October 29th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll shows surge for O'Donnell in Delaware

(CNN) - A surprising new Senate poll in Delaware shows Republican Christine O'Donnell may be in striking distance of Democrat Chris Coons.

According to the new survey from Monmouth University, the surprise Republican nominee is only 10 points behind Coons, drawing 41 percent of the vote. In a previous Monmouth poll conducted two weeks ago, O'Donnell trailed by 19 points.

But the latest Monmouth survey differs substantially from two other recent polls, including a Farleigh Dickinson survey released Thursday that showed a 21-point advantage for Coons and a CNN/Time poll released earlier this month that indicated a 19-point lead for Coons.

The latest Monmouth poll surveyed 1,171 voters between October 25-27 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Check out the latest polls in the CNN Polling Center

Filed under: Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Polls
soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. CaliforniaBC

    I am constantly amazed at the weight placed on these polls. Now while I like seeing positive signs for my side, I'm also aware at how dubious most polling is. My background is in science and research and have a pretty damned good understanding of viable sampling number when conducting a study. And I have to tell people that a sample of 500-1100 people even in a state is not significant and has no ability to gauge with much accuracy what the population thinks or is leaning. It's just not possible. And as far as national polls go...the average sample is 1,012 people??? How is that viable? That's only about 20 people from each state.

    So anyways, I could go on but this is just something to think about with this political polling and PLEASE, please do not let them influence your decisions about who to vote for or whether you vote or not. The polls really don't mean much, it's the end result. And only you can influence that.

    October 29, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. darren hankins

    I understand the many wont change, but she is not what you wont....this lady has know ideal about what is going on.

    October 29, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Mike Johnson

    We see conservative lying. Looking here, they come to CCN for their news. 🙂 If you're a conservative who lives in fear that a person with a sixth grade education that can't speak English will take your job, the apex of your life is to mimic a fly at a barbecue.

    October 29, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. sparknut

    I hope the people of Delaware aren't that stupid!

    October 29, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. DanteX

    Are the RepubLIEcans at it again? I wish this IDIOT would go crawl back under a rock – And take that Sorry Sow of a "Momma Grizzly" PaliNAZI back to Alaska so the Kodiak Bears can "fatten-up" before hibernation time sets-in.

    October 29, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. james

    I have more faith in the people of Delaware than to believe this new poll. I would question the poll makers much quicker than the voters. She will go down in flames. Just a matter of time.

    October 29, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Phattee

    Despite my strong dislike of the Republican party, If the Democrats picked a grossly inept moron as their candidate, I would have to suck up my pride and vote GOP. I would rather be represented by someone qualified with whom I disagree than an embarrassment like O'Donnell or Angle.

    October 29, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    Either someone can add or subtract or this woman really is a witch and has put her magical powers to use to close the gap between herself and her opponent. Since everyone has access to caculators and computers to do simple math problems I can only conclud she is a witch. I wonder what year her broom is and does she ride it bare back or side saddle? So many questions and so few answers. If only I could get an interview.

    October 29, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. delguy

    delaware will not fall for these fake polls. you idiots who believe them, please stay in the midwest where there is no real thinking for yourself.

    October 29, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. buckup

    fascists need to be stirred up and kicked out, they are bad for the USA

    October 29, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. RMW

    What I find interesting in the comments in support of Ms. O'Donnell (or at least against her opponents or the current administration) on this board and others are their stunning, rambling incoherence and total ignorance of or disregard for standard written English. I'll leave any demographic inferences to you.

    Here is the problem: If we insist on choosing our leadership based only on nebulous pronouncements of "faith" or "values" instead of intelligence and ability, then we are engineering the destruction of our great country. Be honest: Can you imagine anything other than disgust and embarrassment from our Founding Fathers were they to meet the incurious and shrill bunch who pretend to be on a mission to "save" our country? While you're at it, seriously ask yourself whether Thomas Jefferson—a brilliant man with a logical, scientific mind and a healthy skepticism for religion—would have the slightest chance of getting elected today on any national ticket.

    What we are witnessing in the Tea Party and today's GOP is not a return to the ideals of our founding but rather the inception of a super-powered idiocracy. Barring a renaissance of reason in our politics and culture, I fear that the spiral we are in may be too steep to steer out of.

    October 29, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. TheTraveler

    America, vote with your heads! Think, really think about who YOU want to see in office!

    Get out an vote!

    October 29, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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