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. John

    we paid price for Bush.
    but now facing the economy recession, we cannot afford to pay price for the second time for Obama.

    Hillary 2008!

    January 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Lisa

    The polls are showing that Hillary's support is declining and Obama's is rising nationally. Hillary has always been the front runner – and her lead is getting smaller.

    January 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Sean, Detroit, MI


    this is actually a very BAD poll for Hillary. She's down a whopping 11 percentage points since the last poll of this kind, while Obama is up 14%. He's making huge gains and she's slipping like crazy. "Go Hillary" is not an appropriate response. Your candidate is going down the tubes

    January 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. S.K.M. Boston Mass

    I suppose it is a little relieving to see that Hillary has been able to wage an effective campaign of spreading out slanted views of reality. Unfortunately, I do not think it'll be enough to carry our party through November. This is a big difference between Hillary and Barack; Barack has begun a movement. Hillary Clinton has opposed the movement with fairly negative campaigning(mailers in NH, claiming Obama has played the race card..) which is having huge ramifications within the Democratic party. Many of Obama's supporters are not going to vote for her in November, they'll be turned off. All of those young voters that he excited and brought into the process will be few in number like before. The many first-time voters that he brought into the party? A similiar story is likely, especially if she's going toe to toe against John McCain. Independents and liberal Republicans are more likely to hold a negative opinion of her. On the other side, the Republicans will be energized and excited. This doesn't just put her chances in the general election in danger, this puts our hold on the Senate and especially Congress in serious jeopordy. The heated battle between Clinton and Obama needs to cool down, otherwise we risk losing half of the next generation of Democratic voters. Do you think her negatives were bad before? I"m waiting to see how they look now.

    January 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Franky, New York, NY

    Come on, Obama-lovers...you have NO problem highlighting the polls when Mr. Obama is ahead, but now that Hillary has pulled ahead, the polls are "Silly".

    Please make up your mind...

    Go Hillary!!!

    January 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Wake up Edwards ! Join Obama and you will go together to the White House !

    January 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Sabine from Berlin


    January 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Theo



    We?? You must have a feminist/socialist in your pocket!!! Vote for McCain, at least he will take a stand and make hard decisions. I think he can provide experience, strength, leadership, and bring us together better than any other candidate........ especially Hillary. Now she says she read all the intelligence data when voting for the war, but Bush didn't do what he said he was going to do. It used to be that the intelligence itself was flawed, but this is her new position of the day. What a liar and flipper!!

    January 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. James Brown ( Independent )

    I was for Hillary when all this started , but the Clintons have proved to me just how dishonest and crooked they are. Everytime Bill opens his mouth , it's another vote for Obama.

    OBAMA 08

    January 14, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Dave

    If Clinton wins the Democratic nomination I'm voting for Bloomberg.

    January 14, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Prayu

    If you did 5 minutes of research on Google, you'd know exactly what plans Obama has for when he wins.

    And they're better than Hillary's especially concerning Health Care.

    Lincoln was nothing but charisma and pretty speeches at first too. His weakness was lack of experience.

    And if Hillary becomes the Democratic nominee, then i'm voting McCain or 3rd party. Hillary's dirty politics and polarizing nature are NOT what the country needs to change.

    January 14, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Shuckin' and jiving, tears and smears work every time eh, Hillary?

    January 14, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Ryan Theriot

    Please vote for Ron Paul so that we do not have to get micro chip implants and become slaves to a one world government. Thanks.

    January 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Asian

    I'm not white or black, but I can tell who is sincere and who is not. Believe me, Clinton could be one of the greatest presidents America will have. As for Obama, let's wait 8 years more to see how good he really will be.

    January 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Chris, Orlando, FL

    LOVE YOU HILLARY!!! Florida is with you all the way!!!

    January 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Kelly, Lenox, MA

    I think that Obama is a great speaker, perhaps as great as former President Clinton. But Hillary is the only candidate on the democratic side that has the ability and experience to actually get the job done. We've just lived through two terms of a lightweight presidential candidate (former failed oilman and part-time Texas gubernatorial figurehead, George "Shrubya" Bush)–Doesn't it make sense to get someone in office who can start cleaning up Shrubya's messes on Day 1?

