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. dwayne

    Why would we want more stupidity in government?

    October 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. anonymous

    II am not surprised.. stupid people will elect someone stupid...or else how do you justify the ta party movement at all..

    October 29, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. bp

    It's discouraging to me to see so many people on here making snap judgements about a person based on whatever out-of-context clips on youtube and slanted opinions of liberal bloggers they may have allowed to permeate their thick skull. Did any of you watch the debate? Have you been to her campaign site to read her platform? Are you even a citizen of Delaware who may be familiar with any of their local issues? You liberals need to get a grip and start treating others with a little more dignity.

    October 29, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. xxx

    the people of Delaware can not possibly be that ignorant....

    October 29, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    enough of these polls, we might as well stop election and declare the winners based on polls, as if these are the ultimate results in declaring the winner. Pollsters are laughing with their moneys to the bank!

    October 29, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. john

    I think O'Donnell has gotten a raw deal from left leaning organizations and the news. There is real bias against conservative women...even the more successful intelligent ones like Whitman, Fiorina, Angle. From what I have seen, I don't think O'Donnell is the most qualified candidate and I don't know if I'd vote for her either....but we definitely need more balance in the congress and need to change spending in washington.

    October 29, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. pennguy

    This is a vote not on the person as much as it is a vote against current politics. In that regard a lot of people include me would vote Odonnell even if she were a witch.
    She actually doesn't need to know much, so do a lot others, she just need to know to vote for more jobs, less spending and keep America 's interests as a priority when dealing internationally whether others like US or not, the USA does not need to please everybody in the world....

    October 29, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Codepwned

    Noone in their right mind can vote for this nut job. I don't care if you're republican, democrat, left or right. She's completely unqualified (see the 20+ videos on youtube videos of her debates and comments), she doesn't know the law (again see the videos on youtube), she's unprofessional and the poster child for what NOT to do in politics.

    The only people who can logically vote for someone like this are those who either vote straight republican "just cuz" (this would apply the same is she was a democrat!) or those who did no research what so ever and just picked one. She is a HORRIBLE politician and only brings incompetence to an already difficult process.

    THINK people. THINK.

    October 29, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. d

    I can't believe people would for this ignorant foolish woman......have people lost their minds!?!Have people stopped think for themselves and started believing all the foolish non-sense that tea baggers tell them.I know the tea baggers are telling most folks what they want to here but this not fantasy land it is reality.If they get elected this country is going to go down the toilet!!!! People its time to think for your self and research the truth stop blindly believing the BS.It is time for common sense Americans to take control!!!It's time to stop the Republicans, Democrats and Tea Baggers!!!!It is time the common sense people of this country to unite and be represented by an all inclusive party!!!!

    October 29, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    For people of liberty and choice to actually freely choose to vote for this brand of Tea-tard delusion and FAILURE is absolutely stunning. That American citizens could be so STUPID is far more of a longterm danger to our country than the likes of bin Laden.

    Did the STUPID fairy sprinle her dust over DE recently?

    October 29, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Maybe... just maybe... women are sick and tired of seeing their sisters being TRASHED by democrats and the obviously left-leaning media. I know I am. What they've said about this woman is despicable. Behar... Maher... and the rest of you so-called "intelligent" and "civilized" liberals... you listening?"

    YAWN. Would you like a tissue? The "Republican women are treated in a sexist manner by liberals" shtick is totally silly. Take the tapdance over to Faux where the tinfoil hat zombie nation will buy such nonsense. Nothing that's been done to O'Donnell has been sexist. She opened her idiot yap and said idiot things and behaved in idiot ways and she's been called out on it. That's no more and no less than any candidate whose thoughts, ideology, statements and actions have been as stupid as hers...regardless of gender.

    As for "civilized"...I never claimed to be and we're rapidly giving up on that. The GOP gave up on behaving in a civilized manner the second they decided that the way to power and control over the government and everyone in this country was to play games with our lives and pander to corporate America. Nixon's nonsense, Raygun's trickle-down economics LIE, excessive congressional investigations and withc-hunts, impeachment attempts, abuse of the filibuster, unfounded, unsupported, baseless accusations of pervasive voter fraud, a return to "poll watching" in order to suppress minority votes, etc. etc. etc. Trust me...you'll get your two years controlling the House and America will be watching...and, if reasonable assumptions about how the GOP will behave during that time period prove even 50% true, then you'll learn all about how much Dems and liberals have given up on trying to be "civilized" when dealing with you people. There's a whole new generation of Dems and liberals coming, pal, and we're sick and tired of watching our predecessors behave like spineless wimps in the face of conservatives' tantrums.

    October 29, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Linda

    Holy cow!! The lunatics are running the asylum!! remember the movie the 40 Year Old Virgin? The title says it all!!!

    October 29, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Libby

    Sensationalist title, people. Designed to get attention for a bs article.

    October 29, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. jennyp

    I can't believe that poll can be true, or that anyone with half a brain would vote for a candidate who wants to be a SENATOR who didn't even know that separation of church and state is a fundamental part of the Constitution of the United States!

    October 29, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. DaveM

    I'm convinced that Republicans would vote for the Devil himself, if he was a Republican, which is likely the case...

    October 29, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Peace

    This is totally a psychological game to peoples mind. What has she done remarkably to rub off the 10 points. This goes to show even the rest of the polls the media are throwing to us all the time, are meaningless!

    October 29, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Steve B

    America constantly lives up to its own stereotype. Unbelievable.

    October 29, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Carmen

    Well If Delaware votes in a member of the Nazi Party. . .I mean the Tea Bagger party then they get what they deserve.

    October 29, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. George

    Let's face it we're going down the tubes. We been following all the facts and we know where we have come from and what's right for for the country. Now we see rep. Saying o yes we go along with u, tea bays, so let's pull this all together so we get in. What they must be saying is a wow we can keep our jobs and I though we would have a problem in being a party of just no. No to anything worked. How stupid are we well nov 2 will tell. Let watch the horror when all of us will pay. Ur on life support sorry we got to pull the plug because healthcare was pulled. Have a nice trip. Do u see the light yet?

    October 29, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Edward

    If this doesn't tell you that these polls are not accurate I don't know what will. The fact is that the polls only account for people with landlines. Do you know what that means? It means that any young person who is perhaps attending college, living at home, or with roommates and only uses a cell phone NEVER GETS CALLED. 84% of the country uses cell phones with 46% of those people using cell phones exclusively. This means that effectively almost half of the poeple in the nation will NEVER get called. Pretty soon these polls with be completely irrelevant as more and more people use cell phones exclusively. They can't call your cell phone because it would have to be done manually and they would have to make sure that you are not driving when they call and also the would have to pay for using your minutes otherwise most people would not waste their minutes and immediately hang up.

    October 29, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. LeftyMama

    America has such a short memory. Seriously? Two years of it not being all roses and sunshine and they forget how totally crappy it was under Bush??? Seriously? Ugh

    October 29, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. pennguy

    Richard (above)
    You said it all!
    That's the the point.

    October 29, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. John in VA

    Whatever is said about O'Donnell or any other Tea party, Republican women, I sure equally off the wall or troubling things can be said about the Democrats as well. I'm personally glad they are around because it gets a the conversation going and puts the old guard on alert... It's up to the middle to make the changes by voting dead wood out of office. The fringes and partisans won't change because they only seek information that reinforces there own ideas while rejecting or ridiculing any evidence to the contrary. Regardless of party these career politicians both left and right need to have term limits... Neither party regardless of the partisan spin by many on the board and in the news have any real answers. They will cater to their party and lobbies vice speaking for their districts or states. We need term limits!

    October 29, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. nuser

    What did she do ? Pray or just snap her finger? For someone who says lying is a big sin, she tells lies with the speed of a
    machine gun. Oh' God , she is so like Sarah Palin. When asked what budget cuts she would make, she attacked Chris Coons.
    That is an answer? By the way Palin has made millions by attacking Obama for two years and O'Donnell is just aping her.

    October 29, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. mswoman

    Tired of seeing women trashed. Rand Paul – stomping on woman's head – Republican
    Sharon angles – woman being punched in face – Republican
    Joe Miller- reporter handcuffed – Republican
    Cantos – Older man and wife thrown out of restaurant – Republican

    So how are tired are you of seeing people trashed? Will people in Delaware vote for O'donnel because they have pity for her ignorance? Give me a break!!!!! Education means nothing in this state and you can witness by people voting for this woman – ignorant Delaware!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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