March 11th, 2008
08:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit Polls: Age gap persists in Mississippi

(CNN)– Early exit polls indicate the same distinct age gap in Mississippi that has appeared in many states this year: Barack Obama appears to garner the support of younger voters, while Hillary Clinton holds a greater appeal for older voters.

According to early CNN exit poll estimates, 72 percent of voters between the ages of 17 and 29 came out in support of the Obama, while 28 percent identified more with Clinton. For voters 60 and older, 53 percent said Clinton was fit for the presidency, while 46 percent weighed in for Obama.

–CNN's Emily Sherman

Filed under: Exit Polls • Mississippi
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Angie

    TO: Luca, Nashville TN. These old and clammy hands are the ones that fought and had the working ethics and principles to make this country what it is. Your sense of entitlement, inspired by a leader of NOTHING is disrespectful and sickening.

    You and your leader are lacking experience and good manners. You are the generation of preachers with no substance. The twisters of wrods and thoughts to please you little brains and souls.

    March 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. dennis st. pete, florida

    as they said on the today show" americans are becoming dummer" that's proven by obama being in the lead. smarten up u.s. you screwed up 8 years ago, 4 years ago and you are doing it again

    March 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. simmy

    Hey you guys should do a poll that shows-–people with IQs 50 and lower voting for Clinton lol!! GO OBAMA!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Santiago

    I am listening to CNN analysts talking about race. How do you explain that 80/90 percent of African American are voting for Obama. Isn't that a race issue? I think it is. Nevertheless, "race" is been treated as a bad word in this primaries, same as sex, but the reality is that both words are an issue. For some of us it matters; for some of us it doesn't. Please do not try to change the reality of the society where we live in. I do not blame African Americans for voting for Obama in the same way I do not blame women voting for Clinton.

    By the way, I am Latino. Does that matter?

    March 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. changing times

    In response to Gerri Ferraro. She knows exactly what she's doing and they definitely released all this at this time to attract the white voters who hate a black man is leading this campaign.

    Pennsylvania has a large white blue collar "southern" type mentality and may identify with now Ferraro playing the "victim"

    HIllary is shrewd and brilliant and it may work. After all isn't this what Hitler did to the whites against the Jews. Hillary is very, very dangerous!

    She's tapping into what's ugly and shameful in all of us instead of trying to bring out the good and help us take back our government for the people

    March 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Jack from California

    Absolutely meaningless victory since Obama doesn't have a "snowballs chance in hell" of winning that state in the general election!

    Rejoice to President John McCain's victory!


    March 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. ab

    why do you have the link on the front page say "racial divide" when the article is all about age divides? inappropriate mistake.

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. kevin

    I transcribed vote and pledged delegate totals from CNN's website for each state, which has held a primary and/or a caucus to an Excel workbook. To my astonishment, I discovered that the 1,385 to 1,229 Obama lead in pledged delegates presented on the front page of CNN's Political Ticker was only 1,325 to 1,201. This error has resulted in CNN overstating Obama's lead in pledged delgates by 32 or 20.5% more than the actual lead of 124. It appears all of the media outlets have a similiar unexplainable error.

    I have been unable to send my schedule to CNN. Also, included on my spreadsheet our interesting statistical tidbits, such as 113 of Obama's 124 pledged delegate lead is from Caucuses or if you applied a winner take all allocation to the pledged delegates, as will be the case in November, Clinton would lead by 157 delagates. All of these statistics exclude Florida and Michigan and are current thru the Texas and Wyoming Caucuses.

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. anee

    Obama can't win the big states. Sorry, but who cares about Miss. everyone knows this is a Republican state and has never voted for a Dem. in the general election.
    Obama should concede and end the fighting, he is not tough enough to fight in a general election. He should wait eight years and run again.
    I would never vote for him now, he's just not competent or ready. I would rather vote for McCain than Obama in a general election.

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. HappyinMS

    Obama '08. Oh yeah, Barack leads in the popular votes and in pledged delegates.

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Sandra

    Since when can 17-year-olds vote?

    March 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. simmy

    It amazes me how you guys in the media say "Clinton won the big states" when you look at the numbers, she dont win by much, only seperated by a couple hundred votes, which means Obama can still carry all those states in the general election.

