January 8th, 2008
11:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Clinton wins big in two key qualities

(CNN) - Like Iowa Democrats before them, more than half of Democratic voters in New Hampshire ranked "change" as the most important quality they were looking for in a candidate, according to CNN exit polls. Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton by 26 percentage points in that category.

But Clinton easily bested Obama among voters who ranked two key qualities most important: "experience" (by an enormous 65 percentage points) and "cares about people" (by a 21-point margin).

John Edwards won the "cares about people" category in Iowa, but the former North Carolina senator was much less of a factor in New Hampshire, and Clinton seems to be the clear beneficiary of that. It will be interesting to if Edwards has a similar effect on the race in the upcoming states.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. sam

    i really question the idea that hilary has more experience,
    as an elected official obama has more experience,
    he has been elected to the state senate and serve 7 years and 3 years in the us senate which would account for 11 years of public office
    hilary has serve only 7 years in the us senate
    so obama has more expericence
    for most of her public career she was the first lady to bill clinton in the white house and governer of arkansas
    and besides when she was first lady she failed to push past universal health care against a democratic congress
    obama was the first African American to be president of the Harvard Law Review
    and also taught law at university of chicago
    it is all there look it up in wikipedia and on biography of the candidate on cnn website
    don't get fooled by cnn pundits saying there is no experience or substance on obama

    January 9, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Baffling Democrats...."experience" – save some money and hire the surgeons wife to do your next operation....no you would never do that...and no – the country will not elect the most polarizing figure

    First she's a strong woman....then she "weeps" over a question on her haircut?

    Why does she need strategy meetings to "soften" her for the cameras??

    Everything this woman does is scripted....we all want change....not this change....never this change

    January 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Toni Hagan, Wichita Kanas Republican

    Hillary only won after adapting Obama's message that took him to the top in Iowa. Obama came in with a message that resonated with the American people from the beginning. He was right about standing against the Iraq war too. Hillary had to retool after Iowa. All the candiadates retooled after Obama's message. This alone says alot about who is best to lead our country. Do we want a president who had the judgement to get it right the first time or some one who has to retools because they didn't get it right. Obama is the real thing and the original. All the other candidates have made a different statement about "change" that is very different from what Obama offers. They modified their campaigns to get the vote.

    January 9, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. James Youngblood, Charleston SC

    I'm hoping Edwards will come roaring back with a victory in South Carolina. I'd love to see an open convention.

    January 9, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    Ill giver her experience, she is older and has more years in the Senate. Her "experience" in the white house or with her husband is BS however.

    But cares about people???? WHAT???

    Is this becuase she almost cried over her love of people (or perhaps it was her dropping poll numbers) and then gave a speech lifted from Obama?

    I mean, everyone knows and says it was a performance.... America really buys this?

    January 9, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Colleen Casey

    Can We Acheive Change in a Two-Party System?

    Change has become a major factor in this season's political campaign. Polls indicate that Americans are ready for change. However, a question that deserves attention is to what extent will change be limited by our existing two-party system? Change, of the innovative type, often requires decentralized, flexible structures with fluid boundaries. Political parties are more than an "affiliation" or an attribute of a political actor, they are actual organizations, with bureaucratic structures, goals, and boundaries that shape what happens in Congress. While many presidential candidates are pushing for change, we must think about the limiting effects of the two-party system. I would agree, change is needed, but I think we need to hear more about how our top candidates might actually acheive change within in a two-party system.

    January 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Benita Watters

    I am very interested in the "Native American" voters and I for one don't plan on voting for Clinton. I know alot of Native American voters who aren't voting for her either. I understand she didn't fair well with alot of Tribes through out the U.S.

    January 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. SJ

    Hillary is a complete fraud and a nasty piece of work. Ever wonder why the secret service guys get paid double to do Hillary-duty? If Obama or Edwards doesn't get the nomination, my vote is going with Mcain

    January 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Yes, Hillary leads in the following two catagories:

    1. Experience (in lying, obstruction, obfuscation and general all-around slick-ness)

    2. Cares about People (with "people" meaning "herself")

    January 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Plain Truth

    Do you think that Clinton, Obama or any of the Democrats will help the illegal immigrant situation or strengthen our Nation? The following Senators voted against making English the official language of America:

    Akaka (D-HI), Bayh (D-IN), BIDEN (D-DE) Wants to be President?, Bingaman (D-NM), Boxer (D-CA), Cantwell (D-WA), CLINTON (D-NY) Wants to be President?, Dayton (D-MN), DODD (D-MN) wants to be president, Domenici (R-NM) A coward. Protecting his senate seat, Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-IN), Feinstein (D-CA), Harkin (D-IA), Inouye (D-HI), Jeffords (I-VT), Kennedy (D-MA), KERRY (D-MA) wanted to be president, Kohl (D-WI)), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), LIEBERMAN (D-CT) Disappointment here....., Menendez (D-NJ), Mikulski (D-MD), Murray (D-WA), OBAMA (D-IL) Wants to be President?, Reed (D-RI), Reid (D-NV) Senate Majority Leader, As Lazar (D-CO), Sarbanes (D-MD), Schumer (D-NY), Stabenow (D-M

    "Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage
    morale, and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested,
    exiled or hanged!!!"

    President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL)

    January 9, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Maureen, CT

    I believe the media handed Hillary NH. She couldn't have possibly paid for the enormous amount of coverage she got from CNN, FOX and MSNBC. And the "teary moment" was shown over and over and over all day long on Saturday. Ridiculous! News commentators should keep their opinions to themselves and just REPORT THE NEWS, not make it. They tipped the election in her favor.

    Lets have an election decided by the people, not the media.

    January 12, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  12. Meghan

    All Obama does is preach, how are we supossed to believe that he can deliever change on a national level
    Hillary on the other hand has spent the last 35 years of her like CHANGING the lives of American people, thats a candidate we can count on.
    and i dont mind bill being there for hillary
    i think billary in office would be a dream team. they've both done amazing things for this country and where we are, we need someone who we can count on to fix our current state someone with expirence

    January 15, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. Mostafa

    "It seems appropriate to me that the laeder of the Nation should have reached the top 1% of earners..."It's an odd right wing trait to equate merit and virtue with wealth, while at the same time harbouring a hatred of knowledge and science. What drives that do you think? Jealousy?Anyway, Go Newt!

    July 16, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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