February 19th, 2008
09:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Exit polls: Obama holds onto his base, makes inroads in Clinton's

(CNN) - In campaign contests so far, Barack Obama has polled the best among black, more wealthy and educated voters and college students, while rival Hillary Clinton has been able to count on women, low-income voters and blue-collar workers.

But in early exit polls tonight, Obama held Clinton to a virtual tie among Wisconsin Democratic primary voters who said they have a union member in their household - 50 percent for Clinton to 49 percent for Obama - and actually edged her among women, 51 percent to 49 percent.

Clinton held a narrow advantage over Obama among Catholic poll respondents - who made up 43 percent of voters interviewed - 51 percent to 48 percent. She also held narrow leads among voters with only a high school education, people 60 or older and those making between $15,000-$30,000 a year.

But Obama kept those margins close and took easy wins among his traditional base of supporters.

Among voters 49 years old and younger he had a significant 64-39 percent advantage over Clinton. College-educated voters, who made up 72 percent of those polled, favored him 59 percent to 39 percent.

Obama had a slight edge among voters who called themselves Democrats - 50 percent to 49 percent - but overwhelmingly topped Clinton among the 27 percent of respondents who called themselves independents, taking 63 percent of their votes to Clinton's 36 percent.


Filed under: Exit Polls • Wisconsin
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. vivian

    Yes, yes, yes we can! Go Obama! Go.....

    February 19, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. Patriot

    Let's start a petition demanding Hillary to quit the race now, for the sake of the Democratic Party...She's too polarizing that if she stays in the race, not only she won't win the nomination but also, by her negative ads, she"ll diminish the chances for the Democratic party to win the general elections...

    February 19, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Sam

    What can Clinton do now to win? Or is it better for her to drop out to aviod degrading the Clinton's legacy? Let Clinton accept the call for change. Let her join the Obama's train and unite the party. I think, the longer she stays in the race, the more the party is divided. And this will increase GOP's chances in November.

    February 19, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Dee

    yES wE CAN

    WE LOVE YOU OBAMA....TILL THE END WE ARE THERE FOR YOU...

    February 19, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. wes

    Mistake in article? "Among voters 49 years old and younger he had a significant 64-39 percent advantage over Clinton."

    February 19, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Hillary doesn't even acknowledge the people who voted for her in Wisconsin or any of the last 8 states prior . She pretends they don't exist. How RUDE!! And she wonders why people are forgetting about her .. she clearly is in this for herself and to rewrite Bill's legacy .. give it up .

    February 19, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. CHERYL

    YES THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING!

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE CROSSING OVER AND CAUCUSING FOR OBAMA TO MAKE HIM THE NOMINEE!

    THEY KNOW THEY WILL SMOKE HIM WITH THE FIRST SWIFT BOAT ATTACK!

    THIS GUY AND HIS WIFE ARE NOT VERY BRIGHT IT WILL BE EASY!!!!!

    IT IS A SHAME THAT WE WILL END UP WITH ANOTHER REPUBLICAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE!

    WE ARE ALL S.O.L. NOW!!!!!!

    I AM STILL WITH HILLARY TILL THE END!!!!!!!

    A VOTE FOR OBAMA IS A VOTE FOR McCAIN!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. jason

    thank youJF im a republiCAN that voted demoCANT might just vote for Obama in fall though BABY BOOMERS ARE RUINING THE EARTH
    clintonbush..................out hope they baby boomers never hold pres again

    February 19, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. vic

    Anna, we need an Obama presidency just so we can allocate some education funds for people like you to go back to school to learn the meaning of the word "IGNORANT"!!!

    February 19, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. SF., CA

    This man would be the most in-experienced president in history.

    If he is the nominee, I will abstain from voting. I won't ever vote GOP, but I will not support Obama.

    February 19, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Matt

    That's interesting JF, because Obama is ahead of McCain in every poll right now.

    Perhaps you should check your facts before posting?

    February 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Jay

    Threatening to vote republican if Obama wins doesn't make any sense at all. Obama and Clinton are virtually identical in policy. Get with the program nut jobs!

    February 19, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. BS

    Whatever happened to equal time? You had Clinton on for 10 minutes and you've given Obama at least 45. Talk about media OAS...

    February 19, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. Jjay

    When the going gets rough the Clinton's go negitave in their attacks on anyone. When you sling mud you get muddy. Thanks to Bill the Clintons have a sad legacy. Personally I would hate to see that legacy extended by having the Clinton's back in the White House. One Clinton and eight years of lies is enough for American History. I have one workd to say and that is "OBAMA".

    Jjay

    February 19, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. RK

    CNN, you've become no better than any other sensationalist rag. You are supposed to REPORT, not CREATE the news.

    Hillary, even if she were always perfect all the time, would never stand a chance. The more I see of Obama the less I feel like voting for him. Regardless, CNN you've become a disgrace.

    And jack2... you are a neanderthal.

    February 19, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. SH

    Yes, the republicans can beat us in the fall.

    Simple fact – if Obama wins the nomination – this life long Democrat will vote Republican for the very first time.

    February 19, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. Boston guy

    Apparently CNN is for Obama.

    February 19, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Alecki

    Democrats will now have to vote for McCain

    February 19, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. dave

    Why is it every time i turn on cnn i can watch 20 min. of Oboma and get a 10 second sound bite of senator clinton. It seems very bias that you piece her speaches to your convience.

    February 19, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. greg

    go obama goooooooooooooooooo yeah!

    February 19, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Caryn

    I am proud to say that I support Senator Hillary Clinton. I am baffled as to why people would support Mr. Obama-is it because the fluff that comes out of his mouth makes you feel warm and cozy? I wonder how many of the people that have left comments tonight can really speak to how the candidate they favor is going to implement their plans. Have you done your research? Could you stand up in a room full of undecided voters and debate a Senator Clinton supporter and have anything else to say about your candidate other than "are you ready for change?" and "Yes We Can" . Change means doing something differently than it has been being done, not doing it better, something many Obama supporters don't seem to realize. Stop leaving ignorant comments attacking candidates styles, personalities, etc. and do your research on the issues and come back to the table with something intelligent to say. EDUCATE YOURSELF!

    February 19, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. Jesse - NM

    I am a registered Republican and have decided to vote for Obama if he can hang on and take the nomination. Hi smessage is exciting. I am sick and tired of the same old-same old in Washington. I hope he can deliver on the promise.

    February 19, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. Boston guy

    It's the blind leading the blind. What's the change Obama keeps talking about?

    February 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  24. jocali

    Yes, this is the time for change! This is truly a day the Lord has made.

    February 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Thank you Wisconsin. We are all in this battle together and we can win. Thanks for voting Obama, he's simply the best.

    February 19, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
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