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. Dusacre


    1) $8.00 A GALLON OF GAS,




    May 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. John

    And the winner is..... CNN!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Ben

    Stop asking these stupid questions. By now every Clinton supporter knows that they have to say that they won't support Obama because they hope that in some asinine way, it will help Clinton with the superdelegates. What until after the primaries are done, so that people won't have ulterior motives. Also, aren't a lot of Clinton supporters actually republicans that are trying to screw up the democratic primary. So, yeah, they would vote for McCain in the fall.

    May 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Phil G, New York

    I hope all you Clinton supporters who wont vote for OBAMA have fun in Iraq for the next 100 years or even have enough money to pay for the rising gas prices that McBush seems to have no problem with. That is the dumbest thing I've heard. You'd rather vote for McCain than OBAMA even tho everyone analyst including the candidates themselves are 95% the same on the issues that affect you? Like you guys need to start making sense seriously. Ill support Clinton even though i hate her negativity, lying, and overall wana be a regular person attitude far more than ill ever even think of backing McCain. SMARTEN UP guys PLEASE!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Susie

    Obama lacks experience.

    May 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    This is just another ploy of the Clinton campaign to have their supporter say this in an effort to influence the super delegates by having them think that Obama can't get elected IF he is the nominee. Just another low blow from the Clintons.

    May 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Pepou

    Are we surprised ? Uneducated, racist bigots attracted to an elitist ultra rich woman who panders to win,.

    May 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Boston

    This CNN poll is premature. It also raises the question as to what is CNN's intent in publishing such a premature poll while the election is ongoing?

    May 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Rachel

    haha people need to get over it. I am so sick of people beign called racist because they say they won't vote for Obama. How about this wait for it wait for it maybe they just dont like him because of his arrogance and it has nothing to do with his skin color. The obama supporters are just like Obama remeber the brush her off your shoulders barrack you don't need her and all the comments about who cares if you don't vote for him we don't need you. OB's supporters better think again. CNN post it.

    May 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. unelectable

    I have been telling you guys all along there is a HUGE difference between Obama Mc Cain and Clinton Mc Cain.

    The obama supporters are on the left wing. They have nowhere to go except right back to Clinton.

    The Clinton supporters are in the MIDDLE. They can go to Mc Cain.

    Of course, the Obama pundits and Obama supporters reply is ...dont listen to the poll.

    Look at the fact. Obama is no 'average joe' . Mc Cain is a POW for christs sakes.

    This is certainly a strong reason why Clinton is far more electable than Obama.

    May 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Folkwolf101

    But, it is too easy to catch Obama in lie after lie. Only now, the media is just barely starting to report them. How many revisions has he uttered over the Wright, Reszko, race baiting scandals. His stories change focus every time he speaks. A prominant AA preacher spoke that he believes BHO simply lied about his grandmother being racist, just for the political boost it would give. He is wilting under pressure in slow motion.

    May 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Sallie Mae, Ex-Hillary Supporter

    DEMOCRATS, this is great news! I guess you are as stupid as you look! Keep fighting so that the Republicans can win!! YAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Michael

    If Obama doesn't get the nomination then I'll do my best to make sure McCain will.

    May 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. WestCoastIndependent

    This poll speaks a lot to the type of campaign each candidate has been running. Obama has been taking the high road, refusing to play the dirty politics of old. Consequently, his supporters are following suit and looking at the interests of the the Democratic National Party and the country as a whole. On the other hand, Clinton has been running a campaign full of dirty politics, with fear-mongering straight from the Republican play-book. It's no wonder that her brain-washed supporters are not as likely to vote for Obama. They're buying into their matriarch's brand of low-ball politics and hatred.

    May 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Daniel VanderMolen

    Keith is right. There is a long time till November. Once the lines are drawn between McCain and whoever becomes the Democratic nominee, early polls such as this will prove useless.

    May 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. fred

    I concur with Dj

    May 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. D.Kimbro OHIO

    I think this shows that this election is to important to play games. The Obama supporters know we can't keep going like we are. However, I will not vote for Hillary under any circumstance. That sounds silly when I want unity in the party. I just think her views line up to well with the republican party. I have lost all respect for her and her husband. They are panderers, and the worst liars ever. If she is given this nomination, I will register as an independent next election.

    May 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Kathleen Prescott

    Early Exit polls show Senator Barack Obama winning North Carolina Primary by approxiamtely 10% points !!! Clinton leads in Indiana by a small margin. Senator Obama is the preumptive Democrastic Nominee >

    May 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. James M. Holmes, Denver CO

    This is because alot of the Clinton supporters are really Republicans trying to mess things up on marching orders from "el Fatso" Rush Limp-bone. None are real Democrats...

    Have no fear, alot of this talk is emotion. Once Obama is the nominee, teh choices for america will be simple – 4 more years of Bush policies from John McSame or something new. Pretty sure ther aren't too many people happy with Bush / McCain policies right now...

    May 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. CaliGuy

    i will NEVER vote for hillary.

    GO OBAMA!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. comme

    Right! If Clinton is not nominee I"ll vote for Nader!

    May 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Patrick Oliver

    More confirmation that Obama supporters will vote for Clinton (even though they don't like her) in much larger %'s than CLinton supporters will vote for Obama (because they simply don't feel he's qualified or experienced enough). It's more than enough to tip the entire election to McCain. Remember, far more registered Democrats have voted for Clinton than Obama (more than 1 million). His (tiny) lead in the popular vote (if you don't count MI and FL – even though those millions of voters actually DO exist) is due to his receiving more Republican and Independent votes, esp. early in the primary season. Who do you think those voters will support in Nov.? McCain of course. Obama cannot win the general election. The demographics are stacked against him. Clinton is the only hope for the Dems in Nov.

    May 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. jill

    Hmm... so supporters of Clinton are also supporters of McCain???? What does that tell you about Clinton's priorities? Are they really that different than what we've seen coming out of the Republican Party? If Hillary's "experience" puts her on par with all the other white male Repubs, that's enough for me to vote for the candidate with "little" experience.

    May 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Aren't you tired of it too?

    MSM can take the credit for keeping Wright ahead of the issues.

    May 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. noemi in los angeles

    That's because HALF of those Clinton supporters are Republicans voting in OUR primaries with Operation Chaos in mind, that's the sad reality for our Country.

    Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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