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. R. Squibbs

    I've become convinced that the woman is a sociopath. So is her husband. Chelsea seems to have turned out ok, though.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. TONIGHT SPEECHES

    Summing up tonight's speeches...

    MCCAIN: "HIM, HIM, HIM"
    CLINTON: "ME, ME, ME"
    Obama: "US, US, US"

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. J Davis

    I will not be voting for Obama. We don't know what it is about him yet–but there are many of us who realize that he is not what our country or our world needs. It's a sad day. A sad time. We do need change.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. sweetpea

    It's too bad Senator Clinton does not know how to be a gracious runner-up. Instead of congratulating Senator Obama on his nomination she proceeded to talk about me, me, me. She certainly is self-absorbed and doesn't appear to want unity in the Democratic Party. Her speech tonight does not make her a likely candidate for vice-president.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  5. Syndi

    Hey Helen of New York – and like you deserve to be the next president? How sad when uneducated people have so very little to offer.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. Kenneth Woodard

    Hillary
    I see Hillary
    What is Hillary's next move? What is her strategy? Will her supporters follow her? Will she quit the Democratic Party? She should 'cause she has a huge following.

    What are the political gods conjuring up for us this fall?

    I can see it now:

    Barr (libertarian)
    Clinton (Independent)
    Obama (Democrat)
    McCain (Republican)
    Paul (Whig)
    David Duke (Constitution)

    Media ratings will skyrocket.

    Which would you choose?

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Chris from Canada

    It's absolutely ridiculous that people would rather vote for someone that doesn't represent them in the slightest simply because they feel humiliated.

    It's time to grow up and accept responsibility, Obama won. You can argue the circumstance all you please, but at the end of the day, it's the plain truth.

    Stop letting your petty insecurities fly in the face of undeniable logic.

    June 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. Garth

    It looks like the Republicans disguised like Democrats are out in force tonight. Figures, they like Hillary because they think they can beat her. Obama is a tough one to beat. They don't understand someone that is a gentleman and above the gutter politics that Rovian Repubs love.

    I'm so glad this is over.....It is over right? Hillary will concede right? please? And we can start ot work to get a Democrat into the White House and Bush out on Pennsylvania Ave right?

    June 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. parker

    Try to understand, Obots. Hillary did not take votes away from Obama in Michigan. Obama CHOSE to remove his name from Michigan because he was polling behind Hillary there, and thought he couldn't win so he would blow Michigan off. Also, both Hillary and Obama didn't put the names on the ballots in either FL or MI; the DNC did. Obama was the only one stupid enough to take himself off. He was not asked or forced to do. He also wanted to ingratiate himself with the Iowa party leadership, and throw more money into Iowa because it was the first one. Typical, Obama disregards everyone who is not immediately useful to him.

    June 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. Sam

    Hillary Clinton blog site is a propaganda site. They don't even show posts that are not angry at the DNC.
    It is an anti-Democratic party site. She is out to destroy our party and hand the country to McCain.

    Hillary, I wish I can take my vote for you in the primaries back and vote for Barack, you will never get my vote again, not in 4 years, not 8, not in a 100 years.

    June 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. Francie

    YES! We NEED the "woman's touch" in government.
    We NEED Hillary in the White House.

    June 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. Still for Hill

    obama supporters,
    "Hillary Supporters, even though you are uneducated and racist, you need to vote for Obama!"

    See, that is why he will loose and you will never understand.
    There is no change, no growth, just bullying. Nevermind what you are saying, what he is saying, what he hasn't accomplished. Everyone that is not bullied gets called a name and threatened.

    Obama supporters threaten like the best of them, with war, death, economy.

    These blogs are becoming sick. This issue is wide open, and this will continue.

    June 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. KE

    The media has done a good job dividing up the country. Don't blame Hillary. Blame us. Keep spinning.

