June 6th, 2008
11:54 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Majority of Dems want Clinton to be VP

A majority of Dems want Clinton to be VP.

A majority of Dems want Clinton to be VP.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A majority of Democrats think Barack Obama should select Hillary Clinton as his running mate, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-four percent of registered Democrats questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Friday think Obama should name his rival as his running mate, with 43 percent saying no. The poll is the first national survey conducted since Senator Obama (D-Illinois) claimed the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night following the end of the primary season. Senator Clinton, D-New York, is expected to suspend her campaign and back Obama in a scheduled address Saturday. (View full poll results [PDF])

It seems men and women don’t see eye to eye on this question, with 60 percent of Democratic women saying Clinton should be named as Obama’s running mate. Only 46 percent of male Democrats agree, with 51 percent of them saying no. (WATCH: Panelists weigh McCain, Obama's VP options)

“What do women want, Sigmund Freud famously asked. The answer appears to be Clinton on the ticket. It’s pretty clear that many Democratic women are miffed and that Obama has to be very careful how he deals with Senator Clinton,” says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider. (WATCH: The war over women voters)

If Obama names someone else as his running mate, 24 percent of those polled say Clinton should try to override that decision at the Democratic convention in Denver in August, with 75 percent saying no.

"Democrats would like Barack Obama to choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate, but they seem to recognize that it is his choice to make," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Some will be disappointed if Obama does not pick Clinton, but not disappointed enough to want a floor fight at the convention."

The survey also found that the economy remains issue number one in the minds of Americans. Forty-two percent of those polled say that the economy will be the most important issue in the decision on the presidency. Iraq remains in second place in importance, at 24 percent, with health care at 12 percent.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday, with 921 registered voters, including 435 registered voters who describe themselves as Democrats or independents who lean Democratic. The sampling error for most results is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

soundoff (624 Responses)
  1. DJ - Texas

    So. What does Sen. Obama think? That's all that matters.

    June 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Hillary should not ruin her career by playing second fiddle to a third-rate weasel.

    She won't do it.


    June 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Mario

    There is no way that 18 million people will follow their flawed logic and vote for McCain.
    THE REALITY is that the 'ol GOPers are so disenchanted with their candidate and ideas that they need every dirty trick they can to prop him up.
    A Vote AGAINST your ideals and higher aspirations is something typical for republicans. Democrats will not fall in this trap.
    19.95 Million HRC supporters will vote Obama in the fall and McCain can join Bob Dole sipping ice tea in the late mornings.

    June 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. MelissaMinneapolis

    I'm a woman and I don't want her to be VP. I want her to have a position with even more power like Supreme Court justice or Secretary of State.

    June 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    That means half of them do not which will put the election in jeopardy. He should choose someone else that both Hillary and Obama supporters can get behind.

    June 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. KJ, CA

    This is one Democrat who wasn't polled who doesn't want to see Hillary as the VP. Barack is fresh, exciting and represents a new way of doing business in government – he needs a VP who reflects those same things and I think that is the type of person he will choose.

    June 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Pat

    thats all he needs-he better not blink

    June 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |

    Don't stoke the flames that will turn into conflaglaration, CNN. Don't do it!

    June 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Kurt C.

    Yes, just what we need – someone who cares nothing about being lawful. Democrats claim Bush cares nothing for the law, but he doesn't hold a candle to Hillary on disdain for the law of the land.

    She'll definitely bring in the big campaign money from foreign nationals.

    June 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Sebastian

    CNN ... Stop it.

    You (Wolf and others) advocate "Clinton for VP" like every 18 hours ... STOP trying to stir the pot ... do you want to be known as an online National Enquirer?

    June 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Tony Marshall

    Hillary can't be trusted. Let her go back to the Senate.........I have no problem with a Woman VP, just not her.

    June 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Thomas Crown

    No way.

    She would bring out the Republicans in droves if she's on the ticket.

    They may distrust McCain, but they HATE Hillary. She would unite them behind McCain totally.

    Is it worth that when most of Hillary's voters will cross over anyway?

    If he puts her on, and loses some of his base and doesn't get the majority of hers, MCCAIN wins by default.

    June 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Denise from NJ

    Please change title to read:

    Clinton News Network Poll: Majority of Dems want Clinton to be VP

    June 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. TJ in Texas (Dallas)

    If you're a true Democrat and beleive in the Democratic platform then voting for McCain doesn't help in any way. All it shows is that Democrats are divided and bickering. Go ahead, be a soar loser, vote for McCain – the Republican – and throw away women's rights. That's not what Hillary stands for and not what she would want.

    Democrats stand united and we WILL take back this country we love so much from a third term of Geroge W. Bush.

    Yes, we will. Obama for President!

    June 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Enlightened Voter - No hillary for VP

    I am a white woman, a lifelong democrat and have regularly donated to Barack's campaign. needless to say I am an avid supporter however if he puts her as his VP i will not vote repub, because I have a conscience and care about my fellow man, however i will not vote!

    June 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Seam, Florida

    I wish I were included in these so-called polls. I know 50 people that would say no to Clinton as VP.

    June 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. pat

    I just wonder how many people you pole when you are doing surveys. I have never been serveyed. I think you should put the number of people you ask the question. I don't think Hillery should be on the ticket, and I'm a woman

    June 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Anne

    Vote based on your stance on the issues…not against someone else. If that means you agree with McCain's stance on the issues then so be it., but please let go of your anger (borderline hatred) towards Obama, he has done nothing to deserve that.

    June 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Shelley in NC

    NO, WE DON'T

    June 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. zach

    No one has polled me but I will ad my two cents worth:

    No No and Hell No:

    reward that woment for her conduct and behavior with the VP slot ? are you crazy?

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Tim

    Not this majority...I think these polls are a load of crap...No one I know wants Hillary as VP. Too much baggage plus Bill...check out the article in this month's vanity fair about him...

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Elly

    am glad they met and talked ....Regardless of who you were for
    they both deserve their space and some down time...the primaries were a long tedious haul and I have no doubt they are both exhausted
    I dont know why everyone has to be so angry and full of hate
    Why cant both their supporters come together for the good of the country and concentrate on beating MCCain in the fall!!
    I personally think they both worked hard inspite of it all and if he took
    her on the ticket what is so very wrong with that!!
    Yes I think she could have been more gracious in letting him enjoy his historical moment but its behind them now and a lot of times it wasnt really her who ticked me off but people like Lanny Davis and Howard and Harold ickkes who made it all so devisive!
    I hope it all works out in the end for the good of the country!!
    Obama 08

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Cindy


    Obama is being discriminated against by being "forced" to take Hillary as his running mate- this is being shoved down his throat! - HOW SHAMEFUL IS THIS!

    Obama needs someone with Governorial experience and with proven foreign affairs or economic strenght- NOT Hillary!!!

    Hillary does not comply with his ideals and he would be seen as lying to the public if he were to now accept someone who voted for the war and accepts PAC money and lobbyists money! This would go aginst what he stands for-- No Hillary!

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. No More Clintons, CA

    NEVER VOTE ANOTHER CLINTONS! The Clintons are the pages of dirty old Washington politics Obama wants and needs to turn!

    Quit claiming she has 17 million voters behind her. Hillary does not have them all.

    Plenty clinton voters have already switched to Obama! Just check the poll done by LA Times last month, Obama is way ahead of clinton by significant number in California.

    Always do FACT CHECK on whatever the Clintons say if you want to REGURGITATE any of the Clintons claim, such as doing check on her Bosina sniper fire and Chelsea's whereabouts on 911!


    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. The O

    And here goes another poll from the Clinton camp.


    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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