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. veronica

    I support Hillary because I don't think she has an "agenda" to fulfill. (personal satisfaction at winning doesn't count, as they ALL would have that).
    If it is not her on the ticket, I will vote for the Republican to defeat Barack Obama.

    January 14, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Mario

    POLLS, THEY ARE USELESS, IT' S THE MEDIA TRYING TO INFLUENCE THERE WAY FOR YOU TO VOTE. IT IS ALL FOR THE BENEFIT FOR THEM AND TO TRY SWAY YOU THAT YOUR VOTE ISN'T ANY GOOD, SO WHY WASTE YOUR TIME VOTING.
    LOOK AT HISTORY, THE MEDIA HAD DEWEY BEATING TRUMAN, LOOK AT WHAT HAPPEND THEN, THE MEDIA LOOKED LIKE IDIOTS AND THEY STILL DO.

    OBUMA WAS AHEAD UNTIL THE LAST DAY, THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN HITLERY WON, NO WONDER THE CLINTONS WERE SHIPPING PEOPLE FROM OUT OF STATE TO VOTE, NOBODY IS GOING TO CHANGE THERE MIND IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD WHENM THEY HAD THE STUPID POLL, THEN HITLERY CRIED AND WON, WHAT A LOSING COMBINATION, THE MEDIA NAD THE CLINTONS ARE THIS COUNTRY'S ENEMY WITHIN.
    IRON MY SHIRT! IRON MY SHIRT!!
    GO MITT!

    January 14, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. veronica

    I have to laugh at all the people who say she will burst into tears when the going gets tough! LOL
    First, she's an "ice queen", now she's a "crybaby"!!
    Can't have it both ways folks!
    (but it's fun to watch you try).

    January 14, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Thomas

    HILLARY>>>>>>>>>2008

    January 14, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Natalie

    Haven't we learned not to listen to polls by now?????

    January 14, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Lauren Bates

    Who cares about McCain. He is nothing. He has NO support. How many signs do you see for him? How many volunteers does he have? Zero! Americans, get the truth. He is the one determined by the ones who rig the elections. Don't just sit there and take it.

    You HAVE to know it's rigged. More than 70% of Americans are AGAINST the war. Why would they vote for McCain who is 700% FOR the war???

    January 14, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Eric

    A society gets the political media it deserves. Our society is characterized by impatience with detail and very short attention spans, so we get a political media that has no motivation to cover issues in depth, and lots of motivation to cover the more shallow and visible aspects of the campaign – like who cried and how much. Lots of people will look at this block of text and decide it is too "big" to even bother reading. And you expect them to tune into a thoughtful, detail-oriented segment on *anything?*

    January 14, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. 'Kunle

    Those who oppose Hillary need to be honest with themselves. It's become something of a fad, a fashionable trend to bash this woman. If you pressed the anti-Hillary hoards on why exactly they loathe her, there'd be little substance in their response. This is clearly about hating a woman, who against all odds is in within grasp of the highest job on the land. And be honest anti-Hillary people, it just bothers the heck out of you.

    Now, I am black and I think Obama rocks. But something about not having anything to show for his four years in the senate, missing major votes, and preaching style over substance bothers me. He'll be a good vice president for Hill, but he is not quite seasoned enough to take the helms altogether.

    January 14, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. LCE

    It's amazing this article does not point out that clinton is down 11 points and Obama is up 14 points from when this poll was done in December.

    January 14, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Ray

    So Hillary defends herself after months of everyone going after her and she's the villan?

    And why does Obama get a free pass about his drug use? Why cant that be brought up? He did them right? He wrote about it in his book right? Why does he think or his "fans" think we can talk about it? Like Obama would say….
    " YES WE CAN!"

    January 14, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. claudia campbell

    I was very proud and impressed with Mrs. Clinton.

    I have lived in Illinois for the past 26 years.

    Mr. Obama has done nothing for my

    community. He reminds me of my ex,all

    talk, no action. In the Obama's household

    I guess that Michelle plays the dominant role.

    When someone touts change ,one must be

    practical by laying out concrete foundation.

    He is an orator, nothing more.

    January 14, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Bill

    I must applaud the Clintons for the strategic brain-washing of the African American and Hispanic communities. Kudos to you Hilary for the worst emotional display in history. Would someone please tell me what the Clintons have done for these ethnic groups? I must have missed it b/c things have progressively gotten worse since the Clinton administration.

    This race really shows that America as a whole has not come a far as we thought regarding race relations.

    Here are a couple questions for Hilarious supporters.
    1. Are you really supporting Hilary or are you supporting a 3rd term for Bill?
    2. If you submitted a resume for a job with no references and told the interviewer that you were not willing to release your references; what do you think would happen?

    Soon we will find out if Americans or more Sexist or more Racist.

    I truly hope America can get it together one day.

    January 14, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. my thoughts

    We all would run the same type of race if we were trying to become president of the US. It is easy to set back and point fingers at each one. Whoever gets elected (and I think it will be Hillary) will not have very big shoes to fill of what has been in for the past 8 years. 🙂

    January 14, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Steve Daytona Beach

    What really amazes me in all this, is how Obama responds to criticism. His entire campaign (and now with the help of his lackey, Edwards) he has done nothing but sling mud and make untrue commments toward Clinton. But everytime someone points out his faults and distortions, it's "Oh my! All they can do is attack me and not offer anything positive." This man is the most plastic politician of them all. I'd vote for Mike Gravel before I gave Obama my vote. Hillary may have shed tears, but Obama's whining tells you a whole lot more about where we'll be if he wins the nomination.

