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. Observer

    Just wait for McCain to bring Rice into the stage, and then you'll see the so-called advantage of HC or BO vanish before your eyes...

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. HP Boston

    Hillary will beat any GOP candidate.

    BO gets ZERO support from women who are the majority.

    BO can not and will not win the GE, there will be other choices and we will choose one of them!

    May 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. proud army and navy mom

    the people of WV voted for an inept candidate that has NO chance of winning the nomination, (unless she steals it)

    are you people ignorant, or just plain racist? you obviously have little to no sense.

    If you don't grow a brain soon, you will put the inept Mccain in office, which I am sure that is your goal. Our troops are in harm's way, getting injured and killed each and every day and you would continue to let that happen because Hillary the witch cannot get elected. how completely idiotic.

    May 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Chuck

    Has anyone ever heard of this poll?

    May 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. pastjob, il

    Is there something that Hillary supporters don't understand? it's over, go back to school and have your teacher go over the math with you. Hillary could win all the remaining states by 80% and still lose.
    tale Bill's hand Hillary and walk into the sunset, be graceful and don't make people go to the poll's and waste their time anylonger. Hillary wan't every American to vote, but at this point she will make American's take time off of work, lose a couple hours of salary to vote for something that will not count anyway...does that make sense?
    HILLARY, GO HOME. IT'S OVER! STOP WASTING PEOPLE'S TIME

    May 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Sumaya Conners. East Chatham, NY

    Sen Hillary Clinton if and when she is not the nominee will have to be part of the Obama Presidency as Health and Social Services Minister.

    She is great for our health, children, senior citizens and women's issues. We really need her in any administration.

    Of course I would prefer her to be president.

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Lorna, NY

    If Hillary is a more electable candidate, why can's she close the deal?

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. fred

    lol, you are 100% correct!!!

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. TF, CO

    Oh Wow, I though Hilliary was the only one that could win the general election. Looks like the Hilliary supports are wrong about something else. Good job last night Hilliary your still 150+ delegates behind. Please tell me how Obama is out of touch when Hilliary is he one lending herself money to prop her ego up. Why can’t she raise money?? Hilliary is the one out of touch and the true elitist.

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Patrick

    Indeed Quinnipiac University is known for their polls !

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Greg Pa

    polls are crap most republicans don't participate in these polls. just like most people posting here are dems.

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Adam C

    This is why I hate the media, they are making sound like a horse race, but it is not, Clinton is in deep debt, she needs to win 80% of the delegates in the remaining contests, and 80% of the total Superdelegates to catch up with Obama, no way she is going be able to do that with no money and against a strong candidate like Obama. She is dividing the party more and more every day. Enough!

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Zoey

    The conversative party is going down in '08. It's hard to believe Pres. Bush already has sent this country to hell in a hand basket. McCain is only Bush part 3.

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. The Corp

    The only thing Obama has united is the black vote. While you idealistic liberals no longer see color, blacky does! Beware of what you think is in your best interests.

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. An American in Canada for David

    SUPER DELEGATES YOU ARE NOT MAKING US, THE AMERICAN CITIZENS, UNHAPPY BY DELIBERATELY PERMITTING THE DRIP, DRIP, DRIP OF DELEGATES TO COME OUT BEFORE THE PRIMARIES ARE OVER....

    THERE WILL BE A HUGE BACKLASH, WHEN YOU LAUGH AT THE CITIZENRY, BY FLAUNTING INTO THEIR FACE, THAT YOU (SUPER DELEGATES) HAVE THE LAST VOTE. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A 50 STATE PRIMARY ELECTION...

    I SUGGEST YOU (SUPER DELEGATES) PROCEED VERY GENTLY BEFORE YOU DESTROY YOUR OWN PARTY WITH YOUR SHOW OF ARROGANCE AGAINST US, THE AMERICAN CITIZENS

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. bub

    These polls are nation wide straw polls I think. If so they don't mean much and can divert Democrats from the real issue of how we're doing. Presidents are picked by Electoral College votes and we need to know how those votes are leaning for a general election to know how anyone's current chances for November victory. That takes real work, deeper thought and real analysis to know. Is anyone able to remember 2000/

    May 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Rick in Florida

    Obama has beated Hillary SEVENTEEN TIMES with a margin of victory of TWENTY POINTS OR MORE (and in Idaho it was 79%-17%) so lets put this West Va contest into proper perspective, OK??? She will SPIN this as usual, but he has TROUNCED her over and over, and the media shouldn't ignore this fact.

    May 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Jai in PA

    This is great news and a sign that Democrats will unite behind either Democratic candidate. We need to continue to show respect to Clinton, Obama and all of their supporters – we need everyone to secure a victory in November. Don't fall for those wishing to drive a wedge between our party with these fake postings. It is primarily the Republicans, posing as Democrats, being critical of Obama, Clinton and their supporters. Stay united.

    May 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Jennifer - American living in Canada

    "United we stand! Divided we fall!" We have two strong candidates and they have strengths in different areas...No one can appeal to everyone, so it's not surprising that Sen Obama has people who like him better and the same applies to Sen Clinton. Let's not look at those differences as a rift but see instead a united Dem party as a whole with qualified Candidates/Surrogates covering all the issues of the American people. Moving forward a prosperous and peaceful country. Like Martin L. King said "I have a dream....."

    May 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Jay

    Barack will NOT win a general election, but Barack might be an option if [and only if] Edwards is the VP candidate.

    May 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. StopThinkVote

    Obama picks up 4 new superdelegates on Wednesday after Hillary's win in West VA.

    May 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Travis

    Clinton is no longer politically viable. After all the past "race-baiting" that's come from the Clinton campaign as well as her supporters, she has marginalized and inflamed the African-American vote to the extent that she can no longer rely on their support in the general election. In addition, her mere presence in the general election will certainly rally to action the radical right who would otherwise sit out this election in disdain for McCain since they clearly don't support him. In addition, after supporting NAFTA, consistently voting for every war-related expenditure bill and voting in favor of the war, how can Clinton she reasonable say that she is a better choice that McCain for president.

    Being a college-educated African-American male, there no way I can in good conscience vote for her in a general election. I would absolutely sit it out. Not considering Obama, there really is no difference between the Republican and Democratic parties. Anyone who doesn't realize that is an ideologue and blind to reality.

    May 14, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Zoey

    Some may disagree but I think Obama doesn't needs Clinton to be on the ticket. She represents an "old politics". I think Kathleen Sebilus (Gov. Kansas) would make a great VP for Obama

    Obama/Seblius '08 !! ! ! ! !

    May 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Doug R.

    Republicans are on the run. They are in trouble and they know it AND they deserve to lose in November. The people will speak. The special election in Mississippi went to a Democrat as did the one in Illinois.
    The state this country is currently in is a result of this Supreme Court appointed President and his policies and all of the Republican cheerleaders who backed him. This President will be the worst the U.S. has ever had. We certainly do not need a character like this Mr. flip flop McCain to be President. He is dishonest and out of touch with realty.

    May 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. DC Insider

    Polls have been off the wall wrong this primary season. It will either be Hillary in '08 or McCain in '08 and Hillary in '12. Take your pick folks. A junior senator from IL with less than 2 years exp in DC and ZERO national or international experience will NEVER be elected this Fall – NEVER

    May 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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