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. tom, dallas, tx

    You go Christine from Dallas!

    Why is there so much racism from Obama supporters?

    May 13, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Helen

    McCain will be my vote if dumbo Obama gets the nomination. Education does not alwas work people. BO and Michele are like Dumb and Dumber

    May 13, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. An American

    And to think, John McCain only carried 1% of this state!?

    May 13, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. SH

    You know, Obama has been polling in the low to mid 20 in WV since all the way back in February. In fact, back in March Clinton was leading 55% to 27% with 18% undecided.

    This so-called racial divide in WV is old news.

    May 13, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Steve

    The Democratic Party has met the enemy and it is– itself.

    May 13, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Mike

    The "Hill-Billys" in WV will all vote for McCain anyway. Or maybe Huckabee again.

    Isn't this the state that the movie "Deliverance" was filmed in?

    May 13, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Obama Problems

    The DNC knows Obama will not win.

    The elite leaders do not care.

    They only wany a cash cow to fund Senate and House seats. They know Obama is a lost cause in being President.

    May 13, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Nidia, New Mexico

    I HATE BILL RICHARDSON (who's talking now) – Mr. Judas.....yeah, like we're gonna ever listen to you again.

    Mr. Judas's career is OVER.

    Bill Richardson will never get my vote again.

    GO HILLARY – SHOW THESE MEN WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF!!!

    May 13, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Bruce Taylor, Berkeley, CA

    Democrats need to grow up fast or lose in November.
    This campaign is about uniting in order to win, not taking out vendettas against other members of the party.

    May 13, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Zoey

    I still don't know why the Dems are making a big fuss over West Virginia when West Viriginia is voting Republican anyway. Congrats to Hiliary but it still doesn't change anything.

    May 13, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Jeff Illinois

    We know what Obama supporters value; loosing to Sen. Mc Cain. Way to GO!!!. I can't vote for McCain under any circumstances, but I don't have to vote for Obama either.

    May 13, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. Flittig

    This is in response to the earlier exit poll on the economy being the most important issue.

    It doesn't add up that the hard working "blue collar" voters select any economic campaign message of HRC. She is definitely a fighter and should be admired for that, but her message to this segment of the electorate is purely convenience for her to garner votes. I don't think these voters, who are the those who face the greatest economic hardship under the current circumstances, should really pay all that much heed to a candidate whose campaign finances are in the red. Is this how you really want the economy in the country to be? This the type of reckless abandon that has gotten the country into economic hardship it is facing in the first place.

    Yes, she has some great ideas and social policies, but she is hell bent on getting her way in everything that she does that she destroys what she is out to get. ie. Look to the universal healthcare failure in the '90s. She thinks far too linearly and doesn't recognize that although grit and determination are extremely valuable traits to have, so are the ability to think with a level head, be able to bring others into a process, and being open to ideas from others.

    May 13, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Roger

    Mickey. Hillary and Bill have been envolved in politics since high school.

    May 13, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Sharon Minnesota

    The Democratic party is not my conscience. It's too bad that the Obama people are blindly following the DNC into an abyss of left wing hell. Clinton supporters are using their good judgment when they declare they won't vote for Obama and will not be responsible for America's down fall.

    Stop blaming Clinton for our choices. We are people of democracy who don't need any advice from a failed political party to decide our fate.

    May 13, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. CAKid

    How is WV representative of the party as a whole again? What a joke. Reporting crap like this exacerbates the situation.

    May 13, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. girlscoutnut

    Eastern block forming against Obama with Clinton write-in. Obama is the nominee of the Democratic Leadership and NOT the Democrats. Go Hillary! Onward to Kentucky, Puerto Rico and Oregon and the Dakotas. Protesting the lack of leadership of a not so democratic process.

    May 13, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Hey WOW, CNN predicts Clinton won in WV! Gee, they are a smart bunch over there.

    Obama predicted the same thing... weeks ago!

    May 13, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. STOP THE MADNESS

    This is no big surprise to anyone that has watched Hillary Clinton's constant down playing Obama is this place and the fact that he is not so well known there, but that will change once we get rid of her and he can attempt to unclog their minds of the poision she has injected.

    May 13, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. Sher

    How could you even suggest Al Gore would play second fiddle to Obama. Give me a break. Hillary and Bill have done nothing to the Democratic party except help it. He was a wonderful president, indiscretions and all. She's a good candidate and would be a good president. It takes someone tough to be president and she is!!! What's wrong with letting everyone vote. Aren't we the party of everyone gets to vote? Obama supporters are just nasty and hateful. They say awful things about Hillary and Bill. Give it a rest. Let the voting continue and may the best woman win!!!!

    May 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. AP

    Regrding Mary's comment: May 13th, 2008 7:11 pm ET

    HELLO!!!!!!! THE FOLKS OF WEST VIRGINIA WOULD RATHER HAVE MCCAIN THEN BARACK BECAUSE MCCAIN IS WHITE….WILL SOMEONE IN THE MEDIA PLEASE SAY THE TRUTH…THESE PEOPLE IN WEST VIRGINIGA PENNSYLVANIA, KENTUCKY, OHIO, ETC. WHO SAY THEY DON'T WANT OBAMA…ARE SIMPLE VOTING BASED ON THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN.

    I'm sure there are racist Hillary supporters out there, however how is their voting for her because she's white any different than an African-American voting for Obama because he's black? Let's not ignore the fact that he has ~90% of their votes. Can you really tell me NONE of them are voting for him because he shares their skin color?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm by no means saying it right, but step back and look at your own candidate's supporters. There are plenty of Hillary supporters out there (myself included) who are voting her because we think she's the better candidate. It has nothing to do with race. Get a grip!!!

    May 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. kathy

    obama, his supporters and the media has caused this problem so deal with it now McCain wont be as bad as bush and everyone knows this at least he will put all americans 1st

    May 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Nidia, New Mexico

    OMG – Bill Richardson just lied – just lied to Wolf Blitzer!!!

    He now says Hillary should stay in the race, when 2 months ago he was calling for her to get out!!!

    WHAT A LIAR!!!

    May 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. John Smith

    Please VOTE for McCain. You might as well register as a Republican. But this time, Obama has won; this is as fair as it can get. Go ahead, vote for MCain, or ask hillary to run as an Independent candidate!!!

    May 13, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. tired of Obama

    It is Hillary only for me.

    Obama is a lying, sneaky hypocrit that has cheated his way to a small, narrow lead by playing the race card and disenfranchising voters.
    He has mocked, jeered and ridiculed his much more qualified opponent.

    Those are not my values.

    His supporters are vitriolic and hateful- posting vulgar, filthy, denigrating insults.

    May 13, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. Oregon

    As a voter from somewhere outside of Oregon . . . I don't care about West Virginia's "values." By lots of measurements, this is a state whose voters are especially racist and especially uneducated. I would rather heed the advice of people who tend to be smart and enlightened.

    May 13, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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