June 6th, 2008
11:54 AM ET
10 years ago

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. Peter of Oregon

    The Hillary/Bill Clinton 2for1 team would not make a good VP for President Obama.

    The "Democrats" that would vote for McCain rather than Obama if Hillary was not the nominee or is put on the ticket probably only supported her for President because she was a woman or because Barack Obama is not white, and not because of her platform which is almost identical to Obama's.

    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Bryon

    It doesn't matter to me, I echo what someone else said, these are but 2 people. Whats more important than any of this is to completely wash the WH of any Republican adminstration and the only way to do that is to vote Democrat.

    Oh and I'm an independant Hillary supporter and you don't have to be nice to me, I like to believe I have rational thought on my side.

    Dems in 08/12!

    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. John, Catholic

    Why waste your time with this? Yes we know that Hillary is experienced at watching others lead. She has watched her husband do it for 35+ years. That is no reason to put her on the ticket.

    Why should a person who does not know the meaning of defeat when they are defeated by included? How is that not like GW who keeps going when he is wrong?

    Obama is very smart to take his time. Many women do not like being called emotional yet by the way a lot of Hillary supporters are there seems to be no other word to describe them than emotional. By this point we have seen how logical they are by claiming they were robbed by someone who followed the rules and won fairly.

    He does not need her! And if he does not get elected without her than this nation deserves what it gets. Another fool that does not know when to quit in McCain!!

    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Sandi Edgar

    I'm a Democrat. I don't want Hilary as VP candidate. She has too much baggage and will give the other side way too much ammunition. We need someone we can trust, not just a token woman. Hilary fought a good fight and now it's time for her and Bill to step aside.

    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Rick from Bowie

    CNN, again, all headlines, no substance. There is no way a poll could possibly show a majority of Dems in favor of clinton on the ticket and after having been forced to end errrr "suspend" her campaign. Do your job–what does it mean that her campaign is suspended versus shut down...and why has she chosen one distinction over the other???

    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. What if?

    Let’s not forget OBAMA is our nominee……………..

    Thank you Senator Obama and Senator Clinton for taking the time to think of the BIG picture, to place all the issues that are not what‘s important to the average Americans at this time. Which is great, but let’s not forget she is not the nominee, and you all are being unfair to Obama, he deserve more pics and information on these pages.

    If Clinton would have won I guarantee you would not have had his face, activities and daily updates on here constantly. I’m happy she is doing better and look better, I wish her no hard ship after losing the nominee spot. But, please stop showing your one sided news, the news were you find her irresistible or something.

    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Honestlady

    @ 'GC from Virginia'...Wonderful post. You hit the nail on the head. I hope everyone takes the time out to read it.


    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Dan, Mpls, MN

    It's a big mistake for Obama to make Clinton her VP because she represents exactly the opposite of what Obama said he stands for. Clinton represents the old politics of lies, deceit, manipulation, distortion, distraction and spin to get what you want. How can someone who said Obama cannot lead this nation later on be his VP? Can you trust that person?

    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Joseph, Los Angeles

    I don't fully believe this poll. Pleae CNN, give Obama space and stop pressuring him.

    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    There would be a risk of Clinton trying to shift her way into the President's chair, along with Bill, Chelsea and the family dog!!! Obama would really have to stand his ground in order to keep Clinton at bay. She has shown just how overbearing and obnoxious she can truly be!

    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Heidi, New Mexico

    Why not a joint ticket? There have been *plenty* of Presidents and Vice Presidents who hated each other's guts, and the country survived.

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Independent

    I really don't understand when Clinton supporter say that they will Vote for McCain. I do respect McCain but his vision and Clintons Visions are completely opposite. On the issues, McCain's record is not much like Clinton's, as the Republican repeatedly pointed out during his primary battles. He opposes government-run health care, supports continuing the war in Iraq, wants to extend President Bush's tax cuts and is a committed foe of abortion rights.

    His position on the war, in particular, puts him at odds with Clinton on what is a top issue for many Democrats. For months, McCain mocked Clinton's desire to withdraw troops from Iraq. But Obama’s and Clinton’s vision are about 95% similar. I can understand you are Mad now, you decision has lot to do with your emotion currently but think rationally and ask your self Why would you cross party line and Vote for McCain?

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. LB

    I think the women who are Hillary supporters need to take a step back and stop trying to force Obama to have Hillary as the VP. As a women myself, I would not like someone to force any thing on me and I believe all women would not like being forced against their will into doing something without their consent. If you really want to stand up for rights for women then you have to also put things into perspective and not force your ideas onto other people. Freedom is why we all love the USA.

