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. Alfredo

    I just voted for Hillary In NC, and I will not vote for Obama in November... From now until then I will contemplate voting Republican...

    May 6, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. Debra

    To the 5 year olds that were allowed to vote and will not vote for Obama in the primary, it is time for you to go into time out. Obama has lead overall from the almost the beginning. He has overall been beating the biggest Democratic Machine, the Clinton's. Children pout when they don't get thier way unless their parents correct this behavior. It is time fo Hillary to step down and ask her children to behave.

    May 6, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. Herman in LA

    Barack will win those over as well give him time.

    Because when you think about Roe.V.Wade being over turned by John McCain they will come on board as well and that's a fact.

    Obama 08!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Sally

    I love it – good for Obama. He is also looking good in Indiana. Hope he win big in Indiana. – Obama – 08

    May 6, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Sunny in New Mexico

    Obama is electable and I am tired of hearing about the white vote, black vote, female, Catholic vote, flag labels, this poll, that poll, the poll of all polls. People vote on issues that matter to you and your families. Unless of course you want another 4 – 8 years of the same.

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

    While i cannot speak for all democrats, i do know that most americans feel that having 4 more years of the same is not the direction that we want our country to move in. I cannot however in good conscience vote for a canidate that i do not support, I have been and will continue to be a clinton supporter.....If obama should clench the nominee well i am afraid i would have to sit this one out!

    May 6, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. not my real name because CNN censors me

    Old White Men For Obama!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. it is our turn

    It is our generations turn. It's time to take back our country. It's time to clean house in Washignton. It is OUR future. We will take the reins, make the change needed to ensure our children live in a country WITHOUT the baggage of previous generations mistakes. Out with Bush, out with McCain, out with Hillary. IT IS OUR TURN! IT IS OUR FUTURE!

    1988-2008, the BUSH/CLINTON REIGN IS OVER!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. vic nashville,Tn

    For Hillary supporters
    Starting to night Fox will take care of every thing
    Now Republican know they can win in November
    Cowered Dean gave the nomination to Obama he don’t like Clinton
    We have three party in USA the third party is Clinton party
    With out Clinton party DNC can’t win November
    We will prove again in November
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    May 6, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. Tab

    GO OBAMA!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Lim

    I think the electoral calculus that put Senator Obama over the top in
    he Democratic primaries will be proven insufficient for him to win
    in the general election against Senator McCain.

    May 6, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. vic nashville,Tn

    Old is gold
    Hillary 08

    May 6, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. REPUB OF LA.


    May 6, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |

    it's too bad old people are allowed to vote considering a lot of them will be dead before the next election. thanks for leaving the rest of us with hillary 😦

    May 6, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Luke

    I am 20 years old and I support Clinton.
    Never Obama

    Time to call Indiana for Clinton

    May 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. James

    Forget this nonsense... I am watching Obama's speech in NC... This race is over. He just basically accepted the party's nomination and is declaring war against McCain...

    And man.. This is awesome... McCain has no chance of fending him off. I can feel the energy over the net!

    May 6, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. Amy in Iowa

    Since younger voters will have to foot the bills of the older generation, then younger voters should definitely be the majority ones deciding on the next generation of President for this country.

    May 6, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. Jess

    Thanks to the ignorance of Americans (3rd time in a row) and Dean, John McCain will likely be the next president.

    Obama is 500K votes ahead. FL and MI people's vote thus far have not been heard. That's 3 million votes ignored. BUT, if somehow civil justice is done and these people get to vote, Hillary will win and the most racist people in America (who just proved it with 91% voting based on race) will scream injustice and riot like idiots.

    Hillary, don't fret. Obama will lose in Nov.. and in 4 years you can come back with plenty of examples of why it was a blunder of historic proportions.

    May 6, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. Sunny

    the polls does not always say what people really are doing. i think many people are basing it on race to choose their candidates. 92% african american for obama. obama divides the country. the only people he unites is his own supporters which are those crazy fanatics

    May 6, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Joe Reg

    Let us get united behind a uniter.

    He is the winner of NC

    Senator Obama, change is coming to America.

    A new vision is blossoming.

    That is his time and he has a rendez vous with White House. He is Senator Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. John

    allright... if a picture is worth a thousand words, this one's worth a gazillion. T

    The woman holding the sign (bless her heart) has already had her day, and her and others like her blew it for their generation.

    NOW is time for the next generation.

    Take the BULL by the horns!!
    Dont let the BULL take you by the horns

    May 6, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. Audrey

    Congrats to Obama, but he will never win in the general election. I am sorry but if you do not think this primary is about race but you better take a good look. This primary is all about race. A few of my friends have stated the only reason they are voting for Obama because he is African American, I think that is silly, you should be voting for what that person represents. To be honest I don't think anyone can say they were suffering during the Clinton years, people were working, no deficit, people weren't losing their homes like they are now. I am no longer a democrat, I switched to independent, because both parties don't really care about the people.

    May 6, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  23. NBC

    Unfortunately, to many older voters choice is based on color. Color has no scientific value. Sadly enough, it has a social value which was created long ago and is force feed to non whites. Many can't break from the error they were taught. Being white is all they know. Regadless how wrong that value is. We, as a country need to leave that past. It is a cancer. America is scared. I hope these that profess find true religion. "How can you love God who you can't see when you can't love your neighbor who you can see?" J.C.

    May 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. Sarah

    Thanks for pointing out what the media and Obama supporters choose to ignore.
    I am not voting for him because I don't trust him. Bottom line!

    May 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. Earl

    For all of you Operation Chaos supporters, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. You have once again proven that you are mindless robots. You actually allowed a man (Rush Limbaugh) to dupe you into pure evilness. You all are nothing but followers. Rush is un-American and you are too. You have spat in the face of all those that died for American freedoms, died for equal rights, died for the RIGHT to vote and died for America. You want to call Rev. Wright, a man who served his country un-American??????? How dare you? You are un-American and it is disgusting how you shamed your country. Get over yourselves!

    May 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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