June 11th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
7 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. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    OF COURSE! TRUE DEMOCRATS know what's a stake and are not fooled by 'faux-democrats' in these blogs and elsewhere claiming its Hillary or McCain!

    A TRUE DEMOCRAT KNOWS THAT A VOTE FOR MCCAIN IS A VOTE FOR .........

    MORE WAR, POSSIBLY WITH IRAN AS WELL, GOD HELP US!

    MORE NATIONAL DEBT ..... ISN'T OVER $10 TRILLION ENOUGH?

    MORE CONTINUED TAX BREAKS FOR BIG OIL ( I HEARD MITT ROMNEY, THE GUY'S A MOUTHPIECE FOR BIG OIL)

    MORE AMERICANS IN DESPERATE NEED OF HEALTHCARE....

    MORE FAILED FOREIGN POLICY!

    HOW CAN ANYONE VOTE FOR MCCAIN?

    DON'T LET THE RNC FOOL YOU, AMERICA! REMEMBER THE OLD WISE SAYING...... "FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU, FOOL ME TWICE SHAME ON ME!"

    June 11, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. LTX

    Don't buy into main stream media. It's fiction made up to get viewers who don't know any better. It's all about $. They don't care about this country.

    June 11, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Sam Houston, GA

    Any Clinton supporter that votes for McLame is throwing women back at least 50 years.

    McBushie has NO respect for women. I don't want my daughters growing up under a McBushie presidency. Talk about slavery !!!!!

    June 11, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Proud American

    Lets Go Dems!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. bernie

    I SEE OBAMA MADE ANOTHER SMART MOVE WHEN HE PICKED JOHNSON TO RUN HIS VP SELECTION COMMITTEE.HE TALKED ABOUT HILLARY VOTING FOR THE WAR HE HASN'T MADE A GOOD DECISION YET.IT'S LIKE I SAID HE IS LOST AND IN OVER HIS HEAD.HAVE THE D.N.C. GIVE HIM ANOTHER HAND FULL OF DELEGATE AND THAT WILL MAKE HIM MORE QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB.I HAVE BEEN A DEMOCRAT ALL MY LIFE BUT NOT THIS TIME.THANKS TO JACK CAFFERTY ,M.S.N.B.C. AND ALL OF THE BIG SHOTS IN THE D.N.C.I DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN BUT WILL IN THE FALL.

    June 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Dems

    White males make up the largest segment of the electorate and Obama won't get more than a sliver of them. He is a fraud.

    June 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Andrea. California

    Not this Hillary supporter.

    McCain 08'

    June 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Nova from NV

    I urge all Clinton supports to vote for McCain. The democratic party has stood by doing nothing while the media and Mrs. Clintons' haters fill the air with sexist remarks. They could have said something but they did not. I do not think this party share my values anymore so I will become an independent and vote for McCain.

    June 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Gary

    Due to the fact that this was a 'photo finish' race, the emotion level on both sides could only increase until the end. Now that it has been over for awhile, both Clinton AND Obama supporters are starting to think more clearly again. As an Obama supporter, I was certain to not vote for Sen Clinton if she became the nominee. What was I thinking? The conclusion I came to is this: of course I would have voted for Clinton. America cannot afford the GOP anymore. The Dems tried to go after 'Big oil' and the GOP shut it down in the Senate recently. So, the question for this election is this: who is on your side? For a large majority of Americans it is the Democratic Party; for big oil it is the Republicans.

    June 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Dilly Everett WA

    McCain will over turn Roe v Wade! He won't even consider a VP who's pro-choice! You want back room abortion-then vote McCain.

    June 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Denise

    You just illustrated the concrete proof, Kevin! "The Clintons thought they were entitled!" First of all, the media's repeated references to Hillary as "the Clintons" was absurd and unfair. Hillary is one person and one Senator who has accomplished a great deal in her own right. Her husband has in no way interfered with her Senate career and there is no evidence that he would have done so if she had become President. It is deeply sexist to suggest she is merely an appendage of her husband.

    To the second half of your sentence about entitlement, this is also without merit. Once again, the Obama-worshipping media repeated something enough times so that it became perceived as fact. What evidence is there that Hillary thought she was entitled to the Presidency? She raised money like everyone else did and she participated in the debates like everyone else did. While most polls in 2007 suggested she was the frontrunner, SHE never said anything of the kind.

