February 27th, 2008
11:54 AM ET
14 years ago

Poll: McCain's hard to beat


A new poll out Wednesday suggests McCain will be difficult to beat in November. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll out Wednesday suggests Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will be a difficult candidate for the eventual Democratic nominee to beat in a general election match up this fall.

According to a just released Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, McCain would be in tight races with either of the remaining Democratic presidential candidates.

McCain is statistically tied with Sen. Barack Obama, 44 percent to 42 percent, and ahead of Sen. Hillary Clinton by 6 points, 46 percent to 40 percent. The poll's margin of error was plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.

The poll also showed McCain with a 61 percent approval rating, a number higher than both Clinton's and Obama's in past polls. (A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll earlier this month measured Clinton's approval rating at 52 percent and Obama's at 58 percent.)

The Arizona senator holds a clear advantage on dealing with the war in Iraq, according to the poll, and holds a 9 point advantage on economic issues over Obama, despite having acknowledged that area is not his expertise. Though the poll finds voters favor Clinton by 10 points over McCain to handle the economy.

The same poll also showed Obama with a 6 point edge over Clinton nationally - a finding that's consistent with several other polls out earlier this week that indicate that the senator from Illinois is the frontrunner in the Democratic race.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (499 Responses)
  1. Amused, Las Vegas

    Has any analysis been done on a state-by-state basis, weighting the projected result with the votes in the electoral college?

    We found out the hard way the winning the populat vote does not mean you won the election.

    The election will be won or lost in the swing states. Which Dem is strongest against McCain in those?

    February 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. LMDJ

    Actually, it is unlikely that McCain will be hard to beat as he will be forever linked with failed Bush legacy and he is too old.

    Barack Obama will win in November. He has run a near complete flawless campaign and the pundits, haters, Clintons, MSM do not know what to do with him. He resonates with the people. Period.

    Barack will win against McCain handily in November! Republicans and Obama haters are in denial.

    Obama 08'

    February 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Hey retard Dems who claim they'll vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee: Wait till McCain "bomb-bomb-bombs Iran" or John Paul Stevens keels over–he's 87–and we get another 50-something "contructivist" on the Supreme Court . Presumably all you chicks-for-Hillary will come back into the fold four years from now. By then, it'll be too late. "It's the Supreme Court, stupid."

    February 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Veronica

    I can't believe Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) actually admitted that Obama has less experience than Hillary Clinton. The attitude was like... "So, What?" This is pathetic because I know as Democrats we made fun of George W. Bush for being an idiot and inexperienced, and now we're on the verge of nominating our own version.

    February 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. BL - NYC

    Mr. Mccain will most certainly defeat Mr. Obama...
    I am Democrat and if Obama wins the Nod, I leave. I think this is how half the Democrats feel. It is unfortunate that Obama preaches what he does, yet he divided his own party.

    CLINTON 2008

    February 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Josh

    I support either Democratic candidate should they get the nomination. There is no way I am going to let McCain or any other right wing extremist take over this country ever again. If McCain wins, this country will be in even more chaos as well as the rest of the world. John McCain is nothing more than a George W. Bush wannabe and he deserves to lose. Let's support Hillary or Obama, unite and keep the Republicans out of office for good.

    February 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. JM

    Finally, some Hillary supporters speak out! Hillary has a PLAN FOR CHANGE - she is not "just words." I truly believe she can change this country for the better. Obama does not have the experience, plain and simple. Someday. But for now, we need someone in the White House who has experience working with Dems and Reps, who has foreign policy experience, who has a plan so that ALL Americans will have health insurance. You HAVE to be a negotiator if you are the President because change will take COMPROMISE. You cannot get into the White House and "hope" Congress will just kneel down before you and do everything your way. Obama's plan: "Yeah, what she said." Ignorance.

    February 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. applecrispbetty

    Switching HRC to McCain makes no sense. One is anti-war, the other pro-war. People should not vote frivolously but should commit themselves to whether they like war or don't like war. It's that simple. I will not vote for anyone who wants to send my sons to foreign wars.

    February 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Stephannie

    The longer the Democratic primary election last, the higher McCain's approval rating will be. Though voters are deseparate for change, they also do not enjoy protracted election battles. As an Obama supporter, I hope that he comes away with decisive victories in Texas and Ohio to put this contest to bed and he can focus on running against McCain to become the next President of the United States.

