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. Andrew

    IN RESPONSE TO: "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."

    Not really. It shows that Hillary can unite her supporters and Barack supporters. While Obama has trouble uniting a wing of the Democrat party.

    May 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. mo baxter

    But I will go to say if Dem vs Rep. in the General Election. I will have to take a hard look at each one. My last comment were on primary voting.
    Now let take a look at the issues and now in the fall. Than say how we would vote. It to earlier to say what we would do. Take time and think about your vote. BUT VOTE.

    May 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Ken

    Anyone who wouldn't vote for either opposing candidate should they win isn't an American Democrat. They are cowards. After 7 years of the disgrace of Bush, we HAVE to change. These 2 candidates are not that far apart on the issues.

    May 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Val

    Self-aggrandize much, Obama supporters?

    If Clinton supporters are more likely to go to McCain, it just means that The Great Unifer is not actually so unifying. Obama has not managed to unify his own party, nevermind across party lines.

    Of course, it couldn't have anything to do with the arrogant, condescending attitudes of his supporters toward anyone who doesn't agree with them....

    May 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. David

    Okay, everybody take a deep breath and relax. Everything is divisive amongst democrats right now, but remember that when the dem nominee is finally made official... we need to pull together and support that candidate. Otherwise, we have already handed the election to McCain and the democrats. PLEASE... keep a good perspective on the issues at hand (economy, war in Iraq, health care, etc.). Vote Democrat... whether the nominee is Obama or Clinton.

    May 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Doug in Ontario Canada

    It doesn't matter how far ahead Obama is, The negatives coming from the media will guarantee Bill and Hillary the win. Just watch

    May 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Say no to the monarchy

    Hey lets vote for her even if she lied about the sniper fire, setup questions to be asked directly to her, failed with the universal health care, supported the war in Iraq and is the most divisive politician not named George W. Bush. Clinton supporters are brainwashed or too stupid to know that Clinton is the GWB of the Democratic party.

    May 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Chris11

    Bitter, bitter, Obama claims to know all about that.

    Go Hillary!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Fed up

    I would like to see a national poll asking how damaging and biased the voters feel the cable news networks have been throughout this primary process. The Cable news people have dissected these campaigns to death. They should be ashamed of themselves for the running over and over petty issues and commenting on every single one of them. I am truly fed up, and have now stopped listening to cable news and am about ready to stop visiting cable blogs as well.

    May 6, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. David

    correction... I meant 'McCain and the republicans'...

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Fly Boy

    One thing I have learned from all this:

    America you are STUPID:
    *You think the Gas Holiday will work.
    *You think Wright was wrong.
    *You believe Hillary is a Liar, but you vote for her because she's tough.
    *You actually admit that race is an issue.

    Unbelievable America (written by a White Guy)

    Time is a Funny thing too, 1st I supported Hillary, then I voted for Obama and now if Hillary gets the nomination I will support Nader for the 1st time, because I JUST can't vote for a LIAR.

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Clintons backers playing chicken

    Clinton backers are bluffing. They say this in order to get superdelegates attention. "Pick Clinton or we won't vote in the general or even vote for McCain".

    Desperate times call for desperete measures I suppose. Just shows how divisive and caddy they have become.

    exit polls say this now but come general time Clinton supports will back the Dem nominee. These exit polls are just a knee jerk reaction to Clinton supports being angry that they are losing.

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. Jim in Texas

    Fact Obama sleeps with crime boss Rezko, does not respect his mother and lies about the law firm of REZKO. Obama no JFK,! Obama in the congress two (2) years; JFK 12 years before running for president.

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. andrew


    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Dori in AZ

    If the Democratic Party is divided, so be it. If some of Hillary's supporters say they won't back Obama if he is the nominee, so be it. It's their choice. If some of Obama's supporters are more willing to back Hillary because they have a better handle on the big picture, so be it.

    Right now, in a country that isn't all that far away on this small planet, people are dealing with the post-storm devastation and deaths of at least 15,000 of their family, friends, & community members. They don't know yet what will happen because of the shortage of food, shelter, supplies, likelihood of disease, etc. They are dumping bodies into the river to protect the living....

    But, here in the USA, we stomp our feet & scream like toddlers throwing a temper tantrum over a toy at the supermarket. So be it.

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. John

    Quick!!.... Queue the teleprompter!!! Hilary's about to give a heart felt speach 😉

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Jerome, Oakland

    I don't believe a word of that.

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. fred

    To Hillary supporters who will not support Obama if he receives the nomination and choose to support John McCain instead: What are you smoking? This country cannot afford to hand our country over to another republican administration! A continuation of the policies of the current Bush administration is what we get with McCain. Are you supporting him vs. Obama because you refuse to accept a non-white person occupying the white house? Suppose all Obama supporters decided not to support HRC. She would loose.

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Andrea, California

    No you dont have Clinton supporters to blame if Obama loses the election, you have OBAMA to blame for losing the election. Get real, there is a trend with Obama and his supporters, so whiny and quick to blame someone else for your flaws.

    Clinton 08'

    May 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. Maxine

    Of course they aren't going to vote for Obama, Hillary has made sure of that. It is either her or no one........
    1. Hillary has done nothing but trashed Obama's electability; which makes the SD go for her.
    2. This preacher thing is so over dramatized, Wright has had a realtionship with the Clinton's also.
    3. Nobody talks about Hillary's work as an undergrad working for a law firm that: helped the Black Panthers with a murder trial and persons accused of being communist (they proclaimed they were).
    4. Clinton's are promising everything but the kitchen sink to everyone who will vote for her and trashing Obama if he doesn't agree.
    5. Already talking about wiping out the country of Iran.

    May 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Tim

    I will vote for McCain over Hillary. I believe him to be more honest, and a better leader. She is a win at all costs nominee, and that is not what America needs. We need a leader right now, not a backstabber win at all costs candidate.

    May 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. SP

    Takes your polls and shove them up your... the media is pathetic.

    May 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. B in NC

    That's because a lot of Hillary "supporters" in these exit polls are Republicans in disguise who voted for her because of Rush Limbaugh. They wouldn't vote for Hillary or Obama come November.

    Or, they're Hillary worshippers. And Obama supporters are supposed to be the blind followers? Interesting.

    Obama supporters are loyal Democrats. Period.

    May 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Shirley

    I'm from Pa. and I "will not" vote for Obama. We don't know all about his or Michelle's character. I will not vote for Mccain, maybe I will write in Hillary's name.

    May 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Alex

    It just proves how despicable and self absorbed Hillary is. She’s been campaigning for herself this entire time and dragging the Clinton suckers along on her mind numbing ride. She's been attacking Obama ever since he started posing a risk to her lie based campaign and in the process has put the likelihood of a democrat in the oval office at risk. What an egocentric far as she's concerned it’s her or none at all. Absolutely disgusting!

    May 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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