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. johnny

    the united states is not ready for african-american president especially for a guy who has no experience. he could try first running the african countries because nobody knows how to. the result is, endless suffering of poor people there. this country is too big for him. who is this guy? he's so ambitious. my advise, learn more from the pros.

    January 15, 2008 03:50 am at 3:50 am |

    iwont vote for 2 liars and crooks the clintons – and i'm a life long democrat

    January 15, 2008 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  3. Albert Angelo Concepcion

    Hillary is definitely the more experienced leader here. I saw the interviews of both Barack and Hillary in Tyra's show; Barack definitely LACKS DEPTH. I believe the Obama camp should not play on the race issue against Hillary since, it is no doubt, she has always been an advocate and STRONG DEFENDER of civil rights. Educated, mature Democrats will know that.

    January 15, 2008 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  4. AER


    Are you serious?

    In 2000, Gore had more VOTES and he still lost. Eight years later we still have an Electoral College. When do we learned by our mistakes?

    The next President will be whomever the Republicans decide will be President unless the Democratic Party gets its act together and achieves an incontrovertible win. After watching the 2000 and 2004 elections, I am convinced the Republican Party has sleeper agents in the Democratic Party poised to count " red chads" when the time is right.

    Polls won't matter until there is some serious election reform in this country.

    January 15, 2008 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  5. G J M

    Hillary is far better known and respected and with Bill on her side, this couple will bring the economy back to its feet. Change we need but not with an inexperienced Senator. It's a risk with Obama.Can.t take it as oil, food and soon the cost of medicine will sky rocket. Not a time for movment which is just a passing fad.

    January 15, 2008 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  6. Chris, SC.

    Don't forget, the polls do not include those who only use cell phones.

    January 15, 2008 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  7. Mike

    Also, if you look at what has been said over and over again during these past months; The Clinton's have been telling us that Barack Obama, isn't good enough to represent any race, or class of people. That is why this is so disheartening, the since of her” Entitlement."

    We don't owe anyone our vote, you must first earn it! This is how the American people are being pushed into voting for the Clinton's. What was done in the past is just that, the past! What matter now is what you have done Lately! We need to know Hillary’s experience now, and not Bill’s experience back then in the 1990’s.

    Has Hillary made any major changes since she has been in the "Senate" now! However she did vote for the Iraq war and the Iran resolution, what bills has she passed that has helped the American people within the last 7 years? What makes you think that anything will change, does she have the ability to work across party lines?

    From what I see so far from Hillary is that we are “Being had,” all talk and no action. So my point is this “We the People of the United States of America,” must judge for ourselves and not what anyone is willing to say, or do to get elected.

    So, Hillary if we don't have unity instead we will still have division, and then what good would it do to elect you?

    Now, if Obama can bring about change then we are better off going with a new way of thinking instead of having the same old thing and expecting different results equal the definition of Stupidity!

    As, to race and the gender card being played it has been played all along by the Hillary Clinton. Example: “I am a woman, I sorry that you don't like me, crying to get votes in New Humphries, I’ve been vetted, and the list goes on and on” What does that say about what you are willing to do to get elected, at any cost? Remember there isn’t any crying in politics; just simply state your case and move on! Let us make our own choice, stick to the facts and stop the BS’!

    Barack OBAMA, he's smart, speaks well, inspirational, educated, young, black, but ask yourself this, does he point this out himself, our do we! He has never mentioned these things only other have.

    That is what the Clinton campaign is "Afraid” of! That you will take the time to look at him, and see what is really wrong with American, because he doesn't fit the stereotype of what White America really thinks about Black people!

    This is the fear that the Clinton campaign is afraid of, that we will see this in them. That is why they have been visage in attacking Barack Obama, and they are trying to dismiss him, and all of his accomplishment.

    So don’t be fooled by the Clinton’s or Karl Rove, they are both using the same playbook. “Attack, Attack, Attack, Dismiss, Dismiss, Dismiss, Blame, Blame, Blame, Destroy Destroy Destroy, Defeat, Defeat Defeat”! Then we the people LOOOOSE!!!!!

    So, I ask you again; we are free to choose the candidate of our own choice, but don't be fooled by what you see, or hear the Clinton's say they can’t be trusted. Bill Clinton, hasn't never been a black president for black people, but rather the president of the United States of America. That “IS” the same opportunity that Barack Obama is asking of us too!

    We don’t need petty insults of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, or of any other person who was willing to lay their life on the line for America to achieve the “Dream of Equality of all its people, Black, White, Brown, Asian, Women and Children”!

    To add food for thought; Perhaps we all need to look deep within our own hearts and ask ourselves the one major burning question. Why would you first of all be so disrespectful to someone whom only wants to have a seat at the table? Barack Obama, no doubt must be pretty important.

    The movement of inspiration of change and hope that he brings, I would contributed this to his up bring, teaching, character, and his abilities to inspire others by the message of hope, that he now brings us. You see he is living the dream!

