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. Pope


    "Phonies Fade Fast"




    January 7, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. Pope


    January 7, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. miller

    I resent news organizations that are surprised women are not necessarily for Hillary. We are not a bunch of mindless lemmings! I am democratic woman over 50 that will not under any circumstances, as long as a Bush isn't running, vote for Hillary. She is not sincere! She can not get elected! And those of you that say we will get two for one with H. Was Bill that good or was he lucky?

    January 7, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  4. Philip

    I see what Obama has all of the kids doing that he had bused in... filling this website with negative Clinton comments to detour the undecided. It's sad that we as Americans would actually consider voting for a muslim that we are in several countries fighting against. I hate that anyone that is old enough can vote, because it does nothing but screw this country up. Voting for someone that you think is cool, is NOT cool... It's irresponsible. Barack Hussein Obama is his name, didn't we start a war in Iraq to get rid of one like him already, now you want him to run THIS country? America I fear is in far worse shape because of people who don't think. How can anyone with a clear conscience, vote for someone who was sworn in using the Muslim Koran instead of a Bible? One who instead of putting his hand on his heart during the pledge of allegiance, put his hands in his pockets and behind his back looking everywhere except the American flag? Someone who refuse to represent the very thing every war hero fought to defend and died for. Anyone that would vote for this person should go pledge allegiance to the Muslim Koran, the most UN-American thing I can think of. And this has NOTHING to do with his color, in fact, if Colin Powell was running, I would vote for him in a heartbeat over anyone that is up there! If by chance Obama Hussein makes it as the Democratic front runner, he has absolutely NO chance of beating any one of the Republican contenders, and I can tell you, that means a LOT more time in Iraq!

    January 7, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  5. San Francisco, California

    Obama's typical speech messages:
    "….stand by me and we will change the country and the world…".
    " The country needs a real change…."
    "…folks, change is what this country need right now!",
    "…we don't want the same people in the white house, we need change"
    "…I am an agent for change, help me implement change…"
    "…this is a revolution for change!"
    "…..if you vote for me you will be voting for change"

    Notice the lack of content. Notice the repetitive term "change". Notice the lack of willingness to point to any realistic records for change. Notice the lack of details to the changes that he is proposing. Most importantly, notice how broad the definition of 'change' is and how VAGUE it is. A vote for Obama is a vote to confirm that you this country can not be bother with specifics. A vote for Obama is a vote to say…"don't ask don't tell"…..A vote for Obama is a vote for ignorance. The country is at a cross road, we need a Woman who has defy the odds to get where she is now….a woman who has done the tough battles….a woman who knows what it really takes to make change happen and know too well that talk is cheap.

    January 7, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. Jane

    I was stuck between voting for Obama or Clinton, Clinton at the NH
    debate was winning for the first little part of the talk, BUT THEN, she started
    with the ole "cut down the other person" speech and that did it, I totally scratched her off my list, she's out of there! I don't want to hear bad stuff about the OTHER
    people running, I want to hear what YOU can do. Enough of the unruley campaigns speaking badly of the others, just tell us what YOUR point is please.
    If slamming others is the ONLY way to try to make yourself look good, then you
    aren't good enough Clinton.

    January 7, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. Robin

    Those of you that aren't impressed by Obama's "poetry and prose", I invite you to check out his stand on the issues @www.barackobama.com.

    Those of you who question Obama's experience, ask yourself if this should be an argument about having a president that exercises good judgement, as opposed to having more time spent in Washington.

    Or, does your fear of the inevitable force you to go with the status quo?

    I hate to be rude, but posting that youtube video is just stupid.

    January 8, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  8. Norm

    Hillory can shed all the tears she wants. If we play into it you'll see it every day for a month. She said "she is the most experienced and the hardest working for the past 35 years. I think that qualifies her as old politics. nothing new same storys, same rederic, was'nt for change until Iowa, Now its old politices making new change, I don't think so. another clinton in the white house we do not need.

    January 8, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  9. av3

    if obama's change rhetoric is so empty WHY HAS EVERY OTHER CANDIDATE JUMPED ON THE 'CHANGE' BANDWAGON? Every candidate is now trying to convince voters why they are the best agent for change. THEY ARE ALL POLITICIANS REMEMBER. and how is obama any more vague than the other candidates? in fact the only candidate who has stayed the course, and changed the least from his original campaign, is obama himself, preaching change. (ron paul is the steadfast exception. i mean the guy is a rock. immovable. a little extreme, but immovable) how ironic. people stop relying on the main stream media to spoon feed you your politics and do a little research for yourself. only then will you find which candidate suits you best. its sad that these blogs, which could be an awesome forum with stimulating dialogue, are nothing more than uninformed mud slinging gossip columns.

    January 8, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  10. aj

    I find it quite funny that Obama's history does not come into play as much as Hillary's does. Obama represents or represented the upper middle class when he was in the state senate, district 13 for illinois....that is a REAL problem for me, because im not upper middle class, but while i am black and proud of Mr. Obama...i know where Hillary stands and the fact that she has done so much for the black and and any other american community...that woman has my vote...not some well spoken, obviously wet behind the ears senator...i am 23 years old and i have common sense and any one can see that he is taking advantage of younger voters who are naive to the all of his positions, if you want change over look hillary's last name and elect someone who has been apart of american history since the early 70's, good nite

    January 8, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  11. Sam

    Can someone tell me What experience Hillary Cliton Have being president? She watched her Lieing Cheating husband closely? Please! Amnot American a But let me say this firstly i don't see Obama wining the democratic nomination i just hope by God it's not Hillary who does, Hillary is a fruad period.She is trying everything now that the press is saying she is not ahead."As a mother", " I really care about blah blah blah" or because it looks like she is losing.

