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. Bryan

    Anon Middle America: Who is doing the dividing? Obama was not raising the issue of race, the media, and then Hillary Clinton did. In fact, it was a non-issue for all the campaigns until Clinton thought she might be losing, when suddenly a barrage of misinformation about Barack Obama arose.

    Clinton will continue more years of divided and needlessly partisan politics. It is not that we shouldn't have parties, and that partisan politics don't have a place. However, the last decade or more has been typified by division simply for division's sake. Enough already!

    January 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Joe

    Why isn't Ron Paul included in this poll? I see bumper stickers and yard signs for him but the media doesn't really think he will play their money game?

    January 14, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Kevin- Las VegasNV

    Does it bother anyone that if Hillary wins the Whitehouse (and is re-elected) it will give us 28 years of 2 families controlling this country.

    January 14, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Californian

    My vote has already been cast in CA absentee for Hillary. As to Obama he is just not ready yet and all the yelling for him and mudslinging at the Clintons from his group will not change that and will divide the party and hurt the Dems overall in the full election. For all of you who are too young to remember the Clintons, within two years of their coming into office, I bought my first home at age 37 when under Regan and Bush we had no chance for that. My husband and I both had a very sucessful careers that were saved by their changes in national policy that supported hi tech industries. Many americans in poor neighborhoods also had their first homes and went from poor and renting to home owners in the middle class for the first time and with fair deals that did not disappear when interest rates changed. Finally for those of you who think the republicans will find mud to throw at Hillary, get real. Let them try. They threw all they had and no one listens anymore when they howl about the Clintons and that is one of her strongest positives. Go HIllary 08. We are with you all the way.

    January 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. aware

    A Clinton – McCain race for the Whitehouse would be great! 🙂

    January 14, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Jake, California

    Hillary is going no where.

    She is trying to inject race into this whole thing knowing it will be at the disadvantage of the Obama camp...but it will only hurt her.

    Obama leads in Nevada 32% to 30%
    Obama leads in South Carolina 44%

    We will do it state by state. The reason she leads here nationally is because of NAME BRAND on CLINTON...but once we get to a state, the percentages will change.

    The Clintons cannot take advantage of everyone for their own greed, America will stand against this!

    Obama came up with CHANGE and she adopted it. Everything Obama does, she copies and then goes around slandering his name.

    I am actually confused as to whether its Bill or Hillary who is running for president!
    It doesn't really matter anyway because both of them will lose miserably!

    January 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Guy Rochon

    As a Canadian watching the American political scene since 1976, it was discraceful to hear John McCain's comments about our health care system during the last republican debate. The Republicans simply just don't get it: they won't provide a good health care coverage for all-at least 45 millions Americans aren't covered-cause our system in Canada is fair, affordable for each citizen. I just hope that Hillary Clinton gets the nomination for the Democrats and finally gets rid of the Old Conservative doctine that ruins the most powerful nation in the World. Besides, McCain is 70, Reagan was 71 when first elected: come on America, wake up and make it happen! HILLARY AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

    January 14, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Bob

    All you Hillary supporters who want to tout the polls today should take a look at the polls that matter and those are the polls showing theoretical matchups in November. May I point to the Rasmussen poll showing her losing to McCain by 8 points in Pennsylvania, of all places?!

    Go ahead and vote for Hillary in your state primaries. Just know that when you do, you're taking us one step closer to ANOTHER Republican Administration. Take your blinders off, people. She is NOT Bill Clinton. Only Democrats like Hillary. She's not going to win the Presidency with nothing but the base behind her.

    Obama or Edwards are the only candidates that stand a chance in November.

    January 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Tom Davie

    All these folks talk about how they were for Hillary -but now obama because of WHAT?

    There has been no major real scandal by any candidate. Even the Ron Paul racist thing was blown off as a scam.

    People were voting for Hillary because she was the real agent for change until Obama PROVED he was a legitimate contender in Iowa. Therefore the big far left bandwagon is in full swing.

    Obama is a first year senator who was in washington what? 2 years before he somehow decided he was EXPERIENCED enough to be president of the united states?

    It is simply irresponsible to stick someone in power who does not have the resume to do the job. Why didnt obama just WAIT until he had the experience ?

    January 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Neal

    "But Hillary is the only candidate on the democratic side that has the ability and experience to actually get the job done"

    I am trying to approach this election as impartially as possible. I wish I could see some tangible evidence of what Hillary Clinton has done in the past which would support the claim that she has more 'experience' than the others. As far as 'ability' goes, has she ever been President before? None of them have, so I am not sure why she gets the nod for having the most ability. Maybe because she used to live in the White House....

