May 6th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
6 years ago

Exit polls: Half of Clinton's supporters won't back Obama

Hillary Clinton takes a picture with supporters in Indiana.
Hillary Clinton takes a picture with supporters in Indiana.

(CNN) - Just how badly is the Democratic Party divided?

According to the exit polls, half of Clinton's supporters in Indiana would not vote for Obama in a general election match up with John McCain. A third of Clinton voters said they would pick McCain over Obama, while 17 percent said they would not vote at all. Just 48 percent of Clinton supporters said they would back Obama in November.

Obama gets even less support from Clinton backers in North Carolina. There, only 45 percent of Clinton supporters said they would vote for Obama over McCain. Thirty-eight percent said they would vote for McCain while 12 percent said they would not vote.

Obama voters appear to be more willing to support Clinton in November. In Indiana, 59 percent of Obama backers said they'd vote for Clinton, and 70 percent of Obama backers in North Carolina said they'd support the New York Democrat.

soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Ro

    talk about sore losers.......

    At least Obama supporters are smart enough to know that we can't have 4 more years of the crap we've had the last 8 years. Way to stand up for your party...and support the people's choice......for the good of the country and all that........

    Man...now that I think of it, I don't think I'd vote for Clinton......wouldn't want people to think I trust her.

    Obama is the only choice in 08

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. from Boston

    The media and others didn't like Clinton and so they went after her without vetting this unknown candidate, Obama. He has done absolutely nothing, has no important legislation, has no record in Congress, no proven record of working across the aisle, arrived in the Illinois state legislature under questionable circumstances – he had his legal team disqualify signatures in a very long painstaking process, he and his wife subscribe to the Black Liberation Theology – who can hear it in their voices and he is very naiive and incompetent. etc. etc.

    We are not that extreme to the left, has seen the bias and John McCain is the better alternative.

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. US guy in UK

    This really comes as no shock. Hillary draws those that are like her. Bitter, mule-headed control freaks that would rather drag the party (and country) down than let their favourite lose.

    Doesn't really matter though.

    McCain vs. the Broken and Divided... isn't really going to be much of a contest.

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Scy

    A poll on this issue at this point? Utterly useless.

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. antoine

    This is what proves who the real Dems are and the imposters. Whomever votes across party lines are fakers sit down. I don't like Hillary but if she wins i have to stand behind her.

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Sharon Minnesota

    Hillary Clinton was originally my choice in this race. Barack Obama looked good at first and I was waffling. The lid came off for me with J. Wright and the United Church of Christ.

    As a Clinton supporter and a lifetime democrat, I am sorry to say I cannot remain faithful to the party if the nominee is Obama. This would seriously compromise my values and belief's. The pundants especially DNC officials are making a huge misjudgment in thinking everyone will kiss and make up by November and the democrats will go on to victory.

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. suzanne

    My country matters more to me than the Democratic Party. Also Obama's nasty, hateful supporters have turned many of Hillary's supporters against their candidate. If Obama is the nominee, this lifetime Democrat will vote for McCain.

    May 6, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. The Oracle

    yea Micheal, we can have an open discussion by me 1st asking you how the hell is that Obama's fault?? The MSM is labeling you. Get a grip.......

    May 6, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Richard

    Polls.. Smolls,...

    It will be a Rare stupitidy that would make a democrat vote republican over the welfare of his own family, no matter what they say in the exit polls which are the most fleeting of all.

    It seems more to me that the posting of polls is for influencing results, not reporting them.

    May 6, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. smokesignals

    This is the most disappointing news and poll of all time.

    CNN, the media and you uninformed, bigoted Democrats who do not understand what your decision could mean will be the ruin of this country.

    VOTE DEMOCRAT, or VOTE GREEN PARTY, but anyone who would vote for another Republican in office must not have understood what that has caused the last 4 years.

    And CNN, if you continue to publish this kind of media-attention crap, you will be guilty of swaying the public to an untimely and unfortunate outcome.

    May 6, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. John in MN

    All the more reason why Hillary should be the nominee. Better chance for the democrats to win the general election. Period.

    Go Hillary

    May 6, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Rob

    I am an Obama supporter that would NEVER EVER vote for Hillary Clinton. And this is funny because I supported her before the primaries started. What changed my mind were the unhanded, negative, and nasty tactics she has used in this campaign. Not just her but Billy Bob also. I admired Bill for years but he has also shown an unfamiliar face during this political season: an aggressive negativity seems to run in the family.

    Hillary is a professional politician and that's the problem!

    May 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. Mat

    I would never vote for Clinton – She won't do anything for me, or for the best interest of this Country. All she has done is proven that she's out for her best interests – She will say and do anything to scrap and beg for votes – I don't trust her – she constantly panders to voters and employs Carl Rove tactics to scare voters hit the fear factor and create these empty promises –

    I hate how bitter both sides have become, all these threats from both sides about not voting if their candidate loses – I'm one example of it and I would hate to have another 4 years of 'Bush' politics but frankly McCain is much better than Hillary – I at least trust that Man, and i'd rather have a Pres' who I can trust!

    May 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Well, then half of her supporters are downright stupid, because Obama wins the nomination regardless of what she does here (no way the Democratic party overturns the will of it's voters), and if they sit home or vote Republican, they can kiss their Roe vs Wade and their liberal court protections goodbye for an entire generation, as McCain puts 3 conservatives on the Supreme Court.

    Great plan.

    May 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. ok

    CNN is cooking up this pool

    May 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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