February 6th, 2008
01:39 AM ET
12 years ago

Schneider: How trends played out nationally

(CNN) - Highlights from the national exit polls show how key trends played out tonight.

On the Democratic side:

–Hillary Clinton carried white voters over Barack Obama, 52 to 43 percent. Obama carried black voters 82 to 16 percent. Clinton won Latinos 61 to 37 percent, and Clinton carried Asians 68 percent to 30 percent.

–Not surprisingly, the economy ranked as the top issue. Clinton had a slight edge with these voters, 50 percent to 46 percent. The war in Iraq was also an important issue for Democrats tonight, and those voters preferred Obama by 15 points. Clinton clearly benefits from the war becoming less a concern among Democratic voters.

–Clinton won 52-43 among those who didn't graduate from college. Obama beat Clinton 54-42 among those with a college degree.

–Clinton had a 5-point edge among Democrats, while Obama had a 21-point lead among independents.

On the Republican side:

–Romney beat McCain among conservatives, 42 percent to 30 percent. Huckabee won 21 percent of the conservative vote - though among Southern conservatives, the former Arkansas governor was the top choice, beating Romney 41 percent to 28 percent. The moderate vote overwhelmingly went for McCain over Romney, 52 to 24 percent.

–The top issue was the economy, and those voters favored McCain over Romney by 9 points - despite Romney's emphasis of his economic credentials.

–Nearly half of Republican voters said they were looking for a candidate who shared their values, and those voters favored Romney by 7 points. But McCain easily one among voters looking for a candidate who says what he believes, has the experience, and has the best chance to beat a Democrat next November.

Related: Watch Bill Schneider break down Super Tuesday by the issues

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Exit Polls
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Jusu A. Gow

    I feel something in the air – OBAMA IS A LOOSER. GO HILLARY 08!!!

    February 6, 2008 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  2. Cisco

    Congrats Clinton for winning more delegates. Congrats Obama for winning more states. Obama-Hillary or Hillary-Obama, please make that the ticket. Stop this war.

    February 6, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |

    CONGRATULATIONS GIRL!!!!!!!!! GO LIKE HECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  4. VV

    Blacks are the most racist, according to these numbers.

    February 6, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  5. Bill Morrison LaGrangeville, New York

    Well, the voters get it. Romney is exposed, Clinton is struggling, Huckabee shows he is real, McCain straight talk is ......well straight talk and Obama is surging.

    February 6, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  6. Michael

    I believe in several of those states in which Obama won, the republican voters came out in an attempt to stop Hillary. Many of those caucus states, like ND, ID, Utah and Kansas are strong republican states which a dem almost never wins in a general election. The end is almost near for Obama. He needs to now step aside and work to heal a fractured party.

    February 6, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  7. RON

    FOR ME , OBAMA IS LIKE ,SHEEP IN WOLF CLOTHES ( SORRY TO SAY THIS but thats how i see ) watch out AMERICA , think before you vote , if you want a make a difference , its Sen Hilary who deserves , NO ONE ELSE.

    February 6, 2008 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  8. Objective Voter

    I am an economics/political science/quantum physics professor holding duo tenured chairs at Harvard and Stanford.

    I have lived in the US for 39.2 years and even though my affiliation is libertarian, I have been watching the US democratic race closely.

    The defining difference between Hilary and Obama is that Obama wears pants while Hilary wears pantsuits.

    Also, I subjectively believe that Obama is the candidate for change as well like my colleague above. Clearly, being backed by the same corrupt Daley machine that elected Kennedy, not taking stances on anything while it matters in congress, and then pandering to the views of voters once you're running for president makes him the candidate for change. This appeal to change is so powerful, it strikes a strong chord with pot-smoking college students, Oprah Winfrey, and canadian-studies majors from community college.

    Like my friend above, I believe Obama is teh Awesome. GOOOOOOOOO OBAMA!

    February 6, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  9. jennifer

    Sen: Hilary is the most derseved person, to win this race. i really wish her the best . if AMERICA need a change it has to be her NOT OBAMA. its craizy if AMERICA dont see the good side of SEN Hilary Clinton.. she is very experienced person to handle and knows the mistake others did . surely she will do her best. GOD BLESS HILARY ..... and GOD BLESS EVRY ONE WHO VOTES HER

    February 6, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  10. Rick, Maryland

    That show's you that real people, people who are barely making it, mostly
    blue collar.
    That's why Obama win's among people with more money, I've followed
    this through every primary and caucus so far.
    Give these lower income people a little bit of a chance and they can
    go to college too.
    Thing is, education doesn't allway's make you smart, you need common
    sense matter's more.
    Hillery really care's, don't listen to these highly educated dummy's.

