May 13th, 2008
06:59 PM ET
12 years ago

Schneider: More sobering news - the value gap

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(CNN) - The West Virginia exit polls show more sobering news for Democrats about the deepening division within the party.

We asked the voters whether each candidate shared their values.

Among Barack Obama supporters, 62 percent said Hillary Clinton does not share their values while just 37 percent said she does.

The number is even more staggering among Clinton supporters: nearly 70 percent of her voters say Obama does not share their values while just 30 percent say he does.

We're getting over 60 percent of the supporters of each candidate saying the other candidate does not share our values – which could spell trouble for the Democrats as they try to unite the party for the general election.

soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. John Smith

    Let Hillary switch to the Independent party. We need a new movement designed for the future in the democratic party. Hillary can go with her gang of weaklings!

    If Hillary cannot beat Obama fair and square, let us see how she will handle the Republicans. Hillary, with her baggage along with Bill, should be rejected from the democartic party.

    The Clintons destroy anything that they touch- they destroyed the good name of the Oval office in the White House, and now people are eager to get them back there as though there are no other competent politicians in this great nation; what a shame!!!

    May 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Tom

    A single day of super delegate announcements for Obama could offset the net gain Clinton waited a week to realize in West Virginia.

    May 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Megan

    Way to go, Hillary. Pushing that "us vs them" mentality, trying to make Obama look like an elitist so you can clinch the "dumb" vote...you're going to screw us to the wall. Division does not win elections. Hillary's willingness to play on racial divisions and fears in order to win a PRIMARY are disgusting. She should be ashamed.

    May 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Alex

    Its strange considering how similar their platforms are, oh well.

    May 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. leslie

    This is only one state which went heavly for one candidate. So what!

    May 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. mnbvcx

    That's ok Hillary...please dump the dummacrats and go Independent!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. Kelly

    It's a shame that the party is dividing like this despite the fact that both candidates are nearly identical on all the issues. The Dems are going to cut off their nose to spite their face and the MSM isn't helping at all.

    May 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. WRITE IN !

    WRITE IN HILLARY !

    WRITE IN HILLARY !

    WRITE IN HILLARY !

    WRITE IN HILLARY !

    May 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Adam

    Obama/Gore '08

    Best ticket ever.

    May 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. McCain says he loves us, but won't stop hurting us.

    The Cycle of Abuse:
    Phase 1 – Tension Building:
    Tension increases, breakdown of communication, victim becomes fearful and feels the need to placate the abuser.

    Phase 2 – Incident:
    Verbal, emotional, physical abuse. Anger, blaming, arguing. Threats. Intimidation.

    Phase 3 – Reconciliation:
    Abuser apologizes, gives excuses, blames the victim, denies the abuse occurred, or says it wasn't as bad as the victim claims.

    Phase 4 – Calm:
    Incident is "forgotten", no abuse is taking place. The "Honeymoon" phase.

    Please don't run to McCain. He abuses his wife and will abuse you too.

    May 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Mike

    It doesn't spell trouble, it doesn't mean anything. WV is full of wedge voters who buy Clinton's pandering propaganda that Obama will take away their guns.

    Quit trying to make this race appear closer than it actually is. Trumped up angles by the media in order to further a nonstory has made a mockery of the news industry. You should be ashamed.

    May 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. Christine V from Dallas, TX

    Remember…D day is closing in! And I know from these post many Obama supporters are shaking in their shoes that a large Hillary constituent will not support Obama!!!!!!….well your nightmare will be reality when McCain wins November….and you know without us (large majority) your guy CAN'T WIN! Even media commentators are worried………well this is what you get you nasty obama elitist….and no not all of us are old, uneducated or set on our ways….start worrying obamabots, your bitter and hateful comments on our candidate got you this…..GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD! WE WILL NOT SUPPORT YOUR GUY! WE WILL N0T BACK HIM UP…..**YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN**

    ITS HILLARY OR MCCAIN …NEVER THE ELITIST OBAMA WHO LOOKS DOWN ON REGULAR PEOPLE…….YOU DESERVE TO LOSE THIS NOVEMBER!!

    May 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. stushie

    West Virginia? Important? Give me a break, Bill!

    It's ranked #50 in the nation for many negative things. To exaggerate today's vote as a reflection of nationwide responses to Obama is creating a mountain out of a pile of coal.

    Get real, Bill, instead of trying to prop up the Clintons.

    May 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. E. loz Miami

    Clinton should run as an independent. If the radical left wing wants Obama-They can have him.

    May 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Paul

    It's West Virginia, for God's sake! This is not a scientific poll. They can't even spell scientific.

    May 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Anna

    Thats one state. You're trying to tell me one state with demographics like theres is indicative of the rest of the nation.
    B.S.

    May 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. Jeb

    Twang twang twang twang, yee haw, you go Hillary, white power!

    May 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Ed

    Yea, No kidding. We know that they are taking money from the people who want to make sure there is More of the Same. Health Insurance Companies, Pharmaceutical Companies and the like. But anything has got to be better than Bush and anyone who even knows him. It doesn't matter what Dem gets the nomination I am voting for them.

    May 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Juan from L.A.

    Sore Losers...enough of this crap...Clinton should get out NOW!!! She's a sore loser.

    Just remember how the campaign was amicable when she was ahead and Edwards was in the mix. Even to the point that I was "wow she's not as divisive as the media paints her out to be" But then all hell broke out loose once she lost Iowa. The last straw was when in the plane she made the stupid but really stupid comment that McCain was a better candidate than Obama. I looked at my wife and I was like "Wow not even Romney threw that low blow at McCain and those two hated each other"

    Then of course the Obama folks retaliated and now its both sides finding dirt of one another meanwhile McCain is laughing. Sickening this whole thing is sad.

    May 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Matt M.

    CNN, why are you talking about West Virginia as if it's a microcosm of the entire country? It's WEST VIRGINIA. It's the only state that doesn't even have it's own name, it's just referred to by its relative position to another, better state.

    Seriously, though, West Virginia and Kentucky are two of the most racist states in the union. They do NOT speak for the rest of us.

    May 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    Obama the elitist..... that is rich,,

    from a guy who just paid off his student loans in his forties...

    geeez...

    get some news from somewhere other than fox.. why don't u..

    May 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. TaraLynn

    I truly believe that if Obama gets the nod that there will be enough of us that support Clinton to keep him out of the White House. We can cast our votes for McCain.

    May 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Obama?

    Why people never realized Obama is just an old old fashioned corrupted politician??

    Could you do some research besides his flowery speech? Please America!!

    May 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Chut Pata

    Dream Ticket = Old Guards and No Change i.e. Billary + McBush

    May 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. Rhonda in KY

    Here's the problem. Gauging the Democratic chances in the fall with Barack as the nominee based on West Virginia and Kentucky makes no sense. Both states are very white and are quite racist as well. I state this as a white person in KY. The state of KY is also very conservative and I don't think either Hillary or Barack would beat McCain in November. Personally, I'm Obama all the way.

    May 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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