hat, because he sure hasn't offered a valid plan on how he will accomplish all of his rhetoric. But it’s a shame that people are so desperate to hear a few good words that they will believe anything.

    All you see in every post from any Obama supporter is “..but he’s gonna bring us change and unite the country.” Not one will say what Obama plans to do because they don’t know. They just know he promises. It’s like a little kid who asks his dad for a bike for Chrsitmas and his dad promises knowing full well he has no idea how he’s gonna get him that back. And every year he’s disappointed. I guess Americans are willing to live in disappointment after disappointment until Obama can learn what he’s doing. If a Fortune 500 company appointed a junior level manager as its CEO, never in a million years would people say, but it’s good cause he says he can bring change.

    Anyone can spout off the mantra "Change, change, change," but few can deliver on merely lip service. At least Hillary has a comprehensive plan on how to bring about change, and is honest enough to look Americans in the eye and say HOW she intends to do it. Obama's rhetoric is shallow, lacks substance, and doesn't stand a chance against a Republican candidate. Everytime he’s confronted with a major issue or called out on his inconsistencies, he runs back to but I’m gonna bring change. Remember when Hillary so correctly called him out on his New Hampshire chair being a lobbyist after he had just given a brilliant rant about fighting lobbyists. All he did was shake his head like a little puppy and the next day his campaign releases a little disclaimer that he thinks state lobbyists and federal lobbyists are different. So much for his vow of change. After all the hoopla and dust has settled and it gets down to the final two towards November, Obama will not be able to deflect as he so brilliantly did in last Saturday’s debate. Americans will want an experienced person in office to reverse the course of destruction that we are headed toward, even if it means electing a Republican over a rookie. We don't have time to experiment with an apprentice who is full of hype, but void of experience. I believe we used to call that IGNORANCE! I want someone who really knows what the heck their talking about, doesn't make false promises, and can deliver. That person is not Obama!

    Come Novemeber 2008, you'll get change, but it'll be a change in the Republican in the White House.

    (And all the rebuttals to this will be, "...but we need change and he's gonna bring us change.")

    January 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Chris

    Obama has tons of experience, from passing a bill in Illinois to force videotaping of confessions while having to argue with Republicans, Democrats & the police force. All of which in the end voted uninamously in favor of his bill.

    Obama has a strong history of uniting parties to find a common goal. Obama also has multiple pages of analysis on his plans for change.

    Do your research , educate yourself and Barack Obama is much more than just a public speaker, he has the potential to shape the planet progressively.

    America's bully reputation doesn't get restored by Hillary Clinton. Not even close. She is part of the establishment and would probably quit the senate if not for her presidential run.

    Would any of you vote for Laura Bush in the future?

    January 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    I hope we are paying attention people, this just, just may be the moment that we can tell our grandchildren: "I was there when it started".

    It just might be the moment.

    January 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Deb, Riverview, Fl

    Who cares. Come on down south where there are real Democrats. Go Hillary.
    It makes me sick that people buy the bull hook line and sinker instead of reviewing what they have actually done.

    January 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Michael

    OBAMA can't win a general election. He just isn't ready to be President of the most powerful nation in history. He cannot go in on day one and be President and that is what we need after 8 years of republicans and George Bush. I will not vote for him.

    January 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Jeff, Rathdrum ID

    I keep hearing people saying what does Obama mean by change?
    Change!!!! What alot of people don't get and why I support Obama fully. Obama is not playing the superhero card where he is going to go in and change politics. What I get from Obama is he will open up Government to the people, its we the people's job to change Government.
    I do not beleive any one person can change Government, but returning our government back to the people, we can change government. I honestily beleive Obama can only be the start, the actual work starts after he is elected!!!"

    January 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Republi-Can'ts

    Well, let Mr. Obama enjoy his 15 minutes and 9 point lead Hype while he can as
    Iowa and New Hampshire's do not represent mainstream America, Super Tuesday does!

    Hillary is strongest/best candidate to beat the REPUBLI-CAN'TS

    Go President Hillary Rodham Clinton!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Nobama

    NH isn't a winner take all and they will both get their share of delegates, just like Iowa where Clinton only recieved one less.

