February 6th, 2008
01:39 AM ET
12 years ago

Schneider: How trends played out nationally

(CNN) - Highlights from the national exit polls show how key trends played out tonight.

On the Democratic side:

–Hillary Clinton carried white voters over Barack Obama, 52 to 43 percent. Obama carried black voters 82 to 16 percent. Clinton won Latinos 61 to 37 percent, and Clinton carried Asians 68 percent to 30 percent.

–Not surprisingly, the economy ranked as the top issue. Clinton had a slight edge with these voters, 50 percent to 46 percent. The war in Iraq was also an important issue for Democrats tonight, and those voters preferred Obama by 15 points. Clinton clearly benefits from the war becoming less a concern among Democratic voters.

–Clinton won 52-43 among those who didn't graduate from college. Obama beat Clinton 54-42 among those with a college degree.

–Clinton had a 5-point edge among Democrats, while Obama had a 21-point lead among independents.

On the Republican side:

–Romney beat McCain among conservatives, 42 percent to 30 percent. Huckabee won 21 percent of the conservative vote - though among Southern conservatives, the former Arkansas governor was the top choice, beating Romney 41 percent to 28 percent. The moderate vote overwhelmingly went for McCain over Romney, 52 to 24 percent.

–The top issue was the economy, and those voters favored McCain over Romney by 9 points - despite Romney's emphasis of his economic credentials.

–Nearly half of Republican voters said they were looking for a candidate who shared their values, and those voters favored Romney by 7 points. But McCain easily one among voters looking for a candidate who says what he believes, has the experience, and has the best chance to beat a Democrat next November.

Related: Watch Bill Schneider break down Super Tuesday by the issues

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. John Smith

    Clinton won 52-43 among those who didn't graduate from college. Obama beat Clinton 54-42 among those with a college degree.

    –Clinton had a 5-point edge among Democrats, while Obama had a 21-point lead among independents.

    This speaks volumes about Clinton supporters– ignorant, guillable, and very uninformed!!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  2. Mike

    Clearly Obama is polarizing while Hillary is uniting not just genders but races.

    February 6, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  3. Harriet

    Clinton currently has 8-9 states. Obama has 13-14.

    Why is that not the lead story? Whether or not California and New York are huge in terms of delegates – they will be split between the two. And Clinton did not have a very wide margin in her own state, but Obama's margin was huge in many of the states he took.

    So lead with a real story. Out of 22 primaries – Obama took the majority of them.

    Forget race, forget gender. Because in the end, a lot of predominately white states swung for Obama.

    February 6, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  4. ed

    Clinton won 52-43 among those who didn't graduate from college. Obama beat Clinton 54-42 among those with a college degree.

    That's such a funny statistic.

    February 6, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  5. II

    Oh my fellow Asians, what in the world are you thinking???

    February 6, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  6. Lawyer2B

    Another trend that played out on Super Tuesday

    After weeks of Obama hype and CNN's endless Clinton bashing, voters all over the United States went to the polls and elevated Hillary Clinton to a Super Tuesday victory.

    Voters in this country are trending away from self-important TV political pundits and pro-Obama cheerleaders and they are voting for the candidate they believe in.

    That's a downward trend for the political TV talking heads and a victory for America. Memo to CNN, the voters have spoken. Stop bashing Hillary Clinton and start reporting the news.

    CNN was actually bested in Super Tuesday coverage by Fox, who for all their deception, called the primaries right down the middle. That's another bad trend for CNN.

    February 6, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  7. Stan

    "Obama had a 21-point lead among independents."

    Because of numbers like this, I think Obama is the stronger candidate to win the presidency.

    February 6, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  8. Brian, Kentucky

    "Obama had a 21-point lead among independents."

    That should be the single most important piece for Democrats who want their party in the White House.

    February 6, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  9. Mike

    Yet Clinton still won the popular vote.

    February 6, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  10. Chad

    Clinton wins Whites, Latinos, and Asians. Yet, CNN declares Obama the man who is building a coalition. More people have voted for Clinton at this point than any other Democratic primary in recent history. Yet, CNN declares Obama as the man who brings in more new voters. Obama wins caucuses with small numbers of voters, yet Clinton is said to have the "establishment" support.