    January 14, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Aaron

    Gee, we are losing jobs at an alarming wait. I can't stand Bush, however this issue is not his fault. Can you say Nafta? Look at the Clintons for that. While you're at see of the 3 who has lobbyisy money. Wake up and know your facts. We lose jobs over seas at an alarming rate. Nafta is a huge reason for that. Clinton pushed that through. Think people... Experience is what? It may be overated. Look at their voting record, look at Iraq. Did experience help there?

    January 14, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Mary, Massachusetts

    Go Hillary!!!

    January 14, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Carrie from Canada

    Listen to all of you! I can't believe your buying in to all this media/pundits crap. They spin everything. Why don't you start thinking for yourself. Plus, the media is so sexist. Why is Obama getting a free ride and Hillary has to defend everything. I guarantee if she was a man none of this BS would of even came up. It is time for all the women to speak up and unite. As a woman this discusts me. I am proud to say that as a Canadian we were able to look past gender and elected a female Prime Minister, and that was back in the early 90's. USA I thought was suppose to be the leader in the world for democracy, so start to look past Hillary as a woman and look at her as the best candidate to clean up the mess that the current president you voted for (twice I may remind you) made!

    January 14, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Realist

    Hillary and her husband are acting very catty....if i remember correctly, she and her man were the ones that started attacking Obama. Obama had not said a word. Her cattiness needs to stop!!!!!she should just concentrate on her campaign an shut up and let Obama do his own thing. Obama's reaction is simply the result of being provoked and having enough.
    If America votes for her....let me remind you...Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton is not a change!!!
    And bill needs to just back off. everytime he opens his mouth, its just negativity on Obama's campaign....
    Can't we all just get along...
    Go OBAMA!!!!!!if i was american...you would have my vote.
    Hillary lacks morales!!!!! No intergrity and no shame!

    January 14, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. FlaWoman

    Once the thrill of Obama's candidacy wears off, Blacks in America will be hardput to vote against Hillary's lifetime of hard work and proven track record on their behalf – in favor of voting for Obama, who is a young first-term Senator and talented speaker who has yet to earn their respect and their vote.

    January 14, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    The Democratic Party is cracking like an egg; the inane back and forth name calling between Hillary and Obaba is a preview of upcoming events:

    – disagree with "President Obama", and you're a new member of all RACISTS;

    – disagree with "President Hillary", and you're a SEXIST PIG.

    The alternative?

    – Support John McCain; he is quite moderate on many issues, yet firm, tenacious, and the most experienced on foreign policy and military issues of all presidential candidates (of all Republicans and Democrats);

    – McCain supports fiscal responsibility and does not believe in income redistribution;

    – McCain will appoint Federal Supreme Court justices who follow the U.S. Constitution and does NOT legislate from the bench;

    – McCain will NOT bend at the alter of the United Nations nor the European Union.

    January 14, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Steve Daytona Beach

    In regard to Joe's comment about just the Hillary supporters being the divisive ones, I suggest you read exactly what the Hillary supporters are saying. Most of them do nothing but talk of her experience and intelligence and her years of fighting for the middle class. Next, let me suggest you go check out MSNBC's FirstRead or HardBall with Chris Matthews. There you will find nothing but vile hatred being espoused by ALL of the Obama supporters. Also, if Obama seems to think that the independant voters are so important, why doesn't he run on an independant ticket. It is clear beyond doubt that Hillary has the overwhelming support of the party that she represents.

    January 14, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. George K

    Man...I looked in the distance and yawn for change. I see darkness of change. The same issues still, and will continue to exist in this nation. All we can do it pray that the generation that comes after us does not continue with the Torch that we carry today.

    January 14, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Elly

    Sabine from Berlin;!!!!!!!!!!! WE WANT HILLARY !!!!!!!!!!! mmmmhhhh!! Who is we? I DO NOT WANT HILLARY!!
    Hillary and her "funs" have become so desperate and are now going for petty politics and want to continue practicing the old Washington politics. While we appreciate the freedom of speech in our country that has been guaranteed by the constitution I like to take this opportunity to remind Bob Johnson that he is not a spokesman and does not speak for the entire black fraternity. The sooner he realizes how the conniving the Clintons are the better it will be for him. Did he forget that the former President had himself confessed trying Marijuana as young teenager?? These are kind of Politics we do not need. It's petty and a disgrace especially coming from a person of such caliber as Bob Johnson. GO OBAMA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need a change we can believe in, we need somebody who will unite us and who will embrace the diversity of our country, that person is BARACK OBAMA..........OBAMA 08!!!

    January 14, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Jay Graham, Dallas, TX

    If Obama wins the nomination he will be crushed by McCain. When a true service by Kerry in Vietnam is "Swift boated", then you can't imagine what kind of garbage will come against Obama in general election? I don't think media will give the same treatment in that campaign as it is giving now. For Hillary, so much has thrown against her for the past 15 years and she has shown her toughness in keeping everyone quiet, that she won't have any problem defending herself in general election. She is much more smarter than Obama and deserves democrat nomination.

    January 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. mary

    As an African American who has always been a democrat, this election has taught be a lot about the democratic party. Whites seem to be blaming Obama for division in the democratic party when Clinton allowed her true feeling to come out about Dr. King. She may win the democratic nomination but she will not be president. A lot of blacks will sit this one out. She does not have our best interest at heart. There will be no difference in the republican candidate and Hilliary. I will vote republican if she wins the nomination.

    January 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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