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. california voter

    i would say rallying to his side reluctantly–under the direction of our first choice, hillary. i for one see obama as totally unqualified, uninspiring, unoriginal; but the lesser of two evils. no enthusiasm for this at all... only hillary's inspiring message could make me do this, and i hope the media will give her the credit she deserves for that.

    June 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. art

    Is he really change? He is just another suit and i will not vote for him. Let the the Republicans fix their mess.

    June 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. B positive

    What a bunch of bunk ! PUMA>>>>Operation Turndown!

    June 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Anthony

    Why don't some hillary supporters get it? I thought we were democrats to vote for mccain is not what we need and they know it. Its time for a democrat to run this country, and if you support Clinton you will vote for a democrat period. This is our party Hillary is part of that party to vote for republican is to guarantee her a spot no where. Obama will give her a important job. Do you think Mccain will give her an important job? NO!
    Please come together democrats. This is not what Hillary wants to see.
    How can you guarantee her a spot if you wont vote for Obama. I have given money to both Hillary and Obama. I am a young voter who will vote democrat no matter what. I just don't want you guys to fall for mcbush's trap this is what he wants us to be mad at each other.

    COME TOGETHER DEMOCRATS

    June 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. randy

    very happy to here this because we all share one value as democrats .
    not the other side .we democrats will come together a take back the white house.white,black ,hispanic,asian,indian.we all need stay together and win this election come november 4.if your 18 and above, please register if you haven,t so you can vote in november.

    June 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Big gator

    Rus in St. Paul, MN

    Is that the kind of man women can get behind?NO! McCainis the type Larry Craig would get behind

    June 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Steve H

    So Hussein Obama picks up Clinton support despite his crumbling image.

    Jim Johnson, the man running Obama’s vice presidential search team, stepped down after he had received preferential deals on Countrywide Financial mortgages, the company at the heart of the sub-prime foreclosure disaster.

    Obama's himself got a sweetheart deal on a property deal from Tony Resko.

    David Axelrod, Obama's political mastermind, worked for a firm that led a public relations effort for Exelon, the giant power company.

    The man who helped convince Obama to run, former Senator Tom Daschle, works for a lobbying firm.

    Hundreds of former lobbyists populate Obama's staff and current lobbyists offer him unpaid advice.

    Yeah, that’s the kind of change you can bank on. All the slime without the experience.

    June 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Women In California for Obama

    Well, not all HRC supporters are racists.

    June 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. ES NYC

    For all bitter Hillary 'supporters' that say they will stick with Mc Cain, here is some findings for you:

    Hillary 'supporters' that support Mc Cain will lose twice !

    The Mc Cain/Hillary/PUMA = double losers

    June 11, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. DCER

    Obama will lose in November. Just wait for the real fight to begin with the Republicans. He does not stand a chance. He's gonna need more than 18 million of Hillary's supporters.

    June 11, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. M.S. Indiana

    Give us a few more weeks and McCain will have no vote

    Ron Paul 2008 !!!!

    June 11, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Cathy

    Christine V from Dallas, TX:

    You are just wrong for that Kool-Aid comment. Grow up!!!!

    June 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Heidi

    THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO MARY. OF COURSE YOU WOULDN'T VOTE FOR OBAMA YOUR OVER 60 AND SINCE YOU CAN'T HAVE CHILDERN ANYMORE IT DOESN'T MATTER TO YOU THAT MCCAIN WOULD BE A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ON THE BENCH THAT WOULD OVERTURN ROE VS WADE AND THAT YOUNGER WOMEN YOU HAVE SON'S AND DAUGHTERS IN THE WAR MAY COME HOME IN BODY BAGS DOESN'T MATTER TO YOU EITHER.

    GET OVER BEING MAD BECAUSE YOU WON'T SEE A WOMAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, TRY THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE AND THOSE WILL WILL COME AFTER YOU.

    June 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Heart vs. head

    Should there be any surprise that BHO leads among those who vote with their heart? If only more voters used their HEADS!

    June 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. California Girl

    I'm still waiting for Obama to put Hillary on the ticket. Then my family will vote him; if not, we will write-in Hillary's name on the ballot.

    June 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Brian

    Not any women I know – they say only now that she's out is the media adressing gender's roll in all of this - and only after she did what they said. They're pissed. I don't know if Obama will feel this fallout, but the entire media punditry should be ashamed of themselves. They think they're hip, making unconsciously sexist remarks while wearing pink ties (Oberman). As a guy, I am appauled.

    June 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Pam

    Ok...here's a little spelling lesson. Loser is the opposite of winner. Looser is the opposite of tighter.

    June 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. New Day

    yay!!!! I still think the country needs Hillary more as head of the senate more than as VP but, I will vote Dem regardless of what the ticket is. I think McCain is a great American and I have a ton of respect for him. But I do not agree with his policy of appeasement to big business. It has been proven over and over that businesses care about their investors, not their employees.

    June 11, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    Not me! I still plan to write Hillary on my ballot. I'm so sick of this election. Race seems to be at the forefront of this whole election process. We can't see the race, because of race. I'm sick of being grouped, black, white, men, women, old, young, rich, poor, educated, uneducated. We seem to be going backwards at an alarming rate. Slavery is still alive and well in this country. People trafficking is as big a problem as drugs, if not worse. People from Mexico, Central America, Africa and other countries are being sold into slavery today. People who will pay for anything, can get anything. Greed is the driving force. If there were no buyers there would be no sellers. People would not steal a car stereo, if no one would buy it. I wish everyone would question a $600.00 stereo being sold for $50.00? The love of money is the root of all evil. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

    June 11, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. Sandi from Michigan

    I don't believe the hype that women voters are too emotional, too irrational and too personally connected to Hilary, to ever vote for Obama. Women who care about women's issues can't vote for McCain!

    How did it happen that the first real chance for a woman in the White House brings this awful caricature of women voters?

    June 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. tedious898

    Thank You Hillary Supporters! God Bless each of you

    June 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. Michelle

    "Bloomberg Warns Voters on Confusing Charisma, Substance"
    (NY Sun)

    P.S. Only the electoral college matters.

    June 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Former g.o.p.

    Bush destroyed the g.o.p. Vote for Bob Barr to send a message.

    June 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Richard, FL

    It is good to see that many of Hillary's supporters really do trust her and respect her judgement. It's pathetic that so many of her avid supporters just claimed they respected her but really didn't.

    June 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Nicole in NE

    Terri – that is the funniest thing I have heard – I know about 20 people who voted for Clinton and they are now for Obama – because they are DEMOCRATS!

    If people are voting for McCain because they feel Hillary was treated with sexism – that is honestly ridiculous. McCain DOES NOT support women's right, he barely has respect for his own wife.
    Puh-leeeease!

    June 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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