    Hillary Clinton promised she would serve her full 6-year term as Senator before running for President. She kept her word. Barack Obama made the exact same promise. He lied.

    Why am I not voting for Obama? This is why.

    I will not vote for McCain, either. I will stay home or vote for a third candidate.
    -----------------------------

    KEVIN SAID: Everyone knows most Clinton voters will vote for Obama, even though some of them are still trying to imply (in a vague way) that she was treated unfairly without supplying any concrete proof.

    The Clintons thought they were entitled!

    June 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. gokimfrommi.PUMA

    Dont believe the MSM bias; we HILLARY supporters are NOT jumping on the NObama band wagon in this lifetime and will actively campaign against him.

    The majority of us will plug our noses and vote for Mccain come Novemeber and you can take that to the bank.

    Your scare tactics will not work either as the dems/indepen hold the majority in both the senate and the house and will limit any damage Mccain will be able to do.

    The war will also be stopped because of the majority and Roe~V~Wade will not be overturned either, first it is case law and second any SCJ appointed by Mccain will have to be vetted and go through congress.

    Do you really think they would allow a SCJ like that to be on the bench?NO

    How can you possibly support a nominee that was selected by the elites and not elected by the people?
    Do you want a dictatorship? Because by allowing the DNC to select NObama that is exactly what you would be getting.

    "PUMA DEMOCRAT"

    June 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Mark R

    Thank you Peter from San Francisco!

    You are so on the mark.

    I think that the posters you are referring to are called Trolls.

    June 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Leah

    Yeah, right, this poll is fabricated!

    June 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. KE

    One man can buy the house and the people who are living in it, but not the workers and the builders who built it.

    June 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. al

    Democrats that supported Clinton just don't like Obama's beliefs, his values or his unfair treatment of Michigan and Florida voters.

    Why doesn't the media get it.

    If Clinton went to a church that supported the KKK and had treated Michigan and Florida as disrespectfully as Obama did, they would not have supported her either.

    June 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. William, from Cali

    That's what makes this Country great...........We, as citizens, can replace those, that don't do the "Will of the People".But, that said, we also should "Back" , those that win, within our "fair" Democratic process. That includes, our "present" President, G.W.Bush.....How soon; we do forget!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Fight the liberal media!

    Welcome former Dems!

    Your party totally ignored you and listed to the liberal media rather than the votes. Obama barely got any votes and the media just makes it sound like he won

    That makes me MAD. And i know it makes you MAD too!

    McCain/Cheney 08!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    I Had A Feeling Hillary Supporters Would Pick Obama Over Mccain! They Wont Allow Their Right To Choose Be Taken Away! They Dont Want Their Children To Die In A War Which Doesnt Make Up Safer! They Wont Vote For A Man Like Mccain Who Loves War! Mccain Will Not Bring Our Troops Home Or Give Them The Care And Benefits They Deserve! His Voting Record Proves It!

    June 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Venus

    Welcome ladies! But... where are the men?

    By the way... a lot of women voted for Obama as well!

    Since when did this primary come down to just women?

    Go Obama!

    June 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. The O

    I knew after all the emotions settled down Clinton supporters would really take a look at McCain and say HELL NO!!!!! Well I say welcome to you all, and it will be a pleasure voting with you...

    BARACK / SEBELIUS 08

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Larry Buchas

    All the credit in the world belongs to Hillary Clinton. Her rallying speech was a thing of beauty and an historic one for her. I salute you, Hillary. Right now, I would even join her for a boilermaker

    June 11, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. interesting

    They have not asked me. I am going to treat him like he treated voters in Michigan "Uncommitted" and might not give him 1/2 a vote. LOL!

    June 11, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. el paso

    Aren't you PROUD of OBAMA!!!

    Campaign fund raising events scheduled in CHINA????? I guess he is getting ready to auction us off to the highest bidder.

    I wonder how much he intends to get for the selling of AMERICA?

    It is difficult to imagine that anyone with a minimum of two functional brain cells could even pretend to vote for THIS PRESUMPTIVE CANDIDATE.

    I am amazed at his / democratic party's view of campaign civility. Just one of a long list of reasons why, I pray, the democratic (clueless) party will once again be outside of the White House looking in.

    June 11, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Vi

    Welcome Clinton supporters....Let unite and end this fueding!

    Obama 08

    June 11, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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