April 22nd, 2008
06:43 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit polls: Clinton, Obama supporters want different kinds of presidents

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(CNN) - As has been the case in past primary states, supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama part ways when it comes to what qualities they most want in a president.

Among Clinton supporters in Pennsylvania, 47 percent say a candidate's experience matters most, compared to 27 percent who name a candidate's ability to bring about change. Fourteen percent say they want a candidate who "cares about people."

The numbers are essentially reversed when it comes to Obama supporters. Nearly 75 percent say they want a candidate who can bring about change, 14 percent want a candidate who cares about people. Only 3 percent of Obama supporters name a candidate's experience as most important to their vote.

soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Marie in California

    Obama's major deficits......no experience, substance, character or judgement.

    Go Hillary!

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    April 22, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Go Indiana

    Pleeeeeeeease, let this end soon!!!! We need to get on with getting Barack prepared for the general election.

    McSame -as-Bush can not be the next president!

    April 22, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. ELY

    hillary is like a robot, She´s capable to embrace to monica lewinsky only for a vote

    I don´t believe her , everything in her seems to be false

    OBAMA is change REAL CHANGE

    The change does not come with the same people

    April 22, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Kathy in Oregon

    Esther - you did a great job of articulating WHY you are uncomfortable with Obama...his "brand of politics".

    I agree with your comments 100% !!

    April 22, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. CJ

    Those of you who are willing to vote McCain just because your Democratic candidate of choice doesn't win, will be just like all those people who voted for GWBush not once, but twice, then complain because they think he brought the country to a worse place than it was before. That approach to voting is one of ignorance. If you vote the problem in and then want to complain about it later, you only have yourself to blame.

    April 22, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Jeff

    This surprises me only a bit, in that the voters who cared more about Experience leaned more heavily toward the less-experienced candidate, Hillary Clinton (7+ years vs. Obama's 11+)

    April 22, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Bruce

    Obama supporters sound Like Bush supporters did, and wow Look how messed up the Economy is and in a war!

    April 22, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. hrao

    Politicians care about themselves. If they are not somewhat narcisstic they will not go through what they do – Obama is not likely to help any one except himself since he is just starting out and owes the Kennedys, Kerry, Daschel, Richardson, Oprah, etc. It will be a while before he has paid up – so his backers unless they have big bucks will have a long wait. This is the way politics works and Obama is using Washington establishment and big money to try to win. So what change can he bring about? Zilch. He cannot win bigger states and McCain will win the Presidency.

    April 22, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. shelly

    I agree with John Smith, he said everything I , and many americans see about Hilary, they are really out for themselves. Let see something different. People need to have a little faith!

    April 22, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Ian

    Let's not forget that George Bush had plenty of "experience" when he got into office also. On the other hand, Bill Clinton had very little. You decide who was a better Pres.

    April 22, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Nat Apir

    For Clinton supporters their support for Hill-Rod a serial liar could be derivable from the fear of the unknown – Barack.

    While for Barack his supporters may be driven by the message of hope and renewal of the American dream that Barack stands for and has been expounding in his campaign stomps.

    But what kind of president do the Majority of American people want?

    April 22, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. VoteDem

    Why would people vote against their better interests? I used to think this was a question for low-income republicans. I guess I was wrong, it's a question for Clinton supporters.

    April 22, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. R Garcia

    The Clinton Crime Family will find some way to rig this election. I believe Hillary will win, but let's ask why they're only using voting machines? With no paper trail to confirm votes? I think things will get messy. The Clintons have a back room of thugs and greedy lobbyists who will do anything to elect her to be their puppet. Obama works for the hard workers, not the backstabbers.

    April 22, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Amber

    Voting for a president is similar to promoting a CEO in a major company. How can experience not play a major role? If a Fortune 500 company proposed making a junior executive their new CEO I would certainly make sure I held no stock in that company. In my opinion experience is definetly a requirement.

    Experience does not necessarily mean anti-change.

    April 22, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Connie, Tennessee

    Just what kind of experience are people talking about?? Hillary has been in the spotlight a lot but then so has Brittany Spears!

    April 22, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. TJ Shumaker

    I must be niave or I am missing something. All I hear on the news about the Race Issue among the Democrats are comments "Skirtng" the Issue

    Anyone who claims that Race is not an issue is either a Hypocrit and a Liar or is more out of touch with reality than I can comprehend. How can anyone really believe that if 90 percent of Blacks are voting for Obama is is not because of Race.

    This is supposed to be a Presidental Election and we are supposed to pick the best individual to run this country. Don't tell me with a straight face that 90% of blacks voting for Obama is not a Race Issue, especially when both Obama and Clnton have similiar agendas when it comes to issues concering the Black population. And if the Black population voted the Issues, Clinton would win handily. It is hard to win the Democrat Nomination with figures like that. However, that is the Blacks Achilles Heel. McCain will win over Obama easily, there are not enough Blacks to make up for what he will lose for a number of reason, Unfortunatle for the United States, That will also be a Race Issue.

    This may sound like a prejudicial comment, but believe me it is not.

    April 22, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. VJ

    Experience and Conviction to do solutions to America is most important in this election. Hillary is best choice, Go Hillary'08

    April 22, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. David D Kollie

    Experience matters in every sphere of life. However, when experience couple up with lies and distrusts there is a big big turnover.

    This is exactly what is happening in this campaign. HRC started with a good number in exit polls at the beginning of the primary season but when what seems to be truth began to turn into lies she lost credibility.

    I love HRC but lies I don't like. Yes, Obama has made some mistake and said things that were wrong however there is some honesty in what he says and do.

    Right now Obama campaign is not in debt as compared to experienced Hillary who has about $10.5 million in debt.
    Does this sound like someone doing honest work?

    But the news media refuse to report such shortcoming on her part on national radios and TVs.

    April 22, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. Jennifer

    Sen Clinton has never been a President before so she doesn't have any experience being "A President". What is the Job description here anyway? Why is Sen Obama a candidate for the Democratic nomination if he is so inexperienced? Begs a question doesn't it.....

    April 22, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Nathan Bowles

    Barack Obama is clearly the more qualified candidate in the fact that although she does have a couple of more years in political office, they are both fairly green, and Barack has shown that his judgement and temperance are more sound than Hillary's. The morality of his decisions alone eclipses any paltry contributions Clinton has made to this country. Lobbyists have twisted Washington into the most corrupt racketeering organization America, and Hillary Clinton has been wallowing in that filth for the entirety of her political career. Her pathetic attempts to discredit Obama have failed to mar his reputation and the result is that it actually makes him look like something to be feared by political opponents. These attacks are ultimately helping his inevitable Presidential run, even if they are helping her keep her nose above water, but she's going to need a snorkel pretty soon.

    April 22, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. Kevin

    What a lame analysis. OF COURSE people want those things....those are the CAMPAIGN SLOGANS. Dang. Great journalism...who would have thought that voters would actually want what their candidates are selling?

    April 22, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. Patricia

    To all these women on this blog who are asking what change do we want? The answer is we want a president who is honest, has integrity, will have transparancy in our government, will allow us to have a voice in our government again, who has our best interests at heart. And that president is Obama, because Ms. Clinton does not represent any of this kind of change. I hope that answers your questions.

    April 22, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Vig

    We need someone who can tough-it out, handle the pressures, the criticisms, the thugs. That person is definitely not Obama. It's Clinton

    April 22, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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