    January 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. boib watson

    The Clintonites speak so high and mighty... however for all their hot air and rhetoric .. what experience does Hillary really have.. what are her great accomplishments to date.. We would have some type of health care if she was not so intractable and uncompromising back in the 90s. She voted for the war and then stood up and proclaimed it was the right thing to do and was in support of this action and President Bush, How quickly she forgets her own history. When she was in the White House she was soooo interested in foreign affairs (I guess Bill's ) she did NOT even bother to get National Security clearance.. What does that say about her experience and involvement in national and foreign affairs. She talks endlessly about ready on day one but what are her qualifications ... What meaningful legislation has she brought forth and got passed? If being first lady is really that great experience.. then I guess Barbara Bush should be running for president. I'm a democratic independent and really dislike the current administration and where this country is ... but I will NEVER vote for Hillary ......she is just as ego driven and untrustworthy as Dick Cheney. She will continue sell out this country, just as Bill and George before her.

    January 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Carrie from Canada:

    Please don't interfere with our "family fight"; we can handle it without your two cents.

    Before you pat Canada on the back and condemn my country, let me remind you that your country can afford to spend gazillions on social programs because the Good 'ole USA provides military support to your nation.

    Also, let's not forget NAFTA (passed by Clinton in the 1990s) benefited Canada and Mexico and took millions of jobs from the USA.

    January 14, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Al in Wpg

    Well, I guess this poll means the presidential race will be Kucinich vs Biden.

    January 14, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. mats

    Please admit it. Americans want nothing except to be entertained. Getting the Clintons back has a certain sitcom appeal. What fun! No one else will be so much fun.

    By the way, I heard Obama speak at a relatively small event a few months ago. His message was canned and not tailored to his S. Florida audience at all. Afterward he was rather aloof. He is not ready.

    January 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. tina oneil

    Obama is certainly a great guy capable of uniting this nation.May God help Obama.

    January 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Steve Jay

    I am pleased to see Hillary is still ahead nationally. I just hope the Americans dont buy into the hype of Obama because it will be a terrible mistake. Clinton has the experience and vision for the country ... just give her a chance and get over all the unjustified hate.

    It seems to me that Obama will win South Carolina because of race ... and that is very very sad.

    January 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Christine, Overland Park, Kansas


    Witch hunt? Double standard? I'm sorry but I think you're blowing it out of proportion. And Hillary won't be the first female president of the free world. In case you don't remember, India is the largest democracy and they elected a female president (albeit she doesn't carry the same amount of power as the prime minister) just last year. And don't forget Margaret Thatcher. And I might add Hillary – unlike these two women – essentially piggybacked off her husband's enormous success. When we get the first female President of the USA i want it to be a woman who is qualified in her own right and who won't have to depend on her husband to get her where she is (or campaign for her). Let's face it, without Bill Hillary wouldn't be a serious contender.

    January 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. m

    The whole Clinton era is over. They're time has gone. We aren't going to relive the hey-day of the 1990's just by electing another Clinton. We need to move forward, not wallow in the past. You can't expect different results by electing the same old-same old in washington. For the sake of the country, take just 2 seconds and look outside the box and consider Obama, Ron Paul, Edwards, Huckabee. You don't have to agree with someone 100% to vote for them. I think the time for playing it safe by voting for the "tried and true" is too dangerous this election.

    This notion of "electability" is a creation of the media. A vote is never wasted if it's on a candidate that you believe in.

    January 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Kevin, Louisville, Ky

    Will Hillary stop attacking and concentrate on the real issues......she should stop provoking the Obama camp..please Clintons show some poise!! Yes Hillary, you will win ..Happy Now ..Bill and Hill?

    January 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Florian

    GO Hillary, you are the best!

    If Obama runs for president, the democrats will lose yet again against the Republicans. More over the race card is so old...

    January 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Tommy

    Ron Paul supporters need to get a life. The guy is not going to win....hes actually going to lose by around 95% to 5% nationally if he is lucky. He is a bad candidate so give it a REST!

    January 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. DKenneth

    To Hillary & Obama supporters,
    Be reminded that this is just the preliminary. Your comments on both candidates will not help the party's nominees in general elections. If you are indeed sympathetic with your canditate in his/her bid to White Houst, I will advise that you all exrercise moderation on how you condemn your perceived opponents. Every attack made on a particular candidate by a supporter or a fellow aspirant IS an ATTACK on the party.
    Please be aware!!!!!!! Making it to the White House should be the focus here.

    January 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Cindy, Calfiornia

    It doesnt' matter who we vote for...our voice doesn't matter and for those of you that think it does; you're ignorant. The best we can hope for is that we vote in a president who will unite and bring stability to our great nation. Someone who cares about or economy, intenational relations, global warming and the american dream. So goodluck because we all need it...we're in sad shape and we're all in it together.

    January 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    claudia campbell in Obama's home state had this to say, and I agree:

    "Mr. Obama has done nothing for my

    community. He reminds me of my ex,all

    talk, no action. In the Obama's household

    I guess that Michelle plays the dominant role.

    When someone touts change ,one must be

    practical by laying out concrete foundation.

    He is an orator, nothing more"








    January 14, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. James

    I am surpised that some of the candidates use religion as a campain strategy. America was founded on freedom and mixing religion and politics has historically been a very bad idea. That has been the problem in the middle east. Their would be no war if people did not mix religion and govenment and their would be no 911. Why can't politicians stick to the ecconomy, building roads, lowering taxes, another words RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT, NOT THE PEOPLE!

    January 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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