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. Women for Obama

    Yes, either candidate will be McCain. That is why Sen. Clinton's electiblity argument is misleading and downright wrong. The win in WV does not change Sen. Obama's position. The media feeds on sensationalism, so of course they are saying, "What does this mean to the Obama campaign?" today. It means the same thing it meant yesterday when they said the predicted landslide win would not mean much!

    I've been saying it for weeks now. Sen. Clinton is no fool. She is in this now because she wants the VP spot on the ticket. She knows the math is against her. (She's wishing on a star for some big scandal/fall for Sen. Obama, but also knows that's not likely.) She has no desire to go back to the Senate; she's made some enemies there during this campaign. She wants back in the White House however she can get it.

    May 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. from CT

    I'm so sick of clinton fans saying they will vote for Mccain, honestly I think the best thing would be for her to run as an independent, and for him to run as an independent. She could have her selfish childish crybabies who say they'd rather vote for Obama while Obama take's the educated people who arn't acting like this is a preschool contest, "oh if he wins I'm voting for Mccain, waaa"

    Bunch of crybabies! I'm so sick of it it disgusts me. It's no wonder the polls show most of Obama supporters having a 4 years plus college degree.

    May 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Kelley

    WVA doesn't speak for me, sorry.....Hillary is just being completely selfish right now, she's really putting a rift in the Party....

    OBAMA '08

    May 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Rebecca

    West Virginia is the trailer trash capital of the world. They are the most uneducated and uncivilized state in the country. If you disagree name another state that is more uneducated. West Virginia, you've had your say. Now we move on to more civilized and educated states that are more in line with the rest of the country.

    May 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Alexis

    TO bad, delegates,and superdelegates run the SHOW! so everyone after north Carolina, is just a waste of time!!! WASTE! hey maybe if mccain, and Obama, just go on with the campaign and ignore her she will go away on her own. COME ON CNN, WORK WITH US, DONT COVER ANYMORE ON CLINTON, AND SHE'LL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO DISAPPEAR OUT THE RACE!

    May 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. mona

    Let me say that Hillary voters seem to have become the invisble majority.While we vote, scream,blog,donate the DNC seems to speak above us, or without meeting our eyes. They won't believe that we are serious about not voting as Dems if Michigan and Florida are not seated properly with the votes of those states counting,nor will they hear that BO does NOT meet our needs as a President and therefore will NOT get our vote. If they stopped dismissively waving their hands and sticking fingers in their ears they might hear our message. BOO cannot be elected without us....women,seniors,lunchbucket dems,. Ignoring us bodes poorly for the Democrats and Dr. Dean. Even Hillary stumping for BO can't change my mind, or most of the voters I know. I am college educated, professional white woman, and a lifelong dem. We may be invisible to you now, but sadly again, the dems will not honor half of this country,they will not see us, they think they can speak above us, as parent to parent ignoring the little kids in the back seat. Guess what? We don't like being invisible and each and every one of us has a vote that will be considered and given, by write in if necessary, or by design if he distances himself from Bush.
    We are roaring...why can't you hear us?why do you ignore half the democratic party?

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Democrat,

    Right on!!!!!!!! Forget about the stupid polls. Saying and Doing is totally different. Talk is sooooooooooooooo cheap!

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    Okay, now, can anyone tell me what happened to the Clinton win in WV?

    Do you folks realize that according to the Bill and Hillary supporters, Barack actually won last night? Of course he did! Hillary was supposed to win by 80-20 and even 90-10!!!!!!!! Whatever happened to these gigantic margins, I think it ended up being 67-23?????????

    Barack is now pulling ahead of Hillary in the General Election! (+2%,of course this is only according to the polls) Where does that leave the Clinton Camp's argument that she is more electable???????

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Jeremy, PA

    with the electoral map vote... HILLARY IS WINNING.. OBAMA is NOT!!!!
    REMEMBER 2000!!! YOU CAN WIN THE POPULAR VOTE AND STILL LOOSE!!!!!!!!!
    WAKE UP!!!!!

    CLINTON/OBAMA '08

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. bud

    exit polls at a democrat primary. very reliable. the party says so.

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. SO RIGHT

    I call BULL!!! Your so called "polls" have been totally inconsistent and often DEAD WRONG! Don't fool yourselves into thinking Obama can beat McCain. He's can't and he won't. Clinton had a chance to beat him, but you Dems are so blind you can't see that.

    MCCAIN 2008!

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. from CT

    whoops...I meant who would rather vote for Mccain than Obama.

    Crybabies...

