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. man

    Looks like this is a hillary room. Obama haters, remember, republicans want Hillary to get the primary ticket. She is better choice to them to beat. Obama can bring more voters which is proven. Hillary is not likable. We are so emotional. We voted for Bush twice who we know is a dictator and lied about soooo many things. We should not give up on lady like emotion. Get realistic. Go for the real change. This change can be done by a new comer, not by another old people. They are sold to lobbyist. Again, wake up America.

    January 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Bullofmizzou, MO

    Old John Boy is way past his bedtime these days in this Campaign. The Old Soldiers' Home Harkins him with a Loud Call to Come Hither!

    On top of it all, Mr McCain does NOT have the right stuff of Conservativism to deserve the Nomination in the Republican Party. Too many bad decisions and bad votes in the Senate closet with a bad record. The Poor Guy should have run as a Democrat, he could have beat them all in his younger days.

    I really respect John for his Military Record and accomplishments, as I am also a Vietnam Combat Vet, and Retired Military Officer, but he would be dangerous for Republicans in Congress trying to get the right things done, with his Liberal attitude and alliances with Democrats.

    Time to answer the Call of Taps now John, step aside and let a real Conservative steer the boat now. With all Due Respect for Senator McCain.

    January 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |

    Democrats trying to disenfranchise minority voters(Nevada)? This is something I never thought I would have ever heard of in my entire Democratic life, but that is because it is UNHEARD OF. The reason we are seeing such strange behavior in this particular Democratic race is because WE THE PEOPLE of the United States of America need to recognize that the Bush-Clintons are trying to create a type of political dynasty. For example Edwards and Obama are rivals and although they differ on many things remain civil but it is the Clinton camp keeps throwing all these vicious in the road. Down with the WASHINGTON HYPOCRISY NO MORE BUSH-CLINTON-BUSH-CLINTON-JEB BUSH? DYNASTY!!!

    January 14, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Abby

    I really wish that people would have factual information before they comment...I have read a few comments that have stated that Obama doesn't recite the Pledge of Allegiance and if you have read anything you will know that piece of information has been ruled completely false along with the fact that he does not recognize the flag....these are absurd comments and a little piece of advice from a 17 year old...read from reliable sources before you speak!

    January 14, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. merlin gili

    More americans realized that experience is far more worth to be trusted that the promise of change....
    Hillary.... your new president.....

    January 14, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |

    FAIR TAX!!

    January 14, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Paul

    People should vote for a candidate based on the positions the candidates takes on important issues, the details the candidate provides about what they intend to do in office, and the candidates history / track record.

    To say you'll vote for Obama simply because he's not a Clinton or Bush is just about the dumbest reason I've ever heard to vote for someone.

    January 14, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. Mike

    McCain is tough and has honor – those who name call on age are as desperate as Romney. Age/height, the "conspiracy in media," and the like are as founded as the color of one's skin, religion, and gender with regards to materiality of issues. Nothing more than desperation politics for small-minded supporters of others like Romney.

    The fact that George Romney's own vice-governor supports McCain over the son of his parter speaks volumes that the "media conspiracy" did not fabricate. The same media that said how well Romney was doing in NH and Iowa this past summer.

    January 14, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. George

    Great entertainment – isn't it? He said – she said. A charge of sexism and then of racism. An arguement about the value of the polls and a question about one candidate's religion. One is too old to be right for the job and another has "limited" experience.

    And when it is all over, will there be any change? Will it make any difference who receives your vote? We now have the worst President – ever! And we have the most inept Congress – ever! (And several leading candidates are part of that Congress)

    It's like being on the Titanic and, virtually, everyone is in denial.

    The Wars? What wars?
    Loss in value of the dollar? Temporary – our government will fix it.
    Loss of Individual Rights? Didn't notice any difference.

    Don't bother me with these questions – I want to watch football. Well I want to watch the candidates fight.

    Great Entertainment.

    January 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Luis

    Obama Lovers are now getting upset because they see that Hillary's experience is what people want, not someone who can simply deliver a good speech. Be patient people, give the guy another 8 years to see how he develops. By then he would have gone through a presidential campaign and would have had to re-evaluate himself and could possibly be a better candidate for president. Until then, the choice is simple Hillary 2008!

    January 14, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Amy

    POLLS are meaningless at this stage. What you should be reporting on are the dirty tricks that the Clinton team takes from Rove's playbook. Report on the biggest stake in this election...the appointments of Supreme Court judges.

    January 14, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Christina

    If Hillary doesn't respond, they say that she can't handle the pressure.
    When the "guys" gang up on her, they say she uses the gender card if she recognizes their tactics. If she stands confident, then they say Hillary is heartless. If She shows emotion, they claim she is weak. If she fights back, they claim she is racist.

    It really doesn't matter what she does, there are those who will attack her regardless. And yet, she still remains in the lead.

    Hillary is a true leader. She stands in the face of it all, and America loves her for it!

