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

    The only remote chance of me voting for Obama is if Hillary is VP otherwise I will write her in or vote McCain.

    June 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Jim Russell

    I don't think it would be very uniting for the party if Obama does not select Hillary ... but then appoints a different woman. This year, the honor of being the first woman nominee for Presidential or VP definitely belongs to Hillary.

    June 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Lisa

    There are many people out there that went WAY out there to get Hillary to win.....she needs to be on this ticket as VP

    June 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Chris

    54 to 43? where did they poll this..West Virginia? Pennsylvania?

    Obama can have a women in the ticket..Just not Hillary.

    June 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Dems 08

    It wouldn't work well. I have no problem with a woman as VP, but not Clinton. Hillary and Bill wouldn't see Obama as the president and Hillary as the VP. Hillary and Bill would feel they should have just as much power and input as Obama. They would clash too often and ultimately be inneffective.

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Indy

    It's not the registered democrats that will win the election for Obama – it's the independents. A great majority of independents DO NOT want HRC on the ticket. Pick wisely, Obama.

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Patrick

    Once again, polls show that most people are morons!

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. martin

    i no longer put stock in polls.this decision would be a big mistake!i would still vote for obama ,anyway,but,i feel it may make the general election more difficult.maybe hillary's learned a lesson about dirty campaigning,but,i doubt it.

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Peter in PA

    No Hillary!

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

    I am so very tired of Clintons. I just wish she would go away, I am a Republican who will vote for Obama if Hillary is not on the ticket. I am amazed that people can not see thru her, she will say anything to get elected. How about someone who knows how to tell the truth?

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. McCain=the draft

    Emotions are running high now.
    Hillary wouldn't fit in the message of change, and then there's the Bill factor.
    I trust Obama to make the right choice, and he won't let emotions dictate.

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    I dont believe CNN even in their own polls 60 or so said no to her as vp,
    so i dont know where they hget this, it is CNN "best political team," who wants her as vp

    apparently CNN does not read their own blogs..

    I am a democrat and will vote mccain if they choose her

    she is divisive
    she has not conceded
    she lies

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Nas from PA

    Republicans would take trailways to the polls just to vote against Clinton. This is still new. It's been what... 2-3 days?! Her supporters want it Obama supporters don't. Let emotions settle down a few weeks then see how this thing shapes up. The worst thing Obama could do is yeild to the pressure. The VP decision should be his and no one elses.

    Objective-A democratic white house!

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. JC

    Don't forget that this "50%" from polls are from people actually having a home phone. As in, older people. As in, clinton's crowd. Not a true poll of dems.

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. they didn't ask me for my opinion?

    So, where did the poll come from.? Stop these tactics and grow up.
    No Hillary or Billary. Is this poll coming from Lanny Davis? Bill Clinton?Chelsea Clinton? Diane -Hilary's frinend ?

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Paul

    I'm a Dem and I don't want her to be the VP.

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Charnel in NC

    Wrong poll. Forget it. No Clintons near the White House, period!

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Charles

    A nationwide poll of 447 people??? HA! That's not a poll.

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    Please Just say NO, Hillary. To tell the truth some Clinton supporters will vote for McCain because of Obamas promise to meet with our enemys without pre-conditions,because of his now former churchs theology,because of the choice of friends he has known for many years who he claims he just now found out how they really think, because of Michelles thesis and her comments of being proud of this country for the first time, because of his nasty supporters who contunue to call Hillary names and go so far as to imply she is a murderer and is capable of killing Obama to be President and lastly because of Obamas arrogance, he brushed Clinton off his shoulders, and we know what that really meant. We who support her are angry at the media and the DNC for the way they have tried to push her out. Why wasn't everyone up in arms when Kennedy took his fight to the convention and he needed 800 delegates. Everyone is trying to portray her as a villian for campaigning to the end. A party destroyer for her determination to fight for the votes of every American. Why , because she is a woman? Obama owes a lot of favors the news today explains Deans support of Obama. How many more favors will Obama begin to repay? What did he promise Nancy Pelosi? The Kennedy support must mean a Kennedy as VP? Kerry, what is his pay back? Maybe if enough of them can be a Secretary of something we can change congress. They will have to vacate their seats and open up the election process. That is of course if Obama makes it in November. I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballots as will my brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles etc. thirty that I know of, and they know people that I don't. Obama-bots say those who voted for Hillary because she is a woman, are sexist. What does that make Obama supporters who voted for him because he is black..RACIST? I thought so

    June 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. angelitA

    The questions I am asking is

    1) What prompted the super delegates to rush to crown Senator Obama the nominee when Senator Clinton started to make her late surge in the primaries, and even blowing Senator Obama out in some states?

    2) Which one of the candidates garnered the most diverse coalition of voters?

    June 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Susan Cusson, Mohave Valley, Arizona 86440

    Hillary, don't do It!!! Take the money and let him drown in his win. It will be short lived before his skeletons fall out of his closet. I don't think Barack will win. McCain will be one term and then Hillary your in. Don't sell yourself or us short. Actually, maybe you should change parties. I was a Dem until now. Maybe your father didn't have it wrong.
    My prayers and many thanks for you.
    Susan Cusson RN
    Mohave Valley, Arizona

    June 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Independent in Iowa


    Well if he chooses her, that's his choice. If you wont vote for him because Clinton is on the ticket, you are as bad as the die-hard Hillary supporters.

    At first I had threatened to vote McCain but I'm changing my toon. Even if Hillary isn't the VP, I'm sure he will make her a prominent figure in the party – possibly the Supreme Court. I'm sure she will be able to do positive things for Obama and the party no matter what role she accepts.

    June 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Phillip

    He would gain a few million Hillary supporters, and lose his base. Simple as that.

    June 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Mike in Cali

    Come on CNN.
    Senator Obama asked you to take a breath and give the
    VP blather a rest.
    It seems "media" just wants to keep talking about
    to make it a reality. Would she really be the best VP?
    I think she would make a better Secretary of State.

    Go find a real story.

    June 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Well, what's new?

    June 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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