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

Poll shows both Clinton and Obama beating McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/14/art.mccainpoll.ap.jpg 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. Greg

    Report these CNN...

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

    May 14, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. a turnip could beat mccain

    hillary's mistake was trying to make the primary about electability and throwing mud was her approach. She succeeded in stirring up racist sentiments but she still won't get the nomination. Obama is trying to move the country forward and she is trying to take us back to 1958. This is why she does so well with the archie bunker demographic.

    May 14, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Aggiegal

    This is great news! Now let's unite the party and beat McCain!

    May 14, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. jane

    GOOD DEAL

    either can beat mccain

    i have to like hillary since i live in arkansas
    i have to respect john mc.

    BUT, BUT
    i fully support barack. we need a change in this great usa because more of the old already been here done it ==is ruining our great usa.
    i feel barack can lift our great usa back to the respect we used to have in the eyes of other countries. and bring back the prosperios thriving econamy we used to have.most of all what he can do for us the american people.
    I LOVE THIS GREAT US OF A AND WANT THE BEST FOR IT

    CNN please post this

    May 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Robert Wiseman

    Isn't the more important question which candidate will be able to cobble together the votes to win the electors college? Popular vote, as shown clearly by Bush's first victory, isn't the determining factor. It is winning the right combination of states to carry the electoral college that matters. How do they stack up on that count?

    May 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Rick in Florida

    So Hillary won 67% of the vote.....BIG DEAL. Has everyone forgotten that Barack has won FIVE primaries with 74% (or more) of the vote, and in mostly WHITE states?? Recap: WashingtonDC 75%, Kansas 74%, Hawaii 76%, Alaska 75%, and Idaho 79%. GIMME A BREAK
    with all this hype because she won with 67% in WVa. Spin, Hillary.

    May 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Christine V from Dallas, TX

    CNN and Obama supporters are in DENIAL!

    "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"

    Obama is a weak fool who cannot hold his own!! And the reality is that the Hillary supporters will NOT RALLY BEHIND BO period! Wish all you want!!! You will lose the November is that EMPTY SUIT is nominated......
    and the media and Democratic party knows this....hence"yes Obama has alot of work to do" ...

    Work all you want ELITIST OBAMA YOU ARE SET TO LOSE!

    May 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Barb

    With the media favoring Obama, and Clinton unable too speak freely, Obama has been able to hide, or excuse many greay area's in his past.
    Clinton is an open book, and well known, this is going too make it harder for McCann too defeat her.
    The superdelagates will decide who runs against Obama, but the voters will decide who is president.
    Some of the early voters have learned a lot about Obama since they voted , so do they still feel the same.
    Now the Obama has blew off West Virginia and stopped Florida from voting, I think his chances are growing worse everyday.

    May 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Fletch

    I like both Clinton and Obama better than Mccain. Mccain's healthcare policy is a joke! And he has flip-flopped on numerous issues in order to win-over more of the repub. constituency, which to me is shameful. What happened to the "maverick" that he used to be.

    On the other hand, if Hillary is going to run this country as she run her campaign, we're in big big trouble. She's run her campaign into big time debt, has no exit strategy , and insists on continuing a losing battle...sound familiar?

    May 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Concerned Democrat

    I can’t believe what’s going on with the Democratic primary election process. Did all of you go to night school, and can’t add in the daytime? It’s the MATH stupid. Obama has the nomination. He’s not going to implode, explode or go away. It’s over. Cope with it! Threats to vote for the Republican candidate if Obama wins only show a lack of commitment to core Democratic principles – not to mention, a lack of commitment to the future of our country. Obama’s entire theme has been one of uniting America. He’ll have his work cut-out for himself (and for the country) if all we as Americans have to offer is cynicism. In the words of another great Democrat, all we have to fear is fear itself.

    May 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Bratt

    4 more supers for Obama today!!! Hey CNN, you better stop celebrating for HRC, the loser!!!

    May 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Chris

    Obama will not win a general election, whether right or wrong, he is perceived as an out of touch liberal, just like Mondale and Dukakis.
    Race isn't the problem with the majority of voters, it's the inability of Obama to connect with middle America,regardless of race, education level or income, if he can't win this section of the populus he will eventually lose this fall.

    May 14, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. mark

    oh its only getting started, wait till obama is the unequivocal nominee. Mccain will be getting you tube'd in debates on a daily basis.

    May 14, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Ludovic

    So all this Buzz around WV is just BS
    Obama is beating Mccain better then Clinton
    The Clinton case to superdelegate is no more valid

    GO OBAMA !!

