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. Diane in Knoxvegas

    THANK GOD UP ABOVE FOR THIS MOST POSITIVE NEWS!

    TOGETHER, YES WE CAN!

    GO DEMS...............WE ARE TRULY MORE POWERFUL IN NUMBERS!

    June 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Welcome Hillary Supporters

    I'd like to welcome all the Hillary Clinton supporters to the republican party and thank you for coming to your senses and backing the best candidate, John McCain.

    Together we can:

    1) help reverse Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal – let's stop the murder of unborn babies!

    2) stop gays from getting married – let's get a constitutional amendment to stop gay marriage and let them know they are not normal!

    3) keep fighting the good fight in Iraq for as long as it takes – remember 9/11 and what we are fighting for!

    4) get ready to invade Iran – we know they are planning to nuke us – let's get them first! McCain will make sure we do!

    Good to see democrats finally waking up and becoming more conservative!

    June 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. little m

    Every time someone says they will not vote for Obama we are accused of some sort of race issue which is baloney. I am tired of the race issue flag being thrown up everytime someone has a reason they will not vote for him. Experience – Obama does not have enough. He was a Community Organizer – and does that make you qualified. he was a State senator for a couple of years who voted present over 120 times – make a choice. He is a U.S. Senator who for 2 years has been away from the senate campaigning. Tell me how that gives him experience and/or the qualifications to be President of U.S. I think I may just write in HIllary's name and not vote for either other candidate.

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

    Obama will win in November.

    June 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Lisa

    WELCOME- 8 years of Obama and next it's going to be 8 years of Hillary!!!!! Obama supporter will be behind you Hillary for your 8 years next! We need you and you need us lets show them Dems. A wonderful 16 full years for Dems to put this country back on track!
    Regardless if whats been said Dems are in the spot light let keep it there our hope have been dim for so long.

    June 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Erik

    Any Democrat with half a brain will vote for Obama over an honorable has-been who gets more Bush-like every day. To do anything else smacks of Clinton cultism.

    June 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Spot on Kevin. I'd say it again, but you already did.

    June 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. trust THIS poll

    If you like the results, trust this poll.

    If you don't like the results, wait a week or so.

    That is about as accurate and dependable as these polls have been.

    June 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Delighted to UNITE!! McCain is not a friend to women. He not only wants to over-turn Roe v. Wade, but has treated both wives badly. Listen to Barbara Boxer talk about how McCain has never voted for women's issues. Also, despite what McCain says about climate change, he still wants to drill for more oil and give breaks to the oil companies. NOT the path we can believe in.

    Obama treats his wife like a queen, and understands the plight of women – starting with his single mother's healthcare and social issues. You don't get to be president of the Harvard Law Review if you are an "empty suit".

    June 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. John

    You call 3 pts as picking up? I don't think so.

    Danny, bitter Hillary supporters don't support Obama is because of Michelle Obama. In case you don't know, Obama team is investigating the hatred comments Michelle Obama made about white people. If she didn't say anything, the campaign didn't need to investigate. You can denounce a pastor, but how does he denounce his wife!? No one wants a first lady like this. What does it say about Barack Obama? He is a politician. Superficially he looks good, what's hidden is for your imagination.

    June 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Mike,ct

    Hi all i'm a Obama supporter.
    In 2016 i will vote for Hillary.

    Obama 2008 Hillary 2016

    June 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    The stakes are too high....

    June 11, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Russell Hammond

    Twice, I predicted Bush would win (barely). Obama has this one and it will be decisive. By November the costly war will still be raging and the economy will be in the tank with $5-plus per gallon gas. NO presidential incumbent has won in that similar situation and McCain is most certainly a quasi incumbent.

    June 11, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. rw in ct

    Don't believe it...

    country before party...vote MCain

    June 11, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Tim from Eugene OR.

    Thank you Hillary supporters. We just can't afford another day let alone 4 more years of what has been a tragedy for our nation. I really hope Obama gives Hillary full control over health care, or appoints her to the Supreme court. We need a person like her to argue for the common person in the Supreme court. Thanks again Hillary for getting behind Obama after the very long and tuff race. Thanks again to all the Hillary supporters that are now helping to show up the republican thugs.

    June 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Alfredo

    The question as to who has more elelctoral college votes, based on previous article, between Obama and Mc Cain is ridiculous. Wake media and superdelegates...isn't it that Hillary has the electoral college votes eversince that Democrats need to win in Nomember??? But you still voted for Obama???? Stupidity???

    The VP search team for Obama is ridiculous! It is obvious that Democrats need to pick Hillary in order that Obama and Democrats can cement his win in Novemebr this early. So the VP team seach is ridiculous??? Stupidity.

    June 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    RUSSEL HAMMOND.....

    RIGHT ON, DUDE ! RIGHT ON!

    June 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. LONG LIVE HILLARY

    I was a Hillary supporter but I'm now convinced even more to support Obama because I realize what's at stake – my life, my future, my livelihood!

    DON'T BELIEVE THAT HILLARY'S VOTERS ARE DEFECTING TO MCCAIN. WE KNOW THAT OBAMA'S STANCE IS THE SAME AS HILLARY'S.

    OLDER WISE WOMEN WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!

    June 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. saba

    Good news. Let's put our problem aside and get the white house back!

    June 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Poor USA

    That says something about McCain...

    It does not say anything positive about Obama.

    Obama hasn't "won" these women over... Women have no "good" choice anymore so they are picking from the 2 lousy choices that are left.

    This is a sorry and sad time for democracy.

    June 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    We are family, we are intelligent and that is why we are dems. We fought a good fight, now it is time to unite. We can unite because we are great thinkers. When we think hard, Mccain does not come up in the thoughts. He kinda like a nightmare.

    "The good Lord brought us in so that he can bring us out".

    USA – Dems – Obama '08

    June 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Tjaye in LA

    That's because the EWW! (Emotional Whiney Women) vote is not as strong as they tried to make themselves seem.

    A few people repeatedly posting....There are 18 million of us who won't vote for Obama is just that...a few whiners. Clearly unintelligent and unaware of how the process really works.

    June 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Travis (in the real world)

    Thank you to all you FINE Democrats.....it's obvious that your heart is truly with the party...

    There will be lots of make believe Democrats on here that are actually republicans stirring the pot.

    Welcome aboard to a fantastic trip to the Whitehouse.

    June 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. ny

    Not all Clinton supporters are going to support Obama. Also, Obama does not have a chance if Hillary is not the VP candidate. If he does not go with Hillary, he might as well go with Pastor Wright

    June 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Peg Robson

    No me, I'm a woman over 50 and will not vote for him...unless Hillary is the VP. Obama has no experience, McCain is wishy washy so expect 4 more years of some kind of mess. Maybe not a Bush mess but believe me neither one of those candidates has what it takes to run this country. We are in deep trouble here, the cost of everything is spiraling out of control, everyday people cannot afford to live anymore so yes I am am concerned about the leadership of our country.

    June 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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