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

    I would definitely include her in my cabinet. My recommendation would be to have her head up Universal Health Care which is one of the major projects Obama has promised to provide this country before the end of his first term.

    June 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Proud American

    I like them both but I dont think its a good idea. Not in any way or form.

    June 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. waL

    People give more time to Hilary to recognize that she lost and exit from the race than Obama to chose a VP.
    MCain is running on Hillary attacks again Obama
    -Vote for Iraq War
    -Talking to enemies
    -Elitism Problem
    -Having life time experience
    -Lobbies are reel people. And she pledge to take money from them
    -Clinton’s baggage

    With the You tube phenomena Obama/Hilary ticket will be disaster for DNC.

    June 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Dirk

    It seems Obama will have to choose a woman VP.

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

    You know OBAMA supporters we know you don't want HILLARY> It's understandible you do not want someone more capable of being President than he can even think about. All he can do is memorize speeches. She is more mentally, more experienced, and definitely prepared for foreign affairs than him. AS FOR HER BEING ASKED TO BE VP. LORD KNOWS US BACKERS OF HERS DON'T WISH THAT SO YOU PEOPLE NEED TO QUIT WORRYING. YOU WILL SINK THIS SHIP ON YOUR ON. YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS AND YOU ALONE HAVE CONVINCED US TO EITHER STAY AWAY FROM THE POLLS OR JUST VOTE FOR McCAIN WHICH I INTEND TO DO IN NOVEMBER. REMEMBER WHEN HE DOES NOT GET ELECTED IT WILL BE BECAUSE OF ALL THE HELP YOU DID NOT GIVE HIM. FOR HE CAN NOT WIN WITHOUT HER SUPPORTERS AND WE FOLD.

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. jazzyd

    Nobody polled me for this! If they had I would have said NO WAY! Hillary represents politics as usual and would not be consistent with Obama's theme of change.

    I think Webb or Hagel would be a much better choice.

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. crat3

    Vice President is not good enough for Sen. Clinton. Sen. Clinton should be the Democratic presidential nominee. Obama did not clinch the nomination fair and square. De facto Obama surrogate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rigged the nomination for Obama.

    Sen. Clinton's supporters in the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan should work for Obama's defeat and vote for McCain. Obama must win atleast three of these states in November. I will volunteer and vote for McCain in a swing state.

    Sen. Clinton won the primaries for all four swing states. She was the best qualified and the strongest presidential candidate to win the general election in a landslide victory hands down. This was trumped by Pelosi's rigged nomination for Obama.

    The key for Obama to win in November lies with Sen. Clinton's supporters in the swing states; for Obama, that key is lost for 2008 but it opens the door to 2012 for Sen. Clinton.

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Martha (Dunwwody, GA)

    Clinton supporters – think about this... The VP does not play a major role; however, Secretary of State is very powerful. Hillary would be great in that role. She has the experience and she knows all the key players. Think about Secretary of State Rice and how she handles a lot of the affairs of the President compared to Cheney. You're pushing for the wrong position.

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Sara

    I would love if he picked Hillary as his VP. I was a die hard Hillary supporter from the beginning and I'm sad that she is not the nominee. I will vote for Obama regardless, but I would be even more enthusiastic about voting for him if he named Hillary as his VP.

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Larry in TX

    Whoever the VP candidate, Barack's eventual and inevitable election will give us an Obamanation.

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Ex-Hillary supporter

    Did that clown Lanny Davis sponsor that poll?

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Chris

    Dear CNN,

    It's over....stop plugging for Hillary.

    What your showing is not news nor journalism.

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. dbacchus

    Simply put, this "poll" is a scientific scam. They asked 921 respondent, and among them "435 registered voters who describe themselves as Democrats or independents who lean Democratic". NOW, that means that the rest (486 respondents) were LEANING REPUBLICAN. I.e. more than 50% of their respondents were NOT democrats. And CNN's title says "Majority of Dem want Clinton".


