February 19th, 2008
09:39 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit polls: Change the top priority

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/19/woman.jpg caption="A woman casts a paper ballot in Hortonville, Wisconsin."]
(CNN) – For Wisconsin’s Democratic primary voters, the most important quality in picking a president this year was change - and most of those voters chose Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton Tuesday, according to early exit polls.

Clinton had a narrow advantage over Obama as most qualified to be commander in chief; Obama was viewed as most likely to unite the country, improve relations with the rest of the world – and beat the Republican nominee this fall.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Exit Polls • Wisconsin
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. ian

    he's ready, and he's winning. don't let sour grapes tear us apart, people; whoever it is, we've got to come together to put some semblance of sanity back in the white house.

    McCain is a hero, but he's wrong for America.

    February 19, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Zach Stewart

    Sounds like a bunch of poor sports here. You Hillary supporters mimic her words like George W. Bush supporters mimic his. The sorry thing is that Hillary has taken more corporate lobbyist money in U.S. history than ANY Democrat or Republican...and she doesn't even have the nomination!!!!! If you wonder why your jobs are getting shipped overseas then you can thank the Clintons and NAFTA which they supported. Obama will make a great president....better than Hillary because unlike Hillary, he respects voters from all states. Hillary Clinton is garbage.

    February 19, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Tom

    It's amazing to me that some of the posters above are so willing to make accusations about Obama's "lack of substance" based on... what exactly? He has EXHAUSTIVE policy positions on dozens of subjects on his website. If these "dedicated" Dems were so concerned with the politics in question, they could MORE than satisfy themselves by tipping over barackobama.com.

    Rather, they offer platitudes of their own... "no experience," "all talk, no action." How convenient that this script has been supplied by the "more experienced" candidate who has now lost NINE PRIMARIES in a row!

    If a string of losses combined with a desperation loan of five million dollars sounds like the type of "leadership" this country needs, I don't know who you'll vote for in November. At any rate, Hillary WILL NOT be the Democratic candidate.

    February 19, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. AZDem

    I’ve been a Democrat for my entire 15 years of voter eligibility. I will NOT vote for Obama. Frankly, this whole Obama ‘movement’ is alarming. This insistent parroting of the same repetitive populist nonsense at a time when our nation faces a web of dire and complex problems is insulting, even silly. The manic eagerness to jump on the Obama bandwagon on the basis of a few pretty words is disquieting and, to thinking voters, potentially a threat to the democratic nature of our society.

    February 19, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. calvyn

    Obama is another martin luther king.when he talks people like us listen .we the youth loves him beacause he is charismatic,energetic and he is like a world renoun prophet.when he talks everyone comes to a standstill.and we need a person like him to lead us now in the difficult time of the fanatics aroud the world.and he can help war turn areas in africa,fight malaria,aids,tuberculosis,elephanttiasis.and stop military coups in in the world.God bless prophet Obama

    February 19, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. HD

    To all of the Bill Clinton supporters abobe, 9 states in a row since Super Tuesday! Obama has won 24 of 35 states so far and leads by more than 120 pledged delegates with more coming tonight.

    The Clintons were winning the polls in Wisconsin by 10-15% for all of 2007 and their lead slipped to defeat in 2 short months in 2008. How can you explain how she lost this much support in such a short period of time?

    The Clintons started to run some pretty funny negative ads which shows that they are willing to rip apart the democratic party that I love in order to win for themselves.

    There is a lot of work for Obama to do in the next few weeks. The polls are tight in Texas (with a 4% margin of error and 10% undecided voters it could go either way, especially with such a large latino community) and the Clintons are winning in the polls in Ohio and in Pennsylvania. Please continue to make donations to his campaign because he will need all of the help he can get to overcome the status quo candidate.

    February 19, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. missi

    I have to say MSNBC was the channel I watch to stay informed...till the Clinton bashing then you could hear any real information. Fox is too gossipy. CNN is real news covered topics that realy mattered...... it seemed as though till you cut Clinton's speech off in the middle. At least 43% of WI wanted to hear her.

    Isn't how well Clinton did in WI the real story tonight? All three stations were saying she was going to lose big. And she did well.

    Instead you cut her off to show what another Obama speech. He says the same thing at every speech.

    just my too

    February 19, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. James Recto, Virginia

    America have lost its credibility in this modern world when the Republicans took over and they will keep the White House if Obama ever represents the Democrat. It's true that CNN and all the other media have been unprofessional and biased. Democrats in Michigan and Florida will remember what Obama said to them.
    All these disgruntled Democrats who witnessed the bias against
    Clinton will remember everything comes November. If Clinton is not the candidate for President in November, it will be another Republican administration in the White House and that's absolutely for sure!

    February 19, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. HD

    Thank you Wisconsin! Let's go Hawaii...aloha!

    February 19, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. Ms H.


    OBAMA: as "most likely to unite the country, improve relations with the rest of the world – and beat the Republican nominee this fall"
    CLINTON: as "most qualified to be commander in chief."

    Perhaps that's because...
    he's a true statesman needed to lead a nation and heal our image in the world – deal with the bully in the playground w/out having to kill all the kids there, ya know?
    she because she VOTED FOR THE WAR!!! She voted to destroy the constitutional controls our forefathers gave us in preventing ONE MAN from getting us into war by voting to give him the power to use force!!!!! AND YOUR KIDS and SIBLINGS and PARENTS and COUSINS and AUNTS and UNCLES and whatever are dying – while Bush and Clintons are giving unsolicted government contract bids to their and the Cheney's friends.

    BTW check out the history of the Bush and Clintons: it dates back to their days in Arkansas, when the Iran-Contra drug drops were being done in Mena Airport and Clinton had procured the pilots and Bush's dad was VP of this country)... Read Roger Morris': Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America .....

    Anyone who would – could – think that Hillary Clinton is anywhere near fit to lead this nation (especially after her repeated disgusting portrayals and "poor" loser attitude) -- well, there are somne bridges for you to buy out in the Mojave Desert.

    Get real. Get educated.

    February 19, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. Matt

    McCain will crush Obama.

    Obama is clueless and his supporters are even more clueless.

    Stay the course in Iraq. Too much has been gained to throw it all away.

    February 19, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. Tlc

    Those of you who have stated that Senator Obama has not said anything of substance have obviously not read the extensive PDF files on numerous issues available on his webstie. He has substantive policies on every issue of importance. I suggest, before succumbing to the lies spread by a desperate Clinton campaign you should all go look at the plans and find out the truth.

    February 19, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. Kaseam Ali, Philly

    Hey Me, or whatever your name is......................clearly Obama is not Muslim, but what's your problem with Muslims anyway? People like you are ignorant.

    February 19, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  14. Joe S

    Hillary Clinton:

    8 Years As First Lady
    8 Years As US Senator
    16 Years in washington and all she has to show is negative campainging.

    Time for real change.
    Obama '08

    February 19, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. sasha

    I agree with all these people. CNN you have lost ANOTHER viewer due to your biased coverage.
    Come on CNN don't let your personal opinions affect your reporting. I'm going to go on a whim here and say you support... hm... OBAMA perhaps??

    February 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. JB

    Wow Jim, you have all of us Obama supporters shaking in our boots.

    February 19, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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