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Doubting Thomas

    Obama will, barring some surprise, will receive the nomination. Vocal supporters on both sides who are spewing insults back and forth need to move past this and focus on unifying the party. Obama supporters who are insulting of Senator Clinton only inflame and alienate her supporters further. Clinton supporters who threaten to vote for McCain hopefully are only venting out of frustration and will not ultimately do so. To vote for McCain only guarantees another 4 years of Bush like hell. For the female supporters of Senator Clinton I would encourage you to review McCain's recent remarks about Supreme Court justices and consider the implications that would have on the issue of Roe vs Wade. Hopefully we can all start to come together with a unified front to help elect a democrat as president. God help us if we don't.

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Douglas -- Rochester, MN

    This is great news! So what if Clinton won WV by a wide margin?Obama wan NC by a wide margin. You cannot expect Obama (and certainly not Clinton) to win each and every state. Each will have ther "pockets" of support. As most everyone (that has at least a modicum of intelligence) already knows, Obama is leading Clinton in every legitimate catagory. Hillary is definitely capable of being President. BUT, she has shown that her integity and honesty is not high enough to warrant being elected as President - we simply do not trust her.

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Bill

    I'm not a liberal or a conservative. I have not decided how I will vote. I like Obama as a person, I am just concerned about his lack of experience and whether he will swing too far to the left. Clinton has more experience and appears a bit more moderate but she also seems to lack a basic sense of integrity. McCain is very experienced and has proven he's a man of great integrity. My concern is he appears to be beholden to the right wing of the Republican party that has gotten the country into much of the mess we're in today. Without calling me or the other candidate names, why should I support your candidate?

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Zoey

    For all those Clinton supporters who are glorifying Clinton's win in West Viriginia. Remember this, 52% of the WV democrats will vote for Obama over McCain.

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Scotty

    Why are Obama supporters so set that he will win in November?

    First, we have no idea who they polled and what questions were asked, and how big the sample set was, so I don't by this poll.

    Second, there are many pivotal states where people who voted for Hillary would prefer McCain over Obama. Call it what you will, and believe what you will, but look at electoral fact. Should Obama get the nominee, he will be the next Dukakis....

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Polls in Oregon this morning show Obama up about 20 points over Hillary. How will she spin this? We may not be a 'pivotal' state, but we vote and we vote with sense, rather than prejudice. Man, woman, white, black. Who cares. We look at the ISSUES, and vote our conscience.

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. gerald strother

    Hours after being routed by Hillary Rodham Clinton in West Virginia, Barack Obama picked up two more superdelegates, offering fresh recognition from Democratic leaders of his inevitable nomination

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. ECostello

    All of these polls are laughable.

    Nothing will shake out until the two final candidates stand next to each other and debate.

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Dems

    You dream, dems...

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Travis

    Once you put either Obama or Hilliary next to McCain in a debate America will see the old fuddy duddy for what he truly is. An old bitter war torn man that wants to send our children into harms way for his own glory.

    ALL DEMOCRATES PLEASE READ:

    If your going to vote for McCain I think you should take a trip and visit the wounded soldiers coming home from this war. Or go look a mother who lost her child in the eyes and tell her you sent her kid to war because of your selfish ego.

    Democrate '08

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. mitchell from arkansaw

    of course they can both beat mccain.but,hillary can't beat obama.time to join arms,and take these repubs out ,for good.

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Brando

    The lies you told, the secrets you keep. Barack ain't gettin' 270 EV in Nov. At the end, the only number that matters is 270, leave it to the democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory…once again. It's all about the electoral college, stupid. When would you (finally) learn the lessons from the '00 & '04 presidential elections? (rhetorical q' of course)…

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. BOB

    In reading many comments regarding experience vs nonexperience, I for one see nonexperience as the required incredient for fixing Washington. The nonexperienced person can be shaped in such away as not to be battled with politics as usual. New fresh ideas will come into play, which brings about real change. The experienced person on the other hand plays the political game the same way, getting the old results, for the same old people. Its time for generation x to be involved in politics. The baby boomers had their time, its time for change. Even though the politics of America are complex, i do believe that the nonexperience have a better solution.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Rebecca

    Chris Matthews said it best last night. The pundits and cable news do not want this thing to end. They love the fight between Clinton and Obama. Therefore they are doing what they can to keep the race alive. Praise Hillary as much as possible and make digs on Obama in hopes this primary fight continues as long as possible for them to keep their ratings up. Once this primary race is over and Hillary finally drops out their ratings will drop. They are doing all they can to keep it going.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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