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. Tim in Canada

    If HIllary steals the nomination then you people are screwed.

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

    Cant make a decision based on a poll taken 6 months before the election..McCain could kick the bucket between now and then.

    April 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. frank

    every poll has been wrong so far
    so .....i'll take this one with a grain of salt.

    April 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. nitro

    Please make me believe that she jumped that far out in head of John McCain over the weekend . Bull$h!+.

    April 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Rob- BC Canada

    Isn't it more important who wins rather than by how much.
    "Got Change" , get Obama.

    April 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Michael Templer

    that's because the Republicans are not bringing up

    Hillary's baggage yet

    the moment she get's the nomination


    emails about her having Vince Foster killed will start up


    almost being indicted in travelgate

    intimidating Bill Clinton's woman ' Bimbo Erruptions' etc

    her Cattle trading

    for new scandals they will go at the Library and the 500mm to the Clinton Global initiative

    they are holding their fire because that would threaten to end this sooner

    believe me the Republicans need Hillary to fire them up

    they hate her

    Obama has never attacked them for their belief's or Ideas

    but merely disagreeed

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. ELM

    Anyone BUT Clintons!

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Jbecks

    did you poll anyone under 25? How about African Americans? This is more disillusioning then when Bush won in 2004. One of these days I really am going to have to leave behind this stupid, stupid population of morons.

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. TKB from DC

    The only way Sen Clinton or Sen Obama will be able to win against Sen McCain if people will stop seperating the Democratic party.

    What can the Democrats do? Stop saying if Clinton win, they will vote for McCain, and the same if Obama wins.

    This will be the only way we will Democrats will win the White House.

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. syd

    come on-these polls are a joke.
    with one poll all the hillarious supporters think she can win when mathematicaly she just can't catch up.
    this is why the rest of the world laughs it up at us.
    i guess it doesn't matter that obama has won more states and delegates? you guys are hysterical.
    now-i'm for mccain,and i can tell you that we would rather face hillarious because she's got much more dirt on her than obama.
    we will trounce hillary in the general.
    wow-one poll and all the hill fans think they can win.
    makes my day.

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Carl Sloan

    This is irresponsible reporting to completely ignore the fact that Obama leads Clinton in several other general election polls, i.e. Rasmussen, Gallup, etc.

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. James NJ

    Let me ask everybody a real question. Do you think Obama can win the white vote in the general election? Answer- NO!!!! Do you think Obama can win the over 60 vote?(which is over 45% of the voters) Answer- NO!!!!!- Obama has 2 real segments- Voters under 30 which make up only 13 percent of the vote and Black people-(they only make up 12 percent of the general population) These are all facts people. He has no shot to win the general election. None what so ever!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Sylvia

    thank you!
    thank you!
    thank you!

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Theresa

    She's not beating anyone in any election if the Paul vs Clinton business is actually addressed by the media! All she's going to try to beat is a rap! Beat the rap, Hillary...

    She's a scamming fraud.

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Trish

    I am a woman, I am black. I support Obama.
    If Hillary gets the nomination I will have NO problem voting for her.
    She has proved throughout this campaign that she will be a strong leader.

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. noGo

    This is completely irresponsible. Everyone but everyone is following Real Clear Politics this year, which averages out the polls and in which Obama has been faring better than Clinton against McCain for months. Today this one new poll (which looks like an outlier) has thrown that off slightly and for the first time. I am astounded that CNN is reporting it the way it is. Obama remains the front-runner and will more than likely both win the nomination and beat McCain. Why in the world did CNN run this story?

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. AMK

    Tell me something I didn't know......Clinton would by far be the best person to lead this country to a new start. She's right....change is something that just doesn't happen (like Obama thinks)....it takes hard work and years of dedication. Obama is naive.

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Honest Abe

    CNN trying to turn the tide!!!! Shame on you journalists!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Nuevo Mexico for Hillary

    Mike – Texas April 28th, 2008 2:12 pm ET

    That's not news, we've known that for a long time.

    Hillary actually has some substance behind her proposals and all OBama has is a lot of hot air about "hope" and "change" but no substance on how that is going to happen.

    Change for change's sake is NEVER good.

    I'm with you Mike, saw him on FOX last night and he had ZERO solutions just wants to listen to the voters; nobody in Washington listens.

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Obama all the way...

    Polls don't matter. The math, the numbers matter. Do the math, she can't win!!!

    Pack your Flat Bed and head home....Hill-Billy!

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Ethelyn D. Green

    I think whomever you are polling are in error. I believe the Republicans are putting this out there because they KNOW they cannot beat Obama, but that, with all the baggage the Clintons have, and the horrible things that they have been accused of, the finance, whitewater, etc., that they feel that, when they bring all this dirt out again on the Clintons that McCain will have a better chance of beating her. The problem is that the Clintons don't see this and truly as they continue to divide the party, the Democrats will not be able to do much with the Republicans. No matter what they say, this party will never be united, and will lose this chance to take the White House back. The Clintons do not care. Obama does not need to debate her again, folk are tired. Obama has had to hold himself because she is a woman, and can't really say a lot of things out of respect, so if he debates her again, expecially without a moderator, she will never let him finish a sentence, therefore, cutting across him and making it seem as though he is incompetent.

    April 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. shirley

    You go girl you always had my vote.

    April 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Jennifer in Indiana


    April 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. David in Illinois

    Yes, that's if the election were held TODAY. After much negative campaigning by Billary, many people are naturally going to be moving toward McCain. Wait until Obama is the Dem nominee and then see the double-digit advantage he will have over McCain. McCain's age and radical GOP policies are showing. Obama is the ONLY one who represents true CHANGE. Nobody can argue against this fact. When Billary are finally out of the picture, all Democrats will have more hope. I know it's audacious, but there actually is a better, more optimistic, option than Hillary Rodham Clinton. And it's not McCain.

    April 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. J Lew

    Who here is surprised that the media focuses on one poll or another to keep the drama and ratings going for this close primary? The same thing happended with PA polls last week. If I were a media exec, I might be tempted to play that game. I'm not mad, they need to make a living too. I just think we have a responsibility as consumers of media to think critically about the stories and polls we see. Fortunately, many people realize that polls can vary based on a lot of factors. These people take time to cross-reference with other sources to get the complete picture. Unfortunately, there are too many people that believe the media, and rhetoric from political candidates for that matter, without further thought or investigation. That's what scares me about the upcoming general election.

    April 28, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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