June 6th, 2008
11:54 AM ET
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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. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA



    June 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. cevans, tx

    NOT!! No not the majority....Senator Clinton left a bad taste in my mouth....Once truly respected her!!! You Clinton supporters can dish it, but can't take it...Please stop being hypocrites!!! Nevertheless, I was totally prepared to vote for Hillary should she have won the nomination. That's what true demostrats do. Stand behind the party.

    I just don't believe Hillary can be trusted now....No HRC for VP

    June 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. JED

    that would be a match made in hell ...

    June 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Disgusted by comments

    Hey Obamabites – what if their places were reversed, and Hillary was the nominee with Obama in a very close 2nd? Wouldn't you feel the same way?

    You have to remember that 18 million people voted for HILLARY over OBAMA.

    June 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Sharon

    I am a black woman, and I don't want her for VP. She can't be trusted, is not a team player and her and her hubby bring to much garbage to the table.

    June 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Peggy Lucas, Middletown, Pennsylvania

    The perfect way to blow John McCain out of the water – President Obama and Vice President Clinton! Why not? The so called Democrats that say no to Hillary – I will ask them this question – What didn't they like under President Clinton – The economy, low gas prices and peace and stability! What if Hillary has baggage, who doesn't beside God?

    June 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Clinton Supporter

    You Obamabots are totally NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama is NOT at all like Kennedy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama is a Media Idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    June 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Rebecca, Oregon

    Hey CNN...why don't you heed Obama's advice from yestreday and just settle down on all these scenarios, already?! It's Obama's decision...not ANYONE else's. He will not respond to bullying and threats, so everyone who has their undies in a wad over this just needs to knock it off ... go take a vaction...or read a book or something!

    June 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. diamond965

    Hillary is not worthy of the Presidency nor the VP position, after this campain I feel she isn't even worthy of her Senate seat. The only reason she is conceding is because she was forced. Hillary is a drama queen, she has nothing to bring to Obama's campaign but drama. He does not need someone within his administration working against him and trying to out perform him. When Huckabee realized he was loosing he steped out of the race like a man, but no Hillary had to be forced out, this is why this nation is not ready for a woman to be President, too much drama and emotion...Obama has done well up to this point and he can carry himself to the Presidency without Hillary. She has shown us her true colors, and believe me they aren't red, white, and blue...GO OBAMA!

    June 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Rj

    I support whatever Obama and has team decide. If Obama decides to pick Clinton as his running mate, I trust that every factor has been viewed from all possible angles. Him and his team have impressed me with the way they have run their campaign thus far. The goal is get get to the White House and change the direction this country has been headed in.

    Chinese proverb: "unless you change the direction you're headed in, chances are you going to get there"

    June 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Dan (TX)

    Sorry, but I think the poll is flawed. I'm not seeing the same results in my area.

    June 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Dr. M. Badruddoja

    I feel that best running mate for Obama will be Ms. Opery Windfry for following reasons:
    1. Ms. Windfry is a woman and as such women will not complain that woman is discremenated
    2. Both Obama and Windfry are from Chicago and know each other very well.They will be able to get along very well in the White House
    3. Both of the m are Black American.So Blacks all over the world will not complain that they are neglected.
    4. Opera is the richest woman in the world.So she can support the Democratic campgain from her fund.So public need to to contribute and they can spend that fund for their daily living

    June 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Jan from Boca Raton, Fl

    It's a no brainer, Clinton is the best choice for the DNC to win
    in Nov.

    June 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. dlp

    It's pretty absurd to view the CNN coverage against FOX News, the NY times and Washington Post and every other major daily and compare the bias of CNN towards Ms. Clinton. Hers is always the first picture shown and she is consistently featured in favorable articles. Does anyone at CNN care to report about what Obama desires in a running mate? Apparently not at CNN (at least on the home page).

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. if you want Obama to win

    then dems have to have hillary on the ticket...

    I will say this, a huge advantage for Obama is the Libertarian candidate and former Republican Bob Barr.

    Hearing this man speak, he is sick and tired of the neo-con agenda, and it would not surprise me if what is normally 10-20% of the normal republican vote goes to him in the election.

    He's an excellent speaker that speaks the truth, yet has a totally different idea than Obama, which is what makes this country great.

    But I suggest many bloggers on here that support Obama need to stop spewing hate on everyone else...

    you make me want to puke

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. AJ

    Obama cannot win without Hillary – period. She killed him in the states that will get the most electoral college votes. Of the states with 20 or more electoral college votes, Obama only won Illinois. Anyone who can't see this is just plain ignorant.

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Susan M.


    It is the right thing to do!

    We must unite...it is the only way!

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. K Huffman

    Clinton is NOT what this woman wants.

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Lizz from Texas

    Well, I see the Obama supporters still aren't letting up. You people are the most devisive negative people I have ever seen.

    Get a grip folks... your guy is obviously the nominee. Now the trick is to do what will get him elected. Have you not seen the polls where he is just barely neck & neck with McCain?

    He needs Clinton in order to win. Clinton had better poll results against McCain (she could have beat him easily) so Obama is going to need someone who can take on the Republican machine in order to win the November election. Admit it– there is no tougher campaigner out there than Hillary Clinton, period.

    If the Democrats want to win in November with Obama as the presidential nominee– then they REALLY need Clinton on the ticket. Otherwise, I think you're going to see John McCain taking that oath of office come January....

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Retire McCain

    Who is doing these polls? I'd like to know what data & whom CNN are polling. None of us should put any stock in these polls as they have become wildly speculative. Take for example CNN's Poll of Polls. Just after Barack nomination, it had him over McCain by about 10%. Then less than 24 hours later, once all this Hillary as veep crap started, then Barack's lead was done to 2%. Now while some may say this is because the public is fickle, and has a short attention span, I say someone is playing with the numbers. Nothing like a little drama to pump up ratings.

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Sean B, MI

    Unless he hires a food tester, she better not be the veep choice. Her being a heartbeat away is enough to make me consider McCain. I am an independent, and hate the idea of another Clinton Administration...

    However, due to her worldwide appeal and tough nature, I could see her as an excellent candidate for Secretary of State. I don't think she'd be happy in a figurehead position like VP, s give her a job that will allow her to DO something.

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. kp from atlanta

    until they poll every single registered voter in all 50 states, they can keep their trumped up demographics and results. It would be the worst mistake for Obama to have Hillary or Bill Clinton in his campaign. We need to stop buying into the "hype" he can only win the election with her.

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Obamista NYC

    It's a sad reality that undereducated, unreasonable voters that support Hillary would actually be willing to hurt themselves by voting for McCain.

    We have to use intelligence for God's sake! Why self-destruct?

    If you were part of panel to pick someone for a job and your top pick was not selected, would you, pick someone that you absolutely dislike, who doesn't have ANY of the qualities of your original pick? This is idiotic and senseless.

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Jannelle, Boston

    I think we need a Black woman as Vice President. Our time has come, baby!

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Ralph

    Obama will pick the best person for the job, when he is ready, and with no caving to pressures that are counter-productive.

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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