May 13th, 2008
06:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Schneider: Exit polls show sobering news for Democrats

 First Presbyterian Church in St. Albans, West Virginia.

First Presbyterian Church in St. Albans, West Virginia.

(CNN) - The West Virginia exit polls have some sobering news for the Democratic Party.

As has been the case in previous states, a significant amount of both candidates' supporters said they aren't willing to vote for the other candidate in November.

Among Obama supporters, just 51 percent of West Virginia Democrats say they will vote for Clinton if she is the nominee. John McCain would get close to a third of Obama's supporters, and 14 percent said they wouldn't vote at all.

But an even smaller number of Clinton's supporters would back Obama: just 36 percent say that they would vote for the Illinois senator. About the same amount, 35 percent, say they would support McCain and 29 percent say they wouldn't vote or would vote for someone else.

It looks like if Obama becomes the nominee, he's going to have quite a struggle with John McCain to carry West Virginia for the Democrats.

soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. geriatric

    HILLARY HAS BEEN A DIVISIVE FORCE WITH HER NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN. TRUE DEMOCRATS WILL SUPPORT THE WINNING CANDIDATE. THE UNINFORMED WILL SQUANDER THEIR PRECIOUS VOTE.

    May 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. AZM

    This is what happens when candidates act like children...
    Throwing stones, mud slinging, and dirty politics just make people sick...

    You can see this very issue all over the boards... These two camps hate each other... to the bone!

    May 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. fran

    Obama will not carry WV and a whole lot of other states without Hillary. It is his weakness a weakness that he cannot over come. I for one do not want to take a chance on loosing in November just because some Obama supporters don't like Hillary or some Hillary supporters don't like Obama. If they come together, she can campaign in the states where she is strong and he can campagin in the states where he is strong and we can turn that red and blue map into one big blue map. People just have to get over their differences and realize we have to come together or we loose.

    May 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. bigben

    Thats right. Clinton supporters unite. NO Obama. The emperor with no clothes. Clown is in MI. He disrespects Hillary and her supporters

    May 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Michael

    Figures. Just goes to show you that ignorance limits one's potential to be truly human.

    May 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Don

    All this Obamanista talk about the superdelegates giving it to Clinton is a farce. The SD will have to give it to either Obama or Clinton because neither will have the pledged delegates necessary. So which one can beat McCain should be the issue. If the DNC gives it to Obama, then McCain wins. The DNC will deserve to lose the White House and the Congress because they stupidly allowed New Hampshire and Iowa to extort them to disenfranchise voters in Florida and Mich. If those two states counted as they should, Clinton would have this wrapped up. Also, they DNC stupidly allowed the first "official" primaries or caucuses to be in Iowa, NH, Nevada and South Carolina, all states that lean to red in general elections. The small pockets of Dems in those states are lefty-lefts, so they went for Obama, a person who will get trounced by McCain. Clinton polls better than Obama in large populous states that are needed to win in November.

    May 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. JANICE L. PARKER

    I THINK THAT HILARY SHOULD DROP OUT OF RACE. I KNOW SHE IS CONTENDED TO BECOME THE NEW PRESIDENT, BUT HER TIME IS OVER. THE NUMBER DON'T LIE WHEN IT COMES TO THE RIGHT PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE. SHE HAS BEEN IN THAT POSITION FOR 30 YEARS AND HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING BUT SIT AND WATCH THINGS FALL APART. I HOPE THAT SHE DOES NOT TRY TO SNEAK THE PRESIDENCY JUST AS BUSH DID IN THE YEAR 2000.

    May 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Ernest

    Please find other stories to pep-up your ratings. American are not stupid. Obama for 2008..

    May 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. DEBBI

    I will not vote unless Hillary Clinton is on the DEMOCRAT TICKET ..And most of my friends feel the same way .. And guess what, we are not POOR nor UNEDUCATED .. We are women and men in our 40s 50s and 60s ..
    The only way the DEMOCRATS will win the WHITE HOUSE is a JOINT TICKET .. CLINTON AND OBAMA

    May 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Ardnuas

    Blame the Clintons for their CHOICE to DIVIDE AND DESTROY the Democratic Party..... If John McCain wins..... Thank Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Obama/Hagel ( I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    May 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. John B, Needham, MA

    Well, so what? SOME states are going to go Republican in November and better a small state like WV than a bigger one.

    May 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. John B, Needham, MA

    And there's no reason to take the exit polls in WV as representative of the country, reagding cross-voting.

    May 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. cory,fl

    so he isn't a politician, Obama right, well all of a sudden now for the past few days he is wearing a flag in, didn't he say he wouldn't stoop to that level, well I guess he has to now, but don't worry he isn't a politician

    May 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Viet Nam Vet

    We now know where Shrub's 28% approval rate come from–Why its West Virginia. So Shrub can't run again? We'll just vote for McSame.
    Morons

    May 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Indiana

    You can add my name to the sobering outlook for Obama.

    Hillary is our only hope for change and our only experienced leader.

    May 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. JANICE L. PARKER

    BARACK OBAMA YOU ARE THE ONE EVERYONE IS SEEKING FOR. WE WONDER WHAT HAS TAKEN YOU SO LONG TO JOIN THE GAME. WE NEED SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY BELIEVE IN THE PEOPLE AND KNOW WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE. UNLIKE YOUR RUNNER-UP SHE HAS HAD A CHANCE TO PERFORM AND DID NOTHING JUST AS LAURA BUSH DID. ANYBODY CAN SMILE FOR THE CAMERA AND WHERE YELLOW.

    May 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Confused

    I don't understand the Democrats who say they will not vote for the other candidate if their candidate of choice is not the nominee. So they'd rather have four more years of failure underneath a Republican administration? Clinton OR Obama would be much much better than McCain. Vote for the Democrat in November and help this country out. Refusing to vote or voting for McCain is only hurting us.

    May 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. emmaAtlanta

    Just 36 percent of Democrats in WV will vote for Obama if he becomes the nominee??? The DEMO chiefs are giving away votes to McCain without knowing it. It is dangerous for the super delegates to brush off the idea that a united wholehearted party will fall behind Obama as he carries all these states in Novmber. It is clear that the Republicans will not fold their arms and watch either. Therefore, it is not too late for the undecided supers to rally around the Candidate, Hillary who is winning the November needed demographics.

    May 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. TimeToUnite

    whatever CNN whatever... Voter registration will make up for sore loosers who can't even see that the issues we face will are paramount and should come before self.. Those who realize that"country" must come first will vote on the issues not bigotry and silly season issues.

    May 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. Berat (Pronounced buh-RAHT), Park Ridge, IL

    >>It looks like if Obama becomes the nominee, he's going to have quite a struggle with John McCain to carry West Virginia for the Democrats.<<

    As another network pointed out today, 60% of Democratic voters in April of 1992 wanted someone other than Bill Clinton. What you're saying now means nothing in terms of the general election.

    Schneider, you are a hack. Your numbers, your polling, your reporting - none of it is interesting or insightful. As has sadly become their custom, CNN is employing fools where they once employed brilliance like Bernard Shaw.

    May 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Antonio

    Why do I see a link here with the "if not my candidate then McCain" statement and the Rush Linbaugh Republicans?

    May 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Venus

    Still trying to fool us will the poll crap!

    Well – it won't work!

    Go Obama! WV is one state – that are a lot more!

    May 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. sophia nyc

    It's hard to take Clinton seriously at this point.

    May 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Relevant

    Oh CNN, you old kidders... Anything for a headline..

    I live in Austin, and I grew up in Houston. When the Rockets play the Spurs, I root for the Rockets. At that time, I may talk like I HATE the Spurs. But if the Spurs beat the Rockets and then go on to, say, play the Utah Knicks, you'd better believe I'd root for the Spurs. Any Texas team is better than some Yank team. Heck, I'd even root for the Mavericks over the Knicks.

    Likewise here... any Democrat who would vote Republican, or not vote at all, just because their preferred candidate isn't the nominee, is no Democrat at all. McCain represents sustained operations in Iraq, invasion of Iran, the overturning of Roe v Wade, and any other number of old-school conservative disgraces I could mention. McCain is the antithesis of everything a true Democrat stands for.

    It would be a stupid person indeed that would cut off their own nose to spite their face, and fail to support the Democratic nominee, whomever that ends up being. I may be a Rockets fan at heart, but I'm a Texan in my very soul. The "other side" will ALWAYS be the true enemy.

    May 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. CWA

    Who cares, we don't need West Virginia to win. West Virginians have little in common with the new democratic party. Obama opens up states like Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and others.

    May 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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