CNN Poll: Plurality of Democrats say Cleveland rocks
December 28th, 2010
11:38 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Plurality of Democrats say Cleveland rocks

Washington (CNN) – Democratic voters are weighing in on where they want their party's 2012 national nominating convention to be held, and according to a new poll, there's no runaway favorite among the four finalists.

The Republican National Committee earlier this year chose Tampa, Florida as the site of their next convention. The Democratic National Committee is likely to announce their city early next year. The four finalists are (in alphabetical order) Charlotte, North Carolina, Cleveland, Ohio, Minneapolis, Minnesota and St. Louis, Missouri.

While the White House and top Democratic Party officials will have the final say, CNN decided to ask rank-and-file Democrats their opinion. So straight to the results of a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday:

"A 29 percent plurality think that Cleveland rocks; 22 percent would prefer Charlotte, 21 percent opt for Minneapolis, and 17 percent want the party to meet in St. Louis," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Last time around, the Democrats announced in January, 2007 that Denver would be the site of their 2008 convention.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted December 17-19, with 1,008 adult Americans, including 470 Democrats and independent voters who lean Democratic, questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points, with a sampling error of 4.5 percentage points for questions only of Democrats and independents that lean Democratic.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think Cleveland is a good choice. For the republicans and their culture of corruption, Fort Leavenworth, Gitmo, or Folsom prison would be ideal.

    December 28, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    President Obama drew over 100,000 people under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and I think that says a lot. The problem is that "most dangerous city" tag more than likely isn't helping very much.

    December 28, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As far as the republican convention, the thought of having more wingnuts as uninformed as the Orlando Patriot running around Florida is sickening. We already have a republican criminal for a governor, and the thought of the republican culture of corruption taking over FL is mind boggling.

    December 28, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'd rather it NOT be in Minneapolis. What most may not know is that even with Palin giving her first real political *speech*, lighting had to be turned down in the upper tiers of the convention center in an effort to mask the empty seating. I don't believe a profit was added to our coffers by hosting the RNC, and a few venues have yet to be paid by the various lobbying firms attending. I imagine hosting the DNC will bring similar unwanted results.

    December 28, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Why don't they go to their power base of San Francisco??? I'm sure they'll get a nice warm reception from the looney leftists out there! And California sur ecould use the money to keep themselves out of bankruptcy.

    December 28, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. bookenz

    Huckabee, right, someone who doesn't believe in evolution. The GOP has no viable candidates right now.

    December 28, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Democrats Class Warfare – Destroying the economy and country: Guess again. You need to search diligently for a CLUE. The near-depression we are suffering thru is a [R]-caused FAILURE, one of many that our country had to suffer through before the [R] reign of terror ended in 2006 for the congress and in 2008 for the presidency. Those elections put [D]s in office just in time to avert total economic depression. It was clear that [R] canidates at the time had NO CLUE what was happening to our country and how to avert disaster....remember grandpa McCain telling us how the economy was sound, even as it tankled?!!

    You deluded hypocrits on the right are an abysmal source of FAILURE for this country. You are so far down the rabbit hole that you cannot even learn from your mistakes...and that is what makes you especially dangerous. Remember the definition of insanity?.....so to those who voted for "them", just what do you expect to hapen now that you put the FAILED [R]s back in charge in the House?

    December 28, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. dwech

    Poll should be titled: Political leanings of 1008 White Americans over 50 from the South... look at the sampling numbers and that's who was polled. Hardly representative of 'Americans' as a whole, and certainly explains the numbers on Palin. Only question remaining: What do older white Democrats do for fun in Cleveland?

    December 28, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. R

    Can we not just work on getting important issues resolved first instead of deciding where some nominating convention will be held at? You know, those issues being jobs and reducing our nation's debt. Seems to me that those are slightly bigger issues, but hey, what do I know...

    I have absolutely no respect for politicians anymore – and all of you that follow in step with your "political party" are just as useless as they are.

    December 28, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Cleveland is as good a place to pick a loser as any. I would have thought though, that following The November Shellacing that Obama would know Ohio is not his lucky state. He had been there so often he could probably declare residency.

    December 28, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Name king

    Hey I would go to cleaveland to gain some momentum at the start of the election. Those people looks too conservative, and is time they let go of their ancient ideology and get up to speed with the rest of the world, maybe they will stop pulling America's progress back into the dark ages, and start using rationality to spurr our country farward, no matter how bad the after taste in the mouth might get. Let's set our future generation for success.

    December 28, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Liars

    Cleveland sounds like a good choice: they've been dealing with the struggling economy for years before the widespread recession and are still upbeat, fired up, and ready to go. No one in the northern three-quarters of Ohio would ever vote for Palin the phony and quitter.

    December 28, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. bigred

    I'd prefer Cleveland, although 2016 might be a better-timed convention. Big projects there are underway that will transform the city by 2014. It's a great cultural and culinary center to visit. Plus the Rock Hall is SICK

    December 28, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. AZ Dem

    Well considering it has to be on the East because 2008 it was on the West...I'd say go with Cleveland it'll get the base in Ohio excited and everyone knows winning Ohio essentially guarantees the WH...Republicans are betting on taking Florida so i'm sure being in Tampa is strategic as well.

    December 28, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |