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. gus

    To anyone saying that Iowa and NH dont mean the country...


    Hillarys down nationally from an 18 point lead to a tie. A NH victory for Barack should put him ahead, especially if it is in double didgets as some of the recent polls suggest.

    January 7, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Kevin,FL



    January 7, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Can you imagine a newspaper editorial calling Romney a phony, and Romney responds by pouting and saying that hurts my feelings. Then McCain tells Romney that "its okay that he is sincere enough" then people attack McCain for not being more complimentary to the wounded Romney?

    Hillary wants to play this game two ways – one that she is a tough leader, and then she is a woman who needs special handling.

    Hillary was attacking Obama and Edwards just before her pouting act. Why should Obama be put in the position of making her feel better?

    Also, why is she stealing lines from her opponents? She immediately jumped on Obama's time for a change, and then she steals Edwards "its personal" to me to run for President. How many times did he say that in the last debate – and suddenly she crying and saying "its personal".

    Hillary is losing all credibility. And Bill stop looking for excuses for Hillary's lack of appeal to the voters – its not because she is not a man, youthful or tall. It is because she has a very bad attitude and is disconnected with the people.

    January 7, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. jeff

    Obama is taking advantage of widespread discontent with the current congress and george bush. the surprising thing is that so many people are showing such willingness to jump on this bandwagon so unreflectively.

    you have to be able to work within the system. so obama will pied piper his way to washington, and even before he gets there be trying to figure out how all the buttons and levers of the existing system work in order to accomplish what we are still not sure he wants to accomplish. is he an archtypal liberal, confident and clever enough to make the the idea of taking on the liberal mantle popular again?

    Is this emotional political wave sweeping through and defining the current political scene of america real? It is all ready generating a greater scrutiny about just exactly what obama hopes to accomplish, and how?

    You have to engage the process to transform it, i have heard little about how obama actually plans to engage the political process.

    January 7, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. gus

    and to the person who said that obama wont win because he will split independents, he is up 9 points AMONG DEMOCRATS. meaning that, because he is the most popular among indies, he may win by more than that.

    January 7, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. dont

    If your moderator prohibits the simplest truths relating to genocide and misdirected funds, combined with inadequacies of governments and government organizations, then how the hell are people to be shaken from the disgusting apathy and ignorance which you, the media, are responsible for in this world. The truth should never be discarded out of hand in order to preserve what you, the moderator, believes to be unsavoury.
    What do you tell the thousands of blacks in Kenya Mr Moderator? Tough titty?

    January 7, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Susan Kraemer

    I've voted republican practically my entire adult life (I'm 51) and will do so again if Clinton is the democratic choice, however I would vote for Obama. He's refreshing and seems genuine. Even better yet Obama with Edwards as vice president. Now there's a team I, a lifelong republican, could get behind.

    January 7, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. Nick in Atlanta

    An Obama victory promises change! It promises hope! It promises long overdue dialogue to attempt to solve some of the greatest problems facing us in todays world! America is in dire need of a President who isn't afraid to make the tough choice and open dialogue with countries we've had little or no dialogue with for decades. Something as simple as starting a conversation may end years long wars that have cost US taxpayers billions. America is the greatest nation on earth, but it's time to make up. Even as children on the school ground, you learn that once the fight is over you shake hands. You may not be the best of friends, but you don't stay enemies forever. It's time for America to be the good sportsman and shake hands!! Reagan brought down the Berlin wall and the demise of the Soviet empire. Let Obama break down the barriers so that we can come closer to achieving world peace!! Let Obama try to steer America into the right path to avoid a climate disaster! Ultimately I want a President who will give my kids a safer world to live in!! Don't you?

    January 7, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Mitch, Detroit, MI

    As a black male, I am feeling very preasured by other blacks to back Obama because he is black and only for that reason. What have we become? If we back a man only for his race we have not learned anything over the last 150 years and we are no better off than where we were then. Lets make an educated choice, not one based on race bias, and show the rest of the country we are equal.

    January 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Ray

    To people comparing Obama to Bush and thinking Obama would have similar failures in the White House~

    What have you been smoking?

    January 7, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Senator

    Can anyone honestly understand what he means by HOPE and CHANGE? Does he really think he can solve the problems facing this nation just by uttering those two words again and again. He looks and acts very similar to Bush in 2000. Bush talked the same stuff then i.e. CHANGE and UNITER. See where we are now. I think Americans can think and act better than just blindly following this man. I think he is selling snake oil to his followers.

    January 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. a.j

    about experience...mhhh who`ve had more time in public service btwn obama and hrc.??? do your homework, obama has. bills time ion office is not credible to hrc am sorry.

    January 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. anon

    Jimmy in Iowa– Are you really blaming Obama for your child smoking a joint? Get real. Sounds more like poor parenting. Are you suggesting that he should have lied when he answered that question like Bill Clinton did. Pathetic.

    January 7, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |

    Given what we are facing as a nation today – the economy is imploding, we have critical mass in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan and others we can not afford to have a president with a lot of speaking abilities and very little experience, this elections is not about who can be the best cheer leader it's about who can be the best world leader, one who is ready for the task from day one and not one who has to learn form scratch. American can not afford any more of that. Would you ever select a doctor simply because he was better at telling you what you like to hear or because they have a better hair cut and not the most experience one? That kind of selection could be disastrous for this nation. The republicans are all sipping bush's cool aid and banging on his war drums. Hilary is by far the best chance we have to shore up this nation during these very perilous times. I going to vote with my “children” in mind and what is best for this nation and that vote will be for Hillary !