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. IAMWMD

    Obama is as smart man and he will never put underhanded, divisive Hillary Rodham Clinton on his ticket because of her selfishness, divisiveness and dishonesty.

    Besides she's a Washington insider which is exactly the type of politican he can't put on his ticket wihout being considered a hypocrite.

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Wise White Guy

    Not going to happen! Paul V Clinton. Cannot have a VP go to prison during first term!

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. jay in NC

    You all wont really leave this alone... Give it a break.. Put a poll out about who cant even afford gas

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. carla

    As I recall from day ONE of the Democrat Debates, Hillary Clinton made it very clear in her debates that the panel of Democrat presidential candidates were UNITED and initially all had the best interest at heart for good of the People and the Country. She voiced that several times in those debates. It was Edwards, his wife Elizabeth, Obama and his wife Michelle who started the attacks against Hillary Clinton. From there on it escalated and other Dem candidates joined in on the attacks. What resulted was that the importance of the issues that this country has been facing since GW Bush and his administration have been in power, GOT LOST!! The Obama camp and the media wasted precious time demonizing, bashing and slandering ALL THINGS CLINTON! While Senator Clinton made great effort to stay focused and stick to the Issues, about things that are of importance to the American people....the biased media and Obama's people wasted precious time talking about things that are NOT priority to the vast majority of Americans. That said, it's now hard to take Obama at his word when he says he wants to Unite the party. I will however, give him credit for "Dividing the Dem Party". I praise him for 'Change' on that one. He ripped the party in half. For that reason, he WONT be getting my vote.

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is the greatest, he's a man of his word when he says people need to talk. Even though Hillary hasn't given Obama the proper courtesy he still agrees to sitting down talking, I think that is more than most would do.

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Brian Knoxville, TN



    The leadership of the Democratic Party has totally failed us.

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

    She won't do it, and I won't vote for Obama regardless.


    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Kelly in Tx for Obama

    The Consequences of Voting for McCain

    Dear Citizens that suggest you will vote for John McCain because you are angry Senator Clinton will not be the nominee: To those that will vote for John McCain, screw you. I really don't care what lame excuse you have for your lack of participation or your turning on your own socially conscious agenda , and you may hand over the presidency to a dangerous man.

    The blood of every person that dies because of Bush / McCain's agenda may be on your hands. You have now defiled the memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Susan B. Anthony, our founding families, and the millions of people who have dedicated their lives to securing and protecting the rights of ALL. You may delegitimize the anti-war movement by standing silently because your feelings are hurt. That would be a historic vote indeed.

    I suggest all you that want to vote for John McCain slap some duct tape over your mouths, drop your pants, and bend over, because that is essentially what you are agreeing to. No, really, if you want to vote for McCain, then shut up and don't tell me you care about the same things that Senator Clinton cares about.

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Nia

    To many women lack of respect for themselves and don't think they have any power, so they think that forcing or demanding someone else to and look for that power within someone else, for example Hillary, as a way to gain respect and power. So much so that instead of focusing on the Democratice Primary, the issues at hand and getting a democrate in the office, they've sucssefully made this into a womans movement. Now Hillary's campaign for president is over, instead of looking at how Hillary managed her Campaign, they fault the media, Obama and others as being sexist and disrespectful. Granted there were instances, but not enough that it ended her campaign. And even though Obama shares the same political outlook on issues, they would rather foolishly vote for another candidate with oposites view points out of spite and selfishness for our own needs, that we as women already have. Demanding that Obama put her in the VP spot ignoring the high negatives in doing so. With a thought process like that it's no wonder some woman have a problem gaining respect? Most of us women have totaly lost site of true feminsism. What it means and how to go about inacting it.
    "I'm woman hear me roar?"
    We have to think of the bigger picture and the next four years.

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Victoria

    Obama should not make Hillary his VP just to appease these sexist women that will refuse to vote for him in the fall unless Hillary is on the ticket. All of this talk about how Hillary was a victim of sexism is completely unfounded. If anything, this illusion of sexism throughout the campaign has tipped in her favor, because all of these older women who are so desperate to see a woman in the Oval Office in their lifetime gave her their support just because she is a woman. The fact that her policies and goals are so similar to Obama's and yet they are actually threatening not to vote for him in the fall just goes to show you how sexist these women really are.

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. OBAMA

    GC from Virginia;

    I couldn't have said it better myself.

    June 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. vw

    Is OB the nominee??? did he has enough delegates to clinch the nominee if SD# is not included?

    June 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Can the Dems have both Hillary and Obama? I have three words for you.


    This will be part of the uniting process. OBAMA'S BASE AIN'T GOIN NO WHERE! We have stood against Clinton and now it is time stand together. Forget about the nominees and focus on the party agenda

    June 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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