January 11th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Poll: N.H. win rockets McCain to front-runner status

 John McCain is now the national front-runner, a new CNN poll out Friday found.

John McCain is now the national front-runner, a new CNN poll out Friday found.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary appears to be paying off.

The senator from Arizona is now the front-runner in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the first national poll taken after the New Hampshire primary.

McCain has the support of 34 percent of registered Republicans in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Friday. That's a 21-point jump from the last CNN/Opinion Research poll, taken in December, well before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary earlier this month.

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  1. Terry, El Paso, TX

    A McCain-Huckabee ticket is the only one that I can imagine defeating the Democratic ticket composed of (pick any two) Clinton/Obama/Edwards/Gore.

    Neither Romney nor Giuliani could put together a majority of electoral votes. If Thompson headed the ticket, his defeat would make Electoral College history.

    But, McCain would get all Republicans and many independent votes. He is seen as high on integrity and independent of political pressure. Huckabee would get all evangelical votes. McCain could hold his own against tough debate partners and Huckabee's rhetorical gifts would allow him to dance around his opponent. Neither has any significant negative baggage.

    McCain's insistence on sticking it out in Iraq would hurt him among Democratic doves, but they aren't going to vote for him anyway. In 1952, Eisenhower was elected in part to end the very unpopular Korean war and he was certainly no dove. The feeling might be that the Iraq problem can be solved on the field by a competent manager. I think most people believe that the Bush Administration blew the war through sheer lack of ability. As in Korea, a change in commanders might save the day.

    The problem is that the corporate wing of the Republican Party would oppose such a ticket as too independent of their control.

    I would vote against McCain-Huckabee, but they still might win. I voted against George Bush four times and it did me no good.

    January 11, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Jose Card - Independent

    McCain is not in trouble with his own party.

    His party would be in trouble without McCain.

    January 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Tim, Minnesota

    McCain is really a democrat. He said he "heard" the people's voice. This is a slick way of saying "I flipped and flopped"

    January 11, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Bill

    John McCain is a certified war hero, yet doesn't have a sense of entitlement, like some of the other Republican & Democratic candidates.
    John McCain does what he advertises, talks straight, and has paid the price from both parties, and the media.
    John McCain was sabotaged last election in South Carolina by friendly fire, and will probably get more of the same this time around.
    War Hero, Independant thinker, straight talker, man of intergrity.......doubt the two parties want this man in the White House, he may be the only real man of change.
    Voters ready for actual change and not just talk of change may discover this man, and may not,..let's hope so.

    January 11, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Sal Phoenix, AZ

    McCain has flip-flopped so much these past couple of years, I doubt if he could get re-elected to the senate in Arizona.Don't be surprised if he loses the primary in his own home state.

    January 11, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Dave, Chicago

    If this country is headed toward recession then Mitt Romney is the best candidate. I appreciate McCain's military service, but I don't think he has what it takes to help the country during a economic crisis.

    January 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. jaz


    Hillary Rodham Clinton, 49 percent

    Barack Obama, 36 percent

    John Edwards, 12 percent



    John McCain, 34 percent

    Mike Huckabee, 21 percent

    Rudy Giuliani, 18 percent

    Mitt Romney, 14 percent

    Fred Thompson, 6 percent

    Ron Paul, 5 percent

    January 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Bryan

    I don't see how any respectable republican could possibly support McCain. Look at the New Hampshire exit polls – of the people who voted "based on the issues" – romney won! Of the people who vote on character/personality – mccain won. Someone please explain to me how John "angry miserable old man" Mccain can win a personality contest. WHY AREN'T PEOPLE VOTING BASED ON THE ISSUES? We're not electing someone to be our friend, we're electing the leader of our country and of the free world. Mitt Romney solves problems. John McCain creates problems.

    Maybe its McCain's "straight talk" that has people weak in the knees. Personally, I think he's the most negative, pessimistic candidate on either side of the aisle. Not to mention he's not a true conservative. We have a "straight talk" president in the oval office right now, and look how well that's worked out. We need a fresh, new face in the white house. Someone who is going to get things done. GO ROMNEY!

    January 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Jose Card - Independent

    McCain works well across the parties.
    It's not that McCain is Democrat.

    Hillary is more a Republican than McCain is a Democrat.

    January 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Mike

    I do not think that stating John McCain or Hillary Clinon as front runners is accurate based on CNN's surveys. This article states that CNN only suveyed about 1,300 people. About half were resistered Republican and half we Democratic voters. This type of survey is much too small to get an idea of who our country will be voting for in the primaries. I think CNN needs to take much larger samples from a varied of voters and backgrounds in order to get a good idea of who America will vote for. As we saw in New Hampshire – its difficult to tell who America will vote for.

    January 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. tom

    this is just unbelievable
    didn't cnn said after the nh primary that polls mean nothing
    now they are using polls which are fraud
    regarding the democratic result when obama was predicted to win
    so it is either the polls are wrong
    or the election is fraud
    you can't have it both ways

    January 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. China Moon

    Do we really want to put the Seth Lord Mccain in the whitehouse? He will look too ugly on our postage stamps. Plus, he doesn't stand a chance to against obama or even John Edward. Sending Mccain is just like handing the election to the Dems without a fight. Come on Republicans, we need to unite as a party, we need to send the best one to win this election, plus we need someone with the brain and can lead this country forward. Mitt Romney is the best one in the group. He has the brain, the experience, he knows how to creat jobs, he know how to fix our country's economy, plus he is still young, unlike the Seth Lord Mccain, he is too old and will fall asleep in the meetings. The Seth Lord needs to go home to entertain his trophy wife No.2.

