January 3rd, 2008
08:43 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Democrats about change

Obama greets diners at a food court on caucus day.

Obama greets diners at a food court on caucus day.

(CNN) - In what could prove to be good news for the Obama campaign, the first waves of entrance polling are showing Democratic caucus goers overwhelmingly chose their candidate based on who they felt could bring about the most change. More than 50 percent named change as the most important attribute in a candidate, compared to only 8 percent who picked electability.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. t

    Good news for the Obama campaign is great new for me.

    January 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. nathan

    I would think electability would had been a higher measuring watermark.. Would be interesting on how the Republicans choose. Due to the unpopularity of Bush I would think Conservatives would be looking harder at electability and a candidate that could move and sway independents as well as disinfranchised demacrats to their side.

    January 3, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. George Vreeland Hill

    Democrats are the real and only change.
    If you vote Republican in November, then nothing will change.
    We as Americans need to continue the house cleaning, and put these corrupt Republicans out of business.
    I want my country back!
    It is for the people, and not for the liars who wear the Republican badge.

    George Vreeland Hill

    January 3, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Pat Stanton

    So ... basically, if the under-25s are currently canceling out the over-65s, that means the real story is in the voting of the 25-to-65 age group. Can you tell us more about the choices they're making in the caucuses?


    January 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. TDefren

    Given Huckabee's showing, clearly "electability" is not key to Iowa. How cool would it be if both parties chose to put up change agents vs. Old Guard.

    Huckabee v. Obama match up would be...fascinating.

    January 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. john williams san diego, ca.

    a couple of more hours and the people of Iowa can go back to shucking corn and can hibernate from politics for four more years..Ten months from now the rest of America can choose between 'her royal highness' and Rudi..get ready..

    January 3, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. MikeZ

    Historic night deserves a moment to soak it in.

    Lily white IA voted for a mixed black man and 6-1 Dems wanted change and voted for him. HRC 3rd tells us more than half of Dems don't like her and you can't get elected dog catcher if you don't have a likability factor....she possesses none.

    You witnessed history tonight and whether he continues to have legs isn't the point...if he does...it's the whole point though.

    January 3, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Democrats are apparently self destructive idiots (at least in Iowa.) They chose to vote for an empty suit, democratic version of George W. Bush instead of a candidate that could take us back to a time of peace and prosperity. I dont know why I continue to vote with the Democrats. It's like beating my head against a brick wall......

    January 4, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Cephas

    WOW – I can't believe they are trumping out this old line.

    Folks DEMS have been the party of "Change" since at least as far back as Reagan. You'd think they'd actually changed something by now. But no! The faces change but the "Song Remains the Same". The only way they change is by creating new and interesting ways to steal money from hard working Americans and give it to those who don't and won't but do vote.

    "CHANGE" you got to be kidding me. As long as the DEM voting base is considered to be the "disenfranchised" then they will NEVER CHANGE!

    January 4, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |