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. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    Either one of them can beat McCain. You can make a big deal out of this WV thing if you would like. If WV is the deciding state for these elelctions then WV got it wrong for the past eight years, which is why they are probably hurting more than anyone else, they keep getting it wrong. The nomination will not be taken away from Obama spin it any which way you can. Nobody knows what anybody is going to do, no can perdict the future. Obama won this nomination fair and square. No one is going to take it from him and give it to Clinton. She is wasting time and money and if Obama was in her shoes he would have been kicked out of the race. He is the nominee and everyone needs to swallow their pride and face it. The repulicans want so back to run against Clinton because she represent the old politics and they probably have so much grabage on her that they want to put out there. They do not have anything else on Obama and they are not going to be able to keep up with him once he really starts campaginig for the general election. It is over for Clinton and I actually feel sorry for her that she will not accept the fact that it is over. God Bless her.

    May 14, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. VA Republicans

    I know that any comment that criticizes CNN will not be published but I will say it any way. I could not believe my ears and eyes yesterday listening to Wolf Blitzer. This man is not all for HRC. having her communication director on which is something he never did for Obama. highlighting a win that is not a loss for Obama, and today CNN is publishing a big artcle that says Clinton W.VA win crushed Obama, and not mentioning anything about the 2 superdelegates that Obama got this morning while she got nothing after that so called crushing win. CNN should be nuetral and instead it is now acting like a Clinton network. how about the math and the delegate count you have on your website. why can't you just have the courage to say that for HRC to win the primaries she will have to win by 70% in all W.VA, Kentucky, and PR, and lose by no more than 8 points in the remaining 3 states and then get 79% of the remaining superdelegates to vote for her?????? why do you trat people as if they are stupid, and keep feeding HRC supporter your BS so they feel that she has a big a chance to win and make them more angrey with Obama. if Obama managed to convince me as an ultra orthodox right wing republican to vote Dem for the first time ever in November and believe me thats a very difficult thing to do then he will be able to fix his relationship with HRC supporters and heal the wounds and win as long as you stop your BS. i wish you publish so HRC supporters can read and maybe all can come together for the good of the country and not the parties or the individuals.

    May 14, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. anybody but clinton

    i think Hillary is now totally losing any credibility she may have had. did she forget that small states don't count? oh wait, now all states count? did she forget that she agreed to not include FL and MI or wait, maybe she didn't know what she was agreeing to. if that's the case then do i want her answering the phone at 3 AM? only if it's Monica calling to set up a date with Bill–but not for any other reason. she's beyond delusional now. the playing field has changed many times because she keeps changing the rules and inventing new ones. but yet her uneducated hardworking white people still go for her. they'll believe anything she says and that's the scary part of the whole thing.

    May 14, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. The Corp

    Just wait until your empty suit NoBama gets swifted. It will be like a deer in headlights. How do you liberals live with yourselves? I have more respect for Al-Qaida, you are such pathetic excuses for human-beings!

    May 14, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. DEBBIE

    The media is lying about more of Clinton's supporters are no going to vote for Obama because there are more of Obama's supporters who reject the Clintons and many won't vote for her for the things she and Bill have said about race. So there are two kinds of voters for Obama that won't vote for Clinton. And by the way, why are we talking about Clinton anyway – SHE IS OVER!

    May 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. TK

    Did Clinton win WV? Oh no! What a joke, Obama had a similar margin in IL, HI, Georgia..., but he didn't brag about it.

    May 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. FactCheck

    Both Dems know that he primaries are the real contest and even a blind opposum with a facial tick can beat Grandpa Simpson in the generals.

    May 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. skyjuice

    Who the hell cares about backwards WV? Those people are the epitome of racism. I watch one white woman being interviewed saying that she would never vote for a black man...just because he's black. Those were her exact words. Now thats real sad. Change is definately needed in this country and only Barack can bring about real change.

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Michigan Democrat

    Whether or not Obama can beat McCain seems to change like the wind depending on the date of the poll and who is being polled. There is still a rift in the democratic party that may not be healed by the general election in November. I know Obama is campainging in my home state of Michigan today but I still feel that its too little too late for him with respect to my support. I need someone who understands what my state is going through economically and who isn't only interested in campaigning or speaking with our citizens if it benefits him in the vote count. If Obama is the nominee, this might be the first election since I could vote that I leave the spot for president left blank. Frankly, if the choice were Obama or McCain, neither of them leave me dazzled or for that matter motivated to go out and vote.

    May 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Doug, DC

    Obama and HRC are two strong candidates and they both would beat John McCain. That's why our nominee should come down to whomever won the majority of elected pledge delegate votes over the course of the nomination process!!

    If it's Obama, then he should be the nominee and all of HRC's supporters should support him!!

    May 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    You lost my comment. McCain will be hard to beat, whoever runs against him. Note that another poll yesterday said that 20% of Democrats will vote for McCain if their candidate is not the nominee. Hillary has a better chance of beating him because the carried the big "blue" states that traditionally go Democratic, plus the "swing" states and California – which will be a tough one with Schwartzeneggar at the helm.

    May 14, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Mo Jo

    Has Hillary not looked at the numbers? And, what exactly did Hillary cruch of Obama's?

    I don't understand how she continues to state she is the stronger candidate...in states where Obama is not on the ballet maybe...but, so what about WV???...since when does it come down to WV being the deciding factor or the voice of voters washing away all the other voters in this country?

    Do the math Hillary....it does NOT support your position. Keep it up and New York may not want you back either......By the way....how much has CNN contributed to Hillary's campaign fund????

