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. Randy - Denver

    Not this one sorry folks she just is NOT what he needs




    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Willis, Texas


    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. jen

    Can I still vote? NONONONONOONONONO Stop trying to strongarm Obama into selecting Clinton as his VP. Such a bad decision.

    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Maggie VT

    I am so sick of this!!!! Hillary's supporters now have a website voting for McCain. Congrats, HIllary, what a mess you made!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. robert orlick

    Clinton is a bad choice because it puts Bill back in the white house. Imagine Hillery & Bill together under Obama's feet. It would turn into a 3-ring circus. Make Hillery Health & Edu sec., that will keep her out of harms way.

    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Women for Obama 08!!!

    I don’t know who was polled but I didn’t get the memo. I sure don’t want Hillary as VP.

    June 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Susan

    We do!!

    Obama & Hillary together can beat McCain!


    June 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. robert


    June 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Aries(NJ)

    Can the nominee get some respect as far as choosing who he would like to be his VP....since when does the people decide for the candidate, this is ridiculous>>>Obama said he will not be pressured into choosing Clinton, STOP THE MADNESS!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. shan

    Its humble request from all Obama supporters that, please do not pressure on Obama to take Clinton as VP. It's completely his decsion and he should not take just because her supporters wants her to be there..Ultimately it's Obama who has to suffer in his day to day work sitting next to her and her husband in the background..Oh guys..take it easy

    June 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. RO

    What Democrats want, at this point, no longer matters. We have to look beyond simply what Democrats want.

    I believe President Carter made a strong argument when he noted that if you add those that won't vote for Hillary for one reason or another, to those that won't vote for Barack for one reason or another, you'll have a pretty big list of people whose votes WON'T go that direction. Why take the negatives of both?

    Hillary as VP would be a bad choice – let's support her in congress for a leadership position in the Senate. She can use her position there to support Health Care reform.

    June 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. jmv

    This poll must be with 99% of her supporters. Most of Obama's don't want her or her supporters.

    June 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Obama 08: white 60 year old female

    I used to come to the CNN ticker to be educated about issues and news...since the beginning to the primary process this site as been more of a gossip controversy column and is overrun with posters with their own ax to grind and the same tired comments. I now go to Huffington post and NBC's First Read which actually report on issues from many points of view....sad that these topics are what your coverage of the election will be about...a true disservice to your role in a democracy.

    June 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. the problem with obama supporters

    is every signle obamabot... believe's he/she is a majority. Creating the most selfish and least sufficient party (socialist/communist)to ever attempt to destroy the United States of America.

    June 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. CarieAnn in Indiana

    NO NO NO! If Hillary is the VP candidate, then my vote goes to McCain.

    June 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. random comment

    I don't see her landing on the ticket but she'll undoubtedly get a high-profile appointment in his administration if he wins. She'll be able to make her own mark on American history without her husband overshadowing her the way he did on the campaign trail. This would be a true change.

    Clinton in the white house again, even as VP, would represent "more of the same"... it runs against Obama's message. The Clintons - both of them - would be reinvestigated and revetted and all the skeletons would be dredged up again. The GOP will bring up all the negativity and divisiveness from the primaries and throw it in our faces again. We just need to move on.

    June 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Dave in Houston

    We don't need Hillary to deliver New York. I think Obama will do just fine there.

    For me, Jim Webb is the perfect complement. He can help with Virginia, a state that could go blue this time. He's military and worked in a Republican administration. He is now embracing a populist message and his recent GI bill "supports the troops" in a real way, but mean ol' John McCain wants to cheap out on them.

    The perfect spot for Hillary: Sec'y of HHS. Case closed.

    June 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. robert


    June 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Eli

    Any true DEMOCRAT would want these two people on the ticket together. These two people would mean that we as DEMOCRATS would win hands down this fall. The only people that would not want this UNION would be REPUBLICANS. If we want UNITY and to win this fall, this is the true way.

    June 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Len in Washington

    To: "GC from Virginia"

    Thankyou. It's refreshing to see thoughtful and accurate comments about this whole situation.

    June 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Steve

    You people are crazy on these blogs.

    1. Clinton can do no right. It doesnt matter what she does for some people
    2. Why would Clinton want to be part of Obama's cabinet? Would you prefer to be a cabinet member or one of two NY state senators?
    3. Who cares who the VP is honestly either way. Is it really that important?

    She should tell him to stick it where the sun doesn't shine and do her own thing.

    June 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Kareem Rashad From Hampton, Va

    When is everyone gonna understand that being a Veep is a disservice to Hillary! She needs a better position like Majority Leader or Supreme Court justice! A place where some of her polices that resonated the populous can still be moved forward! To list all of her accomplishments this primary season just to suggest she be Veep is counter productive! She deserves more than Veep Im sorry but she does! Maybe thats why she annouced that she doesnt want it! Follow her lead if you are her followers!

    June 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Andy in Seattle

    'rickG'.... terrible attitude. Once again. Read GC in Virginia's post. Says it plain and simple. If you trusted Hillary and Hillary trusts Obama... where's the disconnect?

    Don't be lame and ruin it for the rest of us, including yourself. Voting for McCain only hurts 98% of the citizens in this country.

    June 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Accountant Guy

    I would have to disagree. I am a Democrat and I DO NOT want Hilary as VP!!

    June 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    "CNN Political Analyst Bill Schneider" has been in the tank for Clinton this entire way through. He is as disingenuous of a political analyst as anyone at Fixed News. I don't trust polls, and especially don't trust Bill Schneider.

    June 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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