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. Stewart

    I must say kudos to CNN for not having its pundits or commentators interject their personal bias into the CLINTON obama pseudo race war. Unlike chris matthews on MSNBC and Mika Brzezinski of morning joe whos father Zbigniew Brzezinski is a barack obama supporter and advisor.
    barack obama and his backers in the media realise he has no political issues to stand on or any fundamental change he can expound on compare to HILLARY CLINTON STELLA POLITICAL RECORD AND ACHIEVEMENTS, so they fabricate and distort Hillary and Bill Clintons comments to legitimize barack obama lack of agenda.

    January 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Lissette Mendez

    I believe that Hillary is strong and no matter whats put in her path she will face it and keep on going. She truly cares about the people and just not her self. I believe she will bring change and bring this country back up to it feet.

    Go Hillary.....

    January 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Riaz

    How can anyone say that John McCain should lead the Republican party into the next election? Especially following the comments he made in Michigan the other day...Something along the lines of "I've looked in President Putin's eyes and I see three letters....K G B..." I'm surprised he didn't catch more heat over those comments. If he wants to be someone who leads the so called "free world" he needs to remain more tactful, regardless of his opinions about other world leaders.

    January 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Andrew K

    Wow - what a misleading article. The facts are that Hillary, while "leading in the polls" nationally, has seen her lead drop 11% and Barack Obama's soar 16%. She's hardly "holding it down" folks.

    Be part of a very real movement for change and transparency in Washington: OBAMA 08! 😀

    January 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. martin NH manchester

    American you will make a History for Voting the First Woman as The first President Woman of The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,YES YOU CAIN.



    January 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Gary P

    What happened to Ron paul, he was not quoted in the polls. Did CNN purposely leave him out again. The big media guys don't like it when Dr. Paul's percentage points are higher than the so called top 5

    January 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Dan from MN

    Why are so many Hilary fans comparing Obama to Bush. That seems pretty desparate to me. What could be further from the truth. No matter who you vote for, let's be honest, Obama and Bush are nothing alike.

    January 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Jane

    With the recent antics of the Clintons, trying to make this campaign about race and drugs. The American people would habe enought ime see them for who they are before the national elections. Washington insiders who cant make a dramatic change in washington.
    Edwards or Obama are the only candidates that can truly bring about real change in America. The stakes are too high to elect those who would toll the line of the Status quo.

    January 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. A Peruvian Republican

    The last time CNN conducted its "national polls" in New Hampshire they were dead wrong and Hillary won. Still they manage to somehow give face and show the results of yet another poll? Haven't they learned their lesson?

    January 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. tv

    its really starting to become very dirty politics with a lot of mud slinging and causing the polls to teeter tooter based on whos doing the slinging....

    January 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. What The

    We are a nation divided, politics and the advancement of self is what drives these candates. They go from place to place saying what they think the people want hear. We shouldn't listen to vague non commited answers. What we should listen too is the candate who is real and not afraid of offending a race, life preference, and gender. If we as a nation put someone in office soley because of their race , gender, or party then we deserve what we get.... Now they all are saying change, hmmm I say we change the script on them and say what about us and what we want and need! My vote = none of the above.

    January 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. mark sims

    So much double standard.
    Obama can do no wrong. He's a cry baby BIG TIME.

    America wold be stupid to vote for this man. No record, no experience. Does he think he can get there by complaining about Hillary and Bill Clinton? Hope America will get it right. Look at George Bush. This is where the country is heading with Obama.

    Don't get me wrong. Obama would be ready at some time when he groows up and mature an learn to stand on his own abilities and strenghts. He can't use the word CHANGE and get elected. Is America crazy! Wake up people!

    Anyone on the Democrats side would have been great EXCEPT Dennis. But please not Obama NOT now. He' s too poetic and thats not what we need.

    January 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. David

    Can't wait to vote for Hillary.

    January 14, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. AISHA


    January 14, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. AISHA


    January 14, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Joeley Reno, Nevada

    This is good.

    The candidates with the experience should be leading all the polls.

    Real life experience and a candidates accomplishments will trump rainbow wishes and daydream believers, hopefully.

    Obama's keeping above the fray and letting his minions do his dirty work for him. At some point he's going to implode. That's what happens when external pressure (the American peoples demand for specifics) is placed on a vacuum.

    My sincere desire is that that doesn't happen during a general election, because if it does, we have to live with another fascist administration.

    Obama should be a preacher, he has the gift for it. We need a doer in this country right now, not a dreamer.

    January 14, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    I think that a two-man race between Clinton and Obama will be less informative and constructive than one in which a strong third candidate, such as Edwards, remains in the running. I urge all undecided Dems to support edwards in the primaries, to ensure he stays in the race!

    January 14, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Rags

    Looks like Obama is facing Bill instead of Hillary. Let's give a rest to the establishment.

    January 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Bobbie

    I can not believe that the Obama camp is so desperate that they could turn Senator Clintons very positive remark regarding Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, into a racist remark. The reality is, that as Senator Clinton stated, Lindon Johnson did in fact further Dr. Kings ideals. That statement does not diminish either Dr. King, or President Johnson, but rather states the obvious. Without legislation, all of Dr. Kings ideals would have gone no where.

    I have a lot of respect for Barack Obama, and this really ridiculous approach to Senator Clinton is so disappointing. I believe he is a better man than that, and is taking some really bad advice from people.

    January 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. change

    Looks like this board has been hijacked by Clintons. I am an independant and if the contest is between McCain and Hillary, I would have to vote for McCain...just for the sheer difference in character and caliber. Hillary is Hillarious.

    January 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Shelly Lee

    Hillary is the most intelligent and experienced.............also the most deserving.
    Anyone who would vote any thing but democratic must be crazy.........This has been the worst 8 years ever!!!!

    January 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Dan, NJ

    Poor job of telling the whole story CNN. Clinton supporters up and down this thread are citing this as good news. If you, CNN, had reported this story correctly, you would have explained to Clinton supporters that Obama is continuing to gain support nationally and Clinton's once sizable lead is almost completely gone.

    And I am still waiting to hear what "Experience" she has that makes her qualified for this position.

    January 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. jinjin

    Pathetic Americans. We will all laugh at you when Hillary Clinton is president. Just as much of disgrace as GW Bush. The Clintons play dirty politics and distort everyone's elses words to seek political gain. Some are too dumb to see through it.

    January 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Dan, NJ

    To add context, according to the Washington Post, Clinton has LOST 11 points over the last month and Obama has GAINED 14 points over the last month.

    As I said, though CNN tries to hide it, this is GOOD NEWS FOR OBAMA.

    January 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. T

    Have you seen the footage of Hillary's town hall meetings, what a snooze fest. She's basically her husband, but without the charm, and she won't be able to win the general. She reminds me of my tenth grade english teacher, kinda like the teachers in Charley Brown, waa, waa,waa, wa, wa, wa,. Someone wake me when its over. I'm a Republican and personally I hope Hillary wins the nomination, because she can't beat a true American hero like McCain. Go Jonny go!

    January 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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