May 14th, 2008
12:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll shows both Clinton and Obama beating McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain trails both Democrats in a new poll."] (CNN) - While exit polls from the West Virginia primary seemed to suggest the party is deeply divided between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a new poll out Wednesday suggests either candidate would easily beat Republican John McCain in the fall.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, both Democratic candidates beat McCain by a gap well outside the margin of error. Obama beats McCain by 7 points in the poll, 47 percent to 40 percent, while Hillary Clinton bests the Arizona senator by 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent.

The poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 points and was conducted from May 8-12.

Clinton and Obama's relatively strong standing against McCain in the poll appear to dispel notions that Democratic party may be unable to come together around one candidate in the fall, even as West Virginia exit polls reported majorities of both candidates' supporters would not support the other candidate in the general election.

soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Jeanne

    Obama is beating McCain by a wider marging. Let's face it, the only way that Clinton can win is by changing the rules and completely ignoring the fact that Obama has won.

    May 14, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Candace from Texas

    Oh my my my....... Well it seems now that Sen. Obama beats McCain and Clinton..... this is getting to good. Obama 08! People just like Sen. Obama more....even though he lost WV. Sen. Obama will win more states in the fall and I think WV shows that racism does still exist in America despite what some is a fact. People need to face the fact and let Sen. Obama help heal this nation. Being bi-racial he has a unique DNA that can help this country. Obama for equality!!!

    May 14, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Greg, NY

    West Virginia does not represent the views of the rest of the country. When are people going to realize this?

    I'm not putting down WV either, no single state represents the country as a whole, so exit polls of one state will not tell us what everyone else is thinking.

    May 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Natasha

    I think most people who say they wouldn't for the 'other' democratic candidate are republican operatives trying to widen the rift. One cue is how those people always have obvious female names from upcoming primary states.

    Otherwise, those are democrats who say this while they know deep down they would support the democratic nominee no matter what.

    May 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Chris

    Please, We learned everyting we need to know last night. Obama can and will not win in November. Our only hope is for Hillary! Wake Up Obama fans. You guys are going to ruin our chances for not opening your eyes.

    May 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Scott Glenn in Wa


    May 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    And the poll CNN has on it's home page shows Obama beating Mccain by 56 %, Hillary beats Mccain by only 46%. But honestly people aren't dumb and the ones that say they will vote for McCain if their candidate loses are just pissed. They will get over it cause in the end they are only hurting themselves.

    May 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. LT for Obama

    This is why polls are useless. Just a week ago, Clinton was slated to best beat McCain, now it is Obama.

    Bottom line is that either one of these candidates can beat McCain.

    May 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    I think that despite all the bickering, the democratic party WILL come together in November in sufficient quantities to beat John McCain. Even Hillary has said over and over that if she is not the candidate, she will back the Democratic candidate 100% and will work to ensure a Democratic victory in November. Sure, there will be a few who can't get past their prejudices and sour grapes, but Democrats who deserve the title will end up voting democrat. The rest? Let 'em go wherever they like.

    I will vote Democrat in the fall no matter who the candidate is. Join me?

    May 14, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. lol

    obama couldn't even win ONE county in WV. what a joke that the presumptive nominee, this late in the race, couldn't even carry ONE county. add obama to the loser list of mondale, dukakis, gore and kerry. 4 more years of republican rule if the superdelegates give him the nomination!

    May 14, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama


    No one was paying attn last nite, nor do they care that Hillary won West Virginia. Barack did not campaign there so that explains the wide margin victory – period. Nothing has changed. She lost.

    May 14, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Steve

    Here's some math for you.......If nearly 50% of the Democratic electorate is for Clinton, and nearly 50% of those won't vote for Obama should he win the nomination........McCain wins the general by a landslide.

    May 14, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. PA for Obama

    Your headline about Hillary "crushing" Obama is a curious choice of words. You didn't use that kind of terminology when he crushed her in D.C. and Hawaii, among other places where he finished at better than 70%.

    Clinton News Network comes to her rescue again! A little too late. The deck chairs have been rearranged, the band is playing and the lifeboats have been lowered into the water.

    Obama/Hagel '08

    May 14, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. shelly in IL

    This is great and all, but to all the Hillary supporters that think most of Senator O's supporters "will support Hillary in November (if she is the nominee) because she is a stronger candidate", NO! She will have the support because we don't want another McCain/Bush term. Thank you very much!

    I wonder if Hillary's suppoters were thinking like this when she was the front runner? huh, I think not!

    May 14, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. greenfun

    Look to the electoral map for November and Clinton is the stronger candidate. Also, everyone is underestimating the damage done by the constant barrage of sexist, biased media towards Senator Clinton. Her supporters are offended and angry. We have watched her endure this with dignity, always maintaining her focus. The media has been irresponsible and unprofessional. Clinton supporters are not going to let you off the hook. Many will not unite for Obama-and that is a fact.

    May 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Greg

    Two more SD's for Obama. Democrats Abroad Chair Christine Schon Marques and Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN).

    May 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. s.b.

    The presidency isn't decided by popular vote. Its decided by the winner take all electoral college by state.

    Obama is unelectable. Just because his numbers are bossted by the black vote doesn't mean he can win the electoral college. he can't.

    May 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. Democrat

    I don't care about Polls anymore!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. kristen in PA

    i love the if my candidate does not win i will vote for mccain democrats.. it is pretty hilarious considering the differences between the two in regards to policy is minute and insignificant..

    May 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Seli in Delaware

    This is not news to anyone, but those desperate repubs.

    May 14, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. C from the D

    Who's more electable in the fall Hill!?! I hate there's this "divide" between Hill Democrats and Obama Democrats, but ultimately McCain will get beat in the general. I love and appreciate my party and I believe we will all rally around Obama and run up the scoreboard on McCain in the fall.... Yes We Can!

    May 14, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Pat in Cali

    Of course they are. America is tired Bush business as usual. Obama and Clinton are both better suited for the job ahead.

    Obama will certainly beat him in the fall. Hillary has pledged her support to Obama, so November will be very exciting.

    May 14, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. dEMOBRAT

    I think the opposite is true. Last's night WV primary showed that McCain will be a much tougher contender in the GE than people are giving him credit for. He will win the White House (if the Democrats let him) just like Bush did twice, by grabbibng the moderates.

    May 14, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Mother in NC

    Democrats, remember the ultimate goal is to win the White House. Although I am an Obama supporter, I would gladly vote for Clinton if she won the primary. Yes, the primary has been tough at times but what primary isn't? Both Obama and Clinton have positives and negatives as one would expect, but they BOTH bring to the table a positive alternative to 4 more years of Bush politics. And I'm fine with Clinton staying in the race despite the numbers – the remaining states want to be heard and that's why we have primaries. Either way, it will all be over in a few weeks and we can start planning for November which is the most important.

    May 14, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Nick

    Why in the world would a Hillary backer vote for a right-winger (McCain) over a liberal (Obama) with the same political beliefs as herself?
    Wake up, Democrats. I know this has been a heated race, but it's time to unite.

    May 14, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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