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. Vincent Ammirato

    Protest votes?!?!?

    HRC supporters want to protest by voting McCain???

    McCain and Clinton stand diametrically opposed on virtually every issue so you are going to protest by voting for someone, who, up to this month, was your sworn enemy?

    Why? Because it was a rigged primary?? Rigged against the family closest to royalty in the DNC?

    Race has *got* to be paying an issue here with you folks. Something like 25% of those exiting the polls in WVA admitted race was an issue and 90% voted Clinton....and those are the ones that admitted it.

    All this badgering isn't going to fix the war, our economy, the fact that the world's have-nots are finally developing, catching up with us, and wanting their fair share of the resources....

    Let's unite. Let's pray for our country.

    And Obama is more like Kennedy than Carter. He's getting more people into the process than ever before.

    June 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. RT

    I just saw a poll with the completely opposite results on MSNBC with a majority who dont want Clinton on the ticket.



    Stop giving her a platform....

    June 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Phyllis A. Strathmann

    I have been a lifelong yellow-dog Democrat, upset with the way the Republicans have run the country. However, many Democrats have betrayed Hillary Clinton, and her treatment them and by the press is unforgivable. My group of friends and I will not vote for Obama without Hillary on the ticket, regardless of their calls for "unity." Without Hillary, "there ain't gonna be no unity," folks. We're angry; as thinking, working women, we've been insulted, and we won't forget it by November. John McCain has been less offensive to Hillary than the disgusting likes of Randi Rhodes, Keith Olbermann, the political anchors at CNN and MSNBC, Ariana Huffington, Daily Kos, Buzzflash, etc. The website, " Bartcop" has been fair to both Hillary and Obama, and has set an example the others could have well afforded to follow. No matter how many pretty speeches he gives, Obama has only one opportunity to pull the party together, and the key to that is Hillary Clinton on the ticket.

    June 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Ruth

    The survey was conducted with 921 registered voters – what percentage were women? 75%?

    June 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Nichole - MD

    Has any registered Democrat on this blog been “scientifically” polled?

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

    Contrary to what some are saying that it is Obama's choice to make, it really isn't. Especially since his VP committee has former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson heading it up. That is the clue we needed. Johnson is a Bilderberg and they are the elite power brokers that are having a secretive meeting going on right now in Chantilly, VA. They decide who the VP's will be. They chose Edwards for Kerrey in 04 and he had to do it because they liked Edwards (Kerrey really didn't). Just don't expect mainstream media to report on any of this (since they are at the same meetings and are sworn to secrecy). Tell me this, if there was a huge meeting of sports stars or celebrities, would the media be interested in what's it about and report it to us? Then why is there a meeting of top political, business, finance, and media figures going on right now in Chantilly, VA with a virtual news blackout of it?

    June 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. JC from Buffalo

    To GC from Virginia:

    Thank you. I wish we could clone you 1000000 times over.

    June 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Ehsanul Haque

    No matter what the supporters of Hillary and Obama thinks, Personalities like Hillary, John and others who raced in the primaries for Presidential nominees are not "Yes Boss" kind of people. They are decision making type personalities. Hillary or any of those are not suitable to run with Obama as VP.
    There must be other candidates, well supported by all kinds of democrats (Black, Brown, White, Woman, Educated,Hispanic, Blue Color or Blue Color Whites, liberals, conservatives, Christians,Jews, Muslims and so on!!!). Jesus!! a new Prophet must land in America to tackle the devisive situation and to unify them under 'One Umbrella'.

    June 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Andy in Seattle

    GC from Virginia. Probably the best post I've read on CNN thus far..

    Everybody read that post. It's very very accurate. There is more at stake than a celebrity politician contest....

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

    Emotions are running too high right now for any poll to accurately indicate how people will feel in August.

    Obama supporters will reduce their fear of working with Hillary (and Bill) and Hillary supporters will remember that Hillary is too strong to be kept in the background. She would re-define the VP role in the same way Dick Cheney did.

    There is no way the ticket would work right now, but in time things could change.

    June 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Sally

    The key is not who do Democrats want to be his VP, but who independents and disaffected Republicans and Obama's ne voter core want? We want to win an election for the whoel Untes States not just the Democratic party.

    June 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Les

    What a mistake to have Hillary (and Bill ) as VP. I WONDER IF THE PRESS IS PUSHING THIS OR THE BIG MONEY DEMOCRATS THAT GAVE HER SUPPORT (MONEY) TO RUN and want to get their way on what should be done. Clinton's are not going to play 2nd fiddle no mater what they say now!

    June 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Stacy from Virginia

    I sense there are some Rush-kateers amongst us spreading hate and discontent. Don't take the bait. The names, like former democrat and others, are giveaways. Please state your affiliation and engage in spirited debate. But don't come in under false pretense and pretend to be something you are not. Don't be a lemming to that lummox.

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Beverly

    I won't vote for any ticket with the name Hillary Clinton on it.

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. stu

    I'm an Obama supporter, and gardless of the last few months, Obama/Clinton seems to be the best option for democrats in general.

    so please fellow supporters, just like you want her supporters to embrace our nominee, think open-mindedly of senator Clinton being VP, and you all know so well, its for our own good.


    CNN, please post!

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. ms brown

    don't believe that! the majority knows that. That is not a good decision

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Obama v McCain

    Obama will do his thing when he's ready

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Catrina

    Not this Dem...

    Even though I respect her as a politician and champion for universal healthcare, I think it would be a big mistake. I think her ego ( as well as Bill's) is probably too big for the #2 spot.

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Robin

    So 921 people dems and independants were polled out of how many democrats in the US with plus or minus 4.5 percentage points????
    Doesn't sound like conviencing evidence to elect Clinton as VP. Oh bother way CNN my vote is NO. I am tired of the media and Hillary and her supporters trying to push Obama in making a decision.
    But it does not sound like Obama is falling for any of this, smart to take time and have a committee for selection.

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. jerry garcia,

    get over it ,and move on gracefully side by side.united we stand ,divided we fall.

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Luke

    People stop smashing each others candidate.

    I had no plans of ever voting for Obama, but my Hillary has asked me to unite behind him and cast my vote for him, to that I say, SO BE IT.

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Mike D. from San Diego

    Thanks GC for stopping to post LOGICAL and thought out points here...this inflammatory rhetoric needs to calm down...from Clinton AND Obama supporters.

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Regina

    I am not one of those....I do NOT want that nightmare ticket!

    CNN you need to stop instigating.....but then again you are the media. I wish you would have at least given Senator Obama the credit he deserves for being a leader, knew how to respect Senator Clinton when she had the audacity to not even congratulate him. That is just tacky. I cannot say I respect how Senator Clinton campaigned cause it was not called for, but I do respect that she should receive credit for standing up for women. I cannot see her leading the country with the attitude of my way or the highway. That's not good for any of us. I believe she should have a position but not as VP as I don't believe she can be trusted to be loyal to Senator Obama, she has proven that, even though you won't report that....Change has come to America!

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. FL Dem

    If we remember correclty, it was HRC that emphasized the major differences in the two candidates. Obama has a fundamentally different approach to government and his platform of cleaning DC would not work with her on the ticket. She is 'old school' politics.

    June 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Michael in Seattle

    Thank you very much GC from Virginia !!!
    DEMS UNITE !!!!

    June 6, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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