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. World Citizen UK

    If America wants a president for an inward looking nation, then Clinton is your woman. However, if America is looking for a president who would represent a nation holding out the hand of friendship to the rest of the world, then the choice is simple, OBAMA!!

    January 14, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. chad

    There isn't one thing said about edwards-he is a guy that wants to make a change and he didn't come from money. What does anybody have against him anyways? He started out poor and has worked for what he has today. I think he can lead this country back to where we need to be!!!

    January 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Tall Texan 1942

    Any one but Hillary PLEASE!!!!!!!!!, If she wins I'm voting Rep. this year

    January 14, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. get truth guy

    MAC is back! see MAC defeat Hillary in Nov.

    January 14, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. vince, Phoenix AZ

    exactly what they want....

    yeah... sure... this election is all about..... (wait for it.....) ..... change.

    (sigh)....

    God help us all.

    January 14, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. voter in ark

    I can just picture how "strong" our president will appear as she breaks into tears because the North Koreans start up their nuclear processing plant again...

    Everybody voting for Hillary is really voting for Bill... Unless you are a woman. Then it is obvious why you are voting for her. Obama actually has more years in public service than Hillary... And He didn't get started due to the position his spouse held in government.

    And Where did Obama play the race card?... hmmm

    January 14, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Joe

    It's interesting how everyone on here that supports Hillary talks about the party being "divided." I see no division. The only problem I see is that she touched a subject that she knew full well the Media, not Barack Obama, would take out of context. As soon as everyone in the Democratic Party starts talking about us being divided, it's over. And thus far on all the boards I have seen, it's those in the Hillary camp that are touting that rhetoric. How about we stop talking about being divided and ask what we can do to have the candidates and MORE IMPORTANTLY, the Media, start talking about the issues again. The fact is that we essentially agree on the same basic foundations of political thought. Some form of universal health care, a disdain for the war, civil liberties, etc... To say one or the other is not capable of doing the job for any reason other than what is in their policy statements is only hurting our party more.

    And one more point... for those who think Barack's drug use as a kid will be an issue in a general election against the GOP, just wait till the GOP gets ahold of the Clinton's. There is more cannon fodder for attack ads between the two of them than even any GOP candidate themselves is susceptible to. We need to back our candidates no matter what.

    January 14, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Beth (NJ)

    If Hillary wins the nomination, I will definitely vote for Bloomberg (if he runs) or for the first time ever, Republican. I voted for Bill Clinton both times and Hillary for NY Senate but she has turned me off so bad that I will never EVER vote for any Clinton again. I think many feel this way

    January 14, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Jake

    hillary is a joke and she will not be president. i need to ask all you liberals one question, what has she accomplished? and plus if she is presidant bill will be the first lady.... hahah

    January 14, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Patrick, New York,Ny

    CLINTON 08!!

    January 14, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. 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 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. PAUL ROCHESTER, PA

    GO HILLARY!! I DON'T THINK AMERICA WANTS A JUNIOR SENATOR WHO HAS ABSOLUTELY NO CLOUT AND IS OWED NO FAVORS....IS EVERYONE FORGETTING THAT THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THINGS GET DONE IN WASHINGTON?! I BELIEVE IT IS A WELL KNOWN FACT THAT FAVORS ARE TRADED. WHAT FAVORS IS BARACK OWED? NONE. I GUESS THE NEW POLLS SUGGEST THAT MOST AMERICANS AREN'T GOING TO VOTE FOR A PRETTY FACE AND BECAUSE OF RACIAL GUILT.

    January 14, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Brenda

    Ugh!!! All this talk about polls. Why aren't you talking about ISSUES?! At the end of the day, that's what matters. Those who didn't win the nomination would at least be able to take comfort in the fact that their issues were raised.

    This just goes to show you what the press thinks about.

    I'm voting for Mitt Romney. I know where he stands on the issues and I'm behind him 100%.

    January 14, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Fiorella

    Hillary all the Way in 2008!! She is the most qualified to lead this country at this particular point in history. I dont want a newbie in the White House!!!

    Barak can be president but let's make him get more experience, he can always run again win 2016!

