June 6th, 2008
11:54 AM ET
6 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. Pam

    Too bad they didn't poll me, I would have told the how much I DON'T want that to happen. Who did they ask, Hillary's campaign staff?

    June 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Independent voter from California

    I am not a registered democrat but as of today, I have always voted for a democrat for president. I am an independent, and I oppose Hillary as VP – she can only hurt Obama's campaign. The Clintons already had 8 years in the White House, and there is a reason a president cannot run a third term – come on, Bill would be involved and we all know it. Hillary also showed the kind of VP she would make on tuesday – she has refused to exit the race, and is suspending it now (which tells me she is still hoping to get the role of president).

    I hope that for the sake of this country, we elect a democrat to the White House, but if Hillary is on Obama's ticket, that looks very unlikely, and we would just help put McCain in the White House.

    Hillary and supporters: back off and do not jeopardize this election. Having HRC on the ticket, with Bill riding along, will ensure another republican White House term.

    June 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Cindy

    HILLARY DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO THIS POSITION!

    Obama is being discriminated against by being "forced" to take Hillary as his running mate— this is being shoved down his throat! — HOW SHAMEFUL IS THIS!

    Obama needs someone with Governorial experience and with proven foreign affairs or economic strenght— NOT Hillary!!!

    Hillary does not comply with his ideals and he would be seen as lying to the public if he were to now accept someone who voted for the war and accepts PAC money and lobbyists money! This would go aginst what he stands for—- No Hillary!

    June 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Michael Turner Dallas, Texas

    Well The Super Delegates alresdy ignored the most popluar votes every recorded in the history of primaries, now the polls show Hillary should be the VP clearly. I am a Hillary supporter and one of the millions of votes that the Democrats will need and continued overlooking of what more than half the voters are asking for will make it hard for me to support the Democratic ticket no matter who would have been on it. To me this is like the first NBA Dream Team that one every game in the Olympics by at least 35 points to win the Gold Medal. The Obama/Clinton ticket to me means the race for the White House is over the day the announcement is made. I am not saying I would not vote for Obama without Clinton, but I would if the "people" are saying thats who they want and now the people dont matter but before they did.

    June 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. OnlyIntellectualsShouldBePresident.

    who the hell is saying dems want hilary as vp? She was so crazy during her campaign that making her vp will kill his chances of winning in november.

    June 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Joshua College Station Texas

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Tom

    Forget Wolf its not going to happen so stop pushing the idea.

    June 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. sozzi

    Is this Wolf Blitzer at it again? Is he still trying to put Hillary in the White House? Please CNN stop this side show.

    June 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Thomas

    "After these silly emotions die down, women will no more want a token woman VP than they would a token Black President"

    Hillary Clinton will never just be a token woman, shes a Clinton thats the REAL problem with with her being VP because she is stronger then Obama, he needs to pick someone weaker then him with experence in running the economy.

    As it sits right now with no VPs picked McCain is the stronger person when it comes to fixing the economy. Obama is the stronger person to get us out of the war...

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. DemocracyNow2008

    CNN get real Democrats on the Obama side will not accept Clinton near the Whitehouse noless on his VP top list.

    It will never happen.

    If Obama allowed her to be VP I would stay home and not even vote.

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Salina

    NOT TRUE!!! Most Dems don't want Clinton as the VP. Like the primary elections, the Reps are voting in those so-called polls for Clinton as the VP, not the Dems. Bogus!!

    Obama '08

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. norma

    If they are smart they will choose her as VP or lose in the fall. We still think she got robbed.

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. David FL

    As a Democrat who supports Obama, I certainly wouldn't mind Clinton being his VP. She will unite us and drive a strong GE campaign. That said, I would prefer to see him choose someone else who can appeal to the fractured conservative party and independents. I don't see Clinton pulling any numbers from the Republican Party as VP. If anything I see her helping them rally around McCain. Most conservatives can agree on their dislike for Clinton. Not to mention, there is still "baggage" that Clinton has yet to be pressed on. I don't want her bringing down the GE because of Paul v. Clinton, her ties to a law firm who represented communists interests, or her long list of other scandals. If you think the Republicans will sit back and turn a blind eye to these underreported issues, you're crazy. They WILL be news.

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Independent voter from California

    Oh yeah, my spouse is a registered democrat, and was not included in this poll – my spouse, a longtime registered democrat, OPPOSES Hillary on Obama's ticket.

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Clint, Kentucky

    George,

    It's men who feel threatened by strong women who are weak.

    Obama will do the right thing.

    Obama will do the strong thing.

    Obama will do the non-emotional, logical, rational thing.

    Obama will pick Hillary to be his running mate.

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. drnen

    There are a lot of hurt feelings right now but the fact remains that their visions for the future are different, even if their policies match up in most places. The people who got Obama to where he is now don't want her and Bill mucking up the works. She would not relegate herself to a secondary role- she would always be looking for more power. Say no to hillary as VP! Put her in the cabinet in a lesser role sure, but not veep- someplace she can stay mostly out of the picture and leave Obama as primary policy maker!

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Brooke

    Obama shouldn't pick Hillary, she shouldn't be on a losing ticket this year.

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Bonnie L. Bowden

    NOOOOOO...he needs to have his own choice for his own reasons. I can think of alot of other people who would be better...like Richardson. I am a 71 year old woman....you say that all older woman want Hillary....not so.

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. David

    this would be a nightmare. this lady hurts more than helps. she is way too divisive. I would not vote for this ticket so I hope Barack is smart enough to get someone else if he wants to reach us moderates. Hillary most likely suspects Obama will not serve out the term and wants on as VP so she can ascend to the presidency since she thought that the nomination belonged to her anyway.

    June 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Sam Rose

    I think that CNN is not respecting his request-by ever body needing to
    calm down about this issue-
    his choice will be methodical-and systematic-and the best decision for our country not just Clinton supporters-

    he was clear in the CNN interview last night–
    he will not be pressured–

    personally I want a President that will not bow to being held hostage by friend or foe and that is what these crazed Clinton supporters are trying to do–hold their voters hostage -by making demands–

    June 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Jay

    Obama needs Cllinton for on the job training.

    June 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Walt

    LOL@Becky, that was a good one.

    I think it is a huge mistake for the Clintons to be anywhere near the white house. Frankly, they are scary as heck!

    But, I don't care who he picks. Long as he is in the white house and starts repairing OUR country.

    June 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. BJ

    Like it or not it may be a good move. She took all the big states, Ohio, Penn, New York, California, he will need those votes in order to win in November.

    June 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Phillip

    No to Clinton as VP. Her voters are going for McCain, they're useless. We'll get more Republicans to switch sides than all of her voters put together. But we can't get them with Clinton on the ticket.

    No, you lost. Go away now.

    June 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. GCG - Austin, TX

    CNN, Just "Settle Down" on this whole "Clinton as VP" issue, okay?

    I don't see you paying nearly as much attention to the Republican decision for VP, which is just as relevant as this one. What I *do* see is you deliberately putting things in the ticker that are polarizing in order to CREATE TENSION. That way you can then turn around and report it, but not take responsibility for creating the whole problem in the first place.

    June 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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