June 6th, 2008
11:54 AM ET
6 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. Party Crasher

    Susan Cusson, Mohave Valley, Arizona 86440, if you are willing to follow her to another party why not follow her lead within this party.

    You are not a true support are you? You just want to make your own personal statement. I don't believe Hillary or any other trailblazer wants to be used in that manner.

    You disgust me, you don't deserve to call yourself an independent woman. I would rather you vote for McSwine than to attach yourself to my candidate.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Proud1of 26% in WV

    A poll was conducted today and was discovered the majority of voters want to do away with all polls.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Bitter old white guy for Obama

    Hamas did not endorse Obama. An endorsement is when you financially contribute to a campaign. Obama has never received any funds from Hamas. It seems we have alot of Republicans posing as Former Hiliary supporters.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. RJ, CA

    WHAT A TRAGEDY! This was a time of TRUE DEMOCRACY in action. Both a woman and an African American ran for President of the United States. Race and gender barriers were finally broken. And then comes the DNC, who corrupts the entire process, with millions of voter brutally disenfranchised. WHAT A TRAGEDY FOR WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN!

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. McCain08

    If Obama choses Hillary to be his VP he makes himself look soooo weak, yet again. He needs to prove to us non-believers (of Obama) that he has a backbone because all i'm getting right now is his ever changing view on things i.e. Iran and his best mates in Chicago who he has thrown under the bus.

    Anyway, it wont happen because Michelle Obama HATES the clintons and i think she would espeically hate a girl being VP as she will be playing a very big part in running things there and wont want competition.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Frank Canada

    Just a quick question CNN every time a blogger mentions McCain's policy on making every country in the world accept religious freedom why do you delete it? This irresponsible policy should be more important than any decision on who will be the VP for either candidate.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. jackson from Iowa

    The game has change it isnt her choice or Cliton supporters .It is Obamas time not the CLITONS. GET OVER IT AND GROW UP YOU ALL ACTING LIKE CHILDREN JUST LIKE HER.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Robert

    Anyone for VP but Hillary Clinton! I'd personaly like to see a Obama – Biden or a Obama – Richardson ticket. But let's Obama choose his VP.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    IT'S JUST POSSIBLE THAT THE DEMS CNN POLLS ARE LOOKING

    FOR A COUPLE MORE SCANDALS, ANOTHER WAR, GIVE OR

    TAKE ANOTHER COUPLE THOUSAND LIES. AND WHAT EVER

    ELSE DOES IT FOR THEM, NOT THE REST OF US. MAYBE

    CNN CAN EXPEDITE HER MEDAL FOR HER MILITARY SERVICE

    IN BOSNIA. SHE WOULD BE A GREAT VP FOR A COUNTRY

    FULL OF BRITNEY SPEARS. WE HAVE OUR SHARE BUT NOT

    MORE THAN 30%. THE REST OF US CAN DO WITHOUT HER.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Mike G

    Senator Clinton would make a great member of the Cabinet or Supreme Court Justice....having her as the VP candidate will have more negatives than positives. I believe her performance on Tuesday Night set several of us against any possibilty of their so-called dreamticket.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Timothy

    The polls are closed. Obama will make this decision.

    June 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Blue California

    @GC from Virginia – Very well said.

    To the Clinton dilemma, I think what she does over the next few weeks will greatly determine if Obama offers her the VP. If she continues down this road with more speeches like the one she gave on Tuesday, then probably not. If she truly "campaigns her heart out for the nominee", then maybe so. Even though we all have our favorite nominee, it's not about them. It's not even about the Democratic Party. At this point, its about does Obama or McCain represent the best ideals of all of America.

    I'm voting Obama.

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Charnel in NC

    Obama will lose the November election IF she is VP. That is exactly what Republicans want.

    Clinton VP = too much ammunitions for Republicans = Republicans Victory in November 2008.

    Looking back Since 1980:
    Ronold Regan/Bush (sr. VP)-Ronold Regan/Bush (sr. VP)-Bush (Prez)-Clinton (1st term)-Clinton (2nd term)-Bush (Jr. 1st term)-Bush (Jr. 2nd term)-Obama/Clinton (again?)

    This great country is not owned by two families, Bush-Clinton. It's time to move on for the greater of the country, not selfish ambition and ego. Leave the Clintons alone. They have too many things count for blessings as is. They are far... better off almost 100% of world population including the US.