    January 8, 2008 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  12. Vince, Phoenix AZ

    Mitch in Detroit..

    Don't vote for him because you are black and he is black. Listen to him. Check out his website, his positions (generally of the Democratic party, without the corporate sponsors, but WITH common sense added), check out the proposals he has put forth, and THEN determine if he is the candidate for you. If he is, great. If not, God Bless. At least you will have made an 'informed' decision.

    You are only as pressured as you LET yourself be.

    January 8, 2008 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  13. jim

    Speaing as an outsider, admiting that I have not fully listened to O'bama speak, I don't believe he has as good a chance of becoming the next president as Hillary Clinton. I think the Repuclicans recognize this and will continue to tout him as the man to beat.

    January 8, 2008 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  14. mike


    There is a great deal of substance behind Obama's call for change. He has worked with Republican Senators like Dick Lugar to pass legislation to secure loose nuclear weapons in post-Soviet states. Obama worked with Senator Russ Feingold to pass some of the most far-reaching Ethics Legislation since Watergate. Obama has a history of bringing together Republicans and Democrats around issues like heathcare, gun control, racial profiling, and civil rights while he was a State Senator in Illinois. Of the major candidates left, only Obama had the judgment to oppose the Iraq War from the beginning, and stated his reasons, including, "fanning the flames of extremism in the Mideast"... "a lack of discussion on what post-Saddam Iraq will look like, and trying to prevent a splintering of the country between Sunni, Kurd, and Shiite factions".

    There are many things that Obama has done which back up his call for change, and his calls for a return to common sense problem solving in Washington.


    January 8, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  15. bill

    Anytime the Rebublicans feel good about a Democrat namely Obama, you know something is up. The Republicans tout Obama because they think they have a better chance to beat the Democrats in the if he wins the primaries. I find it hard the believe the other Democrat candidates are coming against Hillary the the same way the GOP candidates are. Do we really want another Reblublican in office?

    January 8, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  16. Rod

    Once again, we Democrats are having our general election campaign subverted by the so-called independents (i.e. Republicans) of two tiny states. A break down of the support for Obama in both of this attention getting states show that Clinton is supported by more registered democrats than Obama. However, the so-called independents are able to shape our race and pick our nominee but subverting the will of the aligned democrats.

    I don't truly believe there are any TRUE independents. If you vote in the general election as a Republican, you are a Republican, If you vote as a Democrat, you are a Democrat. I'm willing to bet that if you quizzed the so-called independents in these two lead off states, you would find that most have been Republican supporters for years.

    As I watch this crap unfold I cringe each time a news outlet shoves the camera into the face of some weaselwho claims to be independent and even at this late date doesn't know whom they are voting for. The attention given these two states, and their tiny fraction of the electorate is responsiblle for delivering GWB and they will also usher in a new sitting target for the Republican party war machine... if we (democrats) send up an inexperienced politico like Obama.

    2 years in national politics is not enough. Vote For Me Because I'm Black.... that's not a platform. When you promise change... The American people must remember this: GEORGE BUSH PROMISED TO CHANGE WASHINGTON TOO !!!!

    January 8, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  17. pam

    washingtonpost.com > Politics,See how Barack Obama voted on key votes - the most important bills, nominations and resolutions that have come before Congress, as determined by washingtonpost.com.

    Barack Obama has missed 166 votes (37.6%) during the current Congress. See a list of his missed votes since 1991 or see a full list of vote missers.

    Barack Obama has voted with a majority of his Democratic colleagues 96.4% of the time during the current Congress. This percentage does not include votes in which Obama did not vote. See a list of his votes against his party since 1991, a list of all Senators in the Congress with a similar score, or a full list of party voters.
    Gregg Amdt. No. 3673; To improve women's access to heath care services in rural areas and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the delivery of obstetrical and gynecological services , he did not vote, folks do your research. where is the crossover to bring change. this website is great to get a real idea of who you are supporting

    January 8, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  18. mike


    Your post is wrong. Obama beat Clinton among Iowa's registered Dems 32% to 31%. He also beat her among voters under 50 and women overall.


    January 8, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  19. mike


    It is ludicrous for someone who has a near 50% negative rating to be making an electability argument. Nearly half the country has said they would not vote for Hillary in recent polls. Obama beats every Republican contender in head to head matchups in polling for the general election. Clinton does not.


    January 8, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. carol linkes

    There is only one change that Hillary needs to make....be rid of Bill...who needs this man preceeding her or following her about.....now that would be a very meaningful Change.....especially is she is unable to be the front runner!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. kelci

    Can someone help me with this question? Hillary says she has all this experience but the only thing that I know she was a senator. Is she counting the year that her husband was in a office?

    January 8, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. therealist


    January 8, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. South Carolina

    Looks like Edwards is joining the ObamaRama......

    OBAMA – EDWARDS in '08 !!

    Now THAT's the DreamTeam, my fellow a'Murkins.

    January 8, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Roger Thomson

    Why is Obama's lead in the poll being reported at 9%? The poll itself, and a previous report from CNN clearly state a 10% lead. The change makes me wonder about bias in CNN's reporting.

    January 8, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Dustin

    I don't care what you post about her exp.

    She has NEVER run a County

    She has NEVER run a State.

    She's been a senator for 6 years.

    Man that's alot of exp right there.

    Yea Right !

    January 8, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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