April 28th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll shows Clinton has better shot of beating McCain

Hillary Clinton would beat McCain by 9 points, a new poll shows.

Hillary Clinton would beat McCain by 9 points, a new poll shows.

(CNN) - A new poll out Monday appears to bolster Hillary Clinton's argument that she is in a better position than rival Barack Obama to beat John McCain in a general election match up.

According to a newly-released poll from The Associated Press and Ipsos, Clinton would beat McCain by a wide 9-point margin, 50 percent to 41 percent. But when Obama faces McCain, the two are statistically tied - Obama holds a two point edge over McCain, within the poll's margin of error.

The Clinton campaign has long argued the New York senator has a better shot at beating McCain because of her demonstrated appeal with working class white voters - a demographic that is key to winning several swing states.

soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. White Woman for Obama

    If the DNC gives Clinton the nomination despite Obama's lead in delagates and popular vote I will proudly sport my new bumper sticker–The Democratic Party is not!

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. joyce, NC

    absolutely true.

    the math is really simple. no matter how dnc tries to complicate it. as much as i like barack, he can't win florida, ohio and pennsylvania. he couldn't now despite tremendous financial support.

    these are must win states for the dems. otherwise it's mccain. we all know the states he won will go red anyway.

    i sure hope though that somehow they find a way to be in the same ticket. with obama agreeing to a vp spot. he will be an excellent president someday. but this is not his time yet.

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Toure

    I think Hillary herself knows that Obama would be a better candidate against McCain, However, she is just being selfish. She has to understand that this election is not about her or Obama, it is about America in General. So She should accept that she is losing and step down, she is being very negative and the American voice show it. And I think the superdelagates know what their are going to pick her instade of Obama. Finally, if Obama is at her place the race had gone over.
    Please Hillary stop being selfish for the best of America.

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Barry IL

    It's easier to trust some scientific fiction more as true than these days polls. Polls, as they failures time and again, are not news worth.

    April 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    If Hillary does win, its because operation chaos idiots are voting for her. Ask any Republican, and they will remind you that nothing will broing th eRep. party together like Hillary Clinton for president! They will kil themselves trying to get to the polls to vote against her. They dont have to try to bring up dirt on her, they have a full closet...waiting if she gets the nomination. A SURE defeat in November. I wont vote for her...

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. vjh

    Lets be honest, regardless of who is the Dem nominee, he/she will win the GE over McCain – which is 5 1/2 months away – good reason not to read to much into the polls.

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. mike


    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. S.M

    I guess she would win considering that there are those who don't have the common sense to know that Obama is running for president and not Rev. Wright. People should have the common sense to separate a politician from a minister. If they put Hillary up you can count on many african americans staying home only because she can't just win by the white votes alone. She'll need the African American votes to help her win.

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Any democrat has a better or "best" shot at defeating John McCain. But Hillary has defeated her "best" shot at defeating John McCain. Obama undoubtedly has the best of all.

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Buck Burris

    This is a good one, on the par with her sniperfire stories.
    But with our great MSM, you know the ones; they gave us WMDs in Iraq. They gave us Iraq's Al-Qaeda connections. They will give us the shirt off our backs - when it has been worn out with our sweat making the bastards richer. But they won't give us aqnything like a real issue or the truth about anything.
    Goebbels is so envious! He never dreamed any nation could be so manipulated by lies.

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Really I Mean Really

    Just know this if Hillary Clinton steals this from Obama you might as well not count the Black vote.We represent over 50% of the voters in the Dem Party and you better start worrying about that instead of those so call blue collar workers.

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. CF

    Whatever... the powers that be finally realized Hillary isn't going to win and are now focusing their media agents against the candidate the people want.

    The only losers here are us b/c we chose against Hillary months ago (popular vote in legit states) and now we're going to get McCain no matter who the Dem is because the Clintons have soiled both themselves and Obama beyond salvage.

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. ann

    that depends on what poll you look at. cnn has a habit of picking and choosing the polls that will give it the best headline. rasmussen tracking poll today has obama beating hillary by 8 points (u won't see that on cnn...not sensational enough). rasmussen also has obama tied with mc cain and mc cain beating hillary by 3 points. i'm dissapointed in cnn and their manipulation of facts into sensationalism that isn't necessarily accurate.

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Rob- BC Canada

    This is laughable the way the press try to keep this race dead even for the sake of business.

    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Barrington of Cambridge

    So when Obama was up in this poll it meant nothing?

    He's been leading in this poll for weeks and most of you said NOTHING! Why Now? Oh, because Hillary is leading ... this is like the conversations I have with my seven year old.


    April 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    The sad part is, she has succeeded in dirtying up Obama to make herself look better little does she know that she just handed McCain the presidency in the process. Hillary is so blinded by her self centeredness that she can’t see the damage done to Obama, the DEM party or USA for that matter. It’s sad that she controls the media by telling them what to think and say and to top it off smack in your face America this elitist self is telling Americans you are not smart enough to figure it out let me define Obama for you “he’s not what you think he is”. Do any of you ever expect her to say anything good about Obama. Wakeup America!!

    April 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. remember the campaign fraud!

    not to mention that she is in the process of battling criminal charges in Paul V Clinton....ummm HELLLLLLOOOOOO.. if it were Obama he'd be out of the race.. ran out of the Senate,chased by an angry mob all holding pitchforks and fire on torches!

    April 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Sunny

    Where are they getting these numbers absolutly nobody I work with or any of my friends say they will vote for Hillary. And very few of the Republicans I know are even going to vote for McCain.

    April 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. GCG - Austin, TX

    I wonder who asked for/paid for these polls. This is the first poll, in months, that has shown her above Obama against McCain, and she's above by 9 points? I would seriously want to see the methodology that the AP and Ipsos used, as well as whether AP reporters have given to the Clinton campaign recently. Special Interests in the Press? Naaah, that would never happen.

    April 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. No dynasties

    We want neither a third Bush term nor a third Clinton term...

    April 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Navy Veteran in Virginia

    As a life-long liberal democrat, who has voted for the democrat nominee in every election for several decades, if Billary gets the nod by the party, I WILL NOT VOTE this time around and McBush will win the election. I guarantee it. If Obama gets the nod, I will not only vote, I will donate time and money to his campaign and he will win. I guarantee that, too.

    April 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Tony Z- MD

    The polls show the upswing of her PA victory. It is only April. After May 6, you will see a decline.

    Lets be real for a moment. I hear solutions of America. I hear I will fight for you. I hear I am not a quiter. Why don't we have universal health care? The fighter with solutions did not get it done.

    She is doing well by dividing the Democratic party. Blue Collar vs African Americans. Poor vs Elite. You need them all to win. She has set herself up for failure because her enemies are waiting. They want another shot at Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Bakari

    What do polls mean when they don´t capture the vote of many people only a few and Hillary HAS NO CHANCE OF WINNING OVER OBAMA sorry for the losers who thinks that the Clintons are a DYNASTY. GO OBAMA 08

    April 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Deb

    I am an Obama supporter and do not believe any polls that can believe Hillary can beat John McCain. Unbelievable that people are even considering another Republican to office after the eight years of the current administration, paying $14 for 20 lbs of rice and $3.81 per gallon of unleaded gas. People wake up...vote Obama.

    April 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Makeshift

    These polls have been all over the place. RCP's average of all polls (including this one) has Clinton ahead of McCain by 3 and Obama ahead of McCain by 1.5. They mean nothing.

    April 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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