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. J. McKinney SW MO

    Go, Hillary!!!!!!!! We need strong leadership. I feel confident that ALL John Edwards supporters won't go to Obama. I am sure many of them have the ability to see that Hillary is ready to lead our country, and that Obama has a pretty speech with no substance, and can excite a crowd like a rock star or sports game, but hasn't given out any plans as to what he will do when/if he actually wins (God help us then!!!) We need Hillary!!!!

    January 14, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. daniel

    Go Hillary ya

    January 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Barb

    go HILLARY!!! show them once and for all who the real winner is.

    January 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Ginny CA

    The results of these national polls are great news. It shows that people are really looking at Obama's campaign and seeing a great lack of substance, experience, and understanding of critical issues. It's true, if one goes to his website, they'll find that someone has written some goals and positions for him. But, I listen and read everything I can find about these candidates and have never heard Obama articulate exactly how he will achieve his goals. He speaks eloquently in generalities and catch phrases delivered in soaring, inspirational tones. It is a relief to see that American voters are seeing through all of this, looking for a candidate who knows the issues, can clearly articulate their plans, and has the experience to deliver. From the very beginning, Edwards and Clinton have been getting out there, explaining their positions and how they plan to achieve them. In listening to them, many of us realize that they are the candidates who are truly "fired up and ready to go".

    January 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Jim Q

    Ok – I don't get it. Someone please explain to me how out of one side of her mouth Hillary says she can unite the country and out of the other side of her mouth she won't deny that there is a vast right-wing conspiracy. (see 1/13 Meet the Press)

    Not only does she have 35 years of experience, she has 35 years of bitterness. She has 35 years of actions she needs to pay back – both positive and negative.

    Is Obama the perfect answer? Obviously no one is perfect. What I want to someone who is smart, will listen to people, is moderate, is a diplomat and honestly – speaks well in public and motivates people. I think that's him.

    Do I want Republicans to vote for him in addition to Democrats? Of course... why would I want an 'us vs. them mentality' – why would anyone really want that? That's why I think the independent party is the new peoples' party...

    JQ

    January 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Anonymous

    so much obama hate

    January 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. therealist

    McCain vs Hillary

    Change, yeah right..

    January 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. daniel

    let the woman Rule the biger world and she can do it from Singapore

    January 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. anon middle america

    Geoffrey Dudley January 14, 2008 9:26 am ET

    "When will African Americans quit drinking the Clintons bathwater"

    ^^^^^^^^^^ GDudley I find this personally offensive 🙁 You are doing the exact same thing that you accuse Bill & Hillary of doing!!!

    The disparaging remarks concerning race, religion, age, and gender need to stop. Grow up America - the Nation is going to slide backwards unless everyone gets a grip NOW.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH time to move forward.

    January 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. mark, furlong, PA

    I agree with the poll results. It will be "Tears 'n' Smiles" Hillary against Straight Talking McCain.

    Now I wonder who they will choose as running mates??????

    January 14, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Helen

    I'm very, very, very disappointed that the Clintons (yes both) are (once again) stooping to the smarmy level that they are in order to win. This is a bright overly ambitious couple that are so power hungry that they will resort to ANYTHING no matter how dirty or untrue, to win. I fear that this is only the beginning of a campaign of innuendo and outright lies that will result in Hillary getting the Democratic nomination only to be destroyed by everyone she will offend and alienate along the way . Much as I would like to support her, I do not believe this is a woman who understands leadership...only fighting, fighting,fighting. I firmly believe that she will do everything in her power to win, no matter who she destroys in the process. She is smart, ambitious,ruthless but not a leader, not a diplomat, and not someone who belongs in the most powerful position in the free world. She is not someone who is willing to compromise or allow anyone else power or visibility. Is this who we want as our President? Barack Obama may not be everything to everyone, but he is extremely wise and knows his limits. His is not promising to throw billions of $ to buy votes, nor is he claiming to do things that neither he (nor Hillary in spite of her intentions and ambitions) can possibly do without knowing who their Congress will be and what the world will look like in 12months. She a fighter, a no-holds barred type of individual who will sacrifice anything and anybody to get what she wants, but I fear her blind ambition for herself (and Bill) far outweigh any good she will ever do for this county.........don't we already have someone like that in the Whitehouse? Do we really want another one?

