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. Antoinette

    NO WE DON'T. Who is CNN polling? Why would I want another Bush in the White House. NO HILLARY. I'm a hard working woman and I don't want Hillary.

    June 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Kasie

    This is rubbish.

    I've never heard a single Obama supporter say they prefer Hilary over anyone else for VP. Where are they polling? HRC's website?

    June 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Topher

    Renee in NJ, there is also a reason even MORE people didn't want her around. Its called an election. If you don't vote for your party it is your own fault. Obama outsmarted her and ran a better campaign so why are people so upset at him?

    June 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Lisa

    NO WAY!

    June 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. no longer a lifelong

    The unfairness, disrespect and disregard for this woman warrior- has soured millions of Democrats and inspired them to leave their party.

    June 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Catherine

    First Clinton's campaign puts pressure on Obama to pick her, then her supporters start threatening to vote for McCain if she isn't picked .... under no circumstances should Obama cave to these kinds of threats and ultimatums, nor should he choose a candidate whose campaign would resort to these tactics.

    June 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Didn't poll this Democrat!

    I agree with Denise from New Jersey. No, thanks on the Clinton VP thing.

    I definitely don't see Clinton leaving the political spotlight anytime soon, but enough about her and the VP spot.

    No thank you!

    June 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. internet_winter

    Think outside the box!

    Think Caroline Kennedy! Think Sen. Mary Landrieu!

    June 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. ElleT

    Who is participating in these polls? Its surely not the majority of dems cause I dont know anybody that thinks her as VP is a good idea.

    June 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. victor

    vote on the issues , not on race or gender , otherwise u will have another Geroge Bush term and then u can all continue whining about gas , food prices

    June 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Tricia

    uh... no we don't

    June 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Marty

    The ONLY way I will consider voting for Obama is if Hillary is the VP. Actually I would be voting for Hillary not Obama.

    June 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. No Thanks

    They didn't poll this Democrat and I say no on the Clinton thing.

    If Obama chooses her, then I will have no choice, but no thanks.

    June 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Brett, Salt Lake City

    I am so sick of hearing about this VP thing. Give it a break...

    If Senator Obama wanted Clinton as his running mate he would have indicated this already. He obviously DOES NOT, so quit hyping this up CNN.

    June 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Michael

    Why can't the news media leave Obama alone with this "dream ticket"? Every since he clinched the nomination, some in the news media have been constantly perpetuating about this Obama-Clinton ticket. I understand that there are many who are filled with excitement because of the ticket's historical context and the possibility of settling the animosity between both camps and supporters, but please give him time and let him decide who will be his #2.

    June 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Krystof

    Sue in Florida wrote: "you are making it even harder for many of us to decide that we want to make the trip to support your candidate."

    YOUR candidate? Sue, he is OUR candidate. Plain and simple. Hillary lost in pledged delegates even if you counted all the MI and FL delegates as full votes, so I don't see how the Super Delegates decided this race. We, the voters, did, and the Super Delegates backed the will of the people in the end.

    June 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Bridget

    Look, we all appreciate the fact that Hillary run a very good campaign in a man's world, but the pundits and all the women out there should back off and let the nominee of the party, which is Obama do his own thing. He is a smart person, and he will do what is right by the party.
    What the women out there don't know is Hillary has a lot of baggage, and if Obama picks her, the democractic party will loose come november, and of course, that is what the Republicans are hoping for.
    Through out this campaign, when you listen to the pundits on the fox news channel, they have been praying for Hillary to win the nomination because they realize she is the weaker candidate to beat come election day, so now that Obama has won, they will pressure the women out there to cause their voices to be heard and therefore selecting Hillary as his running mate. Becareful what you wish for Women.Of course if you want John Mccain in the White House then Democrats should push for Hillary as the VP slot.

    June 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. RB TX

    HILLARY Just say no. Obama needs to face McCain alone.
    Barack supporters have been dillusioned and think Obama actually has a shot to win. Let the truth be told on election day.
    Make the choice for your supproters clear and easy and do not run for V.P.

    Go McCain

    June 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. John in KY

    That's the only way the DEM's will get my "VOTE"!!!!!
    Hillary in a valued position!!

    June 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. SPQR753

    I AGREE 100% WITH WHAT GC from Virginia WROTE.

    It's high time to eliminate illogical statements such as "rather than voting for Obama, I'll stay home" or ,EVEN WORSE, "I'll vote for McCain rather than for Obama".

    A democratic voter who thinks along those lines sounds like the enraged husband who cut his own.... (you kow what) to teach his wife a lesson.

    The last thing ANY intelligent democrat would like to have is McCain at the White House!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Harerta Tesfa

    To the many that do not seem to get it,
    Here is a message from a feminist at heart, Marie Wilson. Founder of "Take our daughter to work":

    "The fact that a woman fell short of the presidency this time around may be a grievous event for many women in this country, but America's demonstrated comfort with a female president is something that all of us should be celebrating.

    Building this kind of respect for the women who come after her is the great legacy that Clinton leaves. The women who have supported her owe her a similar version of that respect, by not sitting out an election that she has given her all to win, or by refusing to support another candidate who espouses values similar to their own.

    This is the true test of loyalty to Clinton and to the democratic values that drew them to her in the first place."

    June 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Dan in DC

    Obama claims to bring "CHANGE".
    Well, he won't be bringing any "CHANGE" if he puts another Clinton in the whitehouse!!!
    I hope he chooses a VP candidate who is NOT a gun-banning extremist.
    Then he might actually have a chance.

    June 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Caroline

    i really don't believe that poll.

    June 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Jonathan of Tampa, FL

    At first I thought Hillary should be the VP because of the fact I had intended to vote for her before the primary season had begun. Ultimately, I became an Obama supporter because he will sit down and talk with his enemies among other things. But after seeing how Clinton will do anything to win and could not graciously admit defeat for 48hrs after it was obvious to the rest of the world, I lost respect for her as well as the belief that Obama can trust her. I mean...would Bill hire someone to "get rid" of Obama? I would think not, but desperate times bring desperate measures. If he does choose her, I will support it.

    Just Say No to McCain.

    June 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Oronike

    I am a Democrat and a woman I do not want Clinton as my VP. She has run a horrible campaign, throwing good money after bad in a losing bid from the start. She clearly is not in this to share the spotlight with anybody, not even her own party, much less Obama. There are plenty of other viable candidates out there. No Clinton!!

    June 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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