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. Sharon

    Your answer

    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?

    Because Obama was only 20 delegates away from the nomination. And there was no way Hiliary could get the nomination. The math wasn't there.

    2) Which one of the candidates garnered the most diverse coalition of voters? They both brought out record numbers of NEW voters so does their nationality really matter?

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Mary Smith

    I am a woman, and I agree with the men, they should not be on the same ticket for too many reasons to enumerate. Thank you very much CNN for irresponsibly surveying this bogus poll. Way to stir the pot.

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Lisa

    I agree with the majority of the people in this post – no to Clinton on the ticket. I voted for Bill twice but have not liked their behavior in this primary at all. Who ARE you polling??

    GC from Virginia – great post.

    June 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Democrats, keep bashing Hillary and see how far it takes you. I am an independant and the more Hillary Bashing that goes on by Obama supporters, the less likely I will vote for your candidate. I live in Florida too, which just happens to be an important state and may well decide the election. So if you want to win back the White House, you should all just keep your thoughts to yourselves.

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. We need a joint ticket

    Why don't Obama people think? Just relax and think a moment; Is Hillary really a bad nominee? Come on think about it. She has half the votes needed for Obama to make president, those votes represent states that he needs in the general election.
    She needs to be on the ticket. Don't put your noses up in the air and discount that reality.
    If you want him to make president then you will have to have a bit of humility just like the Hillary supporters have to have to vote for Obama. Think about it.
    Joint ticket, Obama and Hillary

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. No More Clintons, CA

    So, she now is campaigning for VP? She is not noble enough to hold such a position.

    Never vote for another Clintons!

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Sam

    In case anyone hasn't noticed, Republicans have been quite docile all through the primaries. Put HRC on the ticket and you'll energize them to no end! Whatever number of Clinton voters she brings to the table will be canceled out by the Republican voters she will energize. Have people thought through what this does for the general Democratic ticket, candidates for other positions? Especially those very close Congressional contests that Democrats won at the last election.

    And, administratively, how do you have an admistration with three presidents at the same time?!? If HRC couldnt control Bill during the campaign which lasted only a few months what makes you think anyone can control him in an administration that will last at least four years?

    Finally, how do you proclaim yourself a candidate for change (Obama's most potent currency) when your running mate is the personification of the division that has engulfed the nation for the last 16 years?

    All in all, I dont think it's worth the risk.

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Tott

    I really believe this poll is very misleading and skewed. Furthermore, I find it strange that so many in the news media and Clinton supporters are pushing so hard for Senator Obama to select Senator Clinton to be the VP. I don't recall the same push for Senator McCain to automatically select Govenor Hucabee to be his running mate. I firmly believe that Senator Obama should be given the same courtesy and consideration as any other nominee to choose his own running mate. Bill Clinton, George Bush, Al Gore and John Kerry were able to choose their own running mates, why not Obama? I also wonder if Senator Clinton had won the nomination, would the same group push so hard for Senator Obama to be on the ticket and would he allow his supporters to "demand" that he be placed on the ticket? While both basically similar beliefs, their messages are very different. How could Obama attack McCain on Iraq, when Clinton also voted for the war? How could he attack McCain on changing Washington when Senator Clinton represents "the Washington Machine?" While I respect Senator Clinton, and I am also a female, I do believe she could better serve in a Cabinet position in his administration rather than VP. It should be Senator Obama's decision – one he can believe in.

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. abby

    i don't think hillary should be on the ticket, this is a bad choice for obama, i don't see them being under the same umbrella with Bill again, this si ridiculous and uncall for that people out there has to put pressure on him.
    hillary should have known better at the beginning of the campaign that things can turn around before going so negative on Obama, now she wants the VP spot, she must be kidding and out of it. we can forgive her for everything she has done to deceive but Obama taking her as his VP will be out of it.

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. adam

    Please Hillary say NOOOOOOOO!!!!!
    Don't go with this LOOSEEEEEEER.

    McCain 2008!!!
    Hillary 2012 & 2016!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. if you want Obama to win

    the objective should not be to "get the white house back from neo-cons"

    you do realize you have to work together to do what is in the countries best interest right?

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Mary IN AL

    You didn't poll me. I vote NO. But I do welcome her supporters as democratic kin. It is time with this economy in recession and the discovery of our President committing crimes that we band together to Impeach every republican candidate! Don't trash your vote with the republicans. Just sit home if you have to. We will vote for you if your feelings are that hurt! It truly is economic suicide to vote for McCain.

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Ann Tennis


    So, let's see how this is going to play out, eh?

    The RNC is already up and running with tv ads against Obama,
    using Hillary's image and exact words against him. "I brought
    a lifetime of experience, John McCain brought a lifetime of experience,
    Senator Obama brought a speech he made in 2002..."

    So, if she's his running mate, what's she going to say out on the
    campign trail, "I never said that!"? "That video's been forged!"?

    She's hoist by her own petard!

    Her chickens are coming home to roost!

    Serves her right!

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Sean

    Independent in Iowa: I am a die-hard Obama supporter. I was just pointing out the facts of the poll. Personally, I think a joint ticket is a bad idea.

    June 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. H


    June 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. K Huffman

    Universal Health Care? Perfect...socialist program headed by the queen of the Socialists. Be careful, you may get just what you ask for.

    June 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Mark in Austin, TX

    Thank you, G.C. from Georgia. Very well said indeed!

    June 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Texas Female

    If he thinks he can work effectively with her alongside him, that's great. I don't think this decision is for us to make.

    June 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Posn

    Time to let go and grow. No McCain in the White House. Someone had to lose. If watching McCain make an speech the other night is any indication of what he will bring to this nation I am already scared. Obama won, now lets rally together and put him in the White House, hurt feeling aside.

    June 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. fairandstraight

    Just like most of Sen. Obama's supporters respected his wishes to not protest at the DNC's rules committee meeting on Saturday, he need to ask them to stop following up republicans posing as democrats on the blogs. People like that Charlotte person is really sick. The bottom line in this campaign is race. No one in their right mind that is not blinded by race would select McCain over Obama after reading the article on the post Iraq war reports.

    Obama 08

    June 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Ron R

    Another made for TV event.........Obama will never have her on the ticket so let it go..........

    June 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |

    Charlotte... it is SO obvious you are a limbaugh "ditto-head" in disguise. your "talking points" are phrased WORD FOR WORD from the right wing propagndists...


    June 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. tank

    who & what people are you supposed to be polling, I've been an avid voter for all of my adult life and still have not been polled. That headline is crap. NO V.P FOR HILLARY.

    June 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. old hard fact

    There is one BIG problem with this statement. Who really identifies themselves as a 'Democrat' anymore? Unless you're a politico or >45 years old, I don't know many who do. I'm 30 and I don't... neither do my friends or family, even though most of us identify more with the dems and tend to vote that way.

    So, if most identified Democrats are over 50 (and this is Clinton's main demographic... old people), how does this help Obama when those of us under 45, who have supported him strongly, can't stomach Clinton and have no inherent loyalty to the Democratic Party?

    June 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Generation X

    DEMOCRATS; don't let the Republican Operation Chaos work anymore. Hillary and Obama will work this out!!! Don't let the Republicans keep blogging the same mess, offending Hillary and Obama supporters. NOT THIS TIME. Dem 08

    June 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25