May 20th, 2008
07:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Obama not a satisfying choice for KY Democrats

(CNN) - In another sign of the challenge facing Obama among Democratic voters in blue-collar states like Kentucky, only 41 percent of them there said they would be satisfied if he wins the party's nomination.

Among Clinton supporters, the number is even more daunting for Obama: Only 33 percent said they'd be satisfied if the Illinois senator is the nominee.

That compares to 76 percent of Democrats in Kentucky who'd be satisfied if Clinton wins the nomination.

With less than six months until the general election, the Democratic Party has a lot of healing to do.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Carrie Pa

    If any democrat votes for McCain because their candidate didn't win, they are stupid!

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    These polls suggest that more Obama voters are sticking to the party, while some of Clinton's voters have a problem with a Black man who has almost the same policies as she does, but would rather vote for a White one who has not policy likeness to Clinton.


    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Craig A Texas Democrat

    Oh well.

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Dan, TX

    Let me congratulate Clinton on an excellent win in Kentucky. She is an excellent politician.

    I also think Obama is a great candidate.

    I am happy to vote for Obama for president.

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. kingsley

    bill tell us about the new national polling. we careless about these racist states. their votes are irrelevant to hillary right now

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    We know that some whites will not vote for Obama, and.......... how about the latinos upsss

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. kepler

    It seems that the republicans were out in force voting for Hillary today.

    May 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    CNN Please Post!

    It is clear to me what the difference is, the states West of the Mississippi or more progressive and educated. A lot states on the on the east side of the Mississippi still live in the past never fully understanding those who live around them. They stay locked up in there homes always afraid of those who are different.

    Obama has a good chance to win every state West of the Mississippi with the exception of Arizona McCain’s home state. Obama is well loved out here in the West we always look into a mans heart and see his soul . That is how the West was won we always look ahead. We do not have all the problems you have on the east side of the Mississippi, we always look forward instead of backwards.

    The hate and racism you have handed down from generation to generation in the East and the south does play well out hear in Gods Country. We are not perfect out hear butt we will give a man a honest hearing before we hang them. In the south and in the east you like to hang people 1st before you know the real story.

    May 20, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. Sigh

    I cant stand this talk about voters swapping party lines because they dont like a guy. In all the elections this country has ever had people have always voted party above person. It was wrong and silly, and now in the ONE election where it matters to vote that way, we are talking of doing the opposite!?


    Great, lets shoot ourselfes in the foot for another 4 years.

    May 20, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. cb

    Hillary's doing an excellent job of supporting McCain.

    Maybe she and Huckabee should join up and form the 'Math-proof" party.

    May 20, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Bobby Tray

    Is this really surprising? C'mon

    May 20, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Mark

    You made a claim that so and so would be satified in Kentucky with Clinton vs Obama, well DUH!!..

    its obvious by the primary going on right now, this being stated....

    I wonder what it would look like McCain vs Obama... I am betting a different story...

    I wonder also what people in Iowa think about being satisfied with Obama as the candidate for the democrats...

    Of course they would be happy with Obama...

    Simple fact is this... if you goto a state that like Clinton they want Clinton, if you goto a state that wants Obama they want Obama..

    However do the real poll....

    Who would you choose Obama or McCain....

    Here's to betting the polls come up Obama!...

    So its unrealistic to do polls like these when there is not nominee for the Democrat side yet..

    Do the poll when its one vs one... Democrat vs Republican...

    Thats a true poll, not one that pits Democrat vs democrat...

    As far as I see it, the vote tallies show the country wants a democrat in place in the white house be it Hillary or Obama...

    and its well OBVIOUS that they do NOT want a republican...

    This will not change..

    DEMOCRAT 08'!!!

    May 20, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Barbara Querrie

    They will be satisfied after Clinton gets out of thier way

    May 20, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. MM

    The media is helping the racial divide here by continually harping on the white factor in West Virginia and KY - two states that are not representative of the whole country. Anything to up their ratings.

    May 20, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. Rave

    I am sure there are lot of Libraries in KY, where you could access Internet, read some books , news about our current economic condition.
    You want to send an other Liar (lies about running into battlefields), Cheater (cheats her running mates and breaks the rules in MI, FL) the white house.
    Looks like Hillary is desperate to be President and KY is desperate for Hillary. Not going to happen.
    America is not just Kentucky. Americans think like Americans.
    Try to grow up
    OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

    May 20, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. Eric

    You can see the difference between obama voters and clinton voters. Obama voters are more educated hence exit polls show a great majority would vote for Hilary knowing the consequences of the GOP and 4 more years of bush. Whereas Hilary has less educated voters who do not understand the consequences of voting for McCain when they scream I will not vote Obama. Keep in mind when you say that, if you think gas prices are high now, just wait till the mideast says we have another cowboy in the U.S in McCain, why should we help them by producing more oil. Not to mention spending another 50 billion a year on war for the next 5-100 more years in iraq. Bush's Gas plan is to go beg for oil, is this the best we can do? Thats sickening.

    May 20, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  17. George

    Hillary's constituents after her benignly racist campaign alienated African-Americans became, hardworking, uneducated white blue-collar workers. Her constituents have very little grasp of the issues, rely on TV pundits and radio talk show hosts to formulate their opinions, and are less inclined to vote for any minority candidate. While Hillary panders to this group, she might remember that when the majority white voters abandoned Bill 1n 1992 and 1996, it was the majority African American voters that won him the Presidency.

    May 20, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    What a pointless post. Why surprising that Clinton supporters would be disappointed if Barack were the nominee? They already told us that by voting.

    May 20, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. SLO Bear

    The Democratic party does have a lot of healing to do–and the superdelegates need to prevent the Clintons from their current pick-a-scab-a-day strategy.

    May 20, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. KE

    Michigan and Florida can save America. Puerto Rico can too.

    Ther narrative of the race has been put together by the few (obviously)... but the voters can change the narrative with strong message like West Virginia, Kentucky, and hopefully Oregon.

    That's what happened in East Germany in 1989. There was widespread public anger over the results of local government elections in the spring of 1989. People sent strong message to the ruling party and eventually led the party leader to resign and replaced by a more moderate leader. On November 1989, the Berlin Wall was opened.

    May 20, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. matt

    Explain to me how the man that is so against politics is having all the politicians Kill for him, yet

    He still cant win over the people!

    Hillary Will be the next democratic president or Independant President. She wil not be a VP And Her supporters wont accept anything less

    am i stubborn, you can call it that... or you can say the other democrat running for office has no experience and is an itdiot when it comes to foreign affairs. We need somoene that knows the world

    Hillary or Mccain 08

    May 20, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. Patrick

    Kentucky and West Virginia don't like the black guy. Shocking I know. Let's get to the business of kicking the Republicans out of the White House and stop wasting time fighting a war that's already been won.

    May 20, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. Chris Banner

    Stop your Anti-Obama antics, we want to unite the party and move forward towards the general election

    May 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. EJ

    Wait, isn't this sorta intuitive?

    May 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. B-NYC

    Obama is not a "satisfying choice" for half of the Democratic party...

    The party is far to separated and Obama is NOT strong enough to bring it together... HE HAS NO EXPERIENCE PEOPLE!!!!

    He may win the nomination but Clinton supporters want her to run as an Independent...

    May 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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