June 3rd, 2008
10:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Voters say Clinton is more caring

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton has made her vast experience a central theme of her campaign – and among those voters who said that was the top quality they were looking for in a presidential candidate, she was the undisputed choice in tonight’s exit polls: they chose her over Barack Obama by 93 to 7 percent in South Dakota, and 94 to 4 percent in Montana.

Barack Obama, meanwhile, has built his run around the need for change – and won large majorities of voters who said that was the most important quality in a potential commander-in-chief, beating Clinton by 67 to 33 percent among those voters in South Dakota, and 79 to 17 percent in Montana.

But even though they split tonight’s contests, it’s clear the advantage in this area was Obama’s: one in five voters in both states said experience was of paramount importance, but half of South Dakota’s voters, and 55 percent of Montana’s, said the ability to bring about change was essential in a candidate.

In Montana, voters who said having a president who cares about people was their priority split their votes almost evenly between the two candidates: Clinton had a 47 to 43 percent edge. But in South Dakota, which Clinton won, a significant majority of those voters – 60 percent – gave her the edge.

Former President Bill Clinton spent a lot of time in the state in the days leading up to Tuesday’s vote telling voters that his wife “cares about people like you.” It looks like that message sunk in.

soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Nasreen WMaiwandi

    I'm a Hillary girl. If it's not Hillary, I'd NEVER vote for anyone else. I'm one of those frustrated Clinton voters that care less what happens next!

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  2. Keith Wilson

    Hillary's claim that she won the popular vote is based on ignoring caucus states which didn't report their popular vote tallies. She needs to get behind Barack Obama, the person who has shown that he has what it takes to win a campaign. Those who think that Hillary should run as an independent obviously don't remember when Ross Perot split the Republican vote and lost the election for the Republicans. As for judgement and naivety on foreign affairs, Obama correctly foresaw the consequences of a war in Iraq, while McCain thought that we would be out in six months, and that there would be no house-to-house fighting in Iraq. Hillary Clinton merely parroted the administration talking points. Obama attracts independents and disaffected Republicans, and brings Americans together with style and charisma. I look forward to seeing him and his family in the White House.

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Dave

    Wow...

    Listening to hillary speak... was so... vomit inducing.

    NEVER have I seen a more low, selfish human being..and I thought Bush was bad...

    You had a moment, with simple words, to restore your family respect and legacy, and you wiped your bum with them...

    Please... Hillary, Find a deep hole, slither back under it... and never come out, selfish and hollow, Hungry only for Power...

    flat out truth.. YOU LOST... the better PERSON won...

    Goodbye, good riddence....

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. thefireman101

    THE VP CANDIDATE FOR OBAMA, SHOULD BE JIM WEBB OF VIRGINIA.

    HES THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR BECAUSE OF HIS NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERIENCE.......

    HILLIARY CAN GO HOME

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. John

    You people are SO ridiculous.
    1. She DOES NOT have the most votes, thats a lie. How can she count Minnesota, when he wasn't even on the ballot, and SHE BROKE THE RULES, NOT HIM. That called CHEATING.
    2. Both sides say the SAME thing, if their candidate doesn't get the nomination, they'll vote for Mcain... So? Your point is what??? So say Hillary had won the nomination... Obama supporters would vote for McCain... duh... C'mon, grow up. Support your party or move to another country you traitors.
    3. You say Obama is a loose cannon and will "destroy the country".. this is the stupidest stance of them all. What are you baseing this ridiculous claim on??? He has done nothing but GOOD for our country in his entire political career... Uh, do a little research you ostriches with your heads in the sand... read up on the ENORMOUS list of scandals, cheating, lieing, and sell-outs (like big business healthcare) that the Clintons have been involved in.
    4. After reading some of your comments in here, it's PAINFULLY obvious that you people have NO CLUE about the history of Hillary Clinton. You're just blindly supporting her, or you're a total idiot.

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. johnny

    The only people who will vote for McCain are bush supporters.Obama/Hillary ticket would be the greatest of all time.This would unite the party,the country.No to 4 more years of (bush)McCain

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  7. Smarter than that

    That is a joke and so are these polls. Where did you get them from.
    A Hillary campaign office. Save your bogus, baseless, untrue articles.

