McCain Catches Romney in N.H., Clinton And Obama Race Close

Posted January 2, 2008 at 9:38am

Read the full CNN/WMUR poll

John McCain has caught up to Mitt Romney for the first time in this poll, conducted Dec. 27-30, matching him for the Republican lead at 29 percent. Since mid-December, he gained seven points and Romney slipped by five. Rudy Giuliani was at 12 percent, Mike Huckabee at 10 percent and all other others in single digits. The margin of error is 5 percent. McCain far and away gets the highest marks in voters perception of which Republican would best handle the issues of Iraq and terrorism, while Romney runs away with the ratings when the question is asked about the economy. Romney also has a big lead on the illegal immigration issue. The poll said 55 percent of voters have changed their minds during the course of the campaign and only 38 percent say they have definitely decided for whom to vote.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama 34 percent to 30 percent, within the margin of error. John Edwards stands at 17 percent with all others in single digits. Clinton has a wide margin over Iraq when voters are asked who would best handle the issue of health care, a substantial lead over him on the economy, but a narrower edge when it comes to Iraq. As other polls have show, Clinton gets the edge for experience, while Obama has higher marks when it comes to bringing change. Forty-one percent of Democrats say they have definitely decided on their candidate.

Republicans believe Romney has the best chances of winning a general election, while Democrats say Clinton does.

While this poll mirrors McCain’s upward movement in a 7News/Suffolk University survey released yesterday, it differs on the Democratic race where it showed Clinton in a stronger position.