    January 14, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Houston Tx. Citizens for Change

    If by chance Hillary gets the nomination, I'll vote for anyone that will go against her. She really is a candidate for change, atleast until the election is over, then it's business as usual.

    January 14, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Brian Soe

    When I was a kid, I used to inspire the presidents of United States. I understood only the self made man or woman who has solid track record, who is a high achiever, who has a scholastic calibre, who possess extensive industry/business/administration/military experience can aim for that. However it seems that the entry bar become lower and lowerer. I wonder how low will it go!

    January 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Becky

    Hillary grew up in America, she knows first hand about America, she did not spend her early years in a Muslim school in Jakarta. She has been an American all her life, going through all trials and tribulations that each and every American has gone thru. While Obama went to school in Jakarta, Hillary had already been in high school where American Government is a requirement. She went on to learn American law. Obama, may be a nice man, I give him that, but he is American only by birth... his childhood history and what he would write in his memoirs some day have nothing to do with America.

    January 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Truth

    Of course Hillary is still ahead, who else is there to vote for?

    January 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Dina(Rep 334)

    Let's just be realistic here! I applaud Obama efforts. But he will not be the next president. Yeah, change is good, but AMERICA has not changed that much. That racist has been erased for our everyday existence. People has critized me for this belief, but it the truth. I am in full support of Hillary Clinton. ALOTS of ungrateful black american don't appreciate the better shape this country was in back in the 90's. We got to go back some steps to move forward. This country is in a mess, once I knew Hillary was finally running for president. This is our moment to get things back in order. Obama run later or be vice president, maybe that would work.
    Everyone seems to have forgotten about Katrina, Jena 6 and many more racial issues in America.

    January 14, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. JSG

    GO HILLARY.

    Experience and Intelligence Matter!

    January 14, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Jim, American in Paris

    SHE'LL TAKE US THERE!!! Hillary, the United States and the world would love to have you back again! You and Bill are a success wherever you go.
    Americans and the international community recognize your leadership and your accomplishments. We all remember. Please take us there again!!!

    January 14, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. yvonne

    concerning the run for the office of President I suggest that the media would start asking questions that are on the voters minds.We are concerned about healthcare,education,recession,how much experience does the candidates have. Also do not fall in the trap of making the campaign a racial issue. African Americans we are very intelligent people and we want to know who is Obama,what has he stood for and where has he come from. What issues has he fought for. We know our out spoken civil rights leaders,our congressman,our black cacus and many who have stood up and spoke out for years. But who is Senator Obama,where has he been?

    I know more about Tavis Smiley than the Senator,Tavis is always in the for front of a real cause. Even the son's of Rev.Jessie,we have seen them speak out,we have heard Dexter king, Harold Ford of Tennesee,but we have not heard or seen Obama speaking out or carrying a torch. There is a great list of African American politicians that are well known,who have given there lives to for the cause.

    Ask the questions that need to be asked.

    January 14, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Fiorella

    To MarkH,
    If you vote for the person who opposes Hillary, the you'll be voting republican, then dont complain when we go to war with Iran. The republicans are war-mongers, have a superiority complex, and have done nothing but isolate our country and our citizens, HOWEVER, they have done a wonderful job, having third world country take away our jobs. We dont even make our own TOOTHPASTE!!! So very sad, but it's time to reverse that put Hillary in the White HOuse in 2008, let's give furture generations of American a fighting chance, and I dont mean "fighting" with a machine gun while trying to make the world do things our way!!

    HILLARY IN 08!!

    January 14, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Kathleen

    HILLARY IS THE ONLY CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT.

    January 14, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Nir Jara

    Should I vote for HRC just because she is a woman? The answer is a resounding NO. She ia a status quo candidate using her "gender" to get to the White Hosue. The media as usual has been very soft on her . It is better a WHITE woman than a BLACK man...that is what is going to come down at the end of the day. We are not ready to vote for a black man as the president befoer a white woman. Its not gonna happen. Obama...take the high road.

    NO TO BUSH-CLINTON-BUSH-CLINTON

    Time for dynastic politicss to come to an end on 1/20/09

    ANYBODY BUT THE CLINTONS

    January 14, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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