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. Ania

    GC from Virginia, you are the voice I've been waiting to hear – 90% of the entries in these blogs are useless rantings and you came through loud, clear and blessedly rational.

    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. no we dont

    Obama is the Nominee. You do not run for vice president. You do not elect a vice president nor should Obama select a vice president based on a Poll.

    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. texas outlaw

    I see people saying there are other good vp candidates.
    Who would be better? Who will give the dems a better chance to win?
    I know 18million reasons why she should be VP. This is supposed to be about the voters not Obama. Let's not forget the GIFTS the DNC gave Obama this election with FL and MI. If Obama is the man he says he is then the choice is clear. Just like the committee that decided to divy up the delegates based on exit polls stating this is a very unusual situation. When have we ever had the primary candidate with the most delegates not have the popular vote? Funny how the Obama supporters point special circumstances out when they make a decision that heavily favored Obama, but don't want to face the fact that Hillarry winning the popular vote is a very special situation as well. What better way to show the American People how to unite then to have these two rivals settle their differences and work together to give this country back to the people. Unless this unity talk by the Obama camp is all just talk.

    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Anne

    I am constantly amazed at the hatred direct at the Clintons. I can never figure it out. Almost everyone I talk to, likes and supports Hillary. Where is all this hate coming from? It really needs to stop. Especially the, "I'll vote for McCain if Hillery is on the ticket" !! Now how stupid is that? How waht kind of a Dem are you?? I guess you do not LOVE Obama all that much if you say that. Wake Up Dems!!! Vote for The Party!!

    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. dbacchus

    CNN should really stop lying like that. That's just as pathetic as Clinton herself.

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

    A true Hillary supporter will vote for Obama in November!

    If you don't then were never a Hillary supporter from the beginning...you were just anti-Obama.

    I am a true Hillary supporter who is voting for Obama!


    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Joe Regis



    Let it be!

    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA



    June 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Scott Glenn in Wa

    HRC had approximately 18 million votes which included a ton of bitter women and emasculated men. So if you figure on loosing (if you want to call it that LOL) all of their bitter and wussy votes to a, no vote, or a vote for McCrutch, or even a write in for Hillary, by no means does this tip the scales in favor of McCrutch or Hillary.

    If those poor dejected victims could only be half the woman Hillary is they would rally behind Barack just as she is.

    Barack Obama will unite the majority and it is the majority that will change (right) the course of America.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. miro

    BAD IDEA. Obama doesnt get only her with her negative image, but also him, ex-president with a plenty of time and nothing much to do. BAD IDEA.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Go Hillary

    How about OPRAH for VP?? Then everytime there was a problem OPRAH could have OBAMA on her show ??

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Scott Glenn in Wa

    Something funny;

    Hillary and Barack are more similar on their policies than McCrutch is to his own from week to week……….

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Emily, DC

    As a democrat who wants to see a democrat win regardless of who the nominee is, here is something to consider. Most of these people who say they don't want Clinton as VP will vote for Obama even if he does choose her. On the other hand, a decent amount of those who want Clinton on the ticket may very well not vote Obama if he chooses someone else as VP. The question of whether people want Clinton or not on the ballot is not as important as the question of whether your vote for Obama depends on her being on the ballot. That is the more strategic question to consider.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Kevin

    The real issue with this is that there is a hazard whether or not Clinton is on the ticket, because this process has become so heated and negative. Whether Clinton is the VP or not, a lot of people will refuse to vote. Clinton's supporters might not vote for Obama unless she is on the ticket, and Clinton's detractors DOn't want her in the White House period.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Greg

    Hillary Clinton would have made a superb president and would make a superb vice president....save for one factor.

    Her husband.

    Her downhill ride started with Bill opening his yap in South Carolina. He tore the scab off of a healing Bosnia wound and reinvited discussion on a topic that had actually gone away.

    Does anyone truly believe that Bill wouldn't be looking over Hillary's shoulders constantly? Wouldn't be making ludicrous remarks which would only end up tarnishing her image?

    Dump the lump, stand for yourself and you'd be a shoo-in.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Sonia in TX


    To answer ur Q's:

    1) What prompted the super delegates to rush to crown Senator Obama the nominee when Senator Clinton started to make her late surge in the primaries, and even blowing Senator Obama out in some states?

    – the sd's came out to support him when it became clear that there was no sense in prolonging the inevitable. it was simply hurting his chances to drag it out. man of the sd's also chose based on who they thought would make the better prez. also, the only reason hillary had any sliver of a comeback was because she had team clinton pouncing on each state come primary time. i mean she spent 12 days and PR and obama spent 1. why? because he had already stopped worrying about her and worrying about the real enemy: mccain

    2) Which one of the candidates garnered the most diverse coalition of voters?

    – i would say obama. wasn't a huge portion of hillary's supporters white women? you can hardly say obama clinched it with any one specific demographic besides the young and the college educated. either way, it hardly matters, bc he now has more delegates and it is time to focus on whats best for the future of the country.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. M.E.M Kansas city

    TO Clinton's Suppoters

    I know you're angry and to be honest as a Women if hillary were my choice I would be to. Hillary is not the only women in this Country that WE as women Can channel OUR Dreams Through . You Know she as to much BAGGAGE . There Are other Qualified Women That Can Do The job. Please Do GIVE UP YOU'RE Rights Because of you're Anger.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. CKR

    To: Charlotte

    I agree with you. But I would ask you to consider voting for McCain instead of a write in for Senator Clinton. The write in votes do not always get counted. And staying home, as some have suggested, does not seem to be the best way to voice our objections. Voting for McCain is not what any of us preferred but it seems to be the best way to voice our objections. Just a thought.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Lower the estrigen level!!!

    these ladies need to calm down and quit threatening to throw the election by voting McCain.

    Hillary created a monster with her negative campaign towards Obama.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Cathy

    I truly believe that Obama will make the best decision for the success of his administration and what is best for our country.

    I will vote for Obama no matter who is VP.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    I understand that Clinton's supporters are disappointed. I would be too if Obama had lost. But, the most important thing is to create a winning Team for November. Obama and Clinton do not make a good team.

    June 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |


    June 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Cindy

    The decision is Obama's. period. Let him make it when he's ready to.

    I was watching the CNN vids of reporters on the plane, furious at the spokesman, for Obama wanting a private meeting without the press hounding him, and then afterwards, when they knew who the meeting was with, the reporter was hounding the same spokesman, if they talked about Hillary being on the top of the short list.

    And you wonder why Hillary and Barack decided to do this meeting without the press surrounding them. Jeez, man... It's more like a paparazzi press, than a presidential press.

    June 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. ray

    Did they ask if Bill Richardson should be the VP? You would probably get a 54 percent there too.

    June 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. HRW

    What is your sample size? What is your margin of error? This is terrible research. Shame on you.

    June 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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