May 2nd, 2008
10:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: 2 out of 3 Dems think long nomination battle hurting party

(CNN) - A new sign a growing numbers of Democratic primary voters may think the campaign season has passed its sell-by date: in a new survey, almost two out of three people think that the marathon campaign is doing the party more harm than good.

In a Gallup poll released Friday, 62 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say the fact that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are still battling while the Republican nomination has been settled for weeks is making it less likely that either of them will be able to win in the fall – twice as many as the 30 percent who say the extended primary season is actually helping Democratic odds of re-taking the White House.

In a similar March survey, just over half of Democratic primary voters polled by Gallup – 56 percent - said the lengthy campaign was harming the party.

The Gallup poll of 1,008 Americans was conducted April 25-27, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Polls
soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. Vig

    Whining, wimpies. This is not "hurting" the party. If anything, every citizen in every state now has a voice. When was the last time you saw that happen? Indiana is now important, just as Pennyslvania was important. What's with these Democrates? Show show resolve.

    May 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Bridgette

    I think that we probably all should stop listening to the media because they have convinced us that we hate each other. The reality of it is Hilary and Obama are getting blue collar, young, older, black, white , & hispanic. Obama has just gotten more votes. I don't see why the dems just can't do what the Republicans did and just split the MI and FL delegates in half and then split those in half and give each half. That would be fair. But I suspect that Hilary would not agree to that. But that would be the smartest thing too do. The smartest thing to do would have been for the candidates to fight like Hilary is so call fighting now to not have sign that sheet in the first place. But what alot of people don't realize is that atleast in FL it was their Republican contol state government that created this mess by moving it up early. Now that same governor is going around talking letting the people from his state votes count. So democrats don't be fooled about what is really going on here. You have the Republicans trying to pick the Democratic nominee.

    You have the operation chaos going on and yes believe it or not it is really going on. There are some idiots out there making a mockery out of once pround, honored, and saccred tradition. Our election process and voting so that they can fix the race and run against who they want to run against. And, you have an idiot like Hilary who can't see what is going on. Most of her votes are not real. You really have alot of Republicans voting for her that have no intentions in the fall. So Democrats don't be fooled by all of this mess that is going on right now.

    May 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Inks

    Like a Vulcan the needs of the Many outway that of the few. Everyone can see that this drawn out process is doing no good for the party. This is why I admire the republicans at least with them this would have been over ages ago. With all their faults when it comes to thinking of the party ahead of individual desires they will decisively (the party leaders) do what needs to be done for the good of the party.

    May 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. HP Boston

    IOWA May 2nd, 2008 11:49 am ET

    Let's start promising to unite behind our party's candidate. No more bickering


    Too late NEVER going to happen.

    MILLIONS of us will NEVER vote for Barry whoever he is???

    No amount of spin and DNC begging will EVER change that fact.

    We are sick to death of having BARRY?OBAMA shoved down our throats!
    The disgusting Bots have poisoned him forever, and they vilified Hillary to make him look like a squeaky clean angel is beyond the pale.

    They keep trying to stop the race, he has not secured a win, and still they stupidly want to just stop and say here ya are Barry, go be president. NOT!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Dan in CO

    So, we've now seen Hillary...

    [1] Press for Michigan and Florida to be counted even though she was party to their discounting back when it suited her.

    [2] Lament the proportional delegate allocation system of the Democrats and praise the Republican system.

    [3] Protest the validity of caucuses, when they seemed to be just fine when they were contributories to her husband's nomination process.

    [4] Most recently, push for popular vote consideration, even though that has nothing to do with the procedure in place for determining the nomination.

    How many different ways will Hillary attempt to change the rules after the process has started, and how much longer will people continue to entertain and indulge her doing so?

    May 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Venus

    It's Hallary that's hurting the party! She should have stepped to the side a long time ago! And, I can't wait to see her dragged off the stage!

    May 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Ben

    Hillary and McCain have sold out to the Special Interest and PAC groups. You want change end this by voting for Obama.

    May 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Inks

    outway = Out weight

    May 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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