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. P. Fuller

    God help us when people argue about candidates (Dems or Repubs) and can't even spell correctly! Get over these polls folks, they don't mean much at this point (did everyone forget New Hampshire)!

    January 14, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Neil

    (in response to Christys "change is voting for the first woman president in US history")

    Hey Christy, Change is also voting for the first black president in US history.

    Perhaps you should vote on the issues, and not the sex OR race of the candidate. But, alas, intelligence has never been a requirement for the right to vote...

    As a white/male/formerly republican/now independent – I'm voting for Obama. I remember the Clinton years, and can identify patterns – I see absolutely no change in Hillary, so why should I believe she can affect change?

    January 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. martha

    I am very surprise to hear people said , i dont like the Clintons ,is fine but look back 7 years ago how this country was.
    You elect a president that many people said he is not that smart, but he is a nice honest guy. Can you say that today ? . He is not smart, he is not honest, and he is not that nice guy, you though He was. Do you want to make same mistake, elect nice guy, what is his experience ? what his track record is.
    I have to be realistic, we need experience, expertise and vision.

    January 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Mary, Wisconsin

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    January 14, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. john

    Nobody wants a new configuration of the Clinton and Clinton co-presidency
    of the '90's. Change means CHANGE...not nostalgia for more of the same.

    January 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. darrell

    The polls are as flexable as the voters.

    realclearpolitics.com Show Obama ahead in Nevada – thats not important.

    To go out and Vote is.

    For more of the same, or a Change, as defined by Bill in 1992

    Hillary said JFK was hopefull of passing the civil rights act.

    Early this month, she said people can't depend on hope, but hard work.

    People are hard at work, For Lesss.

    Obama has a vision that's built on the hopes of all america, wanting change.

    Bill in 1992, said "the same old experience is not relevant"
    Bill did not bring, his supporting cast brought change, His Administration of Thinker.

    Hillary Voted for Two wars– iran and iraq – Same old experience

    Not relevant – no lessons, no learning took place, Same results

    Want Change – You want Obama 2008, His administration shall bring change surrounding his and Americas people hope of a brighter day.

    Of course you can have a divider and Hillary's complaints of 16 years of GOP attacks.

    We need someone who is focused on the "NOW"

    Same old experience .... No Way.

    January 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Nicholas Smith

    Someone said Hillary has "pulled ahead." HAHA, Obama has caught up to her, after being 20 points behind in NATIONAL POLLS. He'll win this thing, I'm sure of it. Obama 08!

    January 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Sal

    I'm going to be honest Obama will not win because the U.S will not have a black person as president there still alot people not ready for that. my view is not what color he is but his inexperience for the job.

    January 14, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Matt, New York Ny

    Obama and Edwards should team up and stop this madness. I think the scary thing is that Edwards is splitting the vote for change.

    If Hillary gets the nomination, this country is in for major problems. I do think this country wants to change the nature of politics and see new inspirational politicians again, but there's still this portion that is in love with the Clintons. They had their chance, ran the country for eight years, we should go beyond Bushes and Clintons for a while and get some fresh leadership.

    Edwards appeals to a portion of the democratic party that hasn't gotten on board with the Obama train. Unions and such. This portion still realizes the dangers of a Hillary nomination. I think an Obama / Edwards ticket should be constructed to assure a loss of Hillary in key states and a nomination, which would stand the best chance of resulting in the presidency.

    January 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Georgia

    Go Hillary!!!!! I am so glad you don't read the comments from these negative people. They must love the economy as it is today.... (lol)

    January 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Jack Lane


    January 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Poli

    I've lost confidence in any so-called political poll without a sample size in the thousands.

    Polling doesn't elect – only actual votes do!

    Whatever the outcome of the primaries and general election, I hope that all of you who have left comments here actually VOTE!

    January 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Who it their right mind would vote for Hillary??? It’s amazing how many weak minded, uneducated people there are out there that are so easily brainwashed by the Clintons.

    January 14, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. 4HillaryinIA

    It looks like the voters are finally starting to see and figure out Mr. Obama for exactly who he is. GO HILLARY!!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Rob C Tn

    tommy you need to get a life. We all have lives. We believe in the constitution and bill of rights? Do you ? What is wrong with supporting someone who looks out for us Americans?? Go Ron Paul. He is the only voice of change. Not a puppet. PeacE to you all

    January 14, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. NewPatriot-Arizona

    Go RON PAUL !

    January 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Marcia

    I don't rust both CBS and CNN's poll. Both of these polls Obama down in Iowa and Obama up in Hew Hampshire.

    January 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. ratt

    What cracks me up is all of the anti-republican nonsense posted by the Hillary supporters. I guess that's why the owner of the Fox News Network, Rupert Murdoch, holds fundraisers for her. She's just another bought and paid for professional politician that will take money from the devil if need be. If democratic values include taking money from the likes of Murdoch, count me in as an independent.

    January 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Raza

    It really doesn't matter anymore who we vote for. CNN and other news media choose our candidates for us. Both Hillary and Obama have taken money from Time Warner. A company who owns CNN, and thus have received more time on their debates as well as media culture then anyone else in the race towards the Presidency.

    January 14, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Jeffrey Meyers, Canadian (residing in the UK)

    Re: Carrie from Canada (a correction and response)

    As a fellow Canadian I would remind you that Canada has never elected a female Prime Minister. Kim Campbell served very briefly as Prime Minister after her selection as leader of the Conservative Party at a closed party leadership convention. When she subsequently led her party in the general election it was trounced and reduced from a majority to a mere two seats (fifth among the five major parties). This spectacular defeat was more of a reflection on the public's frustration with former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's two terms in office than a negative rebuke of Kim Campbell's. However, there is no evidence to support the claim that the Canadian electorate is any more enlightened or any less sexist than the American one. It is embarrassing when shrill and ill informed Canadians purport to be more progressive than their American cohorts. Come on Carrie, do your research!

    Also note: Americans may simply find Barack Obama more inspirational than Hillary Clinton. This is not necessarily a function of sexism. It would be ridiculous to suggest that African Americans are any more (or less) marginalized than (white) women. Both women and African Americans continue to face immense systemic barriers in American life. It remains to be seen whether the popularity of Barack Obama (or Hillary Clinton) will translate into a new America. However, one thing is certain: Canada has never elected a leader of the caliber of Barack Obama (with the possible exception of the late great Pierre Trudeau). On this occasion, Canadians ought to be inspired by our American neighbors and supportive of the democratic spirit (rather than petulant and negative). Come on Carrie, show some class!

    If Canadians and other friends and allies hope to see the democrats back in power, we ought to support the progressive elements of the American electorate (instead of insulting it and beating our own purportedly more progressive chests). We would also be wise to remember that Canada recently elected a neo-conservative leader in Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his conservative government. Come on Carrie, get real!

    The only area in which the Canadian electorate has a genuine claim to superiority over the American electorate is in the area of election spending and campaign finance. Canada has traditionally enjoyed greater success (although never complete success) in curbing special interest lobbying and influence peddling in federal election campaigns. Barack Obama (as well as John Edwards and John McCain) are right to raise this issue in the primaries. Good luck America! Reasonable Canadians are supporting your efforts.

    January 14, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Elaine

    People People we must not think about race at a time like this , we need
    someone that cares for the people, bring these soldiers home 8 years is enough
    of being some where you are not wanted, talk about high taxes,gas prices ,
    helping people keep their homes , putting money in America helping all states.
    why should Bill be making any comments, he's not in the race, Mrs Clinton slould
    not attact another Democrat. Think About it.

    January 14, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Annie

    I used to like her, but this campaign is making me hate Hillary. She is Tracy Flick from Election, who would do anything to win. She is a polarizing figure that shows her desperate ambition to be on top. She will be another politican and will not be a unifying force in the nation.

    January 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. veronica

    Clinton v. McCain–that's a race I'd love to see.
    Go Hillary!

    January 14, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Mike, Jacksonville Fl

    I really doubt Hillary will win Florida. She needs to learn how to choose her words wisley, with all the "experience" she has i would think she would know thatby now. She hurt her vote with African Americans with the who LBJ speech. And i dont really think LBJ wrote up the bill he signed (she needs to do research). But anyway we dont need a person who has been in the white house, period. Once they return they pick up bad habits again. Hillary preaches for change but as the first woman she really didnt get what she promised medicare done.

    Alot of people ask "are you voting for Obama because he's black" but the real question is "Are you not voting for him because he black?" It shouldnt be about race. I think gender is a valid point. If a woman can not fight for her country on the front lines ( Marine Corp) then how can they run it. They dont know what men out on the line to stay alive in war zones. They go on assumptions. Im not sexist, i feel no nation will take a woman seriously. And to prove her strenght she will risk thel ives of our men in the military.

    January 14, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. McCain and Hillary

    I think it would be great if Hillary and McCain were running mates. I think they'd make a great pair in the White House.

    January 14, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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