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. Revolution

    The will of the people was ignored in the Democratic primary but WILL be heard, loud and clear in the General Election.

    No hate. No bashing. No trashing. No cheating allowed in American Elections

    June 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |


    June 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. David, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Ooops. I guess no one really thought about whats in this for Hillary. Most Americans know that the VP job is one of the most useless in Washington. And now, after Cheney, no self-respecting Democrat is going to let a VP do or say anything! Hillary is a seated US Senator. Hillary's senate job is much more powerful and influencial than anything she'd really do as a VP. Plus, if Obama loses, Hillary is the natural candidate in 4 years. If Obama loses with Hillary on his ticket, she's probably done too, or at the very least cast in a losing role. Given the Clinton's negative ratings with Republicans and many independents, and their inevitable meddling if Hillary is VP on a winning ticket, Obama isn't sure he wants her on his ticket. So...the jury is still out on whether she'd be good for the ticket or not. But make no mistake about it, being VP is not in Hillary's interests. It's hard for her to find an up-side to it.

    June 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |

    Got a question..has anyone on this comment board ever been polled during this election?

    I haven't.

    June 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Marion Wiley

    It seems to me that Barack Obama should be free to choose whomever he feels he can best work with for his VP. It doesn't seem to me that Hillary and Bill would be the right choice after the "shame on you, Barack Obama" or the reference to McCain and herself having the right experience, but Obama only having a speech. Nor should it be forgotten how Hillary repeatedly lacked the ability to congratulate him publicly after he won various primaries, most regrettably directly after he clinched the nomination. Just because there is a slight majority in one poll (others not ) that "most" Dems think Hillary should be his running mate is not a wise reason to choose her. Years of experience does not erase character flaws.

    Marion( a 66-year-old female retired teacher from Iowa)

    June 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. outta here

    I'm appalled by the hateful, unfair treatment of this great public servant.

    I am leaving the party over this corruption.

    June 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Richard

    Which Majority are you talking about ?

    The Majority that left out all the caucus states, and added in an invalid one pony ballot in Michigan and a Florida vote that was won on name recognition ?

    I think it's about time that CNN gives up their spin act.

    If not, Msnbc will be taking over the top spot, and the unemployment rolls will swell with people who really deserve their plight.

    June 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Chryssa

    I don't know anyone who thinks Clinton should be VP. As I always ask – who the heck are these guys polling? They haven't asked me.

    June 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. casual observer

    It only makes political sense for Obama to pick Hillary as his VP this would force her hand to ensure all her followers came on board to help him win. As I see things I would not vote for Obama unless Hillary is on the ticket. I am sure there are about 55% of Democrats that look at the situation the same way. Other than that Hillary can try again in four years. She may have to find new ideas, as most of hers have been hijacked by others.

    June 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Val

    As a Democrat, I do not want Clinton as VP.

    June 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Mark from Connecticut

    The first critical decision a candidate must make is who will be his/her running-mate. So Obama should bow to uninformed "Entertainment Tonigth" type of pop-opinion about a dream ticket and not even make that decision himself? It's tempting because in many ways it would be a powerful ticket. But the reality is, he wouldn't be able to trust her. Naming HRC the VP running mate would finish the job of emasculation she's been working on over the past year.

    June 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. JSNJ

    What I don't understand about all the Hillary VP talk is: Is this about Hillary the woman, or women in general? What about the governor of Kansas, or the senator from Missouri? Last time I checked, they were women also. Either would be a fine choice, without all the baggage Hillary brings. Obama should not be brow-beaten with a Clinton or else threat. If 43 percent of Democrats don't want her, then the number among Independents is probably above 50 percent, and 80 or 90 percent of Republicans. Winning the general election is about broadening the appeal to as many in each group as possible. He can't win simply by satisfying Democrats. Bottom line: Hillary's negatives are way too high, and she'd be the wrong choice.

    June 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Dave

    I'm sick of the HRC supporters that are gonna jump ship. Turn the tides and lets sy the DNC pulls some sneaky stuff at the convention and gives the nod to HRC instead of Obama. At that point you've actually gone against the will of the popular vote and you'd have more angry voters than you do now with HRC.
    Using your own logic, those voters would cast aside their loyalty to the party to make sure HRC is not elected. Basically your arguement is that you don't want to see ANY democrat in the whitehouse.
    It makes no sense. It should go against everything you believe in. It's petty, childish and silly.
    Stop it now before your parents have to bend you over their knees and teach you a lesson about being a decent citizen of this great country.