    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Kenyotta

    What poll was this? I don't recall being asked or any of my friends and family. Everyone I have spoke to says they don't want her anywhere near the ticket.

    June 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Mark Dover, Delaware

    It doesn't make sense for Hillary to be VP for her own sake.
    If she's VP and his presidency goes well he will be re-elected. Then after 8 years voters will not elect her due to fatigue.
    If his presidency goes badly she will be tied to it and will not get elected. It's a lose-lose for her. She should embrace Obama and work her butt off to get him elected and see how it plays out.

    June 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. judy

    Should Obama, the Democrat I would be voting for in the general election, chooses Clinton as running mate, me and my large family WILL be voting Independent in the general election. Obama can beat McCain WITHOUT dragging along two Clintons. We need a change, as promised, and Hillary would not be a change.

    June 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Kathy

    RT you're right.

    June 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Bryan

    No. Hillary should be nowhere near that VP spot. At one time, I would have loved to see that ticket, but she has proven herself to be...frankly...a bad person. She is ruthless, untrustworthy, and unloyal.

    She would stab Obama in the back at the first chance.

    No Hillary.

    June 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. America

    I think Obama really wants to pick Hillary but she has already done so much damage that would hurt the democrats in the fall. Not to mention I think he worries that she would not be loyal to him. I think she wants the VP nod because she thinks there can be two presidents, one for the sexist women of America and redneck racists and one for all the smart people. Having said that I still think he should pick her if the Dem's want to win in the fall. Unless he picks Chuck Hagel, that virtually eliminate John McCain from the race all together.

    PS: Hey media dudes. Why are you always whining and emphasizing (Pat Buchanan and Tucker Carlson are the worst) that Obama still couldn't beat Clinton in some states even thought he was already the presumptive nominee, while at the same time completely ignoring the fact that McCain has been the nominee of the GOP for 2 months now and he lost to Romney and Ron Paul in Montana BIG!!! ???? Am I missing something here? If Obama lost not only to Hillary but also to John Edwards in primaries, anytime recently, you guys would have had a field day with it. Hypocrits, cover both sides of the story.

    June 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Mo

    OMG! We don't want another 8 years of the Clintons. Obama would have no control over our nation if both of the Clintons are back in the White House, and you know Bill will be right there running the show. Hillary is nothing but a liar and look how many STUPID remarks she has made. The Clintons are trying to intimidate Obama into letting her be VP, but he needs to stand up to them and say "No" and get his own VP. There are many people out there that are much more competent than her. Let's see, when Bill let her form a national healthcare system, she really made that work, didn't she? When I hear her speak, I can't believe one word she says. And all she wants to do is pull all of our troops out of Iraq and raise taxes. That woud be the worst thing she could do for this country. Get rid of the Clintons for good!

    June 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |

    To all CLINTON SUPPORTERS, your candidate has stated that she is not and I repeat is not seeking the VP slot. And will be endorsing Obama this weekend if she can walk with Obama why can't some of you?

    June 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. FactCheck

    The Clinton supporters who cry of blatant sexism by the media as a reason to justify their support for McCain should realize that the most sexist insults were hurled at her by Fox News... you know, that "news corporation" that would give up it's left kidney to get another Republican back in office.

    June 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Kathleen, Omaha, NE

    GC speaks for me.

    June 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Timothy

    I don't know who they asked. My vote is no. A very bad idea indeed. Obama is smart enough to know that. He's not going to pick her. All of his surogates are leaking that it is highly unlikely. Duh.

    June 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Patricia G, Houston, TX

    What Polls? That would be a disaster for another Clinton to be in the White House. How can he trust her. She has poven to be one not to trust time and time again. Bad Move! This is not about making history because she is a woman and he is black; this is about regaining AMERICA for ALL AMERICANS not just the rich. Making an emotional move based on silly polls is not smart at all. Get the best on your team for the right reasons not emotional reasons.

    June 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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