May 6th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
7 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. DL

    And it looks like Pam in Eugene, OR substantiates your point, martin.

    May 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Brian, Miami Fl

    Does that mean half of Hilliary supporters are McCain supporters?

    May 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Fish

    Anyone find it weird that the person accusing Obama supporters or the "Obamabots" of being vile is nastier than anything poste by any Obama supporter?

    Just saying

    May 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. FB

    If you watch Hillary's adds, she is inflicting fear into her followers and voters. Another word for that...Terrorism.

    May 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Game Over

    We can see who are the loyal Democrats as opposed to the Clintocrats; Win at all cost!
    Operation 'divide and destroy the party'

    May 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Jim Richmond

    I love for Obama to win the primaries and fall flat on his face on the general election. Either Hillary or McCain for me. Democrat party could do whatever they want but not sitting two of the largest populous states is not going to help the party. Black versus white. Do the math and see who will win. Democratic primary is different in that blacks are mostly democrats and they bring very strong leverage to Obama but not in the general election. Enough said Democrats, please do the math and see where Obama stands in the general election.

    May 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Mel

    I am a registered Democrat, however if Hillary lose the nomination, come general election I will turn Republican and vote for McCain....NO WAY I will vote for Obama, he is not experience enough, ...If he can't handle the debate now against Hillary, how do you expect him to debate McCain... GO GO HILLARY!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Dan, Upper Michigan

    If Clinton cared at all about the democratic party she would drop out gracefully... The only reason Clinton supporters would not back Obama is for the soul reason of racism; and their is nothing more ignorant then racism.

    May 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. noemi in los angeles

    Obama supporters are rational and care for our party.

    Why be divided?

    We welcome ex-Hillary supporters to our side.

    Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. jo

    This shows you how Hillary has fought in this election. The only way she could stay in the game is to smear and divide.

    And she was willing to do it, if thats what helps her.

    A good candidate would be interested in what staying in the game through these tactics would do to her party and her country.

    A scary choice.

    May 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Jonesy

    Nice to see that Clinton supporters and Bush suporters are the same crazy 30% of the electorate. They apparently would rather have McCain to continue Bush policies over a Democrat and a change of direction in Obama.

    May 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Frank Z

    Count this Obama supporter as a non-voter come general election time.
    Clinton is a disaster and if her tactics are what it takes to get ahead in this country i want no part of it!

    May 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Kimberly, Portland OR

    Operation Chaos is in full effect.

    So I wonder... of all the Clinton voters tonight, I would have liked to have heard if they were going to vote for Clinton or McCain in the general election??

    May 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Jim

    Trust Me! I will vote for Obama I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR BILLARY!!!
    And I am not alone. My vote will go to McCain, who I believe Clinton said was ready for day one!
    Clinton has ruined the Democratic process with her constant nagging like an old housewife!

    May 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. M. Felder

    Indiana and North Carolina does not make up the whole United States. If this election is perceived to be fair, I think democrats will come out to support either democratic candidate. If we end up in the Supreme Court trying to determine who our nominee is, then we will have a divided party and we will have 4 more years of the Bush Administration. I don't think this country can afford to another 4 years of Bush.

    May 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Scott

    All you foolish voters who are affected by Rev. Wright… Sit down and talk to YOUR pastor… If he is HONEST, the stupid things he or she believes too WILL affect you. MMM let see did the people in the Catholic church’s leave after there pastor rape them touch them. So they payed a sum of $ 600 million dollars to members.

    Obama/Edwards08

    May 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Kyan DuBois

    If Obama wins I am voting for McCain...I wouldn’t do it out of bitterness. I simply think he doesn’t have enough "balls" do be our president...Clinton may be hard, she may be pouncing on Obama but I see it as he working hard to get what she wants and I think that is what we need in a president.

    May 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Jeffrey

    I can't see voting for Clinton either. She's hateful and evil.

    May 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Kev

    Simmer down, simmer down.

    McCain picked this high news day to announce who he would appoint to the courts. Was this so us Democrats would not notice?

    He said he would appoint judges in the mold of Alito!!

    Think about it, both Obama and Clinton would appoint better judges. Allowing McCain to win and appoint more right-wingers to the courts because you feel spurned is very dangerous...

    May 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. harley

    I know of more rich whites voting for Obama and as minorities we are voting for Clinton.....the whites are the ones crying race as they want to be "correct" HOW STUPID

    May 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. Sensible Sal

    I am all for Obama and hope the country comes to it's senses. There have been too many years with deceiptful Presidents. It's time for the Bush/Clinton regime to end. McCain is just an extenion of Bush jr.

    I know some republicans have been voting for Hillary so they could turn their final vote over to McCain in the fall. Due to that, and the lies Hillary has been caught in, I can vote for neither if Obama doesn't get it.

    My options are:
    1st – Obama
    2nd – Nader
    3rd – None of the above

    May 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Maestroh

    The dirty little secret, of course, is both of them poll better than they would do in an actual election. Face it: there are MANY people who won't vote for a black man (both male and female) and MANY guys who ain't voting for a gal.

    That's just the truth, folks.

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Folkwolf101

    What we have is what I have been reading for along time: a great many silent Hillary supporters are angry and bitter that the media, Obama and campaign staff, and the democratic party itself, have been stealing this nomination from the best candidate–she who beats Obama in every category, except in speeches. We are bitter, we are angry, and our voting for Obama will only reward people for their blatant lies, denials, and manipulations.

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. Viet Nam Vet

    What a bunch of whiner's, you sound like little kids!!!

    This is not just for the next 4 or 8 years
    Read what McCain says about who he will nominate for the Supreme
    Court!!!!!!!! Some of these geezers are about to tip over. The next nominees will affect our country for generations. Are you willing to shortchange you kids and grandkids just because the person you like for president didn't get The nomination? Pretty narrow minded aren't we ? Vote for your candidate- – -if he or she doesn't win–VOTE DEMOCRATIC!!!!!!!Believe me, your future, your children's future and your grandchildren's future depends on it.

    CNN post this! My last 7 posted didn't make it past your moderator

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. oy

    sorry I retract my previous theory it must have just been a typo. Thanks for the fix CNN.

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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