March 4th, 2008
08:11 PM ET
7 years ago

Exit polls: Age gap persists

Exit polls are showing that Obama appeals to younger voters while older voters prefer Clinton.
Exit polls are showing that Obama appeals to younger voters while older voters prefer Clinton.

(CNN) - Early exit polls indicate a distinct "age gap" in the two biggest states holding Democratic primaries today: Sen. Barack Obama appeals most strongly to younger voters, while older voters favor Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Among Ohio Democratic primary voters aged 17 to 29, 67 percent went for Obama, 32 percent for Clinton. Among those aged 60 and older, Clinton leads Obama 67 to 31 percent.

The same pattern holds true in early exit polling from the Texas Democratic primary: Among voters aged 18-29, Obama leads Clinton 61 to 39 percent. Among voters age 60 and older, Clinton leads Obama 63 to 36 percent.

–CNN’s Joe Van Kanel

soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Patrick Mottola

    If Hillary wins and does 8 years, that will be a Clinton or a Bush holding office at the VP or President office for 37 years.. Please lets change that.

    March 4, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Reginald

    HILLARY! HILLARY! HILLARY! HILLARY! HILLARY!

    WE NEED HILLARY!

    March 4, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Tom in MA

    A lot of us Clinton supporters have no intention of voting for McCain....we're writing in Hillary!

    March 4, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Ed

    This just in...................

    New candidate will enter the Democratic primary tomorrow morning

    HILLARY HUCKABEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. CA Voter

    Cecil and Aaron – where is the voice of the younger generation while the war in Iraq is still waging? It was our generation that spoke up loud and clear during the Vietnam war that brought out the futility and waste of lives during that war.

    March 4, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. brenbojay

    I feel we are in trouble. The young voters you speak of , are voting the same way they do for music videos on MTV. Not by content, just by the visuals! how many times in interviews am i going to hear young voters say they want obama because he seems like a nice guy and acts cool and looks cool too!?!?!

    Hoping for the best .. not much to choose from ...AGAIN!

    March 4, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Ruth

    To Jose from Florida,

    Who are you to demand that Sen. Clinton drop out of the race? Is Rezko,( a bone-headed mistake) the Naftagate, the failure to convene the committee that he chairs , his lack of national security credibility – these are all Barack "Ditto" OblaHma's shortcomings. Sen. Clinton has nothing to do with these negatives of his. He is all fluff – I prefer solutions over rhetorics , and besides his wife is not "really" proud of this country.

    March 4, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. Tom G

    I don't know or understand why a 17 or 18 or 19 year old is doing voting. These kids are just that kids! They don't support a household, don't hold a fulltime job(most don't). These kids just got out from under their mom and dads apron strings. They do fight in wars, because that is the way it has been for hundreds of years, doesn't make it right. I just think that if these young people who really don't have much to do with society, decide this primary election, we should all be ashamed of ourselves. This will cause the wrong people to be in positions that they should not be in.

    March 4, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. chucky

    I plan to get to US to get my American citizenship, but soon I don't have to do that anymore, we soon will get it free here in my country since Obama wants everyone around the world is the same. Thank you Mr. Hussein.

    March 4, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. ANNE BOGDANOWICZ

    To Hillary:

    In order to move Heaven & Hell, you would have to be GOD Himself.
    Only He can do that.

    March 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. Aarthy

    I'm a student from India, studying in the US.. Its hard to understand how the democrats can switch to vote for McCain if the candidate of their choice(Obama/Hillary) does not make it. The policies Hillary and Obama have are so similar, where as McCain wants to stay in Iraq for a hundred years!

    March 4, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. ANNE BOGDANOWICZ

    WELL SAID PATRICK MOTTOLA !!

    March 4, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. fj in pa

    22And for obama time for a change obviously the older and wisers votes didn't do a thing

    March 4, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. mother too

    Reginald,
    how young, and how nicely said.

    Yes, experienced -older people teach the younger ones, because they learned from their mistakes, this is why experienced -or we might say : person with wisdom, should lead......
    Also, what generation gap? Hillary is 60, Obama is 47 = 13 years only!

    March 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. Colleen in Wisconsin

    I've been reading/enjoying these comments tonight- some well thought out, and some the old status quo for whichever candidate the person supports. I am a Dem and think McCain will win if Obama is the candidate – just get the visual on the ads if "something bad" happens, or is perceived to happen. We need experience, not fluff. I would support a Hillary/Barack ticket. It just makes sense, and most Dems would accept that I think. GO DEMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  16. Deb R

    The youth of this country have been sold a bill of goods that come delivery will be "present only". Why...because Obama has no record and all he could sell them was the "feel good", I can change the world crap. Snap out of it...

    March 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. Roxy

    I'm amazed at some young people's disrespectful opinions about their elders. As fas as I'm concern, they still have an opinion and the right to make their voices be heard. It would do the young and naive of this country to shup up and at least sometimes listen to those with way more life experience!

    March 4, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  18. Reginald

    OHIO – THE OBAMA SHIP IS ABOUT TO SINK! YES SHE WILL!
    HILLARY! THERE REALLY IS A GOD WATCHING OV ER US!

    March 4, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. Reginald

    22 AND THANKS SO MUCH FOR VOTING FOR HILLARY MOTHER TOO...YOU ARE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE LIFE OF THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE HILLARY IS OUR ONLY HOPE! THANK YOU ALL HILLARY SUPPORTERS! WE ARE THE SMART ONES!

    March 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. SJ Thornton

    Show your taxes Clinton!

    March 4, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  21. I hope Hillary Loses Big Time

    Hillary is a fake, a liar and a joke. Now, we don't hear her complaining about the media coverage now do we? The whiner got what she wanted. Media Bias. Who did they buy off?

    I hate this whole process. It is a shame that the people's voices are not being heard!!!
    Now more negative ad campaigns. Just what we need. If people start complaining to the media and the companies that advertise, and we withhold our dollars, then we will see a change. This country's in for a real haul.

    March 4, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  22. eyes open at 60

    Hillary's negative campaign is working. This is only the primaries. it's disgraceful.... and just watch it's going to get much worse. She complained about Obama using Rove tactics. i shutter to think of what she'll be slinging next. The Clintons will never give up. It is their God
    given right to run the country, no matter how much they divide it.

    March 4, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. Hillary For Ohio NOT Obama!

    Obama I hear your ghosts are chasing you now! Obama can be trusted period!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 5, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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