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. Ed Bernstein

    You've got to be kidding! Is this a Halloween joke?

    October 29, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. yellow22

    OK, lets do it in simple terms, so that the people in Delaware and around the nation could understand...lets say you have someone pick you up for work in their car...on their arrival, you ask them if they know how to drive...they say sure! they have plenty of experience...you trust them, and proceed...know sooner have you started, the car smacks right into the first big tree it encounters...you're rushed to the hospital, where the doctors work vigorously to save your life and do...on leaving the hospital, that same person, who was driving when the accident happened...offers to drive you home and says they're better at it now... ok! do you take a chance and get into the car again or go with someone else?

    October 29, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. LMB

    Everything about this is just scary. People are supporting candidates that appear to me to be uneducated, inexperienced and a bit crazy just because they preach hatred of some faction of society. Anyone that has to have a commercial stating they are not a witch and who previously went on an anti masturbation crusade is not fit to be in the US Senate. I agree that there are many others who have been elected into the senate that are not qualified and I believe it is about time for that to stop.

    October 29, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Cole

    all you liberals keep saying the same thing over and over again, "THe right is outta touch and stupid." well guess what the rights gunna win this election. and there not going to repeat the mistakes that bush made to put us in this hole. but they will fix the constant drilling by Obama and friends to put us deeper in it.

    October 29, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Americans are falling behind other countries, now we know why. It's calling the dumbing of America.

    October 29, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Marg

    I hope Palin is on the ticket in 2012. O,Donnel for VP, That would be a complete shoe-in for Dems. Thats what we want is a 2nd term. Go for it Sarah!!!!!!

    October 29, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Colleen

    Way to go, Delaware. You can't drive and now you apparently can't choose a proper candidate for office. The only thing you have going for you now is tax-free shopping.

    October 29, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. URTurrible

    O'Donnell is hot. I would rather see her face on TV than the bald guy....

    October 29, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Clwyd

    If this bimbo gets in or even close this democracy needs to fail if voters are that uneducated!

    October 29, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. sue

    This is just insane! This woman makes a mockery of our Constitution and a fool of herself. But, apparently this is what the American public thinks they want. It's frightening to me to think we have become so naive as to believe this little girl with her "degree" on the Constitution. These idiots are going to try to re-write the Constitution to fit their needs...mark my words...wait and see!

    October 29, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Robert

    Really? This is news? That ODonnell is only loosing by 10 % when the sample group had a 2 year age range? 25-27? hahaha, come on CNN you can do better than that!

    October 29, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Pericles

    What is it about these ignorant, extreme woman that people find appealing? O'Donnell and Palin have clearly demonstrated that they don't have the knowledge, experience, skill or mindset to lead in any political position – and yet some people love them. I just don't understand it. Do they really think that either two of these woman have the skills to govern in any capacity?

    October 29, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Vote Republican, Because We Can't Send Enough American Jobs Overseas.

    O'Donnell will also impose a Christian religion, because there is no separation of church and state.
    She will end the minimum wage, social security, medicare and veteran's benefits.

    End the New Deal – vote Tea Party

    October 29, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. MPouxesas

    User posted:
    Proving once again that there are a lot of not-smart people in Deleware! Come on, America. Don't vote for the same Republican schmucks who destroyed our economy in the first place. Geez. Are we really as stupid as the rest of the world thinks we are?
    Short answer: YES!
    But look, we had Bush for 8 years...and you are still wondering if americans are stupid???

    October 29, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Rich in NJ

    If 10 points – in an outlier poll – is "striking distance", then the Democrats are in "striking distance" of INCREASING their majorities in both the House and the Senate (add 10 points to every Democratic candidate and you have a wipeout of the GOP). How can O'Donnell be in striking distance while Meg Whitman is written off for dead?

    October 29, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. yellow22

    isn't this the way the Roman Empire fell...less qualified people tried to run the country...the country is asleep at the wheel and it's just a matter of time before we go off the cliff!

    October 29, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Chris

    The fact that O'Donnell can even be considered for office above that of dog catcher makes the US a laughing stock in the eyes of the world. Very sad indeed.

    October 29, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Vote for a depression, Vote GOP - Greed Over People

    ONLY 10 points behind, all things considered I guess that is better than 19.

    At this rate the Delaware ditz will be in a "dead heat" by Thanksgiving!!

    October 29, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Marco

    DE residents, you are MORONS if you elect this twit. She's a thief, a liar, and might even be dumber than Sarah Palin (although I think they're both about equally as witless). Shame on you. SHAME ON YOU.

    October 29, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. george

    how can people vote for someone that doesn't understand the constitution she swears to defend? she couldn't even be a good civics teacher.

    October 29, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. David from MD

    There's nothing sexist about democratic opposition to Palin and O'Donnell. They're unqualified, not particularly intelligent, and way out to the right.
    And I know that most of the woman I know are embarassed that they share a gender with both of them. They don't view it as sexist.

    October 29, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Angelica

    Isn't O'Donnell has like millions from who knows' whose donations, and Coons has like crying money in his pocket? You can see what money can do. Look at Angel (brains debris in her head) 14 million in the pocket (who know whose donations) and she looks like having a wiled ride. It's not a corporate America its corrupt America.

    October 29, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. cecilia

    you know even tho I am a Democrat – I almost wish the dingbat would win. in fact it would serve all of you if the dingbats in the tea party won it all. then wait and see what happens to your going back to your values. those of you who are hoping for victories in some of these races are as ignorant as those who are running – just go for it – we Democrats just love coming in every few years and bailing you guys out

    October 29, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Tam

    Well, then they'll deserve what they get. Shame on Delaware, shame on America for spawning and supporting such dumb people.

    October 29, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Dale

    The claims of media bias are pretty thin, considering the main thing that keeps dropping her ratings is her own mouth. For examples, witchcraft, can't name a supreme court decision, doesn't recognize a quote from the first ammendment, doesn't know the 14th ammendment, can't name a Democratic senator she would like to work with. All of these are from her own mouth, not fabrications of the "lamestream media".

    October 29, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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