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. Thore

    To expand, the states you allow to vote in the primaries and the states you win in the primaries will translate into a general election electoral votes necessary to win the Office of the Presidency.

    May 6, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Western Voter

    I am so sick and tired of the Clinton spin. Paul Begala and James Carville and the rest. Isn't this the politics of the past? I get it now my GOP friends. The Clintons ARE the problem!

    Not to mention the with Hillary we get Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush-Clinton from 1988 to now??? Isn't America better than that?

    Pleeeez! How about taking one four year term to put America FIRST?

    May 6, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. Krystyna from Chicago for HILLARY !!!

    Americans wake up !!!!
    Obama is not electable in the primery !!!!
    Most of Hillary's voters will not vote for Obama !!! (Rezko link ), WE LOST the TRUST !!!!
    Democratics will loose in the general election !!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. magie


    I think that what you did not mention was AA votes. It was 33% of the votes that were ~ entirely to Obama.
    It is more than age – when 20% of the population makeup for over 30% of the vote and it almost entirely goes to a candidate!

    May 6, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. EH, Seattle

    I am 56 years old and I could never vote for Hillary. Perhaps I'm old enough to recognize pandering and "politics as usual." I also think I'm smart enough to realize that if Hillary wins the White House we will also have Bill in the background playing President and Womanizer.

    Seriously, Obama brings energy, vigor and the ability to bring people together to straighten our country out. These are very serious times and we need a LEADER not someone who tells the populace what they want to hear.

    May 6, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. sophia nyc

    CLINTON"S NEW MATH: Now Hillary is going to try to do to Obama what Bush did to Gore in 2000.

    May 6, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. fran

    Cannot win in November without every democratic voting for the party's nomination. So name calling isn't going to get us anywhere. Young or old, we all want the same thing, so respect those who have been where you have been and respect those who are where you use to be. It's a 50/50 race and we cannot go into November divided.

    May 6, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Jane

    Empire Strikes Barack!!


    May 6, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. No more lies


    May 6, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Thore

    It is ironic that no one talked about Karl Rove's Operation Chaos (KROC) to get out the vote for Obama. Obama would not be ahead without all the little red states he chalked up because of KROC.

    May 6, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Jacob Gallman

    How is it, with 26% of the precincts reporting, you feel that you can call the NC election for Obama? That's just over 1/4 of the precincts. Isn't that what got the media in trouble in the last two elections?

    May 6, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. reality check

    Henry Ford said this best on a different station. He can't win with out clinton and she can't win without him. They need to make up and run together if we want to win in November.

    May 6, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Irish Gram

    Older people are considered wiser. That is why they voted for a proven leader.They didn't go for the showman stunts of Obama.

    May 6, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. hill fan

    I will not be voting for Obama..he will NOT have my vote. 6% of the black vote for Clinton...unbelievalbe. And 71% of the young for obama. You all didn't even care to vote when Bush was being elected...can't stand American right now... Clinton would be the best thing for the "normal, hard working Americans" that keep this country going....

    May 6, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Obama's Constituency

    I am the parent of two very successful young college educated sons who are both married to very successful educated women. Neither of them support Obama nor do their wives. So your analysis as fo who is voting for him is not always right. By the way, my kids voted for Hillary because their smart and that's the kicker!!

    May 6, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. Beu Canadian

    The Old Generation still Afraid of the Other side which is " Black and anything other than white individuals" Plus the old politics while some of them think they are voting for Bill.. Anyone notice how Clinton supporters always type in Caps like they are yelling with a lot of spelling mistakes?

    May 6, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. santos de la cruz

    Why are you taking so long to declare sen. clinton the winner in Indiana. She is the winner already.

    santos de la cruz

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

    Krystyna: Learn how to spell. You look ignorant.

    May 6, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. addison rine

    well im only 13 but i am looking mainly at hillary but obama is inspirational and has been put under the gun for the wrong reasons. I bielieve that she is the best because she has a plan. but im not voting for her because she is white most of my friends are black some are for obama a few for hillary. im a student of a middle school in columbia South Carolina.

    May 6, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. Gayle, CA

    Obama has a shot at winning Indiana also! 🙂

    May 6, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. Jeff from IN

    Does anyone else find it strange that it is now over 2 hours since the polls have closed in Indiana and we still have not seen any returns for some of the state's largest counties (Lake, Tippecanoe, Hendricks, Laporte)? The numbers in Indiana will be very, very close by the end of the night. I'm guessing that seniors will not decide the state.

    May 6, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Joe Reg

    Now that Obama has won NC and in a dead heat in Indiana. Can we wrap up this thing now.

    It seems like it is a hopeless fight, really.

    Obamacan 08.

    May 6, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Sheanne

    Well, it looks like this Democrat will be voting for McCain and I won't be alone....

    more than 50% of Clinton supporters polled on if they would vote for Obama and the answer is NO.

    May 6, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Chris in Va.

    All of the talking heads said the only way Hillary can pull off the Dem primary was to win by a 20 point margin in all remaining states. I guess next week it'll be 30points, the next 40..........

    I'd say it's time for Hillary to make up more lies to sway the sick and the old.

    May 6, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. SuzyQ

    Shame on you CNN! Years ago when I was just beginning my career in broadcast journalism, I was taught to report the news NOT create it. At least Lou Dobbs reports the news like it is.

    May 6, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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