    What compassion and strong conviction he must have to put himself, and his family out their for so many people to look at. That takes courage and the willingness of sacrifice that he wants to bring about “Change like so many others that came before him!”

    He isn’t an empty suit as others have suggested; but rather most importantly enough a “Man” that has the courage to run for president, and to give apart of himself too, and for others.

    He has instead demonstrated these gifts of service through his community outreach efforts, community organizer, and his works within the Illinois house of legislation, and now a State Senator. He has achieved many great accomplishments and will continue to achieve greater successes.

    But, one thing that I do know; If you allow fear to rule your mind and your hearts, you will never be able to appreciate the efforts of others. “The goal for each individual is to give more than you take from this life, and not the other way around.” And lastly and more importantly: “Dare to Dream” Barack Obama for president

    January 15, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  8. Mike

    Hillary and Bill Clinton are 2 con artists, portraying themselves to be allies of the Black community when in fact they have done no more than any other Democrat to support Black causes.

    I recall that under his Administration, in 1993, the nation got its criminal crime bill that has caused the incarceration of millions of young black men due to unfair sentence guidelines regarding crack and powder cocaine. Under his administration, poor black women became the victim of Welfare Reform and dead end jobs while corporate welfare escalated. In addition, in an effort to show his military muscle, be illegally bombed Iraq and a Sudanese pharmaceutical plant. Inspired by corporate influence, he decimated the businesses of several Caribbean islands when he used the power of his presidency to transfer European markets for Caribbean bananas to Chiquita Brands, a major supporter of his campaign. He refused to intervene during the Rwanda genocide during which millions were killed and/or displaced. He did not support Lani Guinier, his nomination for the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, and the hypocrite fired Joycelyn Elders for speaking candidly about human sexuality.
    Since throwing her hat into the race for president, Hillary Clinton has adopted the same, "I am Black and I feel your pain" nonsense as her spouse. Throughout his days in the White House and the US Senate, she has failed to politically demonstrate any real concern for issues facing Black people or Africans throughout the Diaspora. In contrast, during each debate, she attempts to come across as being more "black" than Obama, which I find offensive.

    She, like her husband, has done nothing of value to earn the consistent loyalty and respect of black people. Moreover, while she is comfortable going to a black church, hugging black politicians and ministers, misquoting SoJourner Truth and making references to the historical oppression of Black people, such symbolic gestures should not be misinterpreted to mean that Hillary is a political ally of Blacks or Africa

    January 15, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  9. Unity

    Bill and Hillary will say anything to get elected. They have this sense of entitlement and arrogance. I am proud to say I only voted for Bill one time (once was enough).

    Obama offers real change by building a broad new, more inclusive Democratic majority. As a result, he will get more done as President than Hillary ever could.

    Bill and Hillary rule by divide and conquor...the Karl Rove playbook. It's sad and pathetic and I wont vote for her in the general election.

    January 15, 2008 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  10. bill

    come on people. can't you see that bill and hillary will say or do anything to get elected. hillary was crying because she is losing not because she cares about this country. it's all about herself

    January 15, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  11. George

    Personally i am a democrat supporting Barack Obama, but if it ever comes down to having Clinton and McCain goin toe to toe I wouldn't waist my vote on Clinton. She is too power hungry full of deciet and lies, she would most surely throw america futher into problems. I don't believe Obama played the race card, i actually think the CLinton campain staged the whole thing to make Obama look bad...which further elaborates my opinion on the Clintons. If she ever does get into the white house she will surely have a second tearm, but Obama shows potential and much more intergrity.

    January 15, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  12. prince

    Its refreshing to notice that there are people like Mike, who reason issues out and question peoples positions. Hillary has been around long enough to have made a positive impact on our lives. so much that we will not be talking about change, but the truth is she hasnt,

    She talks of change, what does she want to change? the legacy that Bush has left us with, whose part she voted for, or is it an issue of changing what Bush inherited from Bill... lets apply ourselves here and think broadly.

    I find it ludicrous for Clinton, or rather the Clintons to be talking of Change.... when they have been part of the status quo, this is a case of entrusting one man [or woman .. or is it one family] mess and unmess our lives

    January 15, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  13. floyd, Maryland

    I am an African American who grew up in DC, and consider the Clintons to be both manipulating and vile career politicians. Bill Clinton was no Black president and anyone with a little sense understands this. All the Clinton's did was inherit a booming economy due to the advancements of the computer age. During these periods minority programs were victimized by the likes of Newt Gingrich, Black schools fell deeper into the abyss, and one of the worst cases of genocide in the history of man occurred in the African country Rwanda and Clinton did absolutely nothing despite the call to action from the Black community (800,000 people were killed in three months as a result of the Clinton's inaction). Then to add insult to injury, these same slimy Clinton's went and bombed Yugoslavia due to then president Milosevic engaging in what the world called genocide. Clinton decided it was appropriate to go to war with Yugoslavia because White people were being murdered (but no way near the number of Blacks that were killed in Rwanda), but just left almost one million Black people to die. First Black president I think not!! I would rather have David Duke.