    Go Romney.

    January 11, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Frank, Ft. Lauderdale

    Bryan, like I said earlier, the Republican party and faithful need to wake up and not only smell the coffee, but actually get a clue about the ISSUES. So the New Hampshire exit polls showed that Romney won on the ISSUES–immigration, sprinkled with a little bit of health care concern and the Iraq War?? While these ISSUES are important, nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing is more of an issue with every day Americans than the very sorry state of our economy. People cannot afford to pay $3.50 a gallon for gasoline, stratospheric health insurance premiums, mortgage payments that continue to spiral out of control and food and drug prices that continue to inflate at an extremely alarmingly rate. What I heard Mitt Romney say during the New Hampshire debates was that "we shouldn't consider the drug companies and manufacturers as the bad guy–it is free enterprise and they are providing an essential requirement. WAKE UP MITT! If you believe that is one of the issues, then you are completely out of touch. The drug and pharmicuetical companies and insurance companies are not only running this country, they are ruling this country (along with the gas and oil industry). Every day Americans are desparately looking for a way to put a few bucks in their pocket every week. When Mitt Romney solves that problem, I'll be the first to vote for him.

    January 11, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, CO

    I like people who admit truths and move on. John McCain may be the only window for republicans to win back the White House but this is very, very, and very thorny to conclude. Republican Party will suffer a crushing defeat if John McCain is out of race —this is not a joke. We are all hoping to elect a good president on November 6, 2008. All Parties candidates including independents are well-come!

    January 11, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Mcain - WAR MONGER

    McCain is on the WAR PATH.

    What will McCAIN GUT in social Programs for more WAR.

    January 11, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. vince, Phoenix AZ

    bomb-bomb-bomb..... bomb-bomb-iran...

    yeah... PLEASE put this guy up agains the dems.... PLEASE!!!

    January 11, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Tim

    McCain is by far the best Republican candidate. He has the most to say about the direction he wants to take this country.

    January 11, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. McCain Supporter

    He will be an excellent President.

    January 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Bee

    Why can't the media publish the story Mccain don't want the Nytimes to publish

    January 11, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. nobama

    every time I see the word POLL I ignore the numbers– we know how wrong they can be

    January 11, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Whoa Nelly

    That was a nice big win for Romney in Wyoming – Hopefully it's the only one he'll have in his trophy case when all is said and done.

    Maybe he can buy the state and hire Darth Cheney to run it.

    January 11, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Pete

    Liberal media outlets are doing everything they can to beat Mitt Romney, because he puts several "Blue" states into the battleground category. IA, MI, NH, MA, etc. would all be in contention. Romney could beat Hillary in IA and NH, and Obama in MI and MA. That would make turning FL "blue" useless. The only way they could hurt Romney, would be making a divide between the Evangelical base which flocked out to support Bush, and the future Republican nominee. They would much rather face McCain or Huckabee. They have plenty of dirt to throw in their faces. Mitt Romney is a solid candidate, and a real smart sound guy, who has already made waves in "liberal" areas of the country. He is a major threat to the Democrats.

    Hopefully, the rest of you Republicans wake up to realize it.

    Huckabee is a fraud, who claimed several times to have a theology degree, when in fact, he does not posess such a degree. He is a FRAUD! Obviously in his studies, he passed over the commandment "Thou shall not lie"! He has numerous times made rediculous claims, such as 'if there was anyone who would be against capital punishment, it would be Jesus Christ'. Now, I'm no theologian, but I seem to remember him intentionally going to Jerusalem to be killed, because it was going to make him a martyr (and the whole cleanse our sins thing…). If he was against it, would he have done that. I hate when politicians try to speak for religious figures. ON TOP OF THAT, BACK IN 93 HE MADE THE REDICULOUS CLAIM THAT PEOPLE WITH AIDS SHOULD ALL BE QUARANTINED!!! That's the claim of an ignorant whack-job of a candidate. So he plays base, and claims to have a theology degree (that he never got), but what does any of that do to qualify him to become president? He was Governor of Arkansas… and we Republicans should know what happened last time one of those was elected. This one even pardoned several of Clinton's chronies while he was Governor, and supports many liberal ideas.

    Please, I beg of you. Reject this ploy by the liberal media to boost this whacko. Mitt Romney is the true compassionate conservative, with sound moral values. He is the best candidate if you want the budget cleared up. He is the candidate who could beat the Democrats. He is the candidate who should end up with a scandal free administration. Please vote for Romney!

    January 11, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. Stephen

    Not in my book !!! John McCain is nothing but a RINO. ( Republican In Name Only)

    January 11, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Jimmy

    Senator Clinton for President of the United States.
    She is the one,

    January 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. Walt, Belton, TX

    Nelson, Colorado Springs, CO

    Comments like yours make me ashamed for your ignorance.

    January 11, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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