    January 14, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Festus

    Of the three Democratic candidates, which one of them is the most desparate and dirtiest fighting of them all?

    January 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Attacks by the Establishment

    As I watch the evening news every day and I see how far down the toilet we have taken this country since the 60s, I can understand why the two party system is a joke. The Dems are kissing the rear ends of people who already have special laws made just for them so why should they play the game. (Hillary will win on the Dem side) Caucasians in this country Dem or otherwise do not respect people who have special laws and rules made just for that group of people so they will not vote for minorities especially on a national level. Now, if the powers within the socialist fabric of our government that run everything can somehow bring themselves to do away with the divisive laws and rules such as so called civil rights laws (passed against Southern States only), Affirmative Action Laws (passed against all others except Africans) and quota systems (same as AAL) then maybe we can get on to the business of working together in this country. But that may not happen because radicals on both sides would have nothing to gain by creating peace and cooperation between the people of this country.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate willing to tell the truth and if truth trumps everything else in this world then perhaps the people will see the light before we get more of the SOS.

    January 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Maggie

    I think both Hillary and Obama are excellent candidates. Too bad the campaign is already getting ugly. I'm leaning towards Hillary as the Democratic nominee, but I would be completely behind Barack if he were to come out the winner. As long as a Republican isn't in the White House.....

    January 14, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I'm serious when I say...I do not know of a single person supporting HRC....and I live in the Democrat lock state of Connecticut....which Hillary are you voting for??

    The strong brave self reliant woman (or the one who cried when someone asked how the campaign was going)

    The one with "35 years experience" (or the one who has only held an elected position for 6 years...and was in essence a surgeons wife....you know you would never let the surgeons wife operate on you...)

    The one from Arkansas who knew she would not be elected – only to buy land in NY to run for office (btw....when she was elected – she would not of qualified for a student loan as she hadn't lived in NY long enough)

    The one who calls the war in Iraq "Bushs War" – but a quick scan of YouTube will find her Senate speech saying we "need to go to war to get rid of Saddam"

    The one who claimed credit for the SCHIP bill....when in fact there is no mention of her name ANYWHERE on that entitlement bill (with no controls) – they dole money out to the states...and they can use for whatever they want...and do

    Or the one who supports the NY governors plan to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens in some half-witted attempt to get them to purchase insurance – then after weeks of quasi support – basically pulls support for this

    Or the one who offers up mandated Universal Healthcare – tells everyone that just by the billions we pay for uninsured who go to the emergency room – we won't have to increase taxes to insure 42 million...(and only the supporters of HRC would believe that)

    Read up on Saul Alinsky....and they correlate her "proposals" to his teachings....and realize he was a grassroots Marxist...(aka...a socialist)

    Now....which Hillary do you support again?? (there are so many to choose from)

    January 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Festus

    At least Obama was honest enough to confess to using drugs as a young man( when not holding a Public Office); but we all know what Clinton did while in the White House, which he denied even in the face of credible evidence to the contrary.

    January 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Albert

    Clinton, McCain, Obama, Juliani? What happened to Ron Paul? Why are the medias STILL ommitting him? Perhaps its because he cant be bought by big corporations. Are we forgetting all the scandals the Clintons caused when Billary was in office? And now Hilliam is running? Heaven help us ALL. If anyone but Ron Paul wins the election, America is SCREWED!(again)

    January 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Undecided Democrat, USA

    If Obama can generate so much hate in few months/years, imagine how much hate he will generate when he spends more years in Washington.

    I wonder if he is a uniter just like Bush.

    January 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Jeffim Kuznetsov

    'present vote' = status quo.
    For the freshmen senator who missed out most votes to talk about change is ludicrous. Only when one takes a stand on issues and goes all the way, can he/she claim to stand for change. PERIOD!!!!

    January 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. will


    January 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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