May 6th, 2008
06:13 PM ET
15 years ago

Exit polls: Nearly half in both states say Wright an issue

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Rev. Jeremiah Wright addressed the National Press Club in Washington, DC."]
(CNN) - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's reemergence as a campaign issue appears to have played some effect on tonight's contests, the newly released exit polls show.

In Indiana, 48 percent of Democrats who voted in the primary said Wright was an important factor in their vote while 49 percent said it was not. Those voters who said Wright was an issue overwhelmingly voted for Clinton while those who did not supported Obama by large margins.

The same is true in North Carolina. There 48 percent of Democrats said Wright affect their vote while 50 percent did not.

soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. kat

    i think it is the dumbest thing that the news (and i mean EVERY news network) has focused sooo much on wright, and GOTTEN SO FAR OFF THE ISSUES, that it has scared so many ignorant voters into believing that obama is accountable for this man's actions/beliefs. why don't they hold clinton accountable for all of HER shady connections? what about her crazy, cultish church, "the family", huh??

    May 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. David in San Francisco

    There's a lot of talk about people that vote for Barack Obama because he's black. What about the people that vote for Hillary Clinton because of her last name? In other words, because of her husband's legacy?

    Be honest people, how much about her record to you really know? Can you honestly say that her experience both as First Lady and as a U.S. Senator is substantially more than Obama's? One could easily point to Bill Clinton as an example of someone that didn't have extensive credentials (governor of one of the poorest states in the U.S.), and yet most democrats agree that under his stewardship, we had among the best periods of economic growth and stability in this country. It was Bill Clinton's ability to inspire people (and the help of Ross Perot's failed candidacy) that got him elected. Hmm, sound familiar?

    And while I'm on the subject of Bill Clinton, I am continually amazed by the fact that many Democratic voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other industrial mid-west states are willing to overlook the fact that Bill Clinton pushed NAFTA into law. And Hillary Clinton had publicly supported NAFTA as first lady as well as several years after she left the White House - at a point when she could have publicly turned against it if she truly believed at the time that NAFTA was a bad move for American jobs. I just don't understand this, when the economy consistently comes out as the most important issue in people's minds. Do you really think that you'll see a change in policy under Hillary Clinton on free trade? If so, then you are clearly seeing something that I'm not seeing.

    May 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Sharon Minnesota

    Hillary Clinton was originally my choice in this race. Barack Obama looked good at first and I was waffling. The lid came off for me with J. Wright and the United Church of Christ.

    As a Clinton supporter and a lifetime democrat, I am sorry to say I cannot remain faithful to the party if the nominee is Obama. This would seriously compromise my values and belief's. The pundants especially DNC officials are making a huge misjudgment in thinking everyone will kiss and make up by November and the democrats will go on to victory.

    May 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Sara


    May 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. hmmmmm.....sounds fishy

    it doesn't matter Obama will have the nomination or Mc Cain will have the presidency.....remember its s poll many people did they poll 100 or a thousand....its a poll....randoms are picked........lets see after its all done

    May 6, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    Rev Wright is an issue becase the news media and the big Hillary supporter Wolf Blitzer just cant seem to let go of it. They have their pandering, lying, self asorbed, self centered Hillary Clinton on the ticket and the media will do everything they can to make sure she is elected. It is a crying shame America is so stupid they can make up their own minds and need to depend on the biased media to do it for them. Shame on America, and above all Shame on the biased Media for their continued efforts to destroy one Very Good Man because of the words of another man. I hope you never find your self in a situation even remotely simular, because the old saying what comes around goes around.

    May 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Hayden

    Rev. Wright will be the end of Obama

    Go Hillary!

    May 6, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Ellie

    Is it true or not that the Clintons asked Wright for his guidance when the were having martial issues? People are not happy with the wright issue but we seem to be ok with someone who will stop at nothing to get a vote-even lie. IN people, do you not remember Whitewater and all the lies that were brought abt. What abt NAFTA? What abt lying under oath-and the ultmate, impeachment. Why would we want another one of them in the office?

    May 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Dave, IN

    Which is the cause and which is the effect. If you are an Obama supporter, Rev Wright isn't an issue and if you're a Clinton supporter, he is the issue. Not the other way around.

    May 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. pgo

    CNN runs the REV 24/7 week after week . Blathers on about it. And then WHOA!!! Rev Wright is a BIG issue with voters! Self serving BS – to stir the pot and make controversy. In my 63 years I have never seen such an incredible disregard for the public. The pretense that this story is the most important issue facing America is the stupidest claim I have ever heard. The economy is in shambles, the war is in shambles, the environment is in shambles. And as I type the MAIN event on your pitiful excuse of a network EVERY single time I flip by is REV Wright has effected the vote. The smug looks on your faces for achieving this hideous outcome is more than I can tolerate. I am a permanent customer lost to you and you corporate masters.

    May 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. lori

    oh god, wright said america isn't perfect...we're all going to hell! how dare he speak his mind, that is SOOOO un-american! quick call the thought police, we need to stop this insanity. obama will absorb these words and ruin our country, he has no free-will, he has no brain...oh no we're all going to hell. that is SO un-american.

    get a grip people, you've bought it lock stock and barrel. i guess people can't think for themselves after all.

    May 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Bill

    Wright is only part of the problem, the whole congregation at TUCC applauded Wright when he spoke his anti-white and anti-American rants. Black Liberation Theology is the basic philosophy of Wright and a major part of the church's belief system. I'll bet even the new minister who was mentored by Wright subscribes to the philosophy. So there was no way Obama didn't in some way subscribe to at least part of Black Liberation theology, and since he hasn't quit that church outright, he will still be sitting in endorsement of the racist philosophy of Black Liberation theology.

    May 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. tedious898

    I believe Hillary is the most intelligent politician I've seen in many many years. Which leaves me totally confused why such a smart woman would be so stupid to continue riding around this issue. If there were zero skeletons in her closet I would say, "well, she's not being hypocritical" but that's not the case. I'm wondering about the electorate. Can so many people be so dumb about politics that they would rather use the words of a pastor to determine their commander in chief? I'm sorry I don't believe Hillary supporters are all under $50k earners and high school drop outs. I was a Hillary support – an African American with above average intelligence. Yet the only thing that change my vote was on the words of MLK – I dream of a day when my children aren't judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character. Maybe he should have added or the insane words of their pastor – as well Please america...look at something that really matters i.e. character

    May 6, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. Awesome Obama

    Go Obama, Go Obama...that's the way I like it.. ..that's the way I like it..
    I use to have great respect for Hiliary but after her nasty attacks on Obama, I have lost ALL respect for her. It's clear she will do anything to win. The same people that's talking negatively about Obama is the people that was praising Bush 4 years ago. I would be quiet if I were you because it's clear you can make bad choices.

    May 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. MM

    Heh Lois - how many Clinton supporters are pushing Clinton because she is a woman????????????????????? I had someone today give me the attitude "how could you, as a woman, not vote for Clinton?" Give me a break.

    May 6, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. FRED Atlanta, GA

    But it's ok for people to sit in the churches of Faldwell, Pat Robertson and John Hagee all the anti american hate spewed from those pews no one and you know who you are had a problem with it, they have said things just as bad regarding 9/11, hurricane katrina, etc. But no one asks those congregants why they haven't left those churchs but you make your decisions over obama because of what his FORMER PASTOR said NOT OBAMA himself. YEAH I SEE THE DOUBLE STANDARD!!!!

    OBAMA 08/12 YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL!!!

    May 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Just Had To Say It

    Rev Jeremiah Wright is no more racial than Lou Dobbs!

    May 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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