February 5th, 2008
10:08 PM ET
13 years ago

Trends emerge in nationwide Democratic vote

Voters talk to one another as they wait their turn to vote.

Voters talk to one another as they wait their turn to vote.

(CNN) - As tonight's primary voting proceeds, several patterns are emerging among Democratic voters.

Combined exit polling from the states holding Democratic primaries today shows:

-The economy is most often seen as being the most important issue facing the country today. However, those naming the economy are split about evenly between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama with just slightly more supporting Sen. Clinton.

-The war in Iraq is seen as the 2nd most important issue. In this instance, the issue moves voters more in Sen. Obama's direction.

-About half of all voters in states holding Democratic primaries today say the quality that mattered most in deciding how to vote today is that the candidate "can bring about needed change." Those feeling this way support Sen. Obama over Sen. Clinton by more than a two-to-one margin.

-Fewer Democratic voters see "having the right experience" as being the most important factor in their vote. However, those holding this view overwhelmingly voted for Sen. Clinton.

-The black vote is going strongly for Sen. Obama thus far in the voting. White voters more often support Sen. Clinton but the margin is not large. White women are providing a good-sized voting margin for Sen. Clinton. White men, thus far, are more often voting for Sen. Obama than for Sen. Clinton.

-Latinos in states holding Democratic primaries are supporting Clinton by a fairly wide margin

-Obama does well among young voters – white as well as black, although much more among black voters. Sen. Clinton is especially strong among voters 65 years of age and older.

-Sen. Clinton does better among less prosperous voters; Sen. Obama is ahead among college-educated and higher income voters.

-Sen. Clinton does slightly better among Democratic primary voters identifying themselves as Democrats. Sen. Obama does much better among self-identified independents who voted Democratic today.

-Sen. Obama does better among Democratic voters calling themselves liberals; Sen. Clinton does slightly better among moderates.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. David Snider

    Super Tuesday Results so far:

    Obama has/will win the states: ND,UT,CO,ID,AL,DE,MN,KS,CT,IL,GA

    Clinton has/will win the states: NJ,MA,NY,TN,AR,MO,OK


    Obama: 11

    Clinton: 7

    February 5, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. Matt

    Would someone at CNN please show the total Democratic running totals across the nation for all candidates?

    February 5, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. California Independent

    Trends have emerged based on CNN's numbers.

    Is CNN running the totals?

    What is the popular vote so far? That is a real number. What is it?

    I am running the % results given by CNN up against the delegates. (I left out the unpledged delegates). I get a VERY clear result. I don't know if the unpledged delegates split with the apportionment or if the all go with winner for the state, but there is an overall picture. Come on guys, spit it out.

    February 5, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. David Snider

    Obama leads New Mexico.

    Clinton takes early lead in AZ

    February 5, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. rock chalk jayhawk

    sweet, kansas went for obama by a large margin. i had a lab tonight and couldn't caucus. fortunately, obama won so i don't feel that bad. he ran a great campaign in kansas by utilizing dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who did an excellent job in informing us where and when to caucus. it's good to see that not all politicians only care about the big states.

    February 5, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Stan

    obama will win more states....it will all come down to Cali. If he takes Cali, the night is his. GO Obama, keep the wind behind you!!

    Si se puede!!

    February 5, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. Forrest Gump

    Run Obama, run,sorry you missed the starting gun.The fix is in and Hillary will win.

    February 5, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. Fairfax, Virginia

    Hillary is full of her dramas.. I hope she lose California!!
    CA is for Obama!!! Hope he wins this.. This is the biggest one!!!!

    Obama 08!!!!

    February 5, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Chicago2

    CALIFORNIA polls just closed................how can you project so soon? I swear..........the media!!!! Geez!

    February 5, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. Jenica

    i wanna now who is winning so far.......

    February 5, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |