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. TJ in Texas (Dallas)

    Way to go Hillary supporters. I'm glad to hear that not so may of you were sour grapes and sore losers as some. A Democrat is a Democrat. Not to mention that Obama and Clinotn beleive in the same issues and in the ways to solve those issues.

    Obama 2008. Democrats will take back this country!

    Also, what's up with people blamming CNN for this outcome. They don't control Gallup. Geeze.

    June 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. KM

    For the die hard Clinton supporters. I am not mad at you if you don't support or agree with Obama, that is your choice and your right. However, I am mad and disappointed if you tell me that you will NEVER vote for him and vote for McCain instead just to prove a point.

    I can respect you more if you did not vote for a presidential candidate at all.

    June 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Look out Washington can you smell what is cookin!!!!

    June 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Ramon

    Bull! He doesn't have this Clinton supporter!

    June 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. T.W.

    Do not think that that will last if he does not name her for VP It could evaporate in a minute if she is not a key player , namely VP. At this pt some women are honoring Hillsary's plea fpr Obama support and unity. don't blow it. she can help Obama in many ways.

    Hillary Delivers and desevrs the nod.

    June 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Ralph

    The begining of the end for the Repugs. McSame is not electable. Never was – never will be. He knows it, and most of all, his base knows it. Watch the point spread grow in the polls between McSame and Obama, as to who people will be voting for. The gap will get bigger the closer we are to Nov, and then you will see a crushing defeat being delivered, that has not been seen since Reagan vaporized Carter in 80. This is going to be entertaining.

    June 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Uh, yeah, ya think? Any woman who says she will vote for McCain because she is so upset poor Hillary Clinton did not get nominated is just plain and outright dumber than dirt. It's akin to saying, since a woman did not get nominated, I will vote for the man who more against women's rights than any other candidate. I would certainly hope that women are not that stupid.

    June 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. you think?

    regardless of what the media wants us to believe, clinton supporters are not monolithic and can think for themselves

    a lot of republicans and indies are leaning towards obama too

    just wait until the debates start- mccain will be lucky if his own mother votes for him

    June 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. LaShanda

    Clinton supporters: Remember the issues! Vote for universal healthcare and ending the war, not McBush!

    June 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. stacy

    selected, not elected, pumapac.org.

    June 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Tom, St. Paul

    This is very encouraging! Welcome, Hillary supporters. I respect your support of your former candidate and I respect your decision to now go with your second choice for the good of our nation.

    June 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. jlw

    dan the dem – did you read the article – your comment show your own lack of intelligence It said he is picking up votes from Hillary supporters. Before you start bashing people you might try reading the article. That is the problem with all the Obamabots -

    June 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Nia

    OMG the spitful ones are starting to wise up?! Don;t tell them that we might be deamed as sexist, or anti-Hillary, or drinking some sort of Obama Kool-aide

    June 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Makeshift

    I have faith what women will stop being ridiculous (they always do) and vote in their interest and not their bitterness. McCain is terrible.

    June 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Polls lie

    We are not telling the truth in the polls to create that illusion.

    The booth in Nov is a different story.

    June 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. AVEMBE The sun

    By the way do we have to understand that women who WON'T vote for Obama agree to send their kids to Iraq...I mean do they truly prefer to see more of their children get killed in that "war"???Come on ladies, you got to be kidding...LADIES!!!!!!!!!Come on!!!!!!!!!!! We're talking about your kids, your husband, your brotherr...i mean...

    June 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Dylan

    Just goes to show that most of these "If not Hillary then McCain" trolls in here have mostly just been Repugs in disguise.

    June 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. LS TX

    Welcome Aboard:

    With Open-Arms and a Heart-Warming Smile.

    Obama '08

    June 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. McCain08

    No way. They are on our side now my friend. McCain by a landslide. The light has come on for most Hillary supporters and they have no fear in voting the one who is right and that is John McCain. 1 Man 1Woman 4ever.
    We are winning the war in Iraq and will do the same in Iran. Iran must go down and we will show the rest of the world that America is not to be messed with.
    With a chance to replace 2 or more Supreme Court Justices we will have our best chance to overturn Roe V Wade.
    Vote life vote McCain08

    June 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. mususbahu GERMANY

    GOD BLESS AMERICA; GO OBAMA BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT

    June 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Jim D

    Today, the Democrats in Congress AGAIN blocked efforts to expand domestic oil supplies. THANKS ALOT DEMOCRATS.

    June 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Maybe so

    I think I'll wait until Nov before I start believing any of these polls.

    They have not been correct all primary season.

    June 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Dr. J

    When you listen to John McCain, you know that he isn't the person who should be leading this country. I see an older version of Bush. McCain is sexist, arrogant and mean-spirited.

    June 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    I WOULD RATHER VOTE FOR THE JANITOR AT OUR

    OFFICE THAN FOR MCMOULD OR ANY REPUBLICAN,

    OTHER THAN MAYBE RON POUL. IF HILLARY HAD WON

    THE NOMINATION, I WOULD STAND ON LINE FOR DAYS

    TO VOTE FOR HER, BEFORE VOTING FOR MCBIGOT.

    June 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Olivia

    There is a silent majority that won't vote for Obama. Why?
    There is a feeling he was handpicked to win the nomination. He had full support from the democratic network, their fundraising capability and the DNC. Superdelegates were lined up to shut Hillary's campaign down. No secret, they were asked to do so openly.

    Hillary was not treated fairly, by the media and the activist left of the party. So much disrespect from the party for all her hard work, and I feel there's more to come.

    Now, it is being said he is winning over her supporters.
    If he is, then he certainly didn't have to work too hard to get them.
    Pity.

    June 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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