March 17th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Majority of Democrats prefer Obama

 A new poll out Monday shows Democrats prefer Sen. Obama over Sen. Clinton to win the nomination.

A new poll out Monday shows Democrats prefer Sen. Obama over Sen. Clinton to win the nomination.

(CNN) - A majority of Democrats would like to see Barack Obama rather than Hillary Clinton win their party's presidential nomination, according to a national poll out Monday.Fifty-two percent of registered Democrats questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey say the senator from Illinois is their choice for president, with 45 percent supporting Clinton.The poll also suggests Democrats are more enthusiastic about an Obama victory (45 percent) than for a victory by the senator from New York (38 percent).Full story

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  1. Bismarck

    KIDDING, RIGHT? Obama will not stand a chance with the Republican attack machine. He should drop out now for the good of the party and become VP to unite against the Republicans. That will possibly give him sixteen yeears in the White House.

    March 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Randy - Denver

    At this point shouldn't Hillary drop out? She has too ma ny negatives, her positive are outweighed heavily by her negatives. It is good to see CNN show a positive about Mr. obama for a change!

    March 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Timothy B. Robinson

    ANYTHING to knock her down before Pennsylvania.

    I can't wait for "Day After March 4th, Part II" when Clinton wins PA on April 22nd.

    March 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. gurarro

    Polls were taken March 14 – 16, thus most Democrats are not listening the media and how they are trying to take Obama down. They know a good man and a good man for the country when they see one.

    Go Democrats, Go Obama.

    March 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Ron

    Barack Obama is the very best, most inspirational candidate the process has seen in 50 yrs.! The Repubs know this which is why their surrogates...the Limbaughs, the Hannities...etc...are disingenuously promoting Hillary 'cause they full well know McCain stands a good better chance of beating her than Obama in November!

    March 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Phillip in Chicago

    It is very interesting that lazy people and a lazy media will take a 15 second sound byte and use it to summarize an entire pastor's career. And it is even worse when you take that clip, which was immediately denounced by Obama, and summarize Obama's entire political career on that.

    Obama is above the recent controversy and above the negativity of the Hillary attack machine, and Obama is above and beyond the politics of old.

    Obama is the real deal.

    March 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. melissa

    There is no way Obama can win, this is not just about race it is mostly about poor judgement. When you run your campaign on your judgement this is not good. And yes, Words do Matter no matter what he says a lot of people have lost faith and see him like the other politicians. (He's just one more)
    He has shown us more poor judgement then good judgement, with this mess. His 2002 speech has no meaning anymore. It certainly doesn't match his votes where other senators actually voted against funding it.
    So try as he may this isn't going away.
    repulicans will not vote for him now
    independents will not vote for him now
    Clinton supporters will not vote for him now
    Hard to win like this.

    March 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Anton

    Before or after Rev. Wright's sermons?

    March 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. PCM01

    This poll is suggesting that the American public is more mature politically ,that we are led to believe.

    The amount of garbage and mud thrown to Mr. Obama is beyond a normal state of enthusiasm and political loyalty.

    We are ready to evolve into a new generation of politician and visions.

    The old one are stale and rotten. The road to a new chapter in politics is not paved...but it is not impossible either.

    March 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Lawrence

    Hillary is the ultimate Republican unifier – she is the one thing all Republicans (moderate & conservative) can agree on....they don't want her to be President. McCain won't have to worry about energizing his base, they will come out in droves – he will be able to concentrate on the independents and conservative democrats (and Obama supporters – polarized by Hillary's bulldog tactics).

    Even Evangelical Christians will hold their nose & vote McCain if Hillary is the nominee.

    Now, Obama doesn't come with the same baggage & the conservative base will sit this one out & concentrate on the Congressional races (knowing that if they can recapture at least one House or just keep a good sized minority, they can stonewall whomever is the in the Oval Office).

    From the standpoint of a conservative independent – I'd vote McCain against Hillary, or Obama against McCain. And I'm sure there are plenty of voters out there who feel the same way.

    March 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. A True black American

    Your polls are always fake and not ususally true and correct . You had better go and learn how to conduct polls and stop deceiving the American people because of the money you have collected from Obama . You CNN have already been bribed and you will get to nowhere but as from this moment you will be met with serious restraint all over the world and you will fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Sal in Phoenix

    This Republican, ready to turn Democrat, prefers Hillary to Obama..The more you know Obama, the less you like what you're hearing..As time goes on, I think we'll hear more & more things that we're not going to want in our president.

    March 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. worried

    Obama, a guy with a paper thin resume, can not win the general election after his spiritual adviser said GD America. So, if this poll is an accurate reflection, which I doubt, get used to President McCain.

    March 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Julie

    And when was this poll taken? I'd be curious to see the results of one taken starting this week – you suppose the numbers would be the same?

    March 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Surprise Surprise

    Wow! Another not so subtle Obama endorsement from CNN....

    March 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. mary

    GO OBAMA GO 08

    March 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Jan

    Ican't believe that poll-methinks cnn is choosing their people to poll. how can the democrats favor someone who is so obviously divisive?

    March 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Voter in North Carolina

    Obama cannot win in November. He'll take no southern states and lose the industrial states and the west coast. If he is the nominee, then prepare for John McCain as the next President. Only Hillary Clinton has the possibility of winning the election over John McCain.

    March 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. ct

    no way Obama.
    Hillary is the one to be preferred.....

    March 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Fay (the Texan who voted for Obama)

    That's right!! Everytime people try to bring him down he rises up again! Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Colette

    No surprise considering Hillary's constant divisiveness and Obama's stance on unity. Hillary talks unity, but walks division - another example the Clinton's machine.

    March 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. A. Harrison

    Did we count Florida and Michigan yet?

    Hillary 2008!

    March 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Anne

    A new poll out Monday shows Democrats prefer Obama to Clinton-well no one polled my family and friends as they ALL said this man's past speeches have told them enough of this persuasion tactics. Another tactic coming --Obama feels it NOW is the time to address the issue of race and politics directly, and what it means in our country-–we all know about racism in America and it needs to change that is for certain. However this man and the way he has celebrated his life for the last 20 years in a church that teaches disrespect for the America does not restore much confidence. I guess Obama thinks that he is such a great speaker he can turn this around to make others look like racists and leave his church and Pastor looking like Icons.

    March 17, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Cindy

    No duh.... Obama is inspiring... a breath of fresh air, in an ordinarily stale election process.

    I think it's refreshing too.... how his opponents try to bring him down by dragging out his minister, and he takes the challenge head on. Tomorrow he will speak out about the fear and racism that has been thrown in this race, trying to drag down his inpiration for hope and courage, with cherry-picked soundbites.

    Bravo, Mr. Obama! The world is watching, and saying, bravo!

    March 17, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Julie

    The clinton rovian style politics will be her downfall. She can't run a campaign, but she wants to run a country. She's looking more and more like GWB in a pants suit to me.

    March 17, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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