January 14th, 2008
08:04 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton, McCain lead in two new national polls

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/09/nh.analysis/art.me.clinton.mccain.ap.jpg caption=" McCain and Clinton are the leaders in two new national polls."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two new national polls out Monday morning offer different snapshots of how the presidential race is shaping up in both parties.

In a new ABC News/Washington Post Poll, Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a 5-point lead over Barack Obama, 42 percent to 37 percent. John Edwards is back at 11 percent. Meanwhile, a new CBS/New York Times poll shows Clinton with a wider lead over Obama, 42 percent to 27 percent. Edwards is also at 11 percent in that poll.

On the Republican side, John McCain leads Mike Huckabee by 8 points, 28 percent to 20 percent in the ABC News/Washington Post poll. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is essentially tied with Huckabee at 19 percent, and Rudy Giuliani is close behind with 15 percent. Fred Thompson stands at 8 percent in that poll.

In the CBS/New York Times Poll, McCain holds a slightly wider 15-point lead over Huckabee, 33 percent to 18 percent. Rudy Giuliani is back at 10 percent in that poll and Romney and Thompson are tied at 8 percent.

Both polls find the economy has easily eclipsed the war in Iraq as the most important issue on voters' minds.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll carries a margin of error of five points while the CBS/New York Times poll's margin of error is plus or minus three points.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Polls • Presidential Candidates
soundoff (452 Responses)
  1. Eric in Massachusetts


    January 14, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    These polls are silly at this point. They may influence some people to vote either with or against the polls. There might be some significance to them after February is over; since most of the primaries and caucuses will be over by then. I will believe them more later on when the nominees are chosen at the conventions. I really think that it could be a two person race after Nevada and South Carolina for the Democrats if Edwards doesn't do well.

    January 14, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. anon middle america

    Who else is sick and tired of listening to the ME ME GIMME NOW Ygeneration whine and snivel and the CYNICAL Xgeneration disparage everyone else's candidate in order to build up their own. Of course the hillaryhaters are in a league all their own 🙁 (they need to seek professional help for the hatred that they so vocally vent out on others)!!

    "Obama The Great Uniter should read Obama The Great Divider". His supporters have done more to split the Democratic party and NOW the whole Nation apart with the racist accusations than Obama has done to bring everyone together in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's DREAM OF ALL OF GOD'S CHILDREN LIVING TOGETHER IN PEACE AND HARMONY REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, OR GENDER.

    The notion that ANY candidate is not electable because of their race, religion, gender OR age is utterly wrong. America is a Great Nation that needs to grow up again and move forward. There is still so much work to be done that we ALL need to come together to get it done.

    January 14, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Cheryl

    I am so glad to see that the american people are no longer falling for the medias false coverage of the presidential race. Hillary was the first to actually come up with a plan while the others were fighting like children. This is a tough woman with her sleeves rolled up ready for anything that comes her way. The people are looking for substance instead of a feel good preacher. Thanks for leading the way Hillary I knew that you would prevail. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HILLARY CLINTON 08 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Chris

    Lean on Barac hard; regarding his inexperience.
    Go get em' Hillary.

    January 14, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. sky

    A lot of people are beginning to realize that Obama stand no chance of winning the electoral college. We don't need another Al Gore situation where our nominee wins the popular vote but doesn't win the electoral college.

    January 14, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Carol

    Once again, Ron Paul is left out of your "report". Sickening.

    January 14, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Greg, OH

    All of you have to remember all of Edwards % will go to Obama

    January 14, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Geoffrey Dudley

    When will African Americans quit drinking the Clintons bathwater. There recent commets show the Clintons care more about there legacy than they care about African Americans and America. Now we see this about power not people.

    January 14, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Carol January 14, 2008 9:24 am ET

    Once again, Ron Paul is left out of your "report". Sickening.

    They're only disregarding the insignificant.....

    January 14, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Ray

    I guess Obama's spin with the Race Card is not working. People are seeing threw that. GO HILLARY!!! (but, these polls mean nothing anymore).

    January 14, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Clinton has more skeleton's in her closet than any of these candidates.
    McCain is too old.

    January 14, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Nalla

    Polls are non-sensical at this point.....the sample size too small and cannot serve as a homogenous indicator.

