June 3rd, 2008
10:35 PM ET
5 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. Helen, NY

    Hillary does not have nomination so my vote goes to John McCain.
    Barack does not deserve to be our president.

    June 3, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. I used to be a Democrat

    Hillary needs to continue fighting for the Presidency. Take it all the way to the convention, Hillary! Obama should be YOUR VeePee!

    June 3, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. jl

    They meant to say her stolen Edwards platform seemed more caring.

    She did not demonstrate any care tonight.

    June 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. john williams san diego, ca.

    the only things that the clintons care about is adoration and they will destroy anyone that gets in their way. they both are 'PURE EVIL'...GO AWAY

    June 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. Crush Rush

    Its time to grind the dittoheads noses in it.

    June 3, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. DOH!!!

    OH PUHLEEEEZEEEE.......... Hillary more caring? She has you hoodwinked and bamboozled...... I feel sorry for you.

    June 3, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. Bill PA

    I will never ever vote for Obama.........only Hillary gets my vote.

    Hillary take it to Denver, maybe the old men that dislike a women as President will come alive.

    June 3, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. Griff

    Hail Caesar! "Borack Obama"..... And_____ The Decline and Fall of the 'American Empire'....

    June 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. Ken in Texas

    Obama has no clue,but then again neither does the Democratic Party...This coming from a life long Democrat....Sad so Sad.

    June 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Florida not for Barack Obama - Ever

    here are my comments Hillary or McCain will receive 18 million votes!

    June 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. tell the truth

    CNN wants MCain. Stop trying to get us to fight. Clintion=Obama

    June 3, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. Karl Clark

    It saddens me that Hillary was unable to give due to Obama's accomplishment. She's not worthy of the praise he bestowed on her. She's simply terrible.

    June 3, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. steve gilbert

    Agreed jl... her speech was all about HRC. That's why I like Obama... he takes a "we" approach versus a "me" approach

    June 3, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. Tiffany McWilliams

    Isn't it too bad that it doesn't matter at all that 93% of the people support Hillary? It has been decided, and it has been discussed long before tonight, that Obama is going to be the nomination. It is what it is. You can vote all you want; people with more power than you decide the result.

    June 3, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. smw

    Hillary Clinton has asked her audience to go to hillaryclinton.com and let her know whether they want her to continue. Obama supporters, please do so - but do so gently and kindly and in good manner and spirit.

    June 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. Jane L.

    Schneider, it's too late for the media to be magnanimous toward Sen. Clinton. Please don't think anything you can say now will undo the damage of the media bias and sexism that cost her the nomination.

    June 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. jason

    why didn't she care about those in michigan who wanted to vote for Obama?

    June 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    mcCain 78% Obama 22%

    June 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. Greg

    I think we must ask puerto rico what they think about this, and decide the nomination based on that

    June 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Angela Hunter

    I am more than ready for a new direction. If people are so happy with the war and the gas prices and rising inflation, then they should just write Bush on the ticket! Hillary is as selfserving as some of her supporters. They would rather see more soldiers die because their hopeful candidate is not nominated. They would watch America go into a deeper recession just because Hillary isn't around to lie any more. Just don't vote!!

    June 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. Nancy in Columbus

    Mark my words this date: if Hillary becomes Obama's VP, he will die in his presidency. It will take the American people many, many years to find out the truth, but it will come out – the Clintons will have had something to do with his death. Hillary will stop at NOTHING until she is the President.

    June 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  22. voter

    Of course she's more caring. 16 years of working on health care for you and me? SHE doesn't need it – WE DO. Children's Defense Fund? She doesn't need that either. Or a host of other things she's worked on all her life. The Clinton Presidency will go down as the most successful in the latter half of the 20th century.

    Obama – please. With any luck he'll be the biggest loser in the 21st century.

    June 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  23. Amy, PR

    Hillary's speech was all about her and Obama's was about the country. I feel great that I cast my vote to the one that includes us as a country and people than the other. My vote went to Obama and I feel great about it. Why she didn't say good-bye to create unity in a party harshly divided is beyond me and is redundant of her demand to stay on a stage greater than she but one that belongs to the country's unity and future.

    June 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    McCain will crush Obama

    June 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. TXBad1

    McCain all the way in 2008 if Hillary does not run as an independent in Protest of a Corrupt Party and way it worked when she won the populous, Let Obama and his supporters weep at McCains 67% win over Him in November!

    June 3, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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