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. Brian

    Yes I do hope the super delagates are paying CLOSE attention to this. Obama should go home.

    Hillary is the strongest, most capable candidate to beat the Republicans in November. She is winning the BIG states that the Democrats MUST carry – Superdelatates better pick the right candidate or else we are in SERIOUS jeopardy.

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

    is she conducting these polls?

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Trev

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtin! Hillary is simply better on the issues. BTW, Clinton is +9 in Indiana according to the most accurate pollster of the season (Suvery USA).

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. broadstreet buddy

    Too bad the voting polls show she is losing and has no chance of overtaking the lead! If being the husband of a president gives you experience to be president does that mean Monica Lewinsky should be secretary of state?

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. pat

    Hillary or McCain 08 .

    count the votes in Florida and Michigan

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. The Next President

    These polls mean nothing, there is no way Hilary or Obama could actually win the presidential election now. It is now too late for democrats. The republicans are united, while the democrats are split. the republicans will win.

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Key West Sun

    Well this is not any news for the Hillary people, they been telling you this for weeks. I thought when I heard that Rev Wright was coming back out, that it would staged to help Obama put all this behind him. Well it is doing just the oppisite of that, Rev Wright is killing Obama, telling everyone that he is just a politician, he is telling people what they want to hear and that Obama really agrees with him. Wait a week, Obama is done, his bubble is busted and leaking air fast. If this all hits hard before Indiana and Obama loses by more than 5%, would not surprise me to see him drop out and set his goal for 2016.

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. jp/michigan

    Clinton is a better candidate, even heard it from Chris Mathews mouth April 27, 2008. Obama is not electable, if the DNC wants the White House in November, they would be better off with Clinton as the nominee!

    April 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Pam

    CNN, your spin is more than discusting!!

    April 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Nausea

    In November, Obama can' win, period.

    When the 'supers' back Obama and the Dems lose in November, again, the Democratic party should just board up the windows and shut it down. It's been all down hill since the party went hard left in 1968 and to lose this election, after 8 years of Bush, how can they possibly go on?

    April 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. john williams san diego, ca.

    alot of people went to jail in Arkansas when Hillary was learning 'experience' and 'solutions'.

    April 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. soothsayer

    Who are you polling? Just more fabrications to sway people toward Hillary.

    April 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Wolf

    This has been the case all along, and I feel that the Clinton Campaign has done right for the Democratic Party to reveal the substantial and overwhelming flaws with Senator Obama. His pastor, back door politics with Canada/NAFTA, playing the race card at every opportunity, the company he has kept for many years, his own books and what they reveal plus his success in disenfranchising the millions of Florida and Michigan voters..

    I have pledged as have thousands of others that if Senator Obama is the nominee we will no longer support financially the DNC. He is not qualified nor he is electable in November. The goal is to win the White House with a competent and representative of the Democratic Party. No matter what anyone says, Senator Clinton is a Democrat at heart and will fight for all the people, not just certain sectors.

    The general public is waking up that Senator Obama will speak to the problems that people are facing so well, but comes up very short on any solutions and how to got them implemented. Clinton is far more qualified to get the job done!

    Wake up Super Delegates, DNC, Howard Dean, Indiana and North Carolina voters!!!!!!!!!! A vote for Obama is a vote for McCain, a vote for Clinton is a vote for a Democratic White House in November!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Jojo

    Oh Please! Clinton's nomination will only motivate the Republican base to get to the polls to shut her down. Not to mention that most Americans of any political affiliation don't trust her at all. How is it that people are so certain she would win?

    April 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. frank

    This is right!
    People gradually understand that Obama can't win the general election, since McCain will catch Obama with his several big blunders, including Ren. Wright, bittergate,..., if he is the nominee. In fact, McCain may find more problems with Obama. Who knows?

    April 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. honkey white guy from cali

    one week the polls show she is up the next week they show she is down and every week in the last few it seems CNN just can not find relevant news to put in the ticker so they keep dropping these polls that tell nothing and no to the other poster the superdelegates are much smarter than that they all know polls can not predict the primary next week much less the GE in several months. Sad to see all the Hillary supporters cling to this as though it is going to help here change rules mid game. The media keeps pushing one way for one candidate then they back off and go tot he other for a while just trying to keep this going on as long as they possibly can to raise there ratings and take in more money for advertising
    Sad just sad

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    April 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Smart


    What are you up to? For Months now, Obama has been leading MacCain while Hillary was bringing the rear and that was never news!

    And just a day's polling when you have been spreding negative news about Obama and Hillary's poll position improvesyou want us to start cellebrating?

    It is a pity that objective reporting is fastly eluding the US media. But when the chips are down, we will all realise that no voice of hope will prevail over intimidation, fear mongering and manipulation. No matter how the media is used for that pupose. America does not belong to a few families who are beyond reproach!

    I won't be suprised if my comment awaits moderation till next year! LOL.

    April 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. mama4obama

    My phone never rang and I can tell you one thing for sure....there is no way she will get my vote. If she gets the nomination...I will save myself the gas that I cannot afford and stay the heck home.

    How frustrating that there are still Americans out there who can support this woman even after all of her nasty tricks.

    I wont vote for McCain and I sure as heck wont vote for Hillary....they are both evil.

    April 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Donna

    Indiana please elect HIllary. The United States of America needs HER!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Leanza Cornett

    Hillary is the vetted nominee. No surprices here.

    April 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. John Zeger

    Yes, and electoral-vote.com, which compiles state polls and calculates electoral votes according to the candidates' standing in these polls, has determined that Clinton is significantly ahead of McCain in a head-to-head contest while Obama trails McCain. The superdelegates had better take heed of these polls when it comes time to cast their vote for the Democratic nominee if they want a Democrat in the White House in November.

    April 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Bernard

    After watching the contest with certain amount of closeness, it is apparent to me and to others that as far as the media is concerned Hillary sets the narrative. Anything or any scenario she proposes gets its FULL and UNDIVIDED attention.
    The Gospel according to Hillary Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. ES

    Would Hillary Clinton be electable in November if the media was covering Peter Paul vs. Clintons? How would she be faring against Barack Obama if the media was hammering her on this now? CNN, why aren't you covering this?

    April 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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    YEAH HILLARY!!!!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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