June 3rd, 2008
06:42 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Obama's blue-collar problem persists

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/03/sd.jpg caption=" A woman casts her ballot in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. "]
(CNN) - We've talked all season about Barack Obama's problem with those white working class voters, those blue collar voters. Is that problem persisting?

Yes, it is. South Dakota’s Democratic primary voters with no college degree voted as their peers in previous contests had: for Hillary Clinton over Obama, 60-40 percent. Meanwhile, well-educated, white collar voters continue to back the Illinois senator. Take a look at college graduates in the state: they voted for Obama, 53 to 47 percent.

The effort to win over these working-class voters is just beginning for Obama – and it looks like he has his work cut out for him.

soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Looks like there's a lot of red necks under those blue collars.

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Sean, Santa Barbara, CA

    So, everyone else beside Obama has a problem with white collar voters and Blacks? Both groups are also needed to win the presidency.

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. RJ, CA

    Actually, I am a very well educated woman who runs her own company. I have no problems with Obama because he's black. I have a problem with Obama because he's green!

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Hank, Denver

    AP and FoxNews are reporting Obama as the Democratic nominee having clinched the number of delegates. What is CNN waiting for??

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Austine I

    Give It Up CNN, It is all Over. Your Clintons can not win. Kindly drop your blue, black, white, green and other collar problem before the general election in november.

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Nice comment

    I am an educated white woman and have no problem for voting for any man of any color. However, I do not trust Obama. After what he did to his opponents in his own state? No way.

    The true ignorance is when people make generalized perceptions of which they have no foundation.

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Steve

    If there was a problem it was solved today with Hillary Clinton's offer to be Barack Obama's running mate. She can sure up that blue collar vote. Democrats are solving problems already.

    Obama/Clinton '08 The Ticket for Unity

    June 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Todd

    Mccain in 2009 and Hillary in 2012!

    Enough said!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. hmb


    June 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. B - NYC

    Ignorance and lack of intelligence go hand and hand? That, is a rude and ignorant comment... Please people, stop splitting the party...

    So stupid, no wonder none of the Clinton supporters will vote for Obama...

    June 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Smitty

    Wake up you all and vote for Obama. If you are a true democrate then you would vote to put democrate in office whether it be Hillary or Obama. It's time we pull together as a nation and stop being tso critical and racist of one another. We have enough problems in the world to solve. I know Obama would be a much better President then either Hillary ot McCain so all you old, young, white, blue collar, white collar vote the right way and vote for Obama. You will not be sorry

    June 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. The Lady

    Wouldn't it be nice if every single person that was voting voted for Obama.

    June 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Dan

    When did blue collar equal lower intellectual capacity? Where would our countries be without blue collar workers?

    Perhaps blue collar voters are less fooled by pomp and flash and rely on substance to make a decision.

    June 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Rachel

    What a bunch of bull people are. I am so sick of people without a college degree beign looked down on by the meida and Obama supporters. My grandmother worked her butt off so I could go to college, she paved the way. My Grandfather didnt finish highschool but owns his own house and everything is paid for. College does not equate to intelligence, most of the times its just a place for rich yuppie stuck up people to play and drink for 4- 5 years. I would trust my grandmothers or grandfathers judgement before any of my peers.

    Post CNN

    June 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Rich

    "I don't think that any candidate has ever LOST a primary on the day when he clinched the nomination."

    Margaret, there have been a lot of firsts in this campaign. I don't see how you can argue he's being forced down our throats...the only way for him to NOT be the nominee would be for the super delegates to undo a 120 pledged delegate lead. If that happened, then maybe we could start talking about throat forcing....

    June 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. OBAMA Supporter from Texas

    Actually Margaret, Bill Clinton lost some of the closing primaries in 1992. Tonight is a history making night and I am so happy that I am alive to witness this. BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA will be the first African American nominee of a major political party in AMERICAN history. God Bless this country and God Bless Obama, his wife, and children.

    Barack Obama '08

    June 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. Beverly

    They are making less money , struggling to make it ,and trust Hillary will do the right thing to help them with health care, economy, jobs, ect.

    When you make lots of money you vote for the person most likely to watch out for your money, therein lies the difference.

    June 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Lacey

    This is one white woman who is proud to have voted for Obama !

    June 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Jay

    who need Hillary..Looks like Obama!

    June 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. voter

    Another example of why O needs Hillary. Good old fashioned blue collar workers who made America great know a phony when they see one.

    June 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Larry

    This will change once Obama, Edwards and, dare I say, Clinton begin real outreach.

    June 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. yms

    Hmmm Most white people are racists...And that's not a racist statement? Actually, I would say that most people are racists. The problem is that there are only about 10% African Americans in this country so Obama cannot allow this to turn into an election about race.

    A long time from now, historians won't ask why Clinton didn't quit the race sooner. They'll ask why Obama did not quit his church sooner.

    June 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    What about the red and the green peoples problems? What about the fat people problems? What about the people with gas problems? The media would do better if they found out why 4100 troops are dead in Iraq and for what?

    June 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. Who's talking here!

    Talk about predjudice. People in South Dakota are educated too!!!!!
    If you were from Colorado you'd call them illiterate pheasants!
    What a joke......

    June 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    White people aren't the only voters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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