June 3rd, 2008
06:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Split on issue priorities shows up at the polls

(CNN) - In South Dakota, domestic-minded Democratic primary voters had a different pick than their foreign-policy focused peers.

Voters who said their top concern was the state of the nation’s economy voted for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama, 58 to 42 percent. But those who said the war in Iraq was their No. 1 concern supported Obama over Clinton by an even wider margin: 61-39 percent.

Obama’s early opposition to the Iraq war has made him the top pick for voters most worried about that conflict – but are international concerns taking a back seat to economic woes?

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Cheryl

    I don't in any way condone Father Pfleger's mockery of Hillary Clinton, but neither do I condone her mockery of Senator Obama. Has everyone forgotten her perfomance as such "The skies will open up, and the light will come down and the celestial choir will be singing........"? It seems she helped create the climate.

    June 3, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Dan

    Agreed, B-NYC. It speaks volumes to be told that my vote isn't needed. Hopefully there's time to "change" that message

    June 3, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Thompson

    Quote: Riiight…. because Obama was against the war before he voted to FUND the war!!

    Response: By FUNDING the war, he support the troops. There's a difference. We can't send our troops with nothing to fight with. Therefore, you can support the troop and be against the war.

    June 3, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    My hope is that the Democratic Party can come together. We have more in common than most of us know.

    June 3, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Obama Fan

    Thanks its over soon.

    Hillary will endorse Obama because they are still friends.

    The ones who never will vote for Obama, fine, we can live with that because very many of Obama supporters would never vote for Hillary.
    I understand that.

    But now begins a new contest and true democrats should and will unite!

    In every speech McSame is out for lunch. He never will get out of the tunnel.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    June 3, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Anne

    @ B-NYC...your tone is rude and disrespectful....I am sure you know the phrase well, you have to give it to get it. The rudeness and disrepect goes both ways and I am pretty sure we all need each other, so I really think we all need to address our own issues before pointing them out in others.

    We get, it people like you will vote for McCain, whopdee doo. You would never vote for Obama anyway, then.

    CNN Please post becaue I am tired of these same comments...

    June 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Janet, 60+White Female American via Canada

    Democratics in November 4, 2008!

    The Movement of Change, for the Democratic Nominee is here and now.

    June 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Anne

    Voting for the war and voting to support efforts of our troops is two Entirely different things.

    June 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Michael

    I'm hoping the people of SD made the smart decision and voted for Barack Obama.

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. kgdexter

    This constant insistance of individuals that they will vote for McCain if their democratic candidate does not win speaks volumes about the fact that they are not voting based on the issues. McCain is light years apart from both dems on issues. We are not voting for the homecoming king or queen! I hope these individuals will consider the young men and women dying every day in Iraq before they cast a spite vote!

    June 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. martin

    ending the war will directly affect the economy.

    June 3, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. David Newport, OR

    The sad thing is that too many do not see the economic drain the Iraq conflict has been.

    For the Hillary supporters who refuse to vote for what is best for America...fine...Vote for McCain instead.

    June 3, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. Josephine

    Mr. President we love you

    June 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Bridgette - PA

    Now wait a minute B-NYC, we don't need you! Don't front. We got this. OBAMA has what it takes to do this. He got this nomination without you and he will be the President without you! Don't any of you HiIllary supporters think for one second that all of the OBAMA supporters want the OBAMA/HILLARY ticket because we don't! HiIllary will not bully OBAMA. She has done enough damage. There are other women V.P. potentials out there that will help OBAMA bring the party together. BTW, I did think before I reponded 🙂 Threats get you nowwhere, your either with OBAMA or your not. If your not, we don't care!


    June 3, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. Pat

    We lost more than 3,000 innocent souls right here in the U.S. on 9/11. Isn't that enough reason to fight the terrorists? Those dear Americans who have fought and died overseas have ensured that there has NOT been another loss like that since 9/11. Most of them enlisted because they wanted to avenge their U.S. brothers' and sisters' lives. (There is no draft, remember?) The real problem is that the Bush administration focused all its energies on Iraq, while Afghanistan should have remained their real target. I'll never understand that.

    As to Hillary's VP spot, I genuinely hope she does NOT accept it. She's way too good for that. I want to see Obama fall on his face all by himself.

    June 3, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Patricia Gardiner

    No Clinton as VP – put her on and you also get Bill and that would spell disaster. We have had enough of the Clintons. Let Obama have his own choice.

    June 3, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Peter E

    How is it that when Hillary supporters say they'd rather vote for McCain it's considered 'vile' but when Obama supporters say they'd rather vote for McCain it is considered 'positive change?'

    June 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Voter

    Voting for the war with responsibility is entirely different than making a speech opposing it without access to the Intel reports.

    June 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. jessie

    Congratulations CNN you pulled him through!! By the way WHERE IS MICHELLE? Great job of keeping under wraps!!

    June 3, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. big daddy from california

    speaking of the war Iraq was not a war of necessity it was a war of ego
    gw wanted to finish what his daddy started lets get that straight, we are supposed to be in Afghanistan, finishing what we started with osama, think about it if we finished off osama-bin-laden there would be no Al-queda

    June 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. Jaun

    McCain/Clinton ticket more appears as two peas in a pod.
    Sen Obama Bill and Hill will have you watching your back more than anything else...don't include THEM please.
    OBAMA 08

    June 3, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Bill, Covington

    Those voterswho back the negro-caucasian nominee because they are concerned about the war are the same type people we confronted during the cold war the "Better Red Than Dead" bunch, pacifists, turn the other cheekers, for lack of a better term "Gutless Wonders" with no desire to protect, defend and preserve this great nation. Just follow blindly behind the obama people and you will all go down together,

    June 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. JC

    Obama/Clinton = THE Nightmare TIcket.

    Obama/Hillary = the Nightmare Ticket.

    Vote American democracy.
    No more Clinton or Bush anywhere near the White House.

    June 3, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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