    June 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  14. Berta A. Gutierrez

    Senator Clinton's speech is truly a shame. Do American women, white collar workers and hispanics that support her truly feel that this is the candidate that best represents them?

    I disagree. Being a hispanic women, and having a family of white collar workers only makes me want to mobilize stronger for Senator Obama and future President.

    I had initially contemplated the vice-presidency for her.....not any more.

    Berta Gutierrez
    Fort Lupton, Colorado

    June 3, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. jill

    obama is a chauvanist pig who loves to look at himself in the mirror.

    June 3, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. john,IL

    I am a registered democrat from chicago since 1998.
    I am voting for Mccain because Obama people stole the nomination from Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. Rj

    GO DETROIT PISTONS!!!!! I THINK WE CAN STILL WIN THE 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP!!! EVEN WHEN IT'S OVER, IT'S NOT OVER. GO PISTONS I'M BEHIND YOU ALL THE WAY!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  18. Marlene Waddell

    First of all, I would like too extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and say to him that not only is he a fine and decent man but John McCain had better get ready for the fight of his life because this isn't going to go exactly the way he is expecting it too. Now that I have gotten all that out of the way. I think it's time we all stop trying to analyze the what, when, how and who's of the campaign and just admit that the better person won! Senator Obama came up to bat for the opposite team and when the ball was batted to him he knocked it out of the park. weather Hil-Rod knows where she will go next or not the fact remains- the tortoise won the race. She showed her true colors in her speech when she congratulated him for the race he had RUN and not WON! Apparently she didn't get the memo. Hilary, The Primary is Over!! Barack is the Winner America has spoken and once again you weren't listening!

    June 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. parker

    CORRECTION-Try to understand, Obots. Hillary did not take votes away from Obama in Michigan. Obama CHOSE to remove his name from Michigan because he was polling behind Hillary there, and thought he couldn't win so he would blow Michigan off. Also, both Hillary and Obama didn't put the names on the ballots in either FL or MI; the Michigan Democratic Party did. Obama was the only one stupid enough to take himself off. He was not asked or forced to do. He also wanted to ingratiate himself with the Iowa party leadership, and throw more money into Iowa because it was the first one. Typical, Obama disregards everyone who is not immediately useful to him.

    June 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. s.boat

    Hillary Is A Loser!

    June 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  21. NEVER MCCAIN THE LIAR

    Hillary then...........OBAMA now!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. Interesting timing DNC superdelegates

    Hillary for Independant- Don't give up! Don't vote for Mccain- vote for the strongest candidate-

    June 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. poodle

    I am not happy about Obama winning the Democratic nomination. I am happy about Hilary not giving up. She is a remarkable woman. She has won the popular vote. Tough as a bull. I am voting for McCain now that Obama has won the Democratic nomination. This nomination has just made it easier for McCain to win. If Hillary had won I would have voted for her. Well what are you going to do. The kids have come out in droves. When I was a 20 year old I didn't even now what was going on. These kids hear CHANGE so they have come out in voted because of the war . That's all they know.. But come November these kids will not be voting and I have heard this on CNN numerous times. For the first time in my life I have been involved in this race glued tom the TV.

    To sum it up I am not happy and I WILL be voting for McCain. Obama is going to loose if Hillary won I would be voting for a Democrat.

    June 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. LS

    A crazy quilt of Democratic party rules has produced a nominee with no overwhelming support and how can someone who had a contender nipping at his feet till the last day of the Primary calendar hope to win the White House?

    Now that superdelegates have decided to give the nomination to Obama, there are many of us – women, men, old and young who would rather see an experienced person of great character and integrity in the whitehouse. So, my support is for McCain from the day Hillary Clinton closes her campaign.

    June 3, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  25. Dana

    I feel betrayed by these elections. It is so obvious that more people want Hillary. This is not right. She should run till November. She is admirable, no matter what her haters say, she is strong, wise, smart, caring, great lady.
    people will cry for her if she will not be our president. People will cry.

    June 3, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
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