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. Stevo

    If you think this is something, wait until election time comes. HIllary or Obama. Let the punches fly and the scratching begin and then let 'em be healed! One things for sure, the Democrats are alive and buzzing. Not to much being said about the Republican Camp. When it's all said, It will be a Hillary&Obama ticket. Any other combination won't stirred the Nation to the polls.

    January 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. JC, Hot Springs, Arkansas


    January 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Claude Wyss


    January 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. smk

    I am neither Republican nor Democrat but one thing I know from hands-on-experience with Sen. Clinton that if electe President , America will be proud again with such a gifted and sensitive person in charge . Good luck to her and America – she deserves to win!!!!

    January 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Mel

    YES WE CAN. I will vote Barack Obama the UNITER!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. michael dallas, tx

    Americans are so confused, it is hard to believe that they want two "royal" families to run our country. Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton.

    America is truly in trouble. People don't even care about the Constitution anymore, they just want whatever is popular at the time. FAIL!

    January 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    You Hillary lovers aer the epitome of irrationality and ignorance. I will NEVER vote for Hillary Clinton...I don't care WHO she is running against. Furthermore, if she is elected as the Democratic nominee, I will IMMEDIATELY change my party to Independant. Hillary's campaign stands for everything I'm against.

    January 14, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Beyordanos T.

    Obama is the gate, Only through him We shall be delivered. Can Hillary do this no not at all.Why she think that she knows But she didn't .We need who can hear us.And then Hillary depend too much on her gender . America Doesn't want the first black American,the first women presidant and the first Mormon ,Who cares?, What America needs is A person who has got the charisma ,ability and truth to bring the required change ,healing and deliverance when we think of this there is only one choice on planet earth –BARACK OBAMA.


    IN HIM WE TRUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Claire

    Vote for Hillary? I can't believe voters are so gullable and can't discern this woman who has all but promised the moon to buy votes. She is an angry person who should never represent this country in the international scene, and her domestic policies would ruin us. It's not about parties right now–it's about integrity, which she does NOT have

    January 14, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Jim

    Huckabee's hanging in there. An honorable race would be Obama vs. McCain or Obama vs. Huckabee. Should Hillary win, we'd minus well give the Keys to the Nation to the homosexual community.

    January 14, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. kwiz1

    hillary should win in michigan

    January 14, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. All for the Americans

    The fact is we can not easily get out of Iraq. The fact is we need both short and long term economic strategies to help ourselves. The fact is I will not see my retirement supplement from Social Securities if we can't fix the issues. The fact is we need to get our heads together to fix the broken Washington.

    The fact is we all need someone who can really lead this nation to get us better life for the future.

    My bet? A someone who has said and done lots of above already. Romney. That's the winning ticket for all of us.

    January 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Antonia

    Obama is the best and i m not just saying that because he is black and i am black but i think he is the best canadate

    January 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. C-Burga Man

    I think you should go with Obama. Either way it would be a change. Hilary is the first woman to run for president and obama is the first black male to run for president. I like Both of them!

    January 14, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Anna N.

    Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton?

    Well let us rephrase that: Failure! Success! Failure, Success! That is what American needs most now: SUCCESS which equals HILLARY!!!!!!!

    If you vote for Hillary, you vote for success! It's that simple!

    GO Hillary!!!!!! You are the BEST candidate for a President! Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. J-Rock AKA. Tigga





    January 14, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. G.T.O,

    The polling is done on K-Street Brian and if you believe in the pols you must be reading my Pet Goat.

    January 14, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. John Howard

    In the last debate, Hillary accused Obama of saying "Edward was unelectable...".
    Obama replied that he never said that.
    This lady has the courage to lie about Obama infront of him, how about when he is there? Exponential lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Anonymous





    January 14, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. MarkH

    I went to high school with Hillary (Maine Township, Park Ridge, IL). She was conceited back then too. My vote is for Obama. If she get's the nod form the Dems, then I vote anyone who opposes her. Plain & simple

    January 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Tommy

    Bring Back the CLINTONS, Bring Back the ECONOMY!!!!!!

    Vote SMART, Vote Hillary '08!!!!!!!!! 🙂

    January 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. veronica

    I think it's incorrect to say where the other votes will go after the primaries are over.
    If Hillary is the nominee, each person will have to decide which they prefer–her (a Democrat), or whoever the Republican candidate is.

    January 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Michigan11

    Hillary doesn't sit around and hope for change....
    she goes out and MAKES CHANGE HAPPEN!!!

    !!!! HILLARY CLINTON !!!!

    January 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Joseph E Sinchi

    A “new kind of politics”; I am not really sure what Obama means with that line anymore. He is taking advantage of comments that were made and meant absolutely nothing to the effect he is making them to be. It is upsetting and disappointing to see the guy who supposedly will run a different campaign, is actually in the process of defaming his opponents by trying to use comments and making them sound racist to his own advantage.

    January 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Andy

    go Hillary...!

    She has the power and personality to earn respect from other nations. Obama certainly does'nt!

    People should not vote for Obama just because he is "likable".
    We should place more emphasis on "intellectual" capabilities of a candidate.

    Many hate Clinton because she has a history.
    Obama has no history so nothing to complain about???
    Don't waste your vote for a third party candidate!

    She has the power and personality to earn respect from other nations. Obama certainly does'nt!


    January 14, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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