January 14th, 2008
08:04 AM ET
9 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. A.S.

    A third party or an indipendent candidate -yet to be named – looks better and better.
    Ron Paul is the only one that makes sense -when he does. Others are just saying whatever they think is the popular thing to say that day...and ROn doesn't have a snowball's chance.

    January 14, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  2. Ben

    Has anyone made mention that the ABC poll ads up to 90% and the CBS poll ads up to 70%? I think some fuzzy math is going on here. I vote Obama.

    January 14, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  3. Tom

    "Empty vessels make the most noise. "

    —– I like Obama but he does not have anything to show for his four years in the senate, missing important votes,etc..

    "Slow and steady wins the race".
    ——Clinton has been campaigning since 2004.Her plans and goals are practical and achievable.

    Go Hilllllllllary. !!

    January 15, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  4. Ann Aloha, PA

    Ist the media stirs the pot
    2nd the supporters blasts each other
    3rd the candidates spar and exchange words
    4th the supporters continue the bashing
    5th the media stirs the pot some more
    6th the candidates explain their position and their remarks
    7th the supporters deny the truth(ALWAYS)
    8th the media gains ratings and is laughing at everybody(all the way to the bank)

    Poor misled people
    We should demmand objective reporting to avoid this "Stirring the Pot" tactics by bias media coverage
    Watch "Reliable Sources" on CNN and be sure to be objective or you miss the lessons in their reports and commentaries

    January 15, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. BSR

    How is it possible for people to hold Obama responsible for something that the Clinton's said? It is truly amazing! The Clinton's are the ones who realize how easy it is to brainwash the uninformed. Wake up!

    January 15, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. John

    Hillary is the only Democrat that Republicans can defeat, so it's very important that she get the nomination!! Go Hillary. 😛

    January 15, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  7. dynmann

    Mike Huckabee is the right man for the job! He's got my vote among many in my state and the list keeps growing! !!!!Huckabee-2008!!!!

    January 15, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  8. Jay

    http://thomas.loc.gov/

    There are all the records for the senators and congressmen.

    In THIS 110th Congress Sen.Obama has submitted 63 Bills (not including amendments)
    of the 63, 2 bills have passed

    In THIS 110th Congress Sen. Hillary Clinton has submitted 90 Bills (not including amendments)
    of the 90, 9 were passed

    This is the same term mind you and she has much more experience in creating change. This also does not include the 2 other terms that Sen. Clinton has been Senator. This is the reason why america chooses her over Sen. Obama. She is more effective (and present for the big votes may i add)

    PLEASE go and learn for yourself.

    January 15, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  9. JohnS

    Clinton's lead is what all the Republicans are "praying for right now. It is so easy for just about any Republican candidate to beat Hillary. Common sense tells us that teh Democrats are winning the largest group of Independents, for now, because of Obama. Soos, we will see something more that the "swift" boat attack!

    How we wallow in issues such as "baby killers" versus "thy shalt not commit/support adultary." Do these really matter at this time of the game? The Democrats would need to deal with REALITY" Hillary is so diversive that she will drive the Indenpents back into the camp of someone like McCaine, as we saw in New Hamphare. This is the only chance the Democrats have to say NO to the Clinton dynasty for the sake of this nation. Vote simply for change, new experiences/opportunites to look at a new type of politics in Washington.

    It has, and will ALWAYS take CHANGE to get what we want! So, your vote matters for Obama!

    January 15, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  10. Steve

    Until recently, I thought that there was no way that the Democrats would fail to take the White House in 2008. Now I'm convinced that Barack is the only Democrat that stands a chance in the general election. If Hillary can so strongly alienate so many Democrats, just imagine how independents and Republicans will react to her. No wonder that the Republican brain trust is salivating at the prospect of running against Hillary.

    January 15, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  11. DP

    We need Hillary as President! She is a very intelligent woman and will also have Bill there to help guide if needed. Say what you want to about Bill Clinton, but the man gave this country some of the most prosperous economic times ever! NOBODY CAN ARGUE THAT POINT AND THAT'S WHAT UPSETS THE EXTREME REPUBLICANS! The Republicans have never been able to run an efficient economy. I don't know why, but they have had chance after chance after chance. Give Hillary a chance and you will see that she can get this country turned around and include the middle class again as the backbone that makes this country go.
    Thanks and God Bless you all. GO HILLARY 2008! NORTH CAROLINA LOVES YOU AND BILL!

    January 15, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  12. Bill, TX

    It is people like the 194 posters before me that are tearing this country apart.

    January 15, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  13. JohnS

    Indeed, I like and even love Hillary's experiences:
    1. The experience of supporting a man who consistently breaks one of the basic and fundamental commandments of humanity (more so against women): "thou shall not commit... "No, I did not ....." A perfect line that will soon come up again!

    2. The experience of securing health care for everyone since her husband first annointed her to undertake this task. All are now insured in the US, thanks HRC!

    3. The experince of years in the Seante that has enriched America's lives. Let us face it, Senators may have more "impact" than the president; Hillary has been in that position far too long for each one of us to be enjoying her hard work by now; don't you think so? I am still seraching for her universal accomplishments!

    4. Her experince of bringing real democrats, republicans, and independents together over the years to solve real problems for American.

