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. Dani

    Sorry, I don't think Obama can pull it off in the fall.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Freddy

    I have to say this is really funny. Of course he didn't win a county in WV. It only has a 4% AA community. The funny thing is.....people are voting for Obama just to prove to the AA's that this country isn't racist. It's not that he has what it takes to be President. All these Kool-Aid drinking Obama fans are just trying to make a statement. Like Lemmings they follow the one that makes the most noise.

    I haven't heard of one thing that shows he is ready to lead from day one. Jr. Senator is all he is....nothing more. Not the leader you all want him to be. Great speaker with nothing to back up the talk.

    I hope that people will see this and do the right thing in Nov. I would hate to see McCain in office but if it comes to him or Obama. McCain is the man.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. rumpusgoopus

    So, BG, while you claim Clinton is more tested, it might be important to consider that her already being tested didn't make her win the nomination. And yet, the "untested" Obama did.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. berksdan

    It is disingenuous of the Clinton campaign to equate what happens in primaries with what happens in general elections.

    The primaries are tools to guide the party selection of a candidate. That is all. This is why some states are 'closed' and only allow party members to participate.

    The general election is much broader, and includes voters who are independant, and those who cross party lines. Polls including those voters show Obama beating McCain handily in a general match-up.

    The superdelegates are, in general, very bright, and know this. That is why they are not being taken in by Sen Clinton's weak arguments.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Jamaal Kansas

    This Election is over John Mccain is getting nervous because he know he has no chance against Barack Obama

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Jill in Chicago

    Last night clearly shows that the voters do not think that Obama has the nomination wrapped up. What a thumping! Where is his momentum now? Hillary has what it takes to take back the whitehouse and superdelegates should proceed with caution. If Obama is so inevitable, why can't he win the swing states! This democrat is convinced that Hillary is the one to beat McCain in November. All the way to victory Hillary '08. Do not give up!

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Roger

    I don't understand why the super delegates continue to throw away the chance for the Democrats to win in November. I think the really smart ones are at least going to wait until the final primary.

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Rebecca

    Hillary is quoted in November 2007 as saying "of course we all know that Michigan will not count." What is she saying now?

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

    "According to a new Quinnipiac University poll." Since when does a poll administered by a second-rate university get such attention. This poll's a shame, just look at the exit polling from West Virginia. When Obama wins the nomination, most of Clinton's supports will move to McCain and the general election will be his.

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. RealityKing

    These are the same polls that had Bush losing twice. But a closer look at the electorial votes gives you a much better view of political reality..

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Only Hillary

    If Hillary Clinton does not win the democratic nomination, I'm becoming a republican and voting for John McCain.

    I absolutely DESPISE Obama. He is unqualified to be the President and I would never vote for him.

    May 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Independent

    They said on CNN last night that 81% of Hillary supporters would vote for Obama, from a recent poll. It seems that the supporters who won't are few and far between. Plus Obama beats McCain solidly with independents, and Hillary loses to McCain with independents. We all know that independents make or break the election, since they are about 20% of the country and can go either way.

    Obviously people who care enough to blog on these sites have a pretty strong interest, but frankly I think the rest of the country just wants to avoid GW Bush III, and I'm not worried about the Dems' prospects in November.

    Stop worrying everyone – the Dems will be united and everything will be ok.

    May 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Ex Republican

    Let's face it. Anyone accept another Republican!! Obama and Clinton ran a competitive race. Obama has won and Clinton supporters will get over it with time – especially as November draws near.

    May 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. DoneWithDems

    Nice try CNN. Can I offer you a toothpick for this tasty piece of crow?


    May 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. jay

    Hillary is going foward because she has ego issues, not because she won W.VA. She and her fish out of water campaign know that W.VA don't matter now or in the general election. Oh and to the person who said that the post about people voting McCain instead of Obama were Republicans trying to divide us, your completely right, its the same 4 people!

    May 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. JB

    One of the factors that people seem to forget about the Hillary supporters who won't back Obama in the fall, are that a high percentage were originally Republicans or Independents, not Dems. They would be going back to their party not abandoning their party. It's true Obama has a similar record and has similar views on many issues but can't hold these Republicans and Independents. I think Obama would get a high percentage of dems to back him, and if they would rather vote for a republican, especially at this stage in the game, then they clearly were never a democrat anyway.

    May 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Tommy in Savannah,Ga

    Nowhere on CNN is Clinton’s margin of victory 67% to 26% shown in a headline. Go back to North Carolina and look at the headlines. Shame shame on CNN. It is beginning to become clear to me. Why wouldn’t the main media just show the news as it is happening instead of slanting it? Why doesn’t the media go out and look for
    the news instead of just talking to talking heads all the time? The reason I am commenting here is because all the rest have been stopped, go figure.

    May 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Rosheeka-Texas

    Because the Hillary supporters who will not support Obama haven't been put into play. Please do another polling IF Senator Clinton is out. If she doesn't win the nomination and is not the VP her support will go to McCain as part of strategy, just to get her in in 2012. I will not vote for either McCain or Obama.

    May 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Gayle

    I don't know where these polls come from, but no one asked me. I do not believe that Obama can win the general election at all.

    May 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Jack

    Senator Obama will beat John McCain even without West Virginia.
    Virginia, the smart part of the territory, who voted overwhelmingly
    for Senator Obama in the Virginia primary, will more than make up for the uninformed black sheep of their family, WEST Virginia.

    May 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. JAB

    This poll means nothing – it is the electoral college that elects a President and Obama cannnot win the map folks. Mainsteam Democrats are afraid of him and if he drops Hillary down the drain the Hillary Democrats will vote for John McCain. From what I hear MIchelle is running the show anyway, and she is too bitter to be First Lady – Obama is too weak!

    May 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Obama 08

    Yes, Chris, HE CAN and HE WILL WIN!
    Clinton is an egoist and all her wishes is to sit again in the White House. She`s a liar. Her yesterday speech was shameful and disgusting. I`m nauseated!

    OBAMA 08

    May 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Sarah

    Voting for McCain if your candidate loses is just plan silly! McCain will be beaten no matter the candidate. These "hard working americans, white americans" as Hillary said would rather have any Dem than 4 more years of Bush. Let's remember these people are losing jobs, losing health care and at a minimum realize the fragility of the American Economy.

    By the way:

    I love to to hear someone that is financially struggling say that they are voting for McCain because a DEM will raise thier taxes!!! The REP love to say that a DEM will eliminate the tax cuts, which they will to the top 1% of earners.

    May 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Jim

    He's getting inside the plane like it's a retirement home.

    May 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Linda, Kentucky

    Hillary's greatest enemies are her supporters. I am so tired of all this "poor Hillary" nonsense. Poor Hillary is being beaten up by the media. Poor Hillary is being discriminated against because of her gender. Poor Hillary has to fight twice as hard.

    Give me a break. Do you want a woman in the White House or a "damsel in distress"? I learned years ago that feminism is not about moaning "Poor Me."

    May 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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