April 28th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton, Obama dead even, poll says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/28/art.dempoll.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton and Obama are tied nationally and in Indiana."]
(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's Pennsylvania win last Tuesday has clearly given the New York senator a boost in the national polls, the latest daily tracking survey from Gallup suggests.

Clinton and Obama are now dead even at 47 percent among likely Democrats, according the newly released numbers. That number remains unchanged from a tracking poll released Saturday and represents a 5-point gain for Clinton since her Pennsylvania win.

In a similar tracking poll released the day of the primary, Obama led Clinton by eight points, 50-42 percent. The Illinois senator's lead over Clinton reached a high of 11 points on April 14.

Meanwhile, a Newsweek poll released Saturday also shows gains for Clinton, but finds the New York senator continuing to trail Obama. In that poll, Obama holds a 7 point lead over Clinton. That margin is more than half of the 19 point lead Obama held in a similar Newsweek poll taken shorlty before the Pennsylvania primary.

Recent polls also show the two candidates locked in a dead heat in the crucial state of Indiana, which votes May 6. In a CNN "poll of polls" released Friday, Clinton and Obama both register 45 percent support from likely Democrats in the Hoosier state.

Since Obama is favored to win North Carolina - the other major prize May 6 - some Clinton advisers have said the New York senator must score a victory in Indiana remain a viable candidate.

soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. gary


    April 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Ella

    Hillary's goal is to win by any means necessary and have a third term in the White House. She has done almost everything but Slapped Obama and McCain. She has Cried and Lied already I am waiting...

    April 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. reggymack

    In the End Obama will win. Lets remember that he is an underdog beating the well known Clinton machine. It is mighty funny when you have an X President doing speeches for you and you're still losing. This advantage enables you to be in 2 places at 1 time. Oh! You can add her daughter as well. The truth is that the majority of the people in the US do not want the Clintons back in the White House. This have to be a fact because technically Hillary should be winning. She had a big lead in the beginning, so what happen. The White House has been sanitize and cleaned since Bill was last there. We don't need no more of his or her dirt back in the White House. As far as the PA win. She was leading by 20 but only won by actually 9.4. If its less than .5 you round down people. Obama still had more than one million votes. You haters need to wake up for sure.

    Obama 08
    Yes We Can.

    April 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Phoenix

    Truly, the people who are calling for either candidate to drop out before all the primaries are done is insulting the states left. This is a race: if people don't finish a race it's because they fall down and can't move any more. Neither candidate seems ready for that. In the meantime party registration is reaching new highs. We'll still have two months to get sick of fighting between McCain and whomever if it goes to August. And no one now will win without the SD, so they should have the most data (votes) to make the best decision.

    April 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Obama cannot win in November. Unelectable guy with lots of baggage

    April 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Dexter

    Jay Says, "Time for you to drop out. Serious, just go away and take your bitter fans with you also."

    Yeah, good idea. He can drop out and say he's leaving in the interest of the party. Can you imagine the backlash against Hillary and her hate-filled campaign? Can you imagine the backlash against Dean and Pelosi for allowing her to keep going even though she lost the nomination in February?

    Obama's "Bitter fans" will leave, and all that Hillary will have are her uneducated followers who aren't smart enough to tell she's a self-serving monster... And the geratric crowd. Of course ma and pa clinton supporters aren't long for this world. When they're gone, all that'll be left are disenfranchised young voters who no longer supprt the stupidity of the democratic party.

    So, if Obama drops out, we're left with never-ending republican, right-wing, rule.

    Is that really what you want, Jay?

    Or are you just bitter that Hillary lost the nomination?

    April 28, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Yinka lawal

    Shame on American press for putting this man down.

    April 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. TOM


    April 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. dan

    Badly written. You need to hire a proof reader.

    April 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Joe G

    Obama supporters don't want Michigan and Florida to have a voice because the voice would say no to Obama. Neither candidate will win the 2025 delegates without the super delegates. Let all the states have a voice and then the super delegates can decide. That decision should be based on the popular vote of all the states and territories. Including Michigan and Florida.

    April 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Ray

    Obama is ahead according to all metrics. Also, due to Clinton's unfavorability rating, Obama is best suited to win the general election. I haven't seen a poll yet that disputes this. It could change, of course. Lots of things change, but we work from the best info we have at the time.

    So, Clinton supporters, with all due respect, tell me why, again, Clinton should be the nominee? Just because you like her better? That's all well and good, but how does that help us in November?

    Folks that say Clinton has a better chance of beating McCain, where are your numbers? Because we're obviously looking in different places.

    I will vote for whoever wins. Democrats '08!!!!

    April 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Johnny Boy

    Why would Indiana vote different than PA?? I am an Obama supporter and I have learned that this will NOT be done until June, so that's when I am going to get involed again. This is just spin from the media.