    Hillary '08!

    January 14, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. Ben

    Barack Obama supports infanticide – i.e. he voted to kill fetuses (future children) that survived an abortion attempt.
    45 million fetuses (future Americans) have been aborted since abortion has been made legal.
    One wonders why people are arguing about Iraq and Afganistan when by far this is the greatest genocide against the American people.
    45 million vs. about 5 thousand on 911?

    January 14, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. irma

    Hi Rick, there were a lot of White people who were involved in that struggle as well. They risked injury and abandonment from friends for their support of the black struggle. We shouldn't "pretend" that people didn't use their status to help the cause. You shouldn't deminish the contributions of white Americans by skewing Sen. Clintons remarks to suit your agenda. It's insulting.

    January 14, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. irma

    By the way, President Kennedy was the one who started the Civil Rights Act, Johnson signed it. Yes, under pressure from all communities.

    January 14, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. williams

    I pray Obama wins, but I think our Baby boomer's will have to pass away before they allow an African American become President. Our country tries to hide it's ugly racist practices(our Justice System) while telling people 18,000 miles away how to live in equality. We as a nation still have some growing up to do before all men are equal.

    January 14, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. sid

    Wait folks,

    Which candidate has attacked the other's personal life? Pretty simple answer, huh!?

    January 14, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. Chevy k

    I AM SICKENED BY SOME OF YOU. Look At yourselfs reading the latest tickers to decide the value of a man. i am sickened to see that You are not ready for Obama to lead this nation. Its SAD to see that you are blind to the assaults the clinton campaign has laid upon obama. It sicken me that Obama is running the cleanest most respectable race here while your prejudices are trying to tear him apart to no avail.

    January 14, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. Candice Deglon

    The issues that we face today are a strange commentary on America. We have become beholden of our politician as if they were gods. We believe their sound bites and take the media spin as a truth. We as a people allow people to dictate our lives and the way we live them. I hope for change, I hope for a better tomorrow. The truth is America is beginning to fall and our apathy is part of the reason why. We must embrace change.

    January 14, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. r nair

    Mrs. Clinton has experience; she is level headed, and has a solid plan to address the ills brought on by the fraud of a President named Bush. Baraca, drop off and support Mrs. Clinton. Let's make history, a woman President, a man as 1st person, and a former President as the spouse of the sitting President. You will have your time. Do some good things in life and gain experience. Now support her and you can cash in later. You can contribute now much better than trying to gain the nomination by supporting Mrs. Clinton.
    I expect lot of good things from Mrs. Clinton: bring the economy back to what it was when Mr. Clinton left the Presidency, top of the world and in surplus. Looking forward to a better health care plan for all and addressing the gas crisis. How come the health care insurance companies and the oil companies in America are making profits in Billions. Both are not serving their customers. I also look forward to better support for education, students, and environments: better mileage cars, sun and wind tapping, pollution control etc. Compassion and toughness, Mrs. Clinton has both. I support her whole heartedly. Good Luck Mrs. Clinton.

    January 14, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  21. Karteek

    I am not a US citizen but I am closely following the elections. Its amazing how people are getting carried away by emotions rather than policy. I believe a country needs an experienced candidate as a presidnt. One who can understand economy, foreign policy and internal affairs. I am convinced Mrs. Clinton is the best fit. And for those who want change. How about electing a woman as a president for a "CHANGE".

    January 14, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  22. BT out of Florida

    The question that needs to be asked is who truly is a Global leader... A world leader that has the ability to unite not only blue states and red states... but true global adversaries. This is what we need right now in Washington and it is best defined in the individual traits that simply draw you to the individual. Bill Clinton has this characteristic on the masses... I'm sorry but Hillary does not. She is polarizing which is the opposite of what is needed in the world today… We done a enough of that in the last 8 years. JFK had this trait which propelled him into office a very young age because the country was in need of change as it is today.

    Today we're talking about Barack Obama because he embodies this leadership trait for change, unity and inspiration. It is this trait that has propelled him to the forefront of our minds, debate and consideration. It is simply because he has the ability to cross divides and inspire us to believe in the will of the people again. He endeavors to include us, and gives us a reason to believe in America again. Barack has my vote and I hope yours as well. We are in need of a true global leader…

    Go Barack!

    January 14, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  23. Kelvin in Florida

    Rock on Hillary!!

    Barack is full of nothing but cheap talk. The sooner the media realizes this, the better off we'll all be.

    How can he go around bragging about his stance on the war when in he wasn't even a member of Congress when it was being decided? How can he say he's been against it when he's repeatedly voted to fund it?

    His popularity is nothing but bogus hype – and it'll disappear after Super Tuesday...

    January 14, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. Forbes

    Hillary is dishonest, and Obama is inexpierenced, its Mcain all the way!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  25. Tony

    Yes, Hillary's supporters must be very happy. But they should remember this also means they want to send a pervert back to the White House. Very disturbing.

    January 14, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
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