    May 14, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. mcd

    Only one can, because CLINTON CAN"T WIN NO MATTER HOW BAD YOU WANT HER TO.

    Man, would you look at the selective wording this website uses? You want this to go on forever.

    UNITE AND BEAT THE GOP

    May 14, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    It is rather amusing to read some of the headlines on this page.

    It is obvious that all the TV pundits are milking the story about a rift in our party just so we'll keep tuning in. Man, how these folks can change their minds just to keep the drama going.

    The Democratic party will come together. There is no doubt about that given our only other choice – McCain.

    May 14, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. will

    clinton need to drop out and let obama do what he soppose to do I will never vote for clinton when she only worry about the white vote all votes count black and white

    May 14, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. Linda in disenfranchised Florida

    Polls, polls and more polls....all you have to do is to look at the states and see who is winning the core vote of the democratic primary. It is not Obama for sure! It is Hillary! I was listening to CNN one night after one of the primaries and they were saying that it is a proven fact from previous general elections that it is the white blue collar workers that take the time to go out and vote in the general election and they of course favor Hillary. They also said that the african americans are the sleepers in those elections...and they of course favor Obama.

    So the next poll that CNN does they need to ask the questions to the african americans about whether they will vote in the general election if Obama is the nominee...

    May 14, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. C from the D

    and by the way... I'm not going to base my opinion of WV on racism... Obama didn't campaign there very much at all and the demographics (race, education, income, etc) just didn't favor him. If he can win Kansas (where he's down right now) and win big in Oregon then I think Clinton bows out sooner than later.

    May 14, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. gasdocpol

    When it becomes apparent that McCain is all bluster and BS, is a warmed over version of GW Bush and does not have the breadth and depth of understanding of foreign and domestic matters and policy that Obama and Clinton have, McCain loses.

    Beside the lack of understanding and knowledge, McCain aso:

    has an anger management problem
    is superstitious
    is a compulsive gambler.

    I DO NOT WANT McCAIN'S FINGER ON THE NUCLEAR TRIGGER OR ANY OTHER TRIGGER FOR THAT MATTER.

    May 14, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Jane L.

    Yes, but the question remains, who would be the best president for this country?

    As Obama tires of campaigning, as he places his trust in a biased media and prematurely portrays himself as the nominee, as the media is bewildered at their inability to sway all voters in his direction, as they portray the citizens of W.Va. as insignificant, poor, uneducated (and presumably misguided) whites, as the superdelegates cautiously try to override the voters, as Tim Russert screams "psychology! psychology!" as Andrea Mitches slowly reveals her bias more blatantly by "informing" the voters that Sen.Clinton is not really liked by the Senate, as Pat Buchannon states outright that if Sen. Clinton wins, she will be "taking the nomination away from Obama" (how absurd is that!?), as all this game-playing, so condescending to the voters, goes on, Hillary Clinton is steadily, competently moving forward, and it is she to whom a significant
    number of voters are listening.

    There are some who will not vote for an African-American or they will not vote for a woman, and since this is America, they have that right. But I believe the vast, vast majority (W. Va. included!) could care less
    whether someone is blue, black, red or green, male or female, they care most about a government that will lift up this wounded country. And Sen. Obama has not convinced me that he is the man for the job. In my opinion, Sen. Clinton would probably be the most capable president in our history.

    May 14, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Christine

    I will not 'unite' for the sake of the party, and vote Obama. I don't care if the Democrats lose.

    May 14, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Go Obama

    I think its dumb of clinton to say "i won W. Virginia so I will be the nominee"... Obama hardly campaigned there. Otherwise he would have taken a bite out of her lead like he has in just about every state she had a lead. He pretty much let her have it because the process is pretty much over with. He is in Michigan and Florida where they are not able to count the votes. It just makes me laugh to see Clinton acting like this is such a huge win when it was given to her on a silver platter. She is deliriously insane woman who I would be very scared to have in the White House.

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. R.I.F.

    Also, Obama also runs ahead of McCain 51% to 44% in the lastest Washinton Post/ABC poll compared to Clinton 49% to McCain 46%. According to Clinton's argument about 3 weeks ago, per the letter that she wrote, she should be the democratic nomoniee because she runs better in these polls than Obama. Where's that letter at now?

    Funny CNN, your heading the one time when these polls were for Clinton read that "Clinton stronger that Obama against McCain" . Now its "Both Clinton and Obama beating MCCain' . How much further proof do we need of your bias?

    May 14, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. BG

    Clinton is an open book and battle scarred. There's nothing she cannot handle. Obama is an unknown, still not battle tested (except by Clinton herself) and a risk in the general; she's got a better shot.

    May 14, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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