March 11th, 2008
08:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit polls: Obama viewed as more honest

(CNN) - Mississippi Democratic voters view Barack Obama more honest and trustworthy than Hillary Clinton, exit polls indicate.

Roughly 7 in 10 voters said Obama was honest and trustworthy, while only a little more than half said the same for Clinton.

But Clinton voters appear to view Obama in a more negative light than Obama voters view Clinton.

Greater than 9 in 10 Clinton voters said Obama was not trustworthy, while roughly 7 in 10 Obama supporters said the same of Clinton.

Filed under: Exit Polls • Mississippi
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Mr. M

    That was a good laugh!

    March 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. Avis, Richton Park, IL

    And yet they voted for Hillary Clinton, Duhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. Linda of Atlanta

    If the Hillary Clinton campaign had not sought to polarize this contest based on race, the media would have anyway. There must be something in the water that drives the white media to spin race. Nothing seems to make you happier, especially when it allows you to minimize a Black candidate's credentials and accomplishments.
    I don't care what the Clinton campaign says about the big states. She is acting as though she was running as a republican in those states. The argument is bogus and nobody would be reporting on it if Obama was behind in delegates and advancing it.

    March 11, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Ed Gibbs

    Why is the name of this article "Obama viewed as more honest"? 9 out of ten Hillary supporters say Obama is not trustworthy and only 7 in 10 Obama supporters say that Hillary is not trustworthy. This was the last of the Obama-friendly states. Let's see what the polls say in the future.

    How many things has this arrogant Junior Senator lied about in the past few weeks. He has said 5 different things about the NAFTA meeting with Canada (did they meet, did they not meet—in the end he admitted that they did). And what about Tony Rezko.... Obama has only been in public office for 3 years and he is already consorting with known criminals.

    March 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Sharon

    It's easy to be perceived as honest when you choose not to answer the questions. He just did it again to Wolf.

    March 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |

    AH! "Race" this, "race" that–driving me nuts! RACE ASIDE... I agree that Obama appears to be more honest; and frankly, if I had to invite one of them to dinner, it would be him. That being said, this is not the time to gamble! Give Obama a little more experience, and put him on the ticket in 8 years! Right now, we desperately need a president who knows how to run a country. This is a very dangerous time for rookie mistakes! Clinton has experience and in my mind comes with a "guarantee." Clinton '08.

    March 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Ashley

    honest and trustworthy? Based on what exactly?
    This is the exact reason why I am not voting for the man. He says everything a person wants to hear and promises the moon. All I can say if the man gets in office he best do "everything" he said he's going to do on every one of those issues.
    States are suffering and looking for change and someone that really cares, not blind promises. I'm so worried where this all is leading and the issues that are important and the people will keep suffereing

    BTW, I just heard on CNN that California won't vote for anyone but a democrat. I disagree.

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

    offcourse, all blacks from MS will say Obama is more honest. What happened to that NAFTA issue?
    Obama won MS only becuase of his color of skin. Anyone can figure this out. CNN is not talking about this reason for him to win. All so called expert team of CNN are in love with Obama due to their personal anticlinton ideas. Shame.....

    March 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Patricia H - Las Vegas

    Gee what a novel concept, voting for someone because they are honest! If more people did that, then Hillary Clinton would have been out of the running ages ago because honest is one thing she is not! People take your blinders off and vote for the candidate with integrity, Barack Obama. And as for all this race nonsense, do I need to go out and buy an "old white lady for Obama" ... not all white over 55 females are blindly voting for that woman candidate and for good reason, we don't trust her as far as we could throw her.

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

    it dones'nt take all 50 IQ of the Clinto supporters to figure that out!! lol!

    Another point too is back in the 90is Bill Clinton was our Knight in shining armor and now we've found our new knight Obama...he is loved just like Clinton was back then(did i mention they'r both Leos, must be that august charm) anyway make way Clinto, we'v found our new knight!! đŸ™‚

    March 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. Patricia H - Las Vegas

    bumper sticker, I mean!

