June 3rd, 2008
07:42 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: The generation gap persists

(CNN) – The youngest and oldest voters in South Dakota’s Democratic primary overwhelmingly support their candidate – but as in many contests this primary season, both groups have landed on opposite sides of the Democratic divide, according to early exit polls.

The youngest voters, those aged 18-29, supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton, 65 to 35 percent. Voters 65 and older had the exact same level of support for Clinton, voting for her 65-35 percent over Obama.

It’s a problem that’s plagued Obama all year: how to make his case to seniors, who have been critical to Democratic presidential hopes in past campaigns. Can he win them over by November?

soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. shannon

    Old people tend to be extortionists...so it is no suprised that CNN asks the question...

    Do you think she will extort her way into VP?

    extort??? really?? hate Clinton much CNN?

    June 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. B - NYC

    Once again, even at an end, it becomes about Obama... For Christ sake CNN... Give it a rest...
    He can not win without her...

    June 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    She needs to apologize for Iraq vote and apologize to Obama and the Democratic Party; for all of her attacks. If she does that and shows she has some humility then Obama should give her a chance to make her case!

    June 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. Mark

    Once again NON STORY...

    CNN untily ou compare the voting tallies of Obama vs McCain, the issue is a NON ISSUE, in the GE.

    Obama/Clinton 08'

    DEMOCRATS 08'

    June 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. James Y in Saipan

    Bill, PLEASE DO NOT PUSH THE IDEA. We all know that it won't work. Sen. Obama doesn't need the Clinton baggage to carry into November.

    June 3, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Josephine

    Most definitely. If they are democrats all of them will vote Obama.

    June 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Jesse

    I sure hope he does not pick up Clinton supporters. I am a Clinton supporter and will only vote for Obama if Hillary is on the ticket.

    CNN always says that once the issues come to the table and the primary fight is over, that McCain deflectors will come together and vote for Obama. Not me, nor my family. Never.

    June 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Sarah Jess, LA

    Hillary has the popular vote--18 million of them-–Obama can make her VP or lose-simple choice even for an idiot who thinks he'll get anywhere negotiating with Iran, the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

    June 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Gaia

    Younger people are the future for this country, I think we can trust them to make some new and better decisions than the older generations have.

    Obama '08!

    June 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. That MoveOn.org Ad is PRICELESS!!!

    What a funny ad! It's the one showing McCain and Bush with the Patty Duke Show theme song, "Identical Cousins", playing in the background. What a hoot (and so, so so, true...)!

    June 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. John Smith

    Give it up, the BEST always wins. Obama is the BEST!

    June 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. baljeet

    congratulation's obama . And i will be voting for mcain this fall.Hillary clinton was the best candidate for the country but thanx to all you obama thugs i will vote for mcain . Hillary clinton spent her whole life helping poor and the blacks in america in turn they all stabed her in the back for a guy we know nothing about.

    Thank you hillary looking forward to 2012 .

    June 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. The Lady

    The youngest voters, those aged 18-29, supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton, 65 to 35 percent. Voters 65 and older had the exact same level of support for Clinton, voting for her 65-35 percent over Obama.

    It’s a problem that’s plagued Obama all year: how to make his case to seniors, who have been critical to Democratic presidential hopes in past campaigns.
    Hillary was not able to pull the younger voters all year either. All this will change in the General election.

    June 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Oh my lord... is Bill S. gonna do another "love-fest" for Hillary tonight?

    Are you a commentator or a reporter? Actually Bill Schneider must be a "repulsive-can't"

    Hillary lost. Hillary will not be on the ticket. That would be two steps forward and three steps back. However, I'm sure Obama will use her in an effective way.

    June 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Kristen

    I agree with Mark, this is a non issue. Find a new story

    June 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Peter E

    Quick, press the 'they're racist' panic button!

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Eric

    For all of you saying you will vote Mccain, hope you can afford 3 trillion after 5-100 more years for the iraq war, not to mention $10 gas and food cost out of the roof. If so please vote McCain, but I am not rich and cannot afford to keep the same policies we have today. Before you know it I will be in foreclosure when i was living comfortable before republicans took office.

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. martin

    out with the old in with the new

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Johnny West Palm Beach

    The older voters are seasoned and feel what is best about politics, the younger feel what is best by what they are being sold and what they feel is best. No one has the correct answer we are in a year to make history in so many ways besides the fact that we have the chance to correct eight years of bad politics. We are not candidates nor can we think or know as they do, we have to trust that we are making the best decisions when we are putting our candidates out there to support our lives.

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Old thinking vs. new thinking, so what else is new!

    June 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Pistoff

    TIME FOR CHANGE. Respect your elders, yes .... but allow them to decide your fate: NO.

    June 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Danny, Democrat from AZ

    20 years old or 70, a true democrat in this election is still a democrat. If they have supported Hillary on their issues and they have a shred of dignity and honesty in them, they will cast their vote for Obama. Hillary and Obama are more alike on their issues than Hillary and McCain will ever be. Again, those saying, "NOBAMA," or that they will cast their votes for McCain if Hillary does not win the nomination are racists and hard headed. That is all there is to it.

    June 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Isn't it also Hillary's problem that she cannot win young voters? why is the emphasis only on obama and seniors?

    June 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. David Newport, OR

    If the elderly aren't smart enough to look at 2 candidates and choose which one is best for them (and America) then they aren't as smart as I think they can be.

    June 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. jim

    No, Obama should not select Hillary Clinton as his vice president.

    June 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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