    June 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Fee, Philadelphia

    GC from Virginia...you are so correct! I just hope cooler minds prevail and that whatever his choice is for VP, that Democrats will support him and his decision. I don't think it is a bad idea to add Hillary to the ticket, but I don't like the idea of people demanding it. I am also happy they had an opportunity to talk some things over.

    I also agree that supporters on both sides are really painting an ugly picture of the person they supposedly represent. Here you have two candidates who's policies and choices are as close as you are gonna get, but supporters who are at each other's throats.

    We look at the Middle East and judge amd try to understand why two societies that are so close kill each other and harbor such hatred. Well, how different are we? Democrats so angry that at the other candidate, pointing out weaknesses for McCain, threatening to cut off our noses to spite our face. What Democrat who is against war, higher taxes, for women's rights in their right mind would vote for McCain?

    Just sad. Come November if Obama loses...it won't be his fault as we will only have ourselves to blame. God help us all!

    Obama '08.

    June 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. candycane

    Well, you can count me out of that majority! I am of the opinion that would be the worst mistake Barack Obama could EVER make! They do not share the same psychology, nor values. Further, I don't want to see Bill Clinton (her siamese twin) hanging around the White House!! We had enough of him!! And Obama will get TWO FOR ONE if he chooses her. His adminstration will be flawed to begin with and completely controlled by the Clintons!! That certainly would not be "the change that we can believe in", he has proclaimed since day one of this campaign!!

    June 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    hell to the nawl!

    June 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Only Hill

    You have tampared with the most sacred freedom we Americans have: the right to vote in fair and free elections.

    Hillary or NO one.

    June 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Shane

    Clinton for VP: DO NOT WANT.

    June 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. j

    I think Obama will make a smart choice for VP and it could be HRC, but I'll wait for him to decide. I have confidence in his intelligence and politcial saavy. HRC has plenty of options open to her. Don't sell either of them short.

    June 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. skip

    Hillary would have to be on the ticket before I would consider voting for Obama.

    June 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Ryan

    If Obama supporters want party unity, they can get off the hate Clinton for no good reason bandwagon now and accept her in the number 2 position, this was the closest primary ever and she gathered lots of interest in the process herself. She has a lot to offer and she's not corrupt just because she's been around a long time doing a good job. I'll only vote for him if he does pick her.

    June 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Sean

    Sue in Florida: How did I make it harder for you? By pointing out what you just said? I for one am tired of Clinton supporters trying to blackmail the party. "Do what I want or I will do something you won't like". Fine. Do what you want.

    And for the record, Obama won by the rules. There is no popular vote count in the Primaries because of caucuses. This is not a new deal, and shouldn't have caught the Clinton campaign off guard. Whether or not you think caucases are fair is irrelevant. The rules are the rules, and they all agreed to them when they ran. And the popular vote argument is flawed, because I can show you math where Obama won the popular vote, where Clinton won the popular vote, where Obama won the important states, where Clinton won the popular states. The numbers can show anything, but in the end we have to live by the rules. That's what they exist for, they are guidance into how a decision must be made. And that decision has been made.

    June 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. B Bogy

    NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, how many times do I have to repeat it?
    We have in this great country of ours, more than two families who can run the country...

    Hillary, you lost, take your delegates with you and go home!
    And PLEASE take Bill with you!

    June 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. John

    thats B. S. he wouldn't do that to us. .

    June 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. jfs Memhis, Tn


    Trust me ...Obama did not rip the party apart. No more than Kennedy , or , Carter, Or Bill Clinton. THESE WERE CANDIDATES of CHANGE and ran against the OLD PARTY hopefuls such as Hillary. I think that you will have to agree that all of these folks made GREAT PRESIDENTS. Please do not try to justify your disappoint by blaming Obama. OUR, (as in your's and mine), Party has selected a change Candidate............please do not ruin this historic moment for the Party, USA, and the World by you STRANGE logic. We would love to welcome you aboard the Obama train and ask for your vote of comprimise and confidence......GO DEMOCRATS in NOV>

    June 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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