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. Paul,California

    This Democrat will vote for McCain if Obama is the party's nominee. I can sleep well casting this vote!

    February 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    Ha ha, most Americans are tolerant of views that differ from their own. For this reason the closed-minded, hateful, and dishonest left has no chance at winning the presidency.

    Just read the comments from those on the left and those on the right. The libs are completely controlled by emotional hate and anger. You never see a lib making their case with facts, it is always foaming at the mouth emotional hate-based rhetoric. It is why you can disagree with a Republican and still have a friend, but disagree with a Democrat and they will hate you for life. Even Obama libs Vs. Clinton libs hate each other, just look at the story of those two brothers, this is the American lib in 2008.

    February 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Jim Jones

    WOW look at all these Clinton supporters. Ya'll just a bunch of cry babies just like her. I'm a demo and I support Obama and if he lose the primary election to clinton, I would vote for clinton over mccain in the general. even though i don't like her but i want the demo 2 take back the white house.

    February 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Arizona

    Honestly anyone that would go from Hillary to McCain have to be a republican. He stands for everything Hillary does not. Its mind boggling. YOU WONT GET HEALTH CARE WITH MCCAIN...WE WILL BE IN IRAQ fro 100 years.....HE WANTS TAX BREAKS FOR COOPERATIONS permament. He is just Bush Jr, running. You think the country is messed up now?

    Those who are so mad that will vote for McCain are really putting there vendetta against Obama hgher then there values and goals in life. Name one thing that will benifit you from the McCain?

    Of course the 10 people that post here about Clinton are probably Republicans wanting to face her.

    February 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Patty

    If the Republicans would have kept out of the Democratic primary, Hillary would have been the nominee against McCain. Because the Republicans screwed up our nominee we have the possibility of having Obama. I can't stand Obama so I would have to vote for McCain. Go Hillary! Save America! We need You!

    February 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    and to you who say if Obama wins the nomination you will vote for McCain, how much is Hillary paying you to blog here.

    Get out of here.

    February 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. SPQR753

    To all OBAMA's supporters:


    February 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. dbacchus

    Those posts that are "threatening" to vote for McCain "if Obama gets nominated" are so obviously fake!! If you read carefully, you can even see that a lot of them were written by the same – *sigh* not very well educated – person. Of course such lame attempts will have zero effect on the nomination results (Clinton is so done!), but it surely tells us something about "hard-core Hillary fans"... Sad and pathetic…

    February 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Joe

    With no disrespect to Senator McCain, this election is about America's past (for which Senator McCain is the poster boy) or America's future (which Senator Obama is getting so many Americans to believe in). I hate to say it, but it is a little bit like the Reagan promise in 1980 (are our best days behind us or ahead of us?). Despite his past service, I don't think anybody believes McCain has a vision of what this country will need to be 20 years in the future ... and that is what we need in our next President.

    February 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Neal

    I'm an African American supporting Hillary Clinton 100! However, if she is not the nominee, I will stay home and not vote at all. I've always said if I had to vote for a republican it would be John McCain, but after his wanting to continue the war hype I've changed my mind about him also. It's Hillary or nobody!

    February 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. fergus

    These national polls are meaningless. Our president is not elected by national popular vote. What are the match ups looking like in individual states, including the swing states of Ohio, FL, MO, CO and NM?

    February 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Vicky

    Joe go to New York Times article yesterday by William Kristol. She said these things at a rally in Wisconsin.

    February 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. John

    Then the poll is saying the majority of citizens are for staying in Iraq and blowing our economy to hell.

    Not what I hear and see in everyday life.

    February 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. AR

    In another poll, just out, Obama leads McCain 49 to 42%, while Clinton and McCain are tied at 46% each. Too early to be very informative, but in most recent polls, Obama beats McCain, Clinton doesn't.

    February 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Willie

    Reject and denounce have two different definitions. Reject is not even a synonym for denounce. Obama was wrong.

    February 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    McCain is the past, Democrats are the future.

    February 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. wise guy

    when McCain talks its 'straight talk express' and Hillary does the same, its 'rude, arrogant, egoistic' ... The media is fully of junk heads. Guys like Jack Cafferty and Gloria Borger really make no sense. and when they give their analysis, they voice their opinion rather than the analysis of the facts.

    CNN if you dont do something about your political analysts, you shall no longer be the "best political team on telivision" period

    February 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Kathryn Irby

    That's a joke! George W. Bush must have made that stupid comment! John McCain may as well "hang it up" as far as every becoming President of the United States!

    Kathryn Irby

    February 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. atruth, NYC, NY

    McCain will lose. No Country For Old men.

    February 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Ray - NJ

    Just read these comments by Obama supporters. You think I want to be side by side with people who degrade Hillary or her supporters like you guys are doing? We are upset. You guys just don't get it. We are not blinded by Obama and his spell he has on you. I want someone with EXPERIENCE, Not a hope!

    February 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Jim Kansas

    Obama gets nod its McCain's election to lose. Clinton gets nod, its a even race.

    February 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Ed

    It does not matter whether the Democratic nominee is Clinton or Obama. McCain would beat either one.

    February 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Angelica11

    I am registered democrat. My vote is going to be for Hillary.
    If Hillary does not get nomination, then I will vote for Mccain.

    February 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Mike

    This is the Clintons doing. They hope Obama loses to McCain so Hillary can come back in 2012 and get the nomination. They are dirtying him up so he loses to McCain. Simple. She can't win, it is mathematically impossible at this point. THAT is their goal. Watch.

    February 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. rk

    McCain should go into retirement.

    February 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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