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. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    NO CLINTONS FOR VP.... We don't need them, we don't want them. Enough with the grasping Clintons.

    June 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    She cannot be his V.P. for these reasons

    1. She voted for the war, this alone undermines his #1 talking point against McCain.

    2. The rethughlicans want her on the ticket this will continually be a distraction for Obama.

    3. Her supporters are pushing this so they can prove Obama is weak and can be push around.

    June 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Terry in New York

    Only if they want him to loose in Nov.
    Amazing though, yesterday CNN claimed the majority of dem leaders din't want her on the ticket.
    The real issue is he needs to pick a VP that will attract the republican vote. I've been a republican all my life and didn't vote for Hillary as my senator. Right now I'm voting for Barack, he's an impressive man and yes it's time to move the old gurad that got us into this mess out but do it all over the country.
    I won't vote for Barack if I have to take Hillary too though.

    June 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. John, Catholic

    Hillary Clinton (Refuse to quit race when she lost months ago, now forcing VP)
    George Bush (Refuse to quit war that is as good as lost years ago)
    John McCain (Refuse to quit same war as GW)
    Barack Obama (Initially Refused to quit church but finally quit church)

    One of these things is not like the other. Three of these things are kind of the same. One of these things does not belong here. Now it is time to play our game.

    It would seem only one of the four seems to know when they should quit.

    June 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. California independent voter

    Why don't you include independents in your poll? Registered democrats by themselves won't be able to win the election in November, you need the independent vote, as well as some of the more liberal republicans – you might find out that they will NOT support an Obama/Hillary ticket, but they would vote for Obama/VP other than Hillary.

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

    If you can trust a liar and cheater then yes put her on the ticker. What everyone has failed to remember is that Hillary didn't get the 18 million Democrat votes from Democratics but from the Republican Linburger outrage to cross over to off set Obama victory. Now to be honest is there a poll to actually poll the 18 millon to see who is a fake and who is not no. So when Hillary but in her claim who will be at the altar with her to make their vote count?

    June 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Kitty, Denver, CO.

    Here we go again. People some how feel that Clinton is entitled to this position. It is clear that she is not ready, willing, nor able to play second fiddle given her speech on the night Obama clinched the nomination. It would be political suicide to have the Clintons on his ticket. We want to move forward not back. We want new faces with fresh ideas. It is obvious that the old ways of doing things with same old people has not worked-look where we are today.

    It's time to move forward. I fear that if we don't we are in for a fall, like the Aztec Empire, another one that resisted change.

    June 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. New Yorker

    CNN- you just posted a poll saying 60% oppose a united ticket. You guys get worse every day- there is no continuity or coherence with your reporting. You guys are getting like Rush Limbaugh on a bad drug day.

    June 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. desertgirl00

    No we do not want Hillary as VP/on the ticket!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. someone

    The people who feel that the mighty Clintons, "gag" can lead us back to a great economy fail to realize is that Bill did not have anything to do with it.

    It was the I N T E R N E T!

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |



    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Bob

    No, no, no! That is a terrible idea!

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Texan for Obama

    I don't know where these polls come from but that is just not true. Obama would compromise his entire message if he put the '90's gal on his ticket. New political image in Washington...NOT. Change is NOT what she stands for. Her claim for change was just being the first woman president which flew right out the window. Experience, well we all remember Bosnia now don't we. Sound manager...whose campaign is $30+ million in debt now? No special interest of lobbyists...no way the Clintons owe their soul.

    There is NOTHING to gain by having her on his ticket. Way too much baggage from those good old 90's plus political favors owed for that $109 million they "earned". NO WAY.

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Rj

    I think joining Hillary as VP to Obama's Presidency is Great for the Country and the Democratic Party. It will solidify the Democratic Party. Their platforms are basically the same and it will be good for our Country to have them both to lead our Country back to its feet. This is also a "History in the Making"...
    I will be very proud to tell my granchildren that i have lived in the days when the first African-American and an American-Woman were given this noble responsibilities of leading our Country as President and Vice President.

    Obama/Hillary '08

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Eric

    They did not poll me. I would have said NO. Obama needs to pick someone that lends him a regional advantage, or a ethnic advantage, or fills in a weakness like foreign policy experience. Richardson would bring all 3.

    Adding Hillary does very little too helping the ticket. If some of her backers are going to move to McCain or sit out because Obama won there is NO GUARANTEE they still won't go to McCain or sit out. People vote for the head of the ticket plain and simple. Hillary has too many negatives or she would have won the nomination from the get go... they ran a poor campaign and quite frankly many folks didn't want another 8 years of the Clinton's.

    I would much rather see Hillary as a Supream Court Justice.

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. pm los angeles

    Hillary will never accept to be the second to Obama. I can understand the media and the party leaders trying to patch the mess they created. But there are few things people forgets.

    In a year when the presindency was going to be easy to grasp, the DNC has proposed two candidates with a lot of issues, and very difficult to elect. In addition a large part of their constituency is now alienated by the way the campaign was run. In this conditions I don't think Obama will be able to make it.

    I myself switched from democrat to indipendent and I will watch closely the general campaign. I think it will be difficult for the democratic party to get my vote as well as those of enough people to get Obama elected.

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Nicole in NE

    It is truly amazing to me that they are trying to work things out, but their supporters are not – how sad.

    I cannot believe the same people who are kicking themselves for giving Bush 2 terms are thinking about voting McCain. HE IS NOT A MODERATE ANYMORE! He walks the conservative line now.

    The wealthiest of Americans are getting tax cuts while the rest of us suffer. And yes – America is in the worst job stump since 1986?

    We need someone who wants to help the Average American to be able to find a job, not have them outsourced to another country, afford Healthcare, provide green collar jobs to decrease our dependency on foreign oil, abandon a FAILED foreign policy that leaves us at odds with the rest of the world.

    John McCain will NOT do this! Democrats will!

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. stew

    If Hillary become the VP, I am voting for th other party

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Ian

    I hear they did the poll in Puerto Rico!!

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |

    I agree with RT: CNN you are giving Clinton a platform to air dirty laundry and to diminish Barak's historic win. Stop stoking the fires and fanning the flames. He must NOT be your media darling afterall, eh? JUST STOP THE FOOLISHNESS, LIES AND IDIOCY!

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Vig

    I am writing in Hillary Clinton's name on the November ballot and so should the other 18 million people who voted for her and then some. SHe should have been the nominee – she is the more qualified, substantive leader – not Mr. Smiley.

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Monica

    So if the majority of people who post here say no...what that tells you? Hell-to-the-NO!!! No Hillary for VP!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. get real

    ...and I wanted a red pony when I was 8, what's your point?

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Former Republican

    Vote OBAMA to have better Health Care, No Lobbying at the White House and Create a better image of the United States worldwide

    OBAMA 08/12

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. James

    I for one don't want Hillary on the ticket. No offense but I think that would be a disaster. Instead, I think Hillary would be better for the country overseeing health policy. I think she should get a cabinet level post instead.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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