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. LA

    Please stop this nonsense. This is Senator Obama's decision.
    His VP should be someone that HE chooses and trust.

    June 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. jojo

    I think HIllary Clinton should be the VP of choice! It is the only way Obama can ever hope to get the support of HIllary's supporters. She deserves it more than anyone else. I know for a fact that all of the Hillary supporters I know are not voting for Obama unless Hillary is on the ticket! SO, if he wants to to win then he should make sure that Hillary Clinton is his running mate or he can try winning it on his own with a good percentage of the 18 million who voted for Hillary staying home and not voting come general election day!

    June 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. sp hiltop

    i think it would be a disaster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. KYJurisDoctor

    Why should Obama invite a Spitting Cobra - no, two Spitting Cobras, if you include BUBBA Clinton - as White House room mates?

    June 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Anna


    We don't want it, Obama please pick a person with whom you are comfortable with. Dont look at this stupid and senseless polls.

    Obama 08 and 12

    June 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. chamonix

    Obama needs to appeal to independent voters who may be on the fence. Hillary as VP will drive those voters to McCain. Obama should choose another person.

    June 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Ron in Nevada

    Between her Iraq vote and Bill's finances, this is a really bad idea

    June 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Keith

    GC from Virginia-well put.

    June 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Didine - Maryland

    Sorry but that will not happen. She will work with Barack, but she will not be his VP.

    June 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. future NOW

    No most objective polls indicate DEMS DO NOT WANT HRC AS VP!!!!


    June 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Sue in Florida

    Seam, you may know 50 people who would say no. Try 18 million
    who would say yes to Sen. Clinton on the ticket. Obama supporters,
    you might wish to realize that he has to win the general election. Just
    because the super delegates gave him the numbers he needed to
    be crowned the nominee does not make him President. Some of you
    are quite adamant in your criticism and suggestions about Hillary
    Clinton. Be ever so mindful that we, her supporters, are watching your
    reactons and we'll be voting in November. While I don't support Mr. McCain, and never could, you are making it even harder for many of us to decide that we want to make the trip to support your candidate.
    Obama would be smart to tell you to tone it down a few notches. You
    are costing him the presidency possibly with your attitudes. Then what do you or any of us have? Will you blame Hillary then? No, the blame will lie with the haughty Obama camp. And you will lose in
    November unless you change your comments. Make a choice! Also,
    Obama needs the votes, pick the wrong VP and it won't help his case.
    That's not a threat, watch it become a promise!

    June 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. kr

    No clinton no vote for OBAMA

    June 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Karrie

    THIS Democratic woman doesn't want her. Obama won't have a peaceful day as President with the ClintonS on his back (remember, with one, you get two.)

    Besides, what kind of "change" is that? If we're going same old, same old, I might as well vote for McCain. And as far as experience, how much national experience did Bill Clinton have when he became President? Zip, zero, nada. He was just a governor from Arkansas.

    June 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. To All those saying: "Hillary or McCain"

    To all those saying "Hillary or McCain".

    1) if you want to vote McCain, by all means just go ahead and do it, what is the point of advertising or making threats.

    2) Election is about who you believe is the right person to move the country forward and not about getting even with others or making threats with your voting previlege

    June 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Norb

    A black man has won the Democratic race to be it's nominee. A woman also ran, and came close. We've come a long was since the sixties haven't we? Any everbody thought those hippies were just nuts!

    June 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Rich

    Hillary supporters please think and move on. The race is over.

    June 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Larry

    There is no reason that she or anyone else would want to be his VP. Nobody wants to go down in flames with Obama.. I voted democrat 50 years, now i am independent voting for McCain.

    June 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. LC7196

    This Dem who happens to be a white, over 50 woman does not want to see HRC as VP or in any other high level post. To truly represent "Change" – I say out with the old Washington insiders. Obama should select someone he can work with.

    June 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. rickG

    Can't do it. I cannot vote for Obama. I'm a Democrat and abhore the way Hillary was treated. Beside, taxes are going to go way up regardless of who wins.

    June 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Montana is Obama Country

    No this is a cherry pick poll post.. Most polls have shown opposite. They DO NOT want HRC as VP..

    CNN- TRY AGAIN....... this is bogus..

    June 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. nov08

    Please the woman has more brains in her bra then Obama, Edward, Dean (he's a joke) and the vast majority of men who still run this country. Guess we shouldn't be surprised at why we are where we are.

    June 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. David

    Vote for McCain. Voting for Obama would be an insult to Hillary, and a vote for corruption in the Democratic party. If they hadn't ruled to change the votes in Michigan and Florida we'd be talking about Hillary's 10 point win in South Dakota, and Hillary's momentum would force the Super Delegates to reevaluate their choice. Likewise, Barack ran his campaign on how Hillary Clinton is as corrupt as George Bush, and not trustworthy. Voting for him in November would validate all these claims. Barack Obama should be ashamed of himself, and every person who voted for Hillary should vote for McCain out of dignity and respect for themselves.

    June 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Tea Party

    Hillary as VP? That would be like adding a major league baseball player to a t-ball team. How about this instead:

    Obama / Chamberlain 2008!

    Obama in '08
    Osama in '09

    June 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Bobby Johnson

    Note to self:



    Also, the survey should have asked an additional question about Bill. Something like: Do you think Bill Clinton's freaky deaky behavior would help or hurt a democrat's chance at winning back the White House?

    June 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Isaac

    First and foremost Obama should choose the person he's best able to work with for the next 4 to 8 years. If that person is Clinton then so be it. But if he finds somebody better suited to be second in command and won't upstage the Commander in Chief, then he should NOT bend to peer pressure, pure and simple!

    June 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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