March 11th, 2008
08:44 PM ET
7 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. SV

    Bob Johnson is a puppet for John Malone and is voting in the best interest of his business plans. Can you imagine the backlash for BET had blacks known that John Malone influenced BET. Do you think that half naked black women shaking would have made 25 years if a white man owned BET? I think some blacks are supporting Hillary so that if she somehow pulls a Bush and takes the election, we would have a friend in the White House. They have so little integrity that if she used the "N" word, they would smile and support her based on some backroom promises made. Democrats represent Telecommunications and technology and Republicans represent Oil and Weapons. Racism in America is now on broadcast to the entire world. They are watching to see how true we are to the democracy we go to war to spread throughout the world by how this turns out. It has to be really bad when you get Caroline Kennedy to endorse you and Oprah and peopl still freak out and throw kitchen sinks at you.

    March 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. sibz

    o Obama the only hope of planet earth ,the only president of the USA at last of which when Obama is chosen as president the world will be in peace at last ,for his the only president in which the world will come together as one ,for each and every member of planet earth is waiting to see Obama to be the president of the united staes of america.God bless Obama

    March 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. kevin

    Clinton actually lead in poular vote among swing states by 278,071 (States that were less tha 10% in 2004 election). Obama leads in all other states by 837,857.

    March 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. Deb - MI

    It looks like Hillary's kitchen sink has just ran into a tornato. G Ferrara sounds uniquely stupid in comments of late, and Ms. Williams (Clinton's advisor) response even more so. I don't think voters in Penn will want Ms. Clinton to run our country after this tactic. It really shows bad character and poor judgement. Ferrar's comments were of poor taste and way out of character. Ms. Clinton should have never had Ms. Williams respond. It has lowered Ms. William's credibility to simply being a flunky. Typically, flunkies fall at the hands of their controller.

    March 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Judy

    Hey Maya, Hillary won the Primary portion in Texas. She lost the caucus. Sum the two together and OBAMA wins Texas. It's all about dels, but if you want to talk about popular vote...OBAMA has won that too.

    Dels – Obama
    States – Obama
    Popular vote – Obama

    Time for billary to GO AWAY!

    March 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. WOW!!!!

    Joanna,
    What alternate reality do you reside in?

    .... I'll have what she's having. With a side of crazy. Thanks.

    March 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. sibz

    they say the only people who can see the future are the coming genaration

    March 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. no more republicans!

    Joanna, you can check on realclearpolitics.com. it shows the popular vote for both and guess what? Obama is ahead! Shocker!

    March 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. SV

    CNN is editing my comments and taking them down because they are not politically correct and criticizes the manner of which the cover the elections. For more truth you can go to MSNBC and just maybe I won't get edited.

    March 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Dutchboy52

    Older Mississippi voters need to go to rehab, they have been hooked on a destructive political drug that history has proved to be an embaracism to America's history. This election reveals that these voters are political jukies and they're hooked and that why they tolerate these outdated views and uneducated immigrants follow their lead, they're basically pedelling this drug to many immigrants who are undicted themselves. If you want to be a real American, it's time to go to rehab and your saying no, no, no, no, no. Women, I hope you don't smoke this stuff, after hearing from Ms Ferraro, I think she's pedaling an addictive, destructive political drug. This is a problem and this problem is going to have to also be addressed in Pennyslvania. This is a culture that is very old, but the time is now for turning the course of this ship and many of us are doing it, the young and some of the old and this is a credit to America and I hope the world is watching because we are going to shake up the world. God bless America.

    March 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. L

    No surprises here. But that should tell you why Obama is winning cacuses. The cacus system is difficult of the elderly and women with children to participate in, so no wonder he is winning.
    It's not really the popular vote when a large piece of the population cannot attend

    March 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. jay

    I'm with Jack from California. I'm an African American female and don't believe Obama has a chance to win a general election. Get out Obama when you have a chance. They are fooling you into believing America is ready for change. Not in 2008. You should try again much later. Then you will be too old. While the voters are talking about Hillary is dishonest, I believe a lot of us on this post is dishonest. Answer these questions:

    Are you really ready for a black man to be in charge of all of these white men?

    Can you say President Obama?

    If he messes up, will you still call him the best man for the Job after a month or two in office?

    Will you vote for another black man or woman for president if Obama doesn't do a good job or will you put us all in the same category?

    If you answered No to all of the questions above, stop kidding yourself and vote for the right person and it isn't Obama. Don't blame
    African Americans when or if he decides to make a mistake.

    March 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Liz

    Jennifer...Obama is winning because he is balck....more black people support Obama than support Clinton. This is a race issue for sure. In Texas Clinton got more than 80 % of black vote...that should tell you something. White people supported Hillary 55%. Conclusion..I do think in this race black people are voting forObama becasue he is black. In other words they vote for their race.

    March 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Liz

    I meant to say Obama got 80 %

    March 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Reality check #1

    The older voters have been out there in the real world trying to make a living, we know who can get us out of a recession. The younger voters just go with trends, most of them college students that have not held their first job yet. By November they won't even remember Obama's name, it will be on to another pie in the sky fad. Ofcourse, I hope by November none of us have to hear his name again.

    March 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. mjc

    look, wow, the young hip guy we know nothing about is winning the kids who don't actually pay attention to the issues and typically don't show up to vote general election day... what, you think its different this time? give me a break... half these kids go to a rally wear a cool button and follow trends.. when it comes to showing up at the polls... expect a decline in november.

    March 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. Ron

    All of the older voters have forgotten the Clinton Scams, Must be alzheimer's

    I will cross over and vote Republican, anything but Clinton Scams again.

    You can bet your booty, They are only there for the loot!

    March 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. Bill

    That scheming charlatan Obama is winning. Big surprise. I hope he has a long way to fall. What an ignorant, arrogant jerk Barack is.

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

    Obama is going to be our next President. It is so obvious!

    March 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. JDM

    I'm a young man at the very beginning of my senior years (46). Serving in the from 1979-2002 in the US Army under Carter, Regan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II. The one thing I remember most about serving my country was the promise.
    THE PROMISE THAT ALL THAT SERVE WITH HONOR WILL TAKE OF YOU AND YOU WILL TAKE CARE OF US!
    As each genaration move forward, the older one must give way. Young people (17-50) are figthing and dying in wars today for you today. IT IS TIME TO ALLOW US TO TAKE CARE OF YOU. WE NEED YOUR CONSEL, HOWEVER, IT IS OUR TIME TO TO FIGHT FOR THE CAUSE AND LEAD THIS GREAT NATION. BELIVE IN US AND WE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN. VOTE TODAY'S WORLD AND NOT YESTERDAY PAST.

    March 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. D N DCCC

    As an African American WOMAN she does not speak 4 me!!!!!! Racism trumps sexism ………. I still make less than WHITE women… I need a Masters 2 UR Bachelors ….. If Hillary was a BLACK woman she would not be in her position!!!!!

    CNN post my comment!!!!! DON'T be biased

    March 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Lenny

    How can CNN project Obama to have won Mississippi when Hillary has a higher percentage of the votes so far? WAY too premature CNN. Lenny in Atlanta

    March 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Deb C

    Why do older people think that the younger peopple don't know how to vote, and will not make a wise decision. The younger generation, between 21-40, are far more advance than people 45-75 in many ways. Younger millionaires, inventors, genius, etc.. than in the past. The younger generation this day and age is one of the smartest. Do they have the wisdom to make the right decision on our commander and chief? I guess only time will tell. Let's look at the wisdom of us middle-age and senior's in the past 8 years. Gosh! I think I will take a chance and see if the wisdom of the younger generation is any better.

    March 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. aware

    Barack will never be president of the USA! There are not enough blacks to crown him king.

    He is no longer winning the white vote in this racially divided race. Give it up kids the demographics are against you.

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 or McCain! :)

    March 11, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Bonnie Sciulli

    I am a 57 year old white female who is firmly behing Barack Obama. I am a flight attendant and meet new people from around the country every day. Hilary has a distinction of taking pac money, lobbist money, being a coward and throwing the kitchien sink, whining about the first question, wha , wha, wha,! Just because Barack doesn't throw the kitchen sink back doesn't mean there is no fight in the dog. Just means he's a bigger man. I have personally met alot of women who are voting for Hilary just because she's a woman(and he can get it next time) or they are Republican and they are voting for her because they(Rep) feel as though they can beat us if Hilary is the nomminee.
    To the media, please, I beg you STOP talking about white men, blacks,latinos,blah, blah, blah-it's sickening –leave it to itself and THEN after it is done report it, it is racial profiling to tell people that blacks are voting for him and no white are -shut up

    March 11, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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