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. Rj

    I trust Obama will do the best thing for the United States of America.
    I'm not happy with the way Hillary went out. Like Kanye West at an award show. However who am I to second guess the man who proved the world wrong.
    If I were smart enough to make his VP decision, I would probably be on his staff and not commenting on this website.

    June 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    im gonna laugh when obama loses bc all of his loser supporters who cant keep there mouths shut about clinton.

    June 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Bill, NH

    So, 52% voted for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    As Jack Cafferty would say, "How's that working for you?"

    She needs to go home and get a life.

    June 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. NO NO NO NO

    Hillary please keep your principles and dignity say: "NO to VP"

    June 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. christina

    I'm an avid Obama supporter and I must say that it honestly wouldn't phase me a bit. If he chose her, fine; if he didn't chose her, fine. It is what it is. Everyone needs to understand the choice belongs solely to Barack Obama. It's a matter of what HE wants and Hillary supporters (or anyone else for that matter) can't force him to do anything. As Obama has shown throughout his campaign, he's a man that marches to the beat of his own drum. I admire the fact that he's not easily threatened or "pushed" into doing things. He's got a brilliant mind and he knows EXACTLY how to use it. Clinton supporters have realized this, which is subsequently the very reason why they've stopped discussing it as much.

    In closing let me just state this:
    We wouldn't mind Senator Clinton being on the same ticket with Obama, however please believe me when I say that he CAN win it WITHOUT her!!!

    OBAMA '08

    June 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Bob, Papillion NE

    I don't care what the polls say...the choice is his and no one else's. My prediction is the choice will supplement his weakness in world affairs and limited exposure to the ways of National government...someone much more seasoned and without the negatives of Clinton.

    June 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Esme

    DO IT!

    June 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. john

    BRAVO! GC good show nicely put

    June 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Kyle

    I take it most of the people posting here don't know how to take a step back and look at the big picture. I think Hillary as VP would be a good idea as long as you gave Bill something to do to keep him busy. Just imagine what could get done twice as fast with the two of these great people working for us Americans instead of special interests. Also just think of about 36,000,000 people voting for a democrat in November... it would blow the Republicans out of the water in no time flat. I think Hillary can bring with her a lot of great experience on the big and small issues and many of the swing states like Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania etc! He has a lot of mending to do in these states, with her on the ticket I think it would be so much easier especially here in Michigan. I have discussed this topic with my extended family ~40 people that all say "if Hillary is not on the ticket they will not vote in November". It is important we look at the big picture here instead of our personal agendas, atelier motives etc.

    Oh I forgot to mention that if she is not on the ticket I would be an Independent and very difficult to persuade to either side.

    Good Luck to the both of them.

    Obama/Clinton 08 ...

    VoteBoth.com – I came across this yesterday, I wish they would tell us how many people are signing it.

    June 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. The Guy

    News at 11 : Women voters act like children, shame nation.

    June 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. No More Clintons, CA

    Obama can WIN without BACKSTABING knife fighter Clintons near him!

    The Clintons will always have SINKING Obama on their agenda in whatever they do.

    The Clintons are UNTRUSTWORTHY!

    June 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. DeniseGA

    Obama would lose his independent and republican supporters if he chooses her. I really hope he does not, she can't bring anything to the ticket, and cost him votes. Most of her supporters, will realize who is more in tuned with thier ideas and vote Obama, anyway.

    June 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. The Lady

    Please let this go, I don't see you all pushing someone down Mccains throat on who should be his VP give Obama the same respect.

    June 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Diana NJ

    Maybe what matters are what independents and the new voters want..

    June 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Ms. Davis

    I do nto knwo who they are polling but the majority of dems I know do not want her. If Obama is serious about change than he will not bring in the Clintons , who represent all that is wrong with Washington.

    June 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Rich


    I forgot to mention you said it right! No appeasement for sexists who cried for 17 months!

    June 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Skeptic

    The most important thing to remember is that Hillary wanted to win the presidency so badly she was willing to destroy the Democratic party in the process. Unlike VPs in the past, she is not someone willing to be in the number 2 spot, though she may say otherwise. We have to remember that, although she may say she would be willing to be the VP, she also said that Michigan and Florida shouldn't have their delegates seated, but promptly changed her mind when she needed them. All in all she is going to choose to do whatever pushes her political agenda, and, unfortunately for her, if she runs for VP then Bill Clinton will still be a political liability for the Democratic party.

    June 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Tami

    It's time to unite the party and support the party and not the people. People against Obama say he doesn't have enough experience and people against Clinton say she is a deceiptful person. Put them on the same ticket and the Democratic party will definitely unite and win the election in November. They can balance each other out. He can rely on her experience and she can maybe get some morals. Isn't it time to start bringing our troops home from IRAQ? A war based on Bush lies. Isn't it time to breath some life back into the economy? And maybe just maybe, Obama bin Forgoten will once again become Obama bin Laden................................

    June 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Mike Richardson

    Hillary supporters are constantly bashed for standing by their candidate of choice. But now, when the tune changes and people want Hillary on the ticket Obama supporters are saying they won't vote for him if he picks her. This is ridiculous. It doesn't matter who the nominee is, it doesn't matter who the VP nominee is. All Democats should want is a DEMOCRATIC WHITE HOUSE. Who cares who he picks, people who don't vote for him because he picks her or Hillary Clinton supporters who vote McCain because she didn't win are simply fools.

    June 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Chico in AZ

    If Senator Obama speaks for us, the people, and was stressing that it is the will of the people that has chosen him as the Democratic Presidential Nominee his selection is simple.
    The people have again spoken senator. Senator Clinton should be the vp selection.

    June 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Tony Marshall

    That's why Hillary should not be President – we can't have an Angry White Woman running the country. So emotional and irational you'd cut of your nose to spite your face................give up your rights as a woman because you think Hillary was treated unfairly.

    Pleeze...........this is bigger than your hurt feelings. I'm sure after the Hillary supporters realize what they are saying by voting for McSame they will come around. If you don't put a Democrat in; you want allow Obama to give Hillary a position where she can continue push her agenda.

    If it Clinton supporters hold true to their word and don't support Obama then your candidate will go down in history as scum............this will set woman back because they will be looked upon as emotional without leadership qualities. Get on the bus or get run over.............no vote for Obama or a vote for McCain will result in everyones demise.

    June 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Renee in NJ

    If Hillary is not on the ticket, I will be an Independent voting for a Republican. There is a reason over 18 million people voted for her – her experience. He'll need advice and counsel AND HER 18 MILLION VOTES if he makes it to the White House. Better to go to the White House with the party together than divided with us looking in from the outside again.

    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Mr Flroida

    No thanks CNN.. You and Lanny Davis can goto the side bar and please make no more request. Enough of you and Lanny trying to force HRC on the ticket. Just let the process take it course. Also for all of you that won't to vote McCain instead of Obama because you are upset. Make sure to sign your sons and daughters up for the War and don't complain because he already told you that is what he is going to do. Tax breaks for the rich yeah that sounds Democratic. So those tax breaks where supposed to create Jobs is what the Repubs said. Sound like the same old line. So stick to that choice and honor it when all hell goes wrong and we are fighting wars every because we are a stubborn country that doesn't want to get along with people. Just the dame truth.

    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. shirley

    I don't know a single person, including myself, who thinks Hillary would be a smart choice for Vice President. This is Hillary's new Vice Presidential campaign at work.

    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Tracy from North Carolina

    To you Democrats who say "if Hillary Clinton is not on the ticket, I'll vote for McCain" who are you really hurting?? Seriously.

    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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