    Hillary is going to win in NY, CA, TX, and a few other big states.

    If she doesn't get the DNC nom I'm voting Republican. Obama is shady and I don't trust him at all.

    January 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Dave

    Wow, the teleprompter in a teflon suit, Obama, pulls ahead of the corporate Dem, Hillary, while the media completely ignores the real progressive in this race, Edwards. It's a shame.

    January 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, Diamond Bar CA

    If we coud just bring out the young vote, if they would just vote, there would be no more republicans getting elected anywhere.

    Obama seems to have struck a chord in the young people, something Hillary and none of the Repulicans cant do, they are probably praying that young people stay home and not vote.

    I think (and pray) that Hillary and the Republicans are wrong this time.

    January 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. RepubliCan'ts

    Well, let Mr. Obama enjoy his 15 minutes and 9 point lead Hype while he can as
    Iowa and New Hampshire's do not represent mainstream America, Super Tuesday does!

    Hillary is strongest/best candidate to beat the REPUBLI-CAN'TS

    Go President Hillary Rodham Clinton!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Darth Vadik, Diamond Bar CA



    January 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Gail

    HIllary's spin doctors have arrived to try and shape this blog discussion.

    January 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    People that say Obama can't bring about change (like Jamie in New Orleans) don't understand what change really is. It is not seeing something wrong, changing it, and then forcing people to accept the outcome.

    Making change is creating a movement. The people actually create the change, they are just directed by the change agent. In change, there is uncertainty, there is risk. Creating change also requires hope that the change is possible and is worthy.

    In Obama's campaign, alone, he has created change. While most of the candidates have run traditional campaigns, Obama has created a movement.

    It is OUR government people. Let's take it back.

    Obama '08

    January 7, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Andy, New York, New York

    Considering that, of seven polls conducted on Dems in NH, Obama is leading in six and Hillary in one. And considering that the Clintons are known to rely on instant polls, thanks to Dick Morris, to help President Bill frame his sound bites in time for the evening news and next day newspapers, it is easy to see why Hillary has broken down.

    What do you do when, after working for 35 years to build experience leading to the White House, you have come this close to sealing the deal only to be upstaged, not by a Black candidate, but by voters who don't like you? You wake up on the eve of the NH primary, knowing you got blown away in Iowa, and six of seven polls have you in second place. Now, that should make even a big man cry, much less a phony like Hillary!

    Black New York Republican and laughing my head off at how this carpetbagger is getting whacked, not by a Black man, but by white voters!

    January 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Hedley Robinson

    Obama’s entire persona has compelled the American voters to culturally correct themselves to look beyond the candidates colour and characteristics and consider the content of their character. In weighing integrity and experience voters are choosing competency over cronyism.

    January 7, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    HIllary is a great woman and a great American politician. But Obama is still the superior candidate and has my vote.

    January 7, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. john williams san diego, ca.

    huff and puff all you want but, the national election will be between 'her royal highness' and Rudi...just hope MRS. Pure Evil loses ..

    January 7, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Edward's chance to get in front is coming,don't worry. Everybody gets a chance at being the target.

    January 7, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. Jamie, New Orleans, LA

    No spin doctor here. I'm a 27 y/o working young adult. And while it doesn't matter, I do happen to be black. I see Obama's supporters have mastered his game though. Yet, for all the skillful deflections, no one still has spoken anything about Mr. Obama's substance. Short, long, backwards, forwards, it's all still sounding the same – If we just believe he'll bring us change.

    January 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    BTW, fellow Democrats and Hillary supporters, I have heard a lot today that Hillary is the one with the best change of beating the Republicans. Can you please give me an explanation as to why you believe that.

    Already, 47% of the country has said that they will not consider voting for Hillary. In case you don't know math, that is nearly half the country. At no time in their losing campaigns did Gore or Kerry have a negative rating that high!

    What you also don't realize is that a Hillary nomination will pump up the Republican party like never before. How do you think that will effect Democratic candidates who already have tough challenges ahead of them in traditionally conservative areas?

    If Hillary were to get nominated, you can bet that Bloomberg will run, and it will be the first time in my life that I don't vote Democrat on the presidential ticket.

    January 7, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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