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. Renee

    I wonder who is voting in your polls. I would not vote for Clinton. And I know there are alot of other people who would not vote for her. It seems really strange to me that Clinton is suddenly the golden child.

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. dee

    there is a typo- it says Clinton supporters will pick McCain over Clinton

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Phillip Bunn

    Hillary is a liar, and an American traitor. As a democrat I will vote for McCain rather than sink to the Clinton's level.

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Mark

    I hope that Clinton and her supporters don't think that we will be giving her the candidacy in return for this betrayal.

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. chris in chicago

    So we basically have HIllary supporters to blame if Obama loses in the GE because her supporters would rather be in Iraq for 100 years than vote for Obama. That's very sad and shortsighted. At least I'm willing to vote for Nader or Paul if they run Independent so I won't support Hillary or the war. just like thousands of people at my college.

    May 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Ray

    Seriously, this need to end NOW!

    May 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. honest

    Shame on those who won't simply vote for Obama!!!!!!!
    Big shame on them!!!!!!!
    Whether you like it or not we are ALL created in the image of God.
    Everybody will die one day and racists will be judged by the Creator for their ignorance!!!!!!!!
    BIG SHAME ON RACISTS WHO ARE SIMPLY SENSELESS BEINGS!!!!!!!
    PLEASE cnn POST THIS IMPORTANT NOTE, THANKS!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Educated Voter = Not Hillary

    Sounds like there are some "bitter" Hillary supporters out there...

    May 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Joanna

    TYPO: "A third of Clinton voters said they would pick McCain over Clinton, while 17 percent said they would not vote at all. "

    Um, the 2nd Clinton in that sentence should read Obama, no?

    May 6, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. zina

    I hope the Clinton supporters will not use this to hold the nomination hostage. More people in more states have voted for Obama. We have followed all of the rules, so to take the nomination from him because some want to be stubborn is out of line.

    May 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Janet, Toronto /USA

    Then they really aren't Americans, in the true meaning of America and they are not concern for the economy of the Country.
    They just want to live in dispair and cry about what is wrong with this country,.

    Well, all they have to do is take a long hard look in the "MIRROR"

    May 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Uniter

    Way to be divisive pollsters. Catch people just after they have cast their vote and spatter them with divisive questions. This country is going to hell and it is largely the media's fault.

    May 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. D.k

    Why is this question relevant?

    May 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. ryan

    LOL ITS BECAUSE OBAMA'S SUPPORTS CARE ONLY ABOUT THEIR LITTLE IDEOLOGIES RATHER THANS WINNING

    IT LOOKS LIKE CLINTON IS THE ONE WHO IS ABLE TO CROSS OVER AND UNITE THE PARTY...WHILE OBAMA REMAINS THE DIVISIVE CANDIDATE!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Tom

    The true democrats will understand what is at the stake in November. They will vote for whoever the Democrat Nominee is.

    May 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. Amy Jacobson

    Please let Osama win so we can keep the white house...

    May 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Ronnie...Charlottesville, Va

    This is another VALID reason why Clinton should be the nominee.

    May 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. FrankSmith

    If we go by the "company" that people keep, there is a lot to be said about Hillary:

    She is married to a man..…
    1. Who lied openly to this nation and the world about sexual (sinful) matters.

    2. Who was impeached by the leaders of this nation.

    3. Who sold our hard-paying jobs overseas.

    Are these less important than Obama's pastor's sins against this nation? Just a poor excuse NOT to vote for a black man who has worked very hard to get to the top, and to compete against the Clinton machine.

    May 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. robert, new york

    it's time for Obama to see the writing on the wall and drop out.

    May 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. QB

    Hillary Clinton nasty bitter campaign has divided Democratic party so badly which has ruined the chances of winning back White House in November. Actually Democratic party voters deserved another Bush like President.

    May 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. This is great...

    Sometimes I wish I could move out of this idiotic country, pisses me off that I'm going to be stuck paying $5 for gas and the economy will go down the tube just because Clinton supporters are stubborn and uneducated.

    May 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. cnn new

    indiana you are asking republicans come on you know that, i know that my 3 year old knows that.

    May 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. LJ

    I think that all this stat shows is that someone has been inciting hate for the other candidate... can anyone venture a guess. This is why this needs to stop. If this continues. Hilary will destroy any chance of a democrat win in the Fall. This is precisely what the media has been saying. If this doesn't stop the Dems will lose the election. Although I like both candidates, it seems that Hilaries strategy is to destroy Obama so much that he is unelectible because she is so polarizing. Oh well. I guess we'll have four more years of what we have now. I am sure that the Reps are licking their respective chops.

    May 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. Zoey

    I don't buy it. I think people got their emotions wrapped up in this election right now. I think when the General election rolls around, Democrats will wake up and do the right thing and vote for their candidate.

    But then again, I didn't think it was possible Bush would get a 2nd term so I have been sharply wrong before.

    May 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. Robin

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter, but this infighting has got to stop. SUPPORT THE DEM NOMINEE, WHO EVER IT IS. THIS COUNTRY WILL NOT SURVIVE ANOTHER REPUBLICAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    May 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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