    March 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. Jay in Kansas

    "...So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests of our nation. A vote for it is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our President and we say to him – use these powers wisely and as a last resort. And it is a vote that says clearly to Saddam Hussein – this is your last chance – disarm or be disarmed."

    Hillary was and is right.

    Obama is running on the idea that the Commander in Chief should NOT have had the ability to protect America. It's not Hillary's fault George W Bush is an idiot.

    March 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  14. Hillary unsensord visit youtube. get the picture yourself.

    Obama won Texas State overall percentage. So, he has one big state wit his resume. You can't beat that or ignore it either. More delgates more percentage in Texas.!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. Jennifer

    I wish that the media would cover that just as many white people vote for Obama as Black people. I represent 33 members of my white family that will vote for Obama. It is not a black thing, white, hispanic or aisan thing, it is about being an American and that is what he represents to me CHANGE! I am abit embarrased that racists comments are being put out there againts this man because it only seeks to divide us and why is this coming out of the democratic party as well as the Republicans? It is an American shame that this is 2008 and people are still backwards in thinking.

    March 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. sam


    March 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. ana

    I can't wait for this race to be over. It is nightmare to see what is going on in the Democratic party. The good thing of the first "black" and the first "woman" has not played very well with Americans. We are so divided , and it is a "race" and "gender" fight instead of "Who is the best candidate?" SAD. The Republican party will win-but we are learning a great lesson in politics- perhaps Americans will learn from this one. I feel bad for Obama and Hillary-they both try so hard.

    March 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Obama won TX

    Joanna, is one example that the Clinton supporters do not follow politics. That's why they vote for her. Hillary lacks character and her supposedly 35 years experience, shows it. By the way if you get more delegates you win. congrats to obama for winning tx, and thanks cnn for refusing to report it.

    March 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. Jennifer


    March 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. Richard Rodriguez Rivera

    There are people who historically have resisted the new tide. they are afraid to loose the grasp they had in their early years, they do not want to face the generational switch over. I do feel for those stuck in the past and refuse to go forward with the new trends and new history

    March 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. Liz

    Obama can smooth talk that's for sure, and people in the younger age barackets are more impressionable. The fact that he gets the younger vote should be alarming. People at that age don't understand the impact their vote makes on the future. That is not meant as a disrespect for the younger voters, however I do believe they don't have the life experience, yet, to make a sound decision based on the issues.

    March 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. Chris in Va.

    Silvia C.-"...older voters remember how fantastic the Clinton presidency was." Give me a break!!! Whitewater, Travelgate, Monicagate, etc...etc.,The planning of 9-11 because Al- Qaida percieved weakness and lack of resolve. And as far as the economy, He was president during the internet boon of the 90's. If my dog Spot had been president then you would say he was a "fantastic" president! Be like your hero and STOP INHALING!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. AH from Rivera Beach, Florida

    Dear Cnn Political Board: With all due respect we have seen what recounts or revotes can do to candiadates from the 2000 election rather than have a recount or revote let the campaigns go ahead with no recounts or revotes in Florida (Palm Beach County ) we all know what happened with Al Gore.

    March 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Cheryl

    To Joann:
    Courtesy of
    The latest popular vote count after the Wyoming caucus is:
    Obama = 13,024,961 (49.4%)
    Clinton = 12,421,358 (47.1%)

    with Florida:
    Obama =13,601,175 (48.3%)
    Clinton = 13,292,344 (47.2%)

    with Fl & MI (Obama not on ballot in MI):
    Clinton =13,620,653 (47.4%)
    Obama =13,601,175 (47.3%) same count as w/FL

    So although Clinton won the "big states" she still has not captured the majority of the popular vote. The Mississippi primary is not included in the counts.

    March 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Cindy

    I find it difficult to understand why the media is hesitant; no refuses, to state the obvious. It is not racist to state what statistics show. There is a racial tone to this campaign and it is not coming from the Clinton campaign. or Geraldine... it is coming from black voters. 90% of black voters are casting their ballot for Obama. If 90% of Caucasian voters were doing the same – it would be about race and the discussion would be about prejudice. Voting for someone like you to lead the country is not bad. What is bad – is our politically correctness that acts is if this is not a reality and attacks someone who is stating the obvious. This is a great moment of pride for the black community to have a leader such as Obama – and I certainly understand them supporting him as a leader.

    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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