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. li

    Not that wome all just FAKE only fool trust her fake

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. [TOM

    I AM A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA WHO HAS SUPPORTED HILARY CLINTON AND INTENDED TO VOTE FOR HER, HOWEVER, NOW THAT OBAMA HAS BEEN CHOSEN THE NOMINEE I WILL BE VOTING FOR JOHN MCCANN. I BELIEVE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE JUST CANCELED THERE CHANCES OF ELECTING A DEMOCRAT FOR PRESIDENT. I WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE IS THE ULTIMATE POLITICIAN IN SHEEPS CLOTHING. THERE IS NO WAY ANYONE CAN GO TO WASHINGTON AND CHANGE THE WAY THEY DO BUSINESS. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE LOBBYISTS AND ANYONE THAT THINKS DIFFERENTLY IS NOT DEALING WITH REALITY. MOREOVER, HIS INEXPERIENCE, AND GIVEAWAYS WILL SURELY SET US BACK FINANCIALLY FOR DECADES. I THINK HIS WIFES STATEMENT ABOUT THE COUNTRY SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT HOW THEY BOTH FEEL ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE AND THEY HAVE PLAYED THE RACE CARD THRU THEIR CHURCH. THE ONLY REASON WHY COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE VOTING FOR HIM IS BECAUSE THEY WERE IN DIAPERS WHEN BILL CLINTON WAS RUNNING THE COUNTRY AND DID A FINE JOB, BUT THEY WOULD NOT KNOW THAT SO THEY HAVE FALLEN FOR OBAMA'S RHETORIC. IT WILL BE A SAD DAY FOR AMERICA IF HE BECOMES PRESIDENT. JOHN MCCANN IS FAR BETTER SUITED TO BE PRESIDENT. I BELIEVE THAT ONCE AGAIN FLORIDA WILL BE THE DECIDING FACTOR IN HIS LOSING FOR WHAT THE DNC DID TO THE FLORIDA VOTERS.

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. Clinton Supporter

    Continue dismissing Clinton supporters as you Obama types love to do so much, and watch us put McCain in office.

    If you really want to win over the other half of the Democratic party, you might want to revisit your technique.

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. Sam

    HillaryClinton.com states that she won the popular vote and links to the realclearpolitics which shows:
    Obama Clinton
    18,006,275 48.1% 17,965,326 48.0%

    OK? Hmmm Hillary, it looks like you lost the popular vote! Do you really think the American people are that stupid?

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. HC4Prez

    Unless she's Obama's running mate, on the General Election ballot I'm writing in "Hillary Clinton" to be my choice for prez : ).

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. candy

    concerned, my question to you is are the 92% of African American in Mississippi, 91% in Indiana and 90% in Pennsylvania who voted for Obama voting for a better country or the COLOR OF SKIN?

    June 3, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. Genevieve Costales

    I think Hillary has done the right thing. She has a lot of people that rely on her for their voice to be heard. Hillary just wants her supporters to know that she has not given up on their cause – that she will do all that is necessary for them. She is just waiting for the right moment when she knows her supporters will feel safe with the transfer to Barack. I think this is a sign of a true leader, one that doesn't give up on the people that rely on her in the times of trouble. People need to feel good about the decision to transfer from one candidate to another and Hillary is waiting for that moment before she lets her supporters move to a new leader – Barack Obama.

    June 3, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. What if?

    ALL MOTHERS ARE...DA!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. Less Austin, Texas

    To all you Hillary supporters:

    I hope you think hard on the direction you choose to go, because if McCain becomes president, you are going to have to develop a secure insight of your children being sent to war in the near future, and for what? Then the consequences of what your children will face coming out of a war.

    McCain is all for war, which equals death and destruction.

    June 3, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  17. NEVER MCCAIN THE LIAR

    Viva OBAMA!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  18. larry

    I will vote for McCain..not because i like his politic,,but i distrust Obama more...to many hidden things that will come out in the campaigning in the future. Hilary or McCain!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. KG

    I have learned to judged people very well ,I begged people not to vote for bush and look where we are now. I have begged people not to vote for obama and look where we will be. I can see the good in Hillary, though it doesn't come out to a lot of people. You can't judge people that make nice speaches like obama and think they are wonderful. I once lived with an alcohilic, woman beating, man and he could make good speeches to. This is where I learned to judge a person ,and not by there cover. I will Not vote for obama,with all of his question marks and nice speeches ,I may take General Election off this campaign year.

    June 3, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. Defining moment

    No she doesn't!!!! All she cares about his herself ... forget the party, forget the nation, it's all about her egomaniac and narcissist deranged personality.

    This is why half the entire country view her as divisive and toxic. She keep proving them right.

    Go President Obama '08 & '12

    June 3, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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