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. ees

    Free ride for Obama by the news media means boohoo for the Dems. McCain will be the next president because the republicans have already set their strategy and the Dems fell for it.

    February 27, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Diana

    Hillary won the debate and as far as her health care plan goes it is great for everyone.
    Hillary is saying her plan is not to MAKE everyone get her health care .
    She made mention of this once before . She is just trying to make sure that everyone will be covered, regardless of how much money they make.
    If you want to be on this health care program you can...and you will pay what you can afford according to ones income . How fair is this?
    I think it is very fair.
    If these people claim to be so religious they would know that a very poor woman gave all she had which was just a penny or two....whereas the very rich just gave some of their money. Who then gave the most? It was the poor woman.
    Why? She gave her all.
    Well Hillary is not even asking her to give her all...only what she can afford after she pays her bills and groceries and a few other simple things in life that might make living a little more bareable.
    This can be applied to everyone who is in need of health care. Is one person valued over another ? Are we not all alike? Should not then the rich give more ? Actually they will be giving the same when you stop and think about this .

    February 27, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Liba

    I am wondering how many of you who left comments above are racists?
    So far, all the polls were underestimating Obama, and if it is showing that he is already winning, he will win big...

    February 27, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. WJ

    Hear this Hillary Supporters: Hillary Clinton would 100% rather you vote Obama than McCain. If she knew that such division would be created in the Democratic Party she would have dropped out and endorsed Obama by now. She, like many, recognize that a Republican cannot take Washington again.

    February 27, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. NC Independent

    It makes no sense to put stock into this poll before two candidates actually campaign and debate against each other. Three is a crowd....especially in polls. This will all change when its one on one

    February 27, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. bean counter

    Another piece of the propaganda puzzle to help create the illusion that enough Americans believe it might actually be possible when they install Mccain as the next war monger in chief. revolts. police state. democrat internment camps to follow. the caged "free speech zones" are simply to help them round up the rabble rousers, a sort of holding cell if you will.

    Mainstream media is complicit in all this along with paid hacks to plug in the mindless blog responses like those above to make us think that it's possible beyond what our most basic common sense tells us that it should rightly be a landslide for the dems. if the votes are accurately counted. Don't believe everything you read on the internets people.

    A sad day in America indeed!

    February 27, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Donna

    I would vote for McCain before I would Obama. He is nothing more than a puppet for the rich Democrats. I am disgusted by the way CNN worships him like he is a god.

    February 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. KY4OBAMA2008

    If you people vote in McCain this time, I am seriously going to research moving my family to Canada. Ignorance can not win the election AGAIN!!!!

    February 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. st louis

    For those who state, they will cross the Democratic Party lines, I hope your sons, grandsons and male friends are shipped off to fight a war for one hundred years. No better for you and hopefully in the process you will lose your house, healthcare and job. Best of Luck.

    February 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Horace

    I know that it is not good to make generalizations about groups of people, but I must say that those who support Hillary and hate Obama the strongest seem to offer the least amout of specifics as to why?

    This board is filled with statements like "she has done everything, he has done nothing" or "she has experience and he has words." It's almost as if Hillary has the most support from "simple" people.

    Anyone who takes the time to examine the issues closely should be able to give more specific reasons why they support Hillary so strongly over Obama.

    I must admit that I am prejudiced. I discriminate against uninformed people. I don't feel they should have the right to criticize any candidate.

    February 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Changing times

    The responses on this site confirms for me what we all know to be true. America as a whole is not ready and will not vote for a black man even if he is suitably qualified. Obama is NOT perfect, he is brilliant, a strong leader, eloquent, loves this country and has worked hard to achieve what he has to this point. He would represent America well.

    But America is more concerned about their fears of folks like Farrakhan, Obama's middle name, what clothes he wears, what church he attends and other nonsense we would not dare confront another politician with. So if we continue in war and economic chaos, plunge ourselves into ignorance, remain arrogant and repulsive to the rest of the world so what! We're America right Land of the FREE, Home of the BRAVE. My hats off to America.

    February 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. The Man From Next Tuesday Afternoon

    I disagree with the man from next Tuesday... He is obviously from next Tuesday morning and doesn't know what he's talking about. He hasn't seen so far ahead of you all that he witnessed John McCain pushing Hillary down at the last minute and stealing the Presidency.

    February 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. John

    Not sure I agree. Depends on who the Dem candidate is. Clinton has NO prayer. Obama may. McCain has stepped on his own foot quite a bit lately, and canbe tied to Bush on many issues.