    January 14, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. jp/michigan

    Mr. Obama has a habit of selectively taking quotes out of context to pump up his health care plan (FACTCHECK.ORG) now what was said by the Clintons. His states he worked as a community organizer, show me now how these communities are still united. He believes he is the new Dr. King . He was placed here to continue his work, he has a long way to go before that happens. If any one started the racial theme I blame Mr. Obama . He is a divider not a unifier. Next he'll say a women place is barefoot , pregnant and in the kitchen. His racial undertones are sly. Watch out for those shifty eyes Only thing going for him is the ability to distort the truth. If he is nominated this country will be thrown backwards to the 60's and 70's. Both Obama and Ewards have a plan, Obama and Edwards ticket. and to get it kick and puch Hillary all the way. More of the media need to hit Obama with the hard questions, they are to soft on him.

    January 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. Ron, TX

    The Clintons will stop at absolutely nothing to overtake the White House for a third time. Their tactics, and their utter disregard for truth and ethics is absolutely disgusting.

    January 14, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Ronnie Ruff DC

    Maybe Paul is left out because he is not getting any votes in the contests held so far. That and his newsletter from the 90s. How could the man get elected when he could not control a lousy newsletter published in his name?

    January 14, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. Bob

    Its interesting how the Democratic elites are all about helping minorities, right up until one runs against them. 😉 The irony here of course is if we get Obama in and blacks are perceived to be making it in this country, then we obviate the reason for Democrats to exist. Dems *need* poor people, otherwise they'd stop winning elections.

    But you know the biggest problem I have with the Dems is that they talk about everything they're going to give you and never who they're gonna steal it from. People are weird, they think the government somehow has money of its own. No one on the left is looking at the mathematics of our dollar crisis, yet they sucker in alot of people who think we can afford socialized medicine. If we get socialized medicine, I wonder where the Canadians are going to go for the good treatment?

    January 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Ray

    I guess Obama's attemt to spin the Racial Card did not work. We are smarter then that Obama.

    January 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Jeff

    If these polls are correct and Clinton & McCain become the nominees – this is the best possible scenario for the Republican party to maintain the White House.

    I'm one of millions of Americans for whom Clinton is the only Democrat I will NEVER vote for, and McCain is the only Republican I would EVER vote for.

    What an interesting development!

    January 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Ashley D

    i feel that this entire obama hillary thing is ridiculous. if any one started the race card in this "battle" it was obama and his wife for the way they voice themselves. saying things like it is our time and so forth. if anything... THAT makes it a race issue. hillary is a strong woman with exceptional experience and by far the best candidate the democrats have.

    January 14, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Eric in Massachusetts

    I'm glad to see that America is waking up after the Obama party with a hangover. Seeing the Obama campaign at night with beer goggles on, it looks quite compelling. When you wake up the next morning and see it in the light of day, you see it is all just smoke and mirrors. No substance. And the divisiveness is especially disheartening.

    The Baracka Hussein Obama campaign has done some irreparable damage to the Democratic party and has already set us back. It's time for some healing and some substance.

    Let's stop dreaming about going to Nobama's "mountain" and let's start putting together a plan to fix this country. Let's join the only candidate who has already started that process.

    HILLARY 08

    January 14, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Charles T, VA

    What a sad day for our country. Its clear now that for those African-Americans that don't support Obama feels he is not black enough. I have come to a conclusion that AAs are more racial than white folks (sad but true). They feel Obama is not black enough, is from a white and African heritage and has no history of slave oppression in his family blood and that is why they secretly won't vote for him. They (AA) forget that first and foremeost that they are originally from Africa like Obama and if they think a real AA (like they say) will have a shot at the POTUS 40 years from now they must be joking.

    AA should give Obama a fair chance and hear him out, not voting for him because he is black, but they should not hold him to the standard of not being a real AA because that is racism.

    Obama is not about race and I am sure about this. He is about our future and the Clintons should pack their bags and go home wherever that is. What did the Clitons forget in the White House that they are so eager to get back there? Did Bill hide a blue dress somewhere that bush hasn't discovered yet?

    Please Democrats we can't be afraid of losing to the republicans for all you Clinton supporters. Obama has shown the potential to draw more independents to our side if he is nominated and we need that to win the White House. If we vote for Hillary then expect a divide of the democratic party and a strong Independent candidate.

    Hillary will take the democratic party down for real borthers and sisters, and we will blame ourselves for our demise with another republican candidate.

    Obama and Biden as VP is our sure ticket to win the whole thing.

    January 14, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. Ronnie Ruff DC

    I am a white male, I want Obama to win. That said no one can predict what will happen when white Americans pull the curtain to the booth to pull the lever. That said I think Obama needs to be the nominee because America needs to know where it stands on racism and how far we have come.

    January 14, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. Dave

    Not even a single mention of Ron Paul. The revolution will not be televised!

    January 14, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. stop the witch hunt




    January 14, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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