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. VR in Toronto

    Americans will get the kind of President and Government they deserve. Good luck if its McBush or Billary

    April 22, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Bubba

    I will be sooooooooooo glad when all of this is over. and the really sad part is, we will have to suffer through the democratic national convention also! I may slit my wrists ! ! !

    April 22, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. mamacoo

    Campaigning means to sell yourself as the better candidate. It means to tell voters why you are the best one for the job. It is to show voters that you are the strongest candidate. The way you normally do that is by putting your record out there and taking your opponents record apart. Whenever Senator Clinton did that, people yelled and screamed unfair. People called her (and Bill) racist, liars ect. They did everything they could to make it seem that Senator Clinton was doing something unusual. The media chose Obama and jumped on the band wagon to label everything the Clinton campaign did/does as negative. Meanwhile. everyone has allowed Senator Obama to do the same thing but called it aggressive campaigning. Stats will show that there are more negative reports about Senator Clinton than Senator Obama. Bottom line is that this is a campaign, get over it.

    April 22, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. SBvoter

    Oh my God, is he still complaining about being attacked-get over it. you think this is bad Barry (oops i mean obama-someone should investigate why he decided to go back to his original name or why he even had changed it-hmmmmm)-wait till you get into the general election. he'll be nothing but a big joke.
    Cnn get with it-you're losing alot of viewers, cuz we're going to fox

    April 22, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Marc

    Clarification: CNN Exit Polls state, ....

    April 22, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Shane

    Obama has ran a positive Campaign period. You Clinton supporters are fools if you believe he hasn't. You guys deserve someone like President Bush.

    April 22, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Not sleeping at the switch

    See what I mean. No Matter WHAT Obama does he is expected to be a nice lil guy and let Hillary walk all over him and not say ANYTHING in return or pay the price.

    Reminds me of what it was like being Black in the 60s Not as much has changed as I thought.

    April 22, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. David Paolella- Boston

    Cut the crap . . . Let’s get to the really tough policy questions: Do we want our taxes to keep up with inflating gas prices? How exactly will we end this misguided mess in Iraq? Does Obama or Clinton actually have a plan to get Osama bin Laughing? I don’t care about the sexual exploits of our president. I do care a great deal about the level of expertise the president will bring to the cabinet and the court(Harriet Meyers for SJC—was he serious?) and the care and thoughtfulness brought to very complex issues of environmental stability, economic stability, the growing threats of infectious disease, nuclear proliferation, and climate change. All this as China and India awaken their populations to consume more resources in the coming 20 years. I’m disappointed in the democratic party for creating such a nuanced primary process that doesn’t model the general election (state winner take all) and created this blood bath between two formidable intellects – we deserve another 8 years of neo-conservative dogma. Fools all. Break from the past PA and choose Obama (this from a strong supporter of both Clintons) settle this thing and get on with solving real problems!

    April 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. b-liberal

    It just wouldn't be a news day without a one-sided hate-Hillary article. Are we done for today?

    Minor footnote: she is winning PA!

    fight the power Hillary!

    April 22, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Roy, San Diego, CA

    I'm no math major, but isn't this about even; "Meanwhile, 49 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats said Obama has attacked Clinton unfairly while 48 percent say he has not."? And, yes, it is a job interview. Go Sen. Clinton! You are the best qualified candidate.

    April 22, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. mitch from ark.

    she can't win,fairly,so,get over it!

    April 22, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Alex

    Am I the only one who thinks Hillary is setting things up so no Dem will be elected this year? Gives her another chance if she loses and if she wins, well so be it.

    But wow, she's seriously damaged goods at this point. She's hurt Obama in some ways, but I really don't think Clinton supporters see the damage she's done herself. Most of the country does not like her and now she's gone and ensured that will be a HUGE hurdle for her if she were to ever make the general.

    I support Obama, but I'd support Hillary if the other choice is McCain. But man, I don't see how any of this helps her at all. She's sinking fast and an adult in the party needs to tell her to put the dogs away for the Republicans. It's sad really. We're witnessing the distinigration of the party in slow motion.

    God save us from another moronic Republican.

    April 22, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. John

    The media has to stop this perpetual bashing of Hillary Clinton.If Hillary is negative,so is Obama.Voters in Pennsylvania said Obama had attacked Hillary unfairly.keep on handling Obama with kids gloves and soon he will be at the bottom of the poll ratings.