    May 14, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Lourdes

    I think Clinton realizes that her chances to be the nomination are impossible, so I have to wonder why she continues to rally her supporters. Perhaps it's to keep them energized so that she she can sway them to switch to Obama. Or perhaps it's to leverage the VP slot. Or maybe it's to keep raising money to pay off her debt. Either way, she continues to take money from the hard-working nurses, truck-drivers, waitresses, single mothers, etc that she referenced in her speech last night by duping them into thinking she still has a chance. I think that's wrong.

    May 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Berat (Pronounced buh-RAHT), Park Ridge, IL

    Um... duh?!? Clinton wins the same map Gore did, and unless Charlie Crist is on the ticket, she almost certainly brings in Florida.

    Meanwhile, Obama redraws the electoral map in a way that hasn't been done since the 1840s. Ohio and Pennsylvania may be out, but he puts the Carolinas, Virginia, Colorado, Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia, Kansas, and Louisiana in play. The South is especially pertinent now that Bob Barr is running.

    There's simply no way McCain can win this election!

    May 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Chris

    All of you that keep saying Obama has the nomination are quite mislead. 2,025 gets you the nomination, I don't see him there yet and nor will he be without the superdelegates, just like Hillary.

    May 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Kentucky Man

    So if over 91% of blacks vote for Obama and not Clinton, should I call them racist? You people need to just shut up sometimes. Nearly 50% of the votes in this primary went to Clinton. If 30% of those votes defected to McCain, then McCain will win period. You Obama supporters are always talking about math, well check out those numbers. The way that Hillary was pushed out by the sexist media has caused us to want to either stay home or vote for McCain. Good luck to your black candidate. 😉

    May 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It's not just that McCain is too old, his IDEAS are too old. Both he and Hillary think in terms of the past.

    That's not always a bad thing. But consider: Hillary's past experience involves a failed health insurance policy, and more scandals than you can count.

    McCain's past experienct involves his embracing most of Bush's policies, which we all agree, SUCK!

    In contrast, Barack Obama has little experience, good or bad. He's the unknown quantity. He could be a great president, or he could suck worse than Bush, or anywhere in between. My guess is that he will be better than Bush, but not as good as Bill Clinton. But there will be fewer scandals and lies.

    We know Hillary very well, and we STILL don't like her. So why do we vote for her? Because we know her.

    We know McCain very well, and we like him, but we don't like his policies.

    We don't know much about Obama, and that's what scares us. It forces us to make things up, to let our imaginations run away with us. It's called "fear of the unknown." And fear of the unknown is almost irrational. It's a phobia.

    I say, give the new guy a chance. He can't be any worse than Bush. And he's more honest than either Bill or Hillary.

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. New Politics

    This poll tells me one major thing – White peole will vote for Sen. Obama. Oh my! Thanks America – because we can look beyond race and choose Obama for president. Here that CNN – not everyone votes by race.

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Lilly

    Obama or McCain '08

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. FactCheck

    > 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.

    And Bill Clinton was perceived as a dufus Southerner who was going to get clocked by G.H.W. Bush. Remember when Bush Sr. said that his foreign policies will be based on discussions with world leaders while all Clinton could do was consult Boy George? How did that work out?

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Willie

    Although, for whatever reason, Sen. McCain became the "shoe-in" nominee for the Republican Party, I do not believe he can win the Presidetial Election. As an avid watcher of this political process, Sen. McCain, apparently, does not feel it necessary to address the issues facing this nation and following, what actions he would take on behalf of the county (other than stating we would maintain a presence in Iraq). He appears rather apathetic in HIS "road to the Presidency."

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. no bigot in the white house

    If the DNC primary rules were like the GOP, Clinton would already be the candidate, since, just like the general election, the winner takes are in the primary. This is an interesting situation. Since the democrats have such a poor record of winning the white house, leads one to conclude that the GOP candidate selection method is the most accurate in picking a winner. It seems to me that an Obama run is doomed from the start, since he hardly carried any of the states that are rich in electoral votes, and that are so critical to success in the GE.

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Kelby

    Well duh,

    America has been under Republican control for a long time now. They have had control of both congress and the presidency. The republicans have been marching in lock step policy wise, no matter how bad the policy. And they have run the country in to the ground.

    The reason why you have seen so much participation in the Democratic party is because America is tired of ignorant, neglectful, short sighted republican policy. America is tired of anit-intellectualism. We are tired of people trying to rule us with fear. And that is what they are all about. That's how Republicans roll from what I have seen

    It is time to take our country back. It is time to restore America to its rightful place as the most Loved and respected country, THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH!

    And now we as American citizens look to the Democratic party to take us there.

    I hope we never make the mistake of putting the Republicans back in control of everything again

    May 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Roger

    This poll is not figuring in that democrats will cross over and vote republican if their candidate isn't the nominee.

    May 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. Punisher

    Rick in Florida May 14th, 2008 9:44 am ET

    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.
    ======

    Idaho is RED STATE, Alaska RED STATE, Mississippi RED STATE, South Carolina RED STATE, North Carolina RED STATE, Georgia RED STATE, Alabama RED STATE.

    Let me tell ya dude, them white folks down south outnumbered my people, they always vote Republicans since the Civl Rights Act was signed by Lyndon B. Johnson. Idaho was caucus, only 20,000 joined their caucus. BTW, do you know Coer D' Alene, Idaho? If ya don't, HQ of ARYAN NATION is located there. Idaho is RED state, keep on dreamin'

    May 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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