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. Scot C.

    Democratic women supporters are smart. Once they all realize that supporting McCain is a vote for anti-women, everything will fall into place.

    June 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Alanna

    Obama 08

    Yes we can!!

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

    President Barack Obama

    June 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Ray

    Wow, this story will drag in the RepubliTrolls.

    Attention all operatives: Operation Chaos has failed. Switch immediately to Operation "McCain Is Not Bush" (codeword to follow). That is all, over and out.

    June 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Kenneth M

    DEAR MARY, THEY ALL LIE. WHAT TYPE OF CRITERIA IS THAT? Danny, Democrat from AZ LETS BE POSITIVE. THE MORE VOTES FOR OBAMA THE BETTER

    June 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Tejano

    Forgive them Lord for they do not know what they do.
    Like sheep they are being led to slaughter.

    GOD SAVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    June 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Info

    Wakeup everything Anti Obama is not hill supports but REPUBICANS in disguise SPAMMING THIS BOARD!!

    June 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Republican for Obama

    There are plenty of us that will switch over to Obama, fed up and tired of eight years of Bush, to compensate for any Democrat defection

    June 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. KJ, GA

    This is encouraging. I am hoping, more Clinton supporters will get over grievances they have against Obama (false claims of lack of expereince that is actually covering deeper (color of skin possibly) issues as to why they refuse to vote for him.

    I truly believe for the good of our party, we democrates will unite!

    June 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Loretta from California

    Thank you!!! my brother and sister Democrats. We are in desparate need of you. We NEED your strength, courage, and cooperation if we are going to have any hope of ridding ourselves of the current Regime.

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

    DEMONSTRATE THE COURAGE OF YOUR CONVICTIONS

    June 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Abby

    Of course! How can women vote for a man who voted against equal pay for women? And against choice? And against bringing our kids home? There was a mourning period but if John McCain thinks he can get sensible women to vote against our own best interest and our family’s best interest, he has another thing coming.

    June 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Enlightened Voter

    Because they aren't stupid, that's why. As much as they love Clinton, which is their right, they are not fooled by the repub agenda or non people agenda. They, as well as the rest of the country, cannot afford the repubs.

    June 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. He lies?

    He lies? He's a politician. They all do... DUH. You're so stupid. Hillary lies too. She is a loser and, following your logic, none of your loser friends should have voted for her.

    June 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. beachgirl

    NO WAYYYYYYYYYY JOSE!! An empty suit, a guy who has NOT accomplished ANYTHING for this country, a guy who has been a Senator for 3 years and almost 2 of them have been campaining is NOT going to get my vote, my family, my church, my neighbors!! NO WAYYY CNN

    June 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Peter, San Francisco, CA

    Before we all get upset about all these supposed Hillary supporters claiming they'll never vote for Obama, ask yourself – how do you know who is really leaving these comments? These message boards do nothing to stop people from leaving repeated comments under different names, and they certainly can't tell who is really a registered Democrat and who isn't. My suspicion is that these are really GOP mischief makers. Well aware that their own candidate is awful and their party badly bruised, they are desperately hoping to divide the other side.

    But guess what, folks? The polls don't lie. America has had enough of the GOP hypocrisy. The Democratic party will be united, and will wipe the floor with you come November.

    June 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. David Goldman for OBAMA

    IF HILLARY WON,I & ALL MY FRIENDS WOULD HAVE VOTED

    FOR HER ALL DAY & INTO THE NIGHT. THAT WAS NOT EVEN

    A QUESTION. I WAS NOT HAPPY FOR HER SUPPORT FOR

    THE WAR, BUT MCMOULD IS ABSOLUTELY OUT OF HIS MIND.

    ANY OTHER DEMOCRAT WOULD DO AS WELL, ANY.

    June 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. little m

    From a woman over 50, the more I see Obama, the less I like him. No, I haven't changed my mind. He just does not have experience. I don't like McCain either. I am truly, truly undecided for the first time in my adult life. If Obama selects Hillary (which I don't know why he is waiting to name who his VP will be), then I will probably vote for him – if he does not – he doesn't get my vote.

    June 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. HILLARY WAS FORCED OUT BY SEXISM!!!

    HE WILL BE LUCKY TO GET HILLARY'S VOTES!

    HE SURE DOESN'T DESERVE THEM!

    A LOT OF PEOPLE DO NOT TRUST HIM!
    I AM ONE OF THEM!

    June 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Karen in Fla

    LOL Just as I thought!

    They didn't ask WHO the individual would vote for, they gave them two options – Obama or McCain. Not a true poll.

    Keep dreaming Obamabots!

    June 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Kevin

    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 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Repub girl for Obama.

    Older woman know that it isn't a popularity test, it is about saving birth control, womans right, childrens healthcare...not just about having a woman in office. We know what we need in our country and I will be upset if women vote for Mccain vs the feelings. Becuase you feeling you can repair...your choices you can never get back.

    June 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. AVEMBE The sun

    HRC will be able to put some pressure over Obama so that he really "takes care" of what women need...'cause he just need them!!! he can't afford to loose on that point.
    I also think that he should pick Mrs SEBELIUS as vice president ...THAT would deeply mean a REAL change he's claiming!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Pat in Cali

    If everybody in this blog claimed to be a Hillary supporter, there would still be 18 million Hillary supporters that have not commented here. So your comment does not matter in the grand scheme of things.

    The real Democrats will support the Democratic candidates. The rest of you are Republicans (in case you don't know that already).

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Ero

    Ladies over 50 - Please feel free to vote for Bush2 and suffer till you die. We deserve it.

    June 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Shhhhhhhhhh

    Country first party second (name) and "Country first party second" i guess this was what Obama emphasised in his speech and last tuesday. So think to yourself does that hold true to you?

    I guess you'd love your rights to be messed with (except you not a woman).

    Good luck to you. Tell me what you think after 4 years of McShame of McFlipflopper.

    June 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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