May 6th, 2008
09:03 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: The age divide

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(CNN) – Who you backed in Indiana seems to have been based, to some extent, on your birthday – a fact that’s working in Hillary Clinton’s favor.

Voters in most age groups were almost evenly split – except for the youngest and oldest voters.

Sixty-three percent of voters under age 24 backed Barack Obama. But twice as many seniors went to the polls – and 72 percent of them voted for Clinton.

In North Carolina, Obama won young voters 70 to 28 percent, and lost the senior vote to Clinton – but her advantage, though still significant, came by a slightly smaller margin: 57 to 39 percent. Limiting his losses among older voters was a big factor in his win.

soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. William

    Is this really time to take risks? I think bush has taken enough of those and put the lives of thousands of americans in harms way....i do not plan on taking risks on someone that does not have the experience....Hillary has proven to be a canidate that has the experience...and has been able to walk the about barrack starting walking all this talk....

    May 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Michigan for Obama

    I am continually perplexed that this age bracket votes Clinton...this is the age group that lived through the first Clinton White House with all the scandles and drama...and impeachment...short term memory.

    Signed: by someone within that age bracket ...and caucasion...but for Obama!

    May 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. karen Open your eyes.

    If Barack Obama feels he has gotten unfair hits from the Clintons I can't help but wonder if he will be able to weather the republicans in November.
    The Clintons have received more then their share of hits while Bill was President and yet the hits keep on comming and Hillary is still standing and even has her head held high. You go girl! !!!
    You may not like Hillary but She is the best choice for president.
    Open Your Eyes and remember our goal is to win back the White House. Focus People.

    May 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. sp

    This is an amazing race but truth be told he won't win against McCain in November. This is exactly how the Republican party wanted America to set it up. Media hounding Hilary but leaving Barack alone.

    Good luck to America in 2009 forward. We are in the toilet now and once McCain gets in it will only get worse.

    Hilary for President!!

    May 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Chanel

    The older democrats are familiar and comfortable with the Clintons. To them, Obama is a risk that most of them do not feel comfortable taking. The young voters however, want to see a dramatic change with the way this country is ran, and as the saying goes... ... "Out with the old, and in with the new."

    May 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. E. C., Houston, Texas

    What a pitiful documentary on the level of maturity of voters and the lack of experience and understanding of polititcs. That inexperienced and uneducated young voters can make such a pronouncement in vote results is detrimental to the future of this Nation. Wisdom and experience count greatly and determine how this country will prosper in the future. Obama is not experienced, nor is he qualified to be the leader of a nation, not now, not ever.

    May 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Richard, FL

    "I'm going to do everything I possibly can to make sure that one of us takes the oath of office next January. I think that has to be the overriding goal, whatever we have to do."
    - Hillary Clinton, debate, 4/16/08

    “Of course once we have a nominee we’re going to close ranks and have a unified party because the differences between us as Democrats pale in comparison to the differences we have with Sen. McCain and the Republicans”
    - Hillary Clinton, 5/05/08

    It is now time for those of HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS who want another 4 years of Bush to explain why she is such a liar about this and has no interest in doing what is best for our country.

    May 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Billy

    Of course he won NC did he win Indiana??? Nope!

    May 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. God Bless the USA

    the glaring thing to me tonight is that less than 50% of HRC supporters say they will not vote for BHO if he is the candidate in November. Compare that to the 70%+ Obama supporters that would still vote for Hilary if she were the candidate in November. Too quickly we seem to forget that we are all one party, and we need to focus on a common opponent. I really hope the numbers are skewed due to the amount of crossovers and "independent" republicans that are voting for HRC...because if not, we're in for at least 4 more years with McSame. I beg all of you to educate yourselves, after you do that I'm fine with whichever candidate you feel comfortable voting for. Don't treat this like some glorified sporting event like the media is trying to portray it.

    May 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Wellstonian Democrat

    Look, I know plenty of older men and women who vote for Obama. How else do you explain him winning by 20 or 30 points in places like MN, WY, etc? This whole looking for any divide thing is not productive. There will always be divides just because of the way things are but they don't necessarily prove a lasting situation or that one thing is causing another. BTW "older" people mean people over 60 in this case. So unless 50 years old are "naive young people" then this is not happening because of naive young people, nor is it socialist. The end point is this is a movement, and young people sense that, but so do middle aged people, so do many older people. you'll note the advantage of Clinton with older voters is smaller than he disadvantage with young people. When all is said is and done they can slice and dice the country and people how they want, but in the end we are one people whether we acknowledge it our not. I just hope we realize it now rather than later, (hint, hint Clinton supporters).

    May 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Tom

    Krystyna, Jim Richmond, Irish Gram: Just remember you are supporting the loser.

    Your judgment is warped, but just keep following your loser.

    Obama/Pelosi '08

    May 6, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. Soldier of fortuneah

    I honestly believe that a large percetage of older Hillary voters are personnel who would never vote for Obama due to obvious reasons. It's amazing how they tried to hide behind the Rev Wright issue or the bitter comments and use that as an excuse not to vote for Obama. Remember that theses older voters are some of the same personnel who are from some of America's darkest years where racism was truly rampant.

    May 6, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Chanel

    While I believe that the polls based on ethnicity, age, and sex give way to division, it is important in this election for democrats. They need to know what areas to hit if we are to change the electoral count come November. I do agree with this this part of your statement Sunny, vote on the issues no matter who get the Dem nomination... unless you want more of the same.

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. sp

    Also, what everyone seems to be forgetting he is carrying the smaller states not the key states that are needed to win a presidential campaign: California, Ohio, Penn., Texas, Florida need I go on.

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. John from DC

    I have inside info; that if OBAMA win the election, he will make Jeremiah Wright as his VICE PRESIDENT. So keep voting for him. I love Wright and want him at the top with Obama. I know all you young voters out there want Wright as our VICE PRESIDENT also...Go Obama & Wright 2009!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. georgia

    Truth always prevails in the long run. Thank you NC majority for recognizing the dire need for changing of the gaurd that is keeping the country stuck by poli-TRICK-ing,hate mongering & divisiveness.May we all participate with vigor to restore this country & take it to a greatness never before seen . Together we stand,Divided will fall...furthur. USA Forever !!!! TOGETHER WE CAN !!!! Obama 08 !! !!

    May 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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