June 3rd, 2008
06:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Obama's blue-collar problem persists

  A woman casts her ballot in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A woman casts her ballot in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

(CNN) - We've talked all season about Barack Obama's problem with those white working class voters, those blue collar voters. Is that problem persisting?

Yes, it is. South Dakota’s Democratic primary voters with no college degree voted as their peers in previous contests had: for Hillary Clinton over Obama, 60-40 percent. Meanwhile, well-educated, white collar voters continue to back the Illinois senator. Take a look at college graduates in the state: they voted for Obama, 53 to 47 percent.

The effort to win over these working-class voters is just beginning for Obama – and it looks like he has his work cut out for him.

soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. ms. sims

    You would think the blue collar workers who are feeling the economic crunch more than anyone ....would vote for Obama over McCain. I guess the like high gas, high food, home foreclosures, and the war....etc. The rich McCains don't know anything about financial difficulties, they're living LUSH

    June 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Tony From Michigan

    Last time I checked this "White Blue Collar" supported Obama

    June 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Glenn

    Schneider you can ask the questions to get the answers you want. The Obama supporters know that CNN is really Clinton News Network. You, Wolf, Lou and others are so far up Clinton's derriere it has become "Hillaryous!" Only Jack appears to lean towards Obama.

    June 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. TonyNJHC

    It will be a landslide victory for the Republicans. You don't have to be a Morris Woodruff to figure that one out, but thanks for bringing the issue up.

    June 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Thank you Hillary for never giving up!

    Fight the good fight.. with all .. thy might, Christ is thy Strength, and Christ thy right; Lay hold on Life, and it shall be Thy Joy enter-anl-ly, Thy Joy
    E-ter-nal-ly. Run the straight race... through God's good grace.

    A HYMN FOR HILLARY

    FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT HILLARY WE ARE WITH YOU!

    June 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Sandy

    No one is perfect especially the media...I have faith in you Obama.

    June 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Just 1 Of The 17 Million Plus That Voted Obama

    The party doesn't have to push Obama anywhere! LOL Funny how there are more than enough Super Delegates out there to "save" Hillary's honor yet they have chosen not too even in the 11th hour to "buck the people's vote" which you and your kind claim isn't that. LOL

    June 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Open in Indiana

    I think that the views of Arkansas Undertaker reflect the views of Pastor Wright in the white vs black war. I live in a small midwestern town and I can say that race has NEVER crossed my mind this electoral season. Figure out who the "real racist" are Mr Undertaker.

    June 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Chris

    Why are the less educated determining the future of America?
    Isn't that interesting. No wonder we have been having crappy President's the last 16 years.

    June 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. lori in california

    What is so wrong with educated voters FINALLY having a say in American Politics???

    June 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. amused democrat

    the numbers dont lie margaret.

    June 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. La Raza

    To Sean Hannity,

    Shut your piehole! If I here another thing about Wright, Phlegler, Ayers, Trinity Church, 20 years, friendly relationship, and others, I will puke. NOBODY CARES ABOUT THAT S!@T.

    June 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Deena

    today is 6/3 the 3 sixes alined to give Obama the nomination how creepy is that, he is truly the anti Christ.

    June 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. John Smith

    Idiots!

    Hillary should NOT even be a member of the Dem party, after this process.

    Hillary does NOT have the experience needed. She has been running under Bill's past fortunes. But Bill has screwed all this stuff; so Hillary's service is useless!

    June 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. B - NYC

    ***************************************************************************
    With all due respects, hats off to Senator Obama for a campaign well done. He only needed four times the money and the aid of the press that slammed her and adored him… But, he did it with "politics as usual"… Well done sir.

    So, to all of the Obama supporters that have continued to be so rude and disrespectful throughout this election… Word of warning… You NEED us, we don/t need you and your tone should shift soon because most Clinton backers will NEVER vote for Obama…

    Think before you speak…
    ***************************************************************************

    June 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Antoinette from New Carrollton, MD

    They're always trying to rain on his parade

    June 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Anne

    Margaret, who said anything about losing..Since Hillary supporters are so adament about letting people vote (Yea, right), then how about we wait and see the results after all votes have been counted. The article was about exit polls, not the final results.

    June 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Dr. Joseph Akomodi

    This is the moment for self reflection and self evaluation. Therefore, let us give it up for Senator Clinton the number two spot. I urge our democratic presumptive nominee to offer the number two spot for Hillary.

    Dr. Joseph Akomodi
    New York, USA.

    June 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Marge

    Obama!! June 3rd, 2008 6:46 pm ET

    Doesn't anyone find it amusing that the people who generally have a lower intellectual capacity are the ones who also have trouble voting for a black man?

    Ignorance and lack of intelligence go hand in hand, it seems.

    Execellent point!!!!!! I agree!

    June 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. Chris from San Antonio

    RE: I don't think that any candidate has ever LOST a primary on the day when he clinched the nomination.

    And that still hasn't happened, so lighten up.

    June 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. FreshAir

    You mean Hillary's problem with smart people persists.

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. exador23

    If there were a way to get less educated voters to vote in their best interest, we wouldn't have had Bush for 8 years.

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. dee

    LETS JUST NOT FORGET WE NOMINATED BARACK TO REPRESENT US.SO WHEN JOHN MC.SAME SAYS SOMETHING SUCH AS "APPEASER" TO HIM,HE'S ALSO CALLING US THAT.BARACK IS JUST A VOICE REPRESENTING US.
    LETS TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE TOGETHER!
    OBAMA08,09,12

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. Mark

    DEMOCRATS! IT"S SIMPLE – THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN! OBAMA / CLINTON 08. NOW STOP WHINING AND LET"S GET THE COUNTRY OUT OF THE BUSHES !!

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. cindy34

    Congrats Senator! YOU RAN A CAMPAIGN FOR THE AGES.

    I HAD DOUBTS ABOUT BARACK, BUT WHEN HE MAKE HIS STANCE AGAINST THE PHONY PANDERING ON THE GAS TAX , I SAID HE WAS SPECIAL AND DIFFERENT.

    IT TOOK CAHUNAS AND HEART.
    HE IS THE REAL DEAL.

    THE OTHERS PLAY POLITICS

    HE WAS RIGHT.. YOU CANT SEND THE SAME PEOPLE BACK TO WASHINGTON AND EXPECT CHANGE.

    THIS IS NOT ABOUT GENDER OR RACE BUT WHO CAN GET THE JOB DONE.

    SO TO THE WOMEN OF HILLARY THIS IS NOT AMERICAN IDOL WHERE YOU MAY NOT BUY THE WINNERS ALBUM

    THIS IS THIS COUNTRY FUTURE, YOUR POCKET BOOK AND YOUR LIFE . AND NO PARTY PROTECTS AND HAVE WOMEN BACK LIKE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY.. FROM POLICIES TO HELP KIDS... ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT.

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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