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. Answer to SPQR

    The beef is on his website: stop regurgitating the same empty phrase ("Where's the beef?") and do your homework!

    February 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Jan

    Ii'm an Independent, and have been supporting Hillary. However, if she doesn't win the democratic primary as nominee, THEN IT IS JOHN McCAIN all the way for me. My entire family feels this way and will vote for McCain in November. NO WAY we're going to vote to give the keys to the white house to Obama. So, all you Obama wannabee's, including the biased press, can get over it. McCain is so much more experienced and just right for the country vs. Obama, you could write a book about it.

    February 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Non-Trendy American Voter

    Go Hillary Rodham Clinton!!! She has a stronger ability in her arsenal to beat McCain far better than Obama. We need President Clinton!

    February 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Scott

    Whomever wrote the headline obviously did not bother to read the article. According to the article, Obama and McCain are tied (within the margin of error) on both who would win and who people approved of more. There is NOTHING in the article that would lead a sane person to conclude that McCain would be "hard to beat".

    February 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Joe B.

    Wait till the first debate...McCain will have to crawl under a rock when either Clinton or Obama gets finished with him.

    Well OK...maybe he will just fall asleep!

    February 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Belinda

    There aren't enough women in the country to make her majesty the president. Republican women can't stand her cest le vie Hillary!!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. hsl

    Senator Hilllary Rodham Clinton first!
    I will not vote for Barack Hussein Obama.

    Senator McCain may very well be the next President!

    February 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Indie in Iowa

    McCain is ahead because all those Republicans that supported Obama in the primaries are now voting for McCain. The turn out was not for the democratic party, but the ABC (anybody but Clinton) party. If they could make sure she didn't even make it to the general, well then more power to them.

    February 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Rose

    I commend the author of this article for his accurate portrayal of a poll, which is extremely rare in the media. A statistical tie is important, and it makes no sense for reporters to extol a candidate being one or two points ahead in a poll, when in reality that means absolutely nothing. It means they are tied. And I appreciate this author recognizing that and correctly portraying that in this article. I hope other writers take a page from his book and report similarly (aka accurately)

    February 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Quinn

    How childish does the following quote sound?

    "I'm a lifelong democrat who will vote republican for the first time in my life if Hillary is not the nominee."

    I think some of the Hillary supporters are pouting like 5-year olds. They would rather vote for more wars, tax cuts for the rich, less freedom, no subsidized health care, and a continuiation of Bush's failed policies just to prove how angry they are that Hillary didn't win.


    February 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. A Bunch Of Turncoats

    Please stay home whiners! We don't need your senseless vote anyway.

    February 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Mike

    For every bit Obama makes me hope about the possibility of an educated political base in this country, the CNN commenters strip it away, inch by inch.

    February 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Right on!

    I am right there with you Jacob! It is a shame that fellow "whipocrats" will change their own party and vote for McCain if an Afro-American wins the democratice nomination. Seems this country is still beholden to it's racist roots!

    February 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. The Man from next Tuesday

    I come from the future and Hillary won. There's no need to worry now that you know.

    February 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Jordan, New York

    I think this comment lists demonstrates exactly why this poll is misleading. Right now, there are lots of emotionally distraught democrats who are claiming "if my guy/gal doesn't win, I'll vote for McCain!" If you're voting on policy, that's absurd. If you're voting on experience, then you wouldn't be supporting either Barack or Hillary, you'd be supporting Richardson or Biden (by the way, Barack has spent more time in elected office than Hillary has). Once the dust settles, the angry democrats will come to their senses and support the better candidate and John McCain will lose to either Clinton or Obama.

    February 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Julia, Hayden, Idaho

    Obviously this is a poll for wimps, since CNN will not post anything that is of a derogatory nature against the current administration, therefore eliminating freedom of speech to those that have views are consistent with those of CNN. Obama does offer hope for our country, and if he is elected we will once again be in a position to truthfully, (without tongue in cheek) to say we are proud of our country. Democrats that would vote for McCain, just because Obama is the nominee are cutting off their noses to spite their faces, but that's okay, go for it, and you will certainly deserve the results if McCain, who is a Bush Buddy wanna be is elected.

    February 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. carol

    I am a Deocrat that will not vote for Obama. He does not have any experience. Obama can not stand on his own 2 feet, all he does is copy everything off Hillary and said he didn't vote on the Iraq war, He wasn't there and then he says if he was there he don't know how he would have voted. Obama is full of BULL.

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

    Yup. I prefer Hillary but if Obama wins, I'm voting for McCain.

    February 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. David

    This headline is crazy. I read it and thought McCain would be in the lead. It should say Obama-McCain in a dead heat.

    I am sure that McCain supporters would not like it if a poll showing them tied said, "Poll: Obama Hard to Beat."

    February 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Kate

    Why is it with Hillary it's always fight this fight that .. isn't there another way to do business??

    February 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Nick L - Nevada

    Could it be that the network and poll 'reports' are to influence the advertising dollar of the campaign's ?

    Nah, they wouldn't stoop that low. Wait, on the other hand ....

    February 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. anonymous

    How Can you Preface


    and the "polls" show him being beat by Obama??

    Clinton just galvenizes republicans and independats against her. And democrats don't like the way she gender divides them. Too much division in her.

    February 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Your kidding right?

    What a lying piece of trash this poll is? Let's see, 70% of the US is against the war and the warmonger is the top choice? Yeah right, tell us some more BS CNN.

    This guy is more warmongering filth that will drag us down the toilet as Bush as done.

    February 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Bob

    You better go ahead with that.

    February 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. BigC in DC

    I am a Hillary supporter; if Obama wins the nominee I will be voting for McCain, this country has no time for a rookie to lead this great nation,
    Do you really think Obama can win if Clinton supports vote for McCain
    You do the math republican votes plus Clinton supports votes equal No more Obama. I will take experience over hope any day.

    February 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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