(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
Oh, wait. Who's dividing the party again? Yea, HRC. Thought so. Thanks CNN.
I am one of those Democrats who will vote for McCain if Obama gets the nomination. There is no way I can vote for Obama – he is a racist liar.
Too bad they didn't poll me. As an Obama supporter and a believer in integrity and honesty, I will be voting for McCain if my candidate doesn't get the nomination. I started out as an equal opportunity voter, until I saw Clinton demonstrate her true character over and over again. Never will I vote for a candidate without morals.
Judge by what Hillary has DONE- not by why you THINK she did something.!!!! Sick of the petty baseless comments!!! (By media pundits and posters alike)
Hillary is trying to sabotage the Democratic ticket this year so that she can run again in 4 years. It's all about her and not at all about us.
Another reason to wrap up this thing by the beginning of June when all primaries/caucus are finished
Super delegates WAKE UP
What Clinton supporters? Hillary can hardly fill her rallies and town hall meetings. The fear is that the Obama supporters will refuse to vote for Hillary if she is voted. That is the major concern. And I am one who refuses to vote for Hillary. So if she steals this nomination, I am sure McCain will win.
i am studying how to protest what has happened this election. i have felt that we the citizens should have aright to chose the candidate. ifeel we have been fed thru the media a candidate picked by the press. this experience has given me such hatred for this man. who the hell is he? i have no desire to vote for him. if he does become the candidate my democratic family vote for maturity tha means hillary or mcain. get rid of tha mouth. deef
I dont care HOW MUCH you dont like the nominee if you switch parties over it the problem isnt the nominee!! NOBODY Is bad enough to make me wanna vote for a 3rd term of Bush! Sorry!! Both candidates need to address this problem and they need to address it fast!
That just means that 28% of Clinton supporters are clueless about what is going on in the world.
Right-and I will probably vote for Nader if Clinton pulls some dirty maneuver to steal the nomination from Obama-because that is the ONLY way she will win, by fighting dirty. In that case...I will be too ashamed to vote Democratic.
I just want to say this is very very sad to have to read!! You mean to tell me Americans are that hateful over race that they will pick from the other side!! I am very very sad this is what the great old USA has become to keep fighting on and on at each other.. I pray for Obama every night cause alot of people is looking for his down fall, All my supporters of him stick together to stop this madness and don't ever turn your back on him.. I will never vote for the other side Even if Mrs. Clinton got it!!! Please post this you never let Virginia people share they views!!
This is sad. Instead of putting such 'selfish' feelings aside and unite to put a democrat in office, people want to live the same life as the last 7 years. What a shame...
This is so true if Clinton somehow steals the nomination...I will vote for McCain or stay home. She should leave for the good of the party.
Well, this is what you are doing to the party Hillary. STOP IT.
So basically 28% of Hillary's supporters would rather have our troops stay in Iraq for the next 100 years and elect a man that says he does not understand the economic system than vote for the Democrat that wins the party nomination. Sound right to you?
I would have voted for Obama, before Wright and the speech thereafter. However, if Clinton is not the nominee, I will not vote for Obama. I can not see progress and change from a man who has supported a church that propagates hatred.
I will vote independent or not vote at all.
also one of those hillary supporters who would back mccain. so much for obama's pretentious and presumptuous statement that his supporters won't back hillary, but hillary's supporters would back him.
I will vote McCain over Clinton too. If Obama does not run I will help give America just what it wants. I will survive no matter who is in and my kids will not go to that war, so I will be ok but what about yours. Will you stand by and watch McCain send your kids off to DIE. After all they are just numbers. So hold on tight America because Mc is going to take you for the ride of your life.
Obama or bust
You got that right...No way will I ever vote for Obama. If he wants to label me as a 'typical white person' then he is not the change that I seek.
Hillary, McCain, Nader, or anyone but Obama, '08
It goes to show you who REALLY pulls more independents and republicans from the other side. Obama claims to be all things to all people but when it comes down to it he fails the test in this poll.
this is one lifelong democrat who will sit at home and will NEVER, EVER vote for Hillary Clinton and watch Billary get trounced by McBush in the general election if she cheats Obama out of the nomination!
OBAMA '08 – PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!
Obama supporters will not vote for Hillary if she is the nominee therefore forfeiting to John McCain. Hillary has damaged the democrat party and the next election I along with many other voters will change to the independent party.
As usual, the Democrats begin eating their young. . .