    April 22, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. atrain

    clinton needs to drop out race she not going win and she is full of lies

    April 22, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. Grif

    Imagine a Woman. It can still happen... There's only two kind's of people on this Planet, as it has been for Millions of years, and they are not, Black and White, Red or Green...

    April 22, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. disappointed

    Look at the Columbian money taking woman hillary and see who is actually telling the truth. She has been caught in many lies, snipers, woman and the hospital, nafta and scandles in Arkansas. And then we have CNN who seems to close an eye to her tactics. She attacks to keep people from looking at her lies, so run her out and lets get on with it.

    April 22, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. Vince - Phoenix



    April 22, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. Sarah

    Hillary clinton has tried to drag obama through the mud, and everybdy has been wondering why he doesn't knock her out of the race. he certainly have enough amunition. but he is to smart for that.for one, he is a perfect gentelman, and he has a great deal of respect for women. everything about this election is unpresidented . a black man running against a white woman, when just about sixty years ago he couldn.t even look at a white woman. thats why I know if he goes to negative on her a lot of people wouldn,t like it. and guss what? she knows it to!!!!

    April 22, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Devin

    Guy's STOP FIGHTING OVER CANIDATES. Both Canidates are good. I prefer Obama but I have respect for Senator Clinton as well. WE NEED A DEMOCRAT TO WIN IN 2008! DO YOU WANT ANOTHER GEORGE BUSH IN POWER? I DON'T THINK SO. No matter who wins I'll vote for them, and you should too, they're policies are 95% of the same.

    April 22, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. ruby

    Richard is 100% correct. I am tired of being labeled something I am not because I do not want to fall in behind Obama. My circle of Hillary supporters is well-educated and informed.

    I also think it will be a shame when all is said and done to discover that a lot of the youthful Obama supporters are boomerangers still at home allowing thier parents to support them. What they have is time - time to spend on the net and time to campaign that those of us out in the workforce (and yes, even the parents supporting them) do not have.

    Obama has been just as negative and just as "political" as any other candidate. The big difference is he keeps lying and saying he isn't - and sadly many are caught up in the smoke and mirrors of his candidacy.

    Hillary is our best hope for straightening out the mess the Republicans made of our country, and by extendion, the world!

    April 22, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Susan Norton

    CNN always puts the negative spin on Hillary.
    Doesn't anyone remember when Obama was saying that Hillary didn't have the judgment to be president because she voted yes on the Iraq resolution? That was his standard stump speech. If you don't think that was a negative attack, get real. Of course, he had to quit saying it when someone finally realized and got through to him that many senators like Kerry and Edwards had voted for it too. (I wouldn't think Edwards would be very happy to support Obama while Obama is saying that he didn't have the judgment to be president. Kerry was already in Obama's grasp because he has a problem with the Clintons.) Although I did hear Obama ramp that up again this last week.

    April 22, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. Jennifer

    The difference is that the only negative attacks he makes are on her policies or how she conducts herself in Washington. Her attacks are on him personally as much if not more than on his policies.

    April 22, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. Jeanette

    Herman LA, CA (April 22nd, 2008 7:37 pm ET) wrote: "Barack has to walk a fine line because if he went negative on a white woman he would not stand a chance. And that's the truth, she can do it to him and its fine but he can't do it to her. What a shame."

    Ding Ding Ding!!! We have a winner!! First person I have witnessed on any blog who actually has figured this out and precisely articulated it. Were he to respond with the same aggression she has shown, he would be both perceived and characterized as the angry black man, and she the lily white damsel in distress. But his approach is not accidental. He is a black man in America and unfortunately, this is the trade off you have to make in order to become successful. Sad indeed.

    April 22, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. Dani

    Look, this is the way the ball bounces. It is interesting though that a man who is supposed to signify change has decided to play politics as usual in the race with his own negative adds. What happened to change anyway? Oh yeah, words and change only matter when his speech writers say they do.

    April 22, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. Dennis, NY

    Amazingly 67% of the Democrats feel Clinton is dishonest and has started negative attacks but they vote for her none the less. Being a Republican at least I can accept McCain if Clinton somehow steals the nomination. But I would rather vote for the first honest nominee in my lifetime, Obama. You Democrats have managed to take a sure thing and shoot yourselves in the foot.

    April 22, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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