March 18th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Obama, Clinton both tie McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" A new poll suggests both Clinton and Obama would tie McCain in a general election match up."](CNN) - Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would both statistically tie Republican John McCain in a general election matchup, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll indicates.

According to the poll released Tuesday morning, both Obama and Clinton are locked in a dead heat with the Arizona senator. If Obama were to win the nomination, he would get 47 percent of the vote compared to 46 percent for McCain - a statistical tie given the poll's 3 percentage point margin of error. Should Clinton win the nomination, the poll suggests she would get 49 percent compared to McCain's 47 percent - another statistical tie.

While Clinton and Obama match up equally with McCain, CNN Polling Director Keating Holland notes the two Democrats appear to be drawing support from different groups of voters.

"Clinton appears to do a little bit better than Obama among older voters, women, and self-identified Democrats against McCain; Obama's numbers may be slightly better among younger voters and those who describe themselves as Republicans and Independents," Holland said.

The poll also shows all three presidential candidates get high marks from voters on the issue of economy - roughly two-thirds of those surveyed say each of the candidates would do a good job handling the issue. This appears to be good news for McCain, given that the incumbent president's party is often blamed for economic woes.

Related Video: CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser breaks down the new poll numbers

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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. Jason

    To Jeramia:

    These numbers you listed aren't poll numbers...maybe you should go back and read where it says "Numbers in this paragraph are from a prediction market, not a poll." so in essence, those really have no place here. Thanks

    March 18, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Peg

    Sean...Tell me how a man, who is not only black but also white be racist? He has the best of both worlds and can and will unite the people of the United States of America. We all need this... put hatred and racism aside..HES NOT THAT WAY!
    Adam...Are you saying Hillary isnt a liar!?! geeze...i have watched her speak out the side of her mouth for way too long, side step issues that she herself voted for in the senate, withhold information from her supporters. Shes never going to be president.
    Obama 2008!!

    March 18, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Peg

    Adam...Obama does not back these Hecklers your talking about. He tells us to choose our words carefully and to act with kindness in posting or out in the public eye.

    March 18, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Ian

    If your candidate of choice doesn't become the nominee, why don't you just write them in instead of voting for McCain? It doesn't make sense to compromise your beliefs like that, it's not a wasted vote in my opinion.

    March 18, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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