    April 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Lauren

    Jesse –

    So we're no allowed to lump Obama and Wright together but you can create one person our of Bill and HIllary?

    I cannot wait until McCain wins.

    April 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. carl

    Hilarry can't run the country, be real, look at her slanderous campaigns, she's just like the GOP, Obamma has stayed above the fray, and that lack of consternation will ultimATELY USHER IN A NEW LEVEL OF POLITICS AND TEAM WORK, WATCH. Hillary is old blood, this country was founded by young men!

    April 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Corrine Days

    Hillary won PA by 9.2% not 10% AND Barack knew he wasn't going to win PA. Hillary was ahead by 22% BUT Barack closed it to 9.2%, so you could say he won in his own right. And, if Barack would have won PA that would of said a lot about Hillary not winning in her home state. If she is so great, she should of won PA by at least 50%. Think about it.
    I'm sick and tired of all these debates and yet Hillary wants another. Why, so she could try and pulverize Barack. She swears she's the man because she had two biased journalist on her side. 3 against 1. Wow, that sounds fair. It had to take 3 people to go up against 1 man. Sounds like bullies to me.....If Barack would debate Hillary one on one, he would have her crying and going into a tantrum with her tail in between her legs. Then, she would saying, "Wah, Wah, He's beating up on me." Hillary, be careful what you ask for.
    And those who are for Hillary in Indiana, make sure she wears her sniper gear. You don't want her to have to dodge those sniper shots!
    And yes, Obama, we love you. You are one strong human being. All that dirt and mud that's being thrown at you, you manage to wash it right off and keep on moving. Barack, you are the only candidate that is for ALL people even if some are so narrow minded and don't realize it. Obama 08!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Shane

    I don't think people can't handle the idea of finally having an intelligent person in the White House. Hillary seems to be a selfish individual that uses divisive political tactics and the people fall for it. It would be nice to have four years of a President who can actually come up with solutions to the problems our country faces. I think Obama is that exeptional individual that can solve the country's foreign and domestic problems. I think he is truly is a decent individual that will look out for the people instead of the lobbyist and corporations.

    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Bill Young

    Maybe people are waking up to the fact that he is just another Tony Robbins giving a "life coaching" speech.

    At some point, people notice an empty suit. There are so many
    people with buyers remorse out there.

    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Lance

    Great headline CNN Obama's support fading? Just another example of your constant Obama bashing which started over a month ago and shows no sign of letting up. I think I am going to switch to MSNBC, at least Keith Olberman is non-biased.

    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. WIll

    She saw a bump in support as a result of the Penn Win. Which anyone would have been able to predict. Frankly, Obama has been the one at the focus of many attacks and attention since he became the front runner. However, he hasn't changed the way his campaign has run. Can we rise above the negativity and unite under a common purpose and move forward? Who is the best person to help our county do this?

    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. ds

    just sent the Obama campaign a check today!

    for Obama supporters you can go to Barack Obama [info@barackobama.com] and double the impact of your pledge today.
    check it out.

    take a deep breath and keep on rolling.

    no to McCain and no to Hillary.

    we're the ones we've been waiting for.


    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Eric-PA

    Neither Indiana or North Carolina will be important as these two states will not go Democratic in the general election. Indiana hasn't gone to a Democrat since the 1960s. Obama's campaign likes to claim they've won more states, but these states are ones that will never go Democratic in the general election and thus mean nothing.

    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. John

    Rev. Wright:

    There has been no attacks on black churches as you say. Your the one who hates white people....the attack is on you and you alone. Why do claim that Mr. Obama is a black candidate? Mr. Obama who is also part white, is trying to get away from you and your rants.....The old saying is "less is much".

    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. dodd

    it will serve the party and the whole of America well, if the clintons will pull out of the race. Mrs. Clinton is causing more harm to the democratic party and America. It's time she has to bow out and save the party, what are the party executives doing? cann't they sense the harm this woman is causing the party? are they afraid of the Clintons? Party delegates and superdelegates, if you want the party to win the November elections then kick Hilary out, she can never, never win against McCain. Mr. Obama is your chance to win the white house.

    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Gerry

    Is it just conincidence that CNN continually publish these poll or polls when Obama is in a trough of support? Polls go up and down, but the one item in all polls which has been very consistent over the last 2-3 months is that Clinton's unfavorable ratings have consistenly been over 53%, making her un electable.

    Why isn't CNN reporting this?

    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. bernard

    Hillary, her surrogates and the media can sensationalize this all they want, but it's great to know that all the Hillary games and spinning will be OVER in June and we can all move on to the general election contest between Obama and McCain!

    We will all breath a sigh of relief when we realize how close we came to electing the same 2 families to run this country for 32 years!!!!

    April 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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