    I'm glad they're both doing well, but your news channel is anything but impartial. If Clinton wins this thing, she not only beat Oprah, the Kennedy's, and Kerry, but also the entire CNN network.

    February 6, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  11. Vince, Los Angeles

    It really says something when the majority of the people voting for HIllary....ARE IGNORANT!!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  12. Jared AZ

    Mccain is a snake...back room deal? that is crooked, im votin mitt romney...

    February 6, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  13. stan pitts pa

    God bless our great land America, obama 08!

    February 6, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  14. Lena

    oh yes, Hillary is the "uniter". right. yes. offfffff course.

    February 6, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  15. Lawyer2B

    Hillary won the biggest prizes in the Super Tuesday primaries. Hillary won California. Hillary also won New York, New Jersey, Arizona, New Mexico (a swing state) and won Arkansas and Tennessee.

    Hillary has already won Michigan and Florida. Hillary is leading in the polls in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.

    If Obama doesn't win Virgina and Maryland, he may as well end his candidacy right now. Hillary is winning the larger delegate rich Democratic strongholds with ease. Obama's upstart wins in frontier states really isnt going to make an impact.

    But Obama won the caucus among US tourists in Mali...that has to count for something right?

    Nope.

    February 6, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  16. MargieW

    Did everyone here CNN's comments when Clinton won California?

    They declared Clinton to be so unpopular that she had no hope in the general election!
    Can we imagine a candidate winnig the State of California and the delegate count on this wonderful night and Cnn claiming the candidate as "Unpopular?"

    Why are they so afraid of a woman? They have worked so defiantly against Clinton and now we learn CNN polls must be hot air just like their talking heads.

    February 6, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  17. Scott

    Jared AZ writes...

    Mccain is a snake…back room deal? that is crooked, im votin mitt romney…<<<

    Ummmm Jared.......the Arizona primary is over. You can send him your best wishes and a bag of skittles though.

    February 6, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  18. Ralph

    Don't look at me, II, I voted for Obama. Looks like the Independent voting was nearly nonexistent this time. Polls were not crowded either, not a very big turnout in my neighborhood.

    February 6, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  19. Hillary Fan

    All the Hillary bashers are out!! Very sad, miserable people! Face it, we have a WINNER!!!! Go Hillary 2008!!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  20. Santayana2008

    Those of you who think that Obama can withstand the Republican attack machine are delusional. The "predominantly white states" that went for Obama (Idaho, Minnesota, etc) have so few voters...that can not begin to compare with the significance of Clinton's winning California, New Jersey and Tennessee. But...like the policies of the pundits...no matter how well Hillary does....the media always portray Obama as the winner.

    He certainly didn't look like a winner giving his speech tonight...no smiling, no hand clapping...not much enthusiasm on his part.

    February 6, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  21. Tom

    The fact is Obama lost California. No further analysis required, especially by his sore supporters. Deal with it!

    February 6, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  22. herman

    ll: this Asian guy is disappointed as well

    February 6, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  23. Armand

    Hillary won big tonight, she won the popular vote and she won the most delegates. To all of those Obama fans who are still in Obama Planet, come back to reality, Obama did well because of African Americans going all behind him and because of all the manipulates polls helping him, not to count CNN obious support for him. Wasnt Obama tied with Hillary in CA last night? what happen? wasnt Obama tied Hillay in NJ?????? get real, this is politics. Hillary wont tonight and she won Big. Fewer states yes, but way more Delegates and popular votes. HIllary 2008. Unstoppable..

    February 6, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  24. Kary

    Obama did not won votes, he only won caucuses, which went on the hype. HIllary actualy won the votes. Obama should concede for the good of the democratic party. But he is selfish and self-centered so he won't. This is a complete defeat for him.

    February 6, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  25. Jarra

    This race shows how America has matured in terms of race issues , another example the states is setting for the rest of the world.

    February 6, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
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