March 26th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Democrats ready to defect to McCain

A new poll suggests many Clinton supporters may back McCain.
A new poll suggests many Clinton supporters may back McCain.

(CNN) - A sizable number of Hillary Clinton supporters may break ranks to back John McCain in November should Barack Obama capture the Democratic nomination, a new Gallup poll suggests.

According to the just-released poll, 28 percent of Clinton's supporters would back McCain should the New York senator lose her quest for the Democratic nomination.

That compares to the 19 percent of Obama supporters who say they will favor McCain should Clinton be the party’s nominee.

"[The results] suggest that some Clinton supporters are so strongly opposed to Obama (or so loyal to Clinton) that they would go so far as to vote the "other" party's candidate next November if Obama is the Democratic nominee," Frank Newport of Gallup said of the survey's findings.

Newport also noted that the poll's results are likely the result of the heated battle for the nomination, and the number of the party’s defectors to McCain is likely to decrease after Democrats choose a nominee and the focus shifts to defeating the Arizona senator.

The poll was conducted March 7-22 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (360 Responses)
  1. JJ

    For all those willing to support another party and switch sides. YOU DESERVE EXACTLY WHAT YOU GET!

    March 26, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Mike

    Hillary supporters need to give more vote support instead of all the games. The Clintons are playing the only game they can play, 25 touchdowns behind, this game is over!!!!

    March 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Stand Strong America!

    plus obama and wright are WRONG for America.

    i will never forget how cowardly obama looked when interviewed by CNN after Wright tapes hit. His head tilted, liar, ... not presidential at all.

    at least Hillary has some balls.
    (who cares where they came from)

    March 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Terry, TX

    If Barack don't make it, I will not vote for McCain. I'd rather vote for Nader or uncommited or just stay at home.

    March 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Dave

    GORE FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Jay

    I guess there's a reason they're known as "DUMBOCRATS."

    March 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. ss

    You have three good candidates that personally I like all of them but for two of them I know where they stand, I know their experience and I know what I expect -with Obama I know none of the above. I like Hilleary but I will not be disappointed with McCain.

    March 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. David

    Butt hurt Hillary supporters

    March 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Joe

    Vote for the person, not the race, gender, or party.

    March 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Gloria in Texas

    I have voted Republican in the past so I guess I am an Independent for Hillary, but I could not in all good conscience vote for Barack Obama no matter what party affiliation he has. So I most certainly will vote for John McCain if Hillary loses to Obama. I lean Democrat but like some of the Republicans as well. I don't vote the party, I vote the values and judgement of the candidate.

    March 26, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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