    January 7, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. William

    Democrats stand for Patroit Act, bringing troops back home and not fund for iraq war, energy reforms et el. All the democratic presidential candidates hoping to bring change have voted for it and not against it. Is this what the hope of change we are looking for. Americans should hope for change from neither democrats nor repulican but from an outsider who is not a senator but an independent presidential candidate from an independent party. It is difficult for senators to be elected president because of their track voting record. An Washing outsider can only bring change to american politics.

    January 7, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. jeff

    that's the nice thing about the evangelicals. there so whacky they could give us an archetypal liberal or a W., and we won't know if it's illusion or the holy spirit.

    January 7, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. Abweichung

    Odd how my comment waits for moderation, yet time passes and other people's posts get through. Regardless, let me pose this question.

    Which candidate do you think will get this economy going in the right direction and be the "people's president?" Think about that one.

    January 7, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Hey! Nobama

    You are the slim shady on this blog, and you are a republican trying to talk down
    Obama because you want to run against Hillary the beatable.

    See right through you slim shady, you are transparent as glass.

    Did you find some help yet.

    January 7, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. Marcus

    All of you luke warm voters..."I'll won't vote if Obama is nominated" "I'll won't vote if Clinton is nominated". Do us all a favor and move to Kenya or Cuba, that's where your vote will really count!

    January 7, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. shlomoamir

    Barack Obama follows in the mold of THE GREATEST living American: Mohammed Ali. The difference is that Barack Obama is the Ali of politics.Go Obama!!!!

    January 7, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. Andy, New York, New York

    To Jimmy, who said his son smoked pot: Did you ask him if he inhaled but did not swallow?

    See, Obama smoked pot and admitted to it. Dubya Bush smoked pot and admitted to it. Bill smoked pot, and admitted to only inhaling but not swallowing! Now, of the three, who do you think is most unbelievable and should not be trusted to counsel your son?

    By the way, I smoked pot up to 1989 or 1990, inhaled and swallowed! Have you, Jimmy, ever smoked pot? If you did, then your son is just keeping up a family practice. If not, then your son has started his own family practice!

    By the way, cigarettes and alcohol, both of which are legal in America, kill more Americans every year than pot users. Something might be wrong with this picture, but this does not mean I support legalizing pot; only trying to figure out the harsh penalties imposed on pot users.

    January 7, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. Kokou

    Go Obama. Please help us turn the page of statis quo.

    January 7, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. DV

    Scott, "See the real Obama. is this what you want america??!!"
    Are all you and your fellow pro-Clinton sheep out there now resorting to smearing Obama's name? You are no better than the Republicans were when in South Carolina in 2000 when John McCain was smeared for having a "black baby". Shame on all of you.

    Obama '08

    January 7, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  24. Manuela

    who cares about Oprah? I guess millions of stupid fat people do. People can't you think for yourselves??? you need Oprah to tell you how to live your life?
    please wake up, exercise, lose some weight and look at how the rest of the civilized world is leaving their lives. America is heading in the wrong direction at the speed of life. people live their lives stuck to their television sets and allow the television and media to dictate their lives.
    Oprah is an idiot who forgot how hard it was for a woman to get to the power. I have no respect for her anylonger since she turned her back on Hillary. she should have sided with the women. but she is such a typical stupid woman, she sides with the men, typical women. instead of us smart women to unite together and be strong and unite against the hurt we got from men, we turn against each other and kiss us the guys who hurt us. or maybe Oprah couldn't stand the fact that there might be a woman out there more powerful than she is. I have no respect for Oprah what's so ever. she is an big time idiot.
    Obama stole all Hillary ideas and now he is turning into a major jerk. let's not forget that he put her down on national television many times. I don't like him and I don’t trust him. Hillary will make one good president, but I guess this country is way behind the rest of the world to allow a woman to lead. This country is pretty sexist so I am not surprised you will vote for a black guy who is inexperienced rather than vote for a perfectly good experienced candidate who is a woman. Well, I think you guys are making a big mistake for voting for Obama. On the day when you will have to vote for your president, the majority of people will vote for the white republican guy, and hence one more time there will be 8 years of long recession and republican, conservative and narrow-minded era.
    wake up and smell the coffee and vote for the right candidate who can bring the country back to the glory days of Clinton when the economy was booming and things were good.
    and one more thing, so what Bill cheated on Hilary, how many men out there cheat on their wives on daily basis? or how many physically abuse their wives? please wake up to reality. what's worse cheating on your wife or abusing her physically or emotionally??? please there is at least one case of abuse in every single relationship in this country. but how do you go on with your relationships?? you forgive and learn and go on, because you need each other for different reasons, money, children etc. so think straight before you vote for the wrong candidate just because stupid Oprah said so. Oprah please.. I have no respect for her what's so ever and I am a smart engineer and very educated and well traveled woman. but I know how this world turns and I hate to see smart women turning against themselves just because of jealousy. shame on Oprah. have no respect for her.

    January 7, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. ef

    I just want to cry myself to sleep when I hear people saying that they'll actually vote for Guiliani. What most of the country does not know is how reviled he was here in New York City right up to the very nanosecond that 9/11 occurred and he managed to do something right for a change. And now he's running on that–which is sick. He let all of the mentally ill out on the streets of NY, and made the city economy friendly to only the very wealthy–native New Yorkers can barely afford to live here anymore. The artists are being pushed out and the city is a giant mall. Yeah, it's safer, but who can live here? Let's not even discuss HIS personal affairs. Please, you wanna throw stones?

    Anyway, Hillary is the person we need in office. Her commitment to the country and public service trumps all of the other static about her.

    January 7, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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