    February 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Why doesn't Obama just drop out before he destroys the democratic party. He is a quiter not a fighter. We need a fighter like Hillary. He has not won a major state yet. With out a few major states you can't take the White House back from the GOP. Now that is the facts folks.

    February 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. SPQR753

    To whomever signed as Answer to SPQR753:

    I did my home work and I had already gone to Obama's website.

    All his projects are a wishful serie of "I will do this..", "I will do that...".

    Barack's problem is that all his WISH LIST is not backed up by a shred of a plan/action/policy.

    If he thinks that "I will do this...." I will do that...." represents the magic wand for changing all our problems and setting up the foundations for a serios agenda he better WAKE UP, including his supporters !!!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Adam

    This makes me laugh.

    Take a look at how many Democrats are voting in this election, compared to Republicans.


    Oh, and for any "Hillary supporters" that say they'll vote REPUBLICAN if Barack Obama is the nominee?

    You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    I suppose you just want more war and more poverty.

    Seriously – what is WRONG with you?

    February 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Melanie

    If McCain is our next President, I'm moving out of this country! And I'm dead serious! I do not want another Bush-like administration!

    February 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Go Obama

    No way a republican wins in November, Obama has more votes in the primaries than ALL of the republican candidates combined. Simply will NOT happen people..

    February 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. James

    As a democrat, I will rather vote for McCain if Obama gets the nomination.

    February 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Jessica, Michigan

    Paul – if you are still reading, you choose McCain, then say he will probably die in the next 8 years, and then say you are choosing a candidate that can withstand the vigorous riggors of being president.

    a guy that dies is clearly not "withstanding" the vigorous riggor, now are they?

    what rocks do you people crawl out from under? smack the dirt out of your ears dude...might help you think more clearly.

    February 27, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Alexander Djordjevich

    What cracks me up are the yo-yo's that pay attention to these polls. Is the media that bored? How can you have head to head polls when the candidates have not even debated the true issues. According to polls, weren't Al Gore and John Kerry supposed to be our presidents?
    For a country that prefers to elect candidates closer to center, I would expect these results. The "invisible" man is ranked as the #1 liberal, while John McCain pulls independent and conservative democrat support. Softball questions and debates are over. Now everyone will be asked the same question and we'll find out about taxes, abortion, Iraq strategies, and all the other fun stuff.

    February 27, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Travis

    If National polling mattered President Al Gore would be wrapping up a great presidency. Instead we got the monkey.

    While McCain may have an advantage in national polls, several estimates put the democrats at about 290 electoral votes right now based on state by state polling.

    McCain wont be hard to beat....it's gonna be rather easy.

    February 27, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Thomas Koshy

    If Sen.Clinton is not the democratic Nominee,then I am voting for Sen.McCain.He is the only hope left for America.

    February 27, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Mike D

    McBush will offer us a 3rd Bush term. All you Dems who would support McBush over Obama: you will regret the Supreme Court for the next 30 years !!!

    February 27, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. anonymous

    How do polls showing a tight race mean "McCain will be hard to beat"? Couldn't that just as easily run the other way - Obama will be hard to beat?

    February 27, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. ralph tyler

    The Democrats have better intentions than the GOP, in my opinion. Unfortunately, they are complete idiots, and we know the old saying about good intentions.

    February 27, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. McCain don't get your hopes up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Everybody knows McCain is a War-lover. He wants to fight for no apparent reason. When a President back in the old days declared war, they had to fight themselves. That's what needs to happen here.
    Bush and McCain needs to get their gear together and go over there in Iraq and fightsince they think this is a cause they believe in. Bush is so dum he would get lost and McCain is so old he would just croak from a heart attack. Obama is the only choice for President!! I don't care what the polls state. Obama 08.

    February 27, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. amber

    Hillary is the only one who has the strength, record, experience, wit, and overall knowledge on issues to beat McCain. McCain will mop the floor with Obama if he is the nominee. Its Hillary all the way. Open your eyes folks and see just how STRONG this woman is. The alternative to Hillary is.....we end up with another Republican President that will keep us in a war we can't win for the "next 100 years".

    February 27, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Tonia

    Hope does not feed my family and doesn't make my house payment!!
    If Obama gets the nod from the Dems then I will vote for McCain.Better the devil we know than the one we don't.

    February 27, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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