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. r sisk, nevada

    As a lifelong registered Democrat I will support OUR candidate. Those of you who feel you need to "threaten" with voting for Bloomberg or god help us, the GOP are acting like rotten-spoiled children.
    All of the Democratic Candidates are strong, solid and capable. We need a Democrat in the White House again to clean up the mess of the Bush Administration. Don't waste your vote by casting it for a third party candidate! Remember what happened to Gore due to Nadar. Democrats and Independents need to unite behind whomever the Democratic Candidate is.

    January 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Tim Stidham

    I think the middle class voters are finally letting the news media that they will pick someone that can offer change and experience .With this country in a recession it not been that long ago when another smart President (named Clinton)got this country out of one and gave us the strongest economy in this county's history .We actually had a surplus not a deficit !!! The voter remember this and yes Obama is a nice man but the working man wants somebody who can hit the ground running because that is what it will take . HILLARY 2009 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    LOOK CLOSELY, everybody! These polls are VERY BAD FOR HILLARY. Her once gigantic lead in national polling has nearly evaporated. These polls represent (-11) for Hillary and (+14) for Obama since last polling.

    This is not good news for the Hillary campaign. Please read closely before you celebrate.

    Hillary is RAPIDLY losing ground and yet her supporters are cheering this poll, which is actually bad news for them. Informed voters?

    January 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. ch/Michigan

    I am still unsure about my vote, or whether or not it makes much difference in Michigan, but I'm glad to have a place to vent an opinion on the media coverage of Hillary Clinton's "crying" incident. I watched that clip about 6 times, closely, and NEVER saw any indication that her eyes "welled up". I even heard one man refer to it, in his question to Madelyn Albright in a recent interview, as a "breakdown"! ALL it was was a somewhat choked voice showing what I think was sincere feeling in a relatively smaller, cozy setting where she was more relaxed. I've seen Bush tear up more than once. Bush Sr. really did cry in a clip last year talking about his son, as well as others, and never saw such biased coverage. Come on News Media – and anyone scared of real people showing real emotion! Get real! Get human! You should fear someone who doesn't have such strong feelings about our country! Get a grip!

    January 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Lucy

    After reading all the comments, one can only hope that these people can actually read a ballot correctly since their spelling and grammar is embarrasing! Instead of worrying about health care and job security, maybe we should look at the adults in this country and re-educate them! It might clean up a lot of "problems" if they knew how to read and write correctly!

    January 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. christy

    Change is... voting for the first female president in the history of the USA.

    January 14, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Jack K.

    As a lifelong Democrat–I'm so disillusioned with my party and how the DNC leadership is distancing itself from John Edwards from shunning the special interests groups money.
    He is unbeholding to ANY special interests groups. Man...as soon as they saw he was REALLY serious about that (and still doing pretty good in the polls)–the liberal lobbyists and traditional doners (AARP, ACLU, DSPA, NEA) all pressured to pull their money from the party!!1

    Now they're desperately trying to minimize John Edwards–when he's the only DEM candidate who isn't accepting special interests funds (yet all the bunch–say it's wrong)....go figure.

    I'd like to see McCain and Edwards got at it in the general election. Both are viable–have great messages, and I believe will do America a lot of good.

    If Hillary or Obama run in the general election:...I'll vote for McCain, or just stay home and drink.

    And I'll become an independent.

    January 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Nick

    To Greg who posted below. Your statement is incorrect. All of Edwards support will not go to Obama. Some of it yes, maybe a majority of it. But some will be lost to apathy because their candidate drops out and as a result they will not vote at all. Some will however go to Clinton, especially because she is in the lead and people realize they want to support a winner. I'm not a Clinton supporter. I support McCain. But people too often underestimate Hillary.

    January 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Mark

    Whats with the "WE ARE ALL WITH YOU HILLARY"? Obviously everyone isn't with you, because you have lost as much as you have won. It's so lame how divisive you are being. Grow up, don't vote because she is a woman or he is black. Vote on who will fix America, and keep us from sinking into more foreign policy debacles. But cut that crap out. Its pitiful.

    January 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. ED Winter park fl

    going over the comments on several of these [gimmicks] the consensus appears to always be that Barack [at this time due to lack of experince and the present country world situation] can not get the number one slot in this election. Mccain due to AGE and ridiculous Positions and war mongering will end up on a funny farm instead of the GOP nominee. Guliani won't know which wife or mistress to become first lady is not a serious candidate, Huckabee will replace Letterman as a song and dance man on late night, Romney will implode if he doesn'get his way so it looks like the last man standing will be Ron Paul and the GOP won't like him because he appears to be to honest..so aaround and around we go .

    January 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Scott

    Maybe we should assign an ex-president to every campaign to make things even.
    Hillary calls herself the candidate for change and she is still running a campaign where she is the first lady and Bill needs to run the show to keep her votes. It's so sad what politics have come to in this country.

    John Edwards has more experience than any of the 3 Democratic frontrunners, Hillary has 6 years, Obama has 4 years. And I'm sorry, but if you Clinton supporters are stupid enough to think that going around and visiting school-children and creating programs that didn't do nearly what they should have counts as experience, you'll be sorry when she's handling more important things like Iraq and Iran and realizes that its nothing like reading stories to 1st graders.

    Anyone but Hillary, please!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Senor Smoke

    Hillary Clinton is such a joke. Seriously this woman is terrible. GO ROMNEY

    January 14, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Craig of Salisbury

    What is all the fuss over Clinton. The mantra I keep hearing, "experience trumps change", has nothing to do with the current slate of candidates. None of the candidates have any experience as a president. In fact, the total experience of the two democrat front-runners is less than any of the three democrats who have already dropped out of the primary.

