June 11th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll shows Obama picking up Clinton voters

A new poll shows signs Obama is winning over former Clinton supporters.
A new poll shows signs Obama is winning over former Clinton supporters.

(CNN) - A new poll out Wednesday suggests Barack Obama is picking up support among older female voters, a demographic that largely voted for Hillary Clinton in the prolonged Democratic primary race.

The findings could be a sign the Illinois senator is making significant strides among that bloc of voters, who had been fiercely loyal to Clinton and potentially ambivalent about supporting Obama in the general election.

WATCH Analysis of why Clinton supporters are moving toward Obama

According the new survey out by Gallup, Obama now holds a 6 point lead over McCain among women over 50 nationwide, 47 to 41 percent. That compares to a 3 point lead (46 to 43 percent) McCain held over Obama in a similar poll taken last week just days before Hillary Clinton conceded the nomination.

WATCH Clinton urge her supporters to back Obama

Extended to all female voters, Obama now holds a 13 point lead over McCain, up 8 points from this time last week.

Eight days after the Democratic nomination officially came to an end, Alan Silverleib, CNN Senior Political Researcher, said the poll provides "solid evidence that the wounds of the Democrats’ long primary season are already starting to heal."

“Obama will need most of Clinton’s women supporters to beat McCain in November," Silverleib said. "Fortunately for Obama, many of these supporters are apparently rallying to his side.”

soundoff (508 Responses)
  1. Dusacre

    Please no more republican

    June 11, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Danny, Democrat from AZ

    Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for the onslaught of unintelligent, bitter Hillary supporters saying they will never vote for Obama and are switching their votes to a candidate who does not stand on their issues with them – McCain.

    Vote for your future, vote Obama.

    June 11, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Kiah

    Wonderful news!

    Obama/Clinton '08!

    June 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Mary

    And yesterday, a news report stated that three million Clinton supporters had vowed not to vote for Obama. I am over 50 and so are my friendds and none of us will vote for him. He is a loser to us. He lies.

    June 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Country first party second

    NO WAY...............I don't believe what CNN says they are just saying this to stir up trouble again AS THEY HAVE FROM DAY ONE. All the blogs I have been on say different. There are WWWWWAAAAAYYYY too many dems that don't and will never support Obama.

    STOP IT CNN. YOU LIE NOW AND HAVE LIED SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PRIMARIES.

    June 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. California Voter

    He doesn't have our vote yet. These polls are often misleading!

    June 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. McCain is not my friend...

    We knew this anyways despite reporters and pundits saying we could never unite....Welcome Aboard Hillary supporter!

    June 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    So much for Rush's dittoheads-in-disguise! We will crush McSame before he has a chance to veto beer and leave the troops in Iraq for another 50 years...

    June 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    Outstanding! I am so happy that we are starting to come together as a family. I wholeheartedly embrace ALL members of our family and look forward to utilizing all of our resources to garner an OVERWHELMING democratic victory in November! We are FAMILY–I got all my fellow DEMS & ME!!!

    June 11, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. chad

    : ) hilary supporters great for you to help out to win in november
    appreciate it

    June 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Kiah

    This can't be good news for CNN...what ever will Campbell Brown discuss if there is no more evidence of a riff in the Democratic party?

    June 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Russell Hammond

    There are two kinds of Republicans: millionaires and suckers.

    June 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Go Obama!

    Hillary supporters will keep coming on board, especially after Obama either names her VP, or gives her something else extremely important to do, like being our Health Care Czar, or Secretary of State.

    June 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Kenneth M

    WELCOME ABOARD. TOGETHER WE WILL BEAT MCCAIN: End the War
    · Universal Healthcare
    · Turn the Economy Around
    · Fight the Greenhouse Effect
    · Ensure a Women’s Right to Choose

    June 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. McCain is not my friend...

    @Mary...stop posting as a Hillary/McCain supporter what over 50 woman says things like "He is a loser" ....ROFL

    June 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Lisa

    I'm sooooo glad Obama will be our next President !

    He's like a breath of fresh air with telling the truth and no baggage.

    Obama is the ONLY one who will be able to fix our country.

    June 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. JJ

    Well I dont read too much into polls. The only polling that is going to matter is when we elect our next President in November. I really hope it's Obama because we cannot let McCain in there.

    June 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Marc

    The reason why he is picking up women voters who use to support Hillary is because the economy is not getting any better. They just showed if you filed your taxes under one of the two candidates, the little people making less then 100,000 dollars would do very good compared to under McCain where you will get almost nothing. They also know that McCain is working on getting Roe v Wade overturned. They also know that this war in Iraq is not getting us anywhere and we want to put food on our table for our kids. The Republicans say that Obama wants to madate health insurance for kids, but how much have we paid to the insurance companies for our children to see a doctor.

    June 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Margaret

    Great!!

    It looks like Hillary delivered!!

    Love Hillary–She always delivers big!

    June 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Karen in Fla

    DREAM ON.

    They sure didn't poll me! And I'd love to hear what they asked. Because if they ask "Are you planning to vote for McCain" and attributing a "No" answer to that question as a "Yes" to Obama, guess again.

    BTW – There ARE other candidates you know!

    Also – the nom isn't formal until after the convention....

    June 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Brian Tesh

    This just shows that there aren't as many idiots as I thought in this world. For awhile I was worried some childish sore losers were going to try and make my children's lives more difficult for no good reason.

    June 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Agnostic Democrat

    It's the economy, the war and other impending issues that can no longer be ignored, stupid. Unfortunately, McSame is so out of touch and disconnected he couldn't feel our pain or the nation's need for relief if it was force-fed to him.

    June 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Kiah

    Mary...I'm sure at 50 you and your friends would love to help aid in the disaster of OUR party but thankfully there are MANY MORE sensible women in this country who won't allow shallow hang-ups stop OUR party. And PLEASE don't get me started on LIES and the Clinton's...you don't even want to open that can of worms "sweetie"

    Obama '08!

    June 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. sherry

    I'm over 50 and I'm voting for Obama.

    June 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Sheri

    This is so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This news just made my DAY

    June 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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