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. Mary

    Thank you my sisters lets stick together. We fought to hard and long to let Hillary efforts go to the Republicans.

    June 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Sante

    He defenetly will RESEIVE what he DESERVES: REGECTIN!!!
    HWO DOES HE THINK HE WAS?? MANIPULATIVE PRIMADONA!!

    June 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. aaron from minneapolis

    Mary, you say Obama lies? When? Where?

    What about your candidates claims of sniper fire? That wasn't a lie? The fact she says she's against NAFTA but yet attended pro NAFTA meetings while in the white house? That wasn't a lie? Said she helped with peace agreements in Ireland but was then told by Ireland she was of no help. That wasn't a lie?

    June 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    And so it begins......

    June 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. not as good as HRC

    Obama is picking that demographic up by default.

    HRC has ASKED us to support Obama.

    We still prefer Hillary.

    June 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Karen from Charlottesville

    Great! These women are too smart to hold a grudge and lose sight of the important issues facing this country. Women are a powerful voting block. Hillary did us a favor by galvanizing women at the end of her campaign, and women will respond by making a thoughtful, intelligent, non-biased decision about the candidates!

    June 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. hmmm

    Thank you Clinton Supporters – I know together we can take back the White House!

    Vote the Issues 08!

    June 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Marc PDX

    Well, it didn't take too long for Hillary's supporters to get over her. Hillary who?

    June 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. steven

    Sen. McCain Needs to stop trying to be John Wayne.

    This Man Knows one thing only.
    HE LOVES WAR!

    Mr. Tough Guy McCain, ready to kill anyone who says boo.

    June 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. KM

    To Little M who wrote:

    "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."

    Guess what, you're not undecided, you've already made your choice.

    undecided, adj. 1. not decided or determined. 2. not having one's mind firmly made up; irresolute

    June 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Kenneth M

    THE TROUBLE FOR CLINTON SUPPORTERS WHO VOTE FOR MCCAIN IS THAT YOU WILL HAVE GIVEN YOUR VOTE FOR NOTHING IN RETURN. THEY WILL NOT RESPECT THAT AND WILL VOTE AGAINS YOUR ISSUES AFTER YOU PUT THEM IN POWER. YOU WILL BE TREADED BY THEM AS THE US IS BEING TREATED IN IRAQ. THEY DONT EVEN WANT US IN THERE COUNTRY AFTER WE HELPED THEM. AND THE REPUBLICANS WILL NOT WANT YOU IN THERE TENT ONCE YOU HAVE HELPED THEM. IF YOU THINK WE SCREWED YOU WAIT UNTIL YOU GET A TASTE OF THE "REPUBLICAN SHAFT".

    June 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. David in Chicago

    When it comes to comments in here, remember.. the negative, nasty, and bitter babies will cry the very loudest. So, what you see here is NOT a sample of what you see everywhere in the USA.. it's just the big babies crying the loudest!!

    Democratic 2008 (A vote for McCain is a vote for the death of a young American)

    June 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Lynn

    Not me – no way. . He only got an 8% increased after Hillary suspended her campaign. Out of 18 million votes, not much. When the real Obama and his skeletons comes out that will change. The polls will change daily until the election.

    June 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    WE PREFERRED SENATOR OBAMA, BUT WE WOULD

    VOTE FOR ANY DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE, END OF STORY.

    WE WANT TO START REBUILDING OUR NATION.

    MCMOULD IS JUST OUT OF HIS EVERHATEFUL MIND.

    June 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Nancy

    Blogs do not represent average people - thank goodness.

    June 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. JB Cal

    Tejano, God is trying to save the United States. That's why he sent Obama. None are so blind as those who refuse to see.

    June 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. maybe a ploy

    My friends and I are lying to the pollsters.

    That way they can't manipulate that demographic any longer.

    We will tell you what we REALLY think, in Nov.

    June 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Alabama

    Welcome Hillary supporters! As a longtime Obama supporter, we are glad to have your support and maybe we can even get your girl on the ticket ;)

    Obama/Clinton 08!

    June 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Tjaye in LA

    That's because the EWW! vote isn't as strong as they tried to make it out to be.

    It will be Dem all the way. Common sense will always prevail; America is not a country of idiots.

    June 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. bill pike

    I want bush,mcbush,whomever to answer one question: WHAT ONE GOOD THING CAME OUT OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION??? JUST ONE????

    June 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. jimmy velman

    Hillary supporter for Mccain for experience

    June 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Ardnuas

    GREAT.... let's defeat John McCain..... so we can take back OUR country...... I would LOVE to see Hillary on the Supreme Court, she would make an excellent justice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Obama/Hagel

    June 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Yes We Can

    Obama would be the next president of the United States.

    Peace , Prosperity and Respect and Dignity would once again be restored.

    I cant wait to see the end of the Bush-McCain Economy, A new Day is coming to us in America.

    Bring back the prosperity years of the 90's and more.

    Vote for Peace, Vote for prosperity ,Vote for change.

    OBAMA 08.

    June 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. easy come easy go in NOV

    Not because of HIM...

    But because of our feelings for HRC.

    June 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    What happen Mary? Did they run you off the Redumblican blogs??

    June 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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