    Given the fact that neither of the democrat candidates have the kind of experience worth mentioning 'change' IS the real theme. And the only two candidates that have 'change' as the theme of their campaigns is Obama and Edwards.

    No more of the past... we do need change. If the republicans want McCain as their candidate, so be it. But democrats must nominate someone who wishes to leave the past behind, and that means either Obama or Edwards (or both!).


    January 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Jason from MI

    I like Mike...I like Mike...I like Mike...Vote Huckabee!

    January 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Anonymous

    We have REAL problems in this country. We need a REAL candidate with REAL solutions. Families are losing REAL homes. Heads of households are losing REAL jobs. Children are in need of REAL healthcare. We need REAL-TIME action not SURREAL words.

    It’s time for all of us to GET REAL and stop supporting and endorsing a Yellow Brick Road candidate that went to the Wizard and got a good-speaker merit badge from The Lollipop Guild!

    McCain or Clinton are the only REAL choices.

    January 14, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Karen

    I am so happy that people are finally listening to John McCain. He is such a standout in this presidential race. I feel like we as Americans missed our shot at having him run our country once.....we cannot afford to make that mistake again.

    January 14, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. judy

    I am a woman that was an ardent Hillary admirer until she voted for the war. How can any woman vote for Hillary when she did not have the guts to stand up to the phony war created by the Bush regime? Her vote proved that she is just another one of the suits on Capitol hill. And those tears...the only tears that move me are from those families I see at airports around the country who are saying goodbye to their loved ones as they depart for Iraq and possibly from their lives forever.

    Barack Obama had the guts to denounce the war, had the guts to admit his youthful weaknesses, had the guts to turn down the big bucks law firm salary to work for cents in the community, and continues to have the guts to deal with the only defense that Hillary has to beat him – negativity and lies – something that she is truly experienced to deliver.

    January 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. veronica

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    One of the things I don't like about Obama is the fact that he often doesn't take a stand on tough votes by voting either "Yes" or "No". Instead he votes "Present".
    He appears to be sidestepping so that he can claim all sides of an issue.

    It appears very calculating by him, so I think all of the Obama fans are not seeing that Barack Obama is NO different than any other politician. He is not heaven-sent after all.

    I also don't like it that he and his minions are trying to stir up race in this campaign. That is more dividing than anything else! He ought to be ashamed, and it calls his character into question to me.
    As a Democrat, I won't be voting for him, for these reasons, and others.

    I think CNN should be ashamed at how they have approached this political season, with their obvious biases showing. CNN used to be a respected news organization. This type of reporting makes them appear very tabloid to say the least.

    (I suppose now you won't print my comments, or will you not print them based on the fact that they are anti-Obama?)

    January 14, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    Please stop saying that Hillary cried. I have seen the coverage and I did not see her cry. Her voice waivered a little and the talking heads said she cried.

    I have never seen anything like this. And stupid, mis-informed Americans, if they can be called Americans (responsibility comes with being American) are saying the candidate cried.

    I'd say it was funny but, it's scary what people think they know.

    January 14, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Brad, Denver CO

    Looks like we Democrats are letting the press change the campaign from the issues (Iraq war, Iran, Pakistan, health care, economy, corruption within this administration, the Bill of Rights, defense of the Constitution, etc.) to race and personal attacks. Let's not work on solving issues instead let's make the race for President look like a Lindsey Lohan vs. Paris Hilton tabloid cat fight (all press hype no value to the American people). Worst thing that could have happened to us. Guess if the other option is Grandpa McCain a run by Bloomberg is not far off.

    January 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. pam Eugene OR

    We have all seen how accurate the pools have been. NOT
    I will wait till after super Tuesday to see and not be swayed by what the media wants me to think.
    Obama 08
    No more Bush, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clinton. Enough is enough. Please amke them go away and stay gone!

    January 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Alex Wills

    Everyone who has responded to this blog should recognize that the underlying issue has not been adressed. Have we not considered that all of these candidates are either wealthy or extremely wealthy. Most of these candidates are unable and incapable of seeing the average American experience, let alone the experience of the poor American. Understood, most of these individuals have made "great strides" to insure our rights and priveleges allocated by our constitution. However, these candidates are nothing more than puppets on the string of our nations system of government. But if I had to choose, I suppose I would choose the first candidate that admitted to making a mistake in full disclosure, without any "and's", "if's", or "but's."

    January 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. WebmasterVote

    Our site, WebmasterVote.org, recently endorsed Mitt Romney. The internet is getting behind him now so we'll see what kind of impact this has. Webmasters and internet businesses are not going for the "Fair Tax" or anyone who pushes it.

    January 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Jr., California

    When I see signs like "WOMEN FOR CLINTON" that worries me. If I start seeing "BLACKS FOR OBAMA" signs I'm through with the whole Democrat thing.

    January 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Rebecca

    Why does everybody complain about Hilary? i'm actually glad she's winning, and Mccain, i'm not even going to start with him. Are the American people afraid that Hilary might screw up, is it because she's a woman, or because she can't run this country?

    As for what "linda" wrote she didn't screw up the health care plan, she tried to help this country. Do you know how many people are dying because they don't have insurance. Did anybody see the movie sicko? America is number 47, were at the bottom for health care.

    Another thing, does everybody want Obama, he's too young for the white house, and he doesn't have experience with foreign affairs. He also uses silly words, like "change". We want action not words!

    Go Hilary, she can pull this country out of the darkness!!~

    January 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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