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. Gerry

    So if CNN are going to publish the poll, are you also going to publish the Clinton email that tells supporters to voice this opinion in order to scare the super delegates?

    Another hilarious slimy tactic by the Clinton campaign.

    March 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. carole in canada

    Obama supporters? or was that Jimmy Jones.
    Kool-aid anyone???

    March 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. ben

    Wow. People need to grow up.

    March 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Al

    It definitely goes both ways. I'm an Obama supporter who will never vote for Hillary. She has no credibility and would sell her soul for the presidency (that is, if she had one.) She's also annoying.

    March 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. kevin

    It is just sad to see the Dems turn on themselves. I have no respect for either party and have recognized that each desire for elections not solutions. But, to turn and run from a party because "your candidate" did not get the nod is just terrible.

    VOTE LIBERTARIAN or GREEN in 2008!

    March 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Robert Burns

    The bigger picture is that this is a "K. Rove" strategy to divide the opposition party (Democratic) and keep the strengthen the chances of Replicans keeping the White House another four years. Why else was he giving advice to the Obama campaign?

    March 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Monte Brown

    This is true. I am a liberal black American and I will definitely vote for McCain if Hillary does not win.

    March 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. A. Wolf, Boston

    It's one or both of the two:

    CNN and the mainstrem corporate media are campaigning for mccain as they are the centerpiece of the propaganda machine owned by the neocons, the corpocons, and the theocons that have been driving the politics and policies of the country and the west in general, and / or

    the absolute majority of the electorate in this sorry nation deserve what they get as their masters.

    March 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Sue

    I will try again. I am Hillary all the way. Will not vote for Obama!! I will go McCain if Hillary is not the nominee.

    March 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Tony, NC

    Obama is more dangerous than even McCain..

    March 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. KCBob

    Typical vindictive women who would hurt our country if they dont get their way.

    This is why I would never vote for hillary...well plus the fact she is a liar.

    March 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    DEMOCRATS WILL NOT "DEFECT" TO MCCAIN BUT "FORFEIT" TO MCCAIN DUE TO VOTER TURN OUT.

    March 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. BarackObama44thPresident

    Then surely they aren't true Democrats anyway,and certainly do not care much about a 3rd term Bush Administration – one that will keep the troops in Iraq for another 100 years, as well as, keep our govenment broken.

    Bringing REAL changes to Washington that will affect ALL Americans in a positive way would not be a priority to those who would forfeit the Democratic cause and vote for McCain. This would be so sad.

    March 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. jack

    my gut tells me there is something shady about Obama. Every problem he has he answers with you " misunderstood the facts "
    I don't think so. Too many bonehead ideas and judgement mistakes that he made and he says he has better judgement. I am an independent and I couldn't vote for Obama.

    March 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. dajack

    We will get the government we deserve.

    March 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Junior

    Im am in that 28%

    March 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Fran

    Is this personal or are we voting for a "democratic" candidate. Although I am a strong Obama supporter, I will vote for any democratic candidate come November. My #1 goal is to put a "democrat" in office. Come on people, we are losing focus here.

    March 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Really?

    Hey CNN, ever hear of a self-fulfilling prophesy?

    Stop blatantly kissing Hillary's butt.

    March 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Ed K.

    Why can't the Obama supporters see that Obama is not electable?

    March 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Junior

    I am in that 28%

    March 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Jim

    This is what I always thought and the more we learn about Obama the more it is becoming likely this could happen.

    March 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Mary

    You know, Clinton is running out of options and tactics...All that's left for her is to write a check to each of the delegates/superdelegates... How much is their vote worth?

    March 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Dale Wise

    Divisive, petty, and self-centered candidate. Divisive, petty, and self-centered supporters. Makes sense to me.

    March 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Sarrah

    You count the democrats only...What about independents who were ready to vote Democrats?
    Those will vote either Obama or McCain...
    I know many Democrats who decided not to vote for Hillary after her big Bosnia lie which was after this Pol

    March 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. mimi de la cruz

    SOME VOTERS JUST LIKE THAT HILLARY VOTED FOR THE WAR

    THAT TRASHED OUR ECONOMY.

    HOWEVER BY NOVEMBER THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY RED

    SOMETHING, INSTEAD OF LETTING HILLARY

    TRANSLATE HER HISTORY FOR THEM.

    I LIKE HER MILITARY SERVICE. IS THERE A METAL COMING FOR HER

    March 26, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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