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. shaddow11

    OMG get over yourselves obamabots i have a great deal of respect for the junior senator from Illinois and know that we must put a dem in the white house this year , but in order to do this we will need the support of clintons supporters who may i remind you outnumber obamas. we need the two of them to run together .obama always talks about the new politics and unity ,well if so then he must take on hillary for unities sake because the rejection of ones rivals after victory is not new its exactly what is to be expected

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. American Voter

    Democrats crying about Hillary losing...wow breaking news! LMAO
    Democrats arguing amongst themselves as to who should be the VP.....even more hillarious...stop the presses! ROTF

    ~note to CNN~ Do you actually have reporters that are fair and unbiased on your staff? Your coverage and comments of all things political are so lopsided it's a joke. Your opinions are not what we watch the news for, so please keep them to yourselves. The story is suppossed to speak for itself, we're not all a bunch of children that can't think for ourselves and form our own opinions.

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Dr. Charlie, University of Texas

    HRC on ticket will loose
    a) Independents,
    b) Moderate republicans, and
    c) White Christian conservative women
    Might not be a good idea.

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    No,no, no, no, no, no, no, no... I can't find a dem. that wants her except for Clinton supporters. No, no, no, no!

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. mz

    this is not american idol.

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Parent

    NO NO NO! I do not know ANY Dem who wants her for VP- she would hate the job too. She's a great senator, and would make a good cabinet member. Let her do that.

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Scott Glenn in Wa

    There sure are a lot of people going on and on about sexism, swift boating, stealing, insulting, and other self defeating conspiracy theories.

    With every blog I read, I come more to realize that it is the die hard Hillary supporters, (now I’m going to vote for McCrutch or write in Hillary) themselves that are perpetuating and fabricating all of the B.S. that they are accusing Obama supporters and the DNC of doing.

    1+1=5……..it’s not going our way so lets change the rules………..lets stand our ground and F the process…….lets not actually read, listen, and comprehend…………so naïve, so sad………Lets say all the things that hurt our self esteem and blame it on others so we can be the victim (attention, MEMEME)

    Oh wait; Am I some how, as an Obama supporter, disrespecting Hillary and her supporters with this entry?

    No. I’m addressing the mentality that has put Bush in the #1 seat for 7+years. (following blindly, scared into submission) The mentality that is trying to surge up and put McCrutch in office so he can continue where George is leaving off. (If not make things worse)

    Wake up, things are broken, and have to be fixed on a fundamental level not superficially.

    Hillary posses some mad skills, and Barack is a leader. With Hillary Clinton and other parties getting on board, (not necessarily on the ticket) maybe, just maybe, 36 million (or more) of us will find we can follow Barack Obama right to where we want to be.

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. HerbTee

    I sure hope Senator Obama and his campaign will not cave into Clinton's strong-arm tactics to force her way onto his ticket as VP. If Obama kowtows to this, he'll show weakness that others, including McCain and the Republicans can exploit against him in the GE. If he's too soft and too agreeing to almost anything the Clintons throw at him, people will take advantage of him. The whole world's watching his nomination process, including our Nation's enemies. If Obama appears too much of a soft touch or an appeaser against the Clintons and her remaining rabid supporters, what's to stop the Republicans, other world leaders, terrorist groups and thug regimes like Iran and North Korea from trying to push him around.

    Don't do it Barack!!! Don't let Hillary Clinton, her campaign and her remaining rabid supporters intimidate or bully you into placing her on the ticket! Be STRONG Barack, be your OWN man, make your OWN decisions for VP and pick who is BEST suitable for you personally, politically and geographically as VP. DO NOT allow Hillary Clinton on your ticket as VP!

    Obama/Sebelius for 2008 OR Obama/Richardson for 2008

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. David Goldman for OBAMA

    NO DEAL.

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Alex

    If Hillary isn't on the ticket, you can say goodbye to at least half of the 17 million democrats that voted for her. Leaving her off is the worst way to "unify" the party and will be a slap in the face to all of us

    June 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Jean

    It is tme to move on and cover important topics. CNN SEEMS TO BE STUCK ON HILLARY FOR VP. She is a very well prepared woman in her own right, THE ONLY JOB IN TOWN IS NOT VP.

    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Frank from NY but in Bulgaria

    Why not Senator Clinton? She's an honorably and rightfully elected US Senator, a person of character, one who has demonstrated administrative, political, social, moral and reputable personal qualities. As it happens, she exercised her right to campaign for Presidential nomination, which was supported by almost 20 million people. She did so based on her desire to continue serving this country as an elected official as well as a person of great humanitarian initiative. In so doing she ran an energetic campaign, one which the media turned into a cat fight. Nothing new in politics. JFK and Lyndon Johnson were much further estranged when they took Office in 1961. Politics makes strange "bedfellows" for sure, figuratively speaking of course. But accepted responsibility by honorable people makes for great teamwork. This is what we can hope for and expect from an OBAMA/CLINTON ticket!

    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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