May 6th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
15 years ago

Exit polls: Half of Clinton's supporters won't back Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Hillary Clinton takes a picture with supporters in Indiana."]
(CNN) - Just how badly is the Democratic Party divided?

According to the exit polls, half of Clinton's supporters in Indiana would not vote for Obama in a general election match up with John McCain. A third of Clinton voters said they would pick McCain over Obama, while 17 percent said they would not vote at all. Just 48 percent of Clinton supporters said they would back Obama in November.

Obama gets even less support from Clinton backers in North Carolina. There, only 45 percent of Clinton supporters said they would vote for Obama over McCain. Thirty-eight percent said they would vote for McCain while 12 percent said they would not vote.

Obama voters appear to be more willing to support Clinton in November. In Indiana, 59 percent of Obama backers said they'd vote for Clinton, and 70 percent of Obama backers in North Carolina said they'd support the New York Democrat.

soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Keith R.

    It's premature to draw these conclusions. There is a Rep/Dem battle coming. That's going to make the difference, not the Dem/Dem battle.

    May 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Common Sense

    Yes -Because Obama supporters are smart and understand what is at stake on the other hand – You guessed right!!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. martin

    And you will see why as soon as the Obamabots starts posting their nasty and hateful vile below this comment.

    Sorry Obama, we are not voting for you EVER !

    Smoke that: Dean, Pelosi, McCaskill...........

    May 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. pam Eugene OR

    Thar just proves the Obama supporters are the true democrats. Clinton supporters just want a woman in the WH even if she is a proven liar!

    May 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Nicole

    No one asked me...What kind of poll was this? I will never vote for that woman. I won't vote for McCain either. I will just sleep in that day because I have no faith or respect in this process if the DNC allows her to steal the nomination.

    May 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Jack in ND

    Obama supporters are loyal to the Democratic Party.

    Clinton supports only care about Hillary Clinton.

    Both groups emulate their candidates.

    May 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Ardnuas

    That's fine, if Obama doesn't win..... I WILL NEVER vote for Clinton!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Laurel

    If Obama supporters are more willing to vote for Clinton than Clinton supporters are for Obama, I think this may indicate that Clinton's influence is more divisive than Obama's for the Democratic party. Hmm.

    May 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. SF Bay Area

    That's because Obama supporters are generally more rational. We care more about the Democratic party than winning. Think about it.

    May 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. tell the truth

    People will always vote with there hearts not facts. So what it will hurt them not Obama.

    Go Obama

    May 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Mia and Mike

    This is very sad and just further evidence that the Democratic contest became way too negative and polarizing. This may very well result in a McCain victory in Nov., regardless of who the Democratic nominee is. You can bet, this news will no doubt infuriate more Obama supporters who now will refuse to vote for Clinton if she is given the nomination.

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Mat

    I really feel like CNN is pushing for Clinton – and because of this i'm finding another new source online – it's a joke – I was all about Obama and well against Clinton – after everything that has been going on and the way that the media spin all this crap because they're going to bennefit from someone being in power, or they favour a certain candidate makes me feel like just turning off and getting on with my life. Clinton, Obama, McCain – are you really going to make that much of a difference from each other over the next 4 years that will effect my life – say what you want – but since Feb' all this bickering has just made me sick of negative, pandering politics – they'll all say anything to get into power!

    Enough allready!

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. peggy

    If Hillarys supporters want 4 more years of BUSH THEN THEY DEVERVE IT.

    Just dont say we didnt WARN YOU.

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. mona



    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. rich

    So I suppose we should reward sore losers over mature ones? Super-delegates, the divisiveness is only increasing. Please make up your minds before more damage is done.

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. Loving It

    HAHA as a McCain lover i cant help but sit back with a smile at reading this. I hope Obama wins because he will get beat very very very badly by my man McCain. Obama vs McCain all the way !!!!!HAHA

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Dj

    Isn't clear which set of supporters are actually thinking? The bottom line is that we must end the Republican rule in the White House... Emotionally charged (and very likely racist) Clinton supporters are not thinking about the good of the country... just CLINGING to their traditions of a ignorance and hatred.

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    Just have to say this. I am really disappointed in CNN in that they keep spinning and twisting Rev Wright. What is with you Wolf. Cant you let your candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton, win on her own with out your help. Your spin and constand banging on Rev Wright and those Florida and Michigan voters is beyond reason. Let it go will you.
    Let the voters decide with out your constant attempts to push them towards Clinton. Your getting to be way too obvious. Your reporting these past few weeks has been nothing but Clinton Positive and Obama Negative. I use to have a great deal of respect for CNN and their reporting, however that is no longer the case. If it was not for Jack Cafferty, I would be move on to a different news source. Stop your spinning will you and let the voters make up thier own minds.

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. James

    Well I am not surprise. The Clintons only attract the racist votes.

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. CJ, Garden City, New York

    Bitter. That describes Clinton supporters who will not vote or will support McCain if she loses.

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. DC, SD

    Obamabots just don't want to hear it.

    May 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. michael

    B/C we are tired of being broken down into whites with no college education versus blacks (why is there no category for blacks with no college education?) Can we have an open discussion here? I'll never support obama or elite media ever again!

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. fernando

    I bet half if not all of Obama's will not support Hilary.
    I will not vote for Clinton if Obama does not get the nomination.

    Barack To The Future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. sue

    Obama supporters will vote for Hillary if she is the nominee because they KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS NOT TO HAVE MCCAIN WIN!!

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Not Surprising

    Clinton supporters are mostly uneducated blue collar voters who are "bitter" and prejudice, so the fact that they will only vote for Hillary does not surprise me. Obama supporters are more educated and understand the importance of supporting whom ever gets the nomination.

    May 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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