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. Can of whoop@ss

    mary can vote for mccain because aint no more babies coming from her womb, but what about your datughter, grand-daughters, and great-grand-daughters..

    June 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Nando, Florida

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Charlene in VA

    Media spin. i dont believe it. media campangan for Obama I am a Hillary support and Obama dont get my vote if Hillary not tickect

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

    Your polls are way off. Clinton people will never support the party for what they did to her. They shot themselves in the foot. Guess is republican again!!!My vote included.

    June 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Lynn/West Hills, CA

    Not this Woman, not now not ever.
    I cannot justify voting for an empty suit.

    June 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. ENOUGH

    I never doubted for a minute that Clinton supporters would move to Obama – especially women. Look at McBushs record on womens issues and his 0 rating.

    June 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    Americans aren't stupid, they know we can't afford john mcwar or another 4 yrs of ANY republican. We would be a third world country run by the oil companies and Haliburton (they are the company connected to the Bush's) that have the largest contract over in Iraq.

    June 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Crush Rush

    My dog is smarter than most dittoheads and he has less fleas.

    June 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Patrick Peavy Plano,TX

    Do us gay guys count as one of the women? If so here is another one!
    Dems Unite!!! Obama 08! We have our nominee let the healing begin! Yes Hillary 2016 would be awesome!

    June 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. James Nelson

    Welcome aboard, ladies! You and your candidate fought a hard, tough battle. Pulling together, I know we'll win!

    Obama, '08!

    June 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Kyle, MI ... former Democrat, now Independent

    I am not sure where they are getting their information from but I am not lining up behind Obama but I am weighing my options now that Hillary is out of the race. I am one of those people who you really have to work at to get my vote. I think it would be fair to say that if Hillary had a major role in the administration, not just any role like super-campaigner but say VP or some very high level position that is going to stick around for 8 years then yes I would support Obama. At this point both candidates are intriguing and have their pluses and minuses. Good Luck to both campaigns.

    June 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. fredi, IL

    looks like most new polls suggest that voters who preferred Clinton over Obama still vote for Obama over McCain. Actually in some of the polls Obama now does better against McCain than Hillary did. So much for "Hillary is the only one to beat McCain in November ..."

    June 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Good news! Hope this trend continues...

    June 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Terry

    Boy is that a big fat lie! I don't know ANY female Hillary supporters over 50 that are voting for Obama.

    MCCAIN 08 HILLARY 12

    June 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Dana in Maryland

    If Hillary still wanted to run as an independent, write in votes for her would be completely legitimate. Since she has put her support behind Obama for the general election, any votes for her are flying in the face of what she believes. If you thought enough of her to vote for her in the first place, perhaps you should respect her judgement in this matter. If Hillary is the leader you thought she was, let her lead you!
    If for some reason (hopefully a rational one ) you think McCain would be a better president than Obama by all means vote for him. If it is just a question of bitterness or revenge, who is it you will be hurting with your vote?

    June 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. A CANUCK

    I knew they would come to their senses.......now if Obama can just keep Biilyboy off the campaign trail...........things will go swimmingly!!!

    June 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. gary

    OBAMA WONT GET THAT MANY. OBAMA WILL LOOSE IN NOV. FAIRANDSTRAIGHT. THEY STILL GOT TO VOTE ,IT WONT HAPPEN WITHOUT HRC ON THE TICKET. ALOT OF SKELETONS AND CORRUPT DEALS WILL COME OUT ON OBAMA. AMERICA WILL SEE HIM FOR WHAT HE REALLY IS.

    June 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Phil-Little Rock

    Some Clinton supporters have brains after all and when they get over their candidate being such an evil loser, they'll all wise up and realize that a vote for McCain is a vote for the same. Same, tired politics and policies of the last 8 years.

    Once women realize that he's gonna roll back Roe v. Wade, they'll side with Obama quicker than a hiccup.

    GO OBAMA!!

    June 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Vote4Obama

    Welcome to the winning team!

    June 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Fight the liberal media!

    Bologna!
    CLINTON PEOPLE KNOW HE INNER CITY THUGGED HIS WAY INTO THE NOMINATION! NO ONE EVEN VOTED FOR HIM BUT THE MEDIA MADE HIM SOUND LIKE THE WINNER! NOTICE SHE DID'T STOP HER CAMPAIGN! SHE IS THE RIGHTFUL WINNER!

    WOMEN DON"T LET THIS THUG TAKE THE VICTORY FROM YOU

    CHOOOSE McCAIN!

    June 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. DH

    How can people jump from backing Hillary Clinton all the way to the other side of the world and back McCain? Not one of their policies is even remotely similar. With Obama, there are differences, but those differences aren't where they want to be, it's the method of getting there.

    June 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Paul

    Dream on...

    June 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Terri

    I have talked with everyone I know that was voting for Clinton and they are voting for McCain. So I am not sure who they are getting this information from. I think people know how bad the Obama people are and they are just saying this. I think the truth will come out in November. People are now afraid to say the truth because they will be labeled racist. We are not racist, we are about voting for the best person for the job. Race, sex, and age have nothing to do with it.

    Hillary or McCain
    blog.pumapac.org

    June 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. HSNP

    I would like to hear exactly how a Pres. Obama would end the Iraq war without causing an even greater bloodbath than George Bush has caused already. It's going to be a very tricky thing to do.

    June 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Maggie

    I am a woman over 50 who has supported Obama since day 1. I would love to vote for a female for President - just as soon as one comes along who is qualified AND doesn't feel she's "entitled" to my vote and the presidency.

    June 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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