    February 6, 2008 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  11. Steve

    Kevin said: Hillary is not America's choice.

    Well, sorry Kevin, but millions of people who have voted so far in primaries disagree with you.

    Reality sucks to Obamatons. Get used to it.

    February 6, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  12. James Recto

    How ironic that when Clinton does something good, these OBAMA supporters cry foul. OBAMA can't fool the American People any longer. OBAMA might fool the AFRICAN-AMERICAN voters but certainly HE CAN FOOL THE LATINOS AND ASIANS. JUST A MATTER OF TIME WHEN SOME OF THE WHITE PEOPLE WILL WAKE UP FROM FROM BEING HYPNOTIZED BY OBAMA AND SIDE WITH SEN. CLINTON. OBAMA supporters just can't accept the fact that the next President of the United States of America will be a female named Hillary Rodham Clinton!

    February 6, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  13. 4 America

    Wow...VV and Ron. If black are the most racist then I guess that means that most women in this race are feminist because they voted mostly for Hillary. Good job at making no sense you all.

    February 6, 2008 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  14. Independant


    February 6, 2008 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  15. BCNU purple state, usa

    Average margins of victory (data taken from election results posted on CNN political page Feb,6 06:56 a.m. ET.)

    Obama: avg margin=26.42, won 14 of the 22 primaries (64%).

    Clinton: avg margin=17.50, won 8 f the 22 primaries (36%).

    She did win a couple of the larger states, but the DNC has run 'coastal' candidates before and it didn't work too well. Look at the county by county election maps for the 2000 and 2004 general elections. If square mileage/acreage were a factor, Bush beat Gore and Kerry 4:1.

    February 6, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  16. Tommy2

    So Obama can win the RED states, Hillary won all the big BLUE states.

    February 6, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  17. OpenRepublican

    The democrats won California and New York in 2000 and 2004 and look where it got them. I am thinking of voting democrat in 2008 as I've seen the Republican debacle of the last 8 years. However, you can't win the general election if you don't win America's middle literally and figuratively. Obama has a pretty diverse base that INCLUDES independents and moderate Republicans.
    Hilary doesn't have to get Democrats to fall in love with her. She has to get moderate Republicans like me to vote for her. I think she has a tougher sell than Obama.

    February 6, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  18. Realist08


    February 6, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  19. Avash

    Jarra, I think you are wrong on America setting an example for the rest of the world on race. India (Sonia Gandhi), Sri Lanka, South Africa, Argentina, Phillippines, Liberia and many other countries are way ahead of America in electing diversity to leadership. And don't blame GWB on that one...

    But its great watching the political process unfold in America. In that respect, I agree, that America is setting an example for the rest of the world.

    February 6, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  20. W.D.Russell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    The race between Senators Obama and Clinton has brought out large numbers of black and latino voters. That means the GOP will ramp up their efforts to deny minorities the right to vote.

    February 6, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  21. Doug Jackson

    All I can say is... HILLARY will see you guys in Denver this August as she accepts the DNC's nomination to be OUR candidate for 44th President of these United States!



    February 6, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  22. kathymac

    David wrote

    This speaks volumes about Clinton supporters– ignorant, guillable, and very uninformed!!!!

    Did you read the rest women of the article or did you just cherry pick what you wanted. Women are voting for Clinton also as well as Latinos and Asians but guess they are all ignorant also.

    No college degree means you are ignorant – what an elitist attitude!!

    By the way, you spelled gullible wrong!!!

    February 6, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  23. kathymac

    The reason it is not a big deal, is that 47 people live in Utah, Idaho etc. It does not mean anything, there are no people in many of those states and particularly no democrats. They have minimal electoral college votes and have very little impact on either a primary or the general election.

    February 6, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  24. Robby Reed

    John McCain has two important messages to voters " the jobs are not coming back" and "expect more war" now that is something we can all rally behind.

    February 6, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  25. AE

    Asian- American are one of the most educated group in America. They are mostly professionals who contributes greatly to the progress of this country.

    They voted on what they think is best for America, they vote for Hilary.

    They noticed the biased media, mostly Black, who treat them like idiots. We think we are well-read and know the real issues.

    Please CNN, etc be fair.

    February 6, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
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