September 13th, 2007
07:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Obama, Clinton battling for black vote in S.C.

Sens. Obama and Clinton are battling for the votes of African-Americans in the South Carolina Democratic primary.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - A new poll released Thursday from Winthrop University and ETV shows Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama with overwhelming leads over the rest of the Democratic field when it comes to African-Americans in South Carolina.

According to the poll, 35.4 percent of African-American voters said they would vote for Obama if the election were held today, while 30.7 percent said they would vote for Clinton. Just three percent chose former Senator John Edwards.

However, the poll suggests the race for South Carolina may come down to African-American women.

While Obama leads Clinton 42 percent to 30 percent among men, the margin is significantly narrower among females. Clinton leads Obama in that subset by just three-tenths of a percentage point, 30.9 to 30.6. On top of that, 33.8 percent of African American women remain undecided.

The poll surveyed randomly selected African-Americans and not necessarily likely voters.

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- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Lioness

    Great news! Obama is ahead with blacks, sans the twisting of the polls.

    Of course, this is not scientific, but it is probably more accurate because it polled a very specific demographic group.

    Go Obama!!!!!

    September 13, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |

    CNN you guys really need to turn in your journalism license. If it was Hillary ahead in the black vote, it would read Hillary leads over Obama with African Americans in South Carolina, but instead Obama is in the lead with African Americans in the S.C polls and you try to include Hillary in this story to make it seem as if she and Obama are tied in the polls, you guys are truly disgusting.

    September 13, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Bruce, Franklin, TN

    Too bad Elizabeth couldn't make John (3%) female or black. "Two Americas" and neither is for Johnny Boy.

    September 13, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. Dan, Tx

    Don't listen to the polls. OBAMA can win if we vote.

    September 13, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. Peter, Wausau, WI

    Rather than trying to decide whether they should vote for Obama or Hillary, voters should just make the logical decision, and vote for Fred Thompson in 2008!

    September 13, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  6. Susan, Naples FL

    We're not ready for a woman or a black president.

    September 14, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  7. Banko

    Thanks you South Carolina for choosing a genuine candidate. We're tied of more of the same.


    September 14, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  8. Banko

    Thanks South Carolina for choosing a genuine candidate. We're tied of more of the same.


    Sorry for typing error above.

    September 14, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  9. Claude, Mesa AZ

    It's not even that close. Obama, in South Carolina will take the black vote in a land slide. Do all your polls the way you did this one and Obama wins in a landslide. Hillary Clinton will never have a strong connection with black voters. She's carries way too much two faced baggage. Saying one thing and doing another. She also has no integrity.

    September 14, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  10. Renee St.Louis

    I am praying that Obam beats the hell out of Clinton in 08

    September 14, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  11. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    A new wind is a blowing – the winds of change, and the American flag snaps with pride! And we all feel our hearts and spirits soar as the wind whispers...

    Barak... Barak Obama... the Prayer of
    your heart is answered America!!!

    Breath deep land of the free, and be proud once again!

    September 16, 2007 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  12. Rose Hann New London, CT

    I think like Predident Clinton, Senator Clinton has the black vote. I think she's genuine and sincere about her fairness to ALL people. This is why she will be President. I am looking forward to having a woman as President, especially one with her resume.
    Go Hillary 08!

    September 19, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Charles Anderson, Mission Viejo CA

    Congratulations CNN. Can you even remember the first time you sold out? Obama is still leading the polls no matter how you try to spin it.

    September 25, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Jackie Anderson

    The wind blowing in Obama's directtion will eventually come to an end when he gets to the bigger states that really matter. If he wasn't black he wouldn't have a chance in this election!

    January 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |