June 6th, 2008
11:54 AM ET
7 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. Decision 08

    I THINK IT IS GOING TO DEPEND ON HER SPEECH SATURDAY. SHE NEEDS TO GIVE OBAMA THE RESPECT HE DESERVES FOR RUNNING A GREAT CAMPAIGN AND WINNING.... IF SHE CAN GIVE HIM HIS "PROPS" SHE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR THE VEEP POSITION...

    OBMA/ ?..... 08

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. cintrat@hotmail.com

    this is BALONEY and not true..

    CNN is making this up

    just for the buzz....

    the majority of Dems want to never see HRC again.

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Pol

    Suicide.

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Anne

    Americans…Please Let Go of Your Anger and move towards a better America, through understanding. Anger will get you nowhere fast.

    I am so saddened by the angry people on these blogs….You criticize the Rev. Wrights, Louis Farrakhans of the worlds for their opinions, but I find your hatred/anger just as bad if not worse.

    People have wished candidates dead, compared wives to Gorillas and other animals…wow, I just don't understand.

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. gary

    THATS THE ONLY WAY IT SHOULD BE.YOU HATERS GET OVER IT. IF O.B. PICKS HRC ,ITS BECAUSE HE KNOWS SHE IS THE BEST . YOU KEEP HATING ON THE CLINTONS , YOUR CANIDATE O.B. WILL LOOSE EVERYTHING. UNITY IS PEACE AND TOGETHERNESS , NOT HATE WHAT YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS BRING. THATS WHY O.B. AND HRC MET SECRETLY. THEY DIDN'T WANT THE BIAS MEDIA ,OR YOU HATERS TO KNOW. ITS HIS DECISSION. IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY AND CANIDATE, YOU BETTER START GIVING CREDIT AND RESPECT WHERE ITS DO FOR (HRC) AND HER SUPPORTERS. O.B. KNOWS HE NEEDS HER AND MAY EVEN PUT BILL IN A CABINET,POSSIBLE FOREIGN AFFAIRS ,WHICH BILL CLINTON NOWS ALOT ABOUT. ITS TIME FOR YOU HATERS TO GET A LIFE AND GET PAST YUR BIAS, AND HATE. THIS COUNRY NEEDS BOTH HRC AND O.B. TOGETHER.

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Donna, MA

    I didn't get a chance to vote and I say NO.

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Kiah

    Well it's NOT the Dems choice, it's BARACK OBAMA! And CNN needs to respect that and stop putting up poll numbers...

    June 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. NYC

    WE NEED TO HEAL THE PARTY BUT AFTER HER STUNT ON TUESDAY AND EVERYONE PRESSURING OBAMA HOW CAN HE NOW WITHOUT LOOKING FOOLISH............

    June 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. arc, Lugano, CH

    The media is full of stories how Senator Obama needs to take the initiative to mend fences as much as possible with Hillary’s support base. Yet, not much is being said of the need for reparations on the part of Hillary for the overwhelmingly negative campaign that she waged; one that defeated her justifiably in the end but could have strengthened John McCain's campaign effort.

    Her deplorable actions, her false accusations and outright dishonesty should not be forgotten, much less rewarded with the Vice Presidency!

    For the party come together, it is Hillary who should be making the greater effort to unify the voters of both camps, not the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States. Hillary should not be trusted until she repairs the damage that she caused. Then, and only then, can the party move forward to beat McCain. And for Sentor Obama to choose his running mate on his own.

    June 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Wayne

    A majority of Americans wanted to invade Iraq at one point. A majority of Americans wanted Bush to be president at one point. A majority of Americans can be WRONG. We were wise to nominate a person with wisdom and judgement...he had the right judgement on Iraq..time has revealed. I remain confident he will have the right judgement on a VP choice by NOT making Hillary his VP.

    It would be more appropriate for Hillary to come out and say she doesnt want the job. That would end this post victory horror story that has emerged with the help of the main stream media.

    June 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Toyin,Austria

    Why Hillary for God's. Pls leave this guy alone you this democrate let him make his choice, and i trust his judgement, it's going to be in the best interest of all of us. thanks and God bless you.

    June 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. IAMWMD

    It'll never happen. No insiders for VP, expecially this divisive woman

    June 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Brian H

    Did Hillary's camp run this poll?

    June 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. jeff - Dallas

    I's certainly nothing that I want to see!!! There are too many other possibilities out there, who are much less divisive than Hillary.

    June 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. eteklinski@att.net

    Not Independents and republicans!!!! Many of us support Obama but never ever a Clinton!

    June 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. ricardo williams

    I've supported Obama throughout his campaign and was disappointed that Hilary took so long to concede. However I think she ran a great campaign and proves she is a figjhter and they have similar views. I'll be happy if she is the Vice President. My wife however said she can't be trusted. I say give her the benefit of the doubt.

    June 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Stacy Clarks

    ALL I WANT IS A UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY!!!

    Women will WIN with Barack Obama as president, they get to keep all their rights that women fought hard and long for.

    Or they can kiss it all away if McCin is elected and he picks a supreme court justice that will take ALL our rights as women aways!!!!

    WOMEN FOR OUR RIGHTS, WOMEN FOR DEMOCRATS, NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Gina - Lancaster, PA

    Apparently I am in the 46% minority.

    June 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Stupid poll

    This poll means nothing. 49% of the registerd democrates voted for Clinton, of course that would be the base for this poll.

    He should not choice Clinton, period. She would however be better suited for a role in his cabinet.

    June 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. FORMER DEMOCRAT

    Don't jump on a sinking ship Hillary!

    June 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Neutral

    Hillary better stay away from Obambi as far away as she can; he's no good. Let Obambi drown on his own and take DNC along with him to the bottom of the ocean. Another 20 years for Dems to recover.

    June 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Tica

    Does anyone think there would be a constant jockeying for postion if these two served together as Pres & VP? The VP would have to step back somewhat and allow the Pres to lead strong and I can't see Sen. Clinton doing that. Both are just too dynamic and strong of leaders. I think it has to be either/or, but not both on the ticket.

    June 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. M in MN

    I'm a woman, and I don't want Clinton on the ticket, so don't divide this along gender lines.

    June 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Dave In Gainesville, Fl

    The Dems want, the media wants, how about what America wants or better yet what Barrack wants. Honestly this is getting old real fast, she lost get over it. I am of the opinion the best candidate is Gen Clark, I wish the media would stop all the Hillary canpaigning, I thought the media was suppose to be objective?

    June 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Peahen

    You missed asking me.

    June 6, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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