January 8th, 2008
10:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama beats Clinton on ability to unite, get elected

(CNN) - New Hampshire Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly believe Barack Obama can better unite the country than Hillary Clinton can, according to CNN exit polls.

Fifty percent said the Illinois senator is the most able to unite, compared to 29 percent who cited Clinton. More New Hampshire Democrats also said Obama could win a general election race: 46 percent said the Illinois senator has the best shot against a Republican, compared to 36 percent for Clinton.

But unfortunately for Obama, electability proved to be the least important factor when New Hampshire Democratic primary voters decided on a candidate. Only 7 percent said they were most concerned with the candidate's chance of being elected next November.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    check out the exit poll at thedartmouth.com

    January 8, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. Kevin,FL


    January 8, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. David Phillips

    And now that Hillary is pulling ahead significantly, what does CNN do? A headline that Obama wins on ability to unite and get elected. Tell me they aren't biased against Hillary.

    January 8, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  4. John L

    Hillary couldn't even unite two magnets together.

    January 8, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  5. Jose

    If anyone believes Hillary can unite the country, they must be on the same drugs George Bush is on.

    January 8, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. John L

    Amen, Jose

    January 8, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Mike in Kentucky

    I posted thjis once, I'll try again, perhaps the questions you asked the exiting voters did not mean anything to them when it came time to make a choice...

    Is this more to your likeing ?

    January 8, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  8. Shawn in Zillah, WA

    I wonder how much money is wasted on Polls?

    January 8, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  9. Steven Bengtson Sr.

    The title to this article nonsense, gee Bill are you and the 'butter ball gang' at CNN able to stint the view no matter what the news? Is it time for Michael Moore to hold you people to task by shaming you again! I hope you, Lou Dobbs, and Rupert M are sent to an island run by Michael Moore for re-education!

    January 8, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. Ella

    Obama will unite the country until the country figures out that he is unable to accomplish anything except talk unsubstantiated ideas...and then we'll all be disenfranchised.

    January 8, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  11. Steven Bengtson Sr.

    She Won!

    January 8, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  12. Jhon tessler

    people love obama but they are afraid because he is black and they will do the same thing when it comes clinton against a man, it is weird how u can move a nation forward with similar beleives

    January 8, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. Ann

    Sorry Mr. Obama, this election is not about giving citizerns one more responsibility:
    to govern.

    We expect from YOU to do the job.

    I prefer Clinton who is responsible in showing me a good resume that demostrates that SHE can do the job. YES, SHE CAN!!

    Hillary, I hire you!

    January 8, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. Tom Davie

    I still cant believe CNN spins everything Obama does into a positive.

    January 8, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. Charles

    Last time the exit polls were so wrong was about 7.5 years ago in Florida. Always interesting when that happens. Did voters just lie to pollsters – or did something funny happen? With Hillary ...who knows.

    January 8, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. Poli

    Yep, another shining example how polls don't mean squat. Polls don't elect candidates – people do!

    Wouldn't it be great if none of the news media presented any poll data for the rest of the campaign? Let the voters decide without the so-called "scientific poll results".

    This makes the media look like blundering idiots!

    January 8, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. Tom Davie

    No. The 'pollsters' picked people perhaps not RANDOMLY. Got the stats they wished to prove, then stopped polling.

    Its not rocket science.

    So next state, if Hillary is up by 99% in the polls -dont even pay attention. Same if Obama is leading or whatever.

    The media should be ASHAMED of itself.

    January 8, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. not fooled

    When are people going to understand that the way forward in this country is not with a more militant, liberal answer to neoconservatism is. Because deep down, thats what pro Hillary people want. Its as if this woman is some symbol of liberal revenge for 8 years of Bush Jr. This last administration has made me as disgusted as anyone, but I am not willing to sell the possibility of real progress and unity in national government up the river as some pipe dream. Like it or not, that is what you are getting with this woman: more red state blue state nonsense

    If she is the Democratic candidate, the GOP machine will savage her. If you want to win back the white house in november, pray that Huckleberry is the GOP's man, because there is no way she will win otherwise.

    January 8, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. Angie

    Hillary is such a polarizing candidate that the Republicans will come out in droves on election day just to see a "Clinton" defeated. Why does everyone act like they don't know that. Hillary is just as polarizing as Bush.

    January 8, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. hear

    not fooled - exactly

    January 8, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  21. castro

    she bullies when she's up in the polls, then she cries like a baby when she's down, or throws a temper tantrum like a two-year -old. Sorry, Hill, but not every democrat likes you, not every woman likes you. She claims to have 35 years in government service...there are housekeepers that have scrubbed toilets in Washington for longer, and I am sure that there are "escorts" who can claim 35 years in government service . All she has done is ride on Bronco Billy's coattails, then claiming his ideas as hers...wonder whose idea it was to give Vince Foster a "going away present". Would like a scandal -free White House for a change, and am tired of the bush-clinton-bush-clinton years ...hard to believe that the last president we had whose last name wasn't Bush or Clinton was Reagan...almost 20 years of the same faces...maybe that's why even Ron Paul is looking better to voters than Hillary. Someone, anyone is better than a Clinton --

    January 8, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  22. Adam

    Obama has published all his votes on his website, including his views on the issues.

    Hillary won't even release documents from Bill's administration. David Geffen – their former biggest fundraiser "They lie with such ease".

    Let's face it, going negative won. Look at her speech "Change" banners everywhere... she hijacked the message... SO DEPRESSING

    It's sad old days, when the same old machine wins.

    All your Obama-haters, research the issues.

    January 8, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. Jen

    "Hillary Clinton won NH", but "Obama beats Clinton on ability to unite, get elected" ????? get me a break.

    January 8, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  24. Amelia

    Hillary is the only one with enough intelligence and experience to lead our country out of its rut that Bush put us in

    January 8, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. Webster

    Anybody who thinks this article was about Obama supposedly winning the NH primary needs to learn to read past the headline.

    This little piece is about how Obama got a more positive response on two particular questions asked in the exit polls, and how those factors were not important in deciding how those voters made their choice.

    January 8, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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