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. kathe Oakland Ca

    STOP THE WITCH HUNT: I am a woman, I am an african american woman. STOP this insane effort and notion that all women are for Hillary. Are you insane really to think that all women are for Hillary and that Hillary is the best nominee because she is a woman.
    God Help us with this type of sterotype thinking America. I don't care if Hillary is a woman, white, married to Bill, got screwed by Bill, showed a bit of emotion, so what. My question is what is she going to do for this country – not just women. Have you all forgotten Hillary is not first woman to run for President, Obama is not first black man to run for President??????
    The question is, who is going to be for Americans and not just rich but all of us?? You be the judge but please stop putting me in the same class as all women for Hillary.

    January 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. rmsk- denmark

    Americans u need Hillary. se will be a great president for your nation- NOT OBAMA. Denmark

    January 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. veronica

    MCCain v. Clinton will be a great race.
    Hillary will win it.

    January 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. John in Charlotte

    I like seeing that Obama is closing the gap nationally and is now leading in South Carolina and Nevada.

    Obama has the ability to inspire. The only thing Hillary inspires is more divisiveness in this country.

    January 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Jim

    All of the canidates with the exception of John McCain and Ron Paul are bought and paid for. Do not let anyone fool you.Bring this country back to greatness and vote for John McCain. He WILL make Washington an unpopular place for corupt politicians and lobbyist that have weakened the people of this counrty and empowered the already mega wealthy. JOHN MCCAIN 2008 !!!

    January 14, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Diggs' Crew

    Go Obama- its time! you and Edwards lead us into the direction of a strong dollar, affordable healthcare, inexpensive yet viable education that relevant to produce jobs or job creators, and get us the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan, bring our troops home! HillBillary Clinton is just that Bill in a dress, so yesterday! And McCain, hell he might not make it thru a presidency, seriously, that dude should be at home with his great grands! Go Obama–Im a white middle class Republican in Maryland and I believe in the good Sen. Obama!

    January 14, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Tommy

    You know it was nearly 8 years ago when we found out the biggest reason that people voted for Bush over Gore was because he was likeable alhough the same people admited that Gore had their confidence that he was the more expeirenced. Yet once again people are going to vote for some one they say is again more likeable it seemed to prove that the last 8 years of Bush was the biggest mistake voters made. I too am tired of these Democrats for trying to divide derail one another by the way of visious attacks, and let me say it seems they have come more from Sen. Obama and Sen. Edwards and against Hillary yet everyone seems to beive Hillary is to blame when she comments or respond to their attacks. You know you once again need to all realize what a pivital moment we are facing and set aside personal differences. Hillary is the one who can not only Win but who can once again bring prosperity to all Americans. You may not like her but once again we can ask our selves "Are you better of than you were 8 years ago?" The answer to that for I think most if not all of us is "hell no"

    January 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Eileen

    Democrats, this isn't rocket science: Who owns the media? The Republicans, right? ...Okay, who does the media hate? ...Hillary Clinton, right?

    Now, do you want four more years of Republican lies, wars and watching the rich get richer?

    If the answer is "no," then don't you want the candidate that the Republicans hate?...I do!... Why? ...Because she is obviously NOT willing to play ball with them.

    Ask yourselves why the Republican-owned media isn't hitting Obama everytime he opens his mouth. Why? ....Because they aeren't worried about Obama; they are only worried about Hillary.

    Get a grip, Democrats! This isn't about race and it isn't about gender. It is about nominating the candidate who can beat those fools in the White House next November. Please God, no more Republicans for awhile!

    January 14, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Ed

    I'm sick of moronic democrats proclaiming how experienced Hillary is. Being first Lady does not give you credible experience, she was only elected in 2000! Granted Obama was elected to the US senate in 2004; however, that was after serving 8 years as a state senator.

    Go McCain

    January 14, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Matt

    Hillary WILL pull through for us. I agree, Obama's supporters are the ones who are "splitting" the party. Spewing hatred is not a value that the Democratic party is founded on! Come on, unite around a leader who will WIN in November!

    January 14, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Steve Daytona Beach

    What really amazes me in all this, is how Obama responds to criticism. His entire campaign (and now with the help of his lackey, Edwards) he has done nothing but sling mud and make untrue commments toward Clinton. But everytime someone points out his faults and distortions, it's "Oh my! All they can do is attack me and not offer anything positive." This man is the most plastic politician of them all. I'd vote for Mike Gravel before I gave Obama my vote. Hillary may have shed tears, but Obama's whining tells you a whole lot more about where we'll be if he wins the nomination.

    January 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    The people who had experience drag in to personal war. Bush basically used the USA's military to solve personal conflict with sadam as Bush said sadam tried to kill my dad. With the money we spend in iraq we could have caught Biladen that was the right war. Now these same people who voted for Bush are critical of choosing a good leader. What a shame these people are far sofisticated than bush, any one of them is Good. If you elect bush shame on you if you question any of these candidates.

    January 14, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Sylla

    Honestly, Do you think if Hillary is elected any middle eastern country is going to take us seriously? Its the sad truth, but its the world we live in. They will see it as a sign of weakness. For god sakes she started crying because she was under pressure for what ever reason. This is not Kumbaya time the stakes or high and we need someone that will not flinch under pressure. I don't want to hear about experience anymore. Look what it got us for the last 20 years, the laughing stock of the world.

    January 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Mirta

    I agree, I would like to see Clinton v. McCain. I think of all of the combinations, this would make the most sense. Obama is all fluff. Go HIllary!

    January 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Eric

    The analysis of poll is biased toward Clinton. This is not good news for you Clinton supporters... Her lead in this poll continues to tank.. She used to have a strong double digit lead, now her "lead" is within the margin of error.

    The only thing national polls are worth in primary races are to tell us the overall noational trend from one poll to the other. The trend is overwhelmingly for Obama and McCain.

    January 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. lee

    McCain=angry and trigger happy.
    God help us!

    January 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Maestroh

    Are these the same polls that showed Obama wiping out Hillary in New Hampshire? And if they are, can't we pretty much figure that they are great works of transitional fiction?

    January 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. BJ

    Obama is our only chance at real change.
    Hillary has taken a lot of money from the corporate world and from professional lobby fund raisers.
    Do we really want the same family in the white house after throwing out the other family on the republican side.( I cannot even say their name)
    Obama is going to try to bring the country together, just like JFK

    January 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Sam

    You bet I'm tired of these polls. You are all trying to push Hillary and Obama down our throats. There is still one more candidate running on the Democratic side and at least three on the Republican side.

    You have already run off three of the Democrats and one of the Republicans . . . when are you going to stop telling us how we should vote? We are still living in a free country (at least as free as Mr. Bush will let us) and we WILL vote for the person that we feel is the right person to lead us out of this unholy mess we find ourselves in.

    By the way, why don't you have a poll about how many of us would like to abolish the electoral college and just have popular vote??? If that had happed in 2000, we would now be saying "President Gore".

    January 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. mary

    I truly believe the nation as a whole has been given one more chance to set things right - with a Democratic president named Barack Obama. If the presidental race is thrown to the Republicans because of Hillary's stupid "want to win at any cost" remarks about LBJ and MLK , I swear I'm going to switch my affiliation from Democratic to Independent.


    Go Obama '08.

    January 14, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. JK

    Washington Post: McCain Moves Into Lead; Obama Gains on Clinton
    The first contests of the 2008 presidential campaign have led to a dramatic shake-up in public opinion nationally, with Sen. John McCain now leading the Republican field and Sen. Barack Obama all but erasing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-overwhelming advantage among Democrats, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
    who should we believe. wait a minute, this is cnn?

    January 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Too late in Indiana

    Unfortunately, by the time we get around to voting on May 6, America will probably have given us two nominees that represent all that is wrong with Washington – Hillary the Carpetbagger and John "One Foot in the Grave" McCain. A change is needed from both parties from the politics of the last 20 years, ever since Ronald Reagan left Washington, and neither of the front-runners, nor any candidate in the Democratic Party, will give us the change that the country needs.

    What we need is a return to Constitutional principles without the pandering to the Fundamentalist wackos that have brought the Republican Party and the nation to the brink of ruin. A change to the Democrats will only spend us into oblivion faster, as none of them has a clue in how the country works nor how the private sector, not the public one, holds the salvation of the nation. Government has never created a job, never produced a viable product, nor ever had to answer to shareholders, so it definitely scares me, as a libertarian-conservative, to see too many willing to hand over 1/6 of our economy to a group that can't defend the borders, can't fix the roads, and can't keep criminals off the street (all Constitutional responsibilities).

    All I'm hoping for is a chance to vote for a real change back to what made America great, belief in her people, ALL of her people, on May 6.

    January 14, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. jd lee

    You know i'll be honest with everyone who chose to post a comment...i would like to see a woman for a chance run the country...but honestly i don't think hillary clinton will be the one...i truly believe her and her husband have a hidden agenda...everything about her rubs me the wrong way...i fear for obama...as much as i love him...i fear for his life...when i first heard him speak...i said this man will be president...and then that though quickly changed to the minute he came out and spoke,i believe there are powers that are plotting to kill him...women wanna see a woman in charge...i don't blame you one bit,but please don't let that feeling and thinking get in the way of choosing the right president...again i don't think its her...people should also do a little research before voting...the clintons are almost as ruthless as the bush family...please do your research and homework,and always remember the only reason these people exist is because of us the people...we have the power to change the world...not obama,not hillary,not mccain or any politician...

    January 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. B Carri

    Dear American Friends…

    It is obvious from up here in CANADA we do not get the political spin Americans get on their news. From an unbiased point of view it is also clear that the Clinton's are trying hard to spin "in" the Race card without saying it, because saying it would be taboo... The planted race comments is called REVERSE PHYSOCALOGY we use it on children to get them to think they thought of it… funny the way the media jumps on these political maneuvers.. The Clintons want people to know Obama is BLACK and will be a BLACK president.... The fact is the Clintons ARE in bed with the same old Washington corruption and will stay this way..... Please my friends look beyond the flag waving and see your country is no longer respected around the world and your government is lieing to you while you go broke and the big companies get richer… Truth is in Canada we get the News that is NOT owned by a private company that is owned by a political party friend... so if this note gets posted I will be so surprised..


    January 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Mart from Chicago

    To those who bashed Clinton because of how she wins Hampshire and the polls didnt make sense at all, well lets see how you guys react if Obama wins the nomination while the National Polls says otherwise!!! But hopefully it wouldnt come to that, coz Hilarry would be the best president for America. And if Obama wins it, I'm voting for the Republicans(hopefully its McCain tho) cause we can't afford another in-training president.

    January 14, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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