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. Richard

    Here's the sad part of the story if she wins. By default she will do a better job than any Democrat; if only because she will accomplish nothing. Everything the Dem's put their hands on explodes in their faces. Doing nothing and leaving us alone would be better than pushing through a partisan agenda. I don't need to be told what's right and wrong or how to live my life. If only our elected officials realized this.

    October 29, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Honesty is refreshing....!

    We knew it all along that Christine O'Donnell was and is ahead in the polls. VOTERS in Delaware will vote for their candidtate and not for the media chosen one.....Christine O'Donnell all the way to Washington to fight for "WE THE PEOPLE"

    October 29, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    so the DEMS smear campaign to save Biden's seat isn't working?

    oh my..

    October 29, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Palin '12

    Libs cant rip on conservatives with any substance to their argument. Name calling ended in third grade, lets hear some substance insteading of useless bashing. Next tuesday will be a great day for the country!

    October 29, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Uncle Ellsworthey

    I hope she pulls it out. We know how she will vote if elected, and that's the only important thing. All the other stuff is crap and it doesn't matter whether its true or not. The folks we elect for congress are voting machines and how they will vote is the important thing.

    October 29, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. jj

    give me a break, any candidate who is 10 points down in any poll four days before election; is no where near striking distance

    October 29, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Squiggs

    If shes at 41% and 10 points behind then that means there's no way she can win because Coons is at 51% if the poll is acucurate and I doubt that it is. Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter. there are nut jobs like her in closer races all over the country.

    October 29, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. David B (Oxnard, CA)

    Christine, I believe it states in the first amendment, that if you don't know what the first amendment is you can't be voted into Senate. It ight say that, it might not...but you wouldn't know and I think that is the point!

    October 29, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    DEmocrats in DE – DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE coming from the POLLS!!!! There is NO WAY 'one' poll is going to tell the REAL story!! And it's a SHAME that the ONE poll is making HEADLINES when ALL others say something 'different'. You don't know that until you read the story!!!

    NOTE THE HEADLINE: "Surge" – and still 10 points behind according to ONE poll that the author of this story says may be inaccurate? Come on NOW!!!

    DEMOCRATS – There are going to be a lot of TRICKS and TREATS in the news from now until Tuesday!!!! I like what "vic nashville tn" said – 'it's a Halloween special"!!! Don’t be TRICKED into staying home on November 2, 2010 and WATCH OUT for the TREATS and tidbits handed out to you from the MEDIA!!! Just GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 29, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Bob Inalong

    Yesterday the gap was widening and she was 21 points behind. She's a loser either way.

    October 29, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Myron

    "Only 10 points" behind? Come on. That's insurmountable this close to the vote. Talk about manufactured drama.

    October 29, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. XWngLady

    10 point is not striking distance with only 4 days to go.

    October 29, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Joel Miller

    Since when was 10 points considered striking distance? She's going down with a whimper and hopefully she'll take Toomey down with her. Joe Miller in Alaska is also shooting himself in the foot and Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, two other tea party favorites are going down too. When the dust settles all this Press buildup will prove to be smoke and mirrors and the tea partiers who do win will just fold themselves obediently into the Republican ranks ultimately becoming indistinguishable from Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Bush, Cheney and the rest of the crew.

    October 29, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. KingDave2

    The worst thing is voting these people into the lap of luxury. Free everything for life, and get payed heavy. I want the job, I'll be Tea Party, Liberal, Republican. What ever you need me to be?

    October 29, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. nell

    I do not believe these polls. I am so sick of the msm stating " Palin in 2012". Just wait until the social security checks aren't in the mail. Maybe we don't need the department of education, look at who will be in office!

    October 29, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. nospingrl

    When will the left get it through their think heads that this behavior does nothing but stir us up more? Delaware fell in the primary because the public saw through the BS, they saw that Castle couldn't hang on his record just like Coons can't! He raised DE taxes every chance he got! Gore *(Coons family business) makes products that they will make millions from if the Energy Bill if it passes and Coons will not recuse himself from voting for it. It is a key vote which explains Obama's trip here. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! We are trying to save our Country here...

    October 29, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Dave, Central Illinois

    I want her win just to read your libtard rants afterward. By the way, libtards, the phrase "separation of church and state" DOES NOT exist ANYWHERE in the Constitution. The Establishment Clause prevents the founding of a church of America. It DOES NOT preclude the expression of religion on public grounds. You morons who spout about this woman's constitutional knowledge should read up a little first before blowing off.

    October 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Myron

    "let's not forget that CNN is owned by Murdoch." -- Actually CNN is owned by Time-Warner. Murdoch's News Corp. owns Fox News.

    October 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. streetsmart

    Scrutinize her face closely. She looks like a woman that would "have a date on a Satanic altar, with even a little blood on it". Anyone that votes this moron into office better like what they get cause theyre getting it whether they want it or not. Scarey

    October 29, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Calvin

    The real question is what is she going to do with all the money she has taken in after the election?

    October 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Joshua Ludd

    An objective news source would not cast a 10 point trailing as a good thing for a candidate.

    October 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Jangocat

    Only a stone cold moron would vote for this gullible mental midget. I mean you gotta be unbelievably stupid to go on national TV and claim "They're putting fully functional human brains in mice!" Never in my life have a seen a senate candidate that didn't understand the separation of church and state has been the law of this land since the bill of rights. A bunch of college kids laughed right at her for her ignorance. This woman isn't smart enough to be a cashier at a grocery store let alone be a senator. Thankfully I'm sure this poll is nonsense.

    October 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. carlos

    Tony 140

    The LEFT would eat their young if she wins............,you re wrong, not their young, sarah, but without the botox.

    October 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Gary N (Boone NC)

    I just want to say her statement that members of the Senate do not have to memorize the Constitution really offended me. That should be the very first thing they can recite once in the chamber. I am a conservative but I am so offended by this statement that I would rather vote for a tree than her.

    October 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Seriously

    It cracks me up that people refer to how much the 'liberal media' is influencing people, last time I checked Fox had the highest ratings of any news org, you are thinking of the wrong media and it is showing. Fox has truly caused the dumbing down of
    America, how can anyone actually watch that and believe what they say? They admit they are not 'news', only opinion. How sad.

    October 29, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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