    5. Oh, what other experience should I be missing that has made a differenc in your own life? Please educate me!!!!!!

    January 15, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  14. JohnS

    Jay, please help out here? You think passing simple bills in the Senate qualifies someone to become president of the US? It takes leadership that BRINGS people together to resolve issues. If "passing bills" in the Senate is what counts as experience to lead such a complex nation, why not bring in somone like Ted Kennedy, Tom Dasher, McCain, Jay Rockyfeller,... Let us not be naive; the presidency is NOT about "poor old" experience– it is about getting the BEST in the nation to come together to work on real issues for the country.

    After the national election, with her insulting strategies (as we have strated to see), how many republicans, democrats, and independents can this woman bring together to solve real problems for this country?

    January 15, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  15. mike

    Go Hillary, the ordaz family from costa mesa ca. Is ready for a woman for president . I'm going to be so ptoud walking in the voting booth Febuary 2nd and voting for you. Keep me posted on the poles on the states.

    January 15, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  16. Dara

    Very well said Jan!

    Hillary Clinton '08

    January 15, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  17. Dara

    Very well said Jay!

    Hillary Clinton '08

    January 15, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  18. Paul

    oh those clintons r greedy of power, and its so shame that they r quaralling for it like clildren

    January 15, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Experience does matter. Without experience you can not effect change. We just need to recall what happened to Jimmy Carter. While he is a great humanitarian and diplomat he was not a great president, not even a good president and it was all because he lacked the experience. He was not prepared to step in on day one and effectively run the country. I voted for Jimmy Carter and I love and respect him even more today. I respect Barrack Obama and believe he can become a great leader and will one day be president. Our nation is currently not in a position where we can afford to have a president who is doing on the job training. It didn't work for Carter and it won't work for Obama. This doesn't mean he won't have a chance to be the Democratic nominee or that he wouldn't win a national election. It just means he might be set up to fail because he wasn't given the amount of time necessary to develop the skills and abilities to lead this nation now. Therefore the only logical candidate able to lead immediatley would be HILLARY CLINTON. She has the experience and the know how to take charge and pull us out of this mess we're in.

    January 15, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  20. nick

    The democrats will lose. They have set the standard that the only way to stop illegal immigration is that Americanns must starve. Because when people work and starve then illegals will not come. So now Americans get to starve and will not get a dime from me. You deserve this economy you made it with all the illegals.

    January 15, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  21. Juana

    I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT POLLS AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE. THEY DON'T MEAN A THING.
    LET US WAIT UNTIL THE RECOUNT IN N.H AND SEE WHAT WENT WRONG. YOU ARE ALL GOING TO BE SURPRISED.
    PROBABLY MORE FLORIDA PROBLEMS HUH?

    January 15, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  22. Juana

    YOU ALL WISH THIS WAS TRUE. LET US JUST WAIT AND SEE.

    January 15, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  23. HILLARY RULES THE SOUTH , MEMPHIS TN

    NOW WE SEE THE REAL OBAMA THE GREAT DIVIDER! HE IS GOT THE RACE WARS STARTING AGAIN IN THE SOUTH GO OBAMA U MESSED UP AGAIN NOW THE CROSSES WILL BURN AN THE HATE CRIMES WILL REALLY START WHAT KIND OF CHANGE IS WHAT WE NEED TO ASK . AN ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH KNOW THAT EDWARDS IS THE TRUE RACEST THATS WHY WE DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM LAST TIME SO WHO CARES IF HIS SUPPORT GOES TO OBAMA! NOW THATS THE KIND OF CHANGE HE WILL BRING TO THIS RACE. HE HAS GOTTEN AWAY WITH PLAYING THE RACE CARD THIS FAR AN DR. MLK WILL NOW TELL IT FROM HIS GRAVE. YES THE SONS OF SLAVES WILL HAVE THERE SAY AN ALL THE WORLD WILL KNOW HOW AFRICANS SOLD THERE OWN BROTHERS INTO SLAVORY NOT THE WHITE MAN AN HAVE COME BACK TO TAKE THE GOOD WHITE FOLKS WITH THEM THIS TIME IN A MIXED RACED MESS LIKE OBAMA. OH WE KNOW WHAT REALLY GOING ON TAKIN ALL THAT GOOD GOP MONEY THATS WHY ALL THE OBAMA SUPPORTS HATE THE CLINTONS JUST LISTEN AT THERE COMMENTS ON THIS THING IT WILL TELL YOU JUST WHO THEY ARE ......... HILLARY THE NEXT PRESIDENT 08 WE GOT YA CHILD DONT WORRIE YALL KNOW WE IN THE SOUTH DONT FORGET WHAT YOU AN BILL HAVE DONE FOR US ... AND WE JUST HAD THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT BILL.........DAAAAAAAAH

    January 15, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  24. HILLARY RULES THE SOUTH , MEMPHIS TN

    BAD ECONOMY, ADMITTED DRUG USE,THE PRESIDENTCY, CHANGE I CAN BELIVE IN, YEAH RIGHT ! DISHONEST TO HOME STATE ABOUT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, YEAH RIGHT! GOT HILLARY?

    January 15, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  25. prince

    tell me guys, was it experience that led senator clinton to vote for a war in iraq, a war she is now against, was it experience that has put young and brave american lives at risk in the battlefield and may more at risk back at home bacause the iraq war has only fanned extremism and produced probably 10 more bin ladens and saddamus.

    experience is what america does not need at this time, america needs difference, look where George Bushes experience took us in the economy and foreing policy,

    work up! we are all doomed with these same old, very old washington strongholds.

    January 15, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
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