May 6th, 2008
09:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: The age divide

(CNN) – Who you backed in Indiana seems to have been based, to some extent, on your birthday – a fact that’s working in Hillary Clinton’s favor.

Voters in most age groups were almost evenly split – except for the youngest and oldest voters.

Sixty-three percent of voters under age 24 backed Barack Obama. But twice as many seniors went to the polls – and 72 percent of them voted for Clinton.

In North Carolina, Obama won young voters 70 to 28 percent, and lost the senior vote to Clinton – but her advantage, though still significant, came by a slightly smaller margin: 57 to 39 percent. Limiting his losses among older voters was a big factor in his win.

soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Slowpoke

    Its the Alzheimers.

    May 6, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. No Hillary

    Older Voters for Clinton, Younger Voters for Obama
    Because: Clinton represents Old Politic, Obama Represents New Vision... and we Americans are tired of old politic.

    My Message: Bye Bye Clinton...Ur Campaign will never see the light of day again... hahahahhahahha .. I am soo happy

    May 6, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Chris

    Even with republicans crossing over to vote for Clinton, Obama is catching up really fast. Go Obama.

    Clinton should start worrying about money and superdelegates. Think about it. Obama would have won Indiana if not for the Republicans and media bias towards Clinton the last few days.

    Clinton just lost her only chance. I can't believe people are still voting for her.

    May 6, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Rachel

    Schneider: You ne4ed to take a long, long break. After that, come into the real world.

    May 6, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. Venus

    Way to go Obama!

    Keep going!

    May 6, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |

    I think the "Operation Chaos" worked. GOP voters voted DEM's primary in Ohio (100,000), Texas (125000) and about 10% of the vote in Indiana. So without the GOP votes, Billary could be long gone by now.

    Now, look at the counties that Billary wins...a small town people who are very close minded and racially biased...and more than likely less educated.

    I'm a hoosier who lives in a college town, but if I drive 10 minute out of town, I can find so many people who would be categorized as "rednecks".
    I'll bet that it will be about same result for KY which is south of IN. A typical rural area people who think they are morally conservative, but in reality, they are completely out of touch from very diversified modern society. Otherwise, I can't understand how they can still believe in that Obama is Muslim who swore in with Koran instead of Bible. I talked to a lot of people at work and about three out of ten are still believe that Obama is Muslim. It's so sad to see people like this way, but that's the reality whether we like it or not. I think we still got a long way ahead to truly appreciate the beauty of "Rainbow", the God's creation!

    Until then the peace be with you all with God's blessing.

    May 6, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. karen from va

    Hey, I'm an old white woman on the OBAMA train! There are more of us than you think.

    May 6, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. Obama 08:white, female and 60

    It is a generational change...and the same thing will happen in the general election...

    May 6, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Rocky

    Hillary. Face the music. You have lost. Yes, you can go on until June, or you could go on until August - you have every right.

    But you will only be hurting the democratic party and the chance to end 8 horrible, destructive years in our country.

    It's time for the Democrats to unite behind a nominee and zero in on McCain (Bush 3rd Term).

    It's already going to take a lot for Obama to beat McCain in November because of close-minded bias. You can help now by gracefully exiting the primary race.

    May 6, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. CNN why are you not posting my comments???

    not surprised was expected .....

    May 6, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. EH, Seattle

    The sad perspective of Mr. Schneider's analysis of the Clinton Voters who won't vote for Obama is that it is a subtle way of saying race is the issue in this election. Essentially, if an Indiana voter doesn't get Clinton to vote for it will be a cold day in Hades if they were to vote for a black person (man or woman) — even if the black person were much more competent. I'm not very proud of this message to the world.

    May 6, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. michael grais


    May 6, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. carrie

    bill shneider,john king,wolf blitzer
    are all responsible for this racial divides.
    are you not all republicans?good try

    May 6, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Amy in Iowa

    Many older voters are more nostalgic to the Clinton name. Also, who knows how many of the very older voters may even mistakenly think they are voting for...Bill.

    May 6, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. FreshAir

    Its over for Hillary. Goodbye babyboomers! Your time is finally finally up, thanks for being selfish and ruining the country the last 25 years, don't let door hit you on the way out!

    May 6, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Sarah

    The biggest factor in Obama's win is that he is getting over 90% of the black vote. 33% of voters were African American 3% of them voted for Hillary. 33-3=30%. If it were not for them voting so strongly on race he wouldn't have won.

    May 6, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. Mike

    Blacks supported Bill Clinton during the good times and bad times, Why are we suppose to support Hillary as well?


    It's OBAMA's time now!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. carrie

    karen,we need more people like you in this country.
    obama signifies unity,change and hope
    thos is what we need in a world filled with madness
    God Bless BarrackObama

    May 6, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. Independent

    CNN : Why don't you talk about how Sen.Obama just WON the catholic city of South Ben?????

    May 6, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. bhargavi pandalai

    Come on guys. stop dividing the Democratic Party !!!! This is 2008. By the census bureau, we will be a lot less divided by race and gender in this country... in the next ten years. There will NOT be a majority why talk so much of the disenfranchised white male voter !!!! They are probably cringing at you making them the scapegoat of all problems... I am. Move on to issues and understanding how we need to get back to the world view!

    May 6, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. MD

    The main issue is to elect a Democrat in November. Refusing to vote, or worse, voting for McCane in November is like cutting your nose to spite your face.

    If that happens, McCane wins, and then people better not complain about a thing, because they only have themselves to blame.

    May 6, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. Jim Richmond

    Sad day for America. McCain will be our next president. The history will tell about this election as how blacks and young socialists messed up America. Only if Whites asked more questions about Obama, we wouldn't be in this predicament. I hope McCain doesn't follow George Bush's steps. Our economy would be far better with McCain than a socialist at the top.

    May 6, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. A. Q. Men

    I'm a high schooler, but it's clear to me that young people need to separate image from policy. While it's true that Obama is baller, we need a moderate who's a good policymaker and politician. Obama can wait for 2012 or 2016.

    By the way, to all you political analysts out there, don't count on the youth Obama vote for November. A bunch of my (female) friends who back him just have a crush on him... and we all know how long high school crushes last.

    May 6, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Ken

    The older generation in this country has ruined our reputation, our economy, and our environment.

    Young people are sick and tired of the old same President. We want change. We want inspiration. We want Obama.

    May 6, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. carrie

    if hillary clintons supporters love her so much,why are they not donating
    why is she still broke
    why arent they doing more to help her campaign
    why is she still losing
    maybe its because she wants to oliterate a country,dodge sniper fire or maybe its because of her lesbian affair with her campaign staffer,

    May 6, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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