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    January 15, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  14. Peter

    I fail to understand the vitriol by supposed democrats for Senator Obama. Wasn't it Hillary Clinton who voted for the Bush War, and claims being married to the administration of Dick Morris as part of "35 years of experience"? I respect some of her accomplishments, but the country could use a fresh start. There must be more than two families with members capable of leading a country of over 300 million people. Senator Obama is not the one playing the race card. First of all he is far above that as a person, secondly he has no incentive to: he is trying to win a national election where a distinct majority of the electorate is of a different race than he. If you want to say that he is relatively unexperienced (like JFK and unlike Dick Cheney) that is a valid point. But the hostility is a little bit disturbing.

    January 15, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  15. prince

    Peter , that reminds me.. the other thing we need to question is as Hillary Claims is after 35 years of hard work for the Americans she still has not made anything so much that she has to be elected president ...

    ....and is it really 35 years of experience, if so then its time to retire Hillary, what do you think?

    January 15, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  16. Betusa


    January 15, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  17. Lia

    Why do people talk about Hillary's experience? What expereince do you get being married to someone? Being a spouse is not the same as working in the job itself. And, 35 years? Wasn't she in law school 35 years ago? How does college = experience. Wake up, people!

    January 15, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  18. Neemael

    Whatever...!!! Hilary for president we are doooomed!!!! liar and accuser,well I guess thats what America whats...go ahead!

    January 15, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  19. Fayth

    Im so happy that Hillary is leading the polls... Obama is a fine man and a Great speaker, But I really belive that the right wants Him to win Thats scary..... Think about it.... besides Me and many others miss those 90's it was the first time me and my husband were ever able to put money in stocks... we have Been closing CD's and retirement funds just to keep our homes and credit cards... I'm sick of this ... Im running out of monies to get us above water... im just grateful we had it to help us many dont and thats a shame... GO HIULLARY GO

    January 15, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Tizzy

    Its wonderful to see that a force has really rattled the Clintons in their 'Clintons Country' , to warrant their new tactics of stoking prejudice and passing the blames to Obama. Their tactics is the reason for Obama's soaring profile. Obama would have had his hands full if it was Pelosi and not Hillary on the gender front. The Clintons attack strategy targetting Obama alone out of all other candidates. even with all their 20 years experience at the helms at Arkansas and the White House is HELPING more than hurting Obama. Great Leaders retire or step aside when they come to the painful realisation that their people want a change and that they are no longer prefered. Tony Blair did it for Britain. The Clintons should do it for America as they may have become a burden that could cost the Democratic party the 2008 Elections.
    Those who are trying to stop Obama from being the first President of African- American descent or those who try to stop Hillary from being the first woman to be elected President should note that in the nearest future they cannot stop Americans from doing either of both. Obama and Hillary should attract peoples respect as strong Democrats and not hate as your hate cannot win an election.
    Let Obama win, people with experience from just 2 families have disappointed Americans as Presidents since 1989 whereas no one cared whether they are White, Black or Coloured, but we have noticed and now reject the B – C – B – C ? DYNASTY. Democrats back Obama & Edwards. Clintons dynasty has ended.

    January 15, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Theresa

    America deserves better. The Clintons discraced the White House. Hillary backs the special interest groups. I will be voting for Obama. My husband is republican and he wants Obama for president. Clintons will do anything for a vote. America needs to get rid of crooked politicians! OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 15, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. ch/Michigan

    I'd like to make a comment about this campaign and the continual mis-use, over-use and unmeaningful use of the word "Change". Change for change's sake is not necessarily good – it could be disastrous, depending on what it is. And we've had too much disaster in the last 8 years – we sure don't need more. I'd like to hear someone tell me exactly what changes they want to make and HOW they believe they can make them... not just hear them throw the word out there for unthinking people to buy into their latest message because they used the "C" word! Let's hear some definite ideas, huh?

    January 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. valerie summer

    NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!!!!RON PAUL is running for President! Why do you consistently refuse to mention him?????

    January 15, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. Chuck Roto

    Hillary and Bill spew the socialist party line right out of the communist manifesto. The government controlling society and who gets what by making everyone pay what they think is everyone's fair share? How much more moronic can you get to start buying into their kind of dictatorial rule and economic control philosophy? Don't you remember the market crash of 2000 with the dot com fiasco during their tenure?

    Wake up! You are slowly being brainwashed and catering to Marxism whether you realize it or not! You will regret having Hillary and Bill back in control again. You think things suck now, wait until you see how much pain you will feel with Hillary and Bill back in control again. They feel no one's pain other than their own. So, let's hope they don't get back in control and when they lose they are gone from politics forever.

    Please Go Vote in 2008... but not for another Clinton Dictatorship.

    January 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Brad

    McCain may be too old to enter the Olympics, but never too old to lead a nation.

    January 17, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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