    February 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. R

    The whole world is watching. The U.S. people get a chance to get it right this time. Don't leave any gaps. Put Obama in and you will have the respect of the world and the world will become a better place. It is time for a real change. Hillary is a great person but she needs to move over and not make the same mistake the Democrats made years ago, when Regan got it.

    February 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. 1st Amendment anyone?

    Barack Hussein Obama – Since when is using someone's full name considered offensive????

    Give me a break John McCain – I'm not sure I'm going to vote for you, especially if you can't defend the 1st Amendment.

    We better remember our soldiers died for our rights – and how quickly we throw those rights away????

    February 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Shane, NY

    Do you guys really think we can afford to stay in Iraq. Barack will change his poll numbers over time. The surge didn't really work, things are getting better in Iraq because Moktada al-Sadr called for a cease fire months ago. You really think these Iraqi's are stupid. They know more troops were coming so they are laying low until the surge ends. The only think that can make Iraqi better is building up there infrastructure and having a fair political system. The same policy that is working in Indonesia against extremist needs to be applied in Iraqi. I think McCain is going to try to make this election about Iraqi. I'm not willing to lose another troop over Iraqi, that's someone's kid fighting. It just kills me that people want to stay there. We basically waged an illegal war without UN backing. No troops life is worth osing over there. I think Barack is an intelligent guy that will make sound decisions and surround himself with the most qualified individuals.

    February 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. John Russel

    My choice Clinton first.
    I don’t want to vote for Obama, all his achievement are doing some community work at Chicago and playing poker in the name of working extra hours at Illinois capitol.

    Senator McCain may very well be the next President!

    February 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. glhf

    Judging by these comments, I got to say Hillary's done a great job dividing the party. How else can you explain the polls being this close despite the abslymal performance by republicans?

    February 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. E. C., Houston, Texas

    If experience, integrity and character dictate the result, the next President will be McCain.........provided voters don't witness a real 'miracle for Huck.'

    February 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. mp

    If the choice comes to between McCain or Clinton, I would vote for Clinton. But should it be between McCain or Obama, then I would definitely vote McCain.

    February 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. B. Smart

    "Democrats" voting for McCain if Hillary wins: There will be enough
    republicans voting for Obama to make up for the weeding out.

    February 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |

    Once we have a CLEAR nomination from the DEMs, the polls will change in favor of the DEMs, no matter who it is.

    McCain, like Bush prefers to continue to spend money on a war that shouldn't have happened. Plus McCain has mentioned on several occasions that he is weak on economy.

    People want CHANGE from anything related to the last 7+ years. McCain supported Bush. Look at Bush’s approval rating!!!

    February 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. To You Right On

    Hey Right On –

    Who are you calling racist? From what I've heard, African Americans who won't vote for Obama are being ostracized and threatened by people of their own skin color! Apparently the plan is to get all African American voters to vote for Obama, regardless of his total lack of experience and substance. NOW THAT'S RACIST!

    February 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |

    Obama claims that his mailings and emails and press releases that his camp releases are no different than those of Hillary's campaign...

    HMMM...at least the stuff HILLARY'S camp releases is ACCURATE!

    He says he's for "change" and "a new kind of politics" and Hillary's tactics are "politics of old" – he's saying the total opposite by saying HIS tactics are the same as hers.



    February 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Kim

    A Firm Message to Obama followers:
    You had better watch your tone and slanderous statements towards Senator Clinton, they are very disrespectful, hate filled and divisive and it has already turned off a lot of Hillary Supporters, should he win the nomination we will vote for McCain, Vote for Nader, Stay Home, or start a write in campaign for Hillary, we will make a statement to the media and to those Republicans that have hijacked our Democratic primaries and caucuses by voting for Obama in order to take down Hillary, that we will not allow you to shove someone down our throats that we do not feel will have the wear with all to fight and stand up for us. Obama is supposed to be a uniter, but the individuals that follow him, are so hate filled and divisive, they will be the cause of him losing the white house if he is the nominee. Remember there is no way that Obama can win the General Elections without Hillary Clinton's supporters, let's be clear on that, then you add the disenfranchised voters in Florida and Michigan and the independents that will go back to the Republican party and the Republicans that voted just to get Hillary out of the race and he will be left with nothing, the hate that comes from his followers is unbelievable and they have managed to turn us off. Be careful what type of venom you spew, it will come back to bite you.

    February 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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