April 22nd, 2008
07:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Exit polls: Clinton blamed for more unfair attacks

(CNN) - The Democratic presidential race has taken a negative turn over the last several weeks - and most Pennsylvania Democrats appear to blame Hillary Clinton.

According to the exit polls, two thirds of Pennsylvania Democrats say Clinton has launched unfair attacks against Barack Obama. Only 30 percent of voters say she hasn't.

Meanwhile, 49 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats said Obama has attacked Clinton unfairly while 48 percent say he has not.

Filed under: Bill Schneider • Exit Polls
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. NC Voter

    Shame on you, Hillary Clinton!

    April 22, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Jim

    Wouldn't be the case if there weren't so negative things about Obama. Isn't THAT the point.

    April 22, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. The Surly Scholar

    Well, no kidding, geniuses.

    Clinton has been the instigating party in just about every instance when the campaign suddenly took a particularly harsh or personal turn. Apparently, Pennsylvania voters are well aware of this.

    We don't need more negative, polarizing, divisive politics. If this country can't unite behind an upstanding leader with the courage to speak in the name of the common good, I fear for our collective fate.

    April 22, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Jack Taylor

    She started the negative attacks. Obama needs get down and dirty and stay there because negative attacks will not end. HRC is a good warm up for the republican smear machine

    April 22, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Bill Brown

    Well, in light of her allegation that he can't stand the heat, I'm guessing it is no surprise that she is seen as a negativist.

    Come to think about it, she's always been that way.

    Is there ANY Clinton supporter out there who can name ONE REASON why I should vote FOR her?

    Iraq? She voted to go in and abandoned it when it went bad.

    Health care? She was unable to pull that off with a Democratic majority in both houses; why should I think it would be any different?

    The economy? Can anyone name me what she personally has done for economics?

    April 22, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. John

    This particular exit poll result means nothing,and the question to the exiting voter(S) probably did not make sense to them????

    April 22, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. John Smith

    What is so sad, as people vote, is that they forget that other nations are watching us.

    We are eager to return to the White House, a family that
    1. has lied to the U.S. (and the world) over and over again
    2. has been impeached for breaking the laws of this nation
    3. has sold our jobs overseas and are now reaping the benefits (think of the $109 million from the gains from the past)
    4. works only for their own "name and reputation," not the American people.
    6. has a woman who is hated by well over 50% of our people.

    No one really believes that with the above record, any Clinton can restore the name, economy, and good-will of this nation back to the 1990's. Not even Bill can replicate the past economic foundations.

    It is okay to "hope" but with such a history what hope is actually out there that any of the Clintons can get anything done in Washington again! They have burned their bridges, while we remain fools wanting to get them back there to help their egos! Both Clintons were Presidents of the United States; very scary!

    April 22, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Mary - Independent

    Forget unfair attacks! Both Obama and Clinton fight like children.
    Is this what we might look forward to as President to run this Country?
    They have been very unprofessional, and I as a voter, am tired of it all!
    Very possible, many may turn to McCain out of disgust for Obama and Clinton! What a disgrace to the Democratic Party!

    April 22, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. ERL

    You think??? She's been at it since Bill was in the White House getting caught playing with dolls...she better at that than handling her own money expense report....10.3 million in debt?????

    Obviously not good at that!!!

    April 22, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Vince - Phoenix


    negative campaigning works...

    just ask any republican

    April 22, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. David

    That also reflects America as a whole as well. Only 30% who are Clinton supporters in the US believe she is innocent. Unbelieveable how people could find truth out of this woman. once a liar (and this is a fact) always a liar!

    April 22, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. ross

    Today, on the Today Show, Clinton thought her "small town" Pennsylvania folks didn't think this way. I wonder how will she spin this.

    April 22, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Yvette , Texas

    Wake Up Call!!!! The Clinton's will do anything and everything to win! ANYTHING! Winning, by any means necessary seems to be their motto. I pray that Americans will "WAKE UP" and see the lack of integrity that this woman continues to show all of us. Throughout this campaign, she has appeared to be very dishonest and beyond disgusting. I pray that God will not allow this woman to become our president. We've experienced a Clinton in the White House. While there were some good things, we need to remember that there was also a lot of bad and shameful things. We need a different kind of president than what the Clintons can offer! I'm saying NO to Hillary!

    April 22, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. Jude

    At least some PA people got it right. I would have blamed HRC 100% because of her "kitchen sink", "toilet sink" strategy.

    April 22, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Eddie P.

    if that is the case. Why are more people voting for her ,wrather yhan Obama? Just another fix by all the major networks.

    April 22, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. mike

    Almostly every negative attacks was first come out of Hillary's mouth...

    April 22, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Gigi

    That's because our wonderful media makes sure thats how it looks.
    Media lets the people forget how relentless Obama was when he was Mr Underdog. Though I don't think anyone can be an underdog when the media is in love with you.

    April 22, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Rose

    John King is too much Obama fan. His predictions is always wrong.
    He doesn't know what he is talking about and he tends to confuse the viewers instead of giving them the right results. CNN should replace him.

    April 22, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Paula in WI

    Exactly and they should not ever reward such pathetic behavior with a nomination,what would that teach all the new voters?

    April 22, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. PA primary watcher

    Clinton is an engager in attack battles. Just follow the news. When she said today, "I have to win," I trust she was only referring to a PA win. The "I have to win" statement is obviously not the American voters' consensus. Many of us do not require her to win. We prefer she doesn't.

    Obama has out shown her in terms of human relationships, ability to work with senators and representatives in Washington, as well as honesty and a deep understanding of the American situation.

    April 22, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. sfgirl

    yet cnn also notes that polls indicate she's leading in PA. it's scary the way the press has handled reporting this primary. anything for a headline.

    April 22, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Charles


    April 22, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. Susan Kanoff

    I agree completely. I was actuallly leaning toward voting for Clinton, until I saw again and again that she was chiming into whatever the latest Obama bashing line happened to be. Reminded me of how the White House puts out a propaganda phrase and you hear it over and over again from every conservative source that exists. It's not a good idea these days to remind one of Bush. I also saw that Obama often took the high road and I want to see more of this in American politics. Therefore, and for many other reasons, Obama got my vote.

    April 22, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. sue

    I don't remember Obama doing any dirty tricks

    April 22, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Jacques Casimir

    Well this is a surprise to no one. I love the Clinton tactic of blaming your opponent for all of your own tactics. Good thing voters can see through it, now will they end this endless primary.

    April 22, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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