    January 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. John

    Polls mean nothing anymore...its a snapshot of how americans feel at that moment theyre asked...Hillary and McCain are not the nominees yet after only winning 2 backwater redneck states....

    in the past, maybe New Hampshire and Iowa were similar, but not anymore...every state is different now, and in some cases, different areas aof the same state are different. California is split in 2...Obama wins the Bay Area and Northern California....Hillary wins L.A. and southern california and the Hollywood weed smoking tree hugging organic food eating movie star community

    to heck with a national poll before the day before super tuesday...its pointless

    January 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Kevin - WI

    Funny, people keep pushing up Hillary. Ignoring the fact that a large, large portion of the electorate will not vote for her. She is seen as too polarizing. It isn't just about the presidential election. If Hillary is leading the democratic ticket, she may win. But it will really hurt keeping the lead or gaining in the House as well as the Senate. People don't seem to understand that.

    January 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Bob January 14, 2008 9:41 am ET

    If we get socialized medicine, I wonder where the Canadians are going to go for the good treatment?

    They'll get it right at home, Bob. Based on how ignorant and ill-informed your above post was, I think it's a safe bet that you haven't watched Michael Moore's "Sicko". You should go down to Blockbuster and rent it – you'd learn a thing or two about the Canadian medical system, and how American health care compares with that in many other countries around the world.

    And stop calling the plans put forth by the Democratic candidates "socialized medicine". It isn't, and using that term is merely a scare tactic the political right is using to rally non-thinking people such as yourself.

    January 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Mechelle

    These polls are entertaining. They have changed every month! Next month will be different too!

    Yes, yes, entertaining.

    January 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. victor

    Go obama continue you are the man the country is expecting to lead this great nation ur ability stand above that of hillary we need changes we need changes we need changes we need changes we need changes

    January 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Eric in Massachusetts

    Anonymous, there is no Obama hate. People are not attacking him the way people are attacking Hillary. Obama is just too green. He may have a shot in 8 years, but he needs to prove it first. You can't just "want" to be President. You have to be elected and you have to earn that. Americans are smarter.

    January 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. shanna

    Hillary/Richardson YES! Go Hillary, We need people who we know who they are! Obama is one big ? there should not be one hint of being anti-american when running for president. I think that answers it all.

    January 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Jaz

    Obama the divider...not uniter...

    January 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Jim

    If Clinton is elected, there won't be a single republican willing to cross the aisle to work with her. it will be nothing but divisiveness for a least another four years (and i'm sick of it).

    Is this good for the country? i think not.

    January 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. red

    You're right Greg, OH

    If Edwards drops out his people will probably go to Obama they basically have the same Socialist platform. Unfortunately that won't fly in the general election and he'll lose big time

    Hello Republican White House

    January 14, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    I know that in the long run Sen. Clinton will prevail. Experience trumps change.

    The country is in too much trouble to promote to president a senator who's only in the first half of his first term. We are a nation who values the work ethic. Everybody should work hard and pay their dues before deserving a promotion, and that certainly includes the biggest promotion of all, that of becoming president of the USA.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Did Hillary cried when her husband was cheating? Did Hillary or any politician cried on september 11? Hillary cried because she was tired of the campaign. I understand definitely what she is doing is stressful but in the other hand the opposition leader in Pakistan died for what she believe in, I do not want to see a wanted to be a super power nation leader crying. We cannot give sign of weakness in the world that we living.

    January 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Did Hillary cried when her husband was cheating? Did Hillary or any politician cried on september 11? Hillary cried because she was tired of the campaign. I understand definitely what she is doing is stressful but in the other hand the opposition leader in Pakistan died for what she believe in, I do not want to see a wanted to be a super power nation leader crying. We cannot give sign of weakness in the world that we living.

    January 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Silvia

    Did Hillary cried when her husband was cheating? Did Hillary or any politician cried on september 11? Hillary cried because she was tired of the campaign. I understand definitely what she is doing is stressful but in the other hand the opposition leader in Pakistan died for what she believe in, I do not want to see a wanted to be a super power nation leader crying. We cannot give sign of weakness in the world that we living.

    January 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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