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

    REZCO, CANADA Back Door Deal regarding NAFTA? Honest? Don;t think so

    Enough of the rhetorics, enough of the small states, Meet us in PA where diversity counts! How many Idaho or Mississippi we can fit in Ohio or Ca or even PA!


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

    When it comes to honesty, they are politicians and that means dishonesty. They will both attempt, at the very least, to make their mistakes and bad choices look less bad. At the worst, they will outright lie about them.

    As to who has been more honest, I think Senator Obama has been more forthright and honest when he speaks. I believe she is significantly more dishonest in her dealings with the voters than he is, though I don't think, by any means, that he is totally pure and innocent either.

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

    The writing is on the wall.

    Clinton has ruined the Democratic Party.

    And Rush Limbaugh is dancing in the streets.

    March 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. PA for Obama

    It doesn't surprise me that Obama suppporters see Hillary as more trustworthy than Clinton supportes do Obama. Obama supporters are younger (19-29) and don't quite remember the bad old days of the Clinton administration when there was a new scandal every other week. Voters: PLEASE DO SOME RESEARCH!! The folks who support Clinton are older, loyal to the establishment and much more jaded. They do not trust this young upstart are angry about it (see Geraldine Ferraro comments)and feel this presidency was Hllary's payback for having to put up with her philandering husband. Young folks out there don't realize the miracle they're performing. Chalengeing the old political machine and changing how things will be conducted in the future. WOW!!

    March 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. Chris in Va.

    You can certainly smell the stench of James Carvill all over the Clinton campaign!

    March 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Search youtube for Hillary uncensored video

    Excellent post....I see that Obama appears to be more honest and straight forward than the other campaign.

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

    Of course Hillary-supporters tend to think of Obama in a more negative light. When Hillary and her campaign surrogates talk about Obama in a negative tone, the more uneducated her supporters are the more likely they are to believe her and her surrogates. Obama has focused more on solutions for America than Hillary has. Hillary is constantly attackly Obama because he is the front runner. Go to Hillary Clinton's website and compare it to Barack Obama's website. You will easily see a lot more negative attacks against Obama versus Obama vastly more positive campaign website. Check it out for yourself!

    March 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Michelle, Indiana

    How can you view Clinton as anything but DISHONEST? She has proven her deceitfulness time and time again. Her husband was IMPEACHED for PERJURY. Since she stayed with him after his philandering was publicly announced, she must be ok with his being a liar which means she's one too.

    March 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. tomdavie

    Let me get this straight.

    You guys tap dance a whole pile of 'data' when you can MILK it for Obama.

    You got 90% of black folks voting for Obama, and use this as PROOF he is more honest, more appeal to OLDER blah blah blah

    How about the fact he simply gets 90% of the black vote. Like he has got ALL ALONG.

    They are all going to say he is the best leader, most honest blah blah.

    You cant tapdance 'stats' when you have a GLARING racist vote staring you in the face.

    It overrides everything.

    March 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  21. ObamaGirl

    Bill clinton was our knight in shining armor back in the 90ish....well now we've found our new knight, Obama!! and he's just as loved!

    btw it's a no brainer he's more honest.

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

    OBAMA will be the next President of the United States. Hillary is not trustworthy and people feel the bad energy with the Clintons. He will be the best President we have ever had in many years. He would have won California if given enough time. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to express my views.

    March 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Largeman

    Joanna, It is easy to find out about the vote count. Hilary only wins most big states by a small to slim margin. Obama wins a few big states, most medium and small states by an average of 20 to 30 percent. Obama now lead by almost a few hundred thousand votes nationwide. Simple math. Even with Florida and Michigan, he'd be up by over 90 thousand.

    March 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. Dean

    Give me a break!!!!! He is honest!! He is in his position now because he is black. Media like CNN are favoring him. Why are most of african american voting for him, not Clinton?

    March 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. edmond

    this is the problem with the democratic party,she is behind and